Patents Examined by Hugh Jones
  • Patent number: 9582614
    Abstract: System, methods, and apparatus, are described herein for modeling a site, such as a construction site. The site may include, for example, adding a new building to an existing city block, remodeling a building, re-developing an entire city/town, etc. Data may be gathered representing the site from a plurality of sources, and the data gathered may be used to determine how the new development affects the existing site. An interactive model may be generated that enables a user to walk through the site to visualize what the site will look like when completed. Hyperlinks to additional details about elements in the site may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Joowan Lee
  • Patent number: 9569568
    Abstract: A robot simulation system includes a model placement part which places a three-dimensional container model in a virtual space and places three-dimensional workpiece models which have any postures at initial positions above the container model and a drop operation simulation part which simulates a drop operation in which the workpieces drop from the initial positions to the inside of the container by action of gravity. The robot simulation system is configured to create a bulk stacked state of workpiece models, based on the positions and postures of the workpiece models which are obtained as a result of simulation of the drop operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventors: Yuuki Kimoto, Yoshiharu Nagatsuka
  • Patent number: 9556720
    Abstract: A system and method for performing stimulation operations at a wellsite having a subterranean formation with of a reservoir therein is provided. The method involves generating a plurality of quality indicators from a plurality of logs, and combining the plurality of quality indicators to form a composite quality indicator. The composite quality indicator may be combined with a stress log to form a combined stress and composite quality indicator, the combined stress and composite quality indicator comprising a plurality of blocks with boundaries therebetween. The method may further comprise identifying classifications for the plurality of blocks; defining stages along the combined stress and composite quality indicator based on the classifications; and selectively positioning perforations in select stages based on the classifications thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Hitoshi Onda, Utpal Ganguly, Xiaowei Weng
  • Patent number: 9542508
    Abstract: A method for characterizing a property of a subterranean formation including collecting well log and seismic data, inverting the data, processing for upscaled petrophysical parameters, constructing a flow model that generates saturation, pressure and temperature, constructing seismic velocity relationships from the results of the flow model, and constructing a seismic model. Some embodiments may form a full waveform model or a ray tracing model. Some embodiments may generate a velocity profile and/or waveforms using the profile. Some embodiments may use the parameters to form a reservoir model or to recover hydrocarbons from the formations. Some embodiments build a reservoir model of CO2 injection or CO2 presence after injection or for simulating CO2 presence in a subterranean formation. Some embodiments may also quantify CO2 properties in the reservoir or predict CO2 profile evolution over time in the reservoir including spatial distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: Yusuf Altundas, Terizhandur S. Ramakrishnan, Satish C. Singh, Manuel Queiser, Junlun Li
  • Patent number: 9540911
    Abstract: Design and control of well systems with multiple tubing strings is described. An example system models multiple tubing strings in wellbores as segments, with multiple control points selectively located among the segments. Each segment is modeled as one or more equations that describe characteristics of a fluid resource associated with the segment. The system can predict flow of fluids and energy in a wellbore by solving physical conservation equations subject to specified conditions. The system models multiple control points, and solves the equations to convergence to satisfy injection and production targets and specified constraints. Results may be used to improve production of the resource. The system can apply a variety of strategies to model wells via multiple control points, including conservation of mass and energy models, a global phase-component partitioning model, a conductive heat transfer model, a pseudo-pressure model, a non-Darcy flow model, a phase separation model, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignees: Schlumberger Technology Corporation, Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Stone, David J. Browning
  • Patent number: 9542509
    Abstract: An approach and tool integrate cyber-physical systems design based on the function-behavior-state (FBS) methodology where multi-domain simulation models capturing both the behavioral and structural aspects of a system are automatically generated from its functional description. The approach focuses on simulation-enabled FBS models using automatic and context-sensitive mappings of functional basis elementary functions to simulation components described in physical modeling languages. Potentially beneficial process loops are recognized and inserted in the functional model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Arquimedes Martinez Canedo, Eric Alexander Schwarzenbach, Thomas Feichtinger
  • Patent number: 9536022
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system for modeling a fault surface in a subsurface region. A direction may be determined in which a first portion of the subsurface region being on one side of the fault surface has moved relative to a second portion of the subsurface region being on the other side of the fault surface. A model of the fault surface may be generated having substantially no protrusions in the determined direction. A visualization of the model of the generated fault surface may be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Anne-Laure Tertois, Jean-Laurent Mallet, Laurent Deny, Jean-Claude Dulac
  • Patent number: 9514251
    Abstract: A changing method include: generating, by a computer, a movement track of a figure in response to movement of the figure; detecting an overlap between a line segment and the movement track; and changing, when the overlap is detected, the shape of a portion of the line segment that overlaps the movement track to a shape along an outer periphery of the movement track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Tomo Kaniwa, Takahiko Orita
  • Patent number: 9514252
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a method of generating a simulation model of a space, the simulation model being a three-dimensional geometrical representation of the space in a format appropriate for computational fluid dynamic analysis; the method comprising: obtaining a geometrical representation of the space; obtaining a characterization of the operation and/or arrangement of physical entities influencing airflow in the space, from among a predetermined set of characterizations; generating the simulation model of the space based on the geometrical representation, wherein said generating includes: configuring the simulation model by selecting configuration options, from those associated with the obtained characterization in a database in which each of the predetermined set of characterizations are codified as a set of configuration options for a simulation model, in dependence upon the content of the geometrical representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Sven van den Berghe
  • Patent number: 9507754
    Abstract: In modeling passage of an elongate well tool through an interval of a well an adaptive machine learning model executed on a computing system receives a first set of inputs representing a plurality of characteristics of the well tool and a second set of inputs representing a plurality of characteristics of the well. The adaptive machine learning model also receives historical data representing a plurality of other well tools passed through a plurality of other wells and a plurality of characteristics of the other well tools and the other wells. The adaptive machine learning model matches the historical data with at least a portion of the first and second sets of inputs, and determines, based on the matching whether the well tool can pass through the interval of the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Edmund Fox, Ronnie Kennedy, Ben Gary, Dominic Anh Tran, Josiah Wood
  • Patent number: 9507888
    Abstract: A device receives information that identifies a model, of a finite state machine, that includes information that identifies a parent state and sub-states of the parent state. The device generates a data structure that designates an enumerated data type associated with the parent state, where the enumerated data type includes values corresponding to the sub-states. The device executes the model, based on the data structure, and monitors operation of the finite state machine and state transitions among some of the sub-states. The device detects, based on the state transitions, a change in an active sub-state that represents a particular sub-state, of the sub-states, that is active at a particular time during execution of the model. The device provides state transition information that identifies changes in the active sub-state over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: The MathWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Nishith Aggarwal, Srinath Avadhanula, Vijaya Raghavan, David B. Andrade
  • Patent number: 9507690
    Abstract: The functionality of simulated, virtual hardware units is varied during the execution of a program flow on the virtual hardware units, for example via an interface device of a simulation device, in such a manner that the execution behavior changes of a program flow can be identified by using at least one faulty, physical hardware unit. A method and a device are used for analyzing an execution of a predetermined program flow on a physical computer system. The method and the device are used to determine execution behavior changes of software products which changes are due to faulty hardware components. The method and device allow execution behavior changes to be identified systematically, using an operating system and eliminates the need for expensive, physical hardware components and for modifications to a physical computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Florian Mangold, Harald Rölle
  • Patent number: 9501700
    Abstract: A system and method for construction estimation using aerial images is provided. The system receives at least one aerial image of a building. An estimation engine processes the aerial image at a plurality of angles to automatically identify a plurality (e.g., perimeter and interior) lines in the image corresponding to a plurality of features of a roof the building. The estimation engine allows users to generate two-dimensional and three-dimensional models of the roof by automatically delineating various roof features, and generates a report including information about the roof of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Xactware Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: James Edward Loveland, Jeffrey Clayton Taylor, Jeffery Devon Lewis, Bradley McKay Childs, Corey David Reed, Jared William Robertson
  • Patent number: 9494968
    Abstract: A method for adjusting clock skew in a network is disclosed. A model is fit to a first clock input signal received at a first receiver of the network and to a second clock input signal received at a second receiver of the network to obtain a fitted model. A first response signal is simulated using the fitted model and the first clock input signal and a second response signal is simulated using the fitted model and the second clock input signal. A time difference is determined between the simulated first response signal and the simulated second response signal. A parameter of at least one of the network clock network, the first receiver and the second receiver is altered to adjust the determined time difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventors: Phillip J. Restle, James D. Warnock
  • Patent number: 9489755
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining reserve estimates for a reservoir using a thickness grid multiplied by one or more grids of laterally-varying attributes to produce a unified grid from which the reserve estimates are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Michael David Ewing, Catalina Maria Luneburg, David Bryan Johanson, Sammi Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9471726
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing multi-message transaction based performance simulations of SoC IP cores within a Network on Chip (NoC) interconnect architecture by accurately imitating full SoC behavior are described. The example implementations involve simulations to evaluate and detect NoC behavior based on execution of multiple transactions at different rates/times/intervals, wherein each transaction can contain one or more messages, with each message being associated with a source agent and a destination agent. Each message can also be associated with multiple parameters such as rate, size, value, latency, among other like parameters that can be configured to indicate the execution of the transaction by a simulator to simulate a real-time scenario for generating performance reports for the NoC interconnect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Sailesh Kumar, Amit Patankar, Eric Norige
  • Patent number: 9443043
    Abstract: An in-ground geothermal heat pump (GHP) closed loop design program is disclosed for designing, analyzing, and simulating a detailed model and analysis of a proposed buildings in-ground geothermal heat pump system, including borehole length, number of boreholes, heat pump capacity, grid layout, total electric operating costs, efficiency ratios, and hybrid designs, among others. In one aspect of the disclosure described herein, the GHP design program can reliably and efficiently predict the fluctuations of the GHP equipment performance in very small increments which enables the determination of energy consumption and demand information on a specific and unique hourly schedule basis for a proposed building design, including incorporating thermal load data for each individual zone of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Dennis J. Koop
  • Patent number: 9430593
    Abstract: Systems and methods for prediction of in-plane distortions (IPD) due to wafer shape in semiconductor wafer chucking process is disclosed. A process to emulate the non-linear finite element (FE) contact mechanics model based IPD prediction is utilized in accordance with one embodiment of the present disclosure. The emulated FE model based prediction process is substantially more efficient and provides accuracy comparable to the FE model based IPD prediction that utilizes full-scale 3-D wafer and chuck geometry information and requires computation intensive simulations. Furthermore, an enhanced HOS IPD/OPD prediction process based on a series of Zernike basis wafer shape images is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Pradeep Vukkadala, Sathish Veeraraghavan, Jaydeep Sinha, Haiguang Chen, Michael Kirk
  • Patent number: 9416631
    Abstract: In some aspects, a one-dimensional flow model is generated. The one-dimensional flow model can represent flow of a first fluid and a second fluid in a flow path in a well system environment. The one-dimensional flow model comprises an effective diffusion coefficient model for a composite fluid volume comprising the first and second fluids. The effective diffusion coefficient model calculates an effective diffusion coefficient for the composite fluid volume based on a difference between the respective densities and viscosities of the first fluid and the second fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongfei Wu, Srinath Madasu, Avi Lin
  • Patent number: 9405863
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure pertain to a system and method for dynamic modeling of biochemical processes. The system and method allow for the models to be created collectively by the world-wide scientific community, while also providing a user-friendly system/method for promoting ease of building, simulation and analysis of the models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Tomas Helikar, Jim Rogers