Patents Examined by Hugh Jones
  • Patent number: 9399981
    Abstract: A method for providing potential flow elements including a vortex to capture rotation of a turbine, a dipole to capture a blockage effect of the turbine, a sink to capture extracted energy from wind by the turbine, and a source to capture recovery of flow due to inflow from around the turbine is described. Methods for providing configurations of a VAWT array based on a desired attribute of the array, using a low-order model when the array is subject to physical constraints are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventors: Anna Craig, John Oluseun Dabiri
  • Patent number: 9366121
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to modeling the flow of fracturing fluid in a subterranean formation. Fluid flow within the reservoir media in a subterranean formation is modeled by a reservoir block flow model. Fluid flow within a fracture network in the reservoir is modeled by a fracture network flow model. Fluid flow between the fracture network and the reservoir media is modeled by an interface flow model. Output data are generated based on coupling the fracture network flow model, the reservoir block flow model, and the interface flow model. The output data represent characteristics of fracturing fluid leak-off from the fracture network into the reservoir media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Dylan M. Copeland
  • Patent number: 9348967
    Abstract: In a method, system, apparatus, and computer-readable device having instructions for overlaying business intelligence data on product design visualization, one or more visualization data files with visualization data for rendering a visualization of an object are received, business intelligence data for the object is received, business intelligence data for a portion of the object is correlated to at least a portion of visualization data from the one or more visualization data files, a determination is made when the portion of the object is being rendered with the portion of the visualization data on the display screen, a determination is made that the portion of the object has associated business intelligence data, and an overlay of a visual indicator for business intelligence data is displayed onto at least a portion of the visualization for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Anurag Batra
  • Patent number: 9336337
    Abstract: An online frame layout tool is provided that displays a plurality of wall shape parameter selections, displays predetermined frame layout options, in response to receiving a first wall shape parameter selection, each predetermined frame layout option including a representation of a plurality of frames having two or more frame images of different shapes and sizes being arranged in a predetermined pattern, and supplies one or more links to a retailer website, in response to receiving a selected predetermined frame layout option chosen from the predetermined frame layout options, the one or more links being related to information for purchasing one or more products represented by the two or more frame images included in the representation of the plurality of frames associated with the selected predetermined frame layout option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Carmen Jasmine Jaquez-Vazquez, Montana Scheff, Kristen Hasler
  • Patent number: 9336336
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of designing a dental restoration for a patient, wherein the method includes providing one or more 2D images, where at least one 2D image includes at least one facial feature; providing a 3D virtual model of at least part of the patient's oral cavity; arranging at least one of the one or more 2D images relative to the 3D virtual model in a virtual 3D space such that the 2D image and the 3D virtual model are aligned when viewed from a viewpoint, whereby the 3D virtual model and the 2D image are both visualized in the 3D space; and modeling a restoration on the 3D virtual model, where the restoration is designed to fit the facial feature of the at least one 2D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: 3SHAPE A/S
    Inventors: Nikolaj Deichmann, Tais Clausen, Rune Fisker, Henrik Öjelund
  • Patent number: 9329887
    Abstract: A method for controlling a peripheral hardware device connected to a computer system is disclosed, the computer system includes a first operating system, acting as the host operating system, running on a first processor platform, and a generic device driver operating on the combination of the first operating system and first processor platform. The method includes delivering the peripheral hardware device with an original peripheral hardware device driver file written for a second operating system or a second processor platform, handling, by the generic device driver, interfaces between the first operating system, the peripheral hardware device and a software application, all configured to interact with the original peripheral device driver file, and emulating, by the generic device driver, at least a part of the second operating system and the second processor that are required for the peripheral hardware device to operate on the first operating system and the first processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: HOB GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Brandstätter, Stefan Heinrich, Simon Vella
  • Patent number: 9317327
    Abstract: In accordance with aspects of the disclosure, systems and methods are provided for generating one or more potential configurations corresponding to one or more parameters used for computing infrastructure planning by determining a sizing grammar for each of the one or more potential configurations corresponding to the one or more parameters, interpreting the sizing grammar based on one or more grammar rules to output configuration information for each of the one or more potential configurations, and translating the configuration information for each of the one or more potential configurations based on one or more motif descriptions to output resource information for each of the one or more potential configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: BMC Software, Inc.
    Inventor: Sudheer Apte
  • Patent number: 9292636
    Abstract: Methods of using computer based models for simulating the physical behavior of bodily exudates with absorbent articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Plaza
    Inventors: Jean Vittorio Seguro, Joseph F. Kitching
  • Patent number: 9285500
    Abstract: Modeling hydrocarbon flow, from layered shale formations. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including: modeling movement of hydrocarbons through kerogen-related porosity, the movement through a first model volume; estimating a first permeability of a kerogen-rich layer of a layered shale formation based on the modeling; and modeling hydrocarbon production from the layered shale formation. The modeling hydrocarbon production may include: utilizing the first permeability for the kerogen-rich layer of the layered shale formation; and utilizing a second permeability for a kerogen-poor layer of the layered shale formation, the second permeability different than the first permeability. In various cases the modeling of hydrocarbon production is with respect to a second model volume greater than the first model volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Sheldon B. Gorell, Kenneth E. Williams, Amit Kumar, Ronald G. Dusterhoft
  • Patent number: 9262580
    Abstract: The disclosed method includes: first generating, from data of a plurality of parts that are string-shaped or band-shaped parts formed by end surfaces and side surfaces, first data including control point candidate data for control point candidates within the end surfaces, end surface data defining the end surfaces and path candidate data for path candidates between the control point candidates, for each of the plurality of parts; second generating second data of continuous shape paths representing continuous parts by searching the first data for parts having same control point candidate data and same end surface data; and third generating third data including data of control points determined on end surface portion of the parts and data of paths between the control points for the continuous shape paths and a group of the continuous shape paths from the first data and the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventors: Kouji Demizu, Masayuki Kidera, Naoyuki Nozaki, Yukihiko Furumoto
  • Patent number: 9262563
    Abstract: Modeling hydrocarbon flow from kerogens in a hydrocarbon bearing formation. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including modeling flow of hydrocarbons through a hydrocarbon bearing formation by: obtaining an indication of kerogen-wet porosity of kerogen within a portion of the formation; obtaining an indication of water-wet porosity within the portion of the formation; modeling hydrocarbon movement through the kerogen-wet porosity; and modeling hydrocarbon movement through the water-wet porosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Williams, Sheldon B. Gorell, Amit Kumar, Ronald G. Dusterhoft
  • Patent number: 9245089
    Abstract: A broadband liner design optimization includes utilizing in-duct attenuation predictions with a statistical fan source model to obtain optimum impedance spectra over a number of flow conditions for one or more liner locations in a bypass duct. The predicted optimum impedance information is then used with acoustic liner modeling tools to design liners having impedance spectra that most closely match the predicted optimum values. Design selection is based on an acceptance criterion that provides the ability to apply increasing weighting to specific frequencies and/or operating conditions. One or more broadband design approaches are utilized to produce a broadband liner that targets a full range of frequencies and operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Douglas M. Nark, Michael G. Jones
  • Patent number: 9235655
    Abstract: A proposed feature vector for a first deign is received and an existing feature vector for an existing design is retrieved for a given task. The proposed design is evaluated against the existing design using task-based scores associated with each design and based on their performances for the given task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Warren Bruce Jackson
  • Patent number: 9228425
    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 performing reservoir characterization to generate a mechanical earth model based on integrated petrophysical, geomechanical and geophysical data. The method also involves generating a stimulation plan by performing well planning, a staging design, a stimulation design and a production prediction based on the mechanical earth model. The stimulation design is optimized by repeating the well planning, staging design, stimulation design, and production prediction in a feedback loop until an optimized stimulation plan is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Utpal Ganguly, Hitoshi Onda, Xiaowei Weng
  • Patent number: 9195800
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods of identifying a personalized cardiovascular device based on patient-specific geometrical information, the method comprising acquiring a geometric model of at least a portion of a patient's vascular system; obtaining one or more geometric quantities of one or more blood vessels of the geometric model of the patient's vascular system; determining the presence or absence of a pathology characteristic at a location in the geometric model of the patient's vascular system; generating an objective function defined by a plurality of device variables and a plurality of hemodynamic and solid mechanics characteristics; and optimizing the objective function using computational fluid dynamics and structural mechanics analysis to identify a plurality of device variables that result in desired hemodynamic and solid mechanics characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: HeartFlow, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo Grady, Charles A. Taylor, Gilwoo Choi, Campbell Rogers
  • Patent number: 9187985
    Abstract: A method for optimizing the development of a fluid reservoir by means of an accelerated reservoir study. A geological model is constructed. A reservoir model is then constructed by upscaling the geological model. The links between cells of the geological model and a cell of the reservoir model where they are contained are determined and stored. Flow simulations are carried out by computer-implemented reservoir simulator, the reservoir model and the links. The above stages are then repeated without repeating the link determination, by modifying parameters of the reservoir study to optimize the development scheme. Finally, the reservoir is developed according to this optimized development scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Christophe Preux, Mickaele Le Ravalec
  • Patent number: 9175669
    Abstract: A V-shaped arrangement of turbines adapted to orient in such a manner that crosswind enters the arrangement in a direction that is substantially parallel to the axis bisecting the arrangement is described. The V-shaped arrangement includes clockwise rotating turbines and counterclockwise rotating turbines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventors: Anna Craig, John Oluseun Dabiri
  • Patent number: 9176244
    Abstract: Source-receiver compression is used to help design surveys and mitigate the computational costs of data set inversion. The source-receiver compression is based on data redundancy and sensitivity. More particularly, a compressed source array is produced for minimum redundancy and maximum sensitivity to reservoir model parameters. The synthesized transmitter array has a reduced number of sources, thereby reducing the number of forward model simulations needed to carry out the inversion. Furthermore, the data collected at the receivers employed in the survey can be compressed. This has the implication of reducing the computational cost of constructing the Jacobian matrix and inverting the corresponding Hessian matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Aria Abubakar, Ashok Belani, Vladimir L. Druskin, Tarek Habashy, Mikhail Zaslavsky
  • Patent number: 9157248
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for identifying zones where protections should be installed to prevent people and materials from falling off edges of the building. The system analyzes a building model and building objects completed before a given time, identifies edges of interest for the building objects, determines whether these edges, or their portions, are dangerous, and provides this information to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventor: Wawan Solihin
  • Patent number: 9154858
    Abstract: An optical network analysis tool includes a computer-readable storage medium having computer-readable instructions stored thereon. The computer-readable instructions are executable by a computing device to perform operations. The operations include generating a simulated network that models an optical network. The simulated network includes regenerator candidate sites. The operations may also include conducting an analysis of the optical network. The analysis includes introducing a multiple signals transmitted between source/destination pairs and recording a number of times each of the regenerator candidate sites are selected as a regenerator site while applying each of a set of data traffic conditions in the simulated network. The operations may also include statistically analyzing the number of times each of the regenerator candidate sites is selected to generate statistically analyzed information and presenting the statistically analyzed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventors: Xi Wang, Qiong Zhang, Paparao Palacharla, Motoyoshi Sekiya