Patents Examined by Ian J. Lobo
  • Patent number: 11067661
    Abstract: An information processing device including an acquisition unit that acquires a sound collection result of a sound from each of one or more sound sources obtained by a sound collection portion of which positional information indicating at least one of a position and a direction is changed and an estimation unit that estimates a direction of each of the one or more sound sources on a basis of a change in a frequency of a sound collected by the sound collection portion in association with a change in the positional information of the sound collection portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoya Takahashi, Yuhki Mitsufuji
  • Patent number: 11061154
    Abstract: Methods of mapping a subterranean formation using imploding particles are described. In some cases, the particles contain a material that generated a gas which passes through a water-insoluble coating to create a void within the particle. In some aspects, the implosive particles have a coating that dissolves in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Steven Risser, Slawomir Winecki, Ramanathan Lalgudi
  • Patent number: 11061155
    Abstract: The method comprises flying at least a probe carrier flying vehicle above a dropping area on the ground, the probe carrier flying vehicle carrying probes and a launcher, configured to separate each probe from the probe carrier flying vehicle; activating the launcher to separate at least one of the probes from the probe carrier flying vehicle above the dropping area; falling of the probe from the flying vehicle in the ground of the dropping area; at least partial insertion of the probe in the ground of the dropping area. When the probe carrier flying vehicle is located above a target dropping area, before activating the launcher, the method comprises determining a vegetation information at the target dropping area using a flying vegetation detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOTAL SA
    Inventors: Henri Puntous, Jean-Luc Boelle, Olivier De Pellegars, Remi Estival, Andrew Feltham, Jean Baptiste Laffitte, Pierre-Olivier Lys, Francis Clément, Frank Adler, Paul Barbier
  • Patent number: 11061157
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods of facilitating a seismic survey and locating seismic data acquisition units in a marine environment. The system can include a first seismic data acquisition unit. The first seismic data can include a cleat ring to couple the first seismic data acquisition with a second seismic data acquisition unit. The system can include a rope having a first end coupled to a first portion of the first seismic data acquisition unit and a second end coupled to a second portion of the first seismic data acquisition unit. The system can include a cavity formed by the cleat ring. The system can include a telltale component coupled to a portion of the rope. The rope and the telltale component can be stored in the cavity of the first seismic data acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Magseis FF LLC
    Inventors: Roger L. Fyffe, Etienne Marc
  • Patent number: 11054253
    Abstract: A gap measurement device for measuring a gap between an upper plate and a lower plate in a material formed of the upper plate and the lower plate that overlap with each other in the Z-axis direction, which is the thickness direction. The gap measurement device has an ultrasonic sensor that functions as a plate thickness measurement sensor for measuring a plate thickness that is the thickness of the upper plate, a laser sensor that functions as a step measurement sensor for measuring a step that is the distance between the upper surface of the upper plate and the upper surface of the lower plate, and a calculation unit for calculating the gap between the upper plate and lower plate by subtracting the plate thickness from the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichi Sasano, Kei Yoshitomi, Takuya Goto, Takahiro Kubota
  • Patent number: 11048006
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to underwater seismic exploration with a helical conveyor and skid structure. The system can include an underwater vehicle comprising a sensor to identify a case having a hydrodynamic shape, wherein the case stores one or more ocean bottom seismometer (“OBS”) units. The underwater vehicle includes an arm. The underwater vehicle includes an actuator to position the arm in an open state above a cap of the case, or to close the arm. The underwater vehicle can move the arm to a bottom portion of the case opposite the cap. An opening of the case can be aligned with the conveyor of the underwater vehicle. The conveyor can receive, via the opening of the case, a first OBS unit of the one or more OBS units. The conveyor can move the first OBS unit to the seabed to acquire seismic data from the seabed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Magseis FF LLC
    Inventors: Roger L. Fyffe, Etienne Marc
  • Patent number: 11048007
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering seismic data acquisition units to an ocean bottom are provided. A system includes an underwater vehicle including with sensors to determine environmental information. A control unit obtains, based on the environmental information and a policy, an indication to perform a fly-by deployment. The control unit sets an angle of a ramp with respect to a base of the underwater vehicle. The control unit identifies a launch event for a seismic data acquisition unit of a plurality of seismic data acquisition units stored in the underwater vehicle, and deploys the seismic data acquisition unit from the ramp towards the ocean bottom based on the identification of the launch event and the environmental information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Magseis FF LLC
    Inventors: Roger L. Fyffe, Etienne Marc, Chance Mann
  • Patent number: 11048005
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to an apparatus and method of transferring seismic equipment to and from a marine vessel and subsurface location. In one embodiment, a marine vessel is provided. The marine vessel includes a deck having a plurality of seismic sensor devices stored thereon, two remotely operated vehicles, each comprising a seismic sensor storage compartment, and a seismic sensor transfer device comprising a container for transfer of one or more of the seismic sensor devices from the vessel to the sensor storage compartment of at least one of the two remotely operated vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Magseis FF LLC
    Inventors: Reagan Neil Woodward, James N. Thompson
  • Patent number: 11041951
    Abstract: A transducer probe includes a transducer array with rows of transducer elements that each extend in an elevation direction and is transverse to an azimuth direction, a matching layer disposed adjacent to the transducer array, and a focusing layer disposed adjacent to the matching layer. The focusing layer includes a first material with a first refractive index and a second material with a second refractive index, and the first refractive index is less than the second refractive index. The first and second materials are distributed in an alternating pattern with the first material at edges of the rows. First widths of the first material decrease from the edges towards a center of the rows, and second widths of the second material increase from the edges towards the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Sound Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Beers
  • Patent number: 11029433
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a base assembly and a pivot assembly coupled to the base assembly. The apparatus can include a carriage coupled to the pivot assembly. The carriage can be shaped to receive a compass streamer telemetry unit (CSTU). The carriage can be configured to secure the CSTU. The pivot assembly can be rotatably coupled to the base assembly to adjust a pitch of the carriage. The carriage can be rotatably coupled to the pivot assembly to adjust roll of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Lyssy, Mattias Südow, Toralf Lund, Andre Stenzel
  • Patent number: 11029435
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for measurement of pore pressure in rock formations through an open, or cemented and/or cased, borehole are described. Such measurements are achieved using the Dynamic Acoustic Elasticity (DAE) method for characterizing nonlinear parameters by perturbing a selected rock formation volume with a High Amplitude, Low Frequency (HALF) acoustic strain wave, and probing this volume using a Low Amplitude, High Frequency (LAHF) acoustic wave. Time reversal techniques may be employed for focusing acoustic energy Into the formation in the vicinity of the pipe or open hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignees: TRIAD NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC, CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Harvey Edwin Goodman, Timothy James Ulrich, II, Peter Roberts, Marcel C. Remillieux, Paul Allan Johnson, Pierre-Yves Le Bas, Robert A. Guyer
  • Patent number: 11016208
    Abstract: Disclosed are advantageous designs for highly-sparse seabed acquisition for imaging geological structure and/or monitoring reservoir production using sea surface reflections. The highly-sparse geometry designs may be adapted for imaging techniques using the primary and higher orders of sea surface reflection and may advantageously allow for the use of significantly fewer sensors than conventional seabed acquisition. The highly-sparse geometry designs may be relevant to 3D imaging, as well as 4D (“time-lapse”) imaging (where the fourth dimension is time). In accordance with embodiments of the invention, geophysical sensors may be arranged on a seabed to form an array of cells. Each cell in the array may have an interior region that contains no geophysical sensors and may be sufficiently large in area such that a 500 meter diameter circle may be inscribed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Didier B. P. Lecerf, Nizar Chemingui
  • Patent number: 11016213
    Abstract: A method includes receiving desired locations of nodes for deployment on a seabed of a seismic survey where each of the nodes includes a sealed housing and, within the sealed housing, at least one battery and spaced seismic sensors electrically powered by the at least one battery; determining locations of the nodes as deployed on the seabed where at least some of the determined locations differ from their corresponding desired locations; acquiring seismic data sensed by the spaced seismic sensors of the nodes where the acquired seismic data corresponds to the determined locations; and, based at least in part on the acquired seismic data, a spacing of the spaced seismic sensors and the desired locations, generating seismic data for the desired locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nicolas Goujon
  • Patent number: 10996356
    Abstract: Parameters of a sweep signal that controls operation of a marine non-impulsive source can be set. Setting the parameters can include selecting a stop frequency of the sweep signal, defining a taper of the sweep signal, and adjusting an initial phase of the sweep signal. The parameters can be set such that a magnitude of an amplitude spectrum of a combined output of a marine impulsive source and the marine non-impulsive source is greater than or equal to a magnitude of an amplitude spectrum of a marine impulsive source output at frequencies below the stop frequency. A controller of the marine non-impulsive source can be programmed with the sweep signal having the parameters set to control the marine non-impulsive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Okwudili Orji, Walter F. Söllner
  • Patent number: 10983238
    Abstract: A passive array of acoustic sensors capture acoustic signals produced by sand movement. The array tool is deployed downhole where it passively listens for acoustic energy generated by sand movement in the well. Once acoustic signals are acquired, model-based frameworks are used to extract single and multiple sensor features from the acoustic signals. The extracted features are used as signatures to detect or classify the production of sand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Nam Nguyen, Yi Yang Ang, Srinivasan Jagannathan, Avinash Taware, Darren Philip Walters, Freeman Hill
  • Patent number: 10976456
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an acoustic sensor for rock crack detection including an acoustic emission probe, a probe installation mechanism and a transmission mechanism which transmits a combination of the probe installation mechanism and the acoustic emission probe to a setting position inside a borehole in the monitored rock mass. The acoustic emission probe installation mechanism essentially includes a sleeve component, a guide component, an end cap and springs. The guide component is in pluggable connection with the sleeve component or the end cap. The assembled probe installation mechanism locks the acoustic emission probe in a probe sleeve of the sleeve component. The springs inside the elastic sleeve of the sleeve component are in a compressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF PETROLEUM EXPLORATION & DEVELOPMENT, PETROCHINA COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Tongshan Wang, Tong Lin, Dewen Zheng, Zhide Wu, Jianfeng Liu
  • Patent number: 10976454
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a microseismic monitoring system, which includes at least a microseismic sensor, a push rod set at both ends of the microseismic sensor through the first connecting mechanism for sending the microseismic sensor into a monitoring hole, a guide mechanism installed on the push rod for guiding the microseismic sensor into the monitoring hole, and a microseismic monitoring computer connecting with the microseismic sensor signal. The microseismic sensor is reusable. The first connecting mechanism can make the push rod swing relative to the microseismic sensor. The guide mechanism is a three-roller guide mechanism. The present invention can satisfy the need of monitoring different locations in monitoring holes with large depths for multiple microseismic sensors, and solve problems of effective contact coupling between the microseismic sensors and monitoring holes, which improves the accuracy of microseismic monitoring and reduces the cost of a microseismic monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SICHUAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jianfeng Liu, Lu Wang, Jianliang Pei, Huining Xu, Wenxi Fu, Xiaozhang Lei, Jianhui Deng
  • Patent number: 10976455
    Abstract: A test system for a microseismic test of rock mass fractures provided by the present invention includes at least one microseismic sensor, a push rod provided at two ends of the microseismic sensor through a connecting mechanism for feeding the microseismic sensor into a monitoring hole , an introducing mechanism mounted on the push rod for introducing the microseismic sensor into the monitoring hole, a hydraulic system providing support hydraulic oil for the microseismic sensor, a microseismic monitoring computer connected with the signal of microseismic sensor through; the microseismic sensor includes a microseismic probe, a holding component holding the microseismic probe, a support plate and a hydraulic support mechanism; the connecting mechanism can make the push rod swing relative to the microseismic sensor, and the introducing mechanism is three-rollers introducing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SICHUAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jianfeng Liu, Jianliang Pei, Lu Wang, Huining Xu, Xiaozhang Lei, Wenxi Fu, Jianhui Deng
  • Patent number: 10969509
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to geophysical surveying. In some embodiments, a marine survey vessel tows multiple sensor streamers in addition to vibratory sources deployed relative to the sensor streamers. In some embodiments, the vessel tows vibratory sources emitting energy within different frequency bands in different deployment zones. In some embodiments, one or more sources are driven with different sweep functions, different activation patterns, and/or different sweep lengths. Various disclosed techniques for manufacturing a geophysical data product may potentially simplify equipment used for towing sources, reduce survey complexity without reducing resolution, increase resolution without increasing survey complexity, improve energy content recovered from deep reflections, and/or reduce the environmental impact of emitting seismic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Manuel Beitz, Christian Strand
  • Patent number: 10972833
    Abstract: A method of optimizing acoustic transducer performance, and corresponding system, can include mechanically coupling a transducer to a fluid barrier, calibrating the acoustic transducer by measuring response as a function of drive frequency to determine one or more optimum drive frequencies, optimized for the transducer actually coupled to the fluid barrier, and storing the one or more optimum drive frequencies for use in operating the acoustic transducer. Shims may also be used between the transducer and fluid barrier, such as a boat hull, to optimize transducer performance. Embodiments can enable improved in-hull transducer depth sounding, as well as improved fluid level measurements in tanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AIRMAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Rolt, Richard A. Welch, William J. Letendre, Sean M. Frazier