Patents Examined by John E Johansen
  • Patent number: 11609356
    Abstract: A three-dimensional grid of a hydrocarbon reservoir can be received. The three-dimensional grid can include a plurality of cells, each cell of the plurality of cells can include a first index value, a second index value, and a third index value. The first index value, the second index value, and the third index value of each cell can together uniquely identify each cell of the plurality of cells. Each cell can further include at least one parameter measured from the hydrocarbon reservoir. A hydrocarbon saturation distribution of the hydrocarbon reservoir can be determined using a saturation height function and the at least one parameter of each cell of the plurality of cells. The hydrocarbon saturation distribution can include a cell hydrocarbon saturation estimate for each cell of the plurality of cells. The hydrocarbon saturation distribution can be provided. Related apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Prem Saini, Marco van der Linden
  • Patent number: 11603750
    Abstract: A method includes generating a ranging model of a drilling wellbore to be drilled and generating a predicted signal along measured depths of the drilling wellbore based on the ranging model. The method includes performing the following operations until the drilling wellbore has been drilled to a defined depth. The following operations include drilling, with a drill string, the drilling wellbore to an increment of the defined depth and detecting, by a sensor positioned on the drill string, an electromagnetic field emanating from a target wellbore. The following operations include determining ranging measurements to the target wellbore at the increment based on the electromagnetic field and calibrating the predicted signal based on the ranging measurements. The following operations include determining ranging accuracy for all deeper depths in the wellbore and making drilling decisions or adjusting drilling operations based on the predicted ranging accuracy for deeper depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Yijing Fan, Hsu-Hsiang Wu, Li Pan
  • Patent number: 11596119
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an agricultural intelligence computing system stores a digital model of crop growth, the digital model of crop growth being configured to compute nutrient requirements in soil to produce particular yield values based, at least in part, on data unique to an agricultural field. The system receives agronomic field data for a particular agronomic field, the agronomic field data comprising one or more input parameters for each of a plurality of locations on the agronomic field, nutrient application values for each of the plurality of locations, and measured yield values for each of the plurality of locations. The system computes, for each location of the plurality of locations, a required nutrient value indicating a required amount of nutrient to produce the measured yield values. The system identifies a subset of the plurality of locations where the computed required nutrient value is greater than the nutrient application value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: CLIMATE LLC
    Inventors: Juan Lopez Arriaza, John Gates
  • Patent number: 11592788
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and techniques that enhance effectiveness and efficiency of a contingency analysis tool that is used for studying the magnitude and likelihood of extreme contingencies and potential cascading events across a power system. The described systems and techniques include deploying the contingency analysis tool in a high-performance computing (HPC) environment and incorporating visual situational awareness approaches to allow power system engineers to quickly and efficiently evaluate multiple power system simulation models. Furthermore, the described systems and techniques include the power system contingency-analysis tool calculating and coordinating protection element settings, as well as assessing controls of the power system using small-signal nomograms, allowing power system engineers to more effectively comprehend, evaluate, and analyze causes and effects of cascading events against a topology of a power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Nader A. Samaan, Bharat GNVSR Vyakaranam, Jeffery E. Dagle, Yousu Chen, Marcelo A. Elizondo, Mallikarjuna R. Vallem, Pavel V. Etingov, Qiuhua Huang, Xinya Li, Blaine J. McGary, Kirsten L. Pierce, George Chin, Jr., Dimitri V. Zarzhitsky
  • Patent number: 11580274
    Abstract: A method including performing a simulation to evaluate a plurality of metrology targets and/or a plurality of metrology recipes used to measure a metrology target, identifying one or more metrology targets and/or metrology recipes from the evaluated plurality of metrology targets and/or metrology recipes, receiving measurement data of the one or more identified metrology targets and/or metrology recipes, and using the measurement data to tune a metrology target parameter or metrology recipe parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventors: Lotte Marloes Willems, Kaustuve Bhattacharyya, Panagiotis Pieter Bintevinos, Guangqing Chen, Martin Ebert, Pieter Jacob Mathias Hendrik Knelissen, Stephen Morgan, Maurits Van Der Schaar, Leonardus Henricus Marie Verstappen, Jen-Shiang Wang, Peter Hanzen Wardenier
  • Patent number: 11567232
    Abstract: A method for providing a calibrated rock-physics model of a subsoil. First, a geological model of the subsoil comprising a grid made of cells, associated with a rock-physics parameter is obtained. A group of cells forming a calibration body is selected in the grid. The calibration body corresponds to a region of the subsoil having substantially homogenous rock-physics parameter values. Finally, an adjustable constant parameter in a physical equation expressing a relationship between the petro-physical parameter and a petro-elastic parameter in the calibration body is calibrated so as to reduce a mismatch between the petro-elastic parameter estimated using the physical equation and a petro-elastic parameter value determined from inverted seismic data, the calibrated physical equation providing a calibrated rock-physics model of the subsoil in the calibration body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: TOTAL SA
    Inventors: Philippe Solans, Pierre Thore, Christian Hubans
  • Patent number: 11559378
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for scanning a dental impression to obtain a digital model of a patient's dentition as an input to computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) methods for producing dental prostheses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: James R. Glidewell Dental Ceramics, Inc.
    Inventors: Sergey Nikolskiy, David Christopher Leeson, Shih-Kai Lai, Loraine Allessandra Queji Silva
  • Patent number: 11562378
    Abstract: A chronostratigraphic database comprising a plurality of discrete data points, wherein each data point comprises an x, y, z and T value, wherein x, y, and z are Cartesian coordinates describing a position and T is a geologic time event relative to said position; a method to produce a chronostratigraphic database and to utilize the database; and a modeling system wherein the database includes data formatted and arranged for use with a computer-implemented method or web-based method for controlling serving of an advertisement or public service message using its relevancy to a request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Enveras, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph A. Williams
  • Patent number: 11556118
    Abstract: Provided is a method for testing an autonomous system of which a virtual image exists, the virtual image including at least one virtual image of an autonomous component including the following steps: a) Acquiring of component data providing information in relation to a movement of the at least one virtual image of the autonomous component; b) Creating, in the virtual image, at least one virtual object; c) Generating, in the virtual image, a corpus around the at least one virtual object or/and the virtual image of the at least one component; d) Representing, in the virtual image, a movement of the at least one virtual object or/and the virtual image of the at least one autonomous component; e) Acquiring reaction data in relation to the movement of the at least one virtual object or/and the virtual image; f) Evaluating a feasible course of movement considering the reaction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventor: Florian Krautwurm
  • Patent number: 11549353
    Abstract: Techniques for determining a wellbore drilling path includes identifying input seismic data associated with a subterranean zone that includes a wellbore drilling target. The input seismic data includes primary seismic events and multiple seismic events. The input seismic data is processed to remove the multiple seismic events and at least one of the primary seismic events from the input seismic data. An orthogonalization of the processed input seismic data is performed to recover the at least one primary seismic event into a seismic image of the subterranean zone that excludes at least a portion of the multiple seismic events. A wellbore path is determined from a terranean surface toward the wellbore drilling target for a drilling geo-steering system based on the seismic image of the subterranean zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ferhan Y. Ahmed, Mohammed S. Mubarak, Constantinos Tsingas
  • Patent number: 11542803
    Abstract: A method for recording data relating to the performance of an oil and gas flow network uses statistical data to represent raw data in a compact form. Categories are assigned to time intervals in the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Vidar Gunnerud, Anders Sandnes, Vidar Thune Uglane, Stine Ursin-Holm
  • Patent number: 11536121
    Abstract: A method for producing a well includes receiving production information associated with wells within a field; deriving a field specific model from the production information; receiving production information associated with the well; projecting production changes associated with installing artificial lift at the well at a projected date, the projecting using a production analysis engine applied to the field specific model, the projecting including determining a set of artificial lift parameters; and installing the artificial lift at the well in accordance with the artificial lift parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: DataInfoCom USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Atanu Basu, Daniel Mohan, Chun Wang, Frederick Venter
  • Patent number: 11536873
    Abstract: A method for performing a modified two point flux approximation scheme is disclosed. The method includes: obtaining a first pressure value for a first neighbor cell and a second pressure value for a second neighbor cell, where the first neighbor cell has a first value of a reservoir property and the second neighbor cell as a second value of the reservoir property; determining a first weight using the first pressure value and a second weight using the second pressure value; calculating a third value of the reservoir property as a weighted average of the first value and the second value; and applying the third value to the first neighbor cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Tom Jonsthovel, Terry Wayne Stone
  • Patent number: 11536874
    Abstract: Methods for simulation of hydrocarbon systems having a sharply varying viscosity gradient include receiving, by a computer system, Neutron Magnetic Resonance (NMR) logs for hydrocarbon wells in an oilfield. The computer system identifies viscosity regions of hydrocarbons present within the hydrocarbon wells based on the NMR logs. The computer system determines equation of state (EOS) parameters based on compositional analysis of pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) samples obtained from the hydrocarbon wells. The computer system generates a three-dimensional (3D) model of the oilfield, using as inputs, the viscosity regions, the EOS parameters, and a fluid composition gradient with respect to a depth within each viscosity region. The computer system determines a landing depth from the surface of the Earth for operation of peripheral water injectors based on simulating the 3D viscosity model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Babatope Kayode, Gabor Hursan
  • Patent number: 11526580
    Abstract: A method for correcting data sensed by a sensor includes: acquiring the data sensed by the sensor; establishing a surface equation based on an acquired data to performing surface fitting; and correcting the data sensed by the sensor with the surface equation. The method further includes: evaluating the acquired data sensed by the sensor to update fitting parameters of the surface equation so as to obtain an updated surface equation; and correcting the data sensed by the sensor with the updated surface equation. Parameter data sensed by the sensor can be corrected in real time, which reduces the influence of environmental factors on the parameter data sensed by the sensor and improves the accuracy of the data sensed by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventors: Minglei Chu, Zehua Dong, Hao Zhang, Lili Chen, Yukun Sun, Yakun Wang, Xuefeng Wang, Jinghua Miao
  • Patent number: 11518040
    Abstract: An automated robot design pipeline facilitates the overall process of designing robots that perform various desired behaviors. The disclosed pipeline includes four stages. In the first stage, a generative engine samples a design space to generate a large number of robot designs. In the second stage, a metric engine generates behavioral metrics indicating a degree to which each robot design performs the desired behaviors. In the third stage, a mapping engine generates a behavior predictor that can predict the behavioral metrics for any given robot design. In the fourth stage, a design engine generates a graphical user interface (GUI) that guides the user in performing behavior-driven design of a robot. One advantage of the disclosed approach is that the user need not have specialized skills in either graphic design or programming to generate designs for robots that perform specific behaviors or express various emotions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Fraser Anderson, Stelian Coros, Ruta Desai, Tovi Grossman, Justin Frank Matejka, George Fitzmaurice
  • Patent number: 11520857
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing a program that causes a computer to execute a process, the process includes acquiring, based on a compression model that is acquired by learning processing on a set of data generated by using a combination of values of variables and that compresses dimensions of data, a point corresponding to data generated by using a predetermined combination of the values of variables within a compressed space; acquiring, based on the point corresponding to the data generated by using the predetermined combination, a target point within the space corresponding to a target value of a characteristic changing in accordance with the values of variables, and a regression model within the space for a predetermined variable of variables, a change amount of the predetermined variable; and changing the value of the predetermined variable included in the predetermined combination by using the change amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Inventor: Hisanao Akima
  • Patent number: 11512573
    Abstract: A method for performing a fracturing operation in a subterranean formation of a field. The method includes obtaining, during the fracturing operation, distributed optical fiber data from a downhole sensor of a treatment well in the subterranean formation, and determining, based on the distributed optical fiber data, an active perforation location from a number of pre-determined perforation locations of the treatment well. The active perforation location is a location of fluid flow into the subterranean formation during the fracturing operation. The method further includes generating, based at least on the active perforation location, a fracturing model for the subterranean formation, and performing, based on the fracturing model, modeling of the fracturing operation to generate a modeling result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Le Calvez, David Sobernheim, Sr.
  • Patent number: 11507711
    Abstract: A control circuit provides a user with an opportunity to create a custom virtual three-dimensional kitchen component selected from a categorical list of available customizable kitchen components. Upon detecting the user's assertion of the opportunity, the control circuit automatically provides the user with an interactive form that includes a plurality of selectable features for the selected customizable kitchen component. Upon receiving user entries regarding the plurality of selectable features, the control circuit automatically defines a customized virtual three-dimensional kitchen component that comports with the user entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher Allen Huebner
  • Patent number: 11506814
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating candidate designs and selecting a fracturing position design scheme for a horizontal well to be fractured based on fracturing potential are disclosed. A fracturing potential value of each designed fracturing point or each fracturing point is calculated using obtained values of various indexes of various depth points. A first corresponding relation between fracture conductivity value and the fracturing potential value and a second corresponding relation between a fracture half length and the fracturing potential value is determined. Corresponding first simulated production data for each candidate design is generated, and the candidate design with a highest predicted net present value is selected as the fracturing position design scheme which provides higher rationality and practicability to better guide development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Yuliang Su, Wendong Wang, Kaijie Zhang, Yongmao Hao, Bin Yuan, Qi Zhang