Patents Examined by Kyle Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10214870
    Abstract: Buoyancy compensated erosion control modules and systems are provided. One embodiment includes a shell having at least one wall oriented at an off-vertical angle, a substantially enclosed inner cavity, the inner cavity at least partially filled with a foam core, a perimeter footing at the bottom of the shell, the perimeter footing having a lower cavity that is open on the bottom, at least one vertical pile sleeve and at least one battered pile sleeve, and at least one connector to couple the module to a second module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Grant Jansen, Austin Huang
  • Patent number: 10215540
    Abstract: An open water marine barrier system is provided. Embodiments include a marine barrier with two elongate buoyant members, an elongate net support member between the two buoyant members and above the buoyant members, and an elongate lower ballast member between the two buoyant members and below the buoyant members. Stanchions extend between the members to support them and maintain the spacing between them. An impact net is attached to the net support member and a stanchion extending between the two buoyant members. When a moving vessel impacts the impact net, the net deflects to transfer a force of the impact to the net support member, the stanchions, and the buoyant members, which engage the water to transfer the impact force to the water and arrest the motion of the vessel. The ballast member provides a force to restore the barrier to an upright position when the barrier rotates from vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Michael J. Osienski, Judson DeCew, Tom Sherwin, Eric H. Rines
  • Patent number: 10208544
    Abstract: A centralizer assembly and method for manufacturing a centralizer assembly. The centralizer assembly includes a mandrel including a first raised region having a first diameter, and a turned-down region having a second diameter, the second diameter being smaller than the first diameter. The centralizer assembly also includes a first stop segment extending at least partially around the mandrel in the turned-down region, and a centralizer disposed at least partially in the turned-down region. The first stop segment is received between axial extents of the centralizer, to limit a range of motion of the centralizer relative to the mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Greg P. Roger, Jeff Musselwhite, Brent James Lirette, Iain Levie
  • Patent number: 10196112
    Abstract: An observation platform device, including a platform deck, an observation mechanism disposed on the platform deck, a primary swing reduction and self-righting mechanism, and a secondary swing reduction mechanism. The primary swing reduction and self-righting mechanism includes a hollow upper support rod, a solid lower support rod, a buoyant cabin, and a counter weight cabin. The lower support rod includes a lower end fixedly connected to the counter weight cabin, and an upper end fixedly connected to the buoyant cabin. The secondary swing reduction mechanism includes a water pond, a plurality of wing-type supports, and a plurality of spaced fan-shaped floating cabins. The plurality of wing-type supports each includes an upper end fixedly connected to a lower plane of the platform deck, and a lower end fixedly connected to an upper plane of the fan-shaped floating cabins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Yan Lin, Xiaoning Jiang, Tieli Li
  • Patent number: 10196792
    Abstract: A method and a device for freezing the ground are provided with a freeze pipe closed on one front side, and an inner pipe extending into the freeze pipe for supplying a cooling agent, and wherein a hollow body is provided, whose inner diameter is larger than the outer diameter of the freeze pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ralf Schmand, Abraham Sliwo
  • Patent number: 10190281
    Abstract: This invention puts forward a sectional modular large-deformation-resistant impact-resistant composite rock bolt and its assembling method. The outer anchor module of this composite rock bolt consists of the outer anchor end, anchor tubes and anchor piers, all of which are bonded with the borehole wall through the anchorage agent to act as a full-grouted bolt. And the inner anchor module consists of the outer anchor end, anchor piers, springs and threaded rod. The threaded rod, under the traction by the outer anchor end, presses the inner anchor springs to distribute the anchoring force to the anchor piers, which then pass such force as a pressure to the anchoring agent, thus playing the role of a pressure-dispersive anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Guoan Xu
  • Patent number: 10167852
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pile upending system for upending a pile such as a monopile for the foundation of offshore wind turbines, the pile upending system comprising; a pivotally mounted pile support frame having a seat for engaging an outside wall of a pile, the pile support frame being pivotable around a support frame axis of rotation for allowing the seat to support the pile during upending, a cable system for supporting an, in use outboard, end of a pile, comprising one or more tensioned or tensionable cables having an outboard end provided with a hoisting member for supporting the outboard end of the pile during upending of said pile, an outboard support system comprising a frame member for, in use, extending outboard and supporting the hoisting member of the cable system, wherein the outboard support system is arranged with respect to the pile support frame such that the frame member extends transverse with respect to the support frame axis of rotation for arranging the hoisting member at a dista
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: IHC Holland IE B.V.
    Inventor: Klaas-Jan Mulderij
  • Patent number: 10159203
    Abstract: An irrigation system which is adapted to provide selective irrigation directly to the roots of plants. In the preferred embodiment an underground housing is used to contain the pump and control mechanism. Extending from the housing is a grouping of water permeable pipes or reservoirs which are separated from the surface and each other by water barriers. The water barriers restrict water flow therethrough but are adapted to permit roots from the plants to pass therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Mark E. Ogram
  • Patent number: 10151202
    Abstract: A mine rib support includes first and second elongate members each having a first end and a second end, a center plate having a body defining a first opening that receives the first elongate member, a second opening that receives the second elongate member, and an installation opening configured to receive a mine bolt, a first end plate defining first and second openings for receiving the first end of the first and second elongate members, respectively, and a second end plate defining first and second openings for receiving the second end of the first and second elongate members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FCI Holdings Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Dakota Faulkner, John C. Stankus, Travis Mikel Sub
  • Patent number: 10145081
    Abstract: This invention discloses a new type of force bearing cylinder which does not use any piston and its related parts for pushing/pulling its stroke. The pistonless cylinder uses ordinary liquids, e.g., fresh water or seawater, as its hydraulic fluid. The pistonless cylinder can work as a hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder interchangeably without a need for any modification, and is basically maintenance free during its service life. As one example of its applications, the disclosed pistonless cylinder can be used for deepwater pile grippers in offshore platform installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventors: James J. Lee, William W. Lee
  • Patent number: 10145079
    Abstract: A berm comprises fill material having a sloped face portion, a plurality of reinforcing members disposed within the fill material, and an impermeable membrane encapsulating the fill material. The impermeable membrane is impermeable to fluid and comprises a plurality of joined impermeable membrane segments. The sloped face portion is encapsulated by at least a portion of each of two or more of the impermeable membrane segments. Where two impermeable membrane segments encapsulating the sloped face portion meet, an upper end portion of a lower one of the impermeable membrane segments extends into the fill material and a lower end portion of an upper one of the impermeable membrane segments overlaps the lower one of the impermeable membrane segments in a shingled fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AWT IP LLC
    Inventors: John Paul Swenson, Scott K. Sheridan, Carlton Dudding
  • Patent number: 10145241
    Abstract: A roadway conduit system includes a roadway conduit section that includes a floor portion with roadway surface configured to receive traveling vehicles, a ceiling portion, and at least one sidewall portion coupled to the floor portion and the ceiling portion such that the floor, ceiling, and at least one sidewall portions define a roadway conduit volume through which the traveling vehicles traverse the roadway conduit section. The roadway conduit section includes at least two fixedly connected preformed segments. The roadway conduit system also includes a roadway conduit ingress coupled to a first location of the roadway conduit section; a roadway conduit egress coupled to a second location of the roadway conduit section; and at least one air mover configured to circulate an airflow in the roadway conduit volume in a direction of at least one of the traveling vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Electricwaze LLC
    Inventor: Ross Tessien
  • Patent number: 10132069
    Abstract: There is provided a plastic infiltration unit comprising: a top deck which extends in a plane, at least one pillar extending from the top deck for supporting the top deck, wherein the top deck is provided with at least one integrated connector arranged to connect the plastic infiltration unit with another at least one integrated connector, of another plastic infiltration unit in a side by side arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Wavin B.V.
    Inventors: Marco Van Der Scheer, Berend Jan Van Dijk
  • Patent number: 10125463
    Abstract: A drainage tile stringer system which includes a spool which has an automated hat, which translates along the stinger or shaft of the spool so that the vertical size of the spool is adjustable to accommodate differences in coils of drainage tiles. The system is automated so that a single controller can be utilized to perform all of the hydraulic functions required to load a coil onto the drainage tile stringer system and to adjust the vertical spool dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Heavy Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Hamling
  • Patent number: 10125561
    Abstract: A system for establishing hydraulic communication between a relief well and a target well, wherein a relief well is drilled to include a portion of the target wellbore that is axially offset from and substantially parallel to a portion of the relief wellbore. Thereafter, a milling system is disposed in the relief well and utilized to mill a casing window that is facing the target well. The portion of the relief well is positioned so that fluid introduced into the relief well will flow through the formation to the target well. To enhance the flow, the formation and/or the casing of the target well may be perforated, milled or partially drilled. A latch coupling disposed in the relief well casing may be utilized to engage a latch on of the milling and or a perforating tool in order to ensure proper orientation relative to the target well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Carl J. Cramm, Joe E. Hess, Andy J. Cuthbert
  • Patent number: 10119286
    Abstract: A wave propagation apparatus. The apparatus includes a container enclosing a base layer/liquid and an overlying layer/liquid separated from each other. Above the overlying layer is a driver sprocket and a driven sprocket, which rotate about their respective central shafts, which are fixed across a width of the container. A closed chain loop is disposed around the sprockets, with a plurality of paddles secured thereto at a spaced distance away from each other. The chain rotates about the sprockets as they rotate about the central shafts. The driver sprocket rotates via a motor, which is controlled by a controller and powered by a power source. The paddles travel through the overlying layer but not through the base layer, thus displacing the fluid in the overlying layer and causing a dragging wave to appear in the base layer, due to the surface friction between the base layer and the overlying layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Gleason
  • Patent number: 10119234
    Abstract: A process for installing a modular retaining wall is illustrated and described having open or closed polygonal modules with channels disposed therein. The wall is set at least partially below a surface, the surface either being land-based or aqueous-based, and interfaces therebetween, e.g., shoreline. The modules of the wall are fastened to each other by respective fastening mating fasteners. The retaining wall is installed by a process employing a fluid-assisted internal mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Truline, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Yeany
  • Patent number: 10113285
    Abstract: A revetment system includes multiple layers to reinforce a surface exposed to possible high water flow. The revetment system includes both a cellular confinement layer and an articulated block layer. The cellular confinement layer is adapted to be placed on the ground surface to be protected. The block layer is mounted on top of that cellular confinement layer. Optional geosynthetic layers may be mounted under the cellular confinement layer and between the cellular confinement layer and block layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Shoretec, LLC
    Inventor: James A. Nadeau
  • Patent number: 10112687
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and a method for efficiently converting the structure of a drilling floating platform into a structure for a production floating platform. A riser support module can be coupled to a topsides of the drilling floating platform and suspended below a moonpool or other opening through the topsides to support risers and their respective riser pull tubes, if any. The riser support module can be prebuilt and installed as a unit for example at a quayside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: Kostas F. Lambrakos, Chenteh Alan Yu, Johyun Kyoung, Djoni Eka Sidarta
  • Patent number: 10113289
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to construction of subsurface structural elements that are configured to redirect soil forces. For instance, a form may be used to construct a subsurface structural element such that the subsurface structural element redirects soil forces to vertically displace a foundation rather than have the soil forces crack or otherwise damage the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: V-Forms, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Conner, DeWayne Krawl, Omar Besim Hakim