Patents Examined by Lamia Quaim
  • Patent number: 11454106
    Abstract: A method of modeling a wellbore path in an earth model, including receiving, from an electronic drilling recorder coupled to a bottom hole assembly (BHA), a set of BHA data, and a set of operating parameters data and receiving, a set of rock formation data; generating, a representation of a wellbore path in a first section of the earth model, by assessing the set of BHA data, the set of operating parameters data, the set of rock formation data, and a first set of parameters quantifying bit steerability, walk, coefficient of friction, and overgauge borehole information. The method includes modifying, based on data received from a survey corresponding to the first section of the earth model, the first set of parameters to generate a second set of parameters, and generating a future wellbore path in a second section of the earth model by applying the second set of parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: DRILLSCAN FRANCE SAS
    Inventor: Stephane Menand
  • Patent number: 11448023
    Abstract: A method for determining a screen break may include obtaining a fluid stream after a screening system in a drilling process; placing the fluid stream into a screen break detector; obtaining a pressure within a well of the screen break detector when the screening system is in a first state; obtaining a pressure within the well of the screen break detector when the screening system is in a second state; determining a differential pressure within the well of the screen break detector obtained when the screening system is in the second state compared to the pressure when the screen break is in the first state; and transmitting a notification to an operator when the pressure within the screen break detector obtained when the screening system is in the second state is greater than the pressure within the screen break detector when the screening system is in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Eric Cady
  • Patent number: 11434749
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described that can be used for locating conductive bodies such as wellbore casing or piping disposed below the earth's surface. An electrical current can be excited in a conductive body in each wellbore in a given area to produce a magnetic field, and the magnetic field can be detected by a ranging tool. Location and current parameters can be determined for an estimated number of wellbores producing non-negligible contributions to the magnetic field, and the estimated number of wellbores can be adjusted until the number of contributing wellbores is determined. Location solutions can be returned for each of the contributing wellbores, and the location solutions can be employed to facilitate exploration of drilling applications such as well avoidance, well intersection and/or steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) steering operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Burkay Donderici, Baris Guner
  • Patent number: 11421492
    Abstract: A method includes running a lock mandrel into a subterranean wellbore, setting the lock mandrel in a landing nipple located at a specified depth in the subterranean wellbore, acquiring data within a control unit, the data including information regarding a position of the lock mandrel in the landing nipple, transmitting the data in real time from the control unit to a surface of the wellbore, and determining a position of the lock mandrel in the landing nipple based on the transmitted data. An apparatus includes a landing nipple having an internal locking profile, a lock mandrel having an external locking profile configured to engage the internal locking profile of the landing nipple, a sensor coupled to the landing nipple, and a control unit coupled to the landing nipple and configured to receive data from the sensor and transmit the received data to a surface of the wellbore in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Mario Augusto Rivas Martinez, Monty B. Gilleland
  • Patent number: 11421525
    Abstract: A system and method of drilling a wellbore to a target may include measuring attitudes at two adjacent survey stations along a wellbore using a downhole surveying tool. An actual change in wellbore position over a survey leg linking the two survey stations may be determined. Corrections may be applied to the measured attitude at one or both of the survey stations such that an estimated well path joining the survey stations indicates the determined actual change in wellbore position between the two survey stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Magnetic Variation Services, LLC
    Inventors: Stefan Maus, Marc Ernest Willerth, Jarrod Shawn Deverse
  • Patent number: 11396774
    Abstract: Steering mechanisms for use in RSS systems may be devoid of an elastomeric piston seal. Pistons of the steering mechanisms have a convex cross-section that permit the piston to pivot along with a steering pad while moving laterally or radially along a piston axis defined by a piston bore. Hydraulic pressure may be maintained as the pad is extended since a limited gap size between the piston and the bore may be maintained throughout the motion of the pistons. The pistons may be retained to the steering pad in a T-slot and may be elongated in a direction orthogonal to the axis of the piston bore. A groove may be provided around the piston for a receiving a back-up seal therein. The back-up seal may include wear resistant balls embedded in a matrix, and balls may be preloaded to serve as flow restrictors even when worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry DeLynn Chambers, Lizheng Zhang, Neelesh Deolalikar, Wei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11396781
    Abstract: A diverter assembly may include a diverter body assembly. The diverter body assembly may also include a diverter body, the diverter body fluidly coupled to the annulus of a wellbore via a casing or riser, and the diverter body including one or more diverter outlet ports fluidly coupled to the annulus of the wellbore. The diverter body assembly may also include an upper packer assembly. The upper packer assembly may include a packer sleeve, the packer sleeve mechanically coupled to the diverter body. The packer sleeve may include one or more breach lock slots. The upper packer assembly may also include an upper packer body having one or more packer breach lock tabs engaged with the breach lock slots of the packer sleeve. The diverter assembly may also include a diverter support housing, the diverter support housing coupled to the diverter body assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Equipment Resources International, Inc.
    Inventors: David Webb, Richard Romero
  • Patent number: 11396787
    Abstract: A downhole tool system includes a downhole tool. The downhole tool includes a body having a bore formed axially-therethrough. An inner surface of the body defines an asymmetric shoulder. The downhole tool also includes an upper cone configured to be received within the bore of the body from an upper axial end of the body. The upper cone is configured to move within the body in a first direction from the upper axial end toward the shoulder in response to actuation by a setting assembly, which forces at least a portion of the body radially-outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: INNOVEX DOWNHOLE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Kellner, Nick Tonti
  • Patent number: 11384616
    Abstract: A multi-string section milling tool has a longitudinally extending tubular body with mill carriers carrying hardened cutters that pivotally extend from a mill window in the tubular body by upward movement of a drive plunger. A downwardly biased piston mounted to the upper end of a flow tube is slidably inserted through a stationary thimble below the piston. The lower end of the flow tube is attached to a drive plunger which is pivotally attached to drive yoke links pivotally attached the mill carriers. The piston and thimble creates a pressure chamber in the milling tool. Fluid pressure in the pressure chamber moves the piston, flow tube and drive plunger upward to pivotally extend the drive yoke links and mill carriers radially outward through the mill window. Cessation of fluid pressure in the pressure chamber retracts the mill carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Dynasty Energy Services, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Ruttley, Gerald J. Cronley
  • Patent number: 11384631
    Abstract: A method of condition monitoring of tubing (10) in an injection well (12). A baseline measurement of friction loss in the tubing is taken by obtaining pressure responses at the wellhead (34) and downhole for a number of injection rates. After a period of time, pressure responses at the wellhead and downhole are taken when the well is shut-in. Analysis of the Instantaneous Shut-In Pressure (ISIP) at the wellhead and downhole on shut-in provide the friction loss in the tubing for the last injection rate before shut-in. A comparison can be made with the baseline measurement of friction loss to indicate deterioration of the inner surface of the tubing if the friction loss has increased. The baseline measurement may be made using a step rate test or by analysis of the combined ISIP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: GEOMEC ENGINEERING LTD.
    Inventor: Frederic Joseph Santarelli
  • Patent number: 11377925
    Abstract: Method of plugging a hydrocarbon well by a through-tubing technique are described. The method allows the tubing to be left in place. Only a short (<2 m) section is cut, milled, perforated, ruptured and expanded, or combinations thereof. A blocking device is sent downhole to block a bottom of the plug section, and bismuth alloy pellets dropped onto the blocking device. A heater is deployed to melt the bismuth alloy pellets. Next, the alloy liquid is allowed to cool and solidify. During solidification, the alloy expands and fills the section of well to be plugged or a portion thereof. Once primary and secondary barriers are in place, the well can be closed and the Christmas tree removed. A rock-to-rock plug can be set by removing or partially removing the tubular and outer casing, or just inner casing/tubulars can be removed if the exterior cement and casing are of sufficient quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Dan Mueller, Geir Ove Titlestad, David D. Hearn, Curtis G. Blount, Rick D. Watts, Randall S. Shafer, Dale R. Doherty
  • Patent number: 11371321
    Abstract: An apparatus for drilling a secondary borehole includes a whipstock assembly configured to be deployed in a primary borehole, the whipstock assembly including a whipstock ramp, and a drilling assembly connected to a borehole string. The drilling assembly includes a drill bit connected to an articulated string portion having a plurality of connected sections configured to move laterally with respect to one another, and the articulated string portion is configured to be diverted by the whipstock ramp in a lateral direction to initiate drilling of a secondary borehole from the primary borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jose Iguaz, Ronald Phillips
  • Patent number: 11352849
    Abstract: A deflector assembly for an object in a well. The deflector assembly may include a tubular housing and a core plug. The tubular housing may include a window through a wall of the tubular housing, a deflector below the window. The deflector may include a cavity extending through an axial length of the deflector and a deflector angled surface that is shaped to direct the object toward the window. The core plug may be removably coupleable within the cavity and include a receptacle and a second angled surface that is shaped to direct the object toward the window. The second angled surface is aligned with the deflector angled surface. The core plug may be coupleable with the deflector so as to rotate with the deflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Hepburn, Stuart A. Telfer
  • Patent number: 11346211
    Abstract: Systems and methods for conducting a well intervention operation in a well include positioning a conveyance into the well for the well intervention operation, calculating a predicted force based at least in part on a length of the conveyance that is positioned at a depth in the well, measuring a measured force for the conveyance at the depth in the well, and comparing a predicted force for the conveyance at the depth in the well with the measured force in real time to determine if the predicted force is within a predetermined range of the measured force in real time. The method further includes generating an alert if the predicted force is not within the predetermined range of the measured force in real time, and continuing with the well intervention operation if the predicted force is within the predetermined range of the measured force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Lori A. Newhouse
  • Patent number: 11319778
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method according to which debris is cleaned from a casing that extends within a wellbore. The method generally includes running a downhole tool into the casing, the downhole tool comprising an isolation tool, a setting tool, and a casing scraper. Debris is then cleaned from an inner surface of the casing at a depth interval using the casing scraper. After cleaning the debris from the inner surface of the casing, the isolation tool is set against the inner surface of the casing at the depth interval using the setting tool to isolate a zone of the wellbore. After setting the isolation tool against the inner surface of the casing, a wellbore operation is performed in which isolation of the zone of the wellbore is required. The downhole tool is then drilled out of the casing using a drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Garry Martin Howitt
  • Patent number: 11306541
    Abstract: A drill bit (11) for the drilling, in particular the rotary percussive drilling, of a hole, in particular a tap hole of a melting furnace, the drill bit (11) comprising a drill head (10), which has at least one hard material insert (16), and a base body (12) for connecting the drill bit to a driving element, the hard material insert (16) being inserted into a seat, which is formed in an axial end face (13) of the drill head (10), in such a manner that at least a head cutting edge (18) of the hard material insert (16) protrudes beyond the axial end face (13), wherein the seat has a flank portion and a mating flank portion located opposite the flank portion, between which the hard material insert (16) is disposed, the flank portion, which is disposed opposite a recess formed in the hard material insert (16), being provided with a material projection (35) which is at least partially made of a welding material, is bonded to the drill head (10) via the welding material and protrudes into the recess so as to establ
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: TMT TAPPING-MEASURING-TECHNOLOGY SARL
    Inventors: Romain Clesen, Gerhard Meier
  • Patent number: 11293243
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for installing a deflector in a primary wellbore and confirming lateral wellbore access. The hydraulic retrieving tool is coupled to the interior of the deflector and introduced into the primary wellbore. The hydraulic retrieving tool comprises a bullnose, a plurality of retractable deflective pads, and a retractable dog. The deflector comprises a deflection surface. The hydraulic retrieving tool is decoupled from the interior of the deflector at a depth in the primary wellbore by retracting the dog and the plurality of deflective pads. The hydraulic retrieving tool is removed from the interior of the deflector. The dog and the plurality of deflective pads on the hydraulic retrieving tool are expanded when the hydraulic retrieving tool is removed from the interior of the deflector. The hydraulic retrieving tool drifts at least a portion of the deflection surface to determine if there is lateral wellbore access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Franklin Charles Rodriguez, Morten Falnes, Neil Hepburn
  • Patent number: 11274536
    Abstract: A thermal fluid generator utilizes a plasma energy heat source to generate steam, and combine the steam with nitrogen gas. Combined flow streams of steam and heated nitrogen are injected downhole into subterranean reservoir to thermally stimulate the flow of hydrocarbons (such as, for example, residual oil) from a reservoir, while also increasing fluid pressure in the reservoir. The thermal fluid generator can be located at the earth's surface, or positioned downhole within a wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: VIPERA, INC.
    Inventor: James Landry
  • Patent number: 11274531
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for restraining a firing pin using a bushing for use in a downhole switch that is armed using the explosive energy of a previously detonated shaped charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Hunting Titan, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Sansing
  • Patent number: 11274543
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the technical field of rock mechanics, and in particular to a method for accurately measuring a reopening pressure of hydraulic fracturing induced fracture in a deep borehole. The method includes: pumping a fluid into a sealed inner space of a drilling pipe for energy storage; and opening a valve at a lower end of the drilling pipe such that energy is released from the fluid in the inner space of the drilling pipe under the action of pressure to inject the fluid into a test interval. In the method according to the present disclosure, a fluid is pumped into an inner space of a drilling pipe so that the inner space of the drilling pipe is used as a high-pressure fluid pump to inject the fluid in the inner space of the drilling pipe to the test interval until the closed fracture is reopened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Institute of Geomechanics, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences
    Inventors: Qunce Chen, Chongyuan Zhang, Dongsheng Sun, Xianghui Qin, Wen Meng, Quan Li, Ming Jin