Patents Examined by Regis J Betsch
  • Patent number: 11506809
    Abstract: A system and method for acoustically profiling a wellbore while drilling, and which identifies depths in the wellbore where the wellbore diameter is enlarged or has highly fractured sidewalls. These depths are identified based on monitoring either travel time or signal strength of acoustic signals that propagate axially in the wellbore. Correlating wellbore depth to travel time of a signal traveling downhole inside of a drill string and uphole outside of the drill string yields an average signal velocity in the wellbore. Depths having a lower average signal velocity indicate where the wellbore diameter is enlarged or has highly fractured sidewalls. These depths are also identified by generating separate acoustic signals inside and outside of the drill string, comparing signal strengths of signals reflected from the wellbore bottom, and identifying the depths based on where there is an offset in the strengths of the reflected signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Khalid Mohammed Alruwaili, Murtadha J. AlTammar
  • Patent number: 11506021
    Abstract: A method includes acquiring data associated with a field operation of equipment in a geologic environment; filtering the data using a filter where the filter includes, along a dimension, a single maximum positive value that decreases to a single minimum negative value that increases to approximately zero; and, based on the filtering, issuing a control signal to the equipment in the geologic environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Yingwei Yu
  • Patent number: 11500117
    Abstract: The present invention belongs to the field of treatment for data identification and recording carriers, and specifically relates to a method and system for evaluating the filling characteristics of a deep paleokarst reservoir through well-to-seismic integration, which aims to solve the problems that by adopting the existing petroleum exploration technology, the reservoir with fast lateral change cannot be predicted, and the development characteristics of a carbonate cave type reservoir in a large-scale complex basin cannot be identified. The method comprises: acquiring data of standardized logging curves; obtaining a high-precision 3D seismic amplitude data body by mixed-phase wavelet estimation and maximum posteriori deconvolution and enhancing diffusion filtering. According to the method and the system, the effect of identifying the development characteristics of the carbonate karst cave type reservoir in the large-scale complex basin can be achieved, and the characterization precision is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Fei Tian, Jiangyun Zhang, Qingyun Di, Wenhao Zheng, Zhongxing Wang, Yongyou Yang, Wenxiu Zhang
  • Patent number: 11486862
    Abstract: This present disclosure describes an ultrasound image display method and apparatus, a storage medium, and an electronic device. The method includes acquiring, by a device, an input signal by performing detection on a to-be-detected object, the input signal comprising a three-dimensional (3D) radio-frequency (RF) signal. The device includes a memory storing instructions and a processor in communication with the memory. The method also includes performing, by the device, a modulus calculation on the 3D RF signal to obtain envelope information in a 3D ultrasound image, the modulus calculation being at least used for directly acquiring a 3D amplitude of the 3D RF signal; and displaying, by the device, the envelope information in the 3D ultrasound image, the envelope information being at least used for indicating the to-be-detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Liang Wang
  • Patent number: 11486927
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium stores instructions, which when executed by a processing device of a diagnostic server, cause the processing device to perform certain operations. The operations include receiving, from a processing chamber, (i) measurement values of a combined signal that is based on an injection of an alternating signal wave onto a first output signal of a controller of the processing chamber, and (ii) measurement values of a second output signal of the controller that incorporates feedback from the processing chamber. The operations further include generating, based on the measurement values of the combined signal and the measurement values of the second output signal of the controller, a baseline bode fingerprint pertaining to a state associated with the processing chamber. The operations further include storing, in computer storage, the baseline bode fingerprint to be used in performing diagnostics of the processing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhang, Upendra V. Ummethala, Ajit Balakrishna
  • Patent number: 11448789
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining mechanical properties of anisotropic media are disclosed. A method for determining mechanical properties of an anisotropic media includes obtaining log data of the anisotropic media, the log data corresponding to measurements of the anisotropic media collected with a logging tool; determining values for a plurality of first stiffness components of a stiffness matrix based on horizontal and vertical velocities derived from the log data; determining an upper bound for a second stiffness component of the stiffness matrix based on the values for the plurality of first stiffness components; estimating a value for the second stiffness component based on the determined upper bound; determining a mechanical property of the anisotropic media based on the estimated value of the second stiffness component; and providing the determined mechanical property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehdi Eftekhari Far
  • Patent number: 11448058
    Abstract: Conventional practice for determining a life expectancy of a drilling tool has been based on simple static bending moment evaluation and/or conservative past experience life limits. This archaic practice has often led to premature scrapping of the tools and has proven to be overly conservative and cost-ineffective. Introduced herein is a BHA condition monitoring technique that combines both field data and advanced models in one system. The introduced technique is based on a combination of system and component level models to monitor and evaluate the current health and life of BHA components. The introduced technique can apply to all directional drilling BHAs, including mud motors and rotary steerable systems, and can be used at different levels of the tool's life cycle to improve efficiency, reduce downhole failure incidents, and maximize assets' utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Hossam Gharib, Julien Marck
  • Patent number: 11409013
    Abstract: A method is described for property estimation including receiving a seismic dataset representative of a subsurface volume of interest and a well log from a well location within the subsurface volume of interest; identifying seismic traces in the seismic dataset that correspond to the well location to obtain a subset of seismic traces; windowing the subset of seismic traces and the well log to generate windowed seismic traces and a windowed well log; multiplying the windowed seismic traces and the windowed well log by a random matrix to generate a plurality of training datasets; and training a neural network using the plurality of training datasets. The method may be executed by a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Ke Wang, Laura L. Bandura, Dimitri Bevc, James P. Disiena, Adam Dean Halpert, Bruce A. Power, Ellen Xiaoxia Xu
  • Patent number: 11372395
    Abstract: Methods and systems for data collection in an industrial environment include a data collector communicatively coupled to a plurality of input channels, wherein at least one of the input channels is connected to a vibration detection facility coupled to a plurality of vibration components. A data storage stores a plurality of vibration patterns for the plurality of vibration components in a library of vibration patterns. A data acquisition circuit interprets a plurality of detection values, each comprising a representation of collected data corresponding to at least one of the plurality of input channels. An expert system analysis circuit analyzes the plurality of detection values to determine if one of the plurality of vibration components has a recognized vibration pattern corresponding to a stored vibration pattern from the library of vibration patterns. A response circuit provides an alarm condition in response to the vibration component having the recognized vibration pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin, Mehul Desai
  • Patent number: 11366002
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for detecting a fault state at an FMCW-based fill level measuring device, including performing two reference measurements successively in time, a first reference measurement signal and a second reference measurement signal, using the filling level measuring device under a predefined reference measurement condition. In each of the two reference measurement signals a characteristic parameter is determined, wherein a change in the characteristic parameter over time is determined by comparing the two reference measurement signals. A fault state is detected when the change in the characteristic parameter exceeds a predefined maximum characteristic parameter change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO. KG
    Inventors: Manuel Sautermeister, Winfried Mayer
  • Patent number: 11353850
    Abstract: System for data collection and monitoring in an industrial environment are disclosed. A data acquisition circuit may interpret a plurality of detection values, each of the plurality of detection values corresponding to at least one of a plurality of input sensors. A data storage circuit may store sensor specifications, anticipated state information and detected values for use by a signal evaluation to determine a sensor overload status, a sensor fault status or a sensor validity value of at least one sensor in response to the plurality of detection values and at least one of an anticipated state information or a sensor specification. A response circuit may perform an operation in response to one of a sensor overload status, a sensor health status, or a sensor validity status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin, Mehul Desai
  • Patent number: 11346813
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to investigate a multiple nested conductive pipe structure can be implemented in a variety of applications. An electromagnetic pulsed tool disposed in the multiple nested conductive pipe structure in a wellbore can make a set of log measurements and provide a measured log at different depths in the multiple nested conductive pipe structure. A test setup or library can provide a set of small defect log measurements. Processing circuitry can process the set of log measurements to generate thickness estimations of the multiple nested conductive pipes and processing circuitry can process the set of small defect log measurements to generate small defect thickness estimations. Processing circuitry can solve a system of equations involving the thickness estimations and the small defect thickness estimations to generate thickness variations for the multiple nested conducted pipes over the different depths. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Reza Khalaj Amineh, Ahmed E. Fouda, Burkay Donderici, Luis Emilio San Martin
  • Patent number: 11350237
    Abstract: A device is provided for use with a database having stored therein, a plurality of signatures corresponding to a plurality of fields, respectively, wherein the plurality of fields correspond to a plurality of locations, respectively. The device includes an accessing component, a field-detecting component, a comparing component and an identifying component. The accessing component can access one of the plurality of signatures from the database. The field-detecting component can detect a first field based on a first location and can generate a detected field signature based on the detected first field. The comparing component can generate a comparison signal based on a comparison of the detected field signature and one of the plurality of signatures. The identifying component can identify the first location based on the comparison signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Sfara, Inc.
    Inventor: Sascha Simon
  • Patent number: 11340589
    Abstract: Methods and systems for data collection in an industrial environment include a data collector communicatively coupled to a plurality of input channels, wherein at least one of the input channels is connected to a vibration detection facility coupled to a plurality of vibration components. A data storage stores a plurality of vibration patterns for the plurality of vibration components in a library of vibration patterns. A data acquisition circuit interprets a plurality of detection values, each comprising a representation of collected data corresponding to at least one of the plurality of input channels. A data analysis circuit analyzes the plurality of detection values to determine if one of the plurality of vibration components has a recognized vibration pattern corresponding to a stored vibration pattern from the library of vibration patterns. A response circuit adjusts a process of the environment in response to the vibration component having the recognized vibration pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin, Mehul Desai
  • Patent number: 11337652
    Abstract: A method for determining spatial information for a multi-segment articulated rigid body system having at least an anchored segment and a non-anchored segment coupled to the anchored segment, each segment in the multi-segment articulated rigid body system representing a respective body part of a user, the method comprising: obtaining signals recorded by a first autonomous movement sensor coupled to a body part of the user represented by the non-anchored segment; providing the obtained signals as input to a trained statistical model and obtaining corresponding output of the trained statistical model; and determining, based on the corresponding output of the trained statistical model, spatial information for at least the non-anchored segment of the multi-segment articulated rigid body system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Kaifosh, Timothy Machado, Thomas Reardon, Erik Schomburg, Calvin Tong
  • Patent number: 11333783
    Abstract: A method for estimating the depth-domain seismic wavelets from depth-domain seismic data and synthesizing depth-domain seismic records. The method includes: obtaining depth coordinates and P-wave velocity v and density from well log, calculating a corresponding reflectivity series r; performing constant-velocity depth conversion for a seismic trace S and a reflectivity series r by using a velocity vc as a reference velocity to obtain the converted seismic trace S1 and the converted reflectivity series r1; and estimating a depth-domain seismic wavelet w based on the Gibbs sampling method; synthesizing depth-domain seismic record by using the P-wave v, the reflectivity series r and the estimated depth-domain seismic wavelet w.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Chengdu University of Technology
    Inventors: Xuehua Chen, Shuaishuai Jiang, Jie Zhang, Wei Jiang, Bingnan Lv
  • Patent number: 11326448
    Abstract: A pressure testing system for analyzing a rock formation includes a tubular support member sized to pass into a wellbore of the rock formation and an adjustable loading device configured to exert a radial load against the wall of the wellbore. The adjustable loading device includes multiple expandable members distributed around a circumference of the tubular support member and configured to expand to respectively exert multiple radial pressures against the wall of the wellbore that together provide the radial load. The pressure testing system further includes a control module configured to selectively control expansion of each expandable member of the multiple expandable members to vary the radial load exerted by the adjustable loading device as a function of an angle around the circumference of the tubular support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Khalid Mohammed M. Alruwaili
  • Patent number: 11321403
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method, an apparatus, and a computing device for determining dissemination heat degree of information. The method for determining dissemination heat degree of information includes analyzing N levels of sharing data of specific network information to determine parameters related to each sharing level of the specific network information, where N is a natural number greater than 1; and calculating a dissemination heat degree S of the specific network information based on the parameters related to the sharing of the specific network information. The dissemination heat degree obtained according to the disclosed method, apparatus, and computing device can be used to predict the popular level of the specific network information during the subsequent dissemination process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU UCWEB COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Huijuan Chen
  • Patent number: 11320542
    Abstract: In a method for determining a position, in particular of a vehicle, a first position determination entity is defined as the active position determination entity. The position determined by the active position determination entity is output as the currently determined position. A further position determination entity is started and determines a position on the basis of the received sensor data. If the further position determination entity has reached a stable status, it is defined as the active position determination entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: ELEKTROBIT AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Fabian Kirsch
  • Patent number: 11313683
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a control unit that determines reliability of positioning information of a user calculated on a basis of sensed information output from a sensing unit built in a portable information processing device. According to the present disclosure, it is possible to determine the reliability of positioning information. Note that the effects described above are not necessarily limitative. With or in the place of the above effects, there may be achieved any one of the effects described in this specification or other effects that may be grasped from this specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masato Kimishima