Patents Examined by Roger Schoeppel
  • Patent number: 6883611
    Abstract: A sealed multilateral junction system provides fluid isolation between intersecting wellbores in a subterranean well. In a described embodiment, a method of forming a wellbore junction includes the steps of sealing a tubular string in a branch wellbore to a tubular structure in a parent wellbore. The tubular string may be secured to the tubular structure utilizing a flange which is larger in size than a window formed in the tubular structure. The flange may be sealed to the tubular structure about the window by a metal to metal seal or by adhering the flange to the tubular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray C. Smith, Terry A. Schroter
  • Patent number: 6877557
    Abstract: An in-well monitoring and flow control system with an improved power supply. A separate high voltage (18) and low voltage power supply (23) is provided together with a cable (14) which has at least two separate cores; one core (24) for high voltage power and the other core (26) for low voltage power and control monitoring communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Expro North Sea Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Richards, William George Nigel Parkinson Webster
  • Patent number: 6820690
    Abstract: A technique for facilitating the use of a variety of completion elements in a wellbore environment. The technique utilizes an insertion guide disposed within an open-hole section of a wellbore. The insertion guide may be radially expanded towards the surrounding formation to remove excess annular space. The expansion of the insertion guide further allows the use of a completion element having a greater diameter than would otherwise be afforded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Claude Vercaemer, Hubertus V Thomeer
  • Patent number: 6814162
    Abstract: A drill bit, comprising a bit body, a sensor disposed in the bit body, a single journal removably mounted to the bit body, and a roller cone rotatably mounted to the single journal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Moran, George B. Witman, IV
  • Patent number: 6814161
    Abstract: A stakedown assembly for a horizontal directional drill that multiplies the travel of a hydraulic cylinder so that the drive head travels twice the distance of the hydraulic cylinder travel. A gear pinion is pivotally attached to a top end of the hydraulic cylinder. A first gear rack is fixedly attached to a tower, and a second gear rack is fixedly attached to a drive head. The gear pinion floats between the two gear racks, thus, producing multiplication when the hydraulic cylinder is actuated. This allows the use of a shorter hydraulic cylinder and results in a smaller overall stakedown assembly height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Draney, Donald C. Sassor, Jeffrey S. Volden
  • Patent number: 6802379
    Abstract: A method for drilling a well below a body of water as disclosed which includes injecting into the well, at a depth below the water surface, a liquid having a lower density than a density of a drilling mud producing a mixture of drilling mud and low-density liquid in the well. The mixture of drilling mud and low-density liquid is withdrawn from an upper end of the well. The drilling mud and the low-density liquid are separated, with at least a portion of the separated low-density liquid returned to the depth below the water surface and at least a portion of the separated drilling mud returned to an upper end of the drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Charles Rapier Dawson, Yuh-Hwang Tsao, Sandra Nowland Hopko
  • Patent number: 6789621
    Abstract: An intelligent well system and method has a sand face completion and a monitoring system to monitor application of a well operation. Various equipment and services may be used. In another aspect, the invention provides a monitoring system for determining placement of a well treatment. Yet another aspect of the invention is an instrumented sand screen. Another aspect is a connector for routing control lines. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney J. Wetzel, Sudhir Pai, David R. Smith, Peter V. Howard, Craig D. Johnson, Jake A. Danos, Patrick W. Bixenman
  • Patent number: 6782959
    Abstract: A cutter element for a drill bit has a crest that defines a crest line. The crest can be non-rectilinear. The crest line of each cutter element defines an angle with respect to the axis of the rolling cone on which the cutter element is mounted. The cutter elements define different angles with respect to the cone axis and with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Smith International, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Minikus, Chris E. Cawthorne, Stephen C. Steinke, Gary R. Portwood, Gary E. Garcia, David P. Moran, Quan V. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6776235
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to the art of hydraulic fracturing in subterranean formations and more particularly to a method and means for optimizing fracture conductivity. According to the present invention, the well productivity is increased by sequentially injecting into the wellbore alternate stages of fracturing fluids having a contrast in their ability to transport propping agents to improve proppant placement, or having a contrast in the amount of transported propping agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin England
  • Patent number: 6763899
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling fluidic torque in a downhole tool is provided. One or more rotatable components of the downhole tool comprise a deformable material, such as rubber or SMA, selectively deformable in response to the flow of fluid through the downhole tool. The rotatable components may include a rotor and/or a turbine of a generator in the downhole tool. Non-rotatable components, such as the stator of the generator, may also be deformable. The rotor, the stator, and/or turbine may comprise a deformable material capable of selectively deforming in response to the flow of drilling mud through the generator. The desired deformation and/or the desired torque may be controlled by adjusting the parameters of the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Sepand Ossia, Larry Bernard, Alex G. Arzoumanidis, Adame Kante
  • Patent number: 6763900
    Abstract: An orienter for controlling the drilling direction in a well. A main body 40, 23 is couplable to a drill string, and a nose tubing 50 is movably mounted by a universal joint in the main body. A collar 42 with a bore 43 engages in a cam-like manner with an extension 26 of the nose tubing on the drill string side of the universal joint. The collar is movable longitudinally ‘a’ to control the magnitude ‘b’ of the nose tubing, and circumferentially ‘c’ to control the azimuth ‘d’. The nose tubing is aligned on both sides of the universal joint and the bore of the collar is angled relative to the main axis of the main body. The collar may be hydraulically or electrically controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Antech Limited
    Inventor: Antoni Miszewski
  • Patent number: 6763891
    Abstract: The wellhead assembly has a production tree with multiple safety barriers. A tubing hanger lands and seals in the bore of the tree. The tubing hanger has a lateral production flow passage that registers with a lateral passage in the tree. A tubing annulus passage extends upward from the tubing annulus to an exterior port. A second portion of the tubing annulus passage extends upward from the exterior port into the bore above the tubing hanger seal. The external port may be used for gas injection. If so, two closure members are located in the upper portion of the tubing annulus above the seal. The upper closure member may be either a check valve or a removable plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: ABB Vetco Gray Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Humphrey, Jeffrey P. Goetz, Kevin L. Ingram, Norman Brammer, Robert K. Voss, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6761231
    Abstract: A percussive tool adapted to receive rotational energy from the inner member of a dual-member drill string. In a preferred embodiment the percussive tool has a hydraulic pump, driven by a drive member, to operate the hammer assembly. In another preferred embodiment the percussive tool has a rotary-driven cam assembly adapted to mechanically operate the hammer assembly. This invention provides increased control and efficiency for the use of percussive force in horizontal directional drilling operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: The Charles Machines Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Dock, Richard Felix Sharp, Floyd R. Gunsaulis
  • Patent number: 6761233
    Abstract: An apparatus for propulsion inside an oblong cavity, such as pipes or the like, is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: AA Technology AS
    Inventor: Harald Aadland
  • Patent number: 6758276
    Abstract: A tubular body or mandrel incorporated into a string of tubular pipe, on which first and second swab cups and first and second metal brushes and a casing scraper are mounted, is run into a cased earth borehole to displace a first fluid in the borehole, usually a drilling fluid, with a second fluid, usually either a completion fluid or a workover fluid. In a first embodiment, reverse circulation, in which the second fluid is pumped into the borehole annulus above the swab cups and/or the metal brushes, and in which the first fluid is thereby pumped back towards the earth's surface through the interior of the string of tubular pipe, causes displacement of the first fluid merely by lowering the string of pipe while pumping the second fluid into the borehole annulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventor: J. Scott Reynolds
  • Patent number: 6758275
    Abstract: A method for cleaning and/or altering an inside surface and shape of a tubular in a wellbore. The method includes placing a surface finishing tool in the tubular, energizing the surface finishing tool, and causing extendable assemblies therein to extend radially to contact an inside diameter of the tubular. Moving the surface finishing tool axially and/or rotationally while the extended members are in contact with the inside diameter of the tubular cleans debris from the inside surface of the tubular. In another aspect of the invention, the tool burnishes the inside diameter of the tubular, thereby altering the surface characteristics and rounding the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventor: Burt Martin
  • Patent number: 6755247
    Abstract: Fluid property sensors and associated methods of calibrating sensors in a well provide enhanced well monitoring and control. In one described embodiment, an external venturi flowmeter is utilized to determine a flow rate of fluid from a zone into a tubing string, independent of flow into the tubing string of fluid produced from any upstream zone. In another described embodiment, a gamma ray fluid density sensor utilizes a unique combination of gamma ray sources and detectors to determine a density of fluid flowing through a tubing string. In yet another embodiment, external tubing string sensors are used to determine properties of fluid from a zone into a tubing string, independent of flow into the tubing string of fluid produced from any upstream zone. In still another embodiment, sensor systems for multiple independently produced zones are calibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon L. Moake, Eugene Linyaev, Robert A. Moore, John P. Rogers
  • Patent number: 6745846
    Abstract: The present invention relates to portions of casing that are inserted into a wellbore. The casing portions are provided with a protected portion in which a friction and/or sealing material can be located. In certain embodiments, the protected portion is provided by first and second annular shoulders that are spaced-apart axially along the length of the casing. The friction and/or sealing material is typically located on an outer surface of the casing between the annular shoulders. There is also provided a casing portion that has annular shoulders provided at either end of the casing portion, with means to connect successive casing portions located on these shoulders. The casing portion in this embodiment is provided with a friction and/or sealing material in a recessed portion of the casing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: E2 Tech Limited
    Inventors: Gareth Innes, Peter Oosterling
  • Patent number: 6745856
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for processing deleterious material on a floating vessel during transportation from a well to a disposal site. The vessel contains equipment for the slurrification and agitation of the deleterious material. Such equipment includes storage tanks, slurrification units, and agitation units, as well as transfer equipment such as flow lines and vacuum or pump means. The deleterious material is transferred from the drill site to the storage tanks on the vessel. The vessel then transports the material to a disposal site, such as an injection well. During transportation, the deleterious material is processed. Such processing can include slurrification and/or agitation of the deleterious material to maintain the slurry, adding fluid if necessary. Once at the disposal site, the deleterious material slurry is then transferred from the vessel to the disposal site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: M-I, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Barry Simpson, Fabio Manotas, Tim Barr
  • Patent number: RE39209
    Abstract: A device and method for selectively controlling the flow of production fluid through a tubing string in an oil and gas well according to which a housing is connected to a tubing string for insertion into the well, and well fluid is passed from the ground surface into the housing. The housing is provided with a plug to establish well fluid pressure in the housing to actuate a packer and/or other ancillary devices. The plug can be removed from the hosing by increasing the pressure of the well fluid in the housing above a predetermined value, thus permitting the flow of production fluid from the formation zone, through the housing and the tubing string, and to the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Barton