Patents Examined by Shane Bomar
  • Patent number: 10815739
    Abstract: Apparatus having a fiber optic tether disposed in coiled tubing for communicating information between downhole tools and sensors and surface equipment and methods of operating such equipment. Wellbore operations performed using the fiber optic enabled coiled tubing apparatus includes transmitting control signals from the surface equipment to the downhole equipment over the fiber optic tether, transmitting information gathered from at least one downhole sensor to the surface equipment over the fiber optic tether, or collecting information by measuring an optical property observed on the fiber optic tether. The downhole tools or sensors connected to the fiber optic tether may either include devices that manipulate or respond to optical signal directly or tools or sensors that operate according to conventional principles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: John R. Lovell, Michael G. Gay, Sarmad Adnan, Kean Zemlak
  • Patent number: 10815774
    Abstract: Systems and methods for conducting production logging for a wellbore are described which incorporate production logging sensors into a bottom hole assembly which is run in on coiled tubing. The production logging system may include a tool for also conducting a secondary operation, such as milling, fishing, perforation or clean out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Silviu Livescu, D. V. Satyanarayana Gupta
  • Patent number: 10816137
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a remote well servicing system including a control unit and a remote servicing manifold. The control unit further includes a service fluid source and a control system. The remote servicing manifold further includes a fluid input line coupled to the service fluid source, a fluid output line couplable to a well component, and a valve coupled to the fluid input line and the fluid output line, wherein the valve, when actuated, places the fluid input line in fluid communication with the fluid output line and permits delivery of a service fluid from the service fluid source to the well component. The remote servicing manifold also includes a control line coupling the valve and the control system wherein the control system controls actuation of the valve via the control line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GE OIL & GAS PRESSURE CONTROL LP
    Inventors: Christopher Taylor Herman, Saurabh Kajaria, Justin Kristopher Lin, Timothy Fuller
  • Patent number: 10808461
    Abstract: An angular offset tool for directionally drilling an underground borehole is formed from a collar, a housing, and a wedge. The collar and the housing are joined by a ball-and-socket connection. An internal wedge is situated between the collar and the housing within the ball-and-socket connection such that the collar and housing are joined at a non-straight angle. At least one of the collar and the housing has a recess formed in an element of the ball-and-socket connection. The wedge is situated in the recess in contacting relationship with the collar and the housing. The wedge and the housing have interlocking features that prevent rotation of the wedge within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg L. Slaughter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10801268
    Abstract: A drill bit with individually-balanced cutting elements. The working surface of the cutters includes a balancing feature, such as an elongate ridge, and a balancing line that extends along the length of the feature, and through the center of the working surface. The cutters are positioned in the bit so that the working surface of each cutter removes formation material in an area of cut, and so that the cutter's balancing line passes through a centroid of its area of cut. A method for making a bit with individually-balanced cutters includes positioning cutters in the bit so that a cutter's balancing line passes through a selected centroid of the cutter's area of cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: National Oilwell DHT, L.P.
    Inventors: Reza Rahmani, Alejandro Castillo
  • Patent number: 10794158
    Abstract: A method for sealing cavities in or adjacent to a cured cement sheath (4) surrounding a well casing (3) of an underground wellbore comprises: —providing an expansion device (1) with edged expansion segments (2) that is configured to be moved with the expansion segments (2) in an unexpanded configuration up and down through the well casing (3); —moving the unexpanded expansion device (1) to a selected depth in the well casing (3); and —expanding the edged expansion segments (2) at the selected depth, thereby plastically expanding a selected casing section and pressing the expanded casing section into the surrounding cement sheath thereby sealing the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SHELL OIL COMPANY
    Inventor: Erik Kerst Cornelissen
  • Patent number: 10794157
    Abstract: A method, a device and a system for activating a running/setting tool are provided. The method includes: 1) detecting a wellbore condition at the running tool, 2) based on a signal from surface equipment received at the running tool, initiating an isolation of pressure below the running tool from pressure above the running tool, and 3) if the signal is not received at the running tool, initiating the isolation of pressure below the running tool from the above at a predefined time based on the wellbore condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Allen Kohn, Emile Edmund Sevadjian, Irvine Cardno Brown, Michael John Christie, Michael Adam Reid
  • Patent number: 10794152
    Abstract: A support device may include an upper portion that has a first width and a base portion that has a second width. The support device may be sized to be positioned within a tubing string. The support device may be removable from the tubing string. The support device may include a vertical support that connects the upper portion to the base portion. The vertical support may have a third width and defining a fluid flow path between the vertical support and an inner surface of the tubing string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Loc Phuc Lang, David Joe Steele, Aihua Liang
  • Patent number: 10787901
    Abstract: A pumping schedule for stimulating a well can be dynamically optimized. For example, a layer in a well can be determined to have a highest value for a characteristic. The layer can be assigned as a first layer in an ordered list. A pump rate and type of fluid to pump into the wellbore for reducing an amount of blockage to below a threshold value can be determined based on a feature of the first layer. The blockage can reduce a flow of a production fluid from the first layer into the wellbore. Changes to values for the characteristics of layers in the well resulting from pumping the fluid can be determined. Another layer in the well can be determined to have the highest value for the characteristic as a result of pumping the fluid into the wellbore and can be assigned as the first layer in the ordered list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Chaitanya Karale
  • Patent number: 10774614
    Abstract: A downhole well device for positioning within a well having a fluid, comprising an outer casing comprising a port, an inner casing at least partially located within the outer casing, seals between the inner casing and the outer casing, a rupture disk located in the port, a substance located in a space between the rupture disk and the inner casing, wherein the substance is exothermically reactive with the fluid, and a sensor configured to detect an exothermic reaction within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul D. Ringgenberg
  • Patent number: 10767454
    Abstract: A method of controlling a flow of a fluid through an inflow control device comprising a tubular within which a sliding sleeve having a longitudinal fluid passageway extends, the method includes longitudinally shifting the sliding sleeve, relative to the tubular, into a first, second, or third position, with each position associated with a different pressure differential between an external pressure applied to an external surface of the tubular with an internal pressure within the longitudinal fluid passage, and selecting a first, second, or third flow setting that corresponds with the first, second, and third pressure differential, respectively, at a surface of a well in which the inflow control device is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Wright, Ryan Wesley McChesney
  • Patent number: 10767432
    Abstract: A well drilling fishing equipment alignment device that includes a base and an inner support that is connected to and that extends from that base. The inner support is configured to receive, hold, and vertically align an equipment retrieval device, typically an overshot. Also included is an outer cover that is configured to cover and protect at least a portion of the equipment retrieval device when it is connected to the inner support. The base provides a flat bottom and a handling feature. The inner support includes a preferably hollow vertical support member that includes a lower end guide support that mates with a feature of the equipment retrieval device. Beneficially the guide support includes a perimeter lip that engages a bottom edge of an equipment retrieval device guide to form a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Tressie L. Hewitt, Michael J. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10760407
    Abstract: A system for ranging between two wellbores where an emitter electrode and return electrode of a current injection system are disposed to drive a current to a conductive member within a target wellbore to create an electromagnetic field about the conductive member. The electromagnetic field is measured utilizing a sensor disposed in an investigative wellbore, which may be in the process of being drilled. In some embodiments, the emitter electrode and return electrode are positioned on the surface of a formation, spaced apart from one another with locations on the surface selected to optimize current, and therefore, the electromagnetic field, at a desired point along the conductive member. In some embodiments, one or both of the emitter electrode and return electrode are positioned in the target wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Burkay Donderici, Clinton Moss
  • Patent number: 10760383
    Abstract: A casing shoe having a composite body portion, a coupling portion attached to one end of the body portion, and a one-way check valve assembly positioned in the body portion, the valve assembly and body portion having a centerline nozzle and a plurality of circumferentially spaced smaller diameter nozzles positioned around the centerline nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: WWT NORTH AMERICA HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Sarah Mitchell, Andrew Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 10760341
    Abstract: A method of drilling a wellbore is described using a BHA including an RSS that comprises an adjustment mechanism movable between first and second configurations to alter a drilling direction of the BHA, BHA sensor(s), and a controller. The method includes drilling, using the BHA, the wellbore with the adjustment mechanism in the first configuration; receiving, by the first controller, real-time data including inclination and azimuth angle data from the BHA sensor(s); determining, by the first controller and based on the real-time data, a relationship between an actual measurement and a target measurement that is associated with a target well path; automatically moving, by the first controller and in response to the determination of the relationship, the adjustment mechanism from the first to the second configuration; and drilling, using the BHA, the wellbore while the adjustment mechanism is in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NABORS LUX 2 SARL
    Inventors: Andrew Gorrara, Ola Stengel, Knut-arve Johnsen
  • Patent number: 10753169
    Abstract: A pressure control device may include a body having a central axis extending therefrom; at least one rotatable seal within the body, the rotatable seal configured to seal against a tubular extending through the pressure control device along the central axis and rotate within the body with the tubular; at least one coil within the body wrapped at least once around the central axis, wherein the at least one coil is configured to send characteristics of the tubular to a controller; an outlet to divert fluid from an annulus, wherein the outlet being located axially below the at least one rotatable seal, wherein the controller is configured to control the at least one rotatable seal and its engagement against the tubular based on the characteristics of the tubular received by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Babak Bob Arefi, Shunfeng Zheng, Jacques Orban, Vishwanathan Parmeshwar, Dursun Sedat Kilic, Ray Cummins
  • Patent number: 10745979
    Abstract: An expansion system is assembled by coupling a piston assembly and a solid cone assembly to an adjustable cone assembly within an expandable tubular having inner sleeve disposed in a portion thereof. The expansion system is run into a wellbore. The piston assembly is activated to move the solid cone assembly downward through the inner sleeve so as to expand the inner sleeve and the portion of the expandable tubular having the inner sleeve. The adjustable cone assembly is shifted from a retracted position to an expansion position within the inner sleeve. The adjustable cone assembly is moved upward through expandable tubular while leaving the solid cone assembly and the inner sleeve coupled to expandable tubular. The solid cone assembly and the inner sleeve may be drilled or milled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ENVENTURE GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Chee Kong Yee, Frederick Cornell Bennett, Eric James Connor
  • Patent number: 10738547
    Abstract: A borehole tool, having a cylindrical body, the cylindrical body having an upper shank, a lower shank, and a component tool disposed between the upper shank and the lower shank, wherein the tool is configured to have an outer surface airfoil configuration, whereby lift is created as fluid passes along the cylindrical body. The component tool can be a combination stabilizer tool, a reamer tool and a cutting removal tool, wherein the stabilizer tool is configured as a helical stabilizing blade and reamer blade, a flow path disposed between the helices of the stabilizing and reamer blade, the stabilizing and reamer blade further comprising a reamer cutting element disposed where an edge of the stabilizing and reamer blade meets the flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Ernest Newton Sumrall
  • Patent number: 10738573
    Abstract: Fluid flow control systems are configured to resist erosion-corrosion and minimize wall shear stress during injection or production. A fluid flow control system includes a base pipe with an internal passageway. A housing is positioned around the base pipe to define a fluid flow path between the filter component and the internal passageway. A flow control component is positioned within the fluid flow path in order to control fluid flow. A flow-induced erosion resistance component, which may take a variety of forms, is positioned within the fluid flow path to reduce and/or eliminate wall shear stress along the base pipe. As a result, erosion-corrosion of the bases pipe is reduced and/or eliminated altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Weiqi Yin, Frederic Nicolas Felten, Georgina Corona Cortes, Caleb Thomas Warren, Bryon David Mullen, Richard Hancock Merrill
  • Patent number: 10738548
    Abstract: A stochastic control method includes measuring a fluid property of a drilling fluid circulating within a mud circulation system and identifying a mud circulation model that dictates operation of the mud circulation system. The mud circulation model is based on one or more models of one or more uncertainties encountered during a wellbore drilling operation. The method further includes determining an accuracy of the mud circulation model based on a residue between the measured fluid property of the drilling fluid and a fluid property of the drilling fluid as provided by the mud circulation model, and programming a controller of the mud circulation system based on the mud circulation model to modify operation of the mud circulation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuzhen Xue, Jason D. Dykstra, Xiaoqing Ge