Patents Examined by Sunil Singh
  • Patent number: 10609856
    Abstract: An agricultural enhancement method for removing or overcoming soil fragipan, hardpan, or other natural and/or artificial soil compaction barriers is disclosed. These barriers prevent root and/or water penetration, which inhibits agricultural development. Consequently, removing and overcoming these barriers is beneficial to the soil and to agricultural yields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Troy Oliver
  • Patent number: 10604908
    Abstract: Geocells for moderate to low load applications are disclosed here. The geocells have a cell wall thickness of from 0.25 mm to 0.95 mm. They have a wall strength of from 3500 N/m to 15000 N/m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GEOTECH TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Oded Erez, Adi Erez, Izhar Halahmi
  • Patent number: 10590619
    Abstract: A helical pier and extension shaft, one end of which is formed with a thickened hexagonally shaped female end coupler using a hot forging process that swedges and compresses the walls of the female coupler into a thickened hexagonal configuration, with subsequent heat treatment to recover and enhance yield and tensile strength to the entire main body section and female end coupler of the helical pier and extension shafts. A corresponding hexagonally shaped male coupler may be milled and inertia friction welded to the opposite end of each extension shaft, or alternatively hot forged and internally upset as an integral homogeneous part of each extension shaft, thereby completing construction of the extension shaft with opposing corresponding male and female hexagonal couplers. The forgoing helical pier has particular benefits in applications requiring deep soil penetration and/or when using a grouted helical pier system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas M. Ronnkvist
  • Patent number: 10584020
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hydraulic height adjusting device for installing a heavy-weight structure to secure stable horizontal bearing power against a horizontal load of a heavy-weight upper structure. The present invention includes a lower frame which is installed on a top surface of the carrier and is provided with a plurality of receiving portions formed in an upwardly opened shape; and a hydraulic cylinder which is disposed in and engaged to the respective receiving portions of the lower frame, the hydraulic cylinder being moved in a vertical direction to adjust the height of the upper structure, in a state in which an upper end thereof supports the upper structure. The receiving portion is provided with a support guide which is interposed between an inner wall of the receiving portion and the hydraulic cylinder to annually enclose the hydraulic cylinder and thus prevent the hydraulic cylinder from being tilted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: KOREA INSTITUTE OF OCEAN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, GLORIA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hong Gun Sung, Dong Ho Jung, Jak Son, Wang Soo Ryu, Hyeong Woo Nam
  • Patent number: 10584461
    Abstract: A retaining wall system includes a face panel having a first end beam and a second end beam extending in parallel to the first end beam. The face panel extends a height defined from the first end beam to the second end beam when the face panel is oriented in an upright position. The face panel further includes a backfill side and is configured to retain a backfill material on the backfill side of the face panel. The retaining wall system further includes a support leg having a bracket for receiving the first end beam therein and an extension platform transversely oriented to the height of the face panel when the first end beam is received within the bracket. The extension platform extends away from the bracket and is configured to anchor the face panel in the upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ERS MATERIALS, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Woolbright
  • Patent number: 10570578
    Abstract: Novel streamwater remediation systems and processes are presented. The disclosed systems involve design and placement of geometric volumes of porous media of variable hydraulic conductivity within the streambed to enhance hyporheic exchange (exchange of water from the stream or constructed urban waterway compartment to the porous media, or streambed, compartment). The disclosed systems may help improve water quality in various ways, for example through the removal of contaminants from water as it passes through the streambed. In some embodiments, contaminant removal is achieved by microbes and/or reactive geomedia incorporated into the streambed structures. By pairing hydrologic/flow structures with bacteria or reactive geomedia, diverse contaminants such as metals, nutrients, organics, pathogens, and more can be sorbed, deactivated, assimilated, transformed to harmless chemicals, and otherwise removed from the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: John McCray, Skuyler Herzog, Chris Higgins
  • Patent number: 10569956
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a separator, a compressor, a mixer and a pump. The separator operates on an input gas mixture comprising carbon dioxide gas and one or more other gases, providing a separated carbon dioxide gas output. A compressor compresses the separated carbon dioxide gas output, providing a second output comprising at least one of gaseous carbon dioxide and liquid carbon dioxide. A mixer mixes the second output with liquid water under pressure to provide a third output comprising: at least one of liquid carbon dioxide and gaseous carbon dioxide; and water with dissolved carbon dioxide. A pump pumps the third output into an underground structure such that components of the third output react with available rock surfaces to form stable carbonates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Marvin S Keshner, Erik Garth Vaaler
  • Patent number: 10569977
    Abstract: The offshore jack-up has a hull and a plurality of moveable legs engageable with the seafloor. The offshore jack-up is arranged to move the legs with respect to the hull to position the hull out of the water. The method comprises moving at least a portion of a vessel underneath the hull of the offshore jack-up or within a cut-out of the hull when the hull is positioned out of the water and the legs engage the seafloor. A stabilizing mechanism mounted on the jack-up is engaged against the vessel. The stabilizing mechanism is pushed down on the vessel to increase the buoyant force acting on the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: MAERSK SUPPLY SERVICE A/S
    Inventors: Hoegni Hammer, Steen Tange Hasholt
  • Patent number: 10550530
    Abstract: In a method for optimizing a cutting process in milling machines which are used to machine road coverings, which comprise a milling device fitted with milling tools which is sprayed with liquid in order to cool the milling tools, in addition to a drive motor, the following steps are provided: detection of the at least one parameter which is representative of the instantaneous power output of the milling device and controlling the amount of cooling liquid supplied according to the at least one parameter which is representative of the instantaneous power output of the milling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Olaf Gaertner, Dieter Simons
  • Patent number: 10542660
    Abstract: An agricultural enhancement method for removing or overcoming soil fragipan, hardpan, or other natural and/or artificial soil compaction barriers is disclosed. These barriers prevent root and/or water penetration, which inhibits agricultural development. Consequently, removing and overcoming these barriers is beneficial to the soil and to agricultural yields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Troy Oliver
  • Patent number: 10544581
    Abstract: The present application discloses a prestressed tube section structure and a construction method thereof. The prestressed tube section structure includes multiple successively connected segments. A shear-resistant structure and a water stop system are arranged between two segments; multiple prestressing tendons are arranged in the tube section along the circumferential direction of the tube section; and each prestressing tendon is communicated along the longitudinal direction of the tube section, and is partitioned into multiple sections at a position close to a segment joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: CCCC Highway Consultants Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming Lin, Xiaodong Liu, Haiqing Yin, Yi Li, Wei Lin, Shanshui Zhou
  • Patent number: 10533416
    Abstract: A rock excavating device includes a shaft and a cutting element. The shaft includes a first portion and a second portion connected to an end of the first portion. The first portion is rotatable about a first axis. The second portion extends along a second axis that is oblique with respect to the first axis. The cutting element includes a cutting edge. The cutting element is supported on the second portion and rotatable about the second axis. Rotation of the first portion of the shaft about the first axis changes the orientation of the second axis and the cutting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventors: Peter A. Lugg, Geoffrey W. Keech
  • Patent number: 10526776
    Abstract: The temporary storm water storage system comprises a storage tank, an inlet pump, an outlet pump, a graded top drain, a plurality of sensors, a timer, a first valve, a second valve, and a plurality of interconnecting pipes. The temporary storm water storage system may pump flood water from a street into the storage tank when flooding is detected by the plurality of sensors. The temporary storm water storage system may pump the flood water from the storage tank into the street after a predetermined time interval once the flooding has subsided. The flood water pumped from the storage tank to the street may be drained from the street via one or more catch basins into a storm drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Leonard McNeill
  • Patent number: 10526764
    Abstract: A porewater pressure dissipater is disclosed. In one example, a disclosed dissipater includes aggregate; a cylindrical receptacle for receiving the aggregate; a plate having a top surface and a bottom surface and one or more openings transcending from the top surface to the bottom surface wherein the plate secures and compacts the aggregate in the cylindrical receptacle; and one or more access tubes coupled to the top surface of the plate wherein the one or more access tubes are positioned over the one or more openings thereby forming a passageway to the cylindrical receptacle. The disclosed dissipater allows piles and shafts to be embedded at the optimum depth without concerns of liquefaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE NEVADA SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION ON BEHALF OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO
    Inventors: Sherif A. Elfass, Gary M. Norris
  • Patent number: 10527195
    Abstract: A vessel is adapted to perform subsea wellbore related operations including module handling and laying flexible pipeline, e.g. wellbore intervention. The vessel includes a hull with a moonpool and a stationary drilling mast adjacent said moonpool. The front side of the drilling mast is provided with vertical trolley rails along which—during module handling—a module handling trolley is movable. Further one or more tensioners are provided to engage a flexible pipeline, also being supported by the by the drilling mast. The tensioner frame of a tensioner is mounted pivotably about a vertical pivot axis to the drilling mast, such that the tensioner frame is pivotable between the pipeline laying configuration wherein the lower tensioner is provided in the module handling area and an open configuration wherein a vertical trolley path is unobstructed to allow module handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Ronny Lambertus Waltherus Nouwens, Wilco Stavenuiter
  • Patent number: 10518970
    Abstract: This patent pertains to secondary containment systems. One implementation includes a support assembly that includes an elongate post member and a stabilization plate. In one instance, a stabilization plate is mounted on the elongate post member to reduce movement of the elongate post member when the stabilization plate is embedded in the ground. Another implementation includes a panel splice assembly including reinforcing members that secure overlapping, corrugated panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Allied Steel
    Inventor: Patrick Southworth
  • Patent number: 10513829
    Abstract: An edge stabilization assembly for inclined surfaces having a synthetic tuft assembly; a water-permeable polymer mesh connected on one side of the synthetic tuft assembly, and a tuft-free non-permeable woven polymer mat connected on the other side of the synthetic tuft assembly, and a plurality of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Casey Thomas Jones
  • Patent number: 10508406
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing a metal pier installed in the ground. The device includes a device to provide lateral support to the pier and a shaft configured so that a force imposed, parallel to an axis of the pier, on the device is not imposed on the pier. A method of stabilizing a pier installed in ground to support a structure. The method includes determining the location of an unstable soil zone of the ground and a stable soil zone of the ground. The method also includes placing a stabilizing plate in the unstable soil zone to provide lateral support to the pier. A device configured to lift a foundation slab above the ground. The device includes a lifting bolt and apparatus that restricts lateral deflection of the pier when a torque is applied to the lifting bolt to raise the slab. A method of stabilizing soil around a pier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Tella Firma, LLC
    Inventors: Tony H. Childress, Steven Pingree, James Fontaine
  • Patent number: 10493612
    Abstract: A demolition device support has an elongated body that includes a base frame, a base frame support member, and an upper support member. The base frame is fixedly attached to the base frame support member, which is pivotably connected to the upper support member by a hinge. A handle extension member is mounted at the upper end of the body, and includes a mount for receiving handlebar. A collar is mounted at the lower end of the body, and is configured to receive a portion of the housing of a demolition device. The demolition device support is used to support a demolition device in an ergonomic and efficient position during use of the demolition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventors: Steven M. Boswell, Jesse B. Boswell
  • Patent number: 10487468
    Abstract: A method and a mandrel for forming a cavity at a target location. The mandrel may include a main drilling shaft, a plurality of T-shaped elements, a hollow-cylindrical-shaped element, and a plurality of parallelepiped-shaped stiffener plates. The main drilling shaft may include a hammer insertion part positioned at a first end of the main drilling shaft, a bore head positioned at a second end of the main drilling shaft, and a medium part positioned between the hammer insertion part and the bore head. The plurality of T-shaped elements may be mounted adjacently around the medium part in a way such that forming a closed octagonal from a top-view of the mandrel. A first size of a first cross-section at a first location from a top-view of the plurality of T-shaped elements around the medium part may be larger than a second size of a second cross-section at a second location from the top-view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Bahman Niroumand