Patents Examined by Tara M. Pinnock
  • Patent number: 9976273
    Abstract: A foundation system for the foundation of an offshore structure includes a monopile having an anchoring portion anchorable in a seabed and a connection portion disposed at the opposite end. A platform structure is connected directly to the connection portion of the monopile or indirectly via a transition piece. The platform structure is disposable above a water surface. The foundation system includes at least two stabilizing devices connected directly to the platform structure or indirectly to the platform structure via the transition piece. The stabilizing devices are attachable to the seabed such that tensile forces or compression forces are transmittable between the seabed and the platform structure. Securing points on the stabilizing devices, together with the connection portion of the monopile, define a plane having a horizontally extending component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Innogy SE
    Inventor: Daniel Bartminn
  • Patent number: 9903086
    Abstract: A friction reducing jacket is applied to a pile. The jacket comprises a sheet material and is formed in a shape that can conform to the exterior surface of the pile. The sheet material comprises a thermoplastic, e.g., polyolefin, and a slip agent, e.g., amide. A method of shielding a pile from downward force exerted by backfilled earthen materials during settlement includes the steps of providing a friction reducing jacket constructed of sheet material comprising a thermoplastic polymer and an amide slip agent; driving the pile into soil, leaving a portion of the pile above the soil exposed; wrapping the friction reducing jacket around the exterior surface of the exposed portion of the pile such that the interior surface of the jacket contacts the exposed exterior surface of the pile; and placing backfilled earthen materials around the jacketed section of the pile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Foundation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Frankie A. R. Queen
  • Patent number: 9856622
    Abstract: A method is for supporting a retaining wall that includes a number of wall blocks positioned to retain material against a rear side of the plurality of wall blocks. The method includes attaching the rear side of at least one of the wall blocks to at least one ground-stabilizing base body supporting the wall blocks. Kits and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Gordon McIntosh, Brent Lester Paul Loates, Calum James Buchan
  • Patent number: 9850647
    Abstract: A molded plastic arch shape cross section stormwater chamber having a corrugated wall comprises separately molded half chambers which are connected by coupling features at a joint region at the top of the chamber, which coupling feature optionally includes at least one locking rod running lengthwise in proximity to the joint region. Preferably, the half chambers are made in the same mold and modified so they are mirror images of each other. The half chambers may be compactly stored and transported in nested condition. Near the point of use, the chambers may be assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Bryan A. Coppes, Paul R. Holbrook
  • Patent number: 9835268
    Abstract: A marine pipeline installation system for laying an offshore pipeline and/or installing a subsea riser includes a pipeline launch tower, a pipeline guide provided at an elevated position for guiding said pipeline to the pipeline launch trajectory along said tower, one or more tensioners, an abandonment and recovery (A&R) system including at least one A&R cable and associated A&R winch and a sheave arrangement with one or more sheaves supported by the pipeline launch tower at an upper position thereof. An auxiliary trolley is provided which is adapted to support the weight of the launched pipeline and which is movable along a rail in the pipeline launch trajectory when the one or more tensioner frames are in the retracted non-operable position, from a position above the uppermost tensioner to a position below the lowermost tensioner, the rail being supported by the pipeline launch tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Terence Willem August Vehmeijer, Ronny Lambertus Waltherus Nouwens
  • Patent number: 9816240
    Abstract: The present invention relates to apparatuses, methods, and systems for removing sediment from waterway bottoms and pumping the sediment through pipelines. More particularly, the present invention relates to apparatuses, methods, and systems for sediment control and altering the average effective depth in a section of rivers, streams and channels for maintaining the navigability of waterways and coastal restoration. The apparatus preferably comprises a sediment harvesting platform preferably positioned above a water surface; a sediment suction inlet or sediment sink preferably positioned below the top level of source sediment or within a sand bar including a grating, a sediment pump, a venturi including an auger/propeller, and a water jet; a flow control valve; and a pipeline for pumping sediment. The apparatus may further comprise a sediment conveyor including sediment inlets and a remote controlled pulsing valve. The apparatus may further comprise sensor(s) and a programmable logic controller (PLC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: John A. Tesvich
  • Patent number: 9816246
    Abstract: A noise-attenuating pile comprising a pile driving shoe, an outer tube that engages the pile driving shoe, and an inner member that extends through the outer tube and engages the pile driving shoe, wherein the pile is configured to be installed in the ground with either an impact driver or a vibratory driver that engages only the inner member. The inner member is rigidly connected to the driving shoe, and the outer tube is elastically connected to the driving shoe, such that vibrations from the outer tube is substantially isolated from vibrations in the driving shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: University of Washington Through its Center for Commercialization
    Inventors: Per G. Reinhall, John Timothy Dardis, II
  • Patent number: 9816239
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods for securing an elongate apertured fence to the ground. The fence includes an upper section which is apertured and which extends upwards from the ground, and a lower section which may or may not be apertured and which is not buried in the ground. The lower section is contacted by a footing member which is secured to the ground and which stabilizes the fence along a desired line along the ground. In some embodiments, the lower fence section is parallel to the ground, and at least part of the footing member lies between the lower fence section and the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Vincent P. Morris
  • Patent number: 9815660
    Abstract: A drilling rig includes a base and a rotation unit for drilling a hole in a mine surface. The rotation unit is moveably coupled to the base. The drilling rig further includes a cable feed device for feeding a cable bolt into the hole created by the rotation unit. The cable feed device is moveably coupled to the base and includes a pair of wheels and a transmission. The cable bolt is received between the pair of wheels. The transmission is coupled between the rotation unit and at least one of the wheels to transmit power from the rotation unit to at least one of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Will Eddowes, Brant Wright, Michael Georgiou
  • Patent number: 9808873
    Abstract: A method is provided for removing an abandoned marine platform from a seabed. The platform extends below the seabed mud line. In order to remove the platform, a frame is provided having a perimeter that surrounds an open center. The frame is lowered over the platform wherein the platform occupies the open center portion. A movable cutter cable is fitted to the frame. At least a part of the cutter cable is positioned below the mud line. The cutter is moved relative to the frame to cut the platform below the mud line. Such movement can be a back and forth movement wherein the cutter cable moves in a first direction, stops and then moves in a second direction that is generally opposite the first direction. A lifting device can employ two vessels and two frames, each frame bridging from one vessel to the other. Winches on the vessel can be used to provide movement to the cutter cable. These same winches can take up cable slack as cutting moves from one platform member (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Jon Khachaturian
  • Patent number: 9797107
    Abstract: A hydroelectric power generating apparatus includes a check dam mounted on a hilltop portion of a hillside to accumulate water of a river reach, a power generating device mounted on a hill bottom portion of the hillside to be driven by a kinetic energy carried by the water for power generation, a diversion pipe extending from the check dam to the power generating device and having at least one diversion duct which extends along the river reach to make a pipeline that converts gravitational potential energy of the water into the kinetic energy, and a surge tank disposed to stand uprightly from the diversion duct for balancing pressure in the diversion duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Kuo-Chang Huang
  • Patent number: 9790655
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a system and a method for injecting a composition into soil. The composition is passed under pressure into a filler tube housed within an expandable element situated in a first hole. When the composition is pumped, therein the filler tube is raised and, the expandable element expands when the composition fills the expandable element, thereby solidifying the adjacent soil. Further, due to expansion, the structure above the ground is lifted. The rate of pumping the composition into the filler tube is determined by pressure of the composition, the type of soil, or by the chemical reaction detected by a first sensor and/or a second sensor present in a second or third hole. The material injected into the ground improves the soils beneath a structure, such as a house to create a resistance once the material permeates the soil and expands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Polymer Technologies Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Yamil Dominguez
  • Patent number: 9758943
    Abstract: A simulated stone or brick column or retaining wall is made up of rows of masonry blocks of generally trapezoidal configuration arranged in end-to-end relation to one another in each row, each block including a recessed portion being aligned with one another in each row and each block having textured wall surfaces simulating the appearance of brick or stone along one or more wall surfaces arranged in different configurations without the necessity of interlocking the blocks together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Edward J. Anderson, Geoffrey S. Parrington, Dion T. DeMeyer
  • Patent number: 9751119
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a composition, process and apparatus for soil remediation on site using an encapsulating agent to separate contaminants from soil. The contaminated soil is saturated with the encapsulating agent, creating an immediate reaction causing the contaminants to dissociate from the soil in favor of association with the encapsulating agent. The encapsulating agent attracts and associates with the contaminants but do not dissolve them, resulting in a clearly-defined heterogeneous mixture with at least three phases, wherein said phases include contaminants at the top of the mixture, encapsulation agent at the middle and cleansed soil at the bottom of the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Jose Rafael Hernandez, Antonio Ruben Camacho
  • Patent number: 9739023
    Abstract: A rapid-deployment system for containing oil spills and similar water contaminations comprises a pre-manufactured sleeve having air-inflatable or gas-inflatable compartments and water inflatable compartments. In some embodiments uninflated sleeve is stored as a reel of sleeve material, and the deployment system, optionally mounted in a small boat, comprises a machine for inflating the air and water compartments at the site of a spill. In some embodiments, air and/or water compartments may be self-inflating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HARBO Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Arnon Shany, Boaz Ur, Haim Greenberg
  • Patent number: 9732612
    Abstract: A barrier forming apparatus for forming a barrier between an exposed tunnel face (107) and a tunnel boring machine (100), the barrier being formed by the application to the tunnel face of a barrier mixture comprising two highly reactive first and second components. The barrier forming apparatus (10) includes a first reservoir (11) for storing the first component, a second reservoir (12) for storing the second component, and a plurality of applicators (13, 14 and 15). The barrier forming apparatus (10) also includes a third reservoir (56) that is used to store a clearing fluid and a piston flow divider (58) having an inlet (59) and three chambers having respective outlets, (61, 62 and 63) that are in fluid communication with a respective applicator (13, 14 and 15). The applicators are maintained in a state of readiness by a regular supply of clearing fluid passing there through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Glen Roy Maynard
  • Patent number: 9732493
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for attenuating water pressure pulses generated during sea piling when a percussion mechanism is used, including the stage of driving at least one pile into an earth by a percussion mechanism, while along at least a part of its axial extension, the pile is surrounded by water and at least partly by a tubular outer sleeve; and at least one gas-filled space is provided between the inner periphery of the outer sleeve and the outer periphery of the pile. The apparatus includes mechanisms for providing the gas-filled space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Claes-Goran Johansson, Petter Johansson, Thies Helbig
  • Patent number: 9719484
    Abstract: An infrastructure arrangement for use in an underwater power generation installation includes a support structure adapted for engagement with a bed of a body of water, and an infrastructure module adapted to house infrastructure equipment for connection to power generating units of the installation. The infrastructure module is releasably engageable with the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Tidal Generation Limited
    Inventor: Benjamin Palethorpe
  • Patent number: 9719309
    Abstract: A vortex induced vibration suppression system for use on a subsea riser system having either a stake or fairing component includes at least one fiber optic sensor mounted on the component. The fiber optic sensor associated with the riser includes at least one sensor for producing a sensor signal. The system may include a plurality of sensors and the plurality of signals produced thereby are combined at a multiplexer for generating a single, composite sensor signal. The signal may be monitored in real time or near real time for observing and monitoring the reaction of the subsea riser to conditions inducing vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: David V. Brower
  • Patent number: 9708788
    Abstract: A concentrically loaded foundation pier system which includes several concentrically stacked steel pipes filled with concrete. The entire pier is installed centrally beneath the footing of the structure. Shims are placed between the top-most pier element and a pier cap which prevents shifting when the soil expands and contracts. The final structure is end-loaded and pressed to the bedrock or other load-bearing strata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey W. Teague, Vincent E. Branaman