Patents Examined by Tara M. Pinnock
  • Patent number: 9428880
    Abstract: Modules for use in an assembly for managing the flow of water beneath a ground surface and assemblies of such modules are disclosed. The modules include supports and a deck portion and the supports are spaced apart and form channels with a main section of the deck portion. The deck portion also includes at least one section extending from a main section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Justin Ivan May, Tom Heraty, Philip J. Burkhart
  • Patent number: 9422685
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a system and method of reducing vortex induced vibration (VIV) with a plurality of tangentially disposed side plates having an open space on both faces transverse to a current flow of water. The side plates cause water separation around the plates with transverse VIV movement of the platform caused by the current flow against the platform, and the tangential side plates resist the VIV movement of the platform from the current. The side plates can be disposed tangentially around a periphery of an open truss structure below the hull of a spar platform. In another embodiment, the tangential side plates can be disposed tangentially away from a periphery of a hull to form a gap with an open space between the plates and the hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventors: Kostas F. Lambrakos, Bonjun Koo
  • Patent number: 9410643
    Abstract: A cable hang-off arrangement for an elevated support including a cable assembly with a flexible reinforced protective tube for accommodating a transmission cable arrangement, a mounting assembly arranged on the elevated support, and a lifting assembly for lifting the cable assembly from a lower level to the elevated support, which lifting assembly is realized to engage with the mounting assembly such that the cable assembly is suspended between the elevated support and the lower level. An offshore facility mounted on an elevated support above a variable lower level including a transmission cable arrangement and a flexible protective tube for guiding the transmission cable arrangement through an essentially vertical direction from the elevated support to the lower level into an essentially horizontal direction at the lower level is also provided. A method of mounting such a cable hang-off arrangement is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Jesper Moeller
  • Patent number: 9409638
    Abstract: A rivertube system for transporting urban and metropolitan passengers by river and sea using watercraft, with the watercraft travelling along the rivers and coasts of cities. The system includes an automatic docking system for boats and closed or covered stops, built on the river or on the sea, with large floating platforms that enable passengers to get on and off the boats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Augustin Javier Salas Garcia
  • Patent number: 9399847
    Abstract: A method for installing a self-supporting tower at a sea bed. An anchoring mechanism (32) is installed on the bed. A float (18) and a tubular pipe (68) are submerged and then driven towards the bed (12) to attach to one of the ends (72) of the anchoring mechanism (32), while the float (18) is fastened to the other (70) of the ends keeping the pipe (68) vertical above the anchoring mechanism (32). The tubular pipe (68) and the float (18) are supplied separately. The float (18) is kept submerged at a distance away from the anchoring mechanism (32). The tubular pipe (68) is suspended from the float via the other (70) of the ends of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: TECHNIP FRANCE
    Inventor: Ange Luppi
  • Patent number: 9399851
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piling apparatus for pile assembly comprises at least one walled pipe (26), a clamping frame (29) having a clamping mechanism to link to a walled pipe (26) which has been inserted into the earth, a pressing stand (24) linked to the clamping frame (29), pressing cylinders (35) having one end linked to the base of pressing stand (24), another end linked to a holding clamp (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Thanh Minh Vo
  • Patent number: 9388917
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods related to pipeline freespan support are described. For example, some embodiments may contain an upper structure, which contains at least four legs connected to one another by a number of bracing members, and a number of attachment points through which the upper structure can be lifted, and a lower structure, which contains at least four posts that can be connected to, and disconnected from as needed, the four legs of the upper structure, two spaced mud mats on which the posts stand, and at least two horizontal arms that can be attached to the posts, rotate about the posts, connect to and be locked with the posts on the other mud mat, and be lifted to an appropriate height to provide suitable support at the pipeline freespan location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: DMAR Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiming Huang, Dagang Zhang
  • Patent number: 9388545
    Abstract: A device for raising and lowering a structure comprises a support, an adjustment mechanism, and a sensor mechanism. The support includes a first portion and a second portion configured and arranged to receive at least a portion of the first portion. The structure is operatively connected to the second portion. The adjustment mechanism interconnects the first portion and the second portion and is configured and arranged to move the second portion relative to the first portion thereby moving the structure relative to the first portion. The sensor mechanism is operatively connected to the adjustment mechanism and is configured and arranged to activate the adjustment mechanism under predetermined conditions. The sensor mechanism activates the adjustment mechanism to raise the second portion under a first predetermined condition and lower the second portion under a second predetermined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: J. Thomas Wolner
  • Patent number: 9387983
    Abstract: A modular liquid dam having a plurality of individual elongated members that can be assembled in an end-to-end relationship to form a temporary liquid retainer or diverter on a substrate surface. The dam members are provided with one or more longitudinal bores or passages that reduce the amount of material in each member. The bores may extend completely through the dam member, may be internal bores closed off at each end, or may be bore segments intermittently spaced within the dam member. Preferably the bore members are open on at least one end of the dam member such that a stiffener rod or rods of varying rigidity may be inserted to increase and vary the rigidity of the dam member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventors: Michael M. Happy, Mark D. Shaw
  • Patent number: 9377149
    Abstract: A lock block for attaching to a diameter-reduced pipe liner pulled through a host pipe which braces the pipe liner and inhibits it from fully retreating into the host pipe when longitudinal tension is reduced and the pipe liner experiences length reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: SAK Construction, LLC
    Inventor: James H. Blasczyk
  • Patent number: 9376780
    Abstract: A jackup deployed riser protection structure comprises a plurality of coupler receivers disposed onto a jackup hull, a tubular sleeve, wherein the tubular sleeve is a hollow structure that allows a riser to pass through, a support structure coupled with the tubular sleeve to provide support for the tubular sleeve, and a plurality of couplers coupled with the support structure, wherein each of the plurality of couplers is coupled with one of the plurality of coupler receivers, so that the jackup deployed riser protection structure is supported by the jackup hull in order to provide protection to the riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: Offshore Technology Development Pte Ltd, Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Michael John Perry, James Benton Davis, Kok Seng Foo, Cynthia Wang
  • Patent number: 9371938
    Abstract: A modular conduit unit system and method for exemplary uses in routing utility lines and storage management of fluids. The modular conduit units may include independent dome-shaped structures including four orthogonally oriented openings and internal chambers. On connection of many conduit units, multiple passageways are created for routing utility lines through the modular structure. Closure panels may be selectively installed to close off the conduit units and passageways for underground storage of fluids or other materials. The modular units are capable of being encased by materials including concrete for underground and concrete floors and walls of commercial buildings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Joseph S. Miskovich
  • Patent number: 9371943
    Abstract: A process for lining a metal pipeline, which process generally utilizes thermoplastic fluoropolymer pipe liner Also, a pipeline system that includes at least two coaxial pipes, an outer metal pipe and inner thermoplastic fluoropolymer pipe. The thermoplastic fluoropolymer pipe/pipe liner is made from a composition that generally includes from 10% to 60% by weight of at least one vinylidene fluoride (VDF) homopolymer, from 40% to 90% by weight of at least one VDF copolymer comprising from 2% to 15% by moles of recurring units derived from at least one other fluorinated comonomer (F), and optionally at least one plasticizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventors: Nicasio Messina, Marco Mirenda, Giambattista Besana, Julio A. Abusleme, Régis Faig
  • Patent number: 9365998
    Abstract: An elevated equipment assembly includes operating equipment situated atop a platform above grade. Piles are installed into the ground with free ends thereof extending above grade, and pile caps are coupled to the free ends of the piles. Each pile cap includes a cap plate disposed in a generally horizontal orientation. A platform is situated atop the pile caps and includes two longitudinally-extending structural beams and cross beams spanning between the two structural beams. Attachment members are secured to and extend outwardly from the outboard side of each structural beam. Each attachment member includes a generally flat attachment plate disposed in a generally horizontal orientation and secured to a cap plate of a pile cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Magnum Piering, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard A. Perko
  • Patent number: 9366002
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a connection structure for use in a building for blocking settlement of ground from being transmitted to either a pile foundation or a wall of the building. The connection structure comprises a weight-bearing column, a concrete pile foundation, and an engineering pile connected from top to bottom for bearing weight; the connection structure further comprises a reinforced concrete plate for use as the building's floor, a wall for the building and a ground beam beneath the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Shiming Liu, Shengtian Xia
  • Patent number: 9365994
    Abstract: A filter boom for removing surface and submerged oils and for filtering water is described. The filter boom may include multiple panels that may be connected to form a structure. Each of the panels may have a top interface attachable to a deployment mechanism, a bottom interface attachable to a load, a side interface attachable to another panel, and a body for filtering the water. The body may use carbon nanotubes sized to allow the water filtering and the oil retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin E. Munro
  • Patent number: 9359755
    Abstract: A water purification and storage system comprises a water storage container, a covering plate and an impermeable wall. The water storage container is formed by a plurality of tangentially connected polygonal water-filtering wells (1). Well walls of the water-filtering wells (1) are of a water-permeable structure, and an impermeable layer (4) is arranged at the bottom of the well, wherein at least one of the water-filtering wells (1) is a water output well (14). The covering plate (2) is arranged at the upper portion of the water storage container, and comprises an impermeable covering plate (21) arranged at the upper portion of the water output well (14) and a water-permeable covering plates (22) arranged at the upper portions of the remaining water-filtering wells. The impermeable wall (3) is arranged around the water storage container. The water purification and storage system is suitable for the collection and purification of rain water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Beijing Rechsand Science & Technology Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shengyi Qin, Shengyuan Qin, Zhenbang Wang, Meijuan Chen, Mingyue Dou
  • Patent number: 9359152
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided which will provide over-pressure protection for an underground storage cavern by reducing the pressure of a pressurized gas stream originating from the an underground storage cavern to form a lower pressure gas stream, monitoring the pressure of a lower pressure gas stream and stopping the flow of the lower pressure gas stream to the pipeline should the pressure of the lower pressure gas stream exceed a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP
    Inventor: Phillip James
  • Patent number: 9358744
    Abstract: A reinforcing element for geo-technical applications may include a monolithic net structure made of a plastic material, having a plurality of first elements distanced from one another and having an elongate conformation in a respective prevalent development direction, a plurality of second elements distanced from one another and also having an elongate conformation, which develop substantially in a transversal direction to the first elements. The second elements are stretched along a development thereof, and the second elements are configured such that the net structure exhibits a substantially arched profile and forms a longitudinal seating having an axis of extension substantially parallel to the first elements. A process of manufacturing the reinforcing element and an artificial or partially artificial structure obtained by consolidating the terrain using the reinforcing element are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TENAX S.P.A
    Inventors: Cesare Beretta, Piergiorgio Recalcati
  • Patent number: 9347194
    Abstract: A lightweight concrete composition is mixed from cement, sand, water, and organic material, and placed on an area of soil, proximal a body of water, to protect the soil from erosion and the like due to water action. Preferably, the organic material comes from the area in which the soil is being stabilized, and may include soil, leafy matter, and ground up wood, forming a particulate organic material. Preferably, the final density of the resulting lightweight concrete composition is greater than the density of the water in the body of water, and less than the density of the soil being stabilized. A representative density range is between 62.43 pounds per cubic foot and 100.00 pounds per cubic foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Erick Benjamin Knezek, Matthew Allen Marcy