Patents Examined by Victor J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7496451
    Abstract: Neural networks may be used to determine and predict formation dip angles and perform quality assurance assessments from data collected with a multi-component induction tool used for well logging. The neural networks make use of corrected, rotated and normalized data to provide the predictions and assessments. Synthetic data using various models is used to train the neural networks. The teachings herein provide for real-time determinations with a substantial degree of accuracy in the results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Sheng Fang, Leonty Tabarovsky, Michael Rabinovich, Liming Yu
  • Patent number: 7421345
    Abstract: A multicomponent induction logging tool is used on a MWD bottomhole assembly. Multifrequency focusing that accounts for the finite, nonzero, conductivity of the mandrel is applied. Using separation of modes, the principal components and a direction of a conductivity tensor are determined. The results are used for reservoir navigation in earth formations. 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Leonty A. Tabarovsky, Michael B. Rabinovich
  • Patent number: 7421348
    Abstract: A method for predicting emissions from an emissions source. Test values of process variables relating to operation of the emissions source are gathered, along with corresponding time-correlated test values of the emissions variable to be predicted. Using the test values of the process variables, test values of a plurality of first coefficients are calculated for each process variable and associated with the process variable, and test values of a plurality of second coefficients are calculated for each value of each process variable and associated with the value of the process variable. Comparison values of the process variables relating to operation of the emissions source are gathered, along with corresponding time-correlated comparison values of the emissions variable to be predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: Brian G. Swanson
  • Patent number: 7415382
    Abstract: System and method providing surveillance of an asset such as a process and/or apparatus by providing training and surveillance procedures that numerically fit a probability density function to an observed residual error signal distribution that is correlative to normal asset operation and then utilizes the fitted probability density function in a dynamic statistical hypothesis test for providing improved asset surveillance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Intellectual Assets LLC
    Inventors: Randall L. Bickford, James P. Herzog
  • Patent number: 7415356
    Abstract: A facility for producing a composite aerial image is described. The facility receives information specifying a geographic area. The facility obtains an aerial image showing the specified geographic area that was prepared using one or more aerial image sections. Each aerial image section covers a geographic area defined in terms of spherical coordinates, and was constructed by copying a portion of a master aerial image that was selected using rectangular coordinates into the master image that were determined by directly transforming the spherical coordinates defining the covered geographic area. The facility obtains information indexed to one or more distinguished geographic locations within the specified geographic area and, for each distinguished geographic location, composites into the obtained aerial image a visual indication of the information that is indexed to the distinguished geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Zillow, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Gowda, Bryan Byrne, Andy Wand
  • Patent number: 7398158
    Abstract: A unique method has been developed which can show the presence of fractures in an Earth formation as a mappable attribute. This method uses the frequency spectra derived from P-wave seismic data over a pair of specific time windows above and below a seismic horizon or reflector of interest to infer the presence or absence of these geologic fractures based on an attenuation of high frequencies. The method produces a parameter value (t*) which is proportional to the shift in frequency spectra amplitudes (i.e., energy) from higher frequencies to lower frequencies, that is, from a time-window above a horizon or reflector of interest to a time-window below the horizon or reflector of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Ilyas Juzer Najmuddin
  • Patent number: 7389184
    Abstract: A controllable seismic source is used in a seismic-while-drilling system for obtaining VSP data. Coded information is sent downhole about the signal generated by said controllable source. The information about the seismic source is used for reconstructing the source waveform and processing the VSP data. Optionally, a reference signal measured at one depth of the BHA is used for processing of signals at subsequent depths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Holger Mathiszik, Ran Zhou
  • Patent number: 7383132
    Abstract: Method for enhancing resistive anomalies in electromagnetic geophysical survey data. Scaled values of a measured electromagnetic field parameter are plotted on a depth section at locations related to corresponding source/receiver locations. Scaling is performed relative to a reference signal selected to represent a baseline free of unknown resistive bodies. Scaled values are represented by a color scale in the display, and the color scale may be adjusted to enhance perceived anomalies. The method may be employed in either the frequency domain or the time domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth Green, Olivier M. Burtz, Denny E. Willen
  • Patent number: 7383128
    Abstract: Representations of data inversions are generated by alternate forms of maximum likelihood estimating and associated least-squares and regression analysis which are rendered in correspondence with either single component residual deviations or projections between data samples and inversion-conforming data sets. Deficiencies in representing likelihood as related to errors-in-variables data and heterogeneous precision are compensated by composite weighting of likelihood elements. Composite weight factors employ both normalization to establish non-skewed homogeneous likelihood elements and fundamental weighting to compensate for associated non-linearly and establish common units for combining orthogonal coordinate-oriented data-point projections. Respective weight factors are related to alternately considered fundamental variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Larry S. Chandler
  • Patent number: 7376512
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for determining an optimal absorber stack geometry of a lithographic reflection mask comprising a reflection layer and a patterned absorber stack provided on the reflection layer, the absorber stack having a buffer layer and an absorber layer. The method is based on simulating aerial images for different absorber stack geometries in order to determine process windows corresponding to the absorber stack geometries. The optimal absorber stack geometry is identified by the maximum process window size. The invention further relates to a method for fabricating a lithographic reflection mask and to a lithographic reflection mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Stefan Hirscher, Frank-Michael Kamm
  • Patent number: 7366619
    Abstract: A signal processing unit includes an integrating unit. The integrating unit is composed of a plurality of digital elements and is operative to integrate a detection signal over every quarter of one cycle of the detection signal to generate an integration value. The integration values to be generated are represented as S1, S2, S3, and S4. A calculating unit includes a plurality of digital elements and performs addition and subtraction on the generated integration values in accordance with the following equations used to calculate an in-phase component and a quadrature-phase component of (Ip=S4p?3+S4p?2?S4p?1?S4p) and (Qp=S4.4?S4p??S4p?1+S4p). Where Ip represents the in-phase component and Qp represents the quadrature-phase component. An amplitude obtaining unit obtains an amplitude of the detection signal based on the in-phase component and the quadrature-phase component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, Jeco Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takamoto Watanabe, Sumio Masuda
  • Patent number: 7363162
    Abstract: A Gas Reservoir Evaluation and Assessment Tool utilizes an Analytical Engine to produce predictions of pressure values and other production data at any point in space and at any point in time in a reservoir. A computer system, such as a workstation, stores a Gas Reservoir Evaluation and Assessment software which includes the Analytical Engine and responds to input data (which includes a reservoir description and fluid properties) by generating an output record which represents a prediction of the pressure values and other data at ‘any point in space’ and at ‘any point in time’ in a reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Raj Kumar Michael Thambynayagam, Jeffrey Spath, Raj Banerjee, John Philip Gilchrist, Tommy Miller
  • Patent number: 7356439
    Abstract: An image motion detection apparatus and method detecting a motion in a moving image by sequentially being input with a plurality of fields that are temporally successive and detecting motion information values representing presence and absence of motion for each pixel/block of an input nth field. A motion calculation buffer stores the motion information values for each pixel/block; and a motion calculation unit corrects the motion information values of the input nth field stored in the motion calculation buffer unit, based on the motion information values of the n+1th field. Thus, it is possible to quickly and correctly detect motion regions and still regions in a moving image by a relatively simple method of correcting the motion information values while suppressing a spurious still region occurrence in a currently interpolated field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: You-young Jung
  • Patent number: 7346457
    Abstract: A method is provided for evaluating the performance of a plurality of oil wells which were established to produce from a common reservoir beneath the earth's surface. The method comprises inputting information about the reservoir into a computer and establishing a time interval and time steps within that time interval over which performance of the wells will be evaluated. The total oil which is accessible clearing each time step in each time interval is determining, and then individual recovery factor for each time step is determined. A composite recovery factor is determined using the individual recovery factors, and the composite recovery factors are normalized to the best well in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Younes Jalali, Tao Gang
  • Patent number: 7340358
    Abstract: A measurement equipment has a polygonal line processing section and a computational processing section. The polygonal line processing section produces a polygonal line pattern signal based on a predetermined polygonal line pattern having a polygonal line value that varies according to a polygonal line time and a timer processing for the polygonal line time. The computational processing section executes a computational processing with using an external input signal and the polygonal line pattern signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Yoneyama
  • Patent number: 7333917
    Abstract: Sensors are configured to repeatedly monitor variables of a physical system during its operation. A novelty detection system is responsive to the sensors and is configured to repeatedly observe into an associative memory, states of associations among the variables that are repeatedly monitored, during a learning phase. The novelty detection system is further configured to thereafter observe at least one state of associations among the variables that are sensed relative to the states of associations that are in the associative memory, to identify a novel state of associations among the variables. The novelty detection system may determine whether the novel state is indicative of normal operation or of a potential abnormal operation. Multiple layers of learning for real-time diagnostics/prognostics also may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignees: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Saffron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel P. Greis, Jack G. Olin, Manuel Aparicio, IV
  • Patent number: 7328106
    Abstract: A gas detection method includes carrying out respective neutron and density logs, using neutron and density detectors, along a length of well. The density log is corrected for the dimensions and properties of the well casing. The corrected density log is then combined with the neutron log to compensate for regions of artificially high density outside the casing. The compensated density log is continuously calibrated against the neutron log. The dynamically calibrated density and neutron logs are inspected for crossovers that signify the presence of gas in a formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Reeves Wireline Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Stefan Eric Edward Calvert, Charles Alexander Pereira, James Roger Samworth
  • Patent number: 7324898
    Abstract: A system and a method for estimating a model of a geological formation are provided. The geological formation has a wellbore extending therethrough. The method includes obtaining a first resistivity log associated with the geological formation from a LWD sensor in the wellbore. The method further includes obtaining a second resistivity log associated with the geological formation from a WL sensor in the wellbore. The method further includes calculating a plurality of horizontal resistivity values associated with the geological formation by utilizing a first inversion technique and the first resistivity log. The method further includes obtaining a plurality of invaded zone resistivity values obtained from a micro-resistivity measurement device in the WL sensor. The method further includes calculating a plurality of invaded zone thickness values proximate the wellbore by utilizing a second inversion technique and the second resistivity log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael Frenkel
  • Patent number: 7313952
    Abstract: A method for monitoring instantaneous behavior of a tire in a rolling condition includes acquiring and storing at least one reference curve representing an acceleration profile of at least one specified point of the tire as a function of its position during at least one portion of a revolution of the tire; continuously acquiring signals of acceleration of the at least one point; deriving from the signals of acceleration at least one cyclic curve of acceleration of the at least one point; comparing the at least one cyclic curve with the at least one reference curve; and emitting a signal depending on the comparison that indicates the instantaneous behavior of the tire. The at least one reference curve represents the acceleration profile in at least two directions, including two or more of a centripetal direction, a tangential direction, and a lateral direction. A related system and tire are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Pirelli Pneumatici S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Brusarosco, Anna Paola Fioravanti, Andrea Taldo, Federico Mancosu
  • Patent number: 7313494
    Abstract: A semiconductor chip inspection supporting apparatus includes a data processing unit. To the data processing unit, an image data is supplied. The image data indicates a layout of a plurality of normal chips and a plurality of abnormal chip on a semiconductor wafer. The data processing unit includes a data processing unit and a search processing portion. The generation portion generates a connection propriety data indicating prohibition of each of the plurality of normal chips from being connected to adjacent one of the plurality of abnormal chips based on the image data. The search processing portion searches for a chip to be paired with the each of plurality of the normal chips for execution of paired measurement, based on the image data and the connection propriety data. The data processing unit outputs the search result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Elpida Memory, Inc.
    Inventor: Yasunao Takahashi