Patents by Inventor A. Lucie N'Guessan

A. Lucie N'Guessan has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10895666
    Abstract: A method of identifying hydrocarbon seeps that are connected to hydrocarbon reservoirs and for identifying in situ conditions of hydrocarbon reservoirs is disclosed. The method comprises, obtaining a sample from an area of interest, such as a sediment sample or water column sample near a hydrocarbon seep; analyzing the sample to detect microbial signatures that are specific to families associated with hydrocarbon reservoirs; and using the signature to determine whether the hydrocarbon seep is connected to a hydrocarbon reservoir and to identify properties of the hydrocarbon reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: A. Lucie N'Guessan, Aaron B. Regberg, Zarath M. Summers
  • Patent number: 10724108
    Abstract: Techniques and methods are provided for isolating nucleic acids from a sample. The methods include adding a chelating agent to the sample to block nucleic acid binding sites on contaminants in the sample; heating the sample to remove hydrocarbons; and lysing the cells using freeze-thaw cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Aaron B. Regberg, Zarath M. Summers, A. Lucie N'Guessan, John B. Kirkpatrick, Steven L. D'Hondt
  • Patent number: 10663618
    Abstract: A method of identifying in situ conditions of a hydrocarbon reservoir is disclosed. The method comprises, obtaining a sample from an area of interest, such as a sediment sample or water column sample near a hydrocarbon seep; analyzing the sample to detect lipid, protein, and/or nucleic acid signatures that are indicative of the Thermotogales order; identifying the relative abundance of the different genera and/or species of the Thermotogales present in the sample to generate a taxonomy signature of the sample; and then using the taxonomy signature to determine conditions, such as temperature, of the hydrocarbon reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Zarath M. Summers, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Aaron B. Regberg
  • Patent number: 10570735
    Abstract: A method of identifying in situ conditions of a hydrocarbon reservoir is disclosed. The method comprises, obtaining a sample from an area of interest, such as a sediment sample or water column sample near a hydrocarbon seep; analyzing the sample to detect nucleic acid signatures that are indicative of microbes associated with hypersaline aquifers; and using the signature to determine the salinity of the hydrocarbon reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Comapny
    Inventors: Aaron B. Regberg, Zarath M. Summers, A. Lucie N'Guessan
  • Patent number: 10527601
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining a presence, type, quality and/or volume of a subsurface hydrocarbon accumulation from a sample related thereto. The method may include obtaining sample data associated with a subsurface hydrocarbon accumulation, wherein the sample data includes a noble gas signature, a clumped isotope signature and/or a ecology signature. From the signatures, relationships between the noble gas signature; the clumped isotope signature and the ecology signature are identified and stored in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Sebastien L. Dreyfus, Michael Lawson, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Robert J. Pottorf, Steven R. May, Amelia C. Robinson, William G. Powell, Sumathy Raman
  • Patent number: 10330659
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining for determining a presence, type, quality and/or volume of a subsurface hydrocarbon accumulation from a sample related thereto. The method may include determining a noble gas signature of a sample and at least one or more of determining a clumped isotope signature of the sample and characterizing the ecology signature of the sample. Then, the method integrates signatures to determine information about the subsurface accumulation, such as the location, fluid type and quality, and volume of a subsurface hydrocarbon accumulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Sebastien L. Dreyfus, Michael Lawson, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Robert J. Pottorf, Steven R. May, Amelia C. Robinson, William G. Powell, Sumathy Raman
  • Publication number: 20180003691
    Abstract: A method of identifying hydrocarbon seeps that are connected to hydrocarbon reservoirs and for identifying in situ conditions of hydrocarbon reservoirs is disclosed. The method comprises, obtaining a sample from an area of interest, such as a sediment sample or water column sample near a hydrocarbon seep; analyzing the sample to detect microbial signatures that are specific to families associated with hydrocarbon reservoirs; and using the signature to determine whether the hydrocarbon seep is connected to a hydrocarbon reservoir and to identify properties of the hydrocarbon reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: A. Lucie N'Guessan, Aaron B. Regberg, Zarath M. Summers
  • Publication number: 20180003046
    Abstract: A method of identifying in situ conditions of a hydrocarbon reservoir is disclosed. The method comprises, obtaining a sample from an area of interest, such as a sediment sample or water column sample near a hydrocarbon seep; analyzing the sample to detect nucleic acid signatures that are indicative of microbes associated with hypersaline aquifers; and using the signature to determine the salinity of the hydrocarbon reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Aaron B. Regberg, Zarath M. Summers, A. Lucie N'Guessan
  • Publication number: 20180003690
    Abstract: A method of identifying in situ conditions of a hydrocarbon reservoir is disclosed. The method comprises, obtaining a sample from an area of interest, such as a sediment sample or water column sample near a hydrocarbon seep; analyzing the sample to detect lipid, protein, and/or nucleic acid signatures that are indicative of the Thermotogales order; identifying the relative abundance of the different genera and/or species of the Thermotogales present in the sample to generate a taxonomy signature of the sample; and then using the taxonomy signature to determine conditions, such as temperature, of the hydrocarbon reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Zarath M. Summers, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Aaron B. Regberg
  • Publication number: 20170342467
    Abstract: Techniques and methods are provided for isolating nucleic acids from a sample. The methods include adding a chelating agent to the sample to block nucleic acid binding sites on contaminants in the sample; heating the sample to remove hydrocarbons; and lysing the cells using freeze-thaw cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Aaron B. Regberg, Zarath M. Summers, A. Lucie N'Guessan, John Kirkpatrick, Steven D'Hondt
  • Patent number: 9638828
    Abstract: Method and system is described for marine surveying. The method involves operations for exploring and developing hydrocarbons with one or more unmanned vehicles. The unmanned vehicles are used to perform marine surveying and to obtain one or more samples that may be used to identify chemical, hydrocarbon and/or biologic information, which may be used for environmental monitoring of bodies of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Louise Levien, Amelia C. Robinson, Robert J. Pottorf, William E. Bond, Aaron B. Regberg, A Lucie N'Guessan, Kevin T. Corbett, Scott C. Hornbostel, William P. Meurer
  • Patent number: 9612231
    Abstract: A method for detecting hydrocarbons is described. The method includes performing a remote sensing survey of a survey location to identify a target location. Then, an underwater vehicle (UV) is deployed into a body of water and directed to the target location. The UV collects measurement data within the body of water at the target location, which is then analyzed to determine whether hydrocarbons are present at the target location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Pottorf, Leonard J. Srnka, William Bond, Sebastien L. Dreyfus, Michael Lawson, William P. Meurer, Daniel P. Cherney, Steven R. May, William G. Powell, Christoper J. Vandewater, Mehmet D. Ertas, Sumathy Raman, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Amelia C. Robinson, Kurt W. Rudolph
  • Patent number: 9453828
    Abstract: Method and system is described for hydrocarbon exploration and development. The method and system include one or more remote devices, such as buoys, which are utilized to identify and collect samples of target materials. The buoys include measurement components, sampling components and storage components to manage the obtained samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Kevin T. Corbett, William E. Bond, Robert J. Pottorf, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Scott C. Hornbostel, William P. Meurer, Louise Levien, Glenn B. Hieshima, Timothy J. Nedwed
  • Publication number: 20160018559
    Abstract: Method and system is described for marine surveying. The method involves operations for exploring and developing hydrocarbons with one or more unmanned vehicles. The unmanned vehicles are used to perform marine surveying and to obtain one or more samples that may be used to identify chemical, hydrocarbon and/or biologic information, which may be used for environmental monitoring of bodies of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Louise Levien, Amelia C. Robinson, Robert J. Pottorf, William E. Bond, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Kevin T. Corbett, Scott C. Hornbostel, William P. Meurer
  • Publication number: 20160018377
    Abstract: Method and system is described for hydrocarbon exploration and development. The method and system include one or more remote devices, such as buoys, which are utilized to identify and collect samples of target materials. The buoys include measurement components, sampling components and storage components to manage the obtained samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Kevin T. Corbett, William E. Bond, Robert J. Pottorf, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Scott C. Hornbostel, William P. Meurer, Louise Levien, Glenn B. Hieshima, Timothy J. Nedwed
  • Patent number: 9146225
    Abstract: A method for detecting hydrocarbons with an underwater vehicle equipped with one or more measurement components is described. The method includes navigating the UV within the body of water; monitoring the body of water with measurement components associated with the UV to collect measurement data. The collected data from the UV is used to determine whether hydrocarbons are present and at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Pottorf, Leonard J. Srnka, William Bond, Sebastien L. Dreyfus, Michael Lawson, William P. Meurer, Daniel P. Cherney, Steven R. May, William G. Powell, Christopher J. Vandewater, Mehmet D. Ertas, Kurt W. Rudolph, Sumathy Raman, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Amelia C. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20140378319
    Abstract: A method of identifying a hydrocarbon system is disclosed A sample from an area of interest is obtained. A first plurality of analyses is used to determine a community structure of an ecology of the sample. A second plurality of analyses is used to determine a community function of the ecology of the sample. The community structure and the community function are used to determine whether the ecology of the sample matches a characteristic ecology of a hydrocarbon system. When the ecology of the sample matches the characteristic ecology, the sample is identified as part of the hydrocarbon system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Amelia C. Robinson
  • Publication number: 20140303895
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining for determining a presence, type, quality and/or volume of a subsurface hydrocarbon accumulation from a sample related thereto. The method may include determining a noble gas signature of a sample and at least one or more of determining a clumped isotope signature of the sample and characterizing the ecology signature of the sample. Then, the method integrates signatures to determine information about the subsurface accumulation, such as the location, fluid type and quality, and volume of a subsurface hydrocarbon accumulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Sebastien L. Dreyfus, Michael Lawson, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Robert J. Pottorf, Steven R. May, Amelia C. Robinson, William G. Powell, Sumathy Raman
  • Publication number: 20140288853
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining a presence, type, quality and/or volume of a subsurface hydrocarbon accumulation from a sample related thereto. The method may include obtaining sample data associated with a subsurface hydrocarbon accumulation, wherein the sample data includes a noble gas signature, a clumped isotope signature and/or a ecology signature. From the signatures, relationships between the noble gas signature; the clumped isotope signature and the ecology signature are identified and stored in memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sebastien L. Dreyfus, Michael Lawson, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Robert J. Pottorf, Steven R. May, Amelia C. Robinson, William G. Powell, Sumathy Raman
  • Publication number: 20140284465
    Abstract: A method for detecting hydrocarbons with an underwater vehicle equipped with one or more measurement components is described. The method includes navigating the UV within the body of water; monitoring the body of water with measurement components associated with the UV to collect measurement data. The collected data from the UV is used to determine whether hydrocarbons are present and at the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Robert J. Pottorf, Leonard J. Srnka, William Bond, Sebastien L. Dreyfus, Michael Lawson, William P. Meurer, Daniel P. Cherney, Steven R. May, William G. Powell, Christopher J. Vandewater, Mehmet D. Ertas, Kurt W. Rudolph, Sumathy Raman, Aaron B. Regberg, A. Lucie N'Guessan, Amelia C. Robinson