Patents by Inventor Alvin Stanley Cullick

Alvin Stanley Cullick 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: 10436940
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating posterior geological models by integrating various reservoir data to support dynamic-quantitative data-inversion, stochastic-uncertainty-management and smart reservoir-management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Marko Maucec, Alvin Stanley Cullick
  • Patent number: 10415349
    Abstract: Systems and methods for subsurface secondary and/or tertiary oil recovery optimization based on either a short term, medium term or long term optimization analysis of selected zones, wells, patterns/clusters and/or fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Priyesh Ranjan, Sheldon Burt Gorell, Amit Kumar, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Gustavo A. Carvajal, Karelis Alejandra Urrutia, Hasnain Khan, Luigi Saputelli, Hatem Nasr
  • Patent number: 10370940
    Abstract: Systems and methods for subsurface secondary and/or tertiary oil recovery optimization based on either a short term, medium term or long term optimization analysis of selected zones, wells, patterns/clusters and/or fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Priyesh Ranjan, Sheldon Burt Gorell, Amit Kumar, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Gustavo A. Carvajal, Karelis Alejandra Urrutia, Hasnain Khan, Luigi Alfonso Saputelli, Hatem Nasr
  • Patent number: 10138724
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring, diagnosing and optimizing operation of a gas lift (GL) system, at least some of which include a method that includes collecting measured data representative of the GL system's state, storing the measured data, comparing the measured data to a well model's calculated data for the well and identifying likely conditions of the GL system based on mismatches between the measured data and the calculated data. The method further includes updating the model to reflect the likely conditions and selected corrections of the likely conditions, generating GL system performance curves using the updated model and presenting to a user actions recommended to achieve a GL system performance consistent with a GL system operating point on at least one of the GL system performance curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Maiquel Manuel Querales, Miguel Villamizar, Gustavo Carvajal, Rama Krishna Vellanki, Giuseppe Moricca, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Jose Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10100619
    Abstract: Systems and methods for subsurface secondary and/or tertiary oil recovery optimization based on either a short term, medium term or long term optimization analysis of selected zones, wells, patterns/clusters and/or fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Priyesh Ranjan, Sheldon Burt Gorell, Amit Kumar, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Gustavo Carvajal, Karelis Alejandra Urrutia, Hasnain Khan, Luigi Saputelli, Hatem Nasr
  • Patent number: 10060245
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically and optimally planning multiple well locations within a reservoir simulator. The systems and methods use dynamic production criteria to create and optimize well target completion intervals and the associated well geometries for new wells dynamically, and directly within a reservoir simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Alvin Stanley Cullick, Dan Colvin
  • Publication number: 20160047943
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating posterior geological models by integrating various reservoir data to support dynamic-quantitative data-inversion, stochastic-uncertainty-management and smart reservoir-management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Publication date: February 18, 2016
    Inventors: Marko Maucec, Alvin Stanley Cullick
  • Patent number: 9223042
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating posterior geological models by integrating various reservoir data to support dynamic-quantitative data-inversion, stochastic-uncertainty-management and smart reservoir-management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Marko Maucec, Alvin Stanley Cullick
  • Patent number: 9091141
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically developing a wellbore plan with a reservoir simulator. The systems and methods develop a plan for multiple wellbores with a reservoir simulator based on actual and potential reservoir performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Shahin Abasov, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Ron Mossbarger
  • Patent number: 9031823
    Abstract: Systems and methods for subsurface secondary and/or tertiary oil recovery optimization based on either a short term, medium term or long term optimization analysis of selected zones, wells, patterns/clusters and/or fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Priyesh Ranjan, Sheldon Burt Gorell, Amit Kumar, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Gustavo Carvajal, Karelis Alejandra Urrutia, Hasnain Khan, Luigi Saputelli, Hatem Nasr
  • Publication number: 20140236681
    Abstract: Systems and methods for subsurface secondary and/or tertiary oil recovery optimization based on either a short term, medium term or long term optimization analysis of selected zones, wells, patterns/clusters and/or fields.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Priyesh Ranjan, Burt Gorell Sheldon, Amit Kumar, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Gustavo A. Carvajal, Karelis Alejandra Urrutia, Hasnain Khan, Luigi Alfonso Saputelli, Hatem Nasr
  • Publication number: 20140229151
    Abstract: Systems and methods for subsurface secondary and/or tertiary oil recovery optimization based on either a short term, medium term or long term optimization analysis of selected zones, wells, patterns/clusters and/or fields.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Priyesh Ranjan, Burt Gorell Sheldon, Amit Kumar, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Gustavo A. Carvajal, Karelis Alejandra Urrutia, Hasnain Khan, Luigi Alfonso Saputelli, Hatem Nasr
  • Patent number: 8712747
    Abstract: A system and method may be configured to support the evaluation of the economic impact of uncertainties associated with the planning of a petroleum production project, e.g., uncertainties associated with decisions having multiple possible outcomes and uncertainties associated with uncontrollable parameters such as rock properties, oil prices, etc. The system and method involve receiving user input characterizing the uncertainty of planning variables and performing an iterative simulation that computes the economic return for various possible instantiations of the set of planning variables based on the uncertainty characterization. The system and method may (a) utilize and integrate highly rigorous physical reservoir, well, production flow, and economic models, and (b) provide a mechanism for specifying constraints on the planning variables. Furthermore, the system and method may provide a case manager process for managing multiple cases and associated “experimental runs” on the cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Alvin Stanley Cullick, Keshav Narayanan, Glenn E. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20140039793
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring, diagnosing and optimizing operation of a gas lift (GL) system, at least some of which include a method that includes collecting measured data representative of the GL system's state, storing the measured data, comparing the measured data to a well model's calculated data for the well and identifying likely conditions of the GL system based on mismatches between the measured data and the calculated data. The method further includes updating the model to reflect the likely conditions and selected corrections of the likely conditions, generating GL system performance curves using the updated model and presenting to a user actions recommended to achieve a GL system performance consistent with a GL system operating point on at least one of the GL system performance curves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maiquel Manuel QUERALES, Miguel VILLAMIZAR, Gustavo CARVAJAL, Rama Krishna VELLANKI, Giuseppe MORICCA, Alvin Stanley CULLICK, Jose RODRIGUEZ
  • Publication number: 20140006111
    Abstract: Systems and methods for subsurface secondary and/or tertiary oil recovery optimization based on either a short term, medium term or long term optimization analysis of selected zones, wells, patterns/clusters and/or fields.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Ranjan Priyesh, Burt Gorell Sheldon, Amit Kumar, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Gustavo Carvajal, Karelis Alejandra Urrutia, Hasnain Khan, Luigi Saputelli, Hatem Nasr
  • Patent number: 8504341
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media are provided for fast updating of oil and gas field production optimization using physical and proxy simulators. A base model of a reservoir, well, or a pipeline network is established in one or more physical simulators. A decision management system is used to define uncertain parameters for matching with observed data. A proxy model is used to fit the uncertain parameters to outputs of the physical simulators, determine sensitivities of the uncertain parameters, and compute correlations between the uncertain parameters and output data from the physical simulators. Parameters for which the sensitivities are below a threshold are eliminated. The decision management system validates parameters which are output from the proxy model in the simulators. The validated parameters are used to make production decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Alvin Stanley Cullick, William Douglas Johnson
  • Patent number: 8457997
    Abstract: A client-server based system for building and executing flows (i.e., interconnected systems of algorithms). The client allows a user to build a flow specification and send the flow specification to the server. The server assembles the flow from the flow spec and executes the flow. A decision flow builder allows the user to build a flow targeted for the analysis/optimization of decisions (modeled by decision variables) regarding a plurality of assets in view of various underlying uncertainties (modeled by uncertainty variables). The user may specify a global objective (as a function of asset level statistics) as well and one or more constraints for the optimization. The flow may account for inter-asset correlations and inter-asset dependencies between uncertainty variables, and, inter-asset constraints between decision variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Keshav Narayanan, David Heath, Alvin Stanley Cullick
  • Patent number: 8458000
    Abstract: A client-server based system for building and executing flows (i.e., interconnected systems of algorithms). The client allows a user to build a flow specification and send the flow specification to the server. The server assembles the flow from the flow spec and executes the flow. A flow may be configured to analyze the impact (e.g., the financial impact) of a number of uncertainties associated with a plurality of assets. Uncertainty variables are used to characterize the uncertainties associated with the assets. An uncertainty variable associated with one asset may be functionally dependent on an uncertainty variable associated with another asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Keshav Narayanan, David E. Heath, Alvin Stanley Cullick
  • Patent number: 8352226
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media are provided for real-time oil and gas field production optimization using a proxy simulator. A base model of a reservoir, well, pipeline network, or processing system is established in one or more physical simulators. A decision management system is used to define control parameters, such as valve settings, for matching with observed data. A proxy model is used to fit the control parameters to outputs of the physical simulators, determine sensitivities of the control parameters, and compute correlations between the control parameters and output data from the simulators. Control parameters for which the sensitivities are below a threshold are eliminated. The decision management system validates control parameters which are output from the proxy model in the simulators. The proxy model may be used for predicting future control settings for the control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Alvin Stanley Cullick, William Douglas Johnson
  • Patent number: 8301426
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dynamically developing a wellbore plan with a reservoir simulator. The systems and methods develop a plan for multiple wellbores with a reservoir simulator based on actual and potential reservoir performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Shahin Abasov, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Ron Mossbarger