Patents by Inventor Bennie Gill

Bennie Gill 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: 7942098
    Abstract: A loading tube for use in a perforating gun is disclosed which eliminates the necessity for utilization of plastic jackets to restrain shaped charges. The loading tube comprises a first tubular member and an engagement structure in the first tubular member in which the primer ends of the shaped charges may be installed. These engagement structures may be a center plate or inner tubular members. In each of the disclosed embodiments, a detonating cord connects the primer ends of the shaped charges which are installed in the loading tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Chenghua Han, Bennie Gill, Mark C. Duhon
  • Patent number: 7661474
    Abstract: A connector assembly for interconnecting wellbore tools to form a tool string include a first adapter having a tool end connectable to a first wellbore tool and an alignment end, a mandrel that has a pin end and an opposing end, the pin end being matable with the alignment end of the first adapter, a second adapter having an adapter end connectable to a second wellbore tool and a second end connected to the opposing end the mandrel and a sleeve that has a first open end and a second open end, the sleeve is moveably disposed over and in connection with the mandrel and the second open end is connectable with the alignment end of the first adapter for interconnecting the first adapter and the second adapter. The connector assembly facilitates hands-free make-up and break-out of tool strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry D. Campbell, Mark C. Duhon, Bennie Gill, Geir Melhus, Wayne Nivens, Kjell M. Randeberg
  • Patent number: 7409993
    Abstract: A weight spacer apparatus has a carrier which is tubular in shape and a spacer tube which is also tubular in shape for insertion into the carrier. The weight spacer apparatus also has a plurality of weight bars which may be inserted into the spacer tube after the spacer tube is inserted into the carrier and which are also removable from the spacer tube. In one embodiment, a weight tray is inserted into the spacer tube for receiving the weight bars, and the weight tray may be fabricated from half-round tubing with a welded plate to cover the diametric opening. In another embodiment, a center plate is attached inside the spacer tube along the length of the spacer tube to divide the spacer tube into first and second compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Chenghua Han, Bennie Gill, Mark C. Duhon, Robert Ferrence, Jerry D. Campbell, Jr., Ronald Lutz
  • Publication number: 20080121095
    Abstract: A loading tube for use in a perforating gun is disclosed which eliminates the necessity for utilization of plastic jackets to restrain shaped charges. The loading tube comprises a first tubular member and an engagement structure in the first tubular member in which the primer ends of the shaped charges may be installed. These engagement structures may be a center plate or inner tubular members. In each of the disclosed embodiments, a detonating cord connects the primer ends of the shaped charges which are installed in the loading tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Chenghua Han, Bennie Gill, Mark C. Duhon
  • Publication number: 20080053298
    Abstract: Weight spacer apparatus is disclosed which comprises a carrier which is tubular in shape and a spacer tube which is also tubular in shape for insertion into the carrier. The weight spacer apparatus according to the present invention further comprises a plurality of weight bars which may be inserted into the spacer tube after the spacer tube is inserted into the carrier and which are also removable from the spacer tube. In one embodiment, a weight tray is inserted into the spacer tube for receiving the weight bars, and the weight tray may be fabricated from half-round tubing with a welded plate to cover the diametric opening. In another embodiment, a center plate is attached inside the spacer tube along the length of the spacer tube to divide the spacer tube into first and second compartments. The first compartment comprises a weight tray for receiving the plurality of weight bars, and the portion of the spacer tube opposite the first compartment has openings formed in it to receive shaped charges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Chenghua Han, Bennie Gill, Mark C. Duhon, Robert Ference, Jerry D. Campbell, Ronald Lutz
  • Patent number: 7325612
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods allow a downhole anchor device to be cut, released, and retrieved using a single one-trip cutter and removal assembly. The assembly preferably includes a cutter head recessed behind an anchor latch. The latch is landed to the anchor device to be removed and the cutter head is extended therefrom and activated. Once cut by the cutter head, the anchor device is retrieved upon a distal end of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: James D. Hendrickson, Bennie Gill, Reginald E. Francis
  • Patent number: 7278484
    Abstract: A technique to install a tool in a well includes running the tool into the well and fixing the tool to the well with a fixing agent without pumping the fixing agent through a central passageway of the tool. The tool may be a perforating gun that includes a casing body that includes a longitudinal axis. The perforating gun may also include a fin and a perforating charge. The fin radially extends from the casing body, and the perforating charge is attached to the fin and is oriented to generate a perforation jet in a radial direction away from the longitudinal axis of the casing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Vella, Joe C. Hromas, Bennie Gill, Larry Grigar, Steven W. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20070034381
    Abstract: A connector assembly for interconnecting wellbore tools to form a tool string include a first adapter having a tool end connectable to a first wellbore tool and an alignment end, a mandrel that has a pin end and an opposing end, the pin end being matable with the alignment end of the first adapter, a second adapter having an adapter end connectable to a second wellbore tool and a second end connected to the opposing end the mandrel and a sleeve that has a first open end and a second open end, the sleeve is moveably disposed over and in connection with the mandrel and the second open end is connectable with the alignment end of the first adapter for interconnecting the first adapter and the second adapter. The connector assembly facilitates hands-free make-up and break-out of tool strings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jerry Campbell, Mark Duhon, Bennie Gill, Geir Melhus, Wayne Nivens, Kjell Randeberg
  • Publication number: 20070034375
    Abstract: A technique to install a tool in a well includes running the tool into the well and fixing the tool to the well with a fixing agent without pumping the fixing agent through a central passageway of the tool. The tool may be a perforating gun that includes a casing body that includes a longitudinal axis. The perforating gun may also include a fin and a perforating charge. The fin radially extends from the casing body, and the perforating charge is attached to the fin and is oriented to generate a perforation jet in a radial direction away from the longitudinal axis of the casing body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Vella, Joe Hromas, Bennie Gill, Larry Grigar, Steven Henderson
  • Patent number: 7152676
    Abstract: A technique to install a tool in a well includes running the tool into the well and fixing the tool to the well with a fixing agent without pumping the fixing agent through a central passageway of the tool. The tool may be a perforating gun that includes a casing body that includes a longitudinal axis. The perforating gun may also include a fin and a perforating charge. The fin radially extends from the casing body, and the perforating charge is attached to the fin and is oriented to generate a perforation jet in a radial direction away from the longitudinal axis of the casing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Vella, Joe C. Hromas, Bennie Gill, Larry Grigar, Steven W. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20060243445
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods allow a downhole anchor device to be cut, released, and retrieved using a single one-trip cutter and removal assembly. The assembly preferably includes a cutter head recessed behind an anchor latch. The latch is landed to the anchor device to be removed and the cutter head is extended therefrom and activated. Once cut by the cutter head, the anchor device is retrieved upon a distal end of the assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: James Hendrickson, Bennie Gill, Reginald Francis
  • Publication number: 20050109508
    Abstract: A technique to install a tool in a well includes running the tool into the well and fixing the tool to the well with a fixing agent without pumping the fixing agent through a central passageway of the tool. The tool may be a perforating gun that includes a casing body that includes a longitudinal axis. The perforating gun may also include a fin and a perforating charge. The fin radially extends from the casing body, and the perforating charge is attached to the fin and is oriented to generate a perforation jet in a radial direction away from the longitudinal axis of the casing body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Mark Vella, Joe Hromas, Bennie Gill, Larry Grigar, Steven Henderson
  • Patent number: 5070943
    Abstract: A perforating gun and method permit a casing or liner within a well to be perforated even within a section obstructed by sand either before or after perforation. The perforating gun comprises a support for carrying a plurality of explosive charges and one or more channels for conducting a fluid through the support, which channels are spaced from where the plurality of explosive charges are carried on the support. A method of perforating a well comprises: lowering a perforating gun into the well; flowing fluid through the perforating gun before or after the perforating gun is detonated; and detonating the perforating gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Jet Research Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry L. Walker, Bennie Gill, Jerry D. Motley