Patents by Inventor Brian Begnaud

Brian Begnaud 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: 10808471
    Abstract: A tubular connecting system includes a tong configured to apply a torque on an upper tubular, to torque a connection of the upper tubular to a lower tubular, a torque linkage extending at least partially vertically from the tong, the torque linkage being configured to transmit a force or force-pair, or pure torque, generated by the tong applying the torque to the upper tubular, a transmission plate removably coupled to the torque linkage so as to transmit linear forces thereto, therefrom, or both, the transmission plate being configured to receive the lower tubular therethrough, and a landing plate removably coupled to the transmission plate and configured to engage the lower tubular. The landing plate is configured to counteract the torque as it is applied to the lower tubular by the tong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FRANK'S INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Begnaud, Dax Joseph Neuville
  • Publication number: 20200149361
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling a stand-building process of which the method includes engaging a first tubular using an elevator, hoisting the first tubular by raising the elevator, lowering the first tubular into a spider by lowering the elevator, engaging the first tubular using the spider, disengaging the first tubular from the elevator after engaging the first tubular using the spider, engaging a second tubular using the elevator, hoisting and lowering the second tubular into engagement with the first tubular, connecting together the first and second tubulars, and disengaging the spider from the first tubular after connecting together the first and second tubulars. At all times during the stand-building process, a sequential step control system locks an open/close control of the elevator control, or locks an open/close control of the spider control, or locks both, depending on a step of the stand-building process being performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Dax Neuville, Brian Begnaud, Cory Cole
  • Patent number: 10472905
    Abstract: A tong and method, in which the tong includes a first plate, and a gear that is rotatable relative to the first plate. The gear defines a slot laterally therethrough. An inner surface of the gear includes at least three cam surface. The tong also includes at least three jaws coupled to the first plate such that the at least three jaws are radially movable with respect to the first plate and are prevented from circumferential movement with respect thereto. The at least three jaws are engageable with the at least three cam surfaces such that rotation of the gear relative to the first plate causes the at least three jaws to move in a radial direction between an extended position and a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FRANK'S INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Logan Smith, Brian Begnaud, Kirkrai Yuvamitra, Scott Arceneaux
  • Publication number: 20190277098
    Abstract: A tubular connecting system includes a tong configured to apply a torque on an upper tubular, to torque a connection of the upper tubular to a lower tubular, a torque linkage extending at least partially vertically from the tong, the torque linkage being configured to transmit a force or force-pair, or pure torque, generated by the tong applying the torque to the upper tubular, a transmission plate removably coupled to the torque linkage so as to transmit linear forces thereto, therefrom, or both, the transmission plate being configured to receive the lower tubular therethrough, and a landing plate removably coupled to the transmission plate and configured to engage the lower tubular. The landing plate is configured to counteract the torque as it is applied to the lower tubular by the tong.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Begnaud, Dax Joseph Neuville
  • Publication number: 20180258718
    Abstract: A tong and method, in which the tong includes a first plate, and a gear that is rotatable relative to the first plate. The gear defines a slot laterally therethrough. An inner surface of the gear includes at least three cam surface. The tong also includes at least three jaws coupled to the first plate such that the at least three jaws are radially movable with respect to the first plate and are prevented from circumferential movement with respect thereto. The at least three jaws are engageable with the at least three cam surfaces such that rotation of the gear relative to the first plate causes the at least three jaws to move in a radial direction between an extended position and a retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventors: Logan Smith, Brian Begnaud, Kirkrai Yuvamitra, Scott Arceneaux
  • Publication number: 20100038094
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for installing control lines and pipe into a well. The pipe-holding spider that is normally mounted on the rig floor is adapted for easy disassembly and reassembly when the pipe slips within the spider are not engaged with the outer surface of the pipe string so that upon disassembly, a control line guide becomes vertically movable. The control line guide is adapted for being controllably elevated to a distance above the rig floor, thereby providing personnel access to a portion of the length of the pipe string below the elevated control line guide and above the rig floor for securing control line to the pipe string using a fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Charles Webre, Vernon Bouligny, Brian Begnaud, Mark Sibille
  • Patent number: 7367403
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for installing control lines and pipe into a well. The pipe-holding spider that is normally mounted on the rig floor is supported by a table elevated above the rig floor. Supporting the spider on an elevated table provides personnel with access to a portion of the length of the pipe string below the elevated spider and above the rig floor for applying a fastener to secure the control line to the pipe string. The control line is supplied from above the spider and is positioned by a control line guide supported on the spider or a sleeve to pass through the spider outside the path of the pipe gripping members, such as slips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Frank's Casing Crew & Rental Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Michael Webre, Brian Begnaud, Vernon Bouligny
  • Publication number: 20070209804
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for installing control lines and pipe into a well. The pipe-holding spider that is normally mounted on the rig floor is adapted for easy disassembly and reassembly when the pipe slips within the spider are not engaged with the outer surface of the pipe string so that upon disassembly, a control line guide becomes vertically movable. The control line guide is adapted for being controllably elevated to a distance above the rig floor, thereby providing personnel access to a portion of the length of the pipe string below the elevated control line guide and above the rig floor for securing control line to the pipe string using a fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventors: Charles Webre, Vernon Bouligny, Brian Begnaud, Mark Sibille
  • Publication number: 20070158079
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for installing control lines and pipe into a well. The pipe-holding spider that is normally mounted on the rig floor is supported by a table elevated above the rig floor. Supporting the spider on an elevated table provides personnel with access to a portion of the length of the pipe string below the elevated spider and above the rig floor for applying a fastener to secure the control line to the pipe string. The control line is supplied from above the spider and is positioned by a control line guide supported on the spider or a sleeve to pass through the spider outside the path of the pipe gripping members, such as slips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Inventors: Charles Webre, Brian Begnaud, Vernon Bouligny
  • Publication number: 20060108122
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for installing control lines and pipe into a well. The pipe-holding spider that is normally mounted on the rig floor is supportably retained in a vertically movable retainer. The retainer is adapted for controllably elevating the spider above the rig floor when the pipe slips within the spider are not engaged with the outer surface of the pipe string, thereby providing personnel access to a portion of the length of the pipe string below the elevated spider and above the rig floor. Personnel are provided with access to the pipe string for applying a fastener to secure the control line to the pipe string. The control line is supplied from above the spider and is positioned by a control line guide supported on the spider or retainer to pass through the spider outside the path of pipe gripping members within the spider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Publication date: May 25, 2006
    Inventors: Jean Buytaert, Luciano Spadoni, Edward Sinclair, Brian Begnaud, Charles Webre
  • Publication number: 20060011350
    Abstract: An operational system and method and improved apparatus for positioning and stabbing well tubulars wherein: the grasping members of the apparatus can be folded and unfolded; the boom assembly can be pivoted to a downward clearance position; a plurality of stabbing apparatuses can be placed and used in a stacked position in the derrick; the grasping members can opened at an angle with respect the boom; the grasping members can be mounted on either lateral side of the boom; a sensor monitors the relative position of the rig top drive with respect to the stabbing apparatus; the grasping members and/or the boom will automatically pivot to a breakaway position if impacted; and/or the system is programmed and configured to prevent the accidental performance of critical operations out of sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Wiggins, Brian Begnaud, Jebb Huval, Stefan Schmidt, Charles Webre
  • Publication number: 20050161230
    Abstract: A control line guide and manipulating arm can protect and guide one or more control lines which are desired to be attached and lowered into a wellbore with a tubular string. The control lines may be moved toward a tubular string, can be clamped to the tubular string, and the tubular string and control lines may be lowered into the wellbore. When the elevator reaches a predetermined position, the spider slips are preferably set. To protect the control lines, the control lines are moved in a substantially radial direction outward from the tubular string. The spider slips are closed only after the control lines are retained outward. After another tubular joint is connected to the tubular string and the elevator grips the tubular string, the spider slips are preferably released. For easier attachment, of the control lines to the tubular string, the control lines are moved in a substantially radial direction toward the tubular string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Publication date: July 28, 2005
    Inventors: Charles Webre, Brian Begnaud, Scott Arceneaux
  • Publication number: 20050161225
    Abstract: A control line guide and manipulating arm can protect and guide one or more control lines which are desired to be attached and lowered into a wellbore with a tubular string. The control lines may be moved toward a tubular string, can be clamped to the tubular string, and the tubular string and control lines may be lowered into the wellbore. When the elevator reaches a predetermined position, the spider slips are preferably set. To protect the control lines, the control lines are moved in a substantially radial direction outward from the tubular string. The spider slips are closed only after the control lines are retained outward. After another tubular joint is connected to the tubular string and the elevator grips the tubular string, the spider slips are preferably released. For easier attachment, of the control lines to the tubular string, the control lines are moved in a substantially radial direction toward the tubular string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Publication date: July 28, 2005
    Inventors: Cory Cole, Jeremy Angelle, Michael Olivier, Charles Webre, Anthony Billeaud, Brian Begnaud