Patents by Inventor Brian Reeves

Brian Reeves 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: 11451170
    Abstract: A system for the resilience of an electric submersible pumping system to a transient power interruption includes a power backup connected to the variable speed drive of the pumping system. A method for controlling the electric submersible pump during the transient power interruption includes connecting a variable speed drive to a power source, charging one or more rechargeable batteries within the power backup, and connecting the power backup to the variable speed drive. The method continues with the steps of operating the motor with the variable speed drive, detecting a disruption in AC power from the power source to the variable speed drive, and applying power from the power backup to the variable speed drive to operate the motor during the transient interruption in electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gary Williams, Alexey Tyshko, Brian Reeves, Curtis Johnson, Nathan Etter, Mohamed Ouf, Mahendra Joshi
  • Patent number: 11339648
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating between surface equipment and a downhole tool installed in a well. First and second toroidal transformers are positioned around an inner one of a pair of coaxial structural members of a well completion (e.g., a pump rod and tubular, or a tubular and a well casing) which are electrically coupled to form an electrical circuit. A transmitter generates a data signal which is applied to the first toroidal transformer, causing a corresponding electrical current to be induced in the circuit, which then induces the data signal on the second toroidal transformer. A receiver coupled to the second toroidal transformer receives the data signal induced on the second toroidal transformer. The transmitter and receiver may be components of transceivers that may communicate bidirectionally. Additional toroidal coils and transceiver may be provided to communicate with equipment at additional locations in the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mahendra L. Joshi, Yi Liao, Thomas McClain Scott, Alexey Tyshko, Virginia Howe, Brian Reeves
  • Patent number: 11319804
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wireless power transmission in a well, wherein first and second structural members of a well completion are electrically connected to form an electrical circuit, with first and second toroidal transformers positioned around the second structural member at different axial locations. A power source coupled to the first toroidal transformer is configured to generate an output voltage which is applied to the first toroidal transformer, inducing a corresponding electrical current in the electrical circuit. This in turn induces a second voltage on the second toroidal transformer, which is provided to a downhole tool. The tool may include conditioning circuitry, which rectifies the received power and charges a battery. The downhole electric tool is then operated using the received power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mahendra L. Joshi, Yi Liao, Thomas McClain Scott, Alexey Tyshko, Virginia Howe, Brian Reeves
  • Patent number: 11118582
    Abstract: A submersible pumping system has an electric motor, a rotary hydraulic pump driven by the electric motor, and a linear hydraulic pump that is configured to move a production fluid. The rotary hydraulic pump produces a pressurized working fluid that drives the linear hydraulic pump. In another aspect, a method is disclosed for controlling the temperature of an electric motor within a submersible pumping system disposed in a wellbore. The method includes the steps of circulating motor lubricant through a hydraulically driven production pump to reduce the temperature of the motor lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Baker Hughes ESP, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Reeves, Charles Collins, Aaron Noakes, Eric Rohlman
  • Publication number: 20210270111
    Abstract: A gas-lift well includes a casing extending down a wellbore, production tubing extending within the casing, a gas system for inserting compressed gas into an annular space between the casing and the production tubing, at least one gas-lift input, and at least one fluid flow regime modifier. The at least one gas-lift input extends from the annular space, through the production tubing, and to an interior of the production tubing. The at least one fluid flow regime modifier is disposed within the production tubing and is at least partially within a fluid column of the production tubing, the at least one fluid flow regime modifier is configured to reduce fluid fallback and impart a turbulent flow regime to at least a portion of the fluid column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Brian Reeves, Jinfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 11085260
    Abstract: A submersible pumping system for use in producing wellbore fluids from a wellbore within a subterranean formation includes a motor and a pump driven by the motor to produce the wellbore fluids. The pumping system further includes a self-supporting power cable connected to the pump. The self-supporting power cable includes a plurality of conductors and a plurality of strength members. A method of deploying and retrieving a submersible pumping system in a wellbore includes the steps of connecting a wireline to the submersible pumping system, connecting a self-supporting power cable to the submersible pumping system, lowering the submersible pumping system into the wellbore while the weight of the submersible pumping system is borne by the wireline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmed AlAdawy, Ameen Malkawi, Brian Reeves, Michael Hughes, Victor Acacio, John Mack
  • Patent number: 11060385
    Abstract: An artificial lift system including a tubular extending into a wellbore. The tubular includes a first end arranged at a surface of a formation, a second end terminating in the wellbore, and an intermediate portion. The intermediate portion includes a plurality of gas lift valves. A jet pump is fluidically connected to the second end of the tubular. A liquid supply conduit includes a terminal end arranged at the first end of the tubular and a gas supply conduit includes a terminal end portion arranged at the first end of the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Daniel VanDam, Brian Reeves
  • Publication number: 20210184603
    Abstract: A system for the resilience of an electric submersible pumping system to a transient power interruption includes a power backup connected to the variable speed drive of the pumping system. A method for controlling the electric submersible pump during the transient power interruption includes connecting a variable speed drive to a power source, charging one or more rechargeable batteries within the power backup, and connecting the power backup to the variable speed drive. The method continues with the steps of operating the motor with the variable speed drive, detecting a disruption in AC power from the power source to the variable speed drive, and applying power from the power backup to the variable speed drive to operate the motor during the transient interruption in electrical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Gary Williams, Alexey Tyshko, Brian Reeves, Curtis Johnson, Nathan Etter, Mohamed Ouf, Mahendra Joshi
  • Patent number: 11021938
    Abstract: A gas-lift well includes a casing extending down a wellbore, production tubing extending within the casing, a gas system for inserting compressed gas into an annular space between the casing and the production tubing, at least one gas-lift input, and at least one fluid flow regime modifier. The at least one gas-lift input extends from the annular space, through the production tubing, and to an interior of the production tubing. The at least one fluid flow regime modifier is disposed within the production tubing and is at least partially within a fluid column of the production tubing, the at least one fluid flow regime modifier is configured to reduce fluid fallback and impart a turbulent flow regime to at least a portion of the fluid column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Brian Reeves, Jinfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10983559
    Abstract: Methods and devices for selectively presenting a user interface or “desktop” across two devices are provided. More particularly, a unified desktop is presented across a device and a computer system that comprise a unified system. The unified desktop acts as a single user interface that presents data and receives user interaction in a seamless environment that emulates a personal computing environment. To function within the personal computing environment, the unified desktop includes a process for docking and undocking the device with the computer system. The unified desktop presents desktops or windows based on the displays that were pre-existing before docking or undocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Paul E. Reeves, Brian Reeves, Chris Tyghe, Sanjiv Sirpal, Richard Teltz
  • Publication number: 20200362691
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating between surface equipment and a downhole tool installed in a well. First and second toroidal transformers are positioned around an inner one of a pair of coaxial structural members of a well completion (e.g., a pump rod and tubular, or a tubular and a well casing) which are electrically coupled to form an electrical circuit. A transmitter generates a data signal which is applied to the first toroidal transformer, causing a corresponding electrical current to be induced in the circuit, which then induces the data signal on the second toroidal transformer. A receiver coupled to the second toroidal transformer receives the data signal induced on the second toroidal transformer. The transmitter and receiver may be components of transceivers that may communicate bidirectionally. Additional toroidal coils and transceiver may be provided to communicate with equipment at additional locations in the well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Mahendra L. Joshi, Yi Liao, Thomas McClain Scott, Alexey Tyshko, Virginia Howe, Brian Reeves
  • Publication number: 20200362672
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wireless power transmission in a well, wherein first and second structural members of a well completion are electrically connected to form an electrical circuit, with first and second toroidal transformers positioned around the second structural member at different axial locations. A power source coupled to the first toroidal transformer is configured to generate an output voltage which is applied to the first toroidal transformer, inducing a corresponding electrical current in the electrical circuit. This in turn induces a second voltage on the second toroidal transformer, which is provided to a downhole tool. The tool may include conditioning circuitry, which rectifies the received power and charges a battery. The downhole electric tool is then operated using the received power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Mahendra L. Joshi, Yi Liao, Thomas McClain Scott, Alexey Tyshko, Virginia Howe, Brian Reeves
  • Publication number: 20200256171
    Abstract: An artificial lift system including a tubular extending into a wellbore. The tubular includes a first end arranged at a surface of a formation, a second end terminating in the wellbore, and an intermediate portion. The intermediate portion includes a plurality of gas lift valves. A jet pump is fluidically connected to the second end of the tubular. A liquid supply conduit includes a terminal end arranged at the first end of the tubular and a gas supply conduit includes a terminal end portion arranged at the first end of the tubular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Daniel VanDam, Brian Reeves
  • Publication number: 20200217179
    Abstract: A gas-lift well including a casing extending down a wellbore, production tubing extending within the casing, a gas system for inserting compressed gas into an annular space between the casing and the production tubing, at least one gas-lift input extending from the annular space, through the production tubing, and to an interior of the production tubing, and at least one fluid flow regime modifier within the production tubing and at least partially within a fluid column of the production tubing, the at least one fluid flow regime modifier configured to reduce fluid fallback and impart a turbulent flow regime to at least a portion of the fluid column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Reeves, Jinfeng Zhang
  • Publication number: 20200166968
    Abstract: Methods and devices for selectively presenting a user interface or “desktop” across two devices are provided. More particularly, a unified desktop is presented across a device and a computer system that comprise a unified system. The unified desktop acts as a single user interface that presents data and receives user interaction in a seamless environment that emulates a personal computing environment. To function within the personal computing environment, the unified desktop includes a process for docking and undocking the device with the computer system. The unified desktop presents desktops or windows based on the displays that were pre-existing before docking or undocking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Inventors: Paul E. Reeves, Brian Reeves, Chris Tyghe, Sanjiv Sirpal, Richard Teltz
  • Publication number: 20200097488
    Abstract: Methods and devices for connecting a mobile device with different data storage devices located either locally or remotely are provided. The device may apply one or more rules to create a hierarchical virtualization of the several data storage devices. The virtualization may then be provided to the user as a single, hierarchical file system. Further, a monitoring system may monitor the file system to determine if any new applications have been installed or if applications are currently being executed. If a connection is made to a secure network, the system may provide the information derived from the monitoring to the secure network. The secure network can then analyze the information to determine if any of the applications should be uninstalled from the device or should be stopped while the device is connected to the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Paul E. Reeves, Brian Reeves
  • Patent number: 10528210
    Abstract: Graphical navigation of foreground and background applications running on a mobile computing device across multiple active user environments, even when graphics information for background applications is not maintained by a mobile operating system of the mobile computing device. A last graphical representation of an application screen may be captured as the application state is transitioned from the foreground state to the background state. The last graphical representation may be associated with a position in an application activity stack representing foreground and background mobile operating system applications. The navigation techniques may be used in a computing environment with multiple active user environments. A first active user environment may be associated with the mobile operating system. A second active user environment may be associated with the mobile operating system or a desktop operating system running concurrently with the mobile operating system on the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Brian Reeves, Paul E. Reeves, Wuke Liu, Borys Sushchev
  • Patent number: 10528312
    Abstract: A device includes two touch sensitive displays. Particular display device (e.g., balloons, pop-up windows, tooltips, etc.) can be displayed in the two touch sensitive displays. However, in some circumstances, presenting the display device may cause problems interfacing with or viewing data on the device. Thus, the device can determine if presenting the display device in a proposed location will cause difficulties for the user. If such difficulties are predicted, the device may move the display of the display device to the other touch sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventor: Brian Reeves
  • Patent number: 10503344
    Abstract: Dynamic configuration of cross-environment applications enhances the computing experience in a computing environment with an extended active user environment and/or multiple active user environments. A mobile computing device maintains multiple active device configurations associated with multiple active user environments and/or application windows within active user environments. Device configuration qualifiers are determined from a variety of sources including device characteristics, device indicators, user settings, and/or application presentation. The mobile computing device selects active resource sets for applications based on the device configuration qualifiers. Application presentation is dynamically updated by disestablishing an application screen and establishing a new active application screen using a different resource set. The mobile computing device may be a smartphone running the Android mobile operating system and a full desktop Linux distribution on a modified Android kernel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Z124
    Inventors: Brian Reeves, Paul E. Reeves, Wuke Liu, Borys Sushchev
  • Publication number: 20190323499
    Abstract: A submersible pumping system has an electric motor, a rotary hydraulic pump driven by the electric motor, and a linear hydraulic pump that is configured to move a production fluid. The rotary hydraulic pump produces a pressurized working fluid that drives the linear hydraulic pump. In another aspect, a method is disclosed for controlling the temperature of an electric motor within a submersible pumping system disposed in a wellbore. The method includes the steps of circulating motor lubricant through a hydraulically driven production pump to reduce the temperature of the motor lubricant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Applicant: GE Oil & Gas ESP, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Reeves, Charles Collins, Aaron Noakes, Eric Rohlman