Patents by Inventor Casey A. OTTEN

Casey A. OTTEN 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: 11859480
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring, for two or more well heads of a hydraulic fracturing system, an operation or a state of one or more subsystems of the hydraulic fracturing system. The hydraulic fracturing system may include one or more fracturing rigs, one or more blending equipment, one or more power sources electrically connected to a first subset of the one or more fracturing rigs, or one or more fuel sources fluidly connected to a second subset of the one or more fracturing rigs, and one or more missile valves. The hydraulic fracturing system may further include one or more zipper valves, one or more well head valves, and multiple well heads. The method may further include controlling, based on an operation schedule for the hydraulic fracturing system and based on monitoring the operation or the state, fluid pressures at the two or more well heads for continuous pumping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Todd R. Kabrich, Andy Publes, Casey A. Otten, Brandon J. Mabe, Perry D. Converse, Jason T. Herlehy
  • Patent number: 11808139
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring, by a controller, operation of a pump of at least one hydraulic fracturing rig during ramp-up of the pump. Each of the at least one hydraulic fracturing rig may further include an engine and a transmission. The method may further include detecting, by the controller, an issue in the operation of the pump based on the monitoring of the operation and performing an action based on the detecting of the issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Todd R. Kabrich, Casey A. Otten, Yuesheng He
  • Patent number: 11802468
    Abstract: A method may include receiving information related to operation or a configuration of a hydraulic fracturing system. The hydraulic fracturing system may include a plurality of electric power source outputs and a plurality of hydraulic fracturing rigs. The method may further include performing, based on the information, asymmetric power management of the plurality of electric power source outputs. The method may further include performing, based on the information, asymmetric load management of the plurality of hydraulic fracturing rigs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Publes, Casey A. Otten, Perry D. Converse, Yanchai Zhang, Zhijun Cai, Baoyang Deng, Christopher G. Y. Haddad, Jason T. Herlehy, Todd R. Kabrich, Nausheen Ahmad, Joseph C. Bufkin
  • Publication number: 20230287768
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring, for a well head of a hydraulic fracturing system, an operation or a state of one or more subsystems of the hydraulic fracturing system. The hydraulic fracturing system may include one or more fracturing rigs, one or more blending equipment, and one or more power sources electrically connected to a first subset of the one or more fracturing rigs, or one or more fuel sources fluidly connected to a second subset of the one or more fracturing rigs. The hydraulic fracturing system may further include one or more missile valves, one or more zipper valves, one or more well head valves, and one or more well heads. The method may further include controlling, based on an operation schedule for the hydraulic fracturing system and based on monitoring the operation or the state, the state or equipment changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Inventors: Todd R. KABRICH, Andy PUBLES, Casey A. OTTEN, Brandon J. MABE, Perry D. CONVERSE, Jason T. HERLEHY
  • Publication number: 20230287760
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring an operation or a state of one or more subsystems of a hydraulic fracturing system. The hydraulic fracturing system may include one or more fracturing rigs, one or more blending equipment, and one or more power sources electrically connected to a first subset of the one or more fracturing rigs, or one or more fuel sources fluidly connected to a second subset of the one or more fracturing rigs. The hydraulic fracturing system may further include one or more missile valves, one or more zipper piping and zipper valve sets, one or more well head valves, and one or more well heads. The method may further include controlling, based on monitoring the operation or the state, the one or more subsystems within operating limits or based on operating expectations to cause or prevent an occurrence of one or more well integrity-related events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Inventors: Todd R. KABRICH, Andy PUBLES, Casey A. OTTEN, Brandon J. MABE, Perry D. CONVERSE, Jason T. HERLEHY, Joseph C. BUFKIN
  • Publication number: 20230287777
    Abstract: A method may include receiving information related to operation or a configuration of a hydraulic fracturing system, The hydraulic fracturing system may include one or more fracturing rigs, one or more blending equipment, and one or more power sources electrically connected to a first subset of the one or more fracturing rigs, or one or more fuel sources fluidly connected to a second subset of the one or more fracturing rigs. The hydraulic fracturing system may further include one or more missile valves, one or more zipper valves, one or more well head valves, and one or more well heads. The method may further include optimizing the operation of one or more subsystems of the hydraulic fracturing system using a particle swarm algorithm. The method may further include outputting one or more control signals to the one or more subsystems based on optimizing the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Inventors: Todd R. KABRICH, Andy PUBLES, Casey A. OTTEN, Brandon J. MABE, Perry D. CONVERSE, Jason T. HERLEHY, Joseph C. BUFKIN
  • Publication number: 20230287776
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring, for two or more well heads of a hydraulic fracturing system, an operation or a state of one or more subsystems of the hydraulic fracturing system. The hydraulic fracturing system may include one or more fracturing rigs, one or more blending equipment, one or more power sources electrically connected to a first subset of the one or more fracturing rigs, or one or more fuel sources fluidly connected to a second subset of the one or more fracturing rigs, and one or more missile valves. The hydraulic fracturing system may further include one or more zipper valves, one or more well head valves, and multiple well heads. The method may further include controlling, based on an operation schedule for the hydraulic fracturing system and based on monitoring the operation or the state, fluid pressures at the two or more well heads for continuous pumping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Publication date: September 14, 2023
    Inventors: Todd R. KABRICH, Andy PUBLES, Casey A. OTTEN, Brandon J. MABE, Perry D. CONVERSE, Jason T. HERLEHY
  • Patent number: 11753911
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring, for a well head of a hydraulic fracturing system, an operation or a state of one or more subsystems of the hydraulic fracturing system. The hydraulic fracturing system may include one or more fracturing rigs, one or more blending equipment, and one or more power sources electrically connected to a first subset of the one or more fracturing rigs, or one or more fuel sources fluidly connected to a second subset of the one or more fracturing rigs. The hydraulic fracturing system may further include one or more missile valves, one or more zipper valves, one or more well head valves, and one or more well heads. The method may further include controlling, based on an operation schedule for the hydraulic fracturing system and based on monitoring the operation or the state, the state or equipment changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Todd R. Kabrich, Andy Publes, Casey A. Otten, Brandon J. Mabe, Perry D. Converse, Jason T. Herlehy
  • Patent number: 11746635
    Abstract: A method may include receiving information related to operation or a configuration of a hydraulic fracturing system, The hydraulic fracturing system may include one or more fracturing rigs, one or more blending equipment, and one or more power sources electrically connected to a first subset of the one or more fracturing rigs, or one or more fuel sources fluidly connected to a second subset of the one or more fracturing rigs. The hydraulic fracturing system may further include one or more missile valves, one or more zipper valves, one or more well head valves, and one or more well heads. The method may further include optimizing the operation of one or more subsystems of the hydraulic fracturing system using a particle swarm algorithm. The method may further include outputting one or more control signals to the one or more subsystems based on optimizing the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Todd R. Kabrich, Andy Publes, Casey A. Otten, Brandon J. Mabe, Perry D. Converse, Jason T. Herlehy, Joseph C. Bufkin
  • Publication number: 20230235653
    Abstract: A method may include receiving information related to operation or a configuration of a hydraulic fracturing system. The hydraulic fracturing system may include a plurality of electric power source outputs and a plurality of hydraulic fracturing rigs. The method may further include performing, based on the information, asymmetric power management of the plurality of electric power source outputs. The method may further include performing, based on the information, asymmetric load management of the plurality of hydraulic fracturing rigs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Publication date: July 27, 2023
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Andy PUBLES, Casey A. OTTEN, Perry D. CONVERSE, Yanchai ZHANG, Zhijun CAI, Baoyang DENG, Christopher G. Y. HADDAD, Jason T. HERLEHY, Todd R. KABRICH, Nausheen AHMAD, Joseph C. BUFKIN
  • Publication number: 20230235663
    Abstract: A method may include monitoring, by a controller, operation of a pump of at least one hydraulic fracturing rig during ramp-up of the pump. Each of the at least one hydraulic fracturing rig may further include an engine and a transmission. The method may further include detecting, by the controller, an issue in the operation of the pump based on the monitoring of the operation and performing an action based on the detecting of the issue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Publication date: July 27, 2023
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Todd R. KABRICH, Casey A. OTTEN, Yuesheng HE
  • Publication number: 20230228177
    Abstract: A method may include receiving a set of inputs for operation of at least one electric hydraulic fracturing rig and at least one mechanical hydraulic fracturing rig of a hydraulic fracturing system. The method may further include optimizing operation of the at least one electric hydraulic fracturing rig and the at least one mechanical hydraulic fracturing rig based on at least the set of inputs. The method may further include iterating the optimization using a cost function for an operation mode of the hydraulic fracturing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Yanchai ZHANG, Erik L. OLSEN, Casey A. OTTEN, Andy PUBLES