Patents by Inventor Charles John Sicking

Charles John Sicking 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: 9810803
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method for mapping a volume of the Earth's subsurface encompassing a selected path within said volume, comprising dividing the volume of the Earth's subsurface into a three-dimensional grid of voxels and transforming detected seismic signals representing seismic energy originating from said volume of the Earth's subsurface when no induced fracturing activity is occurring along said selected path and conducted to a recording unit for recording into signals representing energy originating from the voxels included in said grid of voxels, and utilizing said transformed seismic signals to estimate spatially continuous flow paths for reservoir fluids through said volume of the Earth's subsurface to said selected path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Seismic Global Ambient, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Meredith Vermilye, Charles John Sicking, Ross G. Peebles, Laird Berry Thompson, Amanda Jean Klaus, Peter Anderson Geiser
  • Publication number: 20170023687
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method of imaging a volume of the earth's subsurface. A selected volume of the earth's subsurface is divided into a three-dimensional grid of voxels. Seismic signals representing seismic energy emanating from the earth's subsurface and detected by sensors deployed in proximity to said selected subsurface volume and conducted to a recorder for recording. The recorded signals are transformed into a grid of discrete voxel signals representing energy emanating from voxels included in said three-dimensional grid of voxels in the earth's subsurface. A smooth analytic function is defined in three dimensional space based on the grid of discrete voxel signals; and fracture surfaces are derived from the smooth analytic function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: Global Ambient Seismic, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles John Sicking, Dylan Matthew Copeland
  • Patent number: 9442205
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of methods and corresponding hardware and software that are configured to illuminate or image the permeability field around or near a well that is to be fracked, both prior to fracking and after various fracking stages. The methods and corresponding hardware and software disclosed herein permit the progress of the fracking operation to be monitored at different stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Global Ambient Seismic, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Anderson Geiser, Jan Meredith Vermilye, Charles John Sicking
  • Patent number: 9354336
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of methods, devices and systems for performing a microseismic survey. According to some embodiments, microseismic signals are detected at seismic sensor stations deployed in two sets of seismic sensor lines, the seismic sensor lines within each set being substantially parallel to one another and the two sets of seismic sensor lines being mutually orthogonal. According to other embodiments, microseismic signals are detected at seismic sensor stations deployed in a hexagonal pattern. Such sensor geometries offer advantages over linear or radial arrays, including noise reduction, data acquisition flexibility as new wells are added to the survey area, and an improved distribution of data points above points in the subsurface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Global Ambient Seismic, Inc.
    Inventors: Duncan W. Riley, Thomas John Fleure, John F. Gillooly, Jr., Charles John Sicking
  • Patent number: 9001619
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of methods and systems for determining the orientation and direction of first motion of a fault or fracture by optimizing an azimuthally-dependent attribute of signals generated by microseismic sources, comprising: recording microseismic data traces using a of sensors located at a plurality of sensor positions; subdividing the subsurface volume into spatial volumes corresponding to selected time intervals and comprising a plurality of voxels; for each voxel, applying a time shift to the microseismic data traces that is substantially equal to a travel time from each voxel to the corresponding sensor position, and determining for the voxel the orientation and direction of first motion of the fault or fracture corresponding to a maximum value for the voxel of at least one azimuthally-dependent attribute of the microseismic data traces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Global Microseismic Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David Diller, Barry Fish, Ran Xuan, Charles John Sicking
  • Publication number: 20140288840
    Abstract: The invention comprises a method for mapping a volume of the Earth's subsurface encompassing a selected path within said volume, comprising dividing the volume of the Earth's subsurface into a three-dimensional grid of voxels and transforming detected seismic signals representing seismic energy originating from said volume of the Earth's subsurface when no induced fracturing activity is occurring along said selected path and conducted to a recording unit for recording into signals representing energy originating from the voxels included in said grid of voxels, and utilizing said transformed seismic signals to estimate spatially continuous flow paths for reservoir fluids through said volume of the Earth's subsurface to said selected path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Global Microseismic Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Meredith Vermilye, Charles John Sicking, Ross G. Peebles, Laird Berry Thompson, Amanda Jean Klaus, Peter Anderson Geiser
  • Publication number: 20130100770
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various embodiments of methods and systems for determining the orientation and direction of first motion of a fault or fracture by optimizing an azimuthally-dependent attribute of signals generated by microseismic sources, comprising: recording microseismic data traces using a of sensors located at a plurality of sensor positions; subdividing the subsurface volume into spatial volumes corresponding to selected time intervals and comprising a plurality of voxels; for each voxel, applying a time shift to the microseismic data traces that is substantially equal to a travel time from each voxel to the corresponding sensor position, and determining for the voxel the orientation and direction of first motion of the fault or fracture corresponding to a maximum value for the voxel of at least one azimuthally-dependent attribute of the microseismic data traces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Global Microseismic Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David Diller, Barry Fish, Ran Xuan, Charles John Sicking
  • Publication number: 20130100769
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of methods, devices and systems for performing a microseismic survey. According to some embodiments, microseismic signals are detected at seismic sensor stations deployed in two sets of seismic sensor lines, the seismic sensor lines within each set being substantially parallel to one another and the two sets of seismic sensor lines being mutually orthogonal. According to other embodiments, microseismic signals are detected at seismic sensor stations deployed in a hexagonal pattern. Such sensor geometries offer advantages over linear or radial arrays, including noise reduction, data acquisition flexibility as new wells are added to the survey area, and an improved distribution of data points above points in the subsurface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Global Microseismic Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Duncan W. Riley, Thomas John Fleure, John F. Gillooly, JR., Charles John Sicking