Patents by Inventor Christopher Fleming

Christopher Fleming 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).

  • Publication number: 20220089658
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for controlling plant pests are disclosed. In particular, novel insecticidal proteins having toxicity to lepidopteran and/or coleopteran insect pests are provided. Nucleic acid molecules encoding the novel insecticidal proteins are also provided. Methods of making the insecticidal proteins and methods of using the insecticidal proteins and nucleic acids encoding the insecticidal proteins of the invention, for example in transgenic plants to confer protection from insect damage, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Publication date: March 24, 2022
    Inventors: Richard Sessler, Christopher Fleming, Katherine Seguin
  • Patent number: 11180774
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for controlling plant pests are disclosed. In particular, novel insecticidal proteins having toxicity against Coleopteran and/or Lepidopteran insect pests are provided. Nucleic acid molecules encoding the novel insecticidal proteins are also provided. Methods of making the insecticidal proteins and methods of using the insecticidal proteins and nucleic acids encoding the insecticidal proteins of the invention, for example in transgenic plants to confer protection from insect damage, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Syngenta Participations AG
    Inventors: Clarence Michael Reynolds, Christopher Fleming, Mark Greer Montgomery
  • Publication number: 20210261631
    Abstract: Novel insecticidal proteins that are toxic to lepidopteran pests are disclosed. The polynucleotides encoding the insecticidal proteins can be used to transform prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms to express the insecticidal proteins. The recombinant organisms or compositions containing the recombinant organisms or the insecticidal proteins alone or in combination with other pest control agents and an appropriate agricultural carrier can be used to control lepidopteran pests in various environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Katherine SEGUIN, Mark Scott ROSE, Milan JUCOVIC, Matthew Richard BRAMLETT, Christopher FLEMING
  • Publication number: 20210251240
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for controlling plant pests are disclosed. In particular, novel insecticidal proteins having toxicity against Coleopteran and/or Lepidopteran insect pests are provided. Nucleic acid molecules encoding the novel insecticidal proteins are also provided. Methods of making the insecticidal proteins and methods of using the insecticidal proteins and nucleic acids encoding the insecticidal proteins of the invention, for example in transgenic plants to confer protection from insect damage, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Applicant: SYNGENTA PARTICIPATIONS AG
    Inventors: Clarence Michael Reynolds, Christopher Fleming
  • Patent number: 10997326
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for forecasting a time to complete a simulation of a reservoir simulation model. A processor can run a simulation of a reservoir simulation model for a first predetermined period of time associated with a first computation step of the simulation. The processor can measure a performance result of the simulation for the first predetermined period of time. The performance result can include an elapsed wall clock time and a timespan simulated. The processor can then forecast a remaining time to complete the simulation of the reservoir simulation model based on the performance result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Edward Hinkley, Terry Wayne Wong, Graham Christopher Fleming, Amit Kumar
  • Patent number: 10977337
    Abstract: A method for determining active constraint equations in a network of wells and surface facilities includes constructing at least one constraint equation for a connection in the network. Each constraint equation includes a respective slack variable and a respective slack variable multiplier. The method further includes constructing a base equation for the connection. The base equation includes the respective slack variable and another respective slack variable multiplier. The method further includes introducing a pseudo slack variable for another connection in the network such that a Schur complement, of a matrix of constraint and base equations dependent only on slack variable multipliers, is sparse. The method further includes solving for each respective slack variable using the Shur complement matrix. The method further includes adjusting a variable parameter of the network using results from solving for each respective slack variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Qinghua Wang, Graham Christopher Fleming
  • Patent number: 10900329
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system, as well as a method and an article, may operate to generate map values for a plurality of parameters corresponding to respective grid blocks of a reservoir, wherein the values have been previously generated based on an initial simulation result from a model of the reservoir; to generate a sector surrogate model that includes a subset of grid blocks of the reservoir based on a criterion for identifying grid blocks that negatively affect simulation of the reservoir; to provide data inputs to execute a simulation of the reservoir using the sector surrogate model; and to generate revised data inputs, based on results of the simulation of the reservoir using the sector surrogate model, to use in a subsequent simulation using the model of the reservoir. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Edward Hinkley, Terry Wayne Wong, Graham Christopher Fleming
  • Publication number: 20210017858
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for locally lumped equation of state fluid characterization can include determining a set of components for the material balance calculations for a plurality of grid blocks of a reservoir. The plurality of grid blocks can experience different recovery methods between them. Lumping schemes can be determined for the plurality of grid blocks. Phase behavior calculations can be performed on the plurality of grid blocks, wherein different lumping schemes can be used across the plurality of grid blocks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Graham Christopher Fleming, Terry Wayne Wong
  • Patent number: 10830041
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method for locally lumped equation of state fluid characterization can include determining a set of components for the material balance calculations for a plurality of grid blocks of a reservoir. The plurality of grid blocks can experience different recovery methods between them. Lumping schemes can be determined for the plurality of grid blocks. Phase behavior calculations can be performed on the plurality of grid blocks, wherein different lumping schemes can be used across the plurality of grid blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Graham Christopher Fleming, Terry Wayne Wong
  • Publication number: 20200299719
    Abstract: The invention provides nucleic acids, polypeptides, transgenic plants, compositions and methods for conferring pesticidal activity (e.g., insecticidal activity) to bacteria, plants, plant cells, tissues and seeds. Nucleic acids encoding the insecticidal proteins can be used to transform prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, including plants, to express the insecticidal proteins. The recombinant organisms and compositions containing the recombinant organisms or insecticidal proteins can be used to control a pest (e.g., an insect).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Syngenta Participations AG
    Inventors: Christopher FLEMING, Richard SESSLER
  • Patent number: 10677022
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining operating settings of a fluid production system with a gathering network and a plurality of reservoirs, at least some of which include a method that includes lumping common pseudo-components into reservoir pseudo-components associated with each of the reservoirs. Each common pseudo-component is associated with the gathering network and maps to one reservoir pseudo-component of each of the reservoirs. The method further includes performing at least part of a fully-coupled simulation of the gathering network and the reservoirs using the common pseudo-components to obtain one or more operating settings that meet one or more constraints of the production system, and presenting to a user the operating settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Graham Christopher Fleming, Terry Wayne Wong
  • Patent number: 10670770
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system, as well as a method and an article, may operate to generate a first matrix, based on equations that model a reservoir, that includes mass conservation and volume balance information for grid blocks in the reservoir; to generate a second matrix, based on the first matrix, that includes saturation information and pressure information of each grid block; to remove the saturation information from the second matrix to generate a third matrix that includes only pressure information; to solve the third matrix to generate a first pressure solution; to solve the second matrix based on the first pressure solution to generate a first saturation solution and a second pressure solution; and to use the first saturation solution and the second pressure solution to generate a solution of the first matrix. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Qinghua Wang, Graham Christopher Fleming
  • Patent number: 10570705
    Abstract: A method of managing a network of wells and surface facilities includes partitioning the network to obtain a pipe sub-network and two or more well sub-networks, and constructing an associated set of equations that represent a steady-state fluid flow in the sub-network. The method further includes setting boundary conditions for each well sub-network, and determining a steady-state flow solution for each well sub-network. The method further includes establishing boundary conditions for the pipe sub-network, and finding a steady-state flow solution for the pipe sub-network. If the solution does not match the estimated pressure, the method further includes adjusting the estimated pressure, repeating said setting, determining, establishing, finding, and adjusting operations until the calculated and estimated pressures converge, and analyzing flow rates of the steady-state flow solutions to evaluate suitability of a modification to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Graham Christopher Fleming, Jie Ma
  • Publication number: 20190316148
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for controlling plant pests are disclosed. In particular, novel insecticidal proteins having toxicity against Coleopteran and/or Lepidopteran insect pests are provided. Nucleic acid molecules encoding the novel insecticidal proteins are also provided. Methods of making the insecticidal proteins and methods of using the insecticidal proteins and nucleic acids encoding the insecticidal proteins of the invention, for example in transgenic plants to confer protection from insect damage, are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Syngenta Participations AG
    Inventors: Clarence Michael REYNOLDS, Christopher FLEMING, Mark Greer MONTGOMERY
  • Patent number: 10352134
    Abstract: Oil or gas fields and associated facilities are computer simulated by solving linear algebraic equations using a Schwarz method with at least one well node included in the overlap. According to another aspect, equations for the wellbore nodes are processed to eliminate some non-pressure variables, e.g. component compositions. Other features are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Qinghua Wang, Graham Christopher Fleming, Qin Lu
  • Publication number: 20190211651
    Abstract: A method of managing a network of wells and surface facilities includes partitioning the network to obtain a pipe sub-network and two or more well sub-networks, and constructing an associated set of equations that represent a steady-state fluid flow in the sub-network. The method further includes setting boundary conditions for each well sub-network, and determining a steady-state flow solution for each well sub-network. The method further includes establishing boundary conditions for the pipe sub-network, and finding a steady-state flow solution for the pipe sub-network. If the solution does not match the estimated pressure, the method further includes adjusting the estimated pressure, repeating said setting, determining, establishing, finding, and adjusting operations until the calculated and estimated pressures converge, and analyzing flow rates of the steady-state flow solutions to evaluate suitability of a modification to the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Graham Christopher FLEMING, Jie MA
  • Publication number: 20190213233
    Abstract: A method for determining active constraint equations in a network of wells and surface facilities includes constructing at least one constraint equation for a connection in the network. Each constraint equation includes a respective slack variable and a respective slack variable multiplier. The method further includes constructing a base equation for the connection. The base equation includes the respective slack variable and another respective slack variable multiplier. The method further includes introducing a pseudo slack variable for another connection in the network such that a Schur complement, of a matrix of constraint and base equations dependent only on slack variable multipliers, is sparse. The method further includes solving for each respective slack variable using the Shur complement matrix. The method further includes adjusting a variable parameter of the network using results from solving for each respective slack variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Qinghua Wang, Graham Christopher Fleming
  • Patent number: 10331093
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining operating settings for a fluid production system that includes wells and a processing facility, the method including identifying at least one swing well and one or more non-swing wells and determining at least one target parameter equation that is a function of at least one processing facility constraint and one or more non-swing well parameters. The method further includes incorporating the target parameter equation into a fully-coupled equation set representing the production system, simulating the production system using the fully-coupled equation set to obtain one or more operating settings that meet the processing facility constraint, and presenting to a user the operating settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Graham Christopher Fleming, Qin Lu
  • Patent number: 10089424
    Abstract: Systems and methods for 2D domain decomposition during parallel reservoir simulation to balance the active cells in a reservoir model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Mehmet Tarman, Graham Christopher Fleming, Dominic Camilleri, Kefei Wang
  • Patent number: 10077639
    Abstract: A disclosed method for a hydrocarbon production system includes collecting production system data. The method also includes performing a simulation based on the collected data, a fluid model, and a fully-coupled set of equations. The method also includes expediting convergence of a solution for the simulation by reducing occurrences of non-physical attributes during the simulation. The method also includes storing control parameters determined for the solution for use with the production system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Graham Christopher Fleming