Patents by Inventor Daniel Finfer

Daniel Finfer 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: 10451462
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a cable for optical fiber sensing applications formed from fiber wound around a cable core. A protective layer is then preferably placed over the top of the wound fiber, to protect the fiber, and to help keep it in place on the cable core. The cable core is preferably of a diameter to allow bend-insensitive fiber to be wound thereon with low bending losses. The effect of winding the fiber onto the cable core means that the longitudinal sensing resolution of the resulting cable is higher than simple straight fiber, when the cable is used with an optical fiber sensing system such as a DAS or DTS system. The achieved resolution for the resulting cable is a function of the fiber winding diameter and pitch, with a larger diameter and reduced winding pitch giving a higher longitudinal sensing resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: Silixa Ltd., Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue, Tom Parker, Sergey Shatalin, Dmitry Strusevich
  • Patent number: 10415373
    Abstract: In order to address the above noted problems, embodiments of the present invention use distributed acoustic sensing to monitor the fluid level in an ESP activated well so as to monitor the condition and performance of the ESP. Embodiments of the invention use the ESP as an acoustic source in order to monitor the annulus fluid level within the well and to monitor the frequency of the ESP. Additionally, embodiments of the present invention may use distributed acoustic sensing to monitor the flow rates of the production fluid above and below the ESP to determine the pump's efficiency. In particular, some embodiments utilize one or more optical fibers to measure the acoustic waves generated by the ESP, wherein the fiber cabling has already been deployed along the length of the well. As such, the present invention is a non-invasive, in-situ method for monitoring the condition and performance of an ESP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Silixa Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Clarke, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue, Tom Parker, Mahmoud Farhadiroushan
  • Patent number: 10345139
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address aliasing problems by providing a plurality of discrete acoustic sensors along a cable whereby acoustic signals may be measured in situations where the fiber optic cable has not been secured to a structure or area by a series of clamps. Acoustic sampling points are achieved by selectively enhancing the acoustic coupling between the outer layer and the at least one optical fiber arrangement, such that acoustic energy may be transmitted selectively from the outer layer to the at least one optical fiber arrangement. The resulting regions of acoustic coupling along the cable allow the optical fiber to detect acoustic signals. Regions between the outer layer and the at least one optical fiber arrangement that contain material which is acoustically insulating further this enhancement since acoustic waves are unable to travel through such mediums, or at least travel through such mediums at a reduced rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Silixa Ltd.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Dmitry Strusevich, Sergey Shatalin, Tom Parker
  • Patent number: 10196890
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of distributed optical fibre sensors for distributed acoustic sensing, and in particular, modal analysis of distributed acoustic data obtained in-well to monitoring well integrity. By determining one or more acoustic modes corresponding to distributed speed of sound measurements within the wellbore, and analysing variations in the distributed speed of sound measurement it is possible to derive information relating to a formation and/or fluid in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Silixa Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Finfer, Kjetil Johannessen
  • Patent number: 10145821
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring a structure using an optical fiber based distributed acoustic sensor (DAS) extending along the length of the structure. The DAS is able to resolve a separate acoustic signal with a spatial resolution of 1 m along the length of the fibre, and hence is able to operate with an acoustic positioning system to determine the position of the riser with the same spatial resolution. In addition, the fiber can at the same time also detect much lower frequency mechanical vibrations in the riser, for example such as resonant mode vibrations induced by movement in the surrounding medium. By using vibration detection in combination with acoustic positioning then overall structure shape monitoring can be undertaken, which is useful for vortex induced vibration (VIV) visualisation, fatigue analysis, and a variety of other advanced purposes. The structure may be a sub-sea riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: Silixa Ltd., Chevron USA Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Yousif Kamil, Roy Lester Kutlik
  • Publication number: 20180245957
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a cable for optical fiber sensing applications formed from fiber wound around a cable core. A protective layer is then preferably placed over the top of the wound fiber, to protect the fiber, and to help keep it in place on the cable core. The cable core is preferably of a diameter to allow bend-insensitive fiber to be wound thereon with low bending losses. The effect of winding the fiber onto the cable core means that the longitudinal sensing resolution of the resulting cable is higher than simple straight fiber, when the cable is used with an optical fiber sensing system such as a DAS or DTS system. The achieved resolution for the resulting cable is a function of the fiber winding diameter and pitch, with a larger diameter and reduced winding pitch giving a higher longitudinal sensing resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue, Tom Parker, Sergey Shatalin, Dmitry Strusevich
  • Publication number: 20180231498
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a “tool-kit” of processing techniques which can be employed in different combinations depending on the circumstances. For example, flow speed can be found using eddy tracking techniques, or by using speed of sound measurements. Moreover, composition can be found by using speed of sound measurements and also by looking for turning points in the k-? curves, particularly in stratified multi-phase flows. Different combinations of the embodiments can therefore be put together to provide further embodiments, to meet particular flow sensing requirements, both on the surface and downhole. Once the flow speed is known, then at least in the case of a single phase flow, the flow speed can be multiplied by the interior cross-sectional area of the pipe to obtain the flow rate. The mass flow rate can then be obtained if the density of the fluid is known, once the composition has been determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Mohammad Amir, Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue, Tom Parker
  • Publication number: 20180224572
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention help in the processing and interpretation of seismic survey data, by correlating or otherwise comparing or associating seismic data obtained from a seismic survey with flow information obtained from a well or borehole in the surveyed area. In particular, embodiments of the present invention allow for flow data representing a flow profile along a well that is being monitored by a distributed acoustic sensor to be determined, such that regions of higher flow in the well can be determined. For example, in the production zone the well will be perforated to allow oil to enter the well, but it has not previously been possible to determine accurately where in the production zone the oil is entering the well. However, by determining a flow rate profile along the well using the DAS then this provides information as to where in the perforated production zone oil is entering the well, and hence the location of oil bearing sands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicants: Silixa Ltd., Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Tom Parker, Daniel Finfer
  • Patent number: 9989388
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a cable for optical fiber sensing applications formed from fiber wound around a cable core. A protective layer is then preferably placed over the top of the wound fiber, to protect the fiber, and to help keep it in place on the cable core. The cable core is preferably of a diameter to allow bend-insensitive fiber to be wound thereon with low bending losses. The effect of winding the fiber onto the cable core means that the longitudinal sensing resolution of the resulting cable is higher than simple straight fiber, when the cable is used with an optical fiber sensing system such as a DAS or DTS system. The achieved resolution for the resulting cable is a function of the fiber winding diameter and pitch, with a larger diameter and reduced winding pitch giving a higher longitudinal sensing resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: Silixa Ltd., Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue, Tom Parker, Sergey Shatalin, Dmitry Strusevich
  • Publication number: 20180149017
    Abstract: Externally generated noise can be coupled into a fluid carrying structure such as a pipe, well, or borehole so as to artificially acoustically “illuminate” the pipe, well, or borehole, and allow fluid flow in the structure or structural integrity to be determined. In the disclosed system, externally generated noise is coupled into the structure being monitored at the same time as data logging required to undertake the monitoring is performed. This has three effects. First, the externally generated sound is coupled into the structure so as to “illuminate” acoustically the structure to allow data to be collected from which fluid flow may be determined, and secondly the amount of data that need be collected is reduced, as there is no need to log data when the structure is not being illuminated. Thirdly, there are signal processing advantages in having the data logging being undertaken only when the acoustic illumination occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Tom Parker, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue
  • Publication number: 20180087370
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of distributed optical fibre sensors for distributed acoustic sensing, and in particular, modal analysis of distributed acoustic data obtained in-well to monitoring well integrity. By determining one or more acoustic modes corresponding to distributed speed of sound measurements within the wellbore, and analysing variations in the distributed speed of sound measurement it is possible to derive information relating to a formation and/or fluid in the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Applicant: Silixa Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Finfer, Kjetil Johannessen
  • Publication number: 20180058916
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address aliasing problems by providing a plurality of discrete acoustic sensors along a cable whereby acoustic signals may be measured in situations where the fibre optic cable has not been secured to a structure or area by a series of clamps. Acoustic sampling points are achieved by selectively enhancing the acoustic coupling between the outer layer and the at least one optical fibre arrangement, such that acoustic energy may be transmitted selectively from the outer layer to the at least one optical fibre arrangement. The resulting regions of acoustic coupling along the cable allow the optical fibre to detect acoustic signals. Regions between the outer layer and the at least one optical fibre arrangement that contain material which is acoustically insulating further this enhancement since acoustic waves are unable to travel through such mediums, or at least travel through such mediums at a reduced rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: Silixa Ltd.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Dmitry Strusevich, Sergey Shatalin, Tom Parker
  • Patent number: 9896929
    Abstract: Externally generated noise can be coupled into a fluid carrying structure such as a pipe, well, or borehole so as to artificially acoustically “illuminate” the pipe, well, or borehole, and allow fluid flow in the structure or structural integrity to be determined. In the disclosed system, externally generated noise is coupled into the structure being monitored at the same time as data logging required to undertake the monitoring is performed. This has three effects. First, the externally generated sound is coupled into the structure so as to “illuminate” acoustically the structure to allow data to be collected from which fluid flow may be determined, and secondly the amount of data that need be collected is reduced, as there is no need to log data when the structure is not being illuminated. Thirdly, there are signal processing advantages in having the data logging being undertaken only when the acoustic illumination occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Silixa Ltd.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Tom Parker, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue
  • Patent number: 9850749
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of distributed optical fiber sensors for distributed acoustic sensing, and in particular, modal analysis of distributed acoustic data obtained in-well to monitoring well integrity. By determining one or more acoustic modes corresponding to distributed speed of sound measurements within the wellbore, and analyzing variations in the distributed speed of sound measurement it is possible to derive information relating to a formation and/or fluid in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Silixa Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Finfer, Kjetil Johannessen
  • Patent number: 9829368
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments include an apparatus for imaging a volume of material contained inside a vessel. The apparatus includes a plurality of synchronized acoustic sensors positioned at a periphery of an inner volume of the vessel. A processor combines the outputs of the acoustic sensors to identify at least one ambient noise source of the industrial process generating a noise field that illuminates an internal volume of the vessel and to provide an image of the material by temporal and spatial coherent processing of the transmission and reflection of the noise field generated by the noise source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignees: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC., SILIXA LIMITED
    Inventors: Roy Kutlik, Daniel Finfer, Tom Richard Parker, Huping Luo, Mahmoud Farhadiroushan
  • Patent number: 9823114
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address aliasing problems by providing a plurality of discrete acoustic sensors along a cable whereby acoustic signals may be measured in situations where the fiber optic cable has not been secured to a structure or area by a series of clamps, as described in the prior art. Acoustic sampling points are achieved by selectively enhancing the acoustic coupling between the outer layer and the at least one optical fiber arrangement, such that acoustic energy may be transmitted selectively from the outer layer to the at least one optical fiber arrangement. The resulting regions of acoustic coupling along the cable allow the optical fiber to detect acoustic signals. Regions between the outer layer and the at least one optical fiber arrangement that contain material which is acoustically insulating further this enhancement since acoustic waves are unable to travel through such mediums, or at least travel through such mediums at a reduced rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Silixa Ltd.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Dmitry Strusevich, Sergey Shatalin, Tom Parker
  • Publication number: 20170016312
    Abstract: In order to address the above noted problems, embodiments of the present invention use distributed acoustic sensing to monitor the fluid level in an ESP activated well so as to monitor the condition and performance of the ESP. Embodiments of the invention use the ESP as an acoustic source in order to monitor the annulus fluid level within the well and to monitor the frequency of the ESP. Additionally, embodiments of the present invention may use distributed acoustic sensing to monitor the flow rates of the production fluid above and below the ESP to determine the pump's efficiency. In particular, some embodiments utilise one or more optical fibers to measure the acoustic waves generated by the ESP, wherein the fiber cabling has already been deployed along the length of the well. As such, the present invention is a non-invasive, in-situ method for monitoring the condition and performance of an ESP.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew Clarke, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue, Tom Parker, Mahmoud Farhadiroushan
  • Publication number: 20160258795
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a cable for optical fiber sensing applications formed from fiber wound around a cable core. A protective layer is then preferably placed over the top of the wound fiber, to protect the fiber, and to help keep it in place on the cable core. The cable core is preferably of a diameter to allow bend-insensitive fiber to be wound thereon with low bending losses. The effect of winding the fiber onto the cable core means that the longitudinal sensing resolution of the resulting cable is higher than simple straight fiber, when the cable is used with an optical fiber sensing system such as a DAS or DTS system. The achieved resolution for the resulting cable is a function of the fiber winding diameter and pitch, with a larger diameter and reduced winding pitch giving a higher longitudinal sensing resolution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Applicants: SILIXA LTD., SILIXA LTD.
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue, Tom Parker, Sergey Shatalin, Dmitry Strusevich
  • Publication number: 20160223389
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address aliasing problems by providing a plurality of discrete acoustic sensors along a cable whereby acoustic signals may be measured in situations where the fibre optic cable has not been secured to a structure or area by a series of clamps, as described in the prior art. Acoustic sampling points are achieved by selectively enhancing the acoustic coupling between the outer layer and the at least one optical fibre arrangement, such that acoustic energy may be transmitted selectively from the outer layer to the at least one optical fibre arrangement. The resulting regions of acoustic coupling along the cable allow the optical fibre to detect acoustic signals. Regions between the outer layer and the at least one optical fibre arrangement that contain material which is acoustically insulating further this enhancement since acoustic waves are unable to travel through such mediums, or at least travel through such mediums at a reduced rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Daniel Finfer, Dmitry Strusevich, Sergey Shatalin, Tom Parker
  • Publication number: 20150285064
    Abstract: Externally generated noise can be coupled into a fluid carrying structure such as a pipe, well, or borehole so as to artificially acoustically “illuminate” the pipe, well, or borehole, and allow fluid flow in the structure or structural integrity to be determined. In the disclosed system, externally generated noise is coupled into the structure being monitored at the same time as data logging required to undertake the monitoring is performed. This has three effects. First, the externally generated sound is coupled into the structure so as to “illuminate” acoustically the structure to allow data to be collected from which fluid flow may be determined, and secondly the amount of data that need be collected is reduced, as there is no need to log data when the structure is not being illuminated. Thirdly, there are signal processing advantages in having the data logging being undertaken only when the acoustic illumination occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 8, 2015
    Inventors: Mahmoud Farhadiroushan, Tom Parker, Daniel Finfer, Veronique Mahue