Patents by Inventor DARCY DAUGELA

DARCY DAUGELA 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: 20200143519
    Abstract: A method for image capture includes identifying a bright spot in an image. A neural network is used to recover details in bright spot area through a trained de-noising process. Post-processing of the image is conducted to match image parameters of recovered details in the bright spot area to another area of the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Gordon, Martin Humphreys, Darcy Daugela, Yeefang Xiao
  • Publication number: 20200110274
    Abstract: A diamond-shaped lens system includes: a half diamond-shaped lens including refractive material and having a first surface, a second surface and a third surface for refracting incident light beams from an object having a width of X, from the first surface towards the second surface; a first reflective material positioned at the second surface of the half diamond-shaped lens for reflecting the refracted light beams at a first angle toward the third surface; a second reflective material positioned at the third surface of the half diamond-shaped lens for reflecting the light beams reflected from the first reflective material toward the first surface to exit the first surface at a second angle toward the third surface to form an image of the object with a width Y; and; an apparatus for processing the image of the object to reduce chromatic aberrations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: John Daugela, Darcy Daugela
  • Publication number: 20200092453
    Abstract: A method for image capture includes determining an exposure range and setting at least one camera parameter to capture an underexposed image outside the exposure range. The underexposed image is processed using a neural network to recover image details. Image defects due to camera or object motion blur can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Gordon, Darcy Daugela, Martin Humphreys
  • Patent number: 10520740
    Abstract: A diamond-shaped lens system includes: a half diamond-shaped lens including refractive material and having a first surface, a second surface and a third surface for refracting incident light beams from an object having a width of X, from the first surface towards the second surface; a first reflective material positioned at the second surface of the half diamond-shaped lens for reflecting the refracted light beams at a first angle toward the third surface; a second reflective material positioned at the third surface of the half diamond-shaped lens for reflecting the light beams reflected from the first reflective material toward the first surface to exit the first surface at a second angle toward the third surface to form an image of the object with a width Y; and; an apparatus for processing the image of the object to reduce chromatic aberrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SPECTRUM OPTIX INC.
    Inventors: John Daugela, Darcy Daugela
  • Publication number: 20190353888
    Abstract: A folded telescope system providing a light path to an image plane can include a first double-sided corrector plate having two powered sides, with at least one side being aspheric. In addition, the system includes a second double-sided corrector plate having two powered sides and a lens assembly positioned between the first and second double-sided corrector plates to define an image plane also positioned between the first and second double-sided corrector plates. In some embodiments a sensor is positioned at the image plane, with the folded telescope being positioned within or attachable to a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Clark Pentico, Brandon DesRoches, Darcy Daugela, Yeefang Xiao
  • Publication number: 20190212570
    Abstract: A viewing system includes a first optics system having a first aperture size and a first field of view, and optics that provide a lightpath to a first sensor. The optics system has a second optics system having a second aperture sized to be less than the first aperture size, and a second field of view greater than the first field of view; the second optics system providing a lightpath to a second sensor. Also provided is a display switchable between a first view mode in which a wide field image provided by the second sensor is displayed, and a second view mode in which a narrow field image provided by the first sensor is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: John Daugela, Darcy Daugela, Gadi Amit, Brandon Joseph DesRoches, Nathan Michael Ryhard
  • Patent number: 10274630
    Abstract: A system for detecting and discriminating a metal object in a bulk non-metallic material includes at least one triple-axis magnetometer adapted to detect a change of a magnetic field and output a signal including a detection signal representative of a metal object and a signal processing system adapted to detect the detection signal. The bulk non-metallic may be continuously moving through a detection volume, or may be placed in and removed from the detection volume as a batch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SYNCRUDE CANADA LTD. in trust for the owners of the Syncrude Project as such owners exist now and in the future
    Inventor: Darcy Daugela
  • Publication number: 20180343396
    Abstract: A reflective truncated ball imaging system includes: a reflective truncated ball element having a first surface, a second surface and a third surface for reflecting incident light beams from an object having a width of X entering into the first surface, from the second surface towards the third surface to exit the third surface and form an image of the object with a width Y; a focusing lens for focusing the reflected light beams exiting the third surface; and a sensor or view finder for sensing or viewing the light beams focused by the focusing lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: John Daugela, Darcy Daugela
  • Publication number: 20180252896
    Abstract: A diamond-shaped lens system includes: a half diamond-shaped lens including refractive material and having a first surface, a second surface and a third surface for refracting incident light beams from an object having a width of X, from the first surface towards the second surface; a first reflective material positioned at the second surface of the half diamond-shaped lens for reflecting the refracted light beams at a first angle toward the third surface; a second reflective material positioned at the third surface of the half diamond-shaped lens for reflecting the light beams reflected from the first reflective material toward the first surface to exit the first surface at a second angle toward the third surface to form an image of the object with a width Y; and; an apparatus for processing the image of the object to reduce chromatic aberrations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Inventors: John Daugela, Darcy Daugela
  • Publication number: 20180120481
    Abstract: A gradient index (GRIN) lens system includes: a first GRIN lens having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface for refracting, in a first plane, incident light beams having an aspect ratio of x/y from an object from the first surface towards the second surface, the refracted incident light beams having an aspect ratio of x1/y; and a second GRIN lens having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface for refracting, in a second plane, the refracted incident light beams from the first GRIN lens towards the second surface of the second GRIN lens to form a refracted image of the object with an aspect ratio of x1/y1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Darcy Daugela, John Daugela
  • Patent number: 9719933
    Abstract: A method of quantifying at least one property of interest of an oil sands ore sample is provided using a laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) method. The LIBS method may be applied to oil sands ore being conveyed prior to a slurry process to measure oil sand composition and provide information which may predict extraction characteristics. The LIBS method may be applied to oil sands core samples in a laboratory setting to reduce the cost and analysis time associated with conventional laboratory measurement techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: SYNCRUDE CANADA LTD, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA
    Inventors: Richard Paproski, Aïssa Harhira, David Duford, Josette El Haddad, Darcy Daugela, Alain Blouin, Mohamad Sabsabi
  • Publication number: 20170031049
    Abstract: A system for detecting and discriminating a metal object in a bulk non-metallic material includes at least one triple-axis magnetometer adapted to detect a change of a magnetic field and output a signal including a detection signal representative of a metal object and a signal processing system adapted to detect the detection signal. The bulk non-metallic may be continuously moving through a detection volume, or may be placed in and removed from the detection volume as a batch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Inventor: Darcy Daugela
  • Patent number: 9471971
    Abstract: A system for characterizing a slurry in a slurry process includes a flow tube, a camera, and a computer. The system is suitable for use with an oil sands extraction slurry processed or treated by an oil sands extraction slurry process. The slurry is diverted from the slurry process into the flow tube. The camera images the slurry as it flows through a transparent portion of the flow tube to produce a digital image of the slurry. The computer analyzes the digital image to determine a slurry characteristic. Based on the determined slurry characteristic, the computer may predict a performance metric of the slurry process and adjust an operating parameter of the slurry process to optimize the slurry process towards a target performance metric. Multiple systems may be used to continuously monitor slurry characteristics at upstream and downstream steps of the slurry process, and determine correlations between those characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: SYNCRUDE CANADA LTD.
    Inventors: Darcy Daugela, Barry Bara, Robert Skwarok, Rodney Ridley, Pat Dougan, Mark Polak
  • Patent number: 9400196
    Abstract: A method of detecting E-line loss in a disc stack centrifuge is provided, comprising: collecting data from at least one instrument associated with the centrifuge over a specific time period; calculating one or more indicators by comparing the collected data with expected values from a normally operating centrifuge, the indicators being indicative of a start of an E-line loss event; calculating the probability of E-line loss by applying weighted voting to the indicators to yield a probability value; and activating an alert upon determination that the probability value exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: SYNCRUDE CANADA LTD.
    Inventors: Darcy Daugela, David Mueller, Daniel Bulbuc, Christine Engler-Cooper
  • Publication number: 20160086321
    Abstract: A system for characterizing a slurry in a slurry process includes a flow tube, a camera, and a computer. The system is suitable for use with an oil sands extraction slurry processed or treated by an oil sands extraction slurry process. The slurry is diverted from the slurry process into the flow tube. The camera images the slurry as it flows through a transparent portion of the flow tube to produce a digital image of the slurry. The computer analyzes the digital image to determine a slurry characteristic. Based on the determined slurry characteristic, the computer may predict a performance metric of the slurry process and adjust an operating parameter of the slurry process to optimize the slurry process towards a target performance metric. Multiple systems may be used to continuously monitor slurry characteristics at upstream and downstream steps of the slurry process, and determine correlations between those characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: DARCY DAUGELA, BARRY BARA, ROBERT SKWAROK, RODNEY RIDLEY, PAT DOUGAN, MARK POLAK
  • Publication number: 20150149098
    Abstract: A method of detecting E-line loss in a disc stack centrifuge is provided, comprising: collecting data from at least one instrument associated with the centrifuge over a specific time period; calculating one or more indicators by comparing the collected data with expected values from a normally operating centrifuge, the indicators being indicative of a start of an E-line loss event; calculating the probability of E-line loss by applying weighted voting to the indicators to yield a probability value; and activating an alert upon determination that the probability value exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: DARCY DAUGELA, DAVID MUELLER, DANIEL BULBUC, CHRISTINE ENGLER-COOPER