Patents by Inventor George P. Moeckel

George P. Moeckel 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: 20020177986
    Abstract: A simulator is disclosed that employs a novel matrix in a domain transform process so as to implement a coherent simulation that accounts for diverse phenomena that are formulated in terms of different sets of variables. The novel matrix also has additional applications that include evaluation of a source term for continuity equations. In one embodiment, the simulator includes a fluid flow simulation block that evaluates phase continuity equations in a first domain and evaluates phase equilibrium and flash equations in a second domain. In performing an inverse transform from second domain components to first domain components, a component distribution matrix is employed so that matrix properties representing an underlying principle of mass conservation are preserved in the inverse transform. Other matrices that relate a component molar density vector to a phase molar density vector are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: George P. Moeckel, Denis P. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 5187332
    Abstract: A seismic system is placed in a predetermined orientation with respect to a surface of a formation, and a low viscosity substance is introduced between the sensor system and the surface of the formation. The substance has a composition formulated for stiffening in situ by increasing viscosity to provide a mechanical bond and an acoustical signal transmission coupling between the sensor system and the formation. After completion of the seismic operation, the stiffened substance is contacted with a stimulus for breaking the stiffened substance and thereby break the mechanical bond. Thereafter, the sensor system is recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: A. Wadood El-Rabaa, George P. Moeckel, Malcolm K. Strubhar
  • Patent number: 4894809
    Abstract: Seismic energy is generated at a multiplicity of source offsets from a borehole and offset VSP data is collected by an acoustic detector at a multiplicity of geophone depths for each source offset. The recorded data is sorted into Zero Source-Receiver (ZSR), common reflection point bins. Data from each offset VSP, ZSR common reflection point gather are dynamically moveout corrected with data adaptive parameters including reduced direct arrival times, dip, borehole deviation and stacking velocities. The moveout corrected VSP data are then stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventor: George P. Moeckel
  • Patent number: 4802147
    Abstract: A method for segregating and stacking vertical seismic profile data is disclosed wherein the offset difference between the well location and the position of the source is divided into equal segments, VSP moveout corrected data are placed in common reflection point bins and stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventor: George P. Moeckel
  • Patent number: 4802146
    Abstract: A moveout correction process and stacking velocity estimation process to permit stacking of vertical seismic profile (VSP) data is disclosed wherein the primary reflection time is determined by using the two-way travel time, the root mean square velocity of acoustic pulses in the formation and the first arrival time of direct path acoustic pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventor: George P. Moeckel
  • Patent number: 4449208
    Abstract: A method for determining the lithology of subterranean structures based on attenuation of wave energy is disclosed which features a wave model based on a two-way solution to the wave equation rather than one-way solutions previously proposed. Rather than measuring amplitude of the wave as a function of its attenuation, energy flux density is measured which provides a two-way wave solution. In a preferred embodiment, pressure gradient measuring transducers are used to measure the energy flux density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1984
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: George P. Moeckel, George C. Wallick
  • Patent number: 4415999
    Abstract: An improved method of generating synthetic seismograms for use in determining the accuracy of hypothesized subterranean structures is disclosed. The method features defining hypothesized detector locations corresponding to real detector locations rather than interpolating from arbitrary detector locations generated by specifying of initial ray path angles as input data. The accuracy of the results is improved by elimination of interpolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1983
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: George P. Moeckel, George C. Wallick