Patents by Inventor Gregory Scott Cunningham

Gregory Scott Cunningham 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: 9988882
    Abstract: A gravel packing apparatus has first and second joints each including a sand control screen assembly a slurry delivery subassembly positioned exteriorly of the sand control screen assembly. Each slurry delivery subassembly includes a transport tube extending longitudinally along the sand control screen assembly. A jumper tube extends between and is sealably coupled to the transport tube of the first joint and the transport tube of the second joint. A first locking assembly is operably coupled between the jumper tube and the transport tube of the first joint and a second locking assembly is operably coupled between the jumper tube and the transport tube of the second joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Least, Gregory Scott Cunningham, Jean Marc Lopez, Jan Veit
  • Publication number: 20170356266
    Abstract: A casing segment comprising a cylinder, a downhole tool, a first channel in the cylinder, a degradable plug wherein the plug degrades when exposed to a degrading fluid, said degrading fluid concurrently not degrading to the cylinder or the downhole tool, and a fluid reservoir that stores the degrading fluid, wherein the fluid reservoir is in fluid communication with the plug. A method comprising obtaining a casing segment having a cylinder, a downhole tool, and a fluid reservoir with degrading fluid, said degrading fluid concurrently not degrading to the cylinder or the downhole tool, wherein the cylinder includes a first channel, installing a degradable plug within the first channel, deploying the casing segment downhole, and exposing the degradable plug to the degrading fluid to cause the downhole tool to be in fluid communication with the interior surface of the cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Zac Suresh Arackakudiyil, Gregory Scott Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9803430
    Abstract: A casing mandrel includes a body having a first end and a second end, the first end being configured to be coupled to an upper portion of a casing string and the second end being configured to be coupled to a lower portion of the casing string, a downhole tool operatively coupled to an outer surface of the body, a tool port defined in the body and extending between the downhole tool and an interior of the body and thereby placing the downhole tool in fluid communication with the interior of the body, and at least one degradable plug disposed within the tool port to prevent wellbore debris from obstructing fluid communication between the interior and the downhole tool, wherein the degradable plug degrades over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Suzi Marie Marcuccio, Gireesh Bhat, Louis Francis LaFleur, Gregory Scott Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9790771
    Abstract: A gravel packing assembly has first and second joints each including a sand control screen assembly having a filter medium positioned exteriorly of a base pipe and a slurry delivery subassembly rotatably mounted exteriorly on the sand control screen assembly. The slurry delivery subassembly includes at least one transport tube extending longitudinally along at least a portion of the sand control screen assembly. At least one jumper tube is coupled to and extends between the at least one transport tube of the first joint and the at least one transport tube of the second joint. The at least one transport tube of the first joint is axially aligned with the at least one transport tube of the second joint by rotating the slurry delivery subassembly of the first joint relative to the sand control screen of the first joint after the two joints are coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Scott Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9790766
    Abstract: Disclosed are wellbore flow control devices that allow on-site field adjustments to flow characteristics. One autonomous inflow control device (AICD) assembly includes a base pipe defining one or more flow ports and an interior, at least one AICD arranged on the base pipe and having at least one fluid inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with one of the one or more flow ports, and a fluid barrier configured to be arranged about the at least one AICD by a well operator on-site and configured to isolate the at least one AICD from an influx of fluid during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: William Ryan Huffer, Aaron Bonner, Gregory Scott Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9745835
    Abstract: A screen assembly can include a tracer retaining mechanism for retaining a tracer in an annular area defined between a screen portion and a base pipe. The tracer retaining mechanism can be coupled to the screen portion, the base pipe, or the tracer. The tracer retaining mechanism can allow fluid flow in and out of the annular area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Travis Thomas Hailey, Jr., Ryan Michael Novelen, Stephen Michael Greci, James Jun Kang
  • Patent number: 9598934
    Abstract: Disclosed are wellbore flow control devices that allow on-site field adjustments to flow characteristics. One autonomous inflow control device (AICD) assembly includes a housing arranged about a base pipe that defines at least one flow port and an interior, the housing defining a fluid compartment in fluid communication with the at least one flow port, an AICD arranged in the fluid compartment and having at least one fluid inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the at least one flow port, a shroud coupled to the housing and covering the fluid compartment, and a crimping tool arrangeable about the housing and the shroud and having a profile defined thereon, the profile being configured to engage and plastically deform the shroud in order to fluidly isolate the AICD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 9580999
    Abstract: A gravel packing apparatus is provided, including first and second joints, each including a sand control screen assembly including a base pipe and a filter medium positioned exteriorly of the base pipe; and a slurry delivery subassembly positioned exteriorly of the sand control screen assembly, the slurry delivery subassembly including a ring assembly positioned around the base pipe; and a transport tube extending through the ring assembly and longitudinally along the sand control screen assembly; a jumper tube coupled to, and extending between, the transport tube of the first joint and the transport tube of the second joint; and a cage assembly extending circumferentially about respective portions of the first and second joints and positioned exteriorly of the jumper tube, the cage assembly comprising a plurality of cage sections that are each independently connected to the respective ring assemblies of the first and second joints. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Brandon Thomas Least
  • Publication number: 20160305224
    Abstract: A gravel packing apparatus has first and second joints each including a sand control screen assembly a slurry delivery subassembly positioned exteriorly of the sand control screen assembly. Each slurry delivery subassembly includes a transport tube extending longitudinally along the sand control screen assembly. A jumper tube extends between and is sealably coupled to the transport tube of the first joint and the transport tube of the second joint. A first locking assembly is operably coupled between the jumper tube and the transport tube of the first joint and a second locking assembly is operably coupled between the jumper tube and the transport tube of the second joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Least, Gregory Scott Cunningham, Jean Marc Lopez, Jan Veit
  • Publication number: 20160281475
    Abstract: A screen assembly can include a tracer retaining mechanism for retaining a tracer in an annular area defined between a screen portion and a base pipe. The tracer retaining mechanism can be coupled to the screen portion, the base pipe, or the tracer. The tracer retaining mechanism can allow fluid flow in and out of the annular area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Travis Thomas Hailey, Jr., Ryan Michael Novelen, Stephen Michael Greci, James Jun Kang
  • Publication number: 20160273310
    Abstract: Disclosed are wellbore flow control devices that allow on-site field adjustments to flow characteristics. One autonomous inflow control device (AICD) assembly includes a housing arranged about a base pipe that defines at least one flow port and an interior, the housing defining a fluid compartment in fluid communication with the at least one flow port, an AICD arranged in the fluid compartment and having at least one fluid inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with the at least one flow port, a shroud coupled to the housing and covering the fluid compartment, and a crimping tool arrangeable about the housing and the shroud and having a profile defined thereon, the profile being configured to engage and plastically deform the shroud in order to fluidly isolate the AICD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Service, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 9441463
    Abstract: A downhole well screen has a base pipe with a filter mounted thereon with the filter comprising plurality of spaced layers including a screen layer. A longitudinally extending channel is formed in the well screen by plastically deforming the filter. The channel is selected to be of a size and shape to accommodate well control lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Stephen Michael Greci, Jean Marc Lopez
  • Publication number: 20160251912
    Abstract: Disclosed is an example casing mandrel that includes a body having a first end and a second end, the first end being configured to be coupled to an upper portion of a casing string and the second end being configured to be coupled to a lower portion of the casing string, a downhole tool operatively coupled to an outer surface of the body, a tool port defined in the body and extending between the downhole tool and an interior of the body and thereby placing the downhole tool in fluid communication with the interior of the body, and at least one degradable plug disposed within the tool port to prevent wellbore debris from obstructing fluid communication between the interior and the downhole tool, wherein the degradable plug degrades over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Suzi Marie Marcuccio, Gireesh Bhat, Louis Francis LaFleur, Gregory Scott Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9394765
    Abstract: A gravel packing apparatus has first and second joints each including a sand control screen assembly having a filter medium positioned exteriorly of a base pipe and a slurry delivery subassembly positioned exteriorly of the sand control screen assembly. Each slurry delivery subassembly includes a transport tube extending longitudinally along at least a portion of the sand control screen assembly. A jumper tube extends between and is sealably coupled to the transport tube of the first joint and the transport tube of the second joint. A first locking assembly is positioned between the jumper tube and the transport tube of the first joint and a second locking assembly is positioned between the jumper tube and the transport tube of the second joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon Thomas Least, Gregory Scott Cunningham, Jean Marc Lopez, Jan Veit
  • Patent number: 9260953
    Abstract: A shunt tube assembly comprises a plurality of shunt tubes, a jumper tube, and a coupling member configured to provide fluid communication between the jumper tube and the plurality of shunt tubes. The coupling member can comprise a first end and a second end. The coupling member may be configured to provide a sealing engagement between the coupling member and the jumper tube at the first end, and the coupling member may be configured to provide a sealing engagement between the coupling member and the plurality of jumper tubes at the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Brandon Thomas Least, Stephen Michael Greci, Jean Marc Lopez, Jan Veit
  • Publication number: 20150376980
    Abstract: Disclosed are wellbore flow control devices that allow on-site field adjustments to flow characteristics. One autonomous inflow control device (AICD) assembly includes a base pipe defining one or more flow ports and an interior, at least one AICD arranged on the base pipe and having at least one fluid inlet and an outlet in fluid communication with one of the one or more flow ports, and a fluid barrier configured to be arranged about the at least one AICD by a well operator on-site and configured to isolate the at least one AICD from an influx of fluid during operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Ryan Huffer, Aaron Bonner, Gregory Scott Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20150267510
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a screen for use in a subterranean location in a wellbore to filter solid materials from the hydrocarbons produced into the wellbore. The screen has a base pipe with inner and outer concentric shrouds mounted thereon. A sheet of filter screen mesh material is located in the annular space between the shrouds with its longitudinally extending edges unattached and overlapping a critical amount. The annular space is selected to be of a size such that the screen has is confined in a minimum space whereby hydrocarbon flow between the overlapping edges is closed off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Greci, Gregory Scott Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9074458
    Abstract: A method of gravel packing comprises passing a slurry through a first shunt tube, passing the slurry through a coupling, and disposing the slurry about a well screen assembly below the coupling. The first shunt tube comprises a first cross-sectional shape along its length, and the coupling comprises a coupling between the first shunt tube and a jumper tube. The jumper tube comprises a substantially round cross-section at the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Brandon Thomas Least, Stephen Michael Greci, Jean Marc Lopez, Jan Veit
  • Publication number: 20150136391
    Abstract: A gravel packing apparatus is provided, including first and second joints, each including a sand control screen assembly including a base pipe and a filter medium positioned exteriorly of the base pipe; and a slurry delivery subassembly positioned exteriorly of the sand control screen assembly, the slurry delivery subassembly including a ring assembly positioned around the base pipe; and a transport tube extending through the ring assembly and longitudinally along the sand control screen assembly; a jumper tube coupled to, and extending between, the transport tube of the first joint and the transport tube of the second joint; and a cage assembly extending circumferentially about respective portions of the first and second joints and positioned exteriorly of the jumper tube, the cage assembly comprising a plurality of cage sections that are each independently connected to the respective ring assemblies of the first and second joints. A method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Brandon Thomas Least
  • Patent number: 8967240
    Abstract: A gravel packing assembly has first and second joints each including a sand control screen assembly having a filter medium positioned exteriorly of a base pipe and a slurry delivery subassembly positioned exteriorly of the sand control screen assembly. The slurry delivery subassembly includes at least one transport tube extending longitudinally along at least a portion of the sand control screen assembly. At least one jumper tube is coupled to and extends between the at least one transport tube of the first joint and the at least one transport tube of the second joint. A jumper tube protection assembly extends between the first and second joints and is positioned exteriorly about the at least one jumper tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Cunningham, Brandon Thomas Least