Patents by Inventor Jacques Orban

Jacques Orban 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: 11035219
    Abstract: A system to control a drilling of a wellbore may include a drill string within the wellbore, wherein a wired communication system is along the drill string, at least one measurement sub configured to monitor at least one drilling parameter connected to the drill string and the at least one measurement sub being connected to the wired communication system; a drill bit at a distal end of the drill string; a drawwork mechanically coupled to the drill string and configured to lower the drill string attached thereto in the wellbore; a power controlling electronic connected to a motor of the drawwork, configured to control a drawwork unspooling speed; and a surface controller in communication with the power controlling electronic of the drawwork configured to: determine at least one drilling parameter along the drill string from measurements taken from the at least one measurement sub, the measurements being transmitted to the controller through the wired communication system; and control the drawwork to increase o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jacques Orban
  • Publication number: 20210176899
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for simultaneous operation of a variable-frequency drive (VFD) and a controller. The VFD drives an electric motor of a drilling rig machine. The controller controls temperature of an insulated-gate bipolar transistor device (IGBT) of the VFD by controlling an air mover in response to real-time temperature data. The air mover generates airflow into a passage, the airflow thereby interacting with radiating members extending into the passage from a heat sink thermally coupled with the IGBT in the inner housing outside the passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Nick Paul Krippner, Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 11015406
    Abstract: A sensor assembly may include a housing made of a non-magnetic material. The housing may define an interior chamber. A shaft may extend from the housing. A bearing may be positioned around the shaft. An impeller may be positioned around the shaft and the bearing, and the impeller may include a magnetized portion. A sensor may be positioned within the interior chamber and/or proximate the magnetized portion. The sensor may detect the magnetized portion of the impeller to sense a rate of rotation of the impeller. The rate of rotation of the impeller may correspond to changes in flow rate of the fluid. As the flow rate of the fluid, and the rate of rotation of the impeller change in predetermined manners, control signals may be conveyed to activate a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jacques Orban, R. Craig Boswell, Scott Richard Woolston, Jordan Dane Englund
  • Patent number: 11008834
    Abstract: An integrated drilling rig machine is disclosed. An integrated power and electronics unit (IPEU) includes all components necessary to transmit power from a generator to rig machines such as a mud pump, drawworks, top drive, etc. A housing contains a rectifier, a transformer, inverter(s), and starter motors. The inverters are coupled to rig machines and the starter motors are coupled to auxiliary devices such as cooling fans, lubrication pumps, communication systems, etc. A controller controls operation of the IPEU according to instructions received from a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Priser, Jacques Orban, Nick Krippner
  • Publication number: 20210083461
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods pertaining to moving a train rig between locations associated with corresponding different wellsites. Equipment carried by the train rig is operable in conjunction with forming wells each extending beneath a corresponding one of the wellsites. An adjustable swing arm mechanically and electrically connected to the train rig comprises a medium-voltage (MV) cable. The adjustable swing arm extends from the train rig to connect the MV cable to one of a plurality of MV electrical hubs each electrically connected to a remote MV electrical power source via, at least, MV electrical lines suspended above the wellsites. A piece of equipment carried by the train rig is energized by MV electrical power delivered via the adjustable swing arm, and then operated in conjunction with the subterranean well formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Jacques ORBAN, Victor GARCIA
  • Patent number: 10947787
    Abstract: An underreamer for increasing a diameter of a wellbore. The underreamer may include a body having an axial bore extending at least partially therethrough. An electromagnetic activation system may be disposed at least partially within the bore of the body. A valve may be disposed within the bore of the body and coupled to the electromagnetic activation system. The valve may include a mobile element and a static element. The mobile element may be coupled to the electromagnetic activation system and move from a first position where the mobile element obstructs fluid flow through the valve to a second position where the mobile element permits fluid flow through the valve. A cutter block may be movably coupled to the body and move radially-outward as the mobile element moves from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan E. Fuller, Jonathan D. Marshall, Jordan D. Englund, Jacques Orban, R. Craig Boswell
  • Patent number: 10900305
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering tools within a drill string may include an instrument line including a mechanically resistant external structure with an internal cavity. The instrument line may be configured to be deployed into the drill string. The apparatus may include one or more isolated wires positioned within the internal cavity. The apparatus may also include one or more tools removably coupled to the instrument line and positionable within the drill string. The one or more tools may be configured to provide measurements of conditions within a wellbore via the one or more isolated wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jacques Orban
  • Publication number: 20210019875
    Abstract: A method for identifying a wellbore condition includes capturing a first image of cuttings on or downstream from a shale shaker using a first camera. A size, shape, texture, or combination thereof of the cuttings in the first image may be determined. A wellbore condition may be identified based on the size, shape, texture, or combination thereof of the cuttings in the first image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Vishwanathan Parmeshwar, Jacques Orban, Babak Bob Arefi
  • Patent number: 10876834
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a position of an object relative to another object are disclosed. One or more inductive rangefinders are used to determine a distance between an object, such as a stackable container for a drilling operation, and a second such container. A crane or other moving device is capable of stacking the containers on top of one another without the need for human operators being nearby. A processing unit makes calculations to identify the distance between the objects and a direction in which the object should move to arrive at the desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jacques Orban, Vishwanathan Parmeshwar
  • Patent number: 10865615
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering tools within a drill string may include an instrument line including a mechanically resistant external structure with an internal cavity. The instrument line may be configured to be deployed into the drill string. The apparatus may include one or more isolated wires positioned within the internal cavity. The apparatus may also include one or more tools removably coupled to the instrument line and positionable within the drill string. The one or more tools may be configured to provide measurements of conditions within a wellbore via the one or more isolated wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 10859082
    Abstract: A method includes determining a rotational position of a crankshaft in a multiplex pump from one or more sensors disposed on the crankshaft, determining a position of each of a plurality of pistons along a corresponding pump bore in relation to a total stroke length of each piston and a connecting rod length, calculating an individual theoretical displaced volume of fluid for each of the pump bores in the multiplex pump based on the rotational position of the crankshaft, and summing the individual theoretical displaced volumes to determine a total theoretical pumped volume by the multiplex pump. A calibration method includes determination of the multiplex pump efficiency versus speed and discharge pressure, and the effect of pump leakage and valve closing delay on the pump efficiency. Verification of the pump performance and efficiency may be controlled during pumping to insure the validity of the last calibration data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Vishwanathan Parmeshwar, Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 10830009
    Abstract: Systems and methods for continuous mud circulation during a drilling operation. The method includes delivering a first flow of drilling mud from a mud supply, through a drill string, into a wellbore, and through a blowout preventer. The drill string is received through the blowout preventer. The method also includes delivering a second flow of drilling mud into the blowout preventer. The second flow is not delivered through the drill string. The method further includes stopping the first flow, and removing or adding a tubular to or from the drill string when the first flow is stopped and while continuing to deliver the second flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 10801278
    Abstract: A slips assembly for a drilling rig and methods. The slips assembly includes a body, a plurality of slips disposed within the body and configured to extend radially inward to engage a tubular, and to retract radially outward to form a gap between the tubular and the plurality of slips, and sensors configured to detect a force on the plurality of slips generated by the plurality of slips engaging the tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Shunfeng Zheng, Jacques Orban, Vishwanathan Parmeshwar
  • Patent number: 10796424
    Abstract: A method for identifying a wellbore condition includes capturing a first image of cuttings on or downstream from a shale shaker using a first camera. A size, shape, texture, or combination thereof of the cuttings in the first image is analyzed. A wellbore condition may be identified based on the size, shape, texture, or combination thereof of the cuttings in the first image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Vishwanathan Parmeshwar, Jacques Orban, Babak Bob Arefi
  • Publication number: 20200278193
    Abstract: A tubular measuring system having a sensor at a predetermined position with respect to a datum and a processing device comprising a processor and a memory storing computer program code in signal communication with the sensor. The sensor generates a signal indicative of a feature of a tubular, and the processing device receives and processes the signal to determine position of the feature of the tubular with respect to the datum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Inventors: Jacques ORBAN, Shunfeng ZHENG, Vishwanathan PARMESHWAR
  • Patent number: 10760347
    Abstract: A system for offline suspension of a tubular including a first well having a first wellbore and a cellar formed at the surface of the first well with a rig movable from the first well to a second well. Additionally, a tubular string extending into the first well and a tubular support structure above the cellar of the first well, wherein the tubular support structure supports a weight of the tubular string such that the tubular is suspended from the tubular support structure independent from the rig and through a securing equipment configured to secure the first well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Babak Bob Arefi, Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 10760417
    Abstract: A system and method to reduce a whirl effect on a rotation of a drill string with an AC induction motor mechanically coupled to a rotary drilling system and configured to drive the rotary drilling system and the drill string attached thereto. Additionally, the system includes an electronic inverter to generate supplied power for the AC induction motor and a controller configured to drive the operation of the electronic inverter to impose a virtual drive characteristic relating a torque output of the motor with speed of the motor, determine a desired nominal operating point, and determine presence of whirl in the drill string from torque of the rotary drilling system and speed of the drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 10760348
    Abstract: Electrical power transmission for well constriction apparatus via a rotatable spool positioned at and affixed to a moveable well construction apparatus at a wellsite and an electrical power cable at least partially wound on the rotatable spool and connected to stationary equipment at an end of the electrical power cable distal from the rotatable spool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Nick Paul Krippner, Carlos White, Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 10753169
    Abstract: A pressure control device may include a body having a central axis extending therefrom; at least one rotatable seal within the body, the rotatable seal configured to seal against a tubular extending through the pressure control device along the central axis and rotate within the body with the tubular; at least one coil within the body wrapped at least once around the central axis, wherein the at least one coil is configured to send characteristics of the tubular to a controller; an outlet to divert fluid from an annulus, wherein the outlet being located axially below the at least one rotatable seal, wherein the controller is configured to control the at least one rotatable seal and its engagement against the tubular based on the characteristics of the tubular received by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Babak Bob Arefi, Shunfeng Zheng, Jacques Orban, Vishwanathan Parmeshwar, Dursun Sedat Kilic, Ray Cummins
  • Patent number: 10753198
    Abstract: Methods and systems for acquiring data in a wellbore. The method includes deploying an instrument connected to an instrument line into a drill string, through a sealed entry port formed in a drilling device coupled to the drill string, the drill string being at least partially within the wellbore, the wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation. The method also includes transmitting a signal from a source and through the formation. The signal is sensed by the instrument in the drill string. The method further includes determining one or more formation characteristics based on the signal sensed by the instrument, and performing one or more drilling processes using the drill string, while transmitting the signal, determining the one or more formation characteristics, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Jacques Orban