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: 11371314
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed provide a pump assembly including a first pump for delivering at least one fluid. The first pump may include a first inlet coupled to the first pump for delivering at least one first fluid to the first pump, a second inlet coupled to the first pump for delivering at least one second fluid to the first pump, a first discharge coupled to the first pump for delivering the at least one first fluid at a first pressure, and a second discharge coupled to the first pump for delivering the at least one second fluid at a second pressure. In some embodiments, the first discharge and the second discharge are isolated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jacques Orban, Shunfeng Zheng, Bartley Patton, Eric Erickson
  • Patent number: 11322942
    Abstract: A well construction system with motor equipment having at least one of a drawworks motor, a top drive motor, or a combination thereof, and an electrical power system having a power recovery and regeneration system. The power recovery and regeneration system includes at least one energy storage device that is not a capacitor bank. The well construction system may be operated by generating AC power that is made available on an AC node, converting AC power available on the AC node to DC power available on a DC node, storing energy based on DC power available on the DC node by the power recovery and regeneration system, and regenerating the stored energy from the power recovery and regeneration system to AC power, DC power, or a combination thereof for consumption by an electrical consumer of the well construction system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jacques Orban, Kurt Held, Jean-Christophe Priser, Nick Paul Krippner
  • Patent number: 11261724
    Abstract: Systems and methods for drilling a wellbore. The method includes measuring a first distance that a drilling device is raised while connected to a drill string, determining a weight-on-bit in the drill string, determining a second distance to lower the drilling device such that a drill bit at a lower extremity of the drill string approaches toward a bottom of the wellbore, based on the first distance and the weight-on-bit, and lowering the drilling device by the second distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Shunfeng Zheng, Benjamin Peter Jeffryes, Jacques Orban, Gokturk Tunc
  • Patent number: 11191191
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Nick Paul Krippner, Jacques Orban
  • Patent number: 11131540
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jacques Orban, Shunfeng Zheng, Vishwanathan Parmeshwar
  • 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