Patents by Inventor Joe Rodney BERRY

Joe Rodney BERRY 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: 10844674
    Abstract: A high trip rate drilling rig has first handling equipment to transport stands in/out of setback, second handling equipment to deliver stands to/from well center, and a hand-off position to set down stands for exchange between first/second equipment. Second equipment can include a top drive and a delivery arm translatable along the mast past each other, and a clasp on the arm slidable on the stand for constraint below the upper end, which can allow the top drive to engage/disengage the constrained stand above the arm. A high trip rate method transports stands in/out of setback, delivers stands to/from well center, and sets down and hands off stands at hand-off position between the setback transportation and well center delivery. The delivery can include engaging/disengaging the top drive and a stand constrained by the clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz, Melvin Alan Orr, Mark W. Trevithick
  • Publication number: 20200362643
    Abstract: A method for operating a drilling rig system includes moving a first tubular stand from a fingerboard to a stand handoff position, applying dope to a lower connection of the first tubular stand in the stand handoff position, moving the first tubular stand from the stand handoff position to well center, conducting one or more well-center activities using the first tubular stand, and applying the dope to a lower connection of a second tubular stand while conducting the one or more well-center activities using the first tubular stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventor: Joe Rodney Berry
  • Publication number: 20200341496
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for reducing pressure pulsations within a fluid. The apparatus may include a source of a gas, a pulsation dampener fluidly connected with the gas source and with the fluid containing the pressure pulsations, a pressure sensor operable to generate signals or information indicative of fluid pressure of the fluid containing the pressure pulsations, and a pressure regulator operable to control gas pressure of the gas within the pulsation dampener based on the fluid pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Inventor: Joe Rodney Berry
  • Patent number: 10781667
    Abstract: A workstation system for monitoring and controlling subsystems on a drilling rig, the system comprising: first and second workstation alcoves positioned near a drill rig floor so as to provide operators with direct lines of sight while sitting or standing in the alcoves to control drill rig subsystems, wherein each of the first and second workstation alcoves comprise: an operator chair; a plurality of controls for controlling the at least one first drill rig subsystem; at least one display of a graphical representation of the at least one first drill rig subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz
  • Publication number: 20200284106
    Abstract: A method sequence for handling tubulars into or out of a wellbore, the method comprising: moving a tubular string into or out of a wellbore via a top drive; moving tubular stands to and from a setback position and a stand handoff position via a transfer bridge racker and a setback guide arm; moving tubular stands to and from the stand handoff position and a well center position via a tubular delivery arm and a lower stabilizing arm; building stands and breaking down stands offline via a mousehole and operating a roughneck on joints between the tubular stands and the tubular string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Inventors: Jan Alvaer, Christian Doennestad Nilssen, Joe Rodney Berry
  • Patent number: 10745975
    Abstract: The present disclosure introduces apparatus and related methods pertaining to a first electrical power cable, a second electrical power cable, and a set of breakers. The first and second electrical power cables each extend a variable distance between a static system at a wellsite and a movable system at the wellsite. The breakers are operable to select either of the first and second electrical power cables to couple electrical power from a stationary electrical power source at the static system to a load at the movable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jacques Orban, Joe Rodney Berry, Joseph Hope
  • Publication number: 20200240219
    Abstract: A tubular racking system has a racking module connected to a drilling rig mast. The racking module has a frame, a fingerboard assembly, and a clasp extendable to a stand hand-off position for securing a tubular stand in position. An upper racking mechanism (upper racking mechanism) has a bridge translatably connected to the frame. An arm is rotatably and translatably connected to the bridge. A gripper is translatably connected to the arm. A setback platform module has a platform and an alleyway adjacent the platform. A lower racking mechanism (lower racking mechanism) is translatably connected to the alleyway. The lower racking mechanism is rotatably and extendable with a clasp operable to secure a tubular stand from horizontal movement. Movements of the lower racking mechanism are controlled by movements of the upper racking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz, Melvin Alan Orr
  • Patent number: 10711540
    Abstract: A catwalk and crane system for transporting equipment of a well system includes a substructure, a directing frame pivotally coupled to the substructure, a pipe transporter configured to transport a tubular along the directing frame, a first actuator coupled to the directing frame and configured to rotate the directing frame relative to the substructure, and a crane coupled to the directing frame, wherein the crane is extendable from a first end of the directing frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Max Holand, Joe Rodney Berry, Kristian Tindvik
  • Patent number: 10697255
    Abstract: A tubular delivery arm that travels vertically along a rail on the front of a drilling mast in generally parallel orientation to the travel of a top drive. The tubular delivery arm has a dolly vertically translatably connected to a mast of the drilling rig. An arm is rotatably and pivotally connected to the dolly at its upper end. A tubular clasp is pivotally connected to the arm at its lower end. The dolly vertically translates the front side of the mast in response to actuation of a hoist at the crown of the mast. The tubular delivery arm translates the mast in non-conflicting passage of a top drive connected to the same mast, for positioning a tubular stand over the centerline of the wellbore, a mousehole, or a stand hand-off position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin Alan Orr, Mark W. Trevithick, Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz
  • Patent number: 10699822
    Abstract: The present disclosure introduces apparatus and related methods pertaining to a first electrical power cable, a second electrical power cable, and a set of breakers. The first and second electrical power cables each extend a variable distance between a static system at a wellsite and a movable system at the wellsite. The breakers are operable to select either of the first and second electrical power cables to couple electrical power from a stationary electrical power source at the static system to a load at the movable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jacques Orban, Joe Rodney Berry, Joseph Hope
  • Publication number: 20200190920
    Abstract: A high trip rate drilling rig has first handling equipment to transport stands in/out of setback, second handling equipment to deliver stands to/from well center, and a hand-off position to set down stands for exchange between first/second equipment. Second equipment can include a top drive and a delivery arm translatable along the mast past each other, and a clasp on the arm slidable on the stand for constraint below the upper end, which can allow the top drive to engage/disengage the constrained stand above the arm. A high trip rate method transports stands in/out of setback, delivers stands to/from well center, and sets down and hands off stands at hand-off position between the setback transportation and well center delivery. The delivery can include engaging/dis-engaging the top drive and a stand constrained by the clasp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Joe Rodney BERRY, Robert METZ, Melvin Alan ORR, Mark W. TREVITHICK
  • Patent number: 10655407
    Abstract: A tubular delivery arm that travels vertically along a rail on the front of a drilling mast in generally parallel orientation to the travel of a top drive. The tubular delivery arm has a dolly vertically translatably connected to a mast of the drilling rig. An arm is rotatably and pivotally connected to the dolly at its upper end. A tubular clasp is pivotally connected to the arm at its lower end. The dolly vertically translates the front side of the mast in response to actuation of a hoist at the crown of the mast. The tubular delivery arm translates the mast in non-conflicting passage of a top drive connected to the same mast, for positioning a tubular stand over the centerline of the wellbore, a mousehole, or a stand hand-off position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin Alan Orr, Mark W. Trevithick, Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz
  • Publication number: 20200131865
    Abstract: A casing racking module is located on a set-back platform at a forward edge of a drilling rig. The casing racking module has a casing frame forming rows for casing. Paddle assemblies are mounted on the casing frame. The paddle assemblies have a shaft, an arm pivotally located on the shaft, and a bumper pivotally located on the shaft. A rotary exit spring is located between the arm and the bumper. An arm stop limits rotation of the arm relative to the bumper. A rotary return spring is located between the bumper and the casing frame. A bumper stop aligns the bumper with the casing frame. An extendable gate opens from the end of each row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Publication date: April 30, 2020
    Inventors: Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz
  • Patent number: 10597954
    Abstract: A method sequence for handling tubulars into or out of a wellbore, the method comprising: moving a tubular string into or out of a wellbore via a top drive; moving tubular stands to and from a setback position and a stand handoff position via a transfer bridge racker and a setback guide arm; moving tubular stands to and from the stand handoff position and a well center position via a tubular delivery arm and a lower stabilizing arm; building stands and breaking down stands offline via a mousehole and operating a roughneck on joints between the tubular stands and the tubular string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jan Alvaer, Christian Doennestad Nilssen, Joe Rodney Berry
  • Patent number: 10550650
    Abstract: A drilling rig system for obtaining high trip rates separates the transport of tubular stands in and out of their setback position into a first function, delivery and retrieval of tubular stands in well center position as a second function; and the functions intersect at a stand hand-off position where tubular stands are set down for exchange between tubular handling equipment. A drilling rig has a tubular delivery arm that vertically translates the mast in a non-conflicting path with a top drive. The tubular delivery arm is operable to deliver tubular stands between a catwalk, stand hand-off, mousehole, and/or well center positions. An upper racking arm moves tubular stands between a racked position in the racking module and a stand hand-off position between the mast and racking module. An upper support constraint stabilizes tubular stands at the stand hand-off position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin Alan Orr, Mark W. Trevithick, Joe Rodney Berry, Robert W. Metz
  • Patent number: 10519726
    Abstract: A casing racking module is located on a set-back platform at a forward edge of a drilling rig. The casing racking module has a casing frame forming rows for casing. Paddle assemblies are mounted on the casing frame. The paddle assemblies have a shaft, an arm pivotally located on the shaft, and a bumper pivotally located on the shaft. A rotary exit spring is located between the arm and the bumper. An arm stop limits rotation of the arm relative to the bumper. A rotary return spring is located between the bumper and the casing frame. A bumper stop aligns the bumper with the casing frame. An extendable gate opens from the end of each row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz
  • Patent number: 10519727
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a drilling rig having a tubular delivery arm that vertically translates the mast in a non-conflicting path with a retractable top drive. The retractable top drive translates a well center path and a rearward retracted path. The tubular delivery arm is operable to deliver tubular stands between a catwalk, stand hand-off, mousehole, and well center positions. An upper racking mechanism moves tubular stands between a racked position of the racking module and a stand hand-off position between the mast and racking module. A lower racking mechanism controls the movement of the lower end of the tubular stand being moved coincident to the movements of the upper racking mechanism. An upper support constraint stabilizes tubular stands at the stand hand-off position. A lower stabilizing arm guides the lower end of tubular stands between the catwalk, stand hand-off, mousehole, and well center positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Melvin Alan Orr, Mark W. Trevithick, Joe Rodney Berry, Robert W. Metz
  • Patent number: 10465455
    Abstract: A tubular racking system has a racking module connected to a drilling rig mast. The racking module has a frame, a fingerboard assembly, and a clasp extendable to a stand hand-off position for securing a tubular stand in position. An upper racking mechanism (upper racking mechanism) has a bridge translatably connected to the frame. An arm is rotatably and translatably connected to the bridge. A gripper is translatably connected to the arm. A setback platform module has a platform and an alleyway adjacent the platform. A lower racking mechanism (lower racking mechanism) is translatably connected to the alleyway. The lower racking mechanism is rotatably and extendable with a clasp operable to secure a tubular stand from horizontal movement. Movements of the lower racking mechanism are controlled by movements of the upper racking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz, Melvin Alan Orr
  • Patent number: 10458439
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for metering fluid to a fluid actuator. An example apparatus may include a hydraulic actuator, a fluid chamber, and a hydraulic directional control valve. The fluid chamber may include a piston slidably movable between first and second ends of the fluid chamber and dividing the chamber into first and second chamber portions. The hydraulic directional control valve may direct a fluid from a fluid source into the first chamber portion to cause a volume of fluid to be discharged out of the second chamber portion into the hydraulic actuator to actuate the hydraulic actuator by a distance corresponding to the volume of fluid received by the hydraulic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: James Zapico, Joe Rodney Berry
  • Patent number: 10294739
    Abstract: A lower stabilizing arm for stabilizing tubulars for stabbing to the threaded connections of a drill string on drilling rigs. The lower stabilizing arm comprises a bracket and an upper arm having an upper end and a lower end. An upper pair of axially opposed rotary actuators connects the upper end of the upper arm to the bracket. A lower arm is provided having an upper end and a lower end. A central rotary actuator is connected between the lower end of the upper arm and the upper end of the lower arm. A roller bracket is provided having a pair of v-shaped rollers mounted on the roller bracket. A lower pair of axially opposed rotary actuators connects the second end of the lower arm to the roller bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Melvin Alan Orr, Joe Rodney Berry, Robert Metz