Patents by Inventor John Sallas

John Sallas 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: 10261202
    Abstract: A computing system and method for mitigating, in a first seismic survey, cross-talk generated by a second seismic survey. The method includes performing the first seismic survey with a first survey seismic source driven by a first survey pilot sweep, performing the second seismic survey with a second survey seismic source, simultaneously with the first seismic survey, recording with first survey seismic sensors (i) first survey seismic signals that originate from the first survey seismic source and (ii) second survey seismic signals that originate from the second survey seismic source, selecting another first survey pilot sweep, which has less cross-correlation noise with the second survey seismic signals than the first survey pilot sweep, and continuing the first seismic survey with the another first survey pilot sweep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventor: John Sallas
  • Patent number: 10222494
    Abstract: Controller and method for adapting a frequency sweep for a vibro-acoustic source element that is configured to generate acoustic waves during a seismic survey. The method includes driving a seismic source element to generate a current frequency sweep; recording seismic data with plural seismic sensors in response to the current frequency sweep; selecting, during the seismic survey, a data subset of the seismic data, wherein the data subset has a size less than 10% of the seismic data; calculating with a processing device an attribute based on the data subset; and calculating a new frequency sweep based on the attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Benoit Teyssandier, Robert Dowle, Laurent Ruet, John Sallas
  • Patent number: 9921328
    Abstract: Method, source array and seismic vibro-acoustic source element for seismic data acquisition. The method includes storing in a controller a library of beam form factor sets associated with a source array and corresponding regions to be surveyed; towing the source array along survey lines over the regions to be surveyed; selecting a beam form factor set from the library to be applied to the source array for each region; and actuating the source array based on the selected set of beam form factors and a position of the source array relative to the regions. Each set of beam form factors maps to a corresponding region of an area to be surveyed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Benoit Teyssandier, Dominique Thomas, Robert Dowle, John Sallas
  • Patent number: 9915743
    Abstract: A method and marine seismic processing system including an interface for receiving recorded data, wherein the recorded data includes seismic data and bio-acoustic data; a seismic data processor for estimating a source signature from the recorded data, wherein the source signature is associated with a seismic source that emits seismic waves in water during a seismic survey; and a bio-acoustic processor that estimates a presence of a mammal generating the bio-acoustic data, based on a processed signal obtained by removing the source signature from the recorded data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: SERCEL
    Inventors: John Sallas, Simon Vallez
  • Patent number: 9891329
    Abstract: Method, source array and source element that generate seismic waves. The source element includes an enclosure having an opening covered by a piston; a local supply accumulator fluidly communicating with an interior of the enclosure, a pressure of the fluid inside the local supply accumulator being larger than a pressure of the fluid inside the enclosure; a local supply valve located between the local supply accumulator and the enclosure and configured to control a flow of the fluid from the local supply accumulator to the interior of the enclosure; and a controller configured to control the local supply valve such that the pressure inside the enclosure does not fall below a first preset value based upon an ambient pressure of the enclosure while seismic waves are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: John Sallas, Thierry Ameil, Robert Dowle, Dominique Thomas
  • Patent number: 9874650
    Abstract: Method, source array and seismic vibro-acoustic source element for seismic data acquisition. The number of beams of acoustic energy to be generated for the seismic data acquisition are determined or selected. A different pilot signal is generated for each of the number of beams of acoustic energy. A plurality of drive signals are generated using the different pilot signals. An array of source elements are driven using the plurality of drive signals to generate the two or more beams of acoustic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventor: John Sallas
  • Publication number: 20170343688
    Abstract: A method and source element for generating seismic waves in water. The source element includes a housing having an opening; an acoustic piston closing the opening; an actuating mechanism located inside the housing and configured to actuate the acoustic piston; and a decoupling mechanism interposed between the acoustic piston and the actuating mechanism. The decoupling mechanism allows the acoustic piston to move substantially independent of the actuating mechanism for a first frequency range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: John SALLAS, Robert DOWLE
  • Patent number: 9829588
    Abstract: Method and resonant source for generating low-frequency seismic waves. The resonant source includes a frame; a reaction mass configured to oscillate relative to the frame; a resonant suspension system connecting the reaction mass to the frame and including at least a spring; and a spring clamp system connected to the resonant suspension system and configured to modify a resonant frequency of the resonant suspension system. The resonant suspension system is configured to allow the reaction mass to oscillate relative to the frame with a corresponding resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: John Sallas, Thomas Bianchi
  • Patent number: 9778385
    Abstract: Computing device, computer software and methods for generating sweep signals corresponding to plural sources that generate seismic waves. The method includes selecting a nominal sweep signal (S0); applying a perturbation (P) to the nominal sweep signal (S0); and calculating the sweep signals (Sn) by varying the perturbation (P), each sweep signal corresponding to a seismic source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Kaelig Castor, Thomas Bianchi, John Sallas
  • Patent number: 9759827
    Abstract: Method for generating an excitation signal for a first vibratory seismic source so that the first vibratory seismic source is driven with no listening time. The method includes a step of determining a first target spectrum for the first vibratory seismic source; a step of setting a first group of constraints for the first vibratory seismic source; and a step of generating a first excitation signal for the first vibratory seismic source based on the first group of constraints and the first target spectrum. The first seismic traces recorded with plural receivers can be identified when the first vibratory seismic source is driven with no listening time, based on the first excitation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: John Sallas, Robert Dowle, Laurent Ruet, Benoit Teyssandier
  • Publication number: 20170248710
    Abstract: A computing system and method for mitigating, in a first seismic survey, cross-talk generated by a second seismic survey. The method includes performing the first seismic survey with a first survey seismic source driven by a first survey pilot sweep, performing the second seismic survey with a second survey seismic source, simultaneously with the first seismic survey, recording with first survey seismic sensors (i) first survey seismic signals that originate from the first survey seismic source and (ii) second survey seismic signals that originate from the second survey seismic source, selecting another first survey pilot sweep, which has less cross-correlation noise with the second survey seismic signals than the first survey pilot sweep, and continuing the first seismic survey with the another first survey pilot sweep.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventor: John SALLAS
  • Patent number: 9746569
    Abstract: A seismic data acquisition system is configured to collect seismic data. The system includes a marine source array configured to be attached to a fixed structure floating at the water surface and including vibratory source elements; and a controller configured to control the vibratory source elements so that a beam formed by the source array is steerable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: John Sallas, Dominique Thomas
  • Patent number: 9739900
    Abstract: A resonant source element is configured to generate seismic waves in water. The resonant source element includes a housing having two openings covered by first and second pistons, wherein the first and second pistons are configured to freely translate relative to the housing to generate the seismic waves; and a high-pressure system configured to discharge inside the housing and to actuate the first and second pistons. The first and second pistons are configured to oscillate after the high-pressure system is fired to generate low-frequency seismic waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Robert Dowle, Hervé Richer De Forges, John Sallas
  • Patent number: 9690003
    Abstract: Method for separating signals recorded by a seismic receiver and generated with at least two vibratory seismic sources driven with no listening time. The method includes receiving seismic data that includes data d recorded by the seismic receiver and data related to the first and second vibratory seismic sources; computing a source separation matrix based on the data related to the first and second vibratory seismic sources; calculating first and second earth impulse responses HA and HB corresponding to the two vibratory seismic sources, respectively, based on the data d recorded by the seismic receiver, the data related to the two vibratory seismic sources and the source separation matrix; and separating the signals recorded by the seismic receiver based on the first and second earth impulse responses HA and HB such that signals the two vibratory seismic sources are disentangled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventor: John Sallas
  • Publication number: 20170168174
    Abstract: A low-frequency source element is configured to generate seismic waves in water. The low-frequency source element includes includes a hydraulic reservoir configured to hold a given fluid volume; a compliant chamber configured to hold a given gas volume and to accommodate volume changes of the given fluid volume; a rotational kinetic energy actuator configured to impart rotational kinetic energy to the fluid volume; and a flow modulator device configured to transform part of the rotational kinetic energy of the fluid volume into translational energy to generate an acoustic signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventors: Robert DOWLE, John SALLAS
  • Publication number: 20170160415
    Abstract: During seismic data acquisition the seismic sources and/or seismic receivers are deployed according to an irregular arrangement departing in a predetermined manner from repetitive spatial patterns formed by or within groups of adjacent among the seismic sources or adjacent among the receivers. Additionally or alternatively, source activation moments of the sources within a series of source firing time intervals are determined using Golomb ruler sequences or a non-linear inversion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Richard WINNETT, Robert MONTGOMERY, Gordon POOLE, Jonas ROHNKE, Julie SVAY, John SALLAS
  • Patent number: 9671509
    Abstract: Controller and method for generating a frequency sweep for a seismic survey that uses a seismic source. The method includes receiving specification data about the seismic source; receiving environmental data about an infrastructure affected by the seismic survey; receiving guideline data about the infrastructure; setting a target energy spectrum density to be emitted by the seismic source during the seismic survey; and calculating, in a processor, the frequency sweep based on the specification data, environmental data, guideline data and the target energy spectrum density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: John Sallas, Olivier Winter
  • Patent number: 9625596
    Abstract: There is a method for finding a best distribution of source elements that form a vibratory source array. The method includes inputting plural constraints for the source elements; generating plural distributions of the source elements that fulfill the plural constraints; calculating for each distribution a performance index characterizing the source array; and selecting the best distribution from the plural distributions based on a value of the performance index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Benoit Teyssandier, Robert Dowle, Dominique Thomas, John Sallas
  • Patent number: 9594173
    Abstract: A resonant source element configured to generate seismic waves. The resonant source element includes a housing; a high-pressure system configured to be discharged inside the housing; and a first conduit attached to an opening of the housing, wherein a distal end of the first conduit freely communicates with an ambient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Robert Dowle, Hervé Richer de Forges, John Sallas
  • Publication number: 20170068005
    Abstract: Method, source array and source element that generate seismic waves. The source element includes an enclosure having an opening covered by a piston; a local supply accumulator fluidly communicating with an interior of the enclosure, a pressure of the fluid inside the local supply accumulator being larger than a pressure of the fluid inside the enclosure; a local supply valve located between the local supply accumulator and the enclosure and configured to control a flow of the fluid from the local supply accumulator to the interior of the enclosure; and a controller configured to control the local supply valve such that the pressure inside the enclosure does not fall below a first preset value based upon an ambient pressure of the enclosure while seismic waves are generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: John SALLAS, Thierry AMEIL, Robert DOWLE, Dominique THOMAS