Patents by Inventor Mark W. Dobin

Mark W. Dobin 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: 10147173
    Abstract: A method for identifying a plurality of features of interest in a seismic image includes ranking each feature of interest. The method also includes modeling a relationship between the rank of each feature of interest and a user rating of the feature of interest. The method further includes updating the ranking of the plurality of features of interest, including (1) receiving a user rating for one feature of interest that has not been previously rated by a user; (2) updating the model of the relationship between the rank of each feature of interest and the user rating of the feature of interest based on the user rating; (3) applying the model to the ranking of the plurality of features of interest; and (4) repeating steps (1)-(3) until a termination criterion is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignees: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, EXXONMOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaojie Huang, Ali Can, Shubao Liu, Mark W. Dobin, Mary Johns, Leslie A. Wahrmund
  • Patent number: 10114135
    Abstract: A method includes accessing a seismic image comprising a plurality of features of interest. The method also includes defining a plurality of configuration files for a plurality of graphical models. The method further includes applying the plurality of graphical models to the seismic image. The method also includes generating a plurality of scores for each feature of interest, wherein each graphical model generates a score for each feature of interest. The method further includes combining the plurality of scores for each feature of interest into a plurality of combined scores, wherein each feature of interest has a combined score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Xiaojie Huang, Ali Can, Erhan Bas, Weina Ge, Shubao Liu, Mark W. Dobin, Mary Johns
  • Publication number: 20170367611
    Abstract: A method of analyzing hydrocarbon-related data is disclosed. Data representative of a hydrocarbon entity is presented. A physiological response of a viewer of the data is sensed. The physiological response is associated with the data. The data and a representation of the associated physiological response is outputted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventor: Mark W. Dobin
  • Patent number: 9788748
    Abstract: A method of analyzing hydrocarbon-related data is disclosed. Data representative of a hydrocarbon entity is presented. A physiological response of a viewer of the data is sensed. The physiological response is associated with the data. The data and a representation of the associated physiological response is outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventor: Mark W. Dobin
  • Patent number: 9733388
    Abstract: Systems and methods which utilize functional objects in connectivity analysis are shown. Functional objects may be denoted by a geological feature, a user-defined location, a critical point in a connection network, a region within a 3D volume, etc. Each functional object preferably possesses and/or has associated therewith an ability to obtain information such as relevant connection pathways, linked regions of interest, statistical connection information, etc. Such functional objects may have dynamic regions associated therewith, such as to define an area of uncertainty, for facilitating exploring connectivity. Desired connectivity information can be revealed interactively from within a confusing web of connection pathways through use of the functional objects. Through interactive manipulation of functional objects analysis may be refined or revised. Additionally or alternatively, logical operations may be applied with respect to one or more functional objects to extend or reduce the connectivity of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream research Company
    Inventors: James E. Holl, Yao-Chou Cheng, Mark W. Dobin
  • Publication number: 20170193647
    Abstract: A method for identifying a plurality of features of interest in a seismic image includes ranking each feature of interest. The method also includes modeling a relationship between the rank of each feature of interest and a user rating of the feature of interest. The method further includes updating the ranking of the plurality of features of interest, including (1) receiving a user rating for one feature of interest that has not been previously rated by a user; (2) updating the model of the relationship between the rank of each feature of interest and the user rating of the feature of interest based on the user rating; (3) applying the model to the ranking of the plurality of features of interest; and (4) repeating steps (1)-(3) until a termination criterion is met.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Xiaojie Huang, Ali Can, Shubao Liu, Mark W. Dobin, Mary Johns, Leslie A. Wahrmund
  • Publication number: 20170192114
    Abstract: A method includes accessing a seismic image comprising a plurality of features of interest. The method also includes defining a plurality of configuration files for a plurality of graphical models. The method further includes applying the plurality of graphical models to the seismic image. The method also includes generating a plurality of scores for each feature of interest, wherein each graphical model generates a score for each feature of interest. The method further includes combining the plurality of scores for each feature of interest into a plurality of combined scores, wherein each feature of interest has a combined score.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Xiaojie Huang, Ali Can, Erhan Bas, Weina Ge, Shubao Liu, Mark W. Dobin, Mary Johns
  • Patent number: 9645270
    Abstract: Method for mitigating coherent noise and seismic data using an adaptively varying filter. The strongest and most coherent pattern (53), generally associated with the geology, is adaptively removed (56) from the original seismic data, producing an intermediate product that consists predominantly of noise. These noise data are then removed from the original input data (57) to produce a significantly more interpretable seismic volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Mark W. Dobin, Guo-Shi Li
  • Patent number: 9239398
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for creating model of a subsurface region based on multiple depth values. The method includes selecting seeds that represent a starting location within a desired horizon surfaces and generating a plurality of candidate horizons from the selected seeds. A number of depth values from the candidate horizons may be combined into a representative depth value and an uncertainty may be computed based on discrepancies among the depth values. A model of the subsurface region may be created using the depth values and the uncertainty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Chul-Sung Kim, Mark W. Dobin
  • Patent number: 9022129
    Abstract: A method and system are described for identifying a geologic object through cross sections of a geologic data volume. The method includes obtaining a geologic data volume having a set of cross sections. Then, two or more cross sections are selected and a transformation vector is estimated between the cross sections. Based on the transformation vector, a geologic object is identified within the geologic data volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Mark W. Dobin, Chul-Sung Kim, Ross Whitaker
  • Publication number: 20150117143
    Abstract: Method for mitigating coherent noise and seismic data using an adaptively varying filter. The strongest and most coherent pattern (53), generally associated with the geology, is adaptively removed (56) from the original seismic data, producing an intermediate product that consists predominantly of noise. These noise data are then removed from the original input data (57) to produce a significantly more interpretable seismic volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Mark W. Dobin, Guo-Shi Li
  • Patent number: 8884964
    Abstract: A method of creating a visual display based on a plurality of data sources is provided. An exemplary embodiment of the method comprises extracting a set of extracted data from the plurality of data sources and processing at least a portion of the extracted data with a set of knowledge agents according to specific criteria to create at least one data assemblage. The exemplary method also comprises providing an integrated two-dimensional/three-dimensional (2D/3D) visual display in which at least one 2D element of the at least one data assemblage is integrated into a 3D visual representation using a mapping identifier and a criteria identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: James E. Holl, Yao-Chou Cheng, Mark W. Dobin, John F. Schuette, Chul-Sung Kim, Eric A. Schmidtke
  • Publication number: 20130121111
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for creating model of a subsurface region based on multiple depth values. The method includes selecting seeds that represent a starting location within a desired horizon surfaces and generating a plurality of candidate horizons from the selected seeds. A number of depth values from the candidate horizons may be combined into a representative depth value and an uncertainty may be computed based on discrepancies among the depth values. A model of the subsurface region may be created using the depth values and the uncertainty.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventors: Chul-Sung Kim, Mark W. Dobin
  • Patent number: 8365831
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining the connectivity architecture of a hydrocarbon reservoir in terms of locally optimal paths between selected source points, e.g. wells. In one embodiment of the invention, a fast-marching method (133) is used to compute the distance field (or the time of arrival field) from N selected source points in a heterogeneous media, i.e. in a non-uniform velocity field. This is done by propagating N labeled (132) fronts simultaneously from N objects. Then, a method (134) is disclosed for detecting Voronoi curves or Voronoi surfaces, where fronts of differing labels meet each other. Then, saddle points are found on the Voronoi curves or surfaces (135), and each saddle point is used to determine a locally optimal path (136) between a pair of equidistant (from the saddle point), closest (to the saddle point) source points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Chul-Sung Kim, Mark W. Dobin
  • Publication number: 20120150449
    Abstract: A method of analyzing hydrocarbon-related data is disclosed. Data representative of a hydrocarbon entity is presented. A physiological response of a viewer of the data is sensed. The physiological response is associated with the data. The data and a representation of the associated physiological response is outputted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Mark W. Dobin
  • Publication number: 20110247829
    Abstract: A method and system are described for identifying a geologic object through cross sections of a geologic data volume. The method includes obtaining a geologic data volume having a set of cross sections. Then, two or more cross sections are selected and a transformation vector is estimated between the cross sections. Based on the transformation vector, a geologic object is identified within the geologic data volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Mark W. Dobin, Chul-Sung Kim, Ross Whitaker
  • Publication number: 20110063292
    Abstract: Systems and methods which utilize functional objects in connectivity analysis are shown. Functional objects may be denoted by a geological feature, a user-defined location, a critical point in a connection network, a region within a 3D volume, etc. Each functional object preferably possesses and/or has associated therewith an ability to obtain information such as relevant connection pathways, linked regions of interest, statistical connection information, etc. Such functional objects may have dynamic regions associated therewith, such as to define an area of uncertainty, for facilitating exploring connectivity. Desired connectivity information can be revealed interactively from within a confusing web of connection pathways through use of the functional objects. Through interactive manipulation of functional objects analysis may be refined or revised. Additionally or alternatively, logical operations may be applied with respect to one or more functional objects to extend or reduce the connectivity of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: James E. Holl, Yao-Chou Cheng, Mark W. Dobin
  • Publication number: 20110044532
    Abstract: A method of creating a visual display based on a plurality of data sources is provided. An exemplary embodiment of the method comprises extracting a set of extracted data from the plurality of data sources and processing at least a portion of the extracted data with a set of knowledge agents according to specific criteria to create at least one data assemblage. The exemplary method also comprises providing an integrated two-dimensional/three-dimensional (2D/3D) visual display in which at least one 2D element of the at least one data assemblage is integrated into a 3D visual representation using a mapping identifier and a criteria identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: James E. Holl, Yao-Chou Cheng, Mark W. Dobin, John F. Schuette, Chul-Sung Kim, Eric A. Schmidtke
  • Publication number: 20100252270
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for determining the connectivity architecture of a hydrocarbon reservoir in terms of locally optimal paths between selected source points, e.g. wells. In one embodiment of the invention, a fast-marching method (133) is used to compute the distance field (or the time of arrival field) from N selected source points in a heterogeneous media, i.e. in a non-uniform velocity field. This is done by propagating N labeled (132) fronts simultaneously from N objects. Then, a method (134) is disclosed for detecting Voronoi curves or Voronoi surfaces, where fronts of differing labels meet each other. Then, saddle points are found on the Voronoi curves or surfaces (135), and each saddle point is used to determine a locally optimal path (136) between a pair of equidistant (from the saddle point), closest (to the saddle point) source points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: Chul-Sung Kim, Mark W. Dobin
  • Patent number: 6549879
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a systematic, computationally-efficient, two-stage method for determining well locations in a 3D reservoir model while satisfying various constraints including: minimum interwell spacing, maximum well length, angular limits for deviated completions, and minimum distance from reservoir and fluid boundaries. In the first stage, the wells are placed assuming that the wells can only be vertical. In the second stage, these vertical wells are examined for optimized horizontal and deviated completions. This solution is expedient, yet systematic, and it provides a good first-pass set of well locations and configurations. The first stage solution formulates the well placement problem as a binary integer programming (BIP) problem which uses a “set-packing” approach that exploits the problem structure, strengthens the optimization formulation, and reduces the problem size. Commercial software packages are readily available for solving BIP problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Mobil Oil Corporation
    Inventors: Alvin S. Cullick, Sriram Vasantharajan, Mark W. Dobin