Patents by Inventor Neil F. Hurley

Neil F. Hurley 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: 10113411
    Abstract: The present disclosure introduces methods and apparatus for acquiring a borehole image corresponding to a sidewall surface of a borehole that penetrates a subterranean formation, wherein the subterranean formation comprises structural elements and a varying geophysical characteristic. The borehole image comprises structure corresponding to the structural elements, texture corresponding to the varying geophysical characteristic, and coverage gaps (605) in which the structure and texture are missing. Trends corresponding to the structure are extracted from the borehole image. Missing structure within the gaps (605) is reconstructed based on the extracted trends. Missing texture within the gaps is simulated based on the borehole image and the reconstructed structure. A fullbore image is constructed based on the borehole image, the reconstructed structure within the gaps, and the simulated texture within the gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andriy Gelman, Tuanfeng Zhang, Neil F. Hurley
  • Publication number: 20160187532
    Abstract: Saturation-height functions in oil and gas reservoirs are determined using methods that include quantifying the microporosity of the subterranean formation; determining the distribution of facies and microporosity as a function of depth; and calculating the saturation-height function for a given formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Neil F. HURLEY
  • Publication number: 20160130930
    Abstract: The present disclosure introduces methods and apparatus for acquiring a borehole image corresponding to a sidewall surface of a borehole that penetrates a subterranean formation, wherein the subterranean formation comprises structural elements and a varying geophysical characteristic. The borehole image comprises structure corresponding to the structural elements, texture corresponding to the varying geophysical characteristic, and coverage gaps (605) in which the structure and texture are missing. Trends corresponding to the structure are extracted from the borehole image. Missing structure within the gaps (605) is reconstructed based on the extracted trends. Missing texture within the gaps is simulated based on the borehole image and the reconstructed structure. A fullbore image is constructed based on the borehole image, the reconstructed structure within the gaps, and the simulated texture within the gaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: Andriy Gelman, Tuanfeng Zhang, Neil F. Hurley
  • Publication number: 20150134255
    Abstract: Methods of generating structural models of highly deviated or horizontal wells may be generated from the measurement of true stratigraphic thickness in three dimensions (TST3D). In one aspect, methods may include generating a structural model from one or more deviation surveys of a horizontal well, one or more single channel log measurements, and a three-dimensional reference surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Tuanfeng Zhang, Neil F. Hurley, Ridvan Akkurt, David McCormick, Shu Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150075797
    Abstract: Rapidly pulsed injection fracture acidizing. A method comprises rapidly pulsed injection of a high reactivity fracture treatment fluid mode or substage alternated with one or more low reactivity treatment fluid modes or substages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Li Jiang, Richard Hutchins, Murtaza Ziauddin, J. Ernest Brown, Syed A. Ali, Neil F. Hurley, John W. Still, Timothy G.J. Jones, Stephen Nigel Davies, Bruno Lecerf, Dmitriy Usoltsev
  • Patent number: 8909508
    Abstract: This disclosed subject matter is generally related to methods for characterizing two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) samples to determine pore-body and pore-throat size distributions and capillary pressure curves in porous media using petrographic image analysis. Input includes high-resolution petrographic images and laboratory-derived porosity measurements. Output includes: (1) pore-body and pore-throat size distributions, and (2) simulated capillary pressure curves for both pore bodies and pore throats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Neil F. Hurley, Mustafa Al Ibrahim, Weishu Zhao
  • Patent number: 8908925
    Abstract: This subject disclosure describes methods to build and/or enhance 3D digital models of porous media by combining high- and low-resolution data to capture large and small pores in single models. High-resolution data includes laser scanning fluorescence microscopy (LSFM), nano computed tomography (CT) scans, and focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM). Low-resolution data includes conventional CT scans, micro computed tomography scans, and synchrotron computed tomography scans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Neil F. Hurley, Tuanfeng Zhang, Weishu Zhao, Mustafa Al Ibrahim
  • Publication number: 20120281883
    Abstract: This subject disclosure describes methods to build and/or enhance 3D digital models of porous media by combining high- and low-resolution data to capture large and small pores in single models. High-resolution data includes laser scanning fluorescence microscopy (LSFM), nano computed tomography (CT) scans, and focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM). Low-resolution data includes conventional CT scans, micro computed tomography scans, and synchrotron computed tomography scans.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: NEIL F. HURLEY, TUANFENG ZHANG, WEISHU ZHAO, MUSTAFA AL IBRAHIM
  • Publication number: 20120277996
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to methods for determining representative element areas and volumes in porous media. Representative element area (REA) is the smallest area that can be modeled to yield consistent results, within acceptable limits of variance of the modeled property. Porosity and permeability are examples of such properties. In 3D, the appropriate term is representative element volume (REV). REV is the smallest volume of a porous media that is representative of the measured parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: NEIL F. HURLEY, WEISHU ZHAO, TUANFENG ZHANG, JOHANNES J. BUITING, NICOLAS X. LESEUR, MUSTAFA AL IBRAHIM
  • Publication number: 20120275658
    Abstract: This disclosed subject matter is generally related to methods for characterizing two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) samples to determine pore-body and pore-throat size distributions and capillary pressure curves in porous media using petrographic image analysis. Input includes high-resolution petrographic images and laboratory-derived porosity measurements. Output includes: (1) pore-body and pore-throat size distributions, and (2) simulated capillary pressure curves for both pore bodies and pore throats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: NEIL F. HURLEY, MUSTAFA AL IBRAHIM, WEISHU ZHAO
  • Patent number: 5363299
    Abstract: A process for analyzing geological bedding plane data from a well, and plotting the cumulative dip angle and dip direction of the bedding planes with respect to depth. The cumulative dip angle may also be plotted with respect to sample numbers, which are a function of depth. The process further analyzes the cumulative dip data to produce a series of straight line approximations of various groupings of data. When these straight line approximations intercept, the interception often indicates a fault or unconformity at the location of the interception. The process further analyzes the cumulative dip plot by taking the first derivative of the plotted line. A stepwise shift in the derivative indicates an inflection point in the line, which often indicates a fault or unconformity. The process also plots the dip direction as the color or symbol of each point plotted and a color or symbol change often indicates a fault or unconformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Marathon Oil Company
    Inventor: Neil F. Hurley