Patents by Inventor Otto Fanini

Otto Fanini 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).

  • Publication number: 20220075090
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurement in a borehole penetrating a subsurface formation includes an NMR tool having an outside diameter that is less than an inside diameter of a drill tubular disposed in the borehole, the drill tubular having an opening at the distal end of the drill tubular leading into the borehole, and a retaining device configured to allow at least a section of the NMR tool to protrude through the opening of the drill tubular and prevent an unrestrained release of the NMR tool through the opening. The apparatus also includes a transmitter antenna and a receiver antenna coupled to the NMR tool, wherein the transmitter antenna and/or the receiver antenna are extendable from the NMR tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Carl M. Edwards, Marc Stephen Ramirez, Otto Fanini, Stanislav Forgang
  • Publication number: 20220077380
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a piezoelectric transducer includes depositing a layer of a piezoelectric material on a base using a depositor and applying an electric field to the layer of deposited piezoelectric material in defined locations using an electrode to sinter and pole the deposited piezoelectric material at those defined locations to form a layer of the piezoelectric transducer in a selected shape and with a selected dipole direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Elan Yogeswaren, Navin Sakthivel, Otto Fanini
  • Patent number: 11238246
    Abstract: An asset identification system includes a tool having an axial dimension and a radial dimension. There are three RFID devices located on the tool, and the three RFID devices are located at equal angles with respect to each other in the radial dimension. The system further includes a storage apparatus configured to store the tool, and an RFID reader. At least one of the three RFID devices located on the tool is readable by the RFID reader regardless of the radial orientation of the tool with respect to the RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Preeti Pathak, Farhat Shaikh, Otto Fanini
  • Publication number: 20210325345
    Abstract: A method is provided of inspecting a nested multi-layer structure including a first and second electrically conductive layer and a third layer disposed behind the second conductive layer. The method includes deploying a sensor device including an electromagnetic acoustic transducer to a borehole location proximate to the structure, generating a drive signal including a plurality of frequencies, applying an electrical current signal to the sensor device based on the drive signal and inducing currents in the first conductive layer that induce currents generating acoustic signals having the plurality of frequencies, detecting a first set of resonant frequencies based on received electromagnetic signals, detecting a second set of resonant frequencies based on received acoustic signals, estimating a property of the first and/or the second conductive layer based on the first set of resonant frequencies, and estimating a property of the third layer based on the second set of resonant frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Sushant Dutta, Otto Fanini, Joseph Olaiya, Wei Han, Scott Ingram
  • Patent number: 11098545
    Abstract: A method for configuring a wellbore system includes guiding a tractor into a tubular string including an inner surface supporting more or more components to a select one of the plurality of components, deploying an element from the tractor into the tubular string, engaging the selected one of the plurality of components with the tractor, and changing a configuration of the selected one of the plurality of components with the element deployed from the tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Otto Fanini, Michael H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11078787
    Abstract: Extracting a core sample from within a wellbore is optimized based on information extracted from acoustic signals that are generated downhole. The acoustic signals provide an indication of the formation being cored, which is used to obtain or adjust designated coring operating parameters for accomplishing an efficient and effective coring procedure. Coring operating parameters that are adjusted include weight on bit and bit rotational speed. Optimizing coring operating parameters reduces wear on the bit and produces samples with less fractures. Generating acoustic signals is done by the operation of coring itself, or contacting the formation with a coring bit. Contacting includes impacting the coring bit radially against the wellbore's sidewall, or moving the bit laterally after coring operations have initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Dee Adedotun Moronkeji, Otto Fanini
  • Patent number: 11066930
    Abstract: A downhole fluid analysis device includes a piezoelectric helm resonator, an optical sensor, and an electromagnetic spectroscopy sensor. The piezoelectric helm resonator includes a strain bar and a pair of electrodes coupled to opposite sides of the strain bar. The piezoelectric helm resonator further includes a pair of tines, in which a first tine of the pair of tines is coupled to opposite ends of the strain bar, the pair of tines each having an arc, and such that strain across a transverse face of the strain bar generates a resonance response from the pair of tines. The optical sensor is positioned centrally with respect to the piezoelectric helm resonator, and the spectroscopy sensor is positioned symmetrically with respect to the piezoelectric helm resonator in at least on direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dwight Swett, Daniel Vaughn Price, Otto Fanini
  • Publication number: 20210201178
    Abstract: A method for determining a wellbore fluid phase includes receiving, from a first sensor, first fluid data for a fluid flowing through a wellbore. The method also includes receiving, from a second sensor, second fluid data for the fluid. The method further includes determining, based at least in part on the first fluid data, a first fluid property. The method also includes determining, based at least in part on the second fluid data, a second fluid property. The method further includes determining a relationship between the first fluid property and the second fluid property, the relationship based at least in part on respective evaluations of the first fluid property with respect to a first threshold and the second fluid property with respect to a second threshold. The method includes determining, based at least in part on the relationship, a phase of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Otto Fanini, Sandip Maity, Daniel Ratigan
  • Patent number: 10989003
    Abstract: A resource exploration and recovery system includes a first system, a second system including a tubular string having an inner surface, a connector system provided at the inner surface, a screen component, and a cable extending between the connector system and the control system. The connector system includes at least one connector component and at least one frangible link component. A tractor is deployable into the tubular string. The tractor includes a cable reel having an amount of cable deployable in the tubular string. The tractor is connected to a control system and is operable to configure at least one component in the tubular string including at least one of the connector component, the frangible link component and the screen component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES OILFIELD OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Otto Fanini, Michael H. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200400008
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a plurality of sensor signals, each signal of the plurality of sensor signals being tagged with an associated time and depth. The method also includes selecting a baseline signal. The method further includes comparing a selected sensor signal, of the plurality of sensor signals, to the baseline signal. The method also includes determining a difference between the baseline signal and the selected sensor signal exceeds a threshold. The method includes identifying, based at least in part on the difference, a feature of interest associated with the selected sensor signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Sushant Dutta, Joseph Olaiya, Otto Fanini
  • Publication number: 20200355073
    Abstract: A downhole fluid analysis system includes an optical sensor comprising, which includes a light source configured to emit light comprising a plurality of wavelengths, a light detector, and an optical tip through which at least a portion of the light travels and returns to the detector, wherein the incident angle of the light causes total internal reflection within the optical tip. The system further includes a piezoelectric helm resonator that generates a resonance response in response to an applied current, and an electromagnetic spectroscopy sensor positioned symmetrically with respect to the piezoelectric helm resonator in at least one direction. The light may be reflected in the optical tip at one or more reflection points, and each reflection point may generate an evanescent wave in a medium surrounding the optical tip. The light may be internally reflected in the optical tip at a plurality of reflection points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicants: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC, Saudi Aramco
    Inventors: Sandip Maity, Otto Fanini, Dwight Swett, Rocco DiFoggio, Mohamed Nabil Noui-Mehidi, Jana Mohamed Jidhan
  • Publication number: 20200284111
    Abstract: A method for configuring a wellbore system includes guiding a tractor into a tubular string including an inner surface supporting more or more components to a select one of the plurality of components, deploying an element from the tractor into the tubular string, engaging the selected one of the plurality of components with the tractor, and changing a configuration of the selected one of the plurality of components with the element deployed from the tractor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Otto Fanini, Michael H. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200284112
    Abstract: A resource exploration and recovery system includes a first system, a second system including a tubular string having an inner surface, a connector system provided at the inner surface, a screen component, and a cable extending between the connector system and the control system. The connector system includes at least one connector component and at least one frangible link component. A tractor is deployable into the tubular string. The tractor includes a cable reel having an amount of cable deployable in the tubular string. The tractor is connected to a control system and is operable to configure at least one component in the tubular string including at least one of the connector component, the frangible link component and the screen component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Otto Fanini, Michael H. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10760401
    Abstract: A method of determining a rate of penetration of a downhole tool. The method comprises introducing a downhole tool including a drill bit configured to drill through a subterranean formation in a wellbore, the downhole tool comprising at least one reader configured to communicate with identification tags using electromagnetic radiation. The method includes advancing the wellbore with the drill bit and placing, with a component of a bottomhole assembly of the downhole tool, a first identification tag at a first location proximate the wellbore and at least a second identification tag at a second location proximate the wellbore and separated from the first location by a distance. An interrogation signal is transmitting from the at least one reader toward a wall of the wellbore and response signals from the identification tags are received by the at least one reader to determine proximity of the identification tags to the reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: R. Keith Glasgow, Jr., Eric C. Sullivan, Navish Makkar, Otto Fanini, Priscila Farias Ronqui, Jason R. Habernal, Richard Yao
  • Publication number: 20200208515
    Abstract: A downhole fluid analysis device includes a piezoelectric helm resonator, an optical sensor, and an electromagnetic spectroscopy sensor. The piezoelectric helm resonator includes a strain bar and a pair of electrodes coupled to opposite sides of the strain bar. The piezoelectric helm resonator further includes a pair of tines, in which a first tine of the pair of tines is coupled to opposite ends of the strain bar, the pair of tines each having an arc, and such that strain across a transverse face of the strain bar generates a resonance response from the pair of tines. The optical sensor is positioned centrally with respect to the piezoelectric helm resonator, and the spectroscopy sensor is positioned symmetrically with respect to the piezoelectric helm resonator in at least on direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dwight Swett, Daniel Vaughn Price, Otto Fanini
  • Publication number: 20200208514
    Abstract: A downhole fluid analysis tool includes a tool body, a plurality of arms coupled to the tool body and movable between a retracted position and one or more expanded positions away from a central axis of the tool body. The plurality of arms are at an angle with respect to the central axis, the angle being different in each of the one or more expanded positions. The tool further includes a plurality of fluid sensors coupled to the plurality of arms. A fluid sensor of the plurality of the fluid sensors is movably coupled to an arm of the plurality of arms and configured to pivot across a plurality of angles with respect to the arm. The angle of the fluid sensor with respect to the arm is associated with the angle of the arm with respect to the central axis of the tool body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dwight Swett, Daniel Vaughn Price, Otto Fanini
  • Publication number: 20200209193
    Abstract: A downhole fluid analysis device includes a piezoelectric helm resonator, a spectroscopy sensor positioned symmetrically with respect to the piezoelectric helm resonator in at least one direction, and a circuit comprising a first terminal and a second terminal electrically coupled to a power supply. The piezoelectric helm resonator and the spectroscopy sensor are electrically coupled in parallel between the first and second terminals. The power supply drives the piezoelectric helm resonator with a voltage of a first polarity and the spectroscopy sensor with a voltage of a second polarity. The circuit includes at least one current flow control device in the circuit configured to prevent both the piezoelectric helm resonator and the spectroscopy sensor from being powered simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dwight Swett, Daniel Vaughn Price, Otto Fanini
  • Publication number: 20200041395
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a method for determining at least one fluid property that includes obtaining electrical admittance data from a downhole tool, the admittance data being associated with a fluid in a wellbore. The method also includes obtaining reference electrical admittance data for air. The method further includes comparing the admittance data to the reference admittance data. The method also includes determining an offset between a first peak of the admittance data and a second peak of the reference admittance data. The method includes determining the at least one fluid property based at least in part on the determined resonance frequency offset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dwight Swett, Otto Fanini
  • Patent number: 10520641
    Abstract: Estimating parameters of interest of a formation, including density, porosity, and fluid saturation. Methods relate to gamma ray energy spectra calibration for a radiation detector including generating a calibration radiation spectrum using measurements of radiation with the detector in a time interval wherein the radiation comprises predominantly gamma rays emitted by decay of radionuclides produced by neutron activation reactions resulting from neutron irradiation, the time interval following a prior time interval corresponding to thermal neutrons produced from the irradiation; making at least one other radiation measurement with the detector outside the time interval; and producing a calibrated radiation measurement from the at least one other radiation measurement using the calibration radiation spectrum. The measurements may be taken in the time interval by conveying the radiation detector in the borehole at high speed and using a background gate of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Feyzi Inanc, Toyli Anniyev, David M. Chace, Randy Gold, Otto Fanini, Sandeep Gade, Mohamed Daoud
  • Publication number: 20190234204
    Abstract: Extracting a core sample from within a wellbore is optimized based on information extracted from acoustic signals that are generated downhole. The acoustic signals provide an indication of the formation being cored, which is used to obtain or adjust designated coring operating parameters for accomplishing an efficient and effective coring procedure. Coring operating parameters that are adjusted include weight on bit and bit rotational speed. Optimizing coring operating parameters reduces wear on the bit and produces samples with less fractures. Generating acoustic signals is done by the operation of coring itself, or contacting the formation with a coring bit. Contacting includes impacting the coring bit radially against the wellbore's sidewall, or moving the bit laterally after coring operations have initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Baker Hughes, a GE Company, LLC
    Inventors: Dee Adedotun Moronkeji, Otto Fanini