Patents by Inventor Peter Maxwell

Peter Maxwell 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: 10393898
    Abstract: A method, system and a marine node for recording seismic waves underwater. The node includes a first module configured to house a seismic sensor; bottom and top plates attached to the first module; a second module removably attached to the first module and configured to slide between the bottom and top plates the second module including a first battery and a data storage device; and a third module removably attached to the first module and configured to slide between the bottom and top plates, the third module including a second battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Seabed Geosolutions B.V.
    Inventor: Peter Maxwell
  • Publication number: 20190199276
    Abstract: Under one aspect, a system is provided for rotating photovoltaic modules arranged in a row. The system can include an elongated structural member extending along and parallel to the row; protrusions coupled to the elongated structural member; an actuator; and drive mechanisms coupled to the photovoltaic modules. Actuation of the actuator can move the elongated structural member, the movement of the elongated structural member can move the protrusions, the movement of the protrusions can move the drive mechanisms, and the movement of the drive mechanisms can rotate the photovoltaic modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Sean Bailey, Adam French, Peter Young, Mark Kingsley, Rodney Hans Holland, Thomas Goehring, Tristan French, Miguel M. L. Praca, Graham Maxwell, David Tostenson, Timothy Burkhard, Nicholas A. Barton
  • Patent number: 10209381
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wireless data acquisition in seismic monitoring systems are disclosed. The method includes obtaining a signal table for an emitted seismic signal, receiving seismic signal data from a receiver configured to transform seismic signals into seismic signal data, and storing the seismic signal data on a storage system. The method also includes determining a time span for the seismic signal data and generating a reduced data set based on the seismic signal data, the signal table, and the time span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Eric Forgues, Peter Maxwell, Jason Jurok, Julien Cotton
  • Patent number: 10120088
    Abstract: A seismic data acquisition system includes a recording unit to record acquired seismic data and ground equipment containing surface units and wireless field digitizer units. Each surface unit is in communication with the recording unit and contains a first wireless communication module and a power supply mechanism transmitter coil. Each wireless field digitizing unit includes a seismic sensor unit, a second wireless communication module in communication with the seismic sensor unit and one of the first wireless communication modules to exchange digital data between the first and second wireless communication modules and a power supply mechanism receiver coil. The power supply mechanism receiver coil is magnetically coupled to the power supply mechanism transmitter coil in one of the surface units to transmit electrical energy wirelessly from the surface unit to the wireless field digitizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Jason Jurok, Peter Maxwell, Jonathan Grimsdale
  • Patent number: 9969470
    Abstract: A system and method for performing a marine seismic survey of a subsurface. The method includes deploying under water, from a deploying vessel, an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV); recording with seismic sensors located on the AUV seismic waves generated by an acoustic source array; instructing the AUV to surface at a certain depth relative to the water surface; recovering the AUV by bringing the AUV on a recovery vessel; and transferring recorded seismic data to the recovery vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Thierry Brizard, Alice Hervé, Erwan Postic, Peter Maxwell, Robert Dowle, Salvador Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9952601
    Abstract: A method of delivery of fluid through a computer controlled fluid network, the network including; regulators to control the flow of fluid to deliver a predetermined amount thereof to at least one customer; a first control system for opening and closing the regulators, which collects data based on timed measurements of fluid levels upstream and downstream of respective regulators and the opening positions of respective regulators, using data analysis to provide models for prediction of fluid levels between regulators; a second control system that is a supervisory layer interacting with the first control system to provide adjustments to the controlling of the regulators based on constraint and future flow load; and a third control system interacting with the first and second control systems, which processes fluid delivery requests from the at least one customer to provide a flow load delivery schedule based on the hydraulic capacity of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: RUBICON RESEARCH PTY LTD, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
    Inventors: Sumith Choy, Michael William Cantoni, Peter Maxwell Dower, Michael Peter Kearney
  • Publication number: 20170357017
    Abstract: A system and method for improved coupling of geophysical sensors is disclosed. The method includes determining conditions at an installation location, and selecting a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly includes a threaded device having a shaft with a foot and a head. The threaded device has a cavity that is open at the foot and extends inside the shaft from the foot to the head. The sensor assembly further includes a baseplate configured to couple to the threaded device. The method also includes preparing the installation location for installation of the selected sensor assembly and installing the selected sensor assembly at the installation location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Jonathan GRIMSDALE, Thomas BIANCHI, Jason JUROK, Peter MAXWELL
  • Patent number: 9753174
    Abstract: A method for acquiring geophysical data includes connecting a power module comprising a data transfer port and a power transfer port to a geophysical data acquisition device to provide a geophysical sensing node and deploying the geophysical sensing node. While deployed, data is transferred from the geophysical data acquisition device to the power module via the data transfer port and power is transferred from the power module to the geophysical data acquisition device via the power transfer port. The method also includes retrieving the geophysical sensing node and replacing the power module with a newly charged power module to provide a newly charged geophysical sensing node, and deploying the newly charged geophysical sensing node. Corresponding systems are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventor: Peter Maxwell
  • Patent number: 9684674
    Abstract: A data structure stored on a non-transitory medium includes: a first image object and a second image object, each comprising image data and series data corresponding to a series to which the image data belongs; and at least one linking object which is an instance of a linking class which is configured to provide for instantiation of linking objects which each define a link from at least one source to a target, the source corresponding to at least one of a series and a set of image data and the target corresponding solely to a series. The linking object includes target data corresponding to a target series which is other than the series to which the first and second sets of image data belong and source data corresponding to the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: BLACKFORD ANALYSIS LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert John Tweedie, Paul Matthew Henderson, Benjamin David Panter, Peter Maxwell, Richard Andrew Moffett
  • Publication number: 20170068006
    Abstract: Systems and methods for wireless data acquisition in seismic monitoring systems are disclosed. The method includes obtaining a signal table for an emitted seismic signal, receiving seismic signal data from a receiver configured to transform seismic signals into seismic signal data, and storing the seismic signal data on a storage system. The method also includes determining a time span for the seismic signal data and generating a reduced data set based on the seismic signal data, the signal table, and the time span.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Inventors: Eric FORGUES, Peter MAXWELL, Jason JUROK, Julien COTTON
  • Patent number: 9568625
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a seismic receiver device is described for use in a borehole surrounded by an ambient material, e.g., rock, mud, etc. The seismic receiver device includes a pressure wave measuring device which is configured to sense pressure changes associated with received seismic waves, a coating layer disposed on the pressure wave measuring device, and an outer layer disposed on the coating layer which is made of a material that is selected to have a bulk modulus number that is substantially similar to a bulk modulus number of the ambient medium. In this way, the acoustic impedance of the device is better matched to the ambient material so that more accurate seismic acquisition may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Peter Maxwell, John Sallas
  • Publication number: 20160363679
    Abstract: A seismic data acquisition system includes a recording unit to record acquired seismic data and ground equipment containing surface units and wireless field digitizer units. Each surface unit is in communication with the recording unit and contains a first wireless communication module and a power supply mechanism transmitter coil. Each wireless field digitizing unit includes a seismic sensor unit, a second wireless communication module in communication with the seismic sensor unit and one of the first wireless communication modules to exchange digital data between the first and second wireless communication modules and a power supply mechanism receiver coil. The power supply mechanism receiver coil is magnetically coupled to the power supply mechanism transmitter coil in one of the surface units to transmit electrical energy wirelessly from the surface unit to the wireless field digitizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Jason JUROK, Peter MAXWELL, Jonathan GRIMSDALE
  • Publication number: 20160363678
    Abstract: A method, system and a marine node for recording seismic waves underwater. The node includes a first module configured to house a seismic sensor; bottom and top plates attached to the first module; a second module removably attached to the first module and configured to slide between the bottom and top plates the second module including a first battery and a data storage device; and a third module removably attached to the first module and configured to slide between the bottom and top plates, the third module including a second battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: Seabed Geosolutions B.V.
    Inventor: Peter Maxwell
  • Patent number: 9507040
    Abstract: A device includes a housing in which a seismic sensor module is at least partially housed, a cable connected to the seismic sensor module, and, a takeout through which the cable extends from the housing. The takeout is operable between a first configuration in which the cable extends vertically from the housing and a second configuration in which the cable extends horizontally from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SA
    Inventor: Peter Maxwell
  • Publication number: 20160282488
    Abstract: Method and seismic source for generating seismic waves in a borehole. The seismic source includes a housing; an actuator mechanism located inside the housing and configured to generate a fluctuating pressure; a flexible membrane attached to the housing and configured to hold a fluid; and a coupling device covered by the flexible membrane and configured to generate a static pressure on the flexible membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: John James SALLAS, Peter MAXWELL, Ludovic LEBLANC
  • Patent number: 9448311
    Abstract: A method, system and a marine node for recording seismic waves underwater. The node includes a first module configured to house a seismic sensor; bottom and top plates attached to the first module; a second module removably attached to the first module and configured to slide between the bottom and top plates, the second module including a first battery and a data storage device; and a third module removably attached to the first module and configured to slide between the bottom and top plates, the third module including a second battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SEABED GEOSOLUTIONS B.V.
    Inventor: Peter Maxwell
  • Patent number: 9362551
    Abstract: The gravimetric and volumetric efficiency of lithium ion batteries may be increased if high capacity materials like tin and silicon may be employed as the lithium-accepting host in the negative electrode of the battery. But both tin and silicon, when fully charged with lithium, undergo expansions of up to 300% and generate appreciable internal stresses which have potential to spall off material from the electrode on each discharge-charge cycle, resulting in a progressive reduction in battery capacity, also known as battery fade. A method of reinforcing such electrode materials by incorporating within them fiber reinforcements or shaped, elongated reinforcements fabricated of shape memory alloy is described. Electrode materials incorporating such reinforcements are less prone to damage under applied stress and so less prone to battery fade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Anil K. Sachdev, Mark W. Verbrugge, Xingcheng Xiao, Peter Maxwell Sarosi
  • Publication number: 20160146957
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a data acquisition method for seismic exploration and monitoring including generating a time reference for an acquisition unit. The time reference defines a time window in the future. The method further includes transmitting the time reference to the acquisition unit. After the time window has elapsed, receiving a record of a seismic event measured during the time window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Peter Maxwell, Ray Sutyla, Ralph Fraile
  • Patent number: 9301870
    Abstract: A urinary directional device for improving the directional urination and health of a male user is provided, in which the device comprises a conduit for the passage of urine and having a proximal end adapted for engagement with the penis of the user and a distal end having a distal aperture to enable the passage of urine from the conduit, the device having an interior surface providing one or more of a cleansing, an anti-bacterial or antiseptic or an anti-fungal function whereby the penis of the user can be cleansed by wiping on the interior surface of the device after urination and the device optionally further comprising a health detection indicator capable of indicating abnormalities in urine indicative of disease or health-related conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Aim-Straight Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Shelton, Peter Maxwell, Graheme Gunns
  • Patent number: 9301258
    Abstract: System, apparatus and method for collecting data from, and providing power to, a geophysical data acquisition device are described herein. The method may include charging a data transfer device comprising a data transfer port, a power transfer port and a battery module, coupling the data transfer device to a geophysical data acquisition device, deploying the geophysical data acquisition device and collecting data therewith, collecting data from the geophysical data acquisition device via the data transfer port and providing power to the geophysical data acquisition device via the power transfer port, replacing the data transfer device with a charged device, coupling the data transfer device to a charging station, transferring data from the data transfer device, and transferring power to the data transfer device via the charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SA
    Inventors: Thomas Preusser, Peter Maxwell, Jason Jurok