Patents by Inventor Richard Thomas Hay

Richard Thomas Hay 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: 10386318
    Abstract: A drilling system includes a roller cone drill bit having a roller cone and at least one antenna loop disposed in the roller cone for detecting magnetic or electromagnetic waves indicative of a target, a resistivity, or a boundary of the subterranean formation, man-made structure, or object. The drilling system may utilize the antenna loop to determine resistivity measurements of a subterranean formation through which the drill bit is being drilled. The location of the antenna in the roller cone may enable increased look-ahead and look-around measurements. In addition, the location of the antenna in the roller cone may facilitate anisotropic resistivity measurements to aid in steering the drill string into a desired portion of the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Hay, Burkay Donderici
  • Patent number: 10301879
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for creating axial movement of a drill string using a variable valve and a controller. In some embodiments, the controller is a proportional-integral-derivative controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Richard Thomas Hay
  • Patent number: 10280742
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optical communication in a downhole tool are disclosed. An optical communication system includes a rotation-varying outer housing that is at least partially rotationally decoupled from an inner member. The inner member is at least partially disposed within the rotation-varying outer housing. The optical communication system also includes one or more transceiver modules, one or more transmitting bulbs rotationally coupled to one of the outer housing or the inner member, and one or more optical sensors rotationally coupled to one of the outer housing or the inner member. The transmitting bulbs are configured to transmit light over at least a portion of a cavity between the transmitting bulbs and the optical sensors, and the optical sensors are configured to receive light over at least a portion of a cavity between the transmitting bulbs and the optical sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Patent number: 10161246
    Abstract: Sensor assemblies are described for measuring isotropic, anisotropic, or directionally dependent, characteristics of a subterranean formation. Sensor assemblies can include sensors deployed on a tool string. One or more of the sensors can be rotatable relative to the tool string. Rotating one or more sensors relative to the tool string can provide data about the subterranean formation at multiple points around the tool string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Hay, Burkay Donderici
  • Publication number: 20180347352
    Abstract: Sensor assemblies are described for measuring isotropic, anisotropic, or directionally dependent, characteristics of a subterranean formation. Sensor assemblies can include sensors deployed on a tool string. One or more of the sensors can be rotatable relative to the tool string. Rotating one or more sensors relative to the tool string can provide data about the subterranean formation at multiple points around the tool string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Hay, Burkay Donderici
  • Patent number: 10145215
    Abstract: An example drill bit includes a bit body defining at least one pocket, and a support arm attachable to the bit body at the at least one pocket and including a coupling that extends from the support arm. A roller cone defines a cavity for receiving the coupling to rotatably mount the roller cone on the coupling. A direct drive electrical power generator is positioned within the coupling and is operatively coupled to the roller cone such that rotation of the roller cone correspondingly rotates a portion of the direct drive electrical power generator to generate electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Publication number: 20180340410
    Abstract: A drill bit analysis and optimization system for use in a wellbore is provided. The system includes a drill bit including a cutter, a sensor that collects a data signal on a surface of the drill bit proximate to the cutter, and a signal processor unit that receives the data signal from the sensor and receives the expected drilling properties from the data reservoir. The processor analyzes the data signal to detect a resistivity profile from the sensor through a formation and optimizes a drilling parameter by comparing actual drilling properties with expected drilling properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Aixa Maria RIVERA-RIOS, Burkay DONDERICI, Richard Thomas HAY
  • Patent number: 10132158
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes a drill bit body and a leg extending from the drill bit body. A journal may extend from the leg, with a gamma ray detector at least partially within the journal. In certain embodiments, the gamma ray detector may be confined within a pressure protective cavity at least partially within the arm of the journal. In certain embodiments, the gamma ray detector may be a scintillator aligned with at least one of a photomultiplier, photodiodes, or phototransistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Patent number: 10053978
    Abstract: Sensor assemblies are described for measuring isotropic, anisotropic, or directionally dependent, characteristics of a subterranean formation. Sensor assemblies can include sensors deployed on a tool string. One or more of the sensors can be rotatable relative to the tool string. Rotating one or more sensors relative to the tool string can provide data about the subterranean formation at multiple points around the tool string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Hay, Burkay Donderici
  • Patent number: 10017996
    Abstract: A motor includes: a rotor including an undulated surface; a rod disposed about the rotor; and a coil disposed about the rod to induce shape changes in the rod, which in turn impart forces to the undulated surface to rotate the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Publication number: 20180163530
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for ranging from ahead of a drill bit is described. The ranging apparatus includes a ranging probe with at least one sensor that may be deployed ahead of the drill bit. The ranging probe may be conveyed via a cable through the interior of a drill string. In an alternative embodiment, the ranging probe may be attached to a ram that is seated inside of the drill string and that may be extended and retracted. In such an embodiment, the ranging probe may be retrievable by cable. The ranging probe optionally includes collapsible arms that retract when the ranging probe is inside the drill string or drill bit and that extend when the ranging probe is deployed ahead of the drill bit. One or more ranging sensors may be coupled to the collapsible arms. Ranging measurements may be communicated to the surface using telemetry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Patent number: 9988865
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling fluid contact with a borehole wall during drilling operations include introducing an outer pipe into a borehole and positioning an inner pipe within the outer pipe, wherein the inner pipe may be axially disposed within the outer pipe. The annular isolator may be disposed within an annulus between the outer pipe and the borehole wall. The method may include placing a control fluid in the annulus between the outer pipe and the borehole wall. The method may further include circulating a drilling fluid to a drill bit using the inner pipe and the annulus between the inner pipe and the outer pipe. The drilling fluid may be separated from the control fluid by an annular isolator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur G. Mansell, Richard Thomas Hay
  • Patent number: 9970250
    Abstract: A retrievable Electrical Submersible Pump (ESP) and electrical motor for driving the ESP are positioned in a tubing string in the wellbore and, when desired, retrieved back to the surface. The ESP and motor are on an insertion string and can be lowered using wireline, coiled tubing, and standard running and setting tools. The method eliminates the need to retrieve the tubing string to repair, replace, or service the ESP and motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Eli Hess, Richard Thomas Hay, Jody Ray McGlothen, Gary Lorne Donison
  • Patent number: 9951604
    Abstract: The system comprises a drilling apparatus comprising a first portion (111) and a second portion (116). In certain embodiments, the first portion may comprise a bottom hole assembly (BHA) or a drill string, and the second portion may comprise a sensor extension housing. The first portion (111) has a first diameter and the second portion (116) has a second diameter that is greater than the first diameter. The system includes a sensor pair 114) disposed within the second portion and proximate to an outer radial surface of the second portion. A processor is in communication with the sensor pair. The processor determines at least one gradient measurement based, at least in part, on outputs of the sensor pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Patent number: 9948213
    Abstract: A power supply includes a rotor having an undulated surface (658, 858, 958, 10, 58) and a magnetostrictive material disposed adjacent to the undulated surface. The undulated surface alternatingly compresses the magnetostrictive material as the rotor rotates, inducing an electric current in a conductor coupled to the magnetostrictive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Hay, James H. Dudley, Robello Samuel
  • Patent number: 9920616
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for ranging from ahead of a drill bit is described. The ranging apparatus includes a ranging probe with at least one sensor that may be deployed ahead of the drill bit. The ranging probe may be conveyed via a cable through the interior of a drill string. In an alternative embodiment, the ranging probe may be attached to a ram that is seated inside of the drill string and that may be extended and retracted. In such an embodiment, the ranging probe may be retrievable by cable. The ranging probe optionally includes collapsible arms that retract when the ranging probe is inside the drill string or drill bit and that extend when the ranging probe is deployed ahead of the drill bit. One or more ranging sensors may be coupled to the collapsible arms. Ranging measurements may be communicated to the surface using telemetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Publication number: 20180038218
    Abstract: A drilling apparatus, sensor, system and method. The drilling apparatus includes a drill bit and a steering controller that steers the drill bit. The drilling apparatus includes a reluctance sensor system that measures changes in magnetic flux. The reluctance sensor includes two or more magnets creating a bucking effect. The drilling apparatus includes a processor in communication with the reluctance sensor that receives the measurements made by the reluctance sensor to determine a distance or direction to a target object. The distance is utilized by the steering controller to steer the drill bit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Publication number: 20180010448
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods may operate to transmit a data signal along a transmission line extending lengthwise along a drill string, the transmission line comprising an outer conductive path provided by a tubular wall of a drill pipe that extends along the drill string; and an internal conductive path extending along an interior passage that is bounded by a radially inner cylindrical surface of the drill pipe and along which drilling fluid is conveyed, the inner conductive path being substantially insulated from the outer conductive path. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Patent number: 9850710
    Abstract: An example embodiment of a pipe-in-pipe electric motor assembly includes a drilling string that includes an inner pipe, an outer pipe, and an electric motor. The electric motor is provided with power supplied by the inner pipe and the outer pipe acting at least as conductors. A latching mechanism connects the drilling string and an electric motor output shaft. The electric motor output shaft is driven by the electric motor. The latching mechanism prevents the electric motor output shaft from rotating slower than the drilling string and associated methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay
  • Publication number: 20170342815
    Abstract: Systems and methods for visualizing data from radially-oriented look-ahead sensors coupled to a drill bit are disclosed herein. A system comprises a processor, a memory, and a data analysis module. The data analysis module is operable to receive formation information from each of a plurality of formation sensors coupled to a downhole drilling system, the formation information being associated with one or more properties of a formation at a depth in front of the downhole drilling system, receive angular information from one or more orientation sensors coupled to the downhole drilling system, the angular information being associated with the formation information, compile sensor data based on the formation information and the angular information, and generate a visualization based on the sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Hay