Patents by Inventor Roddie R. Smith

Roddie R. Smith 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: 20210062599
    Abstract: A system combining a setting tool and a frac plug into one assembly thus producing a much shorter and more reliable assembly. More specifically, a downhole assembly comprising a plug section, which itself comprises a top sub, a bottom sub, a slip, and an elastomeric element. The downhole assembly further comprises a power section comprising a body comprising a power charge and one or more ignitors, a firing head, a shearing pin, and a setting tool piston. Additionally, the downhole assembly comprises a check valve, wherein the check valve is positioned downhole from the power charge and inside the setting tool piston; a mandrel comprising a hydraulic chamber and a ball, wherein the mandrel is positioned inside and adjacent to the setting tool piston and the top sub; and a dog.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: PetroQuip Energy Services, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Joe Coon, Roddie R. Smith, John Lee Emerson
  • Patent number: 10895130
    Abstract: A shifting tool for use in a wellbore includes a tubular housing having a bore formed therethrough; a tubular mandrel disposed in the housing and longitudinally movable relative thereto; and an engagement member moveable relative to the housing between an extended position, a released position, and a retracted position, wherein: the engagement member is movable from the retracted position to the extended position in response to movement of the mandrel relative to the housing, and the engagement member is further movable from the extended position to the released position in response to movement of the mandrel relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Noske, Roddie R. Smith, Paul L. Smith, Thomas F. Bailey, Christopher L. McDowell
  • Patent number: 10890048
    Abstract: A method of drilling a wellbore includes drilling the wellbore through a formation by injecting drilling fluid through a drill string and rotating a drill bit. The drill string includes a shifting tool, a receiver in communication with the shifting tool, and the drill bit. The method further includes retrieving the drill string from the wellbore through a casing string until the shifting tool reaches an actuator. The casing string includes an isolation valve in an open position and the actuator. The method further includes sending a wireless instruction signal to the receiver. The shifting tool engages the actuator in response to the receiver receiving the instruction signal. The method further includes operating the actuator using the engaged shifting tool, thereby closing the isolation valve and isolating the formation from an upper portion of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Noske, Roddie R. Smith, Paul L. Smith, Thomas F. Bailey, Christopher L. Mcdowell, Frederick T. Tilton
  • Publication number: 20200141207
    Abstract: A slip insert is provided. The slip insert may include a concave surface formed therein. An edge can be formed between a first two-dimensional planer surface and the concave surface. The slip insert may include an edge formed between an intersection of a first two-dimensional planer surface and a second two-dimensional planer surface extending form the concave surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Robert Joe Coon
  • Patent number: 10633946
    Abstract: A frac plug is provided. The frac plug includes a plug body, a sealing element, and a slip. The plug body includes a first sub and a second sub. The first sub includes a first composite material outer sleeve, and a first metal inner core engaged with and structurally supporting the first composite material outer sleeve. The second sub includes a second composite material outer sleeve, and a second metal inner core engaged with and structurally supporting the second composite material outer sleeve. The sealing element is circumferentially disposed about the first sub and, when actuated, seals an annulus between the frac plug and a tubular section. The slip is disposed between the first sub and the second sub and, when actuated, engages the tubular section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: PETROQUIP ENERGY SERVICES, LLP
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Robert Joe Coon
  • Patent number: 10626715
    Abstract: A downhole communication tool is provided. The downhole communication tool may include a cylindrical housing, a plurality of ridges, and a plurality of flow control assemblies. The cylindrical housing may have an inner surface, a first end portion, and a second end portion. The inner surface may define a flowbore extending axially between the first and second end portions. The plurality of ridges may extend radially outward from the cylindrical housing between the first and second end portions. Each ridge may have a ridge outer surface and define one or more ports that extend radially between the flowbore and the ridge outer surface. Each flow control assembly may be mounted about a respective port of the one or more ports and include a dissolvable seal member extending across the respective port. Each dissolvable seal member may be configured to prevent fluid communication between the flowbore and a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PETROFRAC OIL TOOLS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Joe Coon, Roddie R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10563476
    Abstract: A frac plug is provided. The frac plug may include a plug body, a slip, a sealing element, and a flapper. The plug body may have an inner surface, a first end portion, and a second end portion. The inner surface may define a bore extending axially between the first end portion and the second end portion. The slip may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body and configured to expand and couple the frac plug to a tubular section. The sealing element may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body and configured to compress and create a seal between the plug body and an inner surface of the tubular section. The flapper may be coupled to the plug body proximate to the first end portion and configured to seal the bore of the plug body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PETROFRAC OIL TOOLS, LLC
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Robert Joe Coon
  • Publication number: 20200048981
    Abstract: A frac plug is provided. The frac plug may include a plug body, a slip, a sealing element, and a compression ring. The plug body may have a first end portion and a second end portion. The slip may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body and configured to expand and couple the frac plug to a tubular section. The sealing element may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body and configured to create a seal between the plug body and an inner surface of the tubular section. The compression ring may be circumferentially disposed about the plug body proximate to the first end portion and abut the sealing element. The compression ring may be configured to expand when shifted along the plug body to compress the sealing element and retain the sealing element in a compressed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Joe Coon, Roddie R. Smith, Antonio B. Flores
  • Publication number: 20200040713
    Abstract: An isolation device and assembly for isolating a production casing in a hydraulic fracturing process includes a hemispheric or tapered first end and a cylindrical second end. The isolation device is constructed of a dissolvable material. The hemispheric or tapered first end seats in a plug to effect the isolation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Coon, Roddie R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200032610
    Abstract: An apparatus, system and method are provided for isolating a portion of a tubing string in a hydrocarbon well. The portion of isolated tubing string can be used to set a packer or test tubing integrity hydrostatically. The apparatus includes a dissolvable valve that is installed in a nipple and positioned below the portion of tubing string. The dissolvable valve includes a ball seat for receiving a dissolvable ball. When the dissolvable ball is dropped into the tubing string and seated on the ball seat of the dissolvable valve, the portion of tubing string is isolated from a second portion of tubing string below the nipple. Wellbore fluids in the hydrocarbon well dissolve the dissolvable valve and the dissolvable ball to leave behind a nipple without any restrictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Tony Flores, Lee Emerson, Robert Joe Coon
  • Patent number: 10385651
    Abstract: A frac plug is provided. The frac plug may include a first sub, a second sub, a slip, a sealing element, a lock ring, a back-up ring, and a compression ring. The first sub may be threadably engaged with the lock ring. The lock ring may be threadably engaged with the second sub. The slip and the back-up ring may be positioned between the first sub and the second sub, and circumferentially disposed about a tapered outer surface of the first sub. The slip and the back-up ring may include a tapered inner surface. The slip may also include a left-hand thread profile defined by the outer surface. The sealing element and compression ring may be circumferentially disposed about the first sub, and the compression ring may be threadably engaged with the first sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: PETROQUIP ENERGY SERVICES, LLP
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Robert Joe Coon
  • Patent number: 10378305
    Abstract: A slip for a downhole tool is provided. The slip may include an annular body having a first axial end, a second axial end, an inner surface, an outer surface, and an axial length. The annular embody further includes a taper on the inner surface that extends along the axial length of the annular body, and a left-hand thread pattern defined by the outer surface and extending from the first axial end along a portion of the axial length, each thread of the left-hand thread pattern having a crest that is angled toward the first axial end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: PETROQUIP ENERGY SERVICES, LLP
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Robert Joe Coon
  • Publication number: 20190226298
    Abstract: A frac plug having a cover and including one or more expansion components configured to expand during setting of the frac plug within a section of a tubular disposed in a wellbore. The cover may be disposed circumferentially about at least the one or more expansion components of the frac plug. The cover may be configured to prevent the one or more expansion components from expanding during deployment of the frac plug in the tubular and to permit the one or more expansion components to expand during setting of the frac plug in the tubular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Joe Coon, Roddie R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10323477
    Abstract: A seal assembly for use in a tubular includes a mandrel, a compressible seal member disposed around the mandrel, a first piston assembly in contact with a first end of the seal member, and a second piston assembly in contact with a second end of the seal member. The first piston assembly includes a piston head, and a piston extension sealing member integrally formed with the piston head, and extending at least partially between the mandrel and the compressible seal member. The compressible seal member forms a seal with the tubular when at least one of the piston assemblies is urged toward the compressible seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Roddie R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20190153822
    Abstract: A shifting tool for use in a wellbore includes a tubular housing having a bore formed therethrough; a tubular mandrel disposed in the housing and longitudinally movable relative thereto; and an engagement member moveable relative to the housing between an extended position, a released position, and a retracted position, wherein: the engagement member is movable from the retracted position to the extended position in response to movement of the mandrel relative to the housing, and the engagement member is further movable from the extended position to the released position in response to movement of the mandrel relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Joe NOSKE, Roddie R. SMITH, Paul L. SMITH, Thomas F. BAILEY, Christopher L. MCDOWELL
  • Publication number: 20190100979
    Abstract: A method of drilling a wellbore includes drilling the wellbore through a formation by injecting drilling fluid through a drill string and rotating a drill bit. The drill string includes a shifting tool, a receiver in communication with the shifting tool, and the drill bit. The method further includes retrieving the drill string from the wellbore through a casing string until the shifting tool reaches an actuator. The casing string includes an isolation valve in an open position and the actuator. The method further includes sending a wireless instruction signal to the receiver. The shifting tool engages the actuator in response to the receiver receiving the instruction signal. The method further includes operating the actuator using the engaged shifting tool, thereby closing the isolation valve and isolating the formation from an upper portion of the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Joe NOSKE, Roddie R. SMITH, Paul L. SMITH, Thomas F. BAILEY, Christopher L. MCDOWELL, Frederick T. TILTON
  • Patent number: 10214999
    Abstract: A shifting tool for use in a wellbore includes a tubular housing having a bore formed therethrough; a tubular mandrel disposed in the housing and longitudinally movable relative thereto; and an engagement member moveable relative to the housing between an extended position, a released position, and a retracted position, wherein: the engagement member is movable from the retracted position to the extended position in response to movement of the mandrel relative to the housing, and the engagement member is further movable from the extended position to the released position in response to movement of the mandrel relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Noske, Roddie R. Smith, Paul L. Smith, Thomas F. Bailey, Christopher L. McDowell
  • Publication number: 20190024498
    Abstract: A downhole communication tool is provided. The downhole communication tool may include a cylindrical housing, a plurality of ridges, and a plurality of flow control assemblies. The cylindrical housing may have an inner surface, a first end portion, and a second end portion. The inner surface may define a flowbore extending axially between the first and second end portions. The plurality of ridges may extend radially outward from the cylindrical housing between the first and second end portions. Each ridge may have a ridge outer surface and define one or more ports that extend radially between the flowbore and the ridge outer surface. Each flow control assembly may be mounted about a respective port of the one or more ports and include a dissolvable seal member extending across the respective port. Each dissolvable seal member may be configured to prevent fluid communication between the flowbore and a subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Joe Coon, Roddie R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10151171
    Abstract: A method of drilling a wellbore includes drilling the wellbore through a formation by injecting drilling fluid through a drill string and rotating a drill bit. The drill string includes a shifting tool, a receiver in communication with the shifting tool, and the drill bit. The method further includes retrieving the drill string from the wellbore through a casing string until the shifting tool reaches an actuator. The casing string includes an isolation valve in an open position and the actuator. The method further includes sending a wireless instruction signal to the receiver. The shifting tool engages the actuator in response to the receiver receiving the instruction signal. The method further includes operating the actuator using the engaged shifting tool, thereby closing the isolation valve and isolating the formation from an upper portion of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Joe Noske, Roddie R. Smith, Paul L. Smith, Thomas F. Bailey, Christopher L. McDowell, Frederick T. Tilton
  • Publication number: 20180328136
    Abstract: A frac plug is provided. The frac plug may include a first sub, a second sub, a slip, a sealing element, a lock ring, a back-up ring, and a compression ring. The first sub may be threadably engaged with the lock ring. The lock ring may be threadably engaged with the second sub. The slip and the back-up ring may be positioned between the first sub and the second sub, and circumferentially disposed about a tapered outer surface of the first sub. The slip and the back-up ring may include a tapered inner surface. The slip may also include a left-hand thread profile defined by the outer surface. The sealing element and compression ring may be circumferentially disposed about the first sub, and the compression ring may be threadably engaged with the first sub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: PetroQuip Energy Services, LLP
    Inventors: Roddie R. Smith, Robert Joe Coon