Patents by Inventor Ronald Glen Dusterhoft

Ronald Glen Dusterhoft 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: 20210040841
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for treating subterranean formations through adjacent well communications. A method to determine well communication, comprises generating one or more pressure excitation signals via an electrical pump in a first well, wherein the one or more pressure excitation signals produce one or more response signals based on the one or more pressure excitations signals interacting with a subterranean formation; measuring the one or more response signals through transmission of the one or more response signals to a second well with a fiber optic cable, wherein the one or more response signals are measured as time-series data; determining a formation response by processing the one or more response signals with an information handling system; determining a well parameter via one or more sensors; and performing a treatment operation to mitigate well interference between the first well and the second well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Mikko Jaaskelainen, Stanley V. Stephenson
  • Publication number: 20210032967
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein are be used in controlling an injection treatment. An electric pump is used to provide variable modulation of the flow rate of a treatment fluid. Modulating the flow rate in real-time provides pressure diagnostics that can be used to improve fracture growth parameters, wellbore conditions, and well performance. A method of stimulating a wellbore, comprises of injecting, by an electric pump, one or more fluids downhole into the wellbore; producing, based on the one or more injected fluids, one or more fractures that extend from the wellbore into a subterranean formation; receiving, by one or more sensors, one or more measurements; modulating an injection flow rate of the one or more injected fluids; evaluating fracture growth parameters of the one or more fractures; and adjusting fracture complexity of the one or more fractures based on the evaluation of the fracture growth parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Stanley V. Stephenson, Timothy Holiman Hunter, Joshua Lane Camp
  • Patent number: 10900318
    Abstract: A method that includes introducing a first fluid at a first flow rate into a first end of a channel of a hydraulic energy transfer system, introducing a second fluid at a second flow rate into a second end of the channel opposite the first end, wherein the first flow rate is lower than the second flow rate, and operating the hydraulic energy transfer system to output a third fluid comprising the first fluid and a portion of the second fluid and exhibiting a step-change in concentration of the first fluid. The first fluid is proppant slurry introduced at a first pressure, the second fluid is a clean fluid introduced at a second pressure higher than the first pressure, and third fluid is a fracturing fluid exhibiting the step-change in proppant concentration. The hydraulic energy transfer system includes a rotary isobaric pressure exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan John Lewis, Stanley V. Stephenson, Philip D. Nguyen, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Publication number: 20210010363
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to systems and methods for pumping multiple wellbores from a common pumping source. A fluid pump of known operating pump capacity can be selected. The pump can be fluidly connected to a common pumping source that is fluidly connected with each of a plurality of cased wellbores in a subterranean formation for providing pumped fracturing fluid to each of the wellbores. Each of the plurality of wellbores can have at least one perforation through a casing of the wellbore with a known rate range within which fracturing fluid is required to be provided to the perforation to successfully fracture the subterranean formation outside the perforation, through the perforation. Further, the wellbores can be configured so that the common pumping source provides fracturing fluid to each of the perforations within the known rate range of the respective perforation to successfully fracture the subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Oscar Andres Cabada KRIEBEL, Kurt Rohrbough HARPOLD, JR., Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT, Jonathan SMITH, Ubong INYANG
  • Publication number: 20210010362
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to systems and methods for pumping a wellbore with a pump operating in a damage avoidance mode during a hydraulic fracturing job. A fluid pump of known operating pump capacity measurable in barrels per minute is selected. The pump is fluidly connected with each of a cased wellbore in a subterranean formation for providing fracturing fluid to the wellbore. The wellbore has at least one perforation through a casing of the wellbore that has a known rate range within which fracturing fluid is required to successfully fracture the subterranean formation outside the perforation through the perforation. The pump is configured to provide fracturing fluid to each perforation within the known rate range of the respective perforation to successfully fracture the subterranean formation outside of the perforation while operating the pump in a damage avoidance mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Oscar Andres Cabada KRIEBEL, Kurt Rohrbough HARPOLD, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT, Jonathan SMITH, Ubong INYANG
  • Publication number: 20210010359
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to systems and methods for controlling a hydraulic fracturing job. A fracturing completion model can be applied to identify a plurality of possible fracturing completion plans for completing one or more wellbores at a target completion. The plurality of possible fracturing completion plans can include varying values of fracturing completion parameters and/or reservoir parameters. Completion characteristic data of the one or more wellbores can be gathered in response to application of at least a portion of a fracturing completion plan of the possible fracturing completion plans. Further, the completion characteristic data can be used to determine whether to apply a different fracturing completion plan of the possible fracturing completion plans. In turn, if it is determined to apply the different fracturing completion plan, then the method can include facilitating switching to the different fracturing completion plan in completing the one or more wellbores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Owen Alexander RUHLE, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT, Ajish POTTY, Joshua Lane CAMP
  • Publication number: 20210010361
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to systems and methods for pumping multiple wellbores to form and stabilize fractures during a fracturing job. A fluid pump of known operating pump capacity measurable in barrels per minute is selected. The pump is fluidly connected with each of a plurality of cased wellbores in a subterranean formation for providing fracturing fluid to each of the wellbores. The plurality of wellbores each have at least one perforation through a casing of the wellbore that has a known rate range within which fracturing fluid is required to successfully fracture the subterranean formation outside the perforation through the perforation. The pump is configured to provide fracturing fluid to each of the perforations within the known rate range of the respective perforation to successfully fracture the subterranean formation outside of the perforation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Oscar Andres Cabada KRIEBEL, Kurt Rohrbough HARPOLD, JR., Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT, Jonathan SMITH, Ubong INYANG
  • Publication number: 20200399989
    Abstract: The disclosure improves the analysis of the hydraulic fracturing (HF) break down process of a well system. The analysis can use as inputs collected HF data such as the HF fluid pressure, HF fluid flow rate, and HF fluid composition over one or more time intervals. In some aspects, the perforation parameters and stratigraphic well placement can also be used as inputs. The analysis can also use as inputs the HF model inputs that were used in collecting the HF data. The analysis can determine an effectiveness parameter of the received inputs. HF model inputs can be selected that would best fit a HF job plan goal for the current well system. In some aspects, the HF model inputs can be communicated to a well system controller of the current well system to further direct HF job plan operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jianfu Ma
  • Publication number: 20200355055
    Abstract: To improve or optimize a wellbore treatment operation, a target net treating pressure may be determined and the constant net treating pressure maintained to effectively enhance formation breakdown and fracture complexity as well as provide a reduction in wear and tear of equipment and completion time. The target net treating pressure may be based on one or more treatment parameters and these parameters may be adjusted during the wellbore treatment operation to maintain a constant net treating pressure at or about the target net treating pressure. The injection rate or pressure of a treatment fluid may be adjusted to maintain the constant net treating pressure. Measurements associated with the wellbore treatment operation may be compared to an operational constraint and adjustments to the wellbore treatment operation may be made based on the comparison. The wellbore treatment operation may be terminated based on a parameter falling below or exceeding a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Stanley Vernon Stephenson, Timothy Holiman Hunter, Mehdi Mazrooee
  • Patent number: 10794175
    Abstract: Many monitoring systems, including distributed fiber optic sensing systems, are deployed to measure temperature, strain, acoustic, pressure, and electromagnetic data in a multi-well hydrocarbon field. By coupling disparate fiber optic cables together for strain sensing, a tubular cable is created that can be spooled and deployed as a single unit while allowing for multi-parameter sensing. Multiple tubular cables can measure and transmit sensing data from wellbores and geological formations. The data can be used to continually update a reservoir model and optimize production efficiency while also managing and mitigating subsidence by controlling injection and production rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikko Jaaskelainen, Harold Grayson Walters, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Patent number: 10775531
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and storing measurements in point and vector format for a plurality of formations of reservoirs. In one embodiment, the methods comprise generating a set of measurements corresponding to a plurality of formations, reservoirs, or wellbores; determining physical locations for the set of measurements, wherein the physical locations are represented in a point and vector representation; associating the vector representations with the determined physical locations, wherein the vector representations comprise at least a magnitude and a direction derived from the measurement; wherein the magnitude and direction tracks the physical location in space and time; manipulating the set of measurements such that a change in physical location is updated in the vector representation; generating a repository of vector representations accessible to determine an optimal completion design for a set of parameters for a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Grayson Walters, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jeffrey Marc Yarus
  • Patent number: 10745611
    Abstract: A method of fracturing a subterranean formation is provided. A fracturing fluid is pumped into the formation to fracture the formation. A plurality of nanoparticles is mixed with the fracturing fluid and placed in the fracture. A plurality of conventional proppant particulates is also mixed with the fracturing fluid and placed in the fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, James William Ogle, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Tatyana V. Khamatnurova
  • Patent number: 10738584
    Abstract: Methods of increasing fracture complexity including introducing a solids-free high viscosity fracturing fluid into a subterranean formation at a pressure above the fracture gradient to create a dominate fracture, and thereafter introducing a low-viscosity pad fluid comprising micro-proppant and meso-proppant into the subterranean formation at a pressure above the fracture gradient to create a secondary branch fracture. The micro-proppant and meso-proppant are placed into the secondary branch fracture. A low-viscosity proppant slurry comprising macro-proppant and micro-proppant is introduced into the subterranean formation at a pressure above the fracture gradient, where the macro-proppant and micro-proppant are introduced into the dominate fracture. Fracture closure stress is applied and the meso-proppant transmits the closure stress to form tertiary branch fractures. The macro-proppant may also transmit the closure stress to form additional secondary branch fractures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Patent number: 10738581
    Abstract: Systems and methods for forming and/or enhancing fractures in a subterranean formation using electrically controlled propellant materials are provided. In some embodiments, the methods comprise: introducing a treatment fluid comprising an electrically controlled propellant and a plurality of electrically conductive particles in at least one primary fracture in a portion of a subterranean formation; placing the plurality of electrically conductive particles in at least the primary fracture; placing the electrically controlled propellant in one or more areas of the subterranean formation proximate to the primary fracture; and applying an electrical current to at least a portion of the electrically controlled propellant to ignite the portion of the electrically controlled propellant in the one or more areas of the subterranean formation proximate to the primary fracture to form one or more secondary or tertiary fractures in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Patent number: 10724317
    Abstract: A sealed core storage and testing device for a downhole tool is disclosed. The device includes an outer body, an internal sleeve in the outer body, an end cap coupled to the outer body and operable to move from an open position to a closed position, and a plurality of ports located on at least one of the other body or the end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Philip D. Nguyen, Shameem Siddiqui, Douglas Everett Wyatt
  • Patent number: 10711564
    Abstract: A well treatment fluid is provided. The well treatment fluid comprises a base fluid, and a plurality of degradable metal alloy milling waste particulates. A method of treating a well using the well treatment fluid is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Michael Linley Fripp, Philip D. Nguyen, Dipti Singh
  • Publication number: 20200216745
    Abstract: A method of enhanced oil recovery may comprise placing into a subterranean formation a production enhancement fluid comprising a short chain hydrocarbon phase and a silane based wettability modifier, wherein the short chain hydrocarbon phase comprises hydrocarbons having 5 or less carbon atoms; allowing the production enhancement fluid to remain in the subterranean formation for a shut-in period; and producing hydrocarbons from the subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mallikarjuana Shroff Rama, Rajender Salla, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Publication number: 20200190396
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and compositions that provide an energized natural gas (ENG) fracturing fluid including a complexing agent. A fracturing fluid may include: methane; water; a complexing agent; a surfactant; and wherein the fracturing fluid is an emulsion, the water is in a continuous phase of the emulsion, and methane is in a discrete phase of the emulsion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Enrique Antonio Reyes, Denise Nicole Benoit, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Patent number: 10677707
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating permeability at unsteady-state pressure conditions and areal distribution of microproppants are provided. In some embodiments, the methods comprise: obtaining a first dataset relating to a positive permeability through a split core plug sample of a subterranean formation at a plurality of different differential pressures; obtaining a second dataset relating to a positive permeability through the split core plug sample at each different differential pressure after a plurality of microproppant particles have been placed between two halves of the sample; extrapolating a baseline positive permeability of the sample at a differential pressure equal to zero based on the first dataset; extrapolating a treated positive permeability of the sample at a differential pressure equal to zero based on the second dataset; calculating a closure resistance of the fracture and the fracture closure pressure using the second dataset; and estimating a proppant areal placement factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich, Brice Kim, Ibrahim Yucel Akkutlu
  • Patent number: 10662372
    Abstract: Methods including introducing a treatment fluid into a subterranean formation having at least one fracture therein, the treatment fluid comprising an aqueous base fluid and brush photopolymerized coated proppant particulates (bPCPPs), and placing the bPCPPs into the at least one fracture to form a proppant pack therein. The bPCPPs comprise proppant modified with a coupling agent photopolymerized to a derivatized hydrophilic polymer, thereby resulting in a brush polymer structure of the derivatized hydrophilic polymer extending from the proppant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Dipti Singh, Prashant D. Chopade, Janette Cortez, Philip D. Nguyen, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft