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: 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
  • Patent number: 10655444
    Abstract: Methods including introducing a solids-free high-viscosity fracturing fluid into a subterranean formation above the fracture gradient to create or enhance at least one dominate fracture. Introducing a first low-viscosity pad fluid (LVPadF) above the fracture gradient to create or enhance at least one first microfracture extending from the dominate fracture. The first LVPadF comprises an aqueous base fluid, high-density micro-proppants (HDMPs), and low-density micro-beads (LDMBs), the HDMPs having a specific gravity that is at least about 100% greater than the specific gravity of the LDMBs. Placing at least a portion of the HDMPs and LDMBs into the microfracture to form at least a partial monolayer. Introducing a low-viscosity proppant fluid (LVPropF) into the subterranean formation above the fracture gradient. The LVPropF comprises an aqueous base fluid and medium-sized proppants (MSPs). Placing at least a portion of the MSPs into the dominate fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Matthew Lewis Lahman, Aaron Gene Russell
  • Publication number: 20200141226
    Abstract: A perf ball includes a first dissolvable component, an electronic racer and/or a matrix of tracer particles in a wellbore environment. The electronic tracer and at least some tracer particles in the matrix of tracer particles are releasable from the perf ball upon dissolution of the first dissolvable component in a wellbore environment. Some tracer particles in the matrix of tracer particles are dissolvable in oil. Some tracer particles in the matrix of tracer particles are dissolvable in aqueous medium. The electronic tracer can include a sensor and memory for recording properties of the wellbore environment, including any of pressure, temperature, fluid composition, or other environmental, physical, or chemical parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Linley FRIPP, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT
  • Patent number: 10621500
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating and storing completion design models in a central data repository of models for completion design, well bore (such as fracturing or drilling) or other operations is shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Harold Grayson Walters, Jeffrey Marc Yarus
  • Publication number: 20200032633
    Abstract: Methods of diverting fluid flow, controlling fluid loss, and/or providing zonal isolation in subterranean formations are provided. In some embodiments, the methods comprise: providing a particulate material that comprises an electrically controlled propellant; placing the particulate material in at least a first portion of the subterranean formation; introducing a treatment fluid into the subterranean formation; and allowing the particulate material to at least partially divert the flow of the treatment fluid away from the first portion of the formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Norman R. Warpinski, Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Enrique Antonio Reyes
  • Publication number: 20200032601
    Abstract: Systems and methods using electrically controlled propellant to operate equipment in subterranean formations are provided. In some embodiments, the methods comprise: providing a tool assembly that comprises a tool body and an electrically controlled propellant; and placing the tool assembly in at least a portion of a subterranean formation. Electrical current may be applied to at least a portion of the electrically controlled propellant to ignite the portion of the propellant to operate a portion of the tool assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Norman R. Warpinski, Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Harold Grayson Walters
  • Patent number: 10527749
    Abstract: A method for mapping a subterranean formation is disclosed. The method includes receiving a first set of subterranean formation data based, at least in part, on survey data from the subterranean formation. The method includes receiving a second set of subterranean formation data based, at least in part, on one or more formation samples from the subterranean formation The method includes determining a stratagraphic composition of the subterranean formation and generating a fortistratisgraphic map of the subterranean formation based, at least in part on the first set of subterranean formation data, the second set of subterranean formation data, and the stratigraphic composition of the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas E. Wyatt, Jr., Jeffrey Marc Yarus, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jesse Clay Hampton
  • Publication number: 20200003033
    Abstract: Provided is a downhole perforating device, a well system, and a method for perforating a well system. The downhole perforating device, in one aspect, includes a perforating structure for surrounding at least a portion of an outer surface of a wellbore casing. The downhole perforating device, according to this aspect, includes one or more perforation elements at least partially embodied within the perforating structure, the one or more perforation elements positioned to perforate the wellbore casing to an inside thereof, and electronics at least partially embodied within the perforating structure, the electronics for triggering the one or more perforation elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jonathan Paul Smith, Michael Linley Fripp, James Marshall Barker
  • Publication number: 20200003024
    Abstract: Provided is an untethered downhole tool assembly. The untethered downhole tool assembly, in one aspect, includes a housing and a signal generator located on or in the housing, the signal generator capable of transmitting a passive or active signal to a downhole device located on an outside of a metal wellbore casing as it travels through an inside of the metal wellbore casing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jonathan Paul Smith, Michael Linley Fripp, James Marshall Barker
  • Publication number: 20190382643
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for mitigating the embedment of proppant into fracture faces in subterranean formations are provided. In some embodiments, the methods comprise: introducing a treatment fluid into a subterranean formation at or above a pressure sufficient to create or enhance one or more fractures in the subterranean formation; introducing an anchoring agent into the subterranean formation to deposit the anchoring agent on a portion of a fracture face in the one or more fractures within the subterranean formation; introducing a first particulate material comprising fine particulates into the subterranean formation to attach to the anchoring agent on the portion of the fracture face, wherein said fine particulates have a mean particle size of up to about 50 ?m; introducing a second particulate material comprising proppant into the one or more fractures in the subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Loan K. Vo, Kenneth E. Williams, Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich
  • Publication number: 20190368328
    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: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Publication number: 20190352560
    Abstract: Mapping propped fractures in a well can be performed using a mixture including a proppant and an encapsulated salt. The proppant can be positioned in a fracture in the well for propping open the fracture to form a propped fracture. The encapsulated salt can be positioned in the propped fracture proximate to the proppant and include a salt and a non-permeable coating. The salt can be dissolved in response to fracture closure, encapsulant degradation, or encapsulant dissolution to form an electrically conductive solution usable for mapping the propped fracture. The non-permeable coating can prevent a fluid from contacting the salt during pumping and placement operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Doug W. WALSER, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT, Philip D. NGUYEN
  • Publication number: 20190345375
    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: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Philip D. Nguyen, James William Ogle, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Tatyana V. Khamatnurova
  • Publication number: 20190338626
    Abstract: Systems and methods for fracturing in subterranean formations using treatment fluids that comprise a mixture of natural gas and other gases are provided. In some embodiments, the methods comprise: providing a fracturing fluid comprising a liquid base fluid and a gaseous component comprising natural gas and at least one unreactive gas; and introducing the fracturing fluid into a subterranean formation at or above a pressure sufficient to create or enhance one or more fractures in at least a portion of the subterranean formation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Stanley V. Stephenson, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Patent number: 10444388
    Abstract: Some aspects of what is described here relate to seismic data analysis techniques. A seismic excitation is generated in a first directional wellbore section in a subterranean region. A seismic response associated with the seismic excitation is detected by a fiber optic distributed acoustic sensing array in a second directional wellbore section in the subterranean region. Seismic response data based on the seismic response are analyzed to identify a location of a third wellbore in the subterranean region. A drilling direction for drilling the third wellbore is determined based on the identified location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Harold Grayson Walters
  • Patent number: 10422901
    Abstract: Some aspects of what is described here relate to seismic data analysis techniques. A seismic excitation is generated in a first directional wellbore section in a subterranean region. A seismic response associated with the seismic excitation is detected in a second directional wellbore section in the subterranean region. Seismic response data based on the seismic response are analyzed to identify geomechanical properties of subterranean rock in a fracture treatment target region in the subterranean region. In some cases, the geomechanical properties include pore pressure, stress, or mechanical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Grayson Walters, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Priyesh Ranjan, Ken Smith, Glenn Robert McColpin
  • Patent number: 10416328
    Abstract: Some aspects of what is described here relate to seismic profiling techniques. In some implementations, a time-sequence of seismic excitations are generated at seismic source locations in a first directional wellbore section in a subterranean region. Each seismic excitation is generated at a respective time and at a respective subset of the seismic source locations. A time-sequence of seismic responses are detected at one or more seismic sensor locations in a second directional wellbore section in the subterranean region. The time-sequence of seismic responses is associated with the time-sequence of seismic excitations. A fracture treatment of the subterranean region is analyzed based on the time-sequence of seismic responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Grayson Walters, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Priyesh Ranjan
  • Publication number: 20190264552
    Abstract: A method for directing a proppant in a subterranean formation including providing a first wellbore and a second wellbore, wherein the first wellbore and the second wellbore are disposed about a target area of the subterranean formation; creating a pressure differential between the first wellbore and the second wellbore, such that the pressure of one of the first wellbore or the second wellbore is at a higher pressure and the other of the first wellbore or second wellbore is at a lower pressure; and initiating a fracturing pressure in the higher pressure wellbore by pumping a fracturing fluid in the wellbore, the fracturing pressure sufficient to create a fracture at a predetermined location; whereby the fracturing fluid is drawn from the fractured wellbore toward the lower pressurized wellbore as a result of the pressure differential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES
    Inventors: Vladimir Nikolayevich MARTYSEVICH, Philip D. NGUYEN, Mehdi A. SHAHRI, James W. OGLE, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT, Jesse Clay HAMPTON