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: 20190226970
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evaluating permeability at unsteady-state pressure conditions and areal distribution of microproppants are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich, Brice Kim, Ibrahim Yucel Akkutlu
  • Publication number: 20190226312
    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: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Philip D. NGUYEN, Vladimir Nikolayevich MARTYSEVICH, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT
  • Publication number: 20190203101
    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: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Michael Linley Fripp, Philip D. Nguyen, Dipti Singh
  • Patent number: 10330825
    Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure includes systems and methods for modeling a fracturing operation in a subsurface formation. The method includes generating an earth model of the subsurface formation, wherein the earth model is generated considering unstructured gridding; generating a fracture model of the subsurface formation based, at least in part, on the earth model of the subsurface formation, and wherein the fracture model is generated considering unstructured gridding; and performing a reservoir simulation of at least one reservoir in the subsurface formation based, at least in part, on the earth model and the fracture model, wherein the reservoir simulation is performed using unstructured gridding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Sullivan Holderby, Shameem Siddiqui, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Ian Michael Adams
  • Patent number: 10267137
    Abstract: A self-guided geosteering assembly having an on-board, automated guidance system that incorporates a detailed subsurface earth model and well path to geosteer the assembly along a formation. While advancing along the formation, the guidance system continually monitors data related to formation characteristics and the formation/tool location, compares the data to the earth model and well path, and adjusts the direction of the assembly accordingly. In addition, the data may be utilized to update the earth model in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael May, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Tom Tesoriero
  • Publication number: 20190080224
    Abstract: Historical information about a significant input parameter is stored in a data analytics model of a hydrocarbon reservoir. A historical deep recursive neural network (RNN) model is built based on time-series production data from the hydrocarbon reservoir as a function of the significant input parameter in the data analytics model. The historical deep RNN neural network model is stored on a data storage device. An experiment using the historical deep neural network model is designed to predict the significant input parameter. The experiment is run to produce a significant experimental input parameter. The significant experimental input parameter is compared to the significant input parameter stored in the data analytics model to determine a difference. The data analytics model is adjusted to reduce the difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Srinath Madasu, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich, Yucel Akkutlu, Brice Y. Kim
  • Publication number: 20190055805
    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: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Bryan John LEWIS, Stanley V. STEPHENSON, Philip D. NGUYEN, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT
  • Publication number: 20190040311
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enhancing a fracture in a subterranean formation are provided. An example method comprises introducing a proppant-free fluid into the fracture; introducing a propping fluid into the fracture, wherein the propping fluid comprises a proppant particulate and an electrically controllable propellant; transmitting an electric current into the fracture; allowing the electrically controllable propellant to ignite within the fracture; and withdrawing the electric current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Philip D. NGUYEN, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT, Lee J. HALL
  • Patent number: 10175374
    Abstract: A seismic excitation is generated in a first directional wellbore section in a subterranean region. A seismic response associated with a seismic excitation is detected by a fiber optic distributed acoustic sensing array in a second directional wellbore section in the subterranean region. A fracture treatment of the subterranean region is analyzed based on the seismic response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Harold Grayson Walters, Priyesh Ranjan, Ken Smith, Glenn Robert McColpin
  • Patent number: 10174602
    Abstract: A flow conditioning opening may be used to manipulate the flow of particulates in a particulate laden fluid in a downhole environment. The particulate flow may be manipulated towards or away from openings downstream of the flow conditioning opening. For example, a perforation cluster may include a flow conditioning opening extending from the wellbore into the subterranean formation that is aligned axially along the wellbore with and uphole of a perforation, wherein the flow conditioning opening has at least one of the following characteristics selected from the group consisting of: the flow conditioning opening having a smaller cross-sectional area at a wellbore face than the perforation, the flow conditioning opening having a smaller volume in the subterranean formation than the perforation, the flow conditioning opening having a smaller depth into the subterranean formation than the perforation, and any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Eric Maxey, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Publication number: 20180328827
    Abstract: A method for continuous measuring of hardness in subterranean formation material includes pressing the tip of an indenter in an indentation assembly against the surface of formation material with a prescribed force; creating an indentation; measuring the applied force and/or the depth of the indentation; moving at least one of the indenter across the surface of the material, the material across the surface of the indenter, and combinations thereof, with constant axial force applied to the tip of the indenter to create an indentation path; and measuring applied force, indenter displacement, and lateral displacement while the indenter is creating the indention path, wherein the applied force, indenter displacement, and lateral displacement are used to determine the continuous hardness of the formation material. An apparatus includes a specimen table and an indention assembly including an indention tip. Another apparatus includes a tool body with caliper arms and an indention assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Nikolayevich Martysevich, Harold Grayson Walters, Michelle Renee Sansil, Luis A. Matzar, Jesse C. Hampton, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jie Bai
  • Publication number: 20180329113
    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: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Grayson Walters, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jeffrey Marc Yarus
  • Publication number: 20180306014
    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: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Inventors: Philip D. NGUYEN, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT, Matthew Lewis LAHMAN, Aaron Gene RUSSELL
  • Publication number: 20180273836
    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: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Dipti SINGH, Prashant D. CHOPADE, Janette Cortez, Philip D. NGUYEN, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT
  • Patent number: 10060226
    Abstract: A well design system that utilizes geological characteristics and fracture growth behavior along of a vertical stratigraphic column of the formation in order to optimize well placement and fracture stimulation designs for the entire formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Marty Paulk
  • Publication number: 20180238159
    Abstract: A method of propping created fractures and microfractures in tight formation. The method includes injecting into a wellbore a first pad fluid stage; injecting into the wellbore a second pad fluid stage; injecting into the wellbore a diverting agent; and injecting into the wellbore a main proppant slurry stage; wherein the first pad fluid stage includes an aqueous-based fluid at a rate above the fracturing gradient to create a fracture, wherein the second pad fluid stage includes an aqueous-based fluid and a low concentration of a proppant mixture including a slurry of small proppant materials and/or a slurry of conventional proppant materials to extend the fracture and open up secondary induced fractures, and wherein the main proppant slurry stage includes an aqueous-based fluid and a proppant with a larger size than the small proppant particles in the second pad fluid stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services ,Inc.
    Inventors: Philip D. NGUYEN, Ronald Glen DUSTERHOFT, Dipti SINGH
  • Publication number: 20180202283
    Abstract: A method for utilizing multi-parameter fiber optic sensing cables in conjunction with a reservoir compaction and subsidence model of a multi-well hydrocarbon field to continuously update the reservoir model to optimize production efficiency while ensuring well integrity on a field level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Mikko Jaaskelainen, Harold Grayson Walters, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft
  • Publication number: 20180156937
    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: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Douglas Everett Wyatt, Jeffrey Marc Yarus, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Jesse Clay Hampton
  • Publication number: 20180148988
    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: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Philip D. Nguyen, Shameem Siddiqui, Douglas Everett Wyatt
  • Patent number: 9702247
    Abstract: In some aspects, response data from an injection test of a subterranean region are received during an injection treatment of the subterranean region. The injection treatment is modified based on the response data. In some instances, the response data are acquired during a series of injection periods and shut-in intervals of the injection test. Each of the injection periods is followed by a respective one of the shut-in intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Grayson Walters, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft