Patents by Inventor Ronald Johannes Dirksen

Ronald Johannes Dirksen 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: 10539007
    Abstract: A cement head including a tubular body having a top end and a bottom end, and a borehole arranged through at least a portion of the tubular body; a cement plug arranged in the borehole and configured to exit the cement head upon releasing a retention device; and a spool assembly arranged on the tubular body, wherein the spool assembly comprises a drum rotatable about a central axis and a continuous cable having a first end and a second end, the first end being attached to the drum and the second end being attached to the cement plug, and wherein rotating the drum about the central axis results in spooling or unspooling the continuous cable about the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes Dirksen, David Leonwill Jones
  • Patent number: 10533387
    Abstract: A method for modifying a return fluid in a wellbore comprising disposing at least one valve along a drill pipe section of a drill string in the wellbore. At least one parameter of interest is determined at at least one location along the wellbore. At least one valve is controllably actuated to discharge at least a portion of at least one fluid from inside the drill string to an annulus in the wellbore to modify a local property of the return fluid in the annulus based at least in part on the measured parameter of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes Dirksen, Daniel David Gleitman, William W. Shumway
  • Patent number: 10494912
    Abstract: In one example, an integrated well survey management and planning tool is implemented by a computer system. The tool receives a trajectory of a proposed well from a surface to a subterranean geological target to be reached by drilling the well, and a survey plan indicating the number, position and survey type of surveys to be performed on the well while drilling. The tool applies multiple error models based on the survey type for drilling the well. Each error model defines a respective uncertainty in reaching the subterranean geological target by drilling the well along the received trajectory. The tool displays, in a user interface, the received trajectory of the well and an uncertainty indicator determined by applying the multiple error models. The uncertainty indicator represents a combination of respective uncertainties defined by the multiple error models and indicates an uncertainty in drilling the well on the received trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Patent number: 10337313
    Abstract: In one example, an integrated well survey management and planning tool is implemented by a computer system. The tool can receive survey data describing a well being drilled from a surface to a subterranean geological target to be reached by drilling the well. The well is associated with a target trajectory on which the well is to be drilled from the surface to the subterranean geological target. Based, at least in part, on the survey data and the target trajectory, the tool determines an uncertainty indicator indicating an uncertainty in drilling the well on the target trajectory, and displays the uncertainty indicator in a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburotn Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Publication number: 20180313206
    Abstract: A cement head including a tubular body having a top end and a bottom end, and a borehole arranged through at least a portion of the tubular body; a cement plug arranged in the borehole and configured to exit the cement head upon releasing a retention device; and a spool assembly arranged on the tubular body, wherein the spool assembly comprises a drum rotatable about a central axis and a continuous cable having a first end and a second end, the first end being attached to the drum and the second end being attached to the cement plug, and wherein rotating the drum about the central axis results in spooling or unspooling the continuous cable about the drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Applicants: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC., HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes DIRKSEN, David Leonwill JONES
  • Publication number: 20180258753
    Abstract: In one example, an integrated well survey management and planning tool is implemented by a computer system. The tool receives a trajectory of a proposed well from a surface to a subterranean geological target to be reached by drilling the well, and a survey plan indicating the number, position and survey type of surveys to be performed on the well while drilling. The tool applies multiple error models based on the survey type for drilling the well. Each error model defines a respective uncertainty in reaching the subterranean geological target by drilling the well along the received trajectory. The tool displays, in a user interface, the received trajectory of the well and an uncertainty indicator determined by applying the multiple error models. The uncertainty indicator represents a combination of respective uncertainties defined by the multiple error models and indicates an uncertainty in drilling the well on the received trajectory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Publication date: September 13, 2018
    Inventor: Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Patent number: 9933542
    Abstract: A drill bit for measuring the electromagnetic propagation resistivity of a subterranean formation is disclosed. The drill bit includes a shank portion and a cutting portion with a raised face. The drill bit includes a transmitter element and a receiver element disposed on the raised face. The transmitter element propagates electromagnetic waves into a subterranean formation with a frequency of at least one gigahertz. The receiver element is positioned relative to the transmitter element at a pre-determined distance, with the predetermined distance is based, at least in part, on the frequency of the electromagnetic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bittar, Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Publication number: 20170247959
    Abstract: A method for modifying a return fluid in a wellbore comprising disposing at least one valve along a drill pipe section of a drill string in the wellbore. At least one parameter of interest is determined at at least one location along the wellbore. At least one valve is controllably actuated to discharge at least a portion of at least one fluid from inside the drill string to an annulus in the wellbore to modify a local property of the return fluid in the annulus based at least in part on the measured parameter of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes Dirksen, Daniel David Gleitman, William W. Shumway
  • Patent number: 9631489
    Abstract: A method of measuring parameters of a formation along multiple axes is disclosed. A formation tester tool is introduced into a wellbore. The formation tester tool includes a first probe oriented at an angle from a second probe about an axis of the formation tester tool. The first and second probes are positioned against a surface of the wellbore. Fluid is injected via at least one of the first and second probes. Pressure parameters corresponding to the fluid injected into the formation are monitored. Formation stresses about the formation fractures along multiple axes are determined based, at least in part, on the pressure parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrus A. Irani, Daniel Robert Buller, Ronald Johannes Dirksen, Sami Abbas Eyuboglu
  • Patent number: 9574427
    Abstract: An assembly to recover hydrocarbon gas from a seabed comprises one or more self-propelled drilling devices that include hydrocarbon sensors and a sublimation mechanism to induce sublimation of crystallized hydrates into hydrocarbon gases. As the drilling device moves through the wellbore, hydrocarbon deposits are detected and the sublimation mechanism induces sublimation of the deposits to release hydrocarbon gases up through the formation to the seabed. A bladder is positioned atop the wellbore to capture the release hydrocarbon gas and transfer it to a surface vessel for collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Patent number: 9563191
    Abstract: A method and system for autonomously monitoring, evaluating, storing and testing tools and other units operated at a rig-site. The system may include a storage facility communicatively coupled to one or more tools, status flags identifying the health and operational status of the tools, and a computer for performing a self-check for determining the operational status for the one or more tools. The system may further include a remotely positioned computer system in communication with the operational status of the tools, and a user terminal in communication with the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Patent number: 9556680
    Abstract: A liner assembly (100) includes a drill string (120) to drill a borehole (105) in a formation (110). The liner assembly further includes a liner assembly releasably coupled to the drill string to move with the drill string in the borehole while the drill string drills, and to be released from the drill string in the borehole after the drill string drills to a depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes Dirksen, James H. Dudley, Kenneth D. Caskey, Joseph D. Parlin
  • Patent number: 9429009
    Abstract: A method and system for autonomously enhancing the performance of rig operations at a rig-site, including subterranean operations at a rig-site. The system may include an integrated control system, wherein the integrated control system monitors one or more parameters of sensor units of the rig operations, and a central computer that can communicate with sensor units reporting the health and operational status of the rig operations. The system may further be upgraded by a package of sensors attached to the various tools that allow the central computer an overall synchronized view of the rig operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Marty Paulk, Loyd Eddie East, Jr., Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Publication number: 20160230539
    Abstract: In one example, an integrated well survey management and planning tool is implemented by a computer system. The tool can receive survey data describing a well being drilled from a surface to a subterranean geological target to be reached by drilling the well. The well is associated with a target trajectory on which the well is to be drilled from the surface to the subterranean geological target. Based, at least in part, on the survey data and the target trajectory, the tool determines an uncertainty indicator indicating an uncertainty in drilling the well on the target trajectory, and displays the uncertainty indicator in a user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventor: Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Publication number: 20160201449
    Abstract: A drilling method includes collecting survey data at a drilling site, and determining a waypoint or borehole path based on the survey data. The drilling method also includes sending the survey data to a remote monitoring facility that applies corrections to the survey data. The drilling method also includes receiving the corrected survey data, and automatically updating the waypoint or borehole path based on the corrected survey data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes DIRKSEN, Ian David Campbell MITCHELL, Jon Troy GOSNEY
  • Patent number: 9388687
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus and a system, as well as a method and an article, may operate to advance a geological formation probe with a surrounding pad to seal the pad against a borehole wall, to adjust the size of the area associated with a fluid flow inlet of the probe, where the size of the inlet area is selectably and incrementally variable, and to draw fluid into the fluid flow inlet by activating at least one pump coupled to at least one fluid passage in the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes Dirksen, Mark A. Proett, Jim Wilson, Abbas Sami Eyuboglu, Lizheng Zhang, Wei Zhang, Abdolhamid Hadibeik
  • Publication number: 20160194949
    Abstract: In one example, an integrated well survey management and planning tool is implemented by a computer system. The tool can receive a trajectory of a proposed well from a surface to a subterranean geological target to be reached by drilling the well, and a survey plan indicating the number, position and survey type of surveys to be performed on the well while drilling the well. The tool can apply multiple error models based on the survey type for drilling the well. Each error model defines a respective uncertainty in reaching the subterranean geological target by drilling the well along the received trajectory. The tool can display, in a user interface, the received trajectory of the well and an uncertainty indicator determined by applying the multiple error models. The uncertainty indicator represents a combination of respective uncertainties defined by the multiple error models and indicates an uncertainty in drilling the well on the received trajectory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventor: Ronald Johannes Dirksen
  • Patent number: 9322247
    Abstract: A method and system for collecting information of a rig operation, including subterranean operations at a rig-site. The system may include an integrated control system, wherein the integrated control system monitors one or more rig operations, and comprises a centralized data acquisition server coupled to one or more sensor units of the rig operations. The system may further include a central computer that can communicate with sensor units, and store the data in a central time-synchronized database accessible by a central data acquisition server, wherein the central time-synchronized database collects data from the various sensors to generate a time-synchronized overview of rig operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabian Fidel Rojas, Evan Davies, Ronald Johannes Dirksen, Donald Leon Crawford
  • Publication number: 20150068736
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus and a system, as well as a method and an article, may operate to advance a sampling and guard probe (100) with a surrounding sealing pad (108) against a borehole wall, to adjust the size of the area associated with a fluid flow inlet of the probe, where the size of the inlet area (104) is selectably and incrementally variable, and to draw fluid into the fluid flow inlet by activating at least one pump (344) coupled to at least one fluid passage (128) in the probe. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Johannes Dirksen, Mark A. Proett, Jim Wilson, Abbas Sami Eyuboglu, Lizheng Zhang, Wei Zhang, Abdolhamid Hadibeik
  • Publication number: 20140195286
    Abstract: Methods and systems for integrating operations of various subsystems involvement in managing subterranean operations are disclosed. Data relating to a subterranean operation is received from one or more functional units at a centralized functional unit. The received data is used by the centralized functional unit to in a number of ways including communicating with a procurement subsystem to coordinate availability of materials for an upcoming subterranean operation; communicating with a operations support subsystem to at least one of coordinate availability of personnel to perform one or more subterranean operations and perform quality control on one or more subterranean operations; and communicating with a logistics subsystem to manage mobilization of personnel to perform one or more subterranean operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Johannes Dirksen