Patents by Inventor Rune Sindre Voldsbekk

Rune Sindre Voldsbekk 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: 10132948
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for performing marine geophysical surveys that utilize a streamer having variable stiffness. An embodiment discloses a sensor streamer comprising: an outer surface; tension members within the outer surface extending along a length of the sensor streamer; spacers disposed within the outer surface along the length of the sensor streamer; a geophysical sensor disposed in an interior of one of the spacers; and an actuator assembly configured to apply tension to the tension members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Publication number: 20170343692
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for performing marine geophysical surveys that utilize a streamer having variable stiffness. An embodiment discloses a sensor streamer comprising: an outer surface; tension members within the outer surface extending along a length of the sensor streamer; spacers disposed within the outer surface along the length of the sensor streamer; a geophysical sensor disposed in an interior of one of the spacers; and an actuator assembly configured to apply tension to the tension members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicant: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Patent number: 9753168
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for performing marine geophysical surveys that utilize a streamer having variable stiffness. An embodiment discloses a sensor streamer comprising: an outer surface; tension members within the outer surface extending along a length of the sensor streamer; spacers disposed within the outer surface along the length of the sensor streamer; a geophysical sensor disposed in an interior of one of the spacers; and an actuator assembly configured to apply tension to the tension members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Patent number: 9684088
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for using a rigid-stem assembly comprising a plurality of interconnected rigid stems in a marine survey. An embodiment discloses a geophysical sensor streamer comprising a rigid-stem assembly comprising a plurality of rigid stems that are interconnected and each comprise a stem body defining one or more interior chambers, wherein a geophysical sensor is incorporated into one or more of the rigid stems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Patent number: 9423520
    Abstract: Disclosed are rigid protracted geophysical equipment that comprise control surfaces and associated methods of use in marine geophysical surveys. An apparatus for use in a marine geophysical survey comprising: rigid protracted geophysical equipment having a ratio of length to a largest dimension of width or height of about 1000:1 or more, wherein the rigid protracted geophysical equipment comprises control surfaces for controlling movement of the rigid protracted geophysical equipment when towed through a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Patent number: 9250343
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for using a rigid-stem assembly comprising a plurality of interconnected rigid stems in a marine survey. An embodiment discloses a geophysical survey method comprising: deploying a rigid-stem assembly from a survey vessel into a body of water, wherein the rigid-stem assembly comprises a plurality of rigid stems that are interconnected and each comprise a stem body defining one or more interior chambers; towing the rigid-stem assembly from the survey vessel through the body of water; and either (1) detecting a geophysical signal with a sensor towed by the survey vessel, and/or (2) activating a geophysical source that is towed by the survey vessel. Also disclosed are survey systems and rigid-stem handling systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Patent number: 9244184
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for using a rigid-stem lead-in assembly comprising a plurality of interconnected rigid stems in a marine geophysical survey. An embodiment discloses a method of towing a survey device from a survey vessel, comprising: coupling the survey device to the survey vessel with a lead-in comprising a rigid-stem lead-in assembly, the rigid-stem lead-in assembly comprising a plurality of rigid stems that are interconnected and each comprise a stem both defining one or more interior chambers; and towing the survey device through a body of water. Also disclosed are marine geophysical survey methods and marine survey systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Publication number: 20140254310
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for performing marine geophysical surveys that utilize a streamer having variable stiffness. An embodiment discloses a sensor streamer comprising: an outer surface; tension members within the outer surface extending along a length of the sensor streamer; spacers disposed within the outer surface along the length of the sensor streamer; a geophysical sensor disposed in an interior of one of the spacers; and an actuator assembly configured to apply tension to the tension members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Publication number: 20140185410
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for using a rigid-stem assembly comprising a plurality of interconnected rigid stems in a marine survey. An embodiment discloses a geophysical survey method comprising: deploying a rigid-stem assembly from a survey vessel into a body of water, wherein the rigid-stem assembly comprises a plurality of rigid stems that are interconnected and each comprise a stem body defining one or more interior chambers; towing the rigid-stem assembly from the survey vessel through the body of water; and either (1) detecting a geophysical signal with a sensor towed by the survey vessel, and/or (2) activating a geophysical source that is towed by the survey vessel. Also disclosed are survey systems and rigid-stem handling systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: PGS GEOPHYSICAL AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Publication number: 20140185412
    Abstract: Disclosed arc methods and systems for using a rigid-stem assembly comprising a plurality of interconnected rigid stems in a marine survey. An embodiment discloses a geophysical sensor streamer comprising a rigid-stem assembly comprising a plurality of rigid stems that are interconnected and each comprise a stem body defining, one or more interior chambers, wherein a geophysical sensor is incorporated into one or more of the rigid stems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Publication number: 20140185409
    Abstract: Disclosed are rigid protracted geophysical equipment that comprise control surfaces and associated methods of use in marine geophysical surveys. An apparatus for use in a marine geophysical survey comprising: rigid protracted geophysical equipment having a ratio of length to a largest dimension of width or height of about 1000:1 or more, wherein the rigid protracted geophysical equipment comprises control surfaces for controlling movement of the rigid protracted geophysical equipment when towed through a body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Publication number: 20140185411
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for using a rigid-stem lead-in assembly comprising a plurality of interconnected rigid stems in a marine geophysical survey. An embodiment discloses a method of towing a survey device from a survey vessel, comprising: coupling the survey device to the survey vessel with a lead-in comprising a rigid-stem lead-in assembly, the rigid-stem lead-in assembly comprising a plurality of rigid stems that are interconnected and each comprise a stem both defining one or more interior chambers; and towing the survey device through a body of water. Also disclosed are marine geophysical survey methods and marine survey systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: PGS GEOPHYSICAL AS
    Inventor: Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Patent number: 7778114
    Abstract: A housing for a seismic sensing element (3) for use on the earth's surface comprises connecting means (5) for connecting the housing (3) to a support cable (2) so as to allow relative movement between the sensor housing (3) and the cable (2). This de-couples the sensor housing from the support cable, and improves the fidelity of the sensor. The connecting means (5) preferably comprises resilient connecting elements, to prevent the transmission of vibrations between the support cable and the sensor housing. The sensor housing (3) preferably has a flat base (1), so that there is good coupling between the sensor housing and the earth. Alternatively, the sensor housing can be fitted with a base member ((24a, 24b, 24c) that has at least one flat face (26, 26a, 26b, 26c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicolas Goujon, Kambiz Iranpour Mobarekeh, James Edward Martin, Johan Fredrik Naes, Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Patent number: 7260024
    Abstract: A housing for a seismic sensing element (3) for use on the earth's surface comprises connecting means (5) for connecting the housing (3) to a support cable (2) so as to allow relative movement between the sensor housing (3) and the cable (2). This de-couples the sensor housing from the support cable, and improves the fidelity of the sensor. The connecting means (5) preferably comprises resilient connecting elements, to prevent the transmission of vibrations between the support cable and the sensor housing. The sensor housing (3) preferably has a flat base (1), so that there is good coupling between the sensor housing and the earth. Alternatively, the sensor housing can be fitted with a base member ((24a, 24b, 24c) that has at least one flat face (26, 26a, 26b, 26c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Western Geco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Nicolas Goujon, Kambiz Iranpour Mobarekeh, James Edward Martin, Johan Fredrik Naes, Rune Sindre Voldsbekk
  • Publication number: 20040068373
    Abstract: A housing for a seismic sensing element (3) for use on the earth's surface comprises connecting means (5) for connecting the housing (3) to a support cable (2) so as to allow relative movement between the sensor housing (3) and the cable (2). This de-couples the sensor housing from the support cable, and improves the fidelity of the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Inventors: Nicolas Goujon, Kambiz Iranpour Mobarekeh, James Edward Martin, Johan Fredrik Naes, Rune Sindre Voldsbekk