Patents by Inventor Rune Toennessen

Rune Toennessen 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: 20200198738
    Abstract: Apparatus and techniques are disclosed relating to towing marine equipment. In some embodiments, a vessel tows equipment through a body of water using a towing member with an associated fairing that includes a slit, such that an axis of the slit is non-perpendicular to a portion of the towing member from which the fairing extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Hauge, Rune Tønnessen
  • Publication number: 20200200928
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relates to marine geophysical surveying. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to treatment of geophysical equipment with medetomidine compounds for reduction of marine growth. A method may comprise combining at least a medetomidine compound and a wax to form a mixture; and forming an outer layer disposed on a marine geophysical equipment, wherein the outer layer comprises the mixture of the medetomidine compound and the wax.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Christian Vasbø, Rune Tønnessen
  • Publication number: 20200047856
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to towing source elements and geophysical sensors through a body of water using one or more unmanned tow vessel. In some embodiments, a plurality of unmanned tow vessels are configured to tow one or more signal sources and/or one or more streamers. The plurality of unmanned tow vessels may, in some embodiments, traverse various sail paths along a surface of a body of water in order to acquire geophysical data relating to formations disposed below the bottom of the body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventor: Rune Toennessen
  • Patent number: 10539697
    Abstract: A system can include a source and a front float coupled to the source. The front float can include a winch configured to adjust a position of the source. The front float can include a control unit configured to control functions associated with the front float. Lead-ins can be coupled to the front float and the source and configured to accommodate transfer of electrical energy between the front float and the source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Rune Toennessen, Mattias Oscarsson
  • Patent number: 10479455
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to towing source elements and geophysical sensors through a body of water using one or more unmanned tow vessel. In some embodiments, a plurality of unmanned tow vessels are configured to tow one or more signal sources and/or one or more streamers. The plurality of unmanned tow vessels may, in some embodiments, traverse various sail paths along a surface of a body of water in order to acquire geophysical data relating to formations disposed below the bottom of the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Toennessen
  • Patent number: 10407135
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to motion compensation between water-borne objects, and, more particularly, to synchronizing motion between a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and a docking station of a launch and recovery system (LARS). An exemplary method includes receiving a measurement corresponding to a particle motion in water surrounding an ROV and synchronizing motion of a docking station with a motion of the ROV based at least in part on the measurement corresponding to the particle motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: PGS GEOPHYSICAL AS
    Inventors: Rune Tønnessen, Torbjørn Ursin
  • Patent number: 10393897
    Abstract: This disclosure is related to marine seismic sources, for example marine seismic sources known in the art as benders. Some embodiments of this disclosure use Lorentz forces to produce seismic energy. For example, magnets and wire coils may be attached to one or more plates of a marine seismic source, and the Lorentz interaction between them may cause deformation of the plates to produce seismic energy. Such marine seismic sources may be components of a marine seismic survey system, and may be used in a method of marine seismic surveying. Methods of making marine seismic sources are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Mattias Oscarsson, Oeystein Traetten, Rune Voldsbekk, Rune Toennessen
  • Patent number: 10350638
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a marine seismic source having a volume of gas and a gas reservoir, and the marine seismic source and the gas reservoir are coupled to permit a resonating gas flow to pass therebetween. The apparatus may be a component of a marine seismic survey system. The apparatus may be utilized in a method of marine seismic surveying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: PGS Geophysical AS, Geospectrum Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Armstrong, Paul Yeatman, Øystein Traetten, Mattias Oscarsson, Rune Voldsbekk, Rune Tønnessen
  • Patent number: 10222499
    Abstract: Marine geophysical surveys with distributed seismic sources. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including performing a marine geophysical survey by: towing a plurality of high-frequency sources spread along a width of an array of sensors, the high-frequency sources having a first source density with respect to the width; and towing a plurality of mid-frequency sources spread along the width, the mid-frequency sources have a second source density with respect to the width, the second source density lower than the first source density; and towing a low-frequency source along the width; activating the high-frequency, mid-frequency, and low-frequency sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Rune Tønnessen, Mattias D. C. Oscarsson
  • Patent number: 10201833
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed which may include a plurality of marine seismic sources. According to some embodiments, these marine seismic sources may include a plurality of piezoelectric components. Such an apparatus may provide a useful sound pressure level for conducting marine seismic surveying. According to some embodiments, a conduit may be coupled between the plurality of marine seismic sources and a gas reservoir external to the plurality of marine seismic sources. The conduit may in some embodiments have at least one adjustable dimension for changing a frequency of the apparatus. The apparatus may be used in a method of marine seismic surveying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignees: PGS Geophysical AS, Geospectrum Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Armstrong, Paul Yeatman, Øystein Traetten, Mattias Oscarsson, Rune Voldsbekk, Rune Tønnessen
  • Patent number: 10173244
    Abstract: A system may include a conduit coupled between a marine seismic source and a gas reservoir external to the seismic source. The conduit may have at least one adjustable dimension for changing a resonance frequency of the system. The system may be utilized in a method of marine seismic surveying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: PGS Geophysical AS, Geospectrum Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Armstrong, Paul Yeatman, Øystein Traetten, Mattias Oscarsson, Rune Voldsbekk, Rune Tønnessen
  • Publication number: 20180321032
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to marine geophysical surveying. More particularly, embodiments relate to a wax application system for application of a wax coating to a surface of a streamer. An embodiment may comprise a marine geophysical survey system. The marine geophysical survey system may comprise a streamer and a wax application system operable to receive the streamer on deployment and apply a wax coating to the streamer as the streamer is being deployed from a survey vessel into a body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Christian Vasbø, Rune Tønnessen, Thomas Hauge, Par Johansson, Mikael Tuved, Kaj Andersson, Andreas Carlen
  • Publication number: 20180246253
    Abstract: Deploying and retrieving streamer cleaning devices. At least some of the example embodiments are methods including transferring a streamer cleaning device to a geophysical sensor streamer. The transferring may include towing the geophysical sensor streamer through water while the geophysical sensor streamer submerged, towing a tow fish through water by way of an umbilical (the streamer cleaning device coupled within a payload area of the tow fish during the towing of the tow fish through the water), landing the tow fish on the geophysical sensor streamer and thereby abutting the streamer cleaning device against the geophysical sensor streamer, closing the streamer cleaning device around the geophysical sensor streamer, releasing the streamer cleaning device from the payload area, and separating the tow fish from streamer cleaning device and the geophysical sensor streamer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Applicant: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventor: Rune Toennessen
  • Publication number: 20180231674
    Abstract: This disclosure is related to marine seismic sources, for example marine seismic sources known in the art as benders. Some embodiments of this disclosure use Lorentz forces to produce seismic energy. For example, magnets and wire coils may be attached to one or more plates of a marine seismic source, and the Lorentz interaction between them may cause deformation of the plates to produce seismic energy. Such marine seismic sources may be components of a marine seismic survey system, and may be used in a method of marine seismic surveying. Methods of making marine seismic sources are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Mattias Oscarsson, Oeystein Traetten, Rune Voldsbekk, Rune Toennessen
  • Patent number: 9971049
    Abstract: This disclosure is related to marine seismic sources, for example marine seismic sources known in the art as benders. Some embodiments of this disclosure use Lorentz forces to produce seismic energy. For example, magnets and wire coils may be attached to one or more plates of a marine seismic source, and the Lorentz interaction between them may cause deformation of the plates to produce seismic energy. Such marine seismic sources may be components of a marine seismic survey system, and may be used in a method of marine seismic surveying. Methods of making marine seismic sources are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Mattias Oscarsson, Oeystein Traetten, Rune Voldsbekk, Rune Tønnessen
  • Patent number: 9903967
    Abstract: This disclosure is related to marine seismic sources, for example marine seismic sources known in the art as benders. Some embodiments of this disclosure use magnetic reluctance forces to produce seismic energy. For example, pole pieces may be attached to one or more plates of a marine seismic source, and a wire coil may induce an attractive force between the pole pieces to cause deformation of the plates to produce seismic energy. Such marine seismic sources may be components of a marine seismic survey system, and may be used in a method of marine seismic surveying. Methods of making marine seismic sources are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Mattias Oscarsson, Oeystein Traetten, Rune Voldsbekk, Rune Toennessen
  • Publication number: 20180001977
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to towing source elements and geophysical sensors through a body of water using one or more unmanned tow vessel. In some embodiments, a plurality of unmanned tow vessels are configured to tow one or more signal sources and/or one or more streamers. The plurality of unmanned tow vessels may, in some embodiments, traverse various sail paths along a surface of a body of water in order to acquire geophysical data relating to formations disposed below the bottom of the body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventor: Rune Toennessen
  • Publication number: 20170371056
    Abstract: A system can include a source and a front float coupled to the source. The front float can include a winch configured to adjust a position of the source. The front float can include a control unit configured to control functions associated with the front float. Lead-ins can be coupled to the front float and the source and configured to accommodate transfer of electrical energy between the front float and the source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Applicant: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Rune Toennessen, Mattias Oscarsson
  • Patent number: 9846249
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for using tension feedback from steerable deflectors. In one example, a method may comprise: towing sensors streamers in a body of water from a survey vessel, wherein each of the sensor streamers comprises geophysical sensors at spaced apart locations; towing steerable deflectors in the body of water from the survey vessel, wherein the steerable deflectors are used to provide a lateral component of force to the sensors streamers as the steerable deflectors are towed through the body of water; turning the survey vessel; measuring tension at the steerable deflectors during the step of turning the survey vessel; and in response to the step of measuring tension, determining at least one of a reduced vessel operating speed, an increased vessel operating speed, a reduced angle of attack for at least one of the steerable deflectors, an increased angle of attack for at least one of the steerable, an increased vessel turn radius, or a decreased vessel turn radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Jan Erik Stokkeland, Mattias Dan Christian Oscarsson, Rune Tønnessen
  • Publication number: 20170216886
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a marine seismic source having a volume of gas and a gas reservoir, and the marine seismic source and the gas reservoir are coupled to permit a resonating gas flow to pass therebetween. The apparatus may be a component of a marine seismic survey system. The apparatus may be utilized in a method of marine seismic surveying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce Armstrong, Paul Yeatman, Øystein Traetten, Mattias Oscarsson, Rune Voldsbekk, Rune Tønnessen