Patents by Inventor Scott G. Nelson

Scott G. Nelson 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: 20210265056
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel approach for storing, analyzing, and/or accessing biological data in a cloud computing environment. Sequence data generated by a particular sequencing device may be uploaded to the cloud computing environment during a sequencing run, which reduces the on-site storage needs for the sequence data. Analysis of the data may also be performed in the cloud computing environment, and the instructions for such analysis may be set at the originating sequencing device. The sequence data in the cloud computing environment may be shared according to permissions. Further, the sequence data may be modified or annotated by authorized secondary users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Alexander G. Dickinson, Francisco Jose Garcia, Robert C. Kain, Scott D. Kahn, Andrew R. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10988678
    Abstract: The flow of a fluid may be diverted from a high permeability zone to a low permeability portion of a subterranean formation by use of particulates comprising dicarboxylic acid, ester or an anhydride of the formula: or an anhydride thereof, wherein R1 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4 or —H; R2 and R3 are selected from the group consisting of —H and —COO—(R5O)y—R4, provided both R2 and R3 are —COO—(R5O)y—R4 when R1 is —H and further provided only one of R2 or R3 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4 when R1 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4, R4 is —H or a C1-C6 alkyl group, R5 is a C1-C6 alkylene group, and each y is 0 to 5. The dicarboxylic acid, ester or anhydride may further be admixed with an aliphatic polyester having the general formula of repeating units: where n is an integer between 75 and 10,000 and R is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, alkylaryl, acetyl, heteroatoms, and mixtures; thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: D. V. Satyanarayana Gupta, Scott G. Nelson, Dorianne Arlene Castillo, Anna Jensen
  • Patent number: 10822921
    Abstract: A method of treating a subterranean formation comprises forming a storable aqueous suspension comprising a carrier fluid, a superabsorbent polymer, a proppant the proppant being suspended in the carrier fluid as a substantially perfectly supported particulate; diluting the storable aqueous suspension in-line to a desired concentration; and introducing the diluted storable aqueous suspension into the subterranean formation. A sand control method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: D. V. Satyanarayana Gupta, Scott G. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10808511
    Abstract: The complexity of a fracture network within a subterranean formation may be enhanced by pumping a high breakdown pressure fluid followed by a low breakdown pressure fluid into the formation. The method increases the Stimulated Reservoir Volume (SRV) of the formation and provides for a network of ancillary fractures within the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Ahmed M. Gomaa, Qi Qu, Russell L. Maharidge, Scott G. Nelson, Ted B. Reed
  • Patent number: 10436003
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method of evaluating fluid trapping in an earth formation includes injecting a water-based fluid into at least one fluid channel fabricated on a substrate, the at least one fluid channel having a pore structure configured to represent a condition of an earth formation. The method also includes injecting oil into an inlet of the at least one fluid channel until at least a selected amount of the injected oil exits the channel, imaging the fluid channel and determining an amount of remaining fluid in the fluid channel after injection of the oil, the remaining fluid being an amount of the oil and/or an amount of the water-based fluid, and estimating a proportion of the total volume of the fluid channel occupied by the remaining fluid to determine an amount of fluid trapping in the pore structure. The method further includes analyzing the amount of fluid trapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Jihye Kim, Ahmed Gomaa, Scott G. Nelson, Harold Hudson, Qi Qu
  • Patent number: 10422204
    Abstract: A system and method for stimulating hydrocarbon production from a wellbore that perforates the formation around the wellbore in strategic locations so that fractures can be formed in the formation having specific orientations. The system includes deep penetration perforators that extend past a portion of the formation adjacent the wellbore having locally high internal stresses (a stress cage); and big hole perforators that form perforations with a larger entrance diameter. The perforators form perforations in the formation that are axially consolidated along the wellbore. After perforating, the wellbore is hydraulically fractured with high pressure fluid, which creates fractures in a formation surrounding the wellbore that extend radially outward from the perforations. Creating perforations that are axially consolidated reduces the chances of forming competing fractures in the formation during fracturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Timothy Sampson, Stephen Zuklic, Khaled Gasmi, Brent W. Naizer, Rajani Satti, Scott G. Nelson, Harold D. Brannon, Jason McCann, James N. Gilliat, Juan C. Flores
  • Publication number: 20190023979
    Abstract: Compositions for suspending proppants in a hydraulic fracture of a subterranean formation involve a carrier fluid, a plurality of proppants, and a plurality of fabric pieces where each fabric includes a plurality of connected filaments. A method of using the compositions includes hydraulically fracturing the subterranean formation to form fractures in the formation; during and/or after hydraulically fracturing the subterranean formation, introducing proppants into the fractures; during and/or after hydraulically fracturing the subterranean formation, introducing fabric in the form of fabric pieces into the fractures, where the fabric contacts and inhibits or prevents the proppant from settling by gravity within the fractures; and closing the fractures against the proppants. Optionally a portion of the fabric pieces may be hydrolyzed. In another option, the fabric pieces may each comprise at least one shape changing filament.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: James B. Crews, Naima Bestaoui-Spurr, Scott G. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10161223
    Abstract: A method of hydraulically fracturing a subterranean formation penetrated by a wellbore comprises: providing a diverting fluid comprising a carrier fluid, a first superabsorbent polymer and a second superabsorbent polymer, the second superabsorbent polymer having a shape, or a composition, or a combination thereof different from that of the first superabsorbent polymer; injecting the diverting fluid into the subterranean formation; and injecting a fracturing fluid into the formation after injecting the diverting fluid. A viscosity modifying agent can be present in the diverting fluid. Superabsorbent polymers can also be used to develop a temporary filter cake at the formation face to reduce or eliminate the fluid leakoff out of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Jia Zhou, Harold Dean Brannon, Paul S. Carman, Leiming Li, Thomas Ray Starks, D. V. Satyanarayana Gupta, Harold G. Hudson, Scott G. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20180306006
    Abstract: A method of treating a subterranean formation comprises forming a storable aqueous suspension comprising a carrier fluid, a superabsorbent polymer, a proppant the proppant being suspended in the carrier fluid as a substantially perfectly supported particulate; diluting the storable aqueous suspension in-line to a desired concentration; and introducing the diluted storable aqueous suspension into the subterranean formation. A sand control method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 25, 2018
    Applicant: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: D.V. Satyanarayana Gupta, Scott G. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10087363
    Abstract: A method of fracturing a subterranean formation penetrated by a well comprises: combining an aqueous carrier with a superabsorbent polymer and a borated galactomannan to form a hydraulic fracturing composition; and pumping the hydraulic fracturing composition into the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Alyssa Michelle Volk, Michael R. Farris, Paul S. Carman, Hong Sun, Scott G. Nelson, Harold D. Brannon
  • Patent number: 10072478
    Abstract: A method of treating a subterranean formation comprises forming a storable aqueous suspension comprising a carrier fluid, a superabsorbent polymer, a proppant the proppant being suspended in the carrier fluid as a substantially perfectly supported particulate; diluting the storable aqueous suspension in-line to a desired concentration; and introducing the diluted storable aqueous suspension into the subterranean formation. A sand control method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: D. V. Satyanarayana Gupta, Scott G. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10041327
    Abstract: The flow of a fluid may be diverted from a high permeability zone to a low permeability portion of a subterranean formation by use of particulates comprising a mixture of (i) at least one aliphatic polyester having the general formula of repeating units: where n is an integer between 75 and 10,000 and R is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, alkyl, aryl, alkylaryl, acetyl, heteroatoms, and mixtures thereof; and (ii) at least one compound of the formula: or an anhydride thereof wherein: R1 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4 or —H; R2 and R3 are selected from the group consisting of —H and —COO—(R5O)y—R4; provided both R2 or R3 are —COO—(R5O)y—R4 when R1 is —H and further provided only one of R2 or R3 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4 when R1 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4 R4 is —H or a C1-C6 alkyl group; R5 is a C1-C6 alkylene group; and each y is 0 to 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Scott G. Nelson, D. V. Satyanarayana Gupta, Anna Jensen, Dorianne Arlene Castillo
  • Patent number: 10036233
    Abstract: An embodiment of a method of performing an energy industry operation includes: collecting historical data relating to one or more previously performed operations having a characteristic common to both the one or more previously performed operations and a proposed operation; planning the proposed operation based on the historical data, the proposed operation associated with one or more operational parameters; performing the proposed operation; measuring a condition during performance of the proposed operation and comparing the measured condition to the historical data; and automatically adjusting the one or more operational parameters based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Weiting Tang, Blake C. Burnette, William D. Holcomb, Scott G. Nelson, Yong N. Kang
  • Publication number: 20180202278
    Abstract: The flow of well treatment fluids may be diverted from a high permeability zone to a low permeability zone within a fracture network within a subterranean formation by use of a mixture comprising a dissolvable diverter and a proppant. At least a portion of the high permeability zone is propped open with the proppant of the mixture and at least a portion of the high permeability zone is blocked with the diverter. A fluid is then pumped into the subterranean formation and into a lower permeability zone of the formation farther from the wellbore. The diverter in the high permeability zones may then be dissolved at in-situ reservoir conditions and hydrocarbons produced from the high permeability propped zones of the fracture network. The mixture has particular applicability in the enhancement of production or hydrocarbons from high permeability zones in a fracture network located near the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Scott G. Nelson, Harold Dean Brannon, Jimie DeVon Lemons, Thomas Ray Starks, II, D.V. Satyanarayana Gupta
  • Publication number: 20180201827
    Abstract: The flow of a fluid may be diverted from a high permeability zone to a low permeability portion of a subterranean formation by use of particulates comprising dicarboxylic acid, ester or an anhydride of the formula: or an anhydride thereof, wherein R1 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4 or —H; R2 and R3 are selected from the group consisting of —H and —COO—(R5O)y—R4, provided both R2 and nR3 are —COO—(R5O)y—R4 when R1 is —H and further provided only one of R2 or R3 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4 when R1 is —COO—(R5O)y—R4, R4 is —H or a C1-C6 alkyl group, R5 is a C1-C6 alkylene group, and each y is 0 to 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: D.V. Satyanarayana Gupta, Scott G. Nelson, Dorianne Arlene Castillo, Anna Jensen
  • Patent number: 9920610
    Abstract: The flow of well treatment fluids may be diverted from a high permeability zone to a low permeability zone within a fracture network within a subterranean formation by use of a mixture comprising a dissolvable diverter and a proppant. At least a portion of the high permeability zone is propped open with the proppant of the mixture and at least a portion of the high permeability zone is blocked with the diverter. A fluid is then pumped into the subterranean formation and into a lower permeability zone of the formation farther from the wellbore. The diverter in the high permeability zones may then be dissolved at in-situ reservoir conditions and hydrocarbons produced from the high permeability propped zones of the fracture network. The mixture has particular applicability in the enhancement of production or hydrocarbons from high permeability zones in a fracture network located near the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Scott G. Nelson, Harold Dean Brannon, Jimie DeVon Lemons, Thomas Ray Starks, II, D. V. Satyanarayana Gupta
  • Patent number: 9828844
    Abstract: A hydraulic fracturing composition includes: a superabsorbent polymer in an expanded state; a plurality of proppant particles disposed in the superabsorbent polymer; an additive comprising a surfactant, a viscose polymer, or a combination thereof, and a fluid to expand the superabsorbent polymer into the expanded state. A process for disposing a plurality of proppant particles in a fracture comprises: disposing a hydraulic fracturing composition in a downhole environment; forming a fracture; disposing the hydraulic fracturing composition in the fracture; breaking the superabsorbent polymer after forming the fracture; and releasing the plurality of proppant particles from superabsorbent polymer. The process also comprises injecting a proppant-free fluid and a proppant-containing fluid in an alternating order into a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHTES, a GE company, LLC
    Inventors: Jia Zhou, Qi Qu, Scott G. Nelson, Hong Sun, Leiming Li
  • Patent number: 9803467
    Abstract: A method of monitoring an energy industry operation includes: collecting measurement data in real time during an energy industry operation; automatically analyzing the measurement data by a processor, wherein analyzing includes generating a measurement data pattern indicating the values of a parameter as a function of depth or time; automatically comparing the measurement data pattern to a reference data pattern generated based on historical data relating to a previously performed operation having a characteristic common to the operation; predicting whether an undesirable condition will occur during the operation based on the comparison; and based on the processor predicting that the undesirable condition will occur, estimating a time at which the undesirable condition is predicted to occur, and automatically performing a remedial action to prevent the undesirable condition from occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES
    Inventors: Weiting Tang, Blake C. Burnette, Scott G. Nelson, William D. Holcomb, Yong N. Kang
  • Publication number: 20170267915
    Abstract: A method of fracturing a subterranean formation penetrated by a well comprises: combining an aqueous carrier with a superabsorbent polymer and a borated galactomannan to form a hydraulic fracturing composition; and pumping the hydraulic fracturing composition into the well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Alyssa Michelle Volk, Michael R. Farris, Paul S. Carman, Hong Sun, Scott G. Nelson, Harold D. Brannon
  • Publication number: 20170234116
    Abstract: A method and system for treating a wellbore, where an additive casting having energetic material and a treatment substance is deployed downhole, and then the energetic material is reacted so that it releases the treatment substance into the wellbore. A perforating system is used to initiate the reaction of the energetic material. An example of the energetic material includes a propellant that generates gases which urge the treatment substance into openings in sidewalls of the wellbore, such as perforations or fractures. One embodiment of the treatment substance includes a crystalline anhydrous acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: James N. Gilliat, Rajani Satti, Stephen Zuklic, Scott G. Nelson, Juan C. Flores, Harold D. Brannon, Harold D. Brannon