Patents by Inventor Stephen W. Almond

Stephen W. Almond 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: 9567852
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring drilling fluid components in real time. One system includes a flow path fluidly coupled to a borehole and containing a drilling fluid having at least one component present therein, an optical computing device arranged in the flow path and having at least one integrated computational element configured to optically interact with the drilling fluid and thereby generate optically interacted light, and at least one detector arranged to receive the optically interacted light and generate an output signal corresponding to a characteristic of the at least one component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Stephen W. Almond
  • Patent number: 9335438
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring a drilling fluid for the formation of gas hydrates. One system includes a borehole containing a drilling fluid being circulated therethrough, a first optical computing device arranged in the borehole and having at least one integrated computational element configured to optically interact with the drilling fluid and detect one or more gas hydrates present therein, and at least one detector arranged to receive optically interacted light generated from optical interaction between the at least one integrated computational element and the drilling fluid, the at least one detector being configured to generate a first output signal corresponding to a characteristic of the one or more gas hydrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Stephen W. Almond
  • Patent number: 9000358
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring drilling fluid components in real time. One system includes solids control equipment fluidly coupled to a borehole and configured to receive drilling fluid from the borehole, the solids control equipment having a first optical computing device arranged adjacent the inlet and configured to optically interact with the drilling fluid as it enters the solids control equipment and thereby generate a first output signal corresponding to a characteristic of the drilling fluid, a second optical computing device arranged adjacent the outlet and configured to optically interact with the drilling fluid as it exits the solids control equipment and thereby generate a second output signal corresponding to the characteristic of the drilling fluid, and a signal processor communicably coupled to the first and second optical computing devices and configured to receive the first and second output signals and provide a resulting output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Stephen W. Almond
  • Patent number: 8881823
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention includes a method comprising: (a) providing a filter cake on a surface in a subterranean formation, the filter cake comprising a polymer and a bridging agent; (b) providing a filter cake clean-up fluid that comprises an aqueous fluid and L-glutamic acid N,N-diacetic acid; and (c) contacting the filter cake with the filter cake clean-up fluid so that a portion of the subterranean formation neighboring the filter cake has a regain permeability of at least about 86%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Natalia Collins, Kingsley Nzeadibe, Stephen W. Almond, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Publication number: 20140166871
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring drilling fluid components in real time. One system includes a flow path fluidly coupled to a borehole and containing a drilling fluid having at least one component present therein, an optical computing device arranged in the flow path and having at least one integrated computational element configured to optically interact with the drilling fluid and thereby generate optically interacted light, and at least one detector arranged to receive the optically interacted light and generate an output signal corresponding to a characteristic of the at least one component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Stephen W. Almond
  • Publication number: 20140166361
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring drilling fluid components in real time. One system includes solids control equipment fluidly coupled to a borehole and configured to receive drilling fluid from the borehole, the solids control equipment having a first optical computing device arranged adjacent the inlet and configured to optically interact with the drilling fluid as it enters the solids control equipment and thereby generate a first output signal corresponding to a characteristic of the drilling fluid, a second optical computing device arranged adjacent the outlet and configured to optically interact with the drilling fluid as it exits the solids control equipment and thereby generate a second output signal corresponding to the characteristic of the drilling fluid, and a signal processor communicably coupled to the first and second optical computing devices and configured to receive the first and second output signals and provide a resulting output signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Stephen W. Almond
  • Publication number: 20140172177
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring a drilling fluid for the formation of gas hydrates. One system includes a borehole containing a drilling fluid being circulated therethrough, a first optical computing device arranged in the borehole and having at least one integrated computational element configured to optically interact with the drilling fluid and detect one or more gas hydrates present therein, and at least one detector arranged to receive optically interacted light generated from optical interaction between the at least one integrated computational element and the drilling fluid, the at least one detector being configured to generate a first output signal corresponding to a characteristic of the one or more gas hydrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Stephen W. Almond
  • Patent number: 8575541
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring wellbore servicing fluids. One system includes a flow path fluidly coupled to a borehole and containing a wellbore servicing fluid that is exiting the borehole, the wellbore servicing fluid being configured to chemically react with and remove filter cake from the borehole, an optical computing device arranged in the flow path and having at least one integrated computational element configured to optically interact with the wellbore servicing fluid and thereby generate optically interacted light, and at least one detector arranged to receive the optically interacted light and generate an output signal corresponding to a characteristic of the wellbore servicing fluid, the characteristic of the wellbore servicing fluid corresponding to a concentration of a filter cake chemical constituent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Stephen W. Almond
  • Publication number: 20130217603
    Abstract: The present invention relates to particles that are useful for enhancing hindered settling in suspensions. One embodiment of the present invention provides a method of providing a subterranean treatment fluid including a base fluid and a weighting agent having a first average settling velocity; and a neutral-density particle; and mixing the subterranean treatment fluid with the neutral-density particle thereby reducing the weighting agent to a second average settling velocity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Stephen W. Almond
  • Patent number: 8435324
    Abstract: The disclosure provides to a PDC element protective system including a mask configured to protect a non-leached portion of a leached polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) element during a leaching process. The mask may be formed from or coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The disclosure also provides a leaching system containing such a mask and a leaching vessel as well as methods of using the protective and leaching systems. The disclosure further provides a Lewis acid-based leaching agent and methods of its use. Finally, the disclosure provides a method of recycling a PDC or carbide element using a Lewis acid-based leaching agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Sevices, Inc.
    Inventors: Ram L. Ladi, Carl Edward Wells, Bhupinder Kumar Kataria, Stephen W. Almond
  • Patent number: 8404019
    Abstract: The disclosure provides to a PDC element protective system including a mask configured to protect a non-leached portion of a leached polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) element during a leaching process. The mask may be formed from or coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The disclosure also provides a leaching system containing such a mask and a leaching vessel as well as methods of using the protective and leaching systems. The disclosure further provides a Lewis acid-based leaching agent and methods of its use. Finally, the disclosure provides a method of recycling a PDC or carbide element using a Lewis acid-based leaching agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ram L. Ladi, Stephen W. Almond, Gary E. Weaver
  • Publication number: 20120279711
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention includes a method comprising: (a) providing a filter cake on a surface in a subterranean formation, the filter cake comprising a polymer and a bridging agent; (b) providing a filter cake clean-up fluid that comprises an aqueous fluid and L-glutamic acid N,N-diacetic acid; and (c) contacting the filter cake with the filter cake clean-up fluid so that a portion of the subterranean formation neighboring the filter cake has a regain permeability of at least about 86%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Natalia Collins, Stephen W. Almond, Kingsley Nzeadibe, Carl Thaemlitz
  • Publication number: 20120152064
    Abstract: The disclosure provides to a PDC element protective system including a mask configured to protect a non-leached portion of a leached polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) element during a leaching process. The mask may be formed from or coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The disclosure also provides a leaching system containing such a mask and a leaching vessel as well as methods of using the protective and leaching systems. The disclosure further provides a Lewis acid-based leaching agent and methods of its use. Finally, the disclosure provides a method of recycling a PDC or carbide element using a Lewis acid-based leaching agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Ram L. Ladi, Carl Edward Wells, Bhupinder Kumar Kataria, Stephen W. Almond
  • Publication number: 20120151847
    Abstract: The disclosure provides to a PDC element protective system including a mask configured to protect a non-leached portion of a leached polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) element during a leaching process. The mask may be formed from or coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The disclosure also provides a leaching system containing such a mask and a leaching vessel as well as methods of using the protective and leaching systems. The disclosure further provides a Lewis acid-based leaching agent and methods of its use. Finally, the disclosure provides a method of recycling a PDC or carbide element using a Lewis acid-based leaching agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Ram L. Ladi, Carl Edward Wells, Bhupinder Kumar Kataria, Stephen W. Almond
  • Publication number: 20120156408
    Abstract: The disclosure provides to a PDC element protective system including a mask configured to protect a non-leached portion of a leached polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) element during a leaching process. The mask may be formed from or coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The disclosure also provides a leaching system containing such a mask and a leaching vessel as well as methods of using the protective and leaching systems. The disclosure further provides a Lewis acid-based leaching agent and methods of its use. Finally, the disclosure provides a method of recycling a PDC or carbide element using a Lewis acid-based leaching agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Ram L. Ladi, Stephen W. Almond
  • Publication number: 20120152065
    Abstract: The disclosure provides to a PDC element protective system including a mask configured to protect a non-leached portion of a leached polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) element during a leaching process. The mask may be formed from or coated with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The disclosure also provides a leaching system containing such a mask and a leaching vessel as well as methods of using the protective and leaching systems. The disclosure further provides a Lewis acid-based leaching agent and methods of its use. Finally, the disclosure provides a method of recycling a PDC or carbide element using a Lewis acid-based leaching agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Ram L. Ladi, Stephen W. Almond, Gary E. Weaver
  • Publication number: 20110062085
    Abstract: A method for the removal of soluble metal ion contamination from fluids is disclosed. The method includes passing the contaminated fluid through a filter medium comprising a reducing metal and a filter aid, such as diatomaceous earth, and collecting a filtrate with lower concentration of soluble metal ion contamination. The reducing metal can have a reduction potential of from ?0.50 volt to ?3.10 volt and can be capable of reducing the soluble metal ions to insoluble metal, which can then be entrapped in the filter medium or otherwise separated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay P. Deville, Matthew L. Miller, Stephen W. Almond, Douglas J. Harrison
  • Patent number: 7863226
    Abstract: Methods are provided that include a method comprising providing magnesium oxide; placing the magnesium oxide within a portion of a subterranean formation; contacting the magnesium oxide with a brine that comprises water and a divalent salt; and allowing the magnesium oxide and brine to react to form a hardened mass in the portion of the subterranean formation. In some embodiments, the methods comprise providing a subterranean drilling fluid that comprises magnesium oxide; and adding a divalent salt to the subterranean drilling fluid to form a settable composition. In other embodiments, the methods comprise providing a subterranean drilling fluid that comprises magnesium oxide; and adding a divalent salt to the subterranean drilling fluid to form a settable composition. Additional methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen W. Almond, Ryan M. Foster
  • Patent number: 7246665
    Abstract: The present invention relates to settable compositions that comprise magnesium oxide and at least one divalent salt and associated methods of use. In some embodiments, the present invention discloses methods of a forming a hardened mass comprising providing a settable composition comprising magnesium oxide, and a brine comprising water and a divalent salt; placing the settable composition into a desired location; and allowing the settable composition to set to form the hardened mass. In other embodiments, the present invention discloses methods of forming a hardened mass in a subterranean formation comprising placing a brine comprising water and a divalent salt into the subterranean formation; contacting the brine with magnesium oxide; and allowing the brine and the magnesium oxide to react to form the hardened mass. In other embodiments, the present invention discloses methods forming a casing in a well bore, and converting a drilling fluid to a settable composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventors: Stephen W. Almond, Ryan M. Foster
  • Publication number: 20040177965
    Abstract: Methods of fracturing subterranean zones to produce maximum hydrocarbon productivity are provided. The methods are basically comprised of providing a fracturing fluid comprised of water, a gelling agent present in an amount in the range of from about 0.06% to about 0.3% by weight of the water and an inorganic salt for preventing clay swelling present in an amount in the range of from about 0.01% to about 1% by weight of the water. The fracturing fluid is introduced into the subterranean zone at a rate and pressure sufficient to form fractures and the fracturing fluid is recovered from the zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventors: Phillip C. Harris, Stephen W. Almond