Patents by Inventor Travis Hailey

Travis Hailey 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: 20070246407
    Abstract: Inflow control devices for sand control screens. A well screen includes a filter portion and at least two flow restrictors configured in series, so that fluid which flows through the filter portion must flow through each of the flow restrictors. At least two tubular flow restrictors may be configured in series, with the flow restrictors being positioned so that fluid which flows through the filter portion must reverse direction twice to flow between the flow restrictors. A method of installing a well screen includes the step of accessing a flow restrictor by removing a portion of an inflow control device of the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Inventors: William Richards, Ronald Dusterhoft, William Henderson, Travis Hailey
  • Publication number: 20070246225
    Abstract: Well tools utilizing swellable materials. Actuators for well tools may incorporate swellable materials as force generating devices. A well tool includes an actuator which actuates the well tool in response to contact between a swellable material and a well fluid. A method of actuating a well tool includes the steps of: installing a well tool including an actuator; contacting a swellable material of the actuator with a well fluid; and actuating the well tool in response to the contacting step. A well system includes a well tool with a flow control device and a swellable material. The well tool is operative to control flow through a passage of a tubular string in response to contact between the swellable material and well fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Inventors: Travis Hailey, Rune Freyer
  • Publication number: 20070246213
    Abstract: A gravel packing screen with an inflow control device and a bypass. A well screen includes a flow restricting device for restricting inward flow through the screen, and a bypass device for increasing a proportion of the inward flow which passes through the flow restricting device, the bypass device including a material which swells in response to contact between the material and fluid in a well. A method of gravel packing a well includes installing a screen in the well, the screen including a flow restricting device which restricts flow through the screen, and a bypass device for selectively permitting relatively unrestricted flow through the screen; and actuating the bypass device in response to contact between a material of the bypass device and fluid in the well, thereby increasingly restricting flow through the screen. Flow through the flow restricting device and flow through the bypass device may be in parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Publication date: October 25, 2007
    Inventor: Travis Hailey
  • Publication number: 20070039741
    Abstract: A sand control screen assembly for use in a wellbore includes a tubular base pipe having a first perforated section. The first perforated section has at least a first opening that allows fluid flow therethrough. The assembly also includes an internal seal element disposed within an internal diameter of the tubular base pipe and positioned at least partially overlapping the first perforated section. The internal seal element is able to control fluid flow through the first opening. The internal seal element includes a first material that is dissolvable by a first solvent, and may be dissolved by exposing the internal seal element to the first solvent until the internal seal element no longer controls fluid flow through the first opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Publication date: February 22, 2007
    Inventor: Travis Hailey
  • Publication number: 20070012444
    Abstract: A filtering apparatus for use in a hydrocarbon producing well for reducing water production therein includes a filtering medium treated with a relative permeability modifier such that the relative permeability modifier reduces the permeability of the filtering medium if the relative permeability modifier contacts water production. The relative permeability modifier may be used to treat a metal portion of the filtering medium in the case of a wire wrap screen or a wire mesh screen or may be use treat a metal portion or the prepacked component of a prepacked screen. The relative permeability modifier may be a polymer of at least one hydrophilic monomer and at least one hydrophobically modified hydrophilic monomer, a hydrophobically modified polymer, a hydrophobically modified water-soluble polymer, hydrophobically modified copolymers thereof or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Inventors: John Horgan, Travis Hailey
  • Publication number: 20060060352
    Abstract: A sand control completion (100) for installation in a wellbore (102) includes first and second packers (114, 116) that define a first zone (110) in the wellbore (102). A production tubing (120) extends substantially through the first zone (110). Positioned between the first and second packers (114, 116) are a sand control screen (130), an inflow control valve (122) and a crossover valve (126). The sand control screen forms a first annulus (152) with the production tubing (120) and a second annulus with the wellbore (102). The inflow control valve (122) is operable to selectively allow and prevent fluid communication between the first annulus (152) and the interior of the production tubing (120). The crossover valve (126) is operable to selectively allow and prevent fluid communication between the production tubing (120) and the second annulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Inventors: William Vidrine, Travis Hailey
  • Publication number: 20060037752
    Abstract: A gravel packing slurry bypass for use between a cross-over and a screen in a gravel packing assembly. The bypass includes a section of tubing connected between the cross-over and screen. A liner is carried on the tubing. A seal is carried on the liner to block slurry flow in an annulus outside the liner. The bypass is sized and positioned to provide a slurry bypass flow path past a rat hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Publication date: February 23, 2006
    Inventors: Andrew Penno, Travis Hailey
  • Publication number: 20050121192
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for gravel packing an interval of a wellbore. The apparatus comprises a packing shroud having a small number of packing ports and a large number of production ports. The production ports are initially plugged with a removable material. A medial annulus between the shroud and a sand screen is used as a conduit for delivering slurry to a borehole interval to form a sand pack. The packing ports are distributed along the shroud to allow uniform formation of a sand pack, while limiting loss of carrier fluid to high permeability zones. After the sand pack is formed, the material plugging the production ports is removed, e.g. dissolved by ambient fluids, to provide flow paths for produced fluids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Publication date: June 9, 2005
    Inventors: Travis Hailey, David Allison
  • Publication number: 20050103494
    Abstract: An apparatus (110) and method for treating an interval of a wellbore comprises an outer tubular (112) disposed within the wellbore. A sand control screen (118) is disposed within the outer tubular (112). A treatment fluid passageway (144) is formed between the sand control screen (118) and outer tubular (112). In addition, a production pathway (130) is formed between the sand control screen (118) and outer tubular (112). When the apparatus (110) is in an operable position, the region between the outer tubular (112) and the wellbore serves as a primary path for delivery of a treatment fluid, the production pathway (130) serves as a secondary path for delivery of the treatment fluid if the primary path becomes blocked and the treatment fluid passageway (144) serves as a tertiary path for delivery of the treatment fluid if the primary and secondary paths become blocked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Publication date: May 19, 2005
    Inventors: Ronald McGregor, Travis Hailey, William Henderson, Robert Crow, Philip Nguyen, David Hejl, Ronald Gibson
  • Publication number: 20050039917
    Abstract: Tools and methods for completing a wellbore that comprise an isolation packer with a particulate filter and inflatable element. The isolation packer is adapted to direct a gravel laden slurry to the particulate filter, where the filter removes a substantial amount of the particulate matter from the gravel laden slurry thereby producing an inflating fluid that is substantially free of particulate matter. The inflating fluid then inflates the inflatable element thereby creating a seal in the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Inventor: Travis Hailey
  • Patent number: 6782948
    Abstract: A multi-zone packing system having unique features that allow for remote operation, thereby eliminating the need to raise and lower a work string and crossover tool to various zones of interest during a frac pack, gravel pack or related completion procedure. The squeeze pack system has a crossover tool or port collocated with each zone of interest and remotely operated closing devices to allow for the setting of each packer and the packing job to be performed with minimal or no movement of the work string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Echols, Phillip Thomas, Travis Hailey
  • Patent number: 6571872
    Abstract: Improved methods and apparatus for completing an unconsolidated subterranean zone penetrated by a well bore are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Dusterhoft, Ricki C. Jannise, Janet L. Roper, Audis Byrd, Travis Hailey, Philip D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6427775
    Abstract: Improved methods and apparatus for completing an unconsolidated subterranean zone penetrated by a well bore are provided. The methods basically comprise the steps of placing a slotted liner having an internal sand screen disposed therein with dividers extending between the screen and liner, isolating the slotted liner and the well bore in the zone and injecting particulate material into flow paths formed by the dividers between the sand screen and the slotted liner and into the annulus between the slotted liner and the well bore to thereby form packs of particulate material therein to prevent the migration of fines and sand with produced fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Dusterhoft, R. C. Jannise, Janet L. Roper, Audis Byrd, Travis Hailey, Philip D. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20020070019
    Abstract: Improved methods and apparatus for completing an unconsolidated subterranean zone penetrated by a well bore are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: Ronald G. Dusterhoft, R. C. Jannise, Janet L. Roper, Audis Byrd, Travis Hailey, Philip D. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20020066560
    Abstract: Improved methods and apparatus for completing an unconsolidated subterranean zone penetrated by a well bore are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Inventors: Ronald G. Dusterhoft, R. C. Jannise, Janet L. Roper, Audis Byrd, Travis Hailey, Philip D. Nguyen