With Indicating, Testing, Measuring Or Locating Patents (Class 166/250.01)
  • Patent number: 10352149
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine production of a downhole pump are described herein. An example method includes measuring a first amount of liquid produced from a well by a pump during a first stroke of the pump, computing a first pump card based on the first stroke, determining a first area of the first pump card and determining a leakage proportionality constant of the pump based on the first amount of liquid produced and the first area. The example method also includes computing a second pump card based on a second stroke of the pump, determining a second area of the second pump card and determining a second amount of liquid produced by the pump during the second stroke based on the leakage proportionality constant and the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bristol, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Matthew Mills
  • Patent number: 10352121
    Abstract: A borehole plug or packer for treating is designed to be flowed back to a surface location after use. When the treatment is concluded pressure from above is relieved or lowered, and well fluid is flowed back, so that the plug or plugs disengages at slips designed to resist differential pressure from above. The application of differential pressure from below causes the lower slips to release one or more of such plugs in the hole into specialized sub surface or surface capture equipment so that well pressure is relieved before removal of the plugs from specialized subsurface or surface capture equipment. Sensors to obtain and store data can be incorporated into the plugs or into objects landed on the plugs so that when brought to the surface the data can be processed and used in aid of production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Tristan R. Wise, Zachary S Silva, Elias Pena, Hector O. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10323505
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for positioning of downhole tools via radioactive tag detection. The method comprises positioning a radiation detector at a first position within a wellbore, logging radiation data while the radiation detector is moved from the first position to a position adjacent to or past a radioactive marker disposed within the wellbore, determining, based on the radiation data, a time at which the radiation detector is adjacent to the radioactive marker, and calculating, based on the time, a distance between the first position of the radiation detector and the radioactive marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Donald Kyle
  • Patent number: 10316645
    Abstract: A technique includes deploying an untethered object though a passageway of a tubular member; and acquiring a plurality of measurements that represent an environment of the tubular member as the object is being communicated through the passageway. The technique includes cross-correlating the plurality of measurements and using results of the cross-correlating to identify at least one feature of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Derek Ingraham, Eugene Janssen
  • Patent number: 10309214
    Abstract: A downhole drilling tool is adapted to be placed in a borehole formed in the earth. The downhole drilling tool has mounted thereto at least one of a transmitter for generating and a receiver for sensing at least one component of an electromagnetic field within a distant earth region. The tool also has a device configured to acquire subsurface data from the at least one component of the electromagnetic field; and a device configured to calculate a resistivity distribution of the distant earth region from the subsurface data. A geophysical survey is performed with a downhole drilling tool by transmitting at least one component of an electromagnetic field through the distant earth region; acquiring subsurface data from the at least one component of the electromagnetic field; and calculating a resistivity distribution of the distant earth region from the subsurface data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: GroundMetrics, Inc.
    Inventors: George Eiskamp, Greg Nieuwenhuis
  • Patent number: 10300804
    Abstract: An apparatus for positioning a vehicle includes an alignment sensor that has a field of view and a vehicle alignment system operatively connected to the alignment sensor and to at least one positioning system of the vehicle. Movement of the vehicle varies an appearance of a fiducial surface within the alignment sensor's field of view. The vehicle alignment system is configured to implement a method that includes monitoring the appearance of the fiducial surface to the alignment sensor, comparing the appearance of the fiducial surface to a pre-determined set of benchmark appearances, and operating the at least one positioning system based on a determination by the vehicle alignment system of whether the appearance of the fiducial surface to the alignment sensor satisfies a pre-determined target appearance that corresponds to a desired location and position of the vehicle relative to a fixed location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Lembit Salasoo
  • Patent number: 10302543
    Abstract: The present disclosure provide a method and apparatus for pressure-pulse decay performed on whole cylindrical samples whose entire outer surface areas are eligible to receive the pulse. Using the methods and apparatus of the present disclosure, not only is the experimental time dramatically shortened, it also allows for simultaneous determination of local permeabilities parallel and perpendicular to their native bedding planes. Currently, there is no permeability-measurement technique to capable of doing so from a single sample from a single test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: The UAB Research Foundation
    Inventor: Michael J Hannon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10295695
    Abstract: An electric field sensing system comprises a magnetic shield, an optical magnetometer shielded from external magnetic fields by the magnetic shield, a conductive coil proximate to the optical magnetometer, and first and second electrodes coupled to opposite ends of the coil. The electrodes are disposed outside of the magnetic shield. The conductive coil generates a magnetic field within the optical magnetometer when electrical current passes through the conductive coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Satyan Gopal Bhongale, Tasneem Mandviwala, Etienne Samson
  • Patent number: 10287857
    Abstract: A method of solving a optimization problem is described. The method includes creating an initial model having a plurality of wells, each well being associated with a parameter and dividing the well field into first and second regions, the first region including a first subset of the plurality of wells and the second region including a second subset of the plurality of wells. The method also includes solving for the parameters associated with the wells in the first subset to get a first set of values while holding constant the parameters associated with the wells in the second subset, setting the parameters associated with the wells in the first subset to the first set of values, and solving for the parameters associated with the wells in the second subset to get a second set of values while holding constant the parameters associated with the wells in the first subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sheldon Gorell
  • Patent number: 10288463
    Abstract: A method and system for evaluating both fluid type and fluid flow downhole by applying thermal energy in a flow of the fluid, and monitoring downstream temperature over time to generate a temperature profile. The type of fluid being evaluated can be determined by comparing the measured temperature profile to profiles over time of known fluids because these profiles depend upon these fluids' thermal diffusivities and flow rates. Further, stratified flow in a deviated wellbore can be analyzed by conducting the fluid evaluation at different radial locations in the flow stream so that the presence of water, liquid hydrocarbons, and gas can be identified. The system can include a pivoting arm that selectively spans the wellbore diameter, and which includes multiple thermal sources, each with corresponding thermal sensor, that are spaced along the arm. A frame can be provided for each of the sources and sensors, which is automatically self-oriented along the direction of fluid flow like a weather vane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Rocco DiFoggio
  • Patent number: 10240413
    Abstract: Comparative image analysis is utilized to determine the flow rate of fluids, such as, for example, drilling fluid, completion fluid or hydrocarbons. As fluid flows through a conduit or open trough, a flow rate measurement device illuminates the surface of the fluid. Images of common surface features are then acquired at some time interval. Thereafter, the displacement of the common surface features in the images is analyzed to determine the flow rate of the fluid. Thus, non-contact flow rate measurements of opaque and non-opaque fluids are obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Liang Zhao, Michael L. Fripp, Thomas J. Frosell, Zachary R. Murphree
  • Patent number: 10233704
    Abstract: A tubular handling system and method, of which the tubular handling system includes a power tong configured to engage and rotate an add-on tubular by applying a torque thereto, the power tong defining a central opening configured to receive the add-on tubular therethrough, a spider disposed at a rig floor, the spider being configured to support a tubular string, a lifting assembly coupled with the power tong and configured to move the power tong vertically with respect to the tubular string and the spider, and a torque-measuring device configured to measure a reactionary torque transmitted from the power tong to the lifting assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: FRANK'S INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Vernon Bouligny, Jeremy R. Angelle, Robert L. Thibodeaux, Travis Lambert, Timothy Bernard
  • Patent number: 10233730
    Abstract: An assembly may include a diverter extending inwardly from a casing string and extending along a length of the casing string. The assembly may also include a cavity defined by the diverter and the casing string. The cavity may be for receiving debris particles accumulated by a centrifuge positioned proximate to the diverter. The assembly may also include a valve extending between an inner surface of the casing string and an outer surface of the casing string, the valve may be in fluid communication with the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Gao, Nicholas Budler, Linda Xin
  • Patent number: 10233749
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for developing a hydrocarbon reservoir including determining properties of a well including a wellbore extending into a tested layer of a multi-layer hydrocarbon reservoir including a barrier located between the tested layer and an adjacent layer of the multi-layer hydrocarbon reservoir, determining a point in time at which a value of a rate of influx of production fluid across the barrier from the adjacent layer and into the tested layer corresponds to a production contribution tolerance value for the well, determining a derivative of a profile of pressure in the targeted layer as a function of radial distance from the wellbore of the well at the point in time, and determining a drainage radius for the well corresponding to the derivative of the profile of pressure in the targeted layer and a pressure derivative tolerance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Noor M. Anisur Rahman, Saud A. Bin Akresh
  • Patent number: 10221681
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for monitoring steam injection in a steam assisted well are disclosed. The method involves obtaining a first temperature profile of a well by performing distributed temperature sensing on a first fiber optic. The method also obtains a second temperature profile of the well by interrogating a second fiber optic to provide distributed sensing of temperature variations. Interrogating the second fiber optic comprises repeatedly launching interrogations of one or more pulses of coherent radiation into said second fiber optic, detecting any radiation which is Rayleigh backscattered from each interrogation and analyzing the detected backscattered radiation to detect any variation between interrogations due to temperature variation. The method combines said first and second temperature profiles to provide a steam injection profile. The method may also involve determining an acoustic profile of the well through distributed acoustic sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: OPTASENSE HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Magnus McEwen-King, David Hill
  • Patent number: 10214683
    Abstract: A method for producing hydrocarbons within a reservoir includes (a) injecting an aqueous solution into the reservoir. The aqueous solution includes water and a thermally activated chemical species. The thermally activated chemical species is urea, a urea derivative, or a carbamate. The thermally activated chemical agent is thermally activated at or above a threshold temperature less than 200 C. In addition, the method includes (b) thermally activating the thermally activated chemical species in the aqueous solution during or after (a) at a temperature equal to or greater than the threshold temperature to produce carbon-dioxide and at least one of ammonia, amine, and alkanolamine within the reservoir. Further, the method includes (c) increasing the water wettability of the subterranean formation in response to the thermally activation in (b). Still further, the method includes (d) waterflooding the reservoir with water after (a), (b) and (c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc
    Inventors: James Neil, Spencer Taylor, Huang Zeng, Allan Peats, Giovanna Boccardo, John V. Bullen, Ian Ralph Collins, Andrew Rees
  • Patent number: 10215829
    Abstract: A method to process information from a wellbore tool is disclosed having steps of placing a wellbore nuclear magnetic resonance tool in a wellbore to a scan a geological formation, activating the nuclear magnetic resonance tool to send signals to and receive signals from the geological formation, acquiring the received signals from the geological formation wherein the received signals have an echo shape, storing the echo shape according to at least one of a quadrature phase and a nominal signal phase, computing an echo shape from all of the received signals, determining a presence of a noise from the received signals, defining a noise filter based upon the received signals from the nuclear magnetic resonance tool and using the filter to remove noise from the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nicholas Heaton
  • Patent number: 10215014
    Abstract: Systems and methods for assessing geometric fractures parameters in a subsurface formation are disclosed. A first pressure signal and a second pressure signal in a first (observation) wellbore in the subsurface formation may be assessed using a pressure sensor in direct fluid communication with a fluid in the first wellbore. The fluid in the first wellbore may be in direct fluid communication with at least a first fracture in the subsurface formation. The first pressure signal may include a pressure change that is induced by a second fracture being formed from a second (stimulation) wellbore in the subsurface formation. The second pressure signal may include a pressure change that is induced by a third fracture being formed from the second wellbore. One or more geometric parameters of the second and third fractures may be assessed using the first pressure signal and the second pressure signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Reveal Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Dawson, Günther Kampfer, Lukas Mosser
  • Patent number: 10215004
    Abstract: A plunger device for a hydrocarbon wellbore is provided that has replaceable modular components that allow the function of the plunger device to be altered. Concentric sleeves and short sleeves may be selectively disposed about a chassis of the plunger device. One or more short sleeves may be removed to expose an entrance aperture which allows fluid flow to enter an interior volume of the chassis and pass through an exit aperture in the chassis. This configuration allows the plunger to descend down a bore hole more rapidly. However, a well operator may determine that it is advantageous to keep the short sleeve on the chassis to block the entrance aperture. Thus, the weight of the plunger overcomes the pressure in the borehole, and the plunger descends more slowly down the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Barry Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10208568
    Abstract: A downhole tool in accordance to aspects of the disclosure includes a housing forming a bore to convey a wellbore fluid, an actuating piston moveably disposed in a cylinder located in the housing adjacent to the bore and a barrier fluid isolating the actuating piston from the bore. The downhole tool may include a compensator piston in communication with the barrier fluid and the bore that is moveable to balance the pressure between the barrier fluid and the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven Nicholas Hill, Geoffrey Pinard, Megan Laura Buchheit
  • Patent number: 10190392
    Abstract: An automated landfill gas wellhead monitoring and control system includes a field monitoring and control system (FMCS) that receives landfill gas condition data and that controls an automated gas control valve on a wellhead as a function thereof. A remote monitoring control system (RMCS) is in communication with the FMCS and provides other data obtained from sources outside of the landfill. This additional data is used by the FMCS to control the gas control valve and the system provides a preventative configuration based on a predicted condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: OptiRTC, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Bachus, Marcus Quigley
  • Patent number: 10191168
    Abstract: Generating spectrally enhanced seismic data expresses seismic data as a convolution of reflectivity and a seismic source wavelet. This seismic source wavelet varies over a sampling interval and defining a total amount of energy over the sampling interval. An enhanced seismic source wavelet that is a single-valued energy spike that yields the total amount of energy over the sampling interval is generated. In addition, the reflectivity is modified to preserve amplitude variation with angle. The reflectivity is convoluted with the enhanced seismic source wavelet and residual energy is added to the convolution to generate the spectrally enhanced seismic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Can Peng, Arash Jafargandomi, Henning Hoeber, James Cooper, Gordon Poole
  • Patent number: 10180057
    Abstract: Crossflow between two adjacent reservoir layers through leaky cement sheaths in offset wells during transient-pressure tests in one of the two reservoir layers is diagnosed and quantified. The obtained measures are determined based on individual well and layer properties. The pressure drawdown in the reservoir layer in which pressure transient testing is being performed is measured as a function of time. The longitudinal conductivity of a leaky cement sheath in an offset well and the pressure drawdown in the tested reservoir layer simultaneously control the crossflow rate to the tested reservoir layer from the adjacent reservoir layer at a given time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Noor M. Anisur Rahman, Hasan A. Nooruddin
  • Patent number: 10174607
    Abstract: Systems and methods of automatically tracking the utilization of a piece of wellbore servicing equipment are disclosed. The system includes an identification tag coupled to the wellbore servicing equipment. The system further includes one or more identification antennas located in close proximity to the identification tag and one or more identification tag readers for receiving one or more signals from the one or more identification antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley V. Stephenson, David M. Stribling, Stephen Crain
  • Patent number: 10168956
    Abstract: Provided are a computer program product, system, and method for correcting overlapping data sets in a volume. A determination is made of overlapping data sets in a first volume that are assigned a same data unit. The data sets in the first volume that are not assigned a same data unit are copied to a second volume. The same data unit is processed to determine one of the overlapping data sets for which the same data unit is intended and copied to the determined overlapping data set in the second volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harold S. Huber, Joseph V. Malinowski, David C. Reed, Max D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10161239
    Abstract: Systems and methods for the advance, real-time and/or post-event evaluation of inaccessible passive pressure containment barriers using an iterative process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Earl Sweatman, Robert Franklin Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10155230
    Abstract: A flow apparatus for a separation apparatus for separating solids from a solids laden drilling fluid includes a feed conduit for feeding solids laden drilling fluid to the separation apparatus, a liquid discharge conduit for conveying a liquid phase discharge from the separation apparatus, and a solids discharge port for allowing discharge of solids phase from the separation apparatus. Also included is a parameter measuring apparatus connected to the feed conduit and the liquid discharge conduit for measuring at least one parameter of at least one of the solids laden drilling fluid and the liquid phase discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L.P.
    Inventor: Lyndon Ray Stone
  • Patent number: 10151194
    Abstract: A system and method for producing fluid from a subterranean wellbore that includes an electrical submersible pump (“ESP”) system and a receptacle. The ESP system is landed in the receptacle while sensing the presence of the ESP system with respect to the receptacle. The ESP system includes a motor, a pump, a monitoring sub, and a stinger on the lower end of the pump. A sensor on the receptacle detects the position of the stinger within the receptacle, and provides an indication that the stinger has inserted a designated length into the receptacle so that a fluid tight seal is formed between the stinger and receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian A. Roth, Jinjiang Xiao
  • Patent number: 10151186
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for triggering an exothermic reaction of an exothermic reaction component. A method includes the steps of mixing the exothermic reaction component in an aqueous solution to achieve a pre-selected solution pH, where the aqueous solution operably delays triggering of the exothermic reaction upon reaching a pre-determined temperature of a hydrocarbon-bearing formation; disposing the exothermic reaction component within the hydrocarbon-bearing formation; applying microwaves to the exothermic reaction component, where the microwaves are operable to trigger the exothermic reaction of the exothermic reaction component; and generating heat and gas in situ by the exothermic reaction to increase pressure and temperature of the hydrocarbon-bearing formation proximate the exothermic reaction component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Ayman R. Al-Nakhli
  • Patent number: 10145240
    Abstract: A downhole formation fluid sampler. The sampler includes at least one sampling chamber having an internal fluid chamber, a fluid inlet operable to receive a formation fluid and a fluid outlet. An inflatable bag is disposed within the internal fluid chamber. The inflatable bag is operably associated with the fluid inlet. A fluid cushion is disposed within the internal fluid chamber exterior of the inflatable bag such that filling the inflatable bag with the formation fluid through the fluid inlet displaces the fluid cushion from the internal fluid chamber through the fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Wesley Neil Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10138724
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring, diagnosing and optimizing operation of a gas lift (GL) system, at least some of which include a method that includes collecting measured data representative of the GL system's state, storing the measured data, comparing the measured data to a well model's calculated data for the well and identifying likely conditions of the GL system based on mismatches between the measured data and the calculated data. The method further includes updating the model to reflect the likely conditions and selected corrections of the likely conditions, generating GL system performance curves using the updated model and presenting to a user actions recommended to achieve a GL system performance consistent with a GL system operating point on at least one of the GL system performance curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Maiquel Manuel Querales, Miguel Villamizar, Gustavo Carvajal, Rama Krishna Vellanki, Giuseppe Moricca, Alvin Stanley Cullick, Jose Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10132143
    Abstract: A system for deploying and powering an electric submersible pump within a subterranean well. The system includes a tubing string having a wall forming a hollow interior, one end of the tubing string connected to the electric submersible pump; a flowable conductive material at least partially filling the hollow interior of the tubing string, the flowable conductive material forming a first conductive path; and a second conductive path, wherein the first conductive path and the second conductive path form a circuit for supplying power to the electric submersible pump. A method for deploying and powering an electric submersible pump within a subterranean well is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Michael C. Romer, William A. Symington, Randy C. Tolman
  • Patent number: 10125546
    Abstract: Various embodiments include apparatus and methods to generate geosignal responses. Geosignal responses may be generated that include a representation of a determination of variation between a XX coupling component and a YY coupling component from acquired signals. Such geosignals may be used to 5 address a blindspot problem suffered in conventional geosteering in a drilling condition where the logging tool is located at layered formations with symmetric resistivity profiles. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsu-Hsiang Wu, Burkay Donderici
  • Patent number: 10125602
    Abstract: An integrated and rigless method of determining the location and the type of damage in casing or tubing of a wellbore that involves recording a thickness profile of the casing or tubing, a temperature log, and a noise log along the depth of the wellbore, followed by locating the damage from the thickness profile, and determining the type of damage from the temperature log and the noise log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Ali Musa Al-Hussain, M. Enamul Hossain
  • Patent number: 10120102
    Abstract: A fluid sensor cable assembly and method uses one or more conductive bodies extending along an elongated core body for conducting a heating current to heat the cable assembly. The one or more conductive bodies also are configured to conduct an interrogation signal and to conduct reflections of the interrogation signal. One or more optical fibers extend along the length of the core body and include temperature sensitive elements at different locations along the length of the core body. The temperature sensitive elements measure heat flux out of the cable assembly at the different locations subsequent to heating the cable assembly and communicate the heat flux to a computer acquisition system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Loucas Tsakalakos, Slawomir Rubinsztajn, Renato Guida, Mahadevan Balasubramaniam, Boon Kwee Lee, Brian Magann Rush, Faisal Razi Ahmad, Sudeep Mandal, David Sirda Shanks
  • Patent number: 10120097
    Abstract: A method of determining a concentration of hydrogen sulfide in a fluid comprises exposing a sensor to the fluid, the sensor comprising a pair of electrodes defining a gap therebetween and a sensing material bridging the gap between the electrodes, measuring a value of an electrical parameter of the sensor at an applied frequency of greater than about 10 kHz and a voltage of less than about 1.0 volt when the sensor is exposed to the fluid, and determining the concentration of hydrogen sulfide in the fluid based at least in part on the measured value of the electrical parameter. Related apparatuses and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Othon Do Rego Monteiro, Devesh Kumar Agrawal, Sankaran Murugesan
  • Patent number: 10113410
    Abstract: A well integrity monitoring system may include one or more sensing elements that are configured to generate feedback indicative of an integrity of a well. The one or more sensing elements may be disposed in at least one annulus of wellhead assembly. Additionally, the well integrity monitoring system may include a controller coupled to the wellhead assembly. The controller may be configured to wirelessly determine the feedback from the one or more sensing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: ONESUBSEA IP UK LIMITED
    Inventors: James Ernest Stephens, Aleksander Pawel Cywinski
  • Patent number: 10107935
    Abstract: Wellbore treatment compositions comprising non-radioactive tracer materials and methods for using the non-radioactive tracer materials to determine the location of treatment fluids within a subterranean formation are provided herein. A method comprising introducing a treatment fluid comprising a non-radioactive tracer material into a subterranean formation; exposing a portion of the subterranean formation to neutrons from a neutron source to activate the non-radioactive tracer material in the portion of the subterranean formation; and detecting gamma rays emitted by the activated tracer material in the portion of the subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Quintilio Vasquez, Julio Estuardo Vasquez
  • Patent number: 10106732
    Abstract: Electrically conductive proppant particles having non-uniform electrically conductive coatings are disclosed. The non-uniform electrically conductive coatings can have a thickness of at least about 10 nm formed on an outer surface of a sintered, substantially round and spherical particle, wherein less than 95% of the outer surface of the sintered, substantially round and spherical particle is coated with the electrically conductive material. Methods for making and using such electrically conductive proppant particles having non-uniform electrically conductive coatings are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: CARBO CERAMICS INC.
    Inventors: Chad Cannan, Lewis Bartel, Todd Roper
  • Patent number: 10100608
    Abstract: A wireless actuation system comprises a transmitter, an actuation system comprising a receiving antenna, and one or more sliding members transitional from a first position to a second position. The transmitter is configured to transmit an electromagnetic signal, and the sliding member prevents a route of fluid communication via one or more ports of a housing when the sliding member is in the first position. The sliding member allows fluid communication via the one or more ports of the housing when the sliding member is in the second position, and the actuation system is configured to allow the sliding member to transition from the first position to the second position in response to recognition of the electromagnetic signal by the receiving antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Fripp, Aaron J. Bonner
  • Patent number: 10100634
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating information relating to at least one wellbore condition across a surface cement plug in a plugged off wellbore. Induction telemetry or galvanic telemetry are used to transmit electromagnetic signals across the axial length of a surface cement plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Partha Ganguly, Sushant M. Dutta, Douglas J. Lehr, Bennett Richard, Michael H. Johnson, John D. Macpherson
  • Patent number: 10100601
    Abstract: A downhole assembly includes an isolation tool disposable downhole of a perforation gun. The isolation tool includes a tubular body having a seat, and an occluding device supported on the tubular body in an unseated position, and movable to a seated position on the seat in response to at least one of a firing operation of the perforation gun and a selected fluid velocity through the isolation tool. Fluid communication through the isolation tool is allowed in uphole and downhole directions in the unseated position of the occluding device, and blocked in the downhole direction in the seated position of the occluding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: James G. King, William Aaron Burton
  • Patent number: 10088597
    Abstract: Various implementations directed to determining a phase behavior of a reservoir fluid are provided. In one implementation, a method may include receiving a plurality of predetermined pore size data, a plurality of predetermined bulk fluid data, and a plurality of predetermined kerogen data that are based on historical data for a plurality of hydrocarbon reservoirs. The method may also include creating a library of a plurality of simulated phase behavior data for the predetermined pore size data, the predetermined bulk fluid data, and the predetermined kerogen data. The method may further include determining a phase behavior of a reservoir fluid disposed in an actual hydrocarbon reservoir using the library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Raphael Altman, Mikhail Stukan, Andrew E. Pomerantz, Albina Mutina
  • Patent number: 10077646
    Abstract: A system includes a downhole rotary separator located within the well formation and configured to generate a hydrocarbon rich stream and a first water stream from a well fluid obtained from a production zone. The system also includes an electrical submersible pump disposed within the well formation and operatively coupled to the downhole rotary separator, wherein the electrical submersible pump is configured to transfer the hydrocarbon rich stream to a surface of the earth. The system further includes a surface separator located on the surface of earth and operatively coupled to generate oil and a second water stream from the hydrocarbon rich stream. The system also includes a hydraulic motor disposed within the well formation and operatively coupled to the downhole rotary separator, wherein the hydraulic motor is configured to drive the downhole rotary separator using a drive fluid comprising the hydrocarbon rich stream or the second water stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mahendra L Joshi, Xuele Qi, Raymond Patrick Murphy, Stewart Blake Brazil, Haifeng Jiang, Dewey Lavonne Parkey, Victor Jose Acacio
  • Patent number: 10067973
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for collection and analysis of oil rig activity is described. The method includes collecting wellsite data from a plurality of sources, including real-time data sources and macroscopic reports. In certain embodiments, the collected data may be standardized based on templates specifying data format and presentation. Additionally, the data may be automatically corrected by using data error lists that identify algorithms for diagnosing and correcting errors in the data. Data collected from multiple sources may be time-aligned so that data from different sources may be correlated together by time. In certain embodiments, time aligning the data may include adjusting manually-logged timestamps for events in macroscopic reports based on real-time data. In this way, heterogeneous data from a plurality of sources may be homogenized. Optionally, the homogenized data may be used as inputs for wellsite data analysis or to produce various types of quality reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: James W. Moore
  • Patent number: 10066473
    Abstract: The monitoring and control system is configured to obtain a hook load data at predetermined time intervals, and determine variation of hook load between the predetermined time intervals using the hook load data obtained. The monitoring and control system further determines a slip status of a drill string corresponding to each of the variation of hook load. The slip status is determined by comparing each of the variation of hook load with a threshold value of noise. The threshold value of noise is determined based on predetermined parameters of the drill string. The slip status of the drill string corresponding to each of the variation of hook load may be verified based on one or more predetermined conditions. The slip status of the drill string corresponding to each of the variation of hook load may be corrected by adjusting predetermined parameters, based on verification of one or more predetermined conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventor: Sunil Kumar Khare
  • Patent number: 10053938
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and apparatus for collecting and preserving core samples from a reservoir. In some embodiments, a method includes obtaining core samples from a reservoir using a rock and fluid sampling tool and depositing the core samples in a vessel filled with a hydrogen-free fluid such that a portion of the hydrogen-free fluid is displaced by the core samples and the core samples are immersed in the hydrogen-free fluid. The method also includes transferring a gas into the vessel to occupy a space in the vessel and sealing the vessel via a cap on an end of the vessel. Methods of analyzing the core samples core samples collected from a reservoir and a rock and fluid sampling tool are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Anuj Gupta, Daniel T. Georgi, Katherine L. Hull
  • Patent number: 10036242
    Abstract: Fluid densities can be monitored in real-time in a wellbore, such as during downhole stimulation operations, using an acoustic pressure-sensing system. The measured acoustic signal can be used to determine pressure fluctuations of a fluid in non-laminar flow. An estimated density of the fluid can be calculated based on the pressure fluctuations of the fluid and a known flow rate of the fluid. The flow rate of the fluid can be known, such as when being held constant by surface equipment or when measured at the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Lee Stokely, Neal Gregory Skinner
  • Patent number: 10030509
    Abstract: An apparatus for communicating optical signals between an external device located on a first side of a wellbore barrier and a downhole device located on a second side of the well bore barrier includes a first wireless node which is positioned on the first side of the well bore barrier and is in communication with the external device via a first cable. A second wireless node is positioned on the second side of the well bore barrier and is in communication with the downhole device via a second cable. The first and second wireless nodes are configured to communicate wirelessly through the well bore barrier using near field magnetic induction (NFMI) communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Mulholland, Gabriel Silva, David Kane, Daniel McStay
  • Patent number: 10001007
    Abstract: A logging apparatus for use in a well can include at least one sensor that senses a well parameter, at least one buoyancy control device, and the logging apparatus extending helically between opposite ends of the logging apparatus. A method of logging in a subterranean well can include installing at least one logging apparatus in the well, and the logging apparatus helically displacing in the well as a sensor of the logging apparatus senses a well parameter. A well system can include at least one logging apparatus disposed in a wellbore, the logging apparatus including multiple segments, the segments including at least one buoyancy control device and at least one sensor that senses a well parameter, and the segments being helically arranged in the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Pelletier, David L. Perkins