With Indicating, Testing, Measuring Or Locating Patents (Class 166/250.01)
  • Patent number: 10890063
    Abstract: A method includes deploying a tool in a well. The method also includes providing a conductive path with a segmentation module in the well. The method also includes conveying power and telemetry signals from a surface or uphole interface to the tool via the conductive path, where conveying the power and telemetry signals includes the segmentation module decoupling and later coupling power and telemetry signals conveyed along the conductive path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohan Gunasekaran, Pranay Asthana, Paul Gregory James
  • Patent number: 10865632
    Abstract: Apparatus and method of sensing tension downhole, such as a tension sensing tool for coupling between opposing first and second portions of a tool string conveyable within a wellbore. The tension sensing tool may include a tension-bearing member, a load cell connected along the tension-bearing member and operable to generate information indicative of tension applied to the tension sensing tool, and electronic equipment communicatively connected with the load cell. The electronic equipment may be operable to record the information generated by the load cell and/or transmit the information generated by the load cell to a wellsite surface from which the wellbore extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Impact Selector International, LLC
    Inventor: Edward Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10858936
    Abstract: Techniques for determining geologic formation permeability include determining particular permeability values from an NMR log permeability data and particular permeability values of the core permeability measurements; determining a selected NMR permeability transform that includes inputs including the determined particular permeability values; minimizing a cost function to optimize the selected NMR permeability transform; calculating new permeability values for the wellbore between the terranean surface and a true vertical depth of the wellbore with the optimized NMR permeability transform; comparing the calculated new permeability values at particular depths between the terranean surface and the true vertical depth that match depths of the core permeability measurements; based on the comparison meeting a particular threshold, generating a user interface that renders one or more graphical representations of the optimized NMR permeability transform and the calculated new permeability values; and transmitting d
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Jin-Hong Chen, Stacey M. Althaus, Hui-Hai Liu
  • Patent number: 10858934
    Abstract: A device for measuring a parameter of interest downhole, includes a downhole component configured to be disposed in a borehole formed in an earth formation, and at least one module configured to be removably connected to the downhole component. The at least one module at least partially encloses a sensor configured to measure the parameter of interest. The at least one module at least partially encloses a communication device for wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Volker Peters, Marion Fischer
  • Patent number: 10851648
    Abstract: A suspended fluid sampling and monitoring system includes a BOP, the BOP attached to a wellhead. The BOP is positioned above a wellbore. The suspended fluid sampling and monitoring system further includes a TEC, the TEC connected to a sensor package. The TEC and sensor package extend through the BOP into the wellbore. The suspended fluid sampling and monitoring system also includes a fluid sample line, the fluid sample line extending through the BOP into the wellbore. The suspended fluid sampling and monitoring system also includes a fluid sample intake and filtration device, the fluid sample intake and filtration device mechanically coupled to the fluid sample line within the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: GAS SENSING TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventor: Michael Siefert
  • Patent number: 10822914
    Abstract: A diverter for obstructing and temporarily sealing a perforation in a well casing in a subterranean formation during hydraulic fracturing. The diverter comprises an outer surface and circuitry within the outer surface for determining a pressure proximate the diverter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Zipfrac LLC
    Inventor: Frederic D. Sewell
  • Patent number: 10822943
    Abstract: A system and methods for providing optical, downhole data communication without requiring a light source in the downhole tool is disclosed. A carrier signal generated at the surface is sent to the downhole tool using an optical fiber. An optical modulator of the downhole tool uses data signals from a sensor to modulate the carrier signal based on the data signals. The modulated signal is transmitted to one or more optical receivers. The optical modulator can be coupled to the one or more optical receivers through the same optical fiber as the carrier signal generator, or one or more additional optical fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Tilghman, Oladeji B. Akanbi
  • Patent number: 10808492
    Abstract: A downhole tool has a setting cone including a body having an outer surface having a first end, a second end. At least a portion of the body includes a taper at the second end. A passage extends through the body. The passage includes a first portion having a first diameter and a second portion having a second diameter that is less than the first diameter. An anchor is arranged at the second end of the setting cone. The anchor includes a central passage that aligns with the passage through the setting cone. A mandrel extends through the passage of the setting cone and the central passage of the anchor. The mandrel includes a first end portion, a second end portion and an intermediate section. A conduit extends from the first end portion toward the second end portion. A portion of the conduit defines an actuation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Hern, Kent Meyer
  • Patent number: 10794157
    Abstract: A method, a device and a system for activating a running/setting tool are provided. The method includes: 1) detecting a wellbore condition at the running tool, 2) based on a signal from surface equipment received at the running tool, initiating an isolation of pressure below the running tool from pressure above the running tool, and 3) if the signal is not received at the running tool, initiating the isolation of pressure below the running tool from the above at a predefined time based on the wellbore condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Allen Kohn, Emile Edmund Sevadjian, Irvine Cardno Brown, Michael John Christie, Michael Adam Reid
  • Patent number: 10787877
    Abstract: the present invention relates to a blowout preventer system comprising, a lower blowout preventer (BOP) stack comprising a number of hydraulic components, and a lower marine riser package (LMRP) comprising a first control pod and a second control pod adapted to provide, during use, redundant control of hydraulic components of the lower blowout preventer stack where the first and the second control pods are adapted to being connected, during use, to a surface control system and to be controlled, during use, by the surface control system, wherein the blowout preventer system further comprises at least one additional control pod connected to at least one additional surface control system and to be controlled, during use, by the additional surface control system. In this way, an improved blowout preventer system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: MAERSK DRILLING A/S
    Inventors: John Pedersen, Michal Bury, Kenneth Cameron Murphy
  • Patent number: 10760390
    Abstract: Methods for servicing a hydrocarbon well using natural gas are provided. The method can include preparing a working fluid comprising about 5 vol % to about 100 vol % of natural gas. A quantity of the natural gas in the working fluid can be sufficient to form a heterogeneous phase well servicing mixture of a gaseous phase natural gas and a solid or liquid phase recovery target material under specified well intervention conditions. During the well servicing operation and under the specified well intervention conditions, the working fluid can be injected into the well and mixing the working fluid with the recovery target material in the well to form the heterogeneous phase well servicing mixture. The natural gas can be in a gas phase and can serve as a carrier fluid for the recovery target material. At least a portion of the heterogeneous phase well servicing mixture can be recovered at surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Grant W. Nevison
  • Patent number: 10753152
    Abstract: A rotor catch assembly includes a rotor catch housing and a rotor catch stem. The rotor catch housing is tubular and includes a landing ring formed on an inner surface thereof. The rotor catch stem is tubular and includes an annular landing flange about the rotor catch stem. The landing flange is positioned within the bore of the rotor catch housing above the landing ring. The interior of the rotor catch stem defines a rotor catch stem bore, which is coupled to the bore of the rotor catch housing below the landing ring by a rotor catch nozzle. The rotor catch stem includes a piston assembly, burst disk assembly, or nozzle assembly positioned to reduce or stop flow through the rotor catch stem bore through the rotor catch nozzle until the landing flange of the rotor catch stem lands on the landing ring of the rotor catch housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: TURBO DRILL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sheldon Ritchie, Chad Feddema
  • Patent number: 10724340
    Abstract: Downhole tools, methods, and systems related thereto. An example downhole tool includes a body comprising a degradable core and a chelating agent or a chelating agent/scale inhibitor mixture integrated therein. The chelating agent and scale inhibitors help to direct and control the degradation of the degradable core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Linley Fripp, Zachary William Walton, Aaron Beuterbaugh, Enrique Reyes
  • Patent number: 10724362
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems are described herein for transmission of measurement while drilling (MWD) data from a MWD tool to a receiver. Such apparatuses, methods, and systems may modify MWD data to allow for transmission of the modified MWD data in a manner that conserves electrical power of the MWD tool. For example, the MWD data can be modified to allow for effectively slower transmission of the data while adhering to existing transmission settings. Furthermore, a MWD tool can communicate data to modify transmission settings between the MWD tool and a rig controller. The rig controller can then adjust settings of the rig and transmit corresponding communications to the MWD tool to modify settings of the MWD tool. Such techniques allow for MWD data to be conveyed in an electrically efficient manner, reducing maintenance and recharging requirements of the MWD tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES USA, INC.
    Inventors: Bosko Gajic, Keith Batke
  • Patent number: 10718204
    Abstract: Given a number of temperature measurements, such as from a Distributed Temperature Sensing System (DTS), at various depths in a wellbore, a derivative of temperature with respect to depth can be calculated. A fluid boundary can then be identified where the depths below the boundary corresponds to the presence of fluid and a low fluctuation regime in the derivative of temperature with respect to depth, and the depths above the boundary correspond to the absence of fluid and a high fluctuation regime in the derivative of temperature with respect to depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Hongyan Duan, Mikko Jaaskelainen
  • Patent number: 10711591
    Abstract: An umbilical having a plurality of sensors (single, multi-component, or distributed) disposed in a sealed encapsulant, optionally with “accessories” or connectors at the ends, and the methods or manufacturing and deploying such an umbilical for seismic imaging in geological formations and other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Audrius Berzanskis, Matthew T Begg, Larry Allan Walter, Scott Michael John Taylor
  • Patent number: 10704347
    Abstract: A system for analyzing gas extracted from drilling fluid is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a gas extractor having a gas extraction chamber within a gas extractor housing and a gas outlet for gas separating from the drilling fluid within the gas extraction chamber. Further, the system includes a gas analyzer, which has an optical analyzer and an optical source that are situated outside of the gas extractor. A gas analysis zone is in fluid communication with the gas extraction chamber and is optically connected via at least one fiber optic cable to the optical source and the optical analyzer. Additional methods, systems, and devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Nassim Bentamy, Paul Bertrand, Mahdi Ammar
  • Patent number: 10699822
    Abstract: The present disclosure introduces apparatus and related methods pertaining to a first electrical power cable, a second electrical power cable, and a set of breakers. The first and second electrical power cables each extend a variable distance between a static system at a wellsite and a movable system at the wellsite. The breakers are operable to select either of the first and second electrical power cables to couple electrical power from a stationary electrical power source at the static system to a load at the movable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jacques Orban, Joe Rodney Berry, Joseph Hope
  • Patent number: 10689958
    Abstract: An exemplary method of the present disclosure includes causing, by a processing system proximate to the wellbore, injection of the lift gas into the wellbore at a first gas injection rate; obtaining, by the processing system, a first indication of a parameter associated with the wellbore, an arrival of a first fluid at a wellhead associated with the wellbore, or a composition of the first fluid; determining, by the processing system and based on the first indication, at least one of: a second gas injection rate of the intermittent gas lift system, a first period to inject the lift gas with the intermittent gas lift system, or a second period, subsequent to the first period, with no injection of the lift gas by the intermittent gas lift system; and operating, by the processing system, the intermittent gas lift system according to the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Moffett, Ashish Rakhit, Stephen Long, Michael S. Juenke, Stephen E. Cannon
  • Patent number: 10669817
    Abstract: A well telemetry system supplies power to downhole sensor nodes employed for obtaining telemetry data in oil wells. The nodes are held in the cement that lines the well and surround the casing. At the surface, an AC power unit is connected to the casing and geological structure that surrounds the cement. Power to nodes is supplied using an AC resonant circuit that generates standing waves of electrical power on the casing. Power from the standing waves is delivered to the nodes which are located at antinodes of the standing wave. The nodes are held in cement that surround the casing, with one of their two electrodes connected to the casing and the other connected to the cement or to geological structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley Shanfield, Adam J. Greenbaum, Mark Prestero
  • Patent number: 10669810
    Abstract: An example system includes a casing for insertion into a wellbore that includes one or more inflow control devices (ICDs). The ICDs may be disposed along the casing string to control the inflow of water into the wellbore. The system may include one or more controllers, each of which may be associated with an ICD. The controllers may be configured to receive a radio frequency identification (RFID) and to determine whether the associated ICD is a target for the RFID. A target ICD may be an ICD associated with a water cut zone. If the ICD is the target for the RFID, the controller is configured to control the ICD to open or close, thereby controlling the inflow of water. If the ICD is not the target for the RFID, the controller is configured to repeat the RFID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Peter Ido Egbe, Fawaz Musaad AlShuraim
  • Patent number: 10669837
    Abstract: A technique includes inducing a distributed temperature change along a portion of a wellbore and measuring a time varying temperature along the portion of the wellbore due to the induced change. The technique includes determining a distributed flow rate in the portion based at least in part on the measured time varying temperature before the temperature reaches equilibrium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Lovell, Valery Shako
  • Patent number: 10655443
    Abstract: Fracturing a reservoir includes providing a pad fluid to the reservoir via a wellbore in a well to create fractures in the reservoir, providing a fracturing fluid to the fractures via the wellbore, providing a geopolymer precursor fluid to the fractures via the wellbore, shutting in the wellbore at a wellbore pressure, thereby allowing the geopolymer precursor fluid to harden and form geopolymer proppant pillars in the fractures. Providing the geopolymer precursor fluid to the fractures includes pulsing quantities of the geopolymer precursor fluid into a continuous flow of the fracturing fluid or alternately pulsing quantities of the geopolymer precursor fluid and the fracturing fluid. An elapsed time between pulsing the quantities of the geopolymer precursor fluid is between 2 seconds and 20 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ahmed M. Gomaa, Khalid R. Alnoaimi, Ghaithan A. Al-Muntasheri
  • Patent number: 10656342
    Abstract: An optical wireless rotary joint can include a first optical device and a second optical device. The first optical device can be coupled to a rotatable component for rotating with the rotatable component. The second optical device can be physically separated from the first optical device. The second optical device can be coupled to a stationary component for communicating data with the first optical device using an optical signal. The first optical device or the second optical device can include an optical transmitter for transmitting the optical signal based on the data. The other of the first optical device or the second optical device can include an optical receiver for generating a new signal in response to detecting the optical signal transmitted by the optical transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kevin Sipple
  • Patent number: 10641723
    Abstract: This disclosure provides a method and device for detecting the damage rate of an inner coating of a downhole oil casing. The method includes filling the oil casing with electrolyte, obtaining the well depth-detection current on a discharge electrode in a process of moving the discharge electrode from one end of the oil casing to the other end of the oil casing, and determining a well depth-damage rate state of the inner coating of the oil casing according to the well depth-detection current. This application can realize quantitative judgment for the damage rate of an inner coating of a downhole oil casing, resulting in rapid in detection speed, convenient and safe in operation, and low detection cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: PetroChina Company Limited
    Inventors: Qiongwei Li, Bihai Cheng, Zewei Tang, Jianqiang Xue, Caili Fu, Huili Yang, Zhiwu He, Lihua Yang, Xinzhu Zhang, Yulai Sun
  • Patent number: 10641079
    Abstract: In some aspects, a method includes imaging a casing, completed wellbore, or open wellbore. An integrity problem is with the casing, completed wellbore, or open wellbore is determined based on the imaging. A placement zone for a filler, a filler amount, and filler parameters for the integrity problem is determined. The filler in the filler amount is injected in the placement zone. The filler is solidified at the placement zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mohammad Aljubran, Hussain AlBahrani, Sameeh Issa Batarseh, Timothy E. Moellendick
  • Patent number: 10626722
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for efficiently adjusting existing landfill gas well head control devices in a manner which reduces the overall air migration into the landfill's gas collection systems in a short period of time. The method also provides for mapping out hydrogen sulfide concentration areas of landfills; allowing for efficient evaluation and selective reduction of hydrogen sulfide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: ARC TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventor: Stanley Siegel
  • Patent number: 10626319
    Abstract: A method of inhibiting corrosion of metal during acid stimulation of an oil and gas well, whereby the oil and gas well is treated with an acidic treatment fluid that includes 10 to 28 wt. % of an acid, based on a total weight of the acidic treatment fluid, and 0.01 to 5% of a pyrazine corrosion inhibitor by weight per total volume of the acidic treatment fluid, wherein the pyrazine corrosion inhibitor is 2,3-pyrazine dicarboxylic acid, pyrazine-2-carboxamide, 2-methoxy-3-(1-methylpropyl) pyrazine, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: Ime Bassey Obot, Saviour Alphonsus Umoren
  • Patent number: 10619450
    Abstract: A system for controlling flow in a wellbore can include a down-hole control module that is hydraulically coupled to multiple components of the system. The control module can include a computer, which can be preprogrammed to operate the various components in a particular sequence, and communicate confirmation or error signals to a surface location. The control module can also include a micro-hydraulic motor and pump that can that can be instructed by the computer to selectively deliver hydraulic fluid to one or more of the components of the system. The system can include isolation members such as packers, hydraulic pressure maintenance devices (PMDs), hydraulic sheer joints, inflow control devices or valves (ICDs or ICVs) and a three-position valve that can be actuated by the control module without necessitating communication with a surface location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: William M. Richards, Syed Hamid
  • Patent number: 10607170
    Abstract: A method of producing fluids from a geological structure includes receiving field information associated with producing wells of a field; deriving a field specific model based on the field information, the field specific model including a proximity depletion synthetic variable and a fraction hit synthetic variable; identifying a proposed location based on the application of field management engine to the field specific model, the field management engine projecting a decrease in production from wells proximal to the location and projecting an improvement in a production objective; and drilling a well at the proposed location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: DataInfoCom USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Atanu Basu, Daniel Mohan, Chun Wang, Frederick Venter
  • Patent number: 10605033
    Abstract: A wellhead system includes a tubing or casing hanger to be installed in a wellhead, the tubing or casing hanger including an outer surface including a landing profile configured to engage a mating landing profile of the wellhead, a landing sensor configured to transmit a signal indicating contact between the landing profile of the tubing or casing hanger and the landing profile of the wellhead, and a processor configured to receive the signal transmitted by the landing sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Levert, Michael Krejci, Kevin Minnock, Adam Christopherson
  • Patent number: 10598011
    Abstract: A system and method for logging in a wellbore where sensor assemblies on a logging tool are deployed and landed in the wellbore. After the sensor assemblies are landed in the wellbore and released from the logging tool, the logging tool is pulled uphole. Moving the logging tool uphole from where the sensor assemblies are landed, reduces interference of the logging tool with measurements obtained with the sensor assemblies. The sensor assemblies include sensors for detecting fluid flow, pressure, temperature, fluid density, formation resistivity, and which can be mechanical, optical, acoustic, or electromagnetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Homero Castillo
  • Patent number: 10591623
    Abstract: Example systems and methods are described for performing multilateral well sensing in a downhole environment. In an example system, a cased parent wellbore and a cased lateral wellbore intersect at a lateral junction. A sensor is deployed within the cased lateral wellbore that communicably couples to a transmitter module, wherein the transmitter module is deployed within the cased lateral wellbore downhole of the lateral junction and configured to generate acoustic signals. An optical fiber cable is deployed within the cased parent wellbore and configured to receive acoustic signals transmitted by the transmitter module in the cased lateral wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikko Jaaskelainen, Brian Vandellyn Park
  • Patent number: 10591631
    Abstract: Gravity surveys of subterranean formations may be based on the simultaneous measurement of gravity and its derivatives to produce a higher resolution formation map or wellbore log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Satyan Gopal Bhongale, Michel Joseph Leblanc
  • Patent number: 10590763
    Abstract: Hydraulic fracturing of a geological formation is performed by injection of a proppant mixture into the geological formation to form fractures in the geological formation. The proppant mixture includes at least a liquid, proppant, and proppant additive particles. The hydraulic fracturing results in a presence of the proppant additive particles within the formed fractures, wherein the proppant additive particles are configured with a first complex conductivity that is measurably different than a second complex conductivity exhibited by materials comprising the geological formation. The formed fractures can then be imaged and mapped in the geological formation with electromagnetic energy at one or more frequencies in a manner so that the proppant additive particles function as a contrast agent due to the first complex conductivity of the proppant additive particles being measurably different from the second complex conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL, BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM, STATOIL GULF SERVICES LLC
    Inventors: Pabitra N. Sen, Alfred Kleinhammes, Yue Wu, Michele O'Callaghan, Mohsen Ahmadian-Tehrani
  • Patent number: 10584563
    Abstract: A system for controlling flow in a wellbore can include a down-hole control module that is hydraulically coupled to multiple components of the system. The control module can include a computer, which can be preprogrammed to operate the various components in a particular sequence, and communicate confirmation or error signals to a surface location. The control module can also include a micro-hydraulic motor and pump that can that can be instructed by the computer to selectively deliver hydraulic fluid to one or more of the components of the system. The system can include isolation members such as packers, hydraulic pressure maintenance devices (PMDs), hydraulic shear joints, inflow control devices or valves (ICDs or ICVs) and a three-position valve that can be actuated by the control module without necessitating communication with a surface location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: William M. Richards, Syed Hamid, William D. Henderson
  • Patent number: 10584583
    Abstract: A method including positioning a downhole acquisition tool in a wellbore in a geological formation; performing a pretest sequence to gather at least one of pressure or mobility information based on downhole acquisition from a sample line, a guard line, or both while the downhole acquisition tool is within the wellbore. The pretest sequence includes controlling a valve assembly to a first valve configuration that may allow the fluid to flow into the downhole tool via one or more flowlines toward a pretest system. The one or more flowlines include the sample line only, the guard line only, or both the sample line and the guard line; and drawing in the fluid through the one or more flowlines. The method also includes controlling the valve assembly to a second valve configuration. The second valve configuration is different from the first valve configuration and may block the one or more flowlines from drawing in the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adriaan Gisolf, Tudor Ioan Palaghita, Stephen Dennis Parks, Ashers Partouche
  • Patent number: 10570670
    Abstract: A wellbore formation system includes a downhole cutting tool having a body and at least one cutting element. A sensor is coupled to the downhole cutting tool, and the sensor includes a transmitter configured to transmit a signal prior to wear on a portion of the downhole cutting tool reaching a first amount. The sensor ceases transmission of the signal when the wear on the portion of the downhole cutting tool reaches the first amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Stuart Bird, Kazi M. Rashid
  • Patent number: 10565663
    Abstract: A method for completing a well includes receiving completion parameters associated with wells within a field. The completion parameters including casing parameters, perforation parameters, and fracking parameters. The method further includes determining a field-specific model utilizing the completion parameters and prescribing a completion recipe using a completion analysis engine applied to the field-specific model. The completion recipe includes prescribed perforation parameters and prescribed fracking parameters. The completion analysis engine includes a neural network derived from the field-specific model or regression of a correlation of features in the field-specific model. The method also includes completing the well in accordance with the completion recipe including performing perforation in accordance with the perforation parameters and fracking in accordance with the fracking parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: DataInfoCom USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Atanu Basu, Daniel Mohan, Chun Wang, Frederick Venter
  • Patent number: 10544668
    Abstract: A technique facilitates use of acoustic measurements to enable geo-steering during a well operation. A steerable well string is provided with acoustic systems used to collect data which is then processed to determine geo-steering inputs. In some applications, the well string may comprise a coiled tubing drilling tool. The coiled tubing drilling tool or other well string tool is combined with an azimuthally distributed pitch-catch micro-sonic sensor system and an azimuthally distributed ultrasonic pulse-echo transducer system. Data from these two systems is provided to a processing system which processes the data to determine, for example, real-time, geo-steering inputs. These inputs may then be used to more effectively steer the coiled tubing drilling tool or other well string tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hori, Takeshi Endo, Evgeniya Deger, Naoki Sakiyama, Hiroshi Nakajima, Jean-Christophe Auchere, Henri-Pierre Valero
  • Patent number: 10539013
    Abstract: A bottom hole assembly includes a single wire bus, a legacy sensor coupled to the single wire bus, and at least one high frequency communication sensor coupled to the single wire bus. The high frequency communication sensor injects a high frequency signal alternating between high frequency synchronization pulses and high frequency data signals onto the single wire bus. A first high frequency pass filter coupled between the at least one high frequency communication sensor and the single wire bus is also included. The high frequency pass filter passes the high frequency signal to the single wire bus from the high frequency communication sensor. The bottom hole assembly includes a first high frequency blocking filter coupled between the legacy sensor and the single wire bus. The high frequency blocking filter blocks the high frequency signal from the high frequency communication sensor from disturbing a legacy signal at the legacy sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Imran Sharif Vehra, Zinovy B. Krugliak, Matthew Chase Griffing, Clint Paul Lozinsky
  • Patent number: 10539003
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include methods and networks to determine a boundary of a cement mixture. In one embodiment, the method includes detecting first acoustic signals transmitted from at least one of a first plurality of acoustic tags that are mixed with cement slurry, where the cement slurry is deposited in a first section of a wellbore in an annulus between a casing and the first section of the wellbore. The method also includes determining a location of a first boundary of the cement slurry based on the first acoustic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Li Gao, Daniel Joshua Stark, Krishna Ravi, Christopher Lee Stokely
  • Patent number: 10533414
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for enhancing hydrocarbon production. The method and system involve geochemistry analysis and include multiply substituted isotopologue and position specific isotope geochemistry for at least one hydrocarbon compound of interest associated with free gas and sorbed gas. The method and system involve using clumped isotope and position specific isotope signatures to enhance monitoring of well and stimulation performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Lawson, Brian K. Peterson, Cara L. Davis, David R. Converse, Timothy K. Ellison, John Eiler
  • Patent number: 10527194
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pipe (2) including: —a tubular element (3) defining an inner longitudinal passage (5); —a protective element (6) attached onto the outer surface of the tubular element (3) and extending longitudinally in relation to the tubular element (3), the protective element (6) and the tubular element (3) defining a longitudinal receiving passage (9); and —a detection element (12) that is detectable with a detection device. The detection element (12) is linear and includes an electrically conductive core (13) and an electrically insulating sheath (14) that covers the electrically conductive core (13). The detection element (12) extends longitudinally into the receiving passage (9) and is movably mounted longitudinally in relation to the tubular element (3) and the protective element (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: SOCIETE PLYMOUTH FRANCAISE, PLYVAPLAST S.À.R.L.
    Inventors: Mounir Saad, Patric Michelis
  • Patent number: 10513918
    Abstract: A cartridge with a permeable material configured to be positioned within a frac sleeve, wherein the permeable material is or includes a tracer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Vertice Oil Tools
    Inventor: Hossam Elbadawy
  • Patent number: 10508532
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to automatically detecting an event in a production curve, generating a production estimate using a quantile regression and to performing a probabilistic decline curve analysis. In one scenario, a computer system identifies a candidate break point in a production decline curve which represents a decline in material production at a well. The computer system identifies one trend for the production decline curve occurring before the candidate break point and identifies a second trend for the production decline curve occurring after the candidate break point. The computer system calculates the difference between the first material production decline estimate and the second material production decline estimate and identifies the candidate break points where the difference between the first material production decline estimate and the second material production decline estimate is beyond a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: QRI GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Anirban Mondal, David Castiñeira Areas, Hamed Darabi, Sébastien François Matringe
  • Patent number: 10502016
    Abstract: A system includes an annular wellhead housing and an indicator assembly. The annular wellhead housing includes a shoulder and a first passage extending radially through the wellhead housing from an exterior surface of the wellhead housing to an interior surface of the wellhead housing. The indicator assembly is configured to extend through the passage, wherein the indicator assembly, when actuated, is configured to indicate whether a hanger disposed within the wellhead housing has landed on the shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Lim Haw Keat, Lai Choon Keat, Huang Xian Yi, Hee Boon Hao, Tan Su Tuan
  • Patent number: 10502044
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detection of downhole tubulars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmed Elsayed Fouda, Baris Guner, Luis Emilio San Martin
  • Patent number: 10494904
    Abstract: Included are well systems and methods for use in subterranean formations. An example well system comprises a water front sensor operable to sense a water front, wherein the water front sensor comprises a water front sensor signal transmitter and a water front sensor signal receiver. The example well system further comprises an electronic inflow control device, wherein the electronic inflow control device comprises a flow regulator in fluidic communication with an inlet of the electronic inflow control device and adjustable to provide a flow resistance to a fluid flowing through the electronic inflow control device, and a controller configured to actuate the flow regulator to change the flow resistance through the electronic inflow control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Jules Frosell, Michael Linley Fripp
  • Patent number: 10494914
    Abstract: A method of measuring temperatures, includes disposing a carrier in a borehole in an earth formation, the carrier having an optical fiber connected thereto, interrogating the optical fiber with a pulsed optical signal generated by a distributed temperature sensing (DTS) assembly, the pulsed optical signal having a first frequency, and receiving first reflected signals from the optical fiber, estimating an absolute temperature from the reflected signals, interrogating the optical fiber with an at least partially coherent optical signal from a phase sensitive optical time domain reflectometry (?-OTDR) assembly, the at least partially coherent optical signal having a second frequency, and receiving second reflected signals from multiple scattering locations in the optical fiber; estimating a phase difference between the reflected signals, and estimating a temperature change based on the phase difference, and combining the absolute temperature and the temperature change to generate a temperature profile at a loca
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: William Albert Johnston