Indicating Patents (Class 166/66)
  • Patent number: 9632512
    Abstract: A device for containment of fluid escaping from a pipe, comprising a can having a surrounding wall and a bottom: The bottom is formed of bottom segments that combine to form a bottom opening with a bottom inward facing sealing surface for sealing against the pipe. The surrounding wall is formed of wall segments that combine to form an enclosure defining an interior of the can. The drain further comprises a drain opening exposed to the interior of the can. The can may include fluid level sensors that activate a suction pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Katch Kan Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Quinn A. J. Holtby, Dallas L. Greenwood
  • Patent number: 9605506
    Abstract: A stuffing box lubrication system for oilfield pumping units automatically delivers to the stuffing box, at specified time intervals, a precise volume of lubricant. The stuffing box lubrication system has a grease reservoir, a pump, a controller, a high pressure hose and grease fitting, and a stuffing box which receives the grease. In situations where the stuffing box in use is not equipped with a ported inlet for receiving the grease, the present invention may further include a stuffing box adapter, having a ported inlet, where the stuffing box adapter couples with the stuffing box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Jameson Specialties, Inc.
    Inventors: William Jameson, Ryan Utt
  • Patent number: 9556707
    Abstract: Certain aspects and features are directed to an electric subsurface safety valve including an integrated communications system that can be disposed in a wellbore. The electric subsurface safety valve can include a body adapted to be coupled to a cable, a communications system disposed in the body, and a closure mechanism. The body can be disposed within the wellbore. The communications system can include one or more transceiving devices and a processing device. The transceiving devices can communicate signals via the cable to a rig at the surface and can wirelessly communicate signals to target tool in the well system. The processing device can process signals received by the one or more transceiving devices for communication via the cable. The closure mechanism can be positioned in a passageway defined by the wellbore and can control a flow of fluid to through the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: James Dan Vick, Jr., Bruce Edward Scott, Joseph Steven Grieco
  • Patent number: 9528347
    Abstract: Certain aspects and features are directed to an electric subsurface safety valve including an integrated communications system that can be disposed in a wellbore. The electric subsurface safety valve can include a body adapted to be coupled to a cable, a communications system disposed in the body, and a closure mechanism. The body can be disposed within the wellbore. The communications system can include one or more transceiving devices and a processing device. The transceiving devices can communicate signals via the cable to a rig at the surface and can wirelessly communicate signals to target tool in the well system. The processing device can process signals received by the one or more transceiving devices for communication via the cable. The closure mechanism can be positioned in a passageway defined by the wellbore and can control a flow of fluid to through the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: James Dan Vick, Jr., Bruce Edward Scott, Joseph Steven Grieco
  • Patent number: 9416653
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a wellbore for performing a treatment operation is disclosed that in one non-limiting embodiment may include an inner string that further includes a first tubular having a first communication link, and a service tool including a cross-over tool having a fluid flow passage therein for supplying a treatment fluid under pressure from an inside of the service tool to an outside of the service tool, and wherein the service tool includes a second communication link operatively coupled to the first communication link and wherein the second communication link runs across or through the fluid flow passage in the cross-over tool that is protected from direct flow of the fluid under pressure from the inside of the service tool to the outside of the service tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Aaron C. Hammer, Robert S. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9382761
    Abstract: A method for reducing vibration of a drilling tool assembly is disclosed. The method includes modeling the drilling tool assembly based on input parameters, simulating a vibration of a drill string coupled with a vibration of a drill bit, determining an initial total vibration from output parameters generated by the simulation, determining a location for at least one vibrational control device based on the initial total vibration to reduce the initial total vibration, and disposing the at least one vibrational control device on the drill string at the determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Sujian J. Huang, Stuart Oliver, Graham Stronach
  • Patent number: 9347289
    Abstract: Blowout preventer systems are provided. According to an exemplary embodiment, the system includes a blowout preventer, a plurality of position sensing mechanisms, a plurality of pressure sensing mechanisms, and a controller configured to receive position data indicating a position of a piston and pressure data indicating the pressure of hydraulic fluid being applied to the piston, and to determine a current stroking pressure signature or fingerprint during a closing cycle, which when compared to a baseline stroking pressure signature or fingerprint, can provide an indication of the health of one or more components of the operator containing the piston. The controller can also determine a backlash of the ram block, and/or to record a position of the ram block, and/or to calculate an instant when a supplemental closing pressure is desired to be applied, and/or to determine when maintenance of a ram locking mechanism is due, and/or to determine when sealing elements are worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Hydril USA Distribution LLC
    Inventors: Robert Arnold Judge, Eric L. Milne
  • Patent number: 9303506
    Abstract: A measurement system for collecting data. The measurement system includes a tubular suspended downhole, the tubular having an outer surface and a flowbore extending therethrough, the flowbore conveying a fluid, a first recess formed in the outer surface of the tubular, a first detection system mounted in the first recess, a second recess formed in the outer surface of the tubular, and a second detection system mounted in the second recess. The second recess is offset relative to the first recess by at least one of an axial distance and a circumferential distance. The first detection system is operable to measure a portion of the data, and the second detection system operable to measure another portion of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Adan Hernandez Herrera, James H. Dudley, Michael Dewayne Finke, Christopher Allen Golla
  • Patent number: 9207352
    Abstract: An apparatus for initializing a tool configured to be moved along a wellbore includes at least one directional reference system configured to provide data indicative of an orientation of the at least one directional reference system with respect to a reference direction. The apparatus further includes a mounting portion configured to be mechanically coupled to the tool such that the tool has a predetermined orientation with respect to the at least one directional reference system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Gyrodata, Incorporated
    Inventors: John Lionel Weston, Roger Ekseth
  • Patent number: 9181768
    Abstract: The disclosed device provides a high-accuracy plunger arrival detection system comprising a low-power magnetometer with high sensitivity and which is capable of sampling low or high intensity magnetic fields. The device processes gathered data from sensors, stores at least some processed data in memory, executes a trending algorithm which compares the magnetic field of the plunger to the ambient magnetic field or a predetermined set of initialization values, and generates an output which is relayed to a well controller. An output signal may be via hard wire, RF, wireless or other known means. In addition, the implementation of two sensing devices mounted in series and in spaced relation to each other, can provide for an actual plunger average velocity. An actual plunger average velocity, as opposed to approximate average velocity, can be used to better optimize well control and improve safety of the overall well production system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: PCS FERGUSON, INC.
    Inventors: Terry R. Wright, Burke E. Lowrey, Paul T. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9116016
    Abstract: A system for locating a downhole apparatus comprises a wellbore having an interior pressure cavity, wherein the apparatus is disposed in the pressure cavity, a magnetic device for generating a magnetic field in the pressure cavity, and a magnetic field indicator disposed external to the pressure cavity, the magnetic field indicator responsive to the magnetic field in the pressure cavity, wherein the magnetic field is indicative of a position of the apparatus in the pressure cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Rod Shampine
  • Patent number: 9068431
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods for assessing flow-induced electrostatic energy in an oil and/or gas well wherein electric current or electrostatic potential or both are measured to produce data correlating to at least one flow characteristic of a tubular segment in the well. In some embodiments, electric current and electrostatic potential are produced separately for a plurality of segments, and measured. The system further may adjust at least one flow characteristic of a segment of the well to increase hydrocarbon production from the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Phillipe Tosi, William David Norman, David Reuel Underdown, Krystian Maskos
  • Publication number: 20150144333
    Abstract: A method of monitoring fluid flow in a borehole includes measuring acoustics at a plurality of locations along a downhole assembly in a borehole and calculating a fluid flow rate at the plurality of locations along the downhole assembly based on measuring the acoustics at the plurality of locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Erik N. Lee, William Johnston, Daniel Boyd Cooper
  • Publication number: 20150144335
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for retrieving a tool or bottom hole assembly. The apparatus may include a latching device that couples to a tool or bottom hole assembly to be retrieved and at least one seal extending radially from the apparatus to engage an inner diameter of a tubular, such as a casing string. A pump inlet is disposed in or through an outer surface of the apparatus uphole of the at least one seal. A pump outlet is disposed in or through an outer surface of the apparatus downhole of the at least one seal. The apparatus may also include a pump for pumping a drilling fluid from the pump inlet to the pump outlet in order to generate a differential pressure across the at least one seal and provide a hydraulic force to effect retrieval of the tool or bottom hole assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Erik P. Eriksen
  • Publication number: 20150144331
    Abstract: A matrix acidizing monitoring system wherein a sensor array is operably associated with a matrix acidizing bottom hole assembly and contains first and second sets of sensors that detect a matrix acidizing operational parameter at different times at one or more particular locations along the wellbore. This allows the effectiveness of the acidizing to be modeled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Silviu Livescu, Trevor A. Sturgeon, Thomas J. Watkins
  • Publication number: 20150144334
    Abstract: A differential pressure indicator (DPI) for use with a downhole isolation valve includes a tubular mandrel for assembly as part of a casing string and for receiving a tubular string. The mandrel has a stop shoulder and a piston shoulder. The DPI further includes a tubular housing for assembly as part of the casing string and for receiving the tubular string. The housing is movable relative to the mandrel between an extended position and a retracted position and has a stop shoulder and a piston shoulder. The DPI further includes a hydraulic chamber formed between the piston shoulders and a coupling in communication with the hydraulic chamber and for connection to a sensing line. The housing is movable relative to the mandrel and to the extended position in response to tension exerted on the DPI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Kyle Allen KING, Joe NOSKE, Christopher L. MCDOWELL, Brian A. MICKENS
  • Publication number: 20150136388
    Abstract: A shear tester for in-situ determination of rock formation geomechanical properties is provided. The tester has a radially expandable cylindrical membrane, a metal sheath covering at least a portion of the outer surface of the membrane, at least one stud fixed on the sheath, at least one cone fixed on each of the at least one stud, and a piston operable to apply an upward axial force on the metal sheath. A device for the same use comprises the shear tester and a pressuremeter. A method of using the shear tester comprises applying a normal force to the formation by expanding the membrane until at least one of the at least one cone penetrates the rock formation and applying an upward axial force to the at least one of the at least one cone by operating the piston until at least a portion of the rock formation shears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Cory Fehr
  • Publication number: 20150136387
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing borehole effects in a borehole within a subterranean formation is disclosed. The apparatus includes a fluid excluder, which includes a sleeve body and a sleeve opening defined by the sleeve body. The sleeve may be sized to fit around an induction tool. The sleeve body may include a fluid passageway therethrough, which may divert drilling fluids when the apparatus is deployed downhole. The apparatus may further include an electrode disposed within the fluid passageway for reducing the electrical current in the drilling fluid and thereby improve the readings obtained by logging devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan L. Davies, Dustin R. Stubbs, David O. Torres
  • Patent number: 9033048
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods useable in drilling installations having a mud loop for detecting ongoing or imminent kick events are provided. An apparatus includes a first sensor configured to measure a input mud flow pumped into the well, and a second sensor configured to measure a variation of a return mud flow emerging from the well. The apparatus further includes a controller connected to the first sensor, and to the second sensor. The controller is configured to identify an ongoing or imminent kick event based on monitoring and comparing an evolution of the input mud flow as measured by the first sensor and an evolution of the return mud flow as inferred based on measurements received from the second sensor. Additionally, a third sensor can be included in the apparatus to confirm the conclusion made by the controller before alerting the user that a kick has likely occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Hydril USA Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Robert Arnold Judge
  • Publication number: 20150129204
    Abstract: A downhole disconnect device for disconnecting an intervention tool string from a wireline, includes: a tubular body having a first part directly or indirectly coupleable to the wireline and a second part connectable directly or indirectly to an intervention tool string; an actuator for disconnecting the second part of the tubular body from the first part of the tubular body; at least one sensor to detect when the tool string is stuck in use and to produce an output signal accordingly; a controller configured to receive the output signal and selectively operate the actuator accordingly; and a power source. The tubular body is adapted to house the actuator, sensor, controller and power source and the device further comprises a timer configured to delay operation of the actuator by a predetermined time on receipt of the output signal from the sensor. There is also a method of operating the downhole disconnect device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Iain W. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150129203
    Abstract: There are provided high power laser perforation, hydraulic fracturing systems, tools and methods for the stimulation and recovery of energy sources, such as hydrocarbons, from a formation. These systems, tools and methods provide predetermined laser beam energy patterns, to provide for the down hole volumetric removal of custom geometries of materials, sealing of perforations, reperorations, refractures and other downhole actives.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: FORO ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Paul D. Deutch, Fred C. Kellermann, Tom Zimmerman, John Yearwood, Mark S. Zediker, Ronald A. De Witt, Brian O. Faircloth, John Ely
  • Publication number: 20150122488
    Abstract: A method is disclosed in which an electrical conductivity of a treatment fluid is measured with one or more sensor at various instants of time. The method is further performed by generating one or more signals indicative of the electrical conductivity of the treatment fluid and transmitting the one or more signals to a computer system. The method is further performed by analyzing the one or more signals to determine a phase change in the treatment fluid based upon a positive or negative change in the electrical conductivity of the treatment fluid from a predetermined electrical conductivity range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicants: M-I L.L.C., Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kim Hodgson, Bruce MacKay, Maxim Yushko, Stephen D. Mason
  • Publication number: 20150122479
    Abstract: Among other things, there are disclosed embodiments of devices, suitable for incorporation into well-logging tools, for the in situ measurement of the acoustic impedance of a fluid in the well bore, such as drilling mud. The device includes a sonic emitter that emits sonic pulses into a solid probe. The pulses are partially transmitted and partially reflected at opposite surfaces, and the decay of the amplitude of successive sonic pulses is used to determine the acoustic impedance of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory Pulley
  • Publication number: 20150114632
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system for removing fluids from a well comprising a rotary pump for positioning within the well, the rotary pump including an inlet end and a discharge end, the rotary pump comprising at least one pump impeller intermediate the inlet end and discharge end, the at least one pump impeller rotating at a rate greater than 3600 rpm; a driver for driving the at least one pump impeller to a rate greater than 3600 rpm, the driver positioned within the wellbore and operatively connected to the rotary pump; a magnetic bearing system, the magnetic bearing system operatively connected to the rotary pump and/or driver; and a digital controller positioned within the wellbore to control the magnetic bearing system. A method for removing liquids from a well and an apparatus and method for producing gas from a wellbore or injecting a fluid into a wellbore are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Michael C. Romer, Stan O. Uptigrove
  • Publication number: 20150114626
    Abstract: An object launching apparatus for a well has a housing, a flow mandrel, and a cage. The flow mandrel is disposed in the housing's internal chamber, and a flow passage in the mandrel communicates flow from the housing's inlet to the mandrel's flow port, which in turn communicates with the housing's outlet. The cage is disposed in the internal chamber and defines pockets for holding the objects. A motor and shaft move the cage in the housing relative to the mandrel's flow port so the cage's pockets can be selectively positioned in communication between the mandrel's flow port and the housing's outlet. This allows any of the object(s) held in the positioned pocket to be launched into the flow to the well. Preferably, the motor rotates the shaft so the cage can ride linearly along the shaft's thread and the cage can rotate through a cammed engagement with the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Adam J. Hatten, Eric Calzoncinth, Todd Travis, Brandon M. Cain
  • Patent number: 9016360
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a fixture structure for reusing an underground micro-seismic sensor, including: a sensor body configured to be inserted in a borehole and having a sensing portion for sensing micro seismic event; a first fixture portion formed at one surface of the sensor body; a second fixture portion coupled to the first fixture portion and configured to be fixed to a grouting member injected into the borehole; and a separation unit installed between the first fixture portion and the second fixture portion and configured to separate the first fixture portion and the second fixture portion from each other by external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
    Inventors: Dae-Sung Cheon, Eui-Sub Park, Dae-Gee Huh
  • Publication number: 20150107829
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring well operations are provided. Acceleration data is generated from vibration signals collected from a well and the data is processed to indicate a well condition such as the actuation of a device and the movement and location of an actuation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Jon Themig
  • Publication number: 20150107852
    Abstract: A downhole control device is configured to activate downhole equipment requiring control signals. The device having a housing adapted to protect electronic components; a transducer configured to measure one or more of pressure and temperature; an accelerometer; and control circuitry in communication with the transducer and the accelerometer and configured to control the operation of a downhole tool depending on data from one or more of the transducer and accelerometer. The transducer, the accelerometer and at least part of the control circuitry are mounted on a chassis that is removably inserted within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Spartek Systems UK Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Southgate, Fern Chin, Allan Morrice, Grzegorz Jurga
  • Publication number: 20150101826
    Abstract: An automated roughneck may include a backup tong and a makeup tong. The makeup tong and backup tong may be selectively movable relative to one another. The makeup tong and backup tong may include spinner and gripper assemblies respectively adapted to make up and break out threaded connections. The automated roughneck may be configurable to be removable from the drill string in a lateral direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Ashish Gupta, Vladimir Scekic, Padira Reddy, Brian Ellis, Faisal Yousef, Chris Magnuson, Larry Heighington
  • Patent number: 9004174
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method are provided for monitoring a subsea flow device such as a subsea flowline. The apparatus generally includes a thermoelectric device that is adapted to generate electric power from a thermal potential between the subsea flow device and the surrounding seawater. A sensor that is powered by the thermoelectric device is adapted to monitor one or more characteristics of the flow device, such as temperature or strain, and provide a radiation output that is indicative of the characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Sid Mebarkia, Ryan Lang
  • Patent number: 9004156
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for detection of fluid flow signaling over a tubular conveyance. The assembly may be employed for activation of a variety of different downhole actuators such as firing heads for perforating guns or hydrostatic set modules for packer deployment. The assembly is configured with a flow translation device which is disposed in a manner exposed to fluid flow directed through an oilfield tubular coupled to the assembly. Thus, a detector coupled to the translation device may obtain mechanical data from the device which is reliably indicative of the flow, irrespective of the physical nature of the flow itself. As such, enhanced reliability for subsequent actuator firing based on the flow signaling may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Angus Morrison
  • Publication number: 20150096747
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for determining the depth and orientation of a feature in a wellbore, and to a corresponding method. It also relates to a downhole apparatus for performing an operation in a well comprising a device for determining the depth and orientation of a feature in a wellbore and a device for performing the operation. In an embodiment, a downhole device (42) for determining the depth and orientation of a feature (24, 26, 28) in a wellbore (12) containing a ferrous tubing (14) is disclosed, the device comprising: at least one magnetic field sensor (44) for monitoring the inherent magnetic field of the ferrous tubing so that the presence of the feature can be detected; and at least one orientation sensor (48) for determining the orientation of the device within the wellbore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Manufacturing and Services Limited
    Inventors: William Brown-Kerr, Bruce Hermann Forsyth McGarian
  • Publication number: 20150096746
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating a property of a downhole fluid includes a carrier configured to be conveyed through a borehole penetrating the earth, a fluid extraction device disposed at the carrier and configured to extract a sample of the downhole fluid, and a probe cell having a window to receive the sample. The apparatus further includes a light source to illuminate the sample through the window with light photons, and a photodetector to receive light photons through the window that have interacted with the downhole fluid and generate a signal indicative of an amount of the received light photons. The generated signal is indicative of the property. The photodetector has an optical cavity having a semiconductor that has a difference between a valence energy band and a conduction energy band for electrons that is greater than the energy of each of the received light photons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Rocco DiFoggio, Sebastian Csutak
  • Publication number: 20150090444
    Abstract: A wellbore instrument system includes a pipe string extending from earth's surface to a selected depth in a wellbore. The pipe string includes at least one of an electrical conductor and an optical fiber signal channel. A power sub including an electric power source is coupled proximate a lower end of the pipe string. At least one electrically powered wireline configurable wellbore instrument is coupled to the power source in the sub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Ashers Partouche, Harold Steven Bissonnette, Shyam B. Mehta, Reza Taherian, Gbenga Onadeko, Shardul J. Sarhad
  • Patent number: 8994549
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for facilitating oilfield operations utilizing auditory data. In one embodiment, the present invention generates one or more auditory mapping structures whereby oilfield data may be mapped to sounds. The present invention provides at least one computer generated selection tool through which the user may select one or more portions of displayed oilfield data for auditory enhancement. Once the user has indicated an area of interest using the selection tool, the present invention may identify the oilfield data displayed within the outlined area of interest, identify auditory data associated with the displayed oilfield data utilizing one or more auditory mapping structures, and emit at least a portion of the identified auditory data to enhance the user's understanding of the displayed oilfield data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos F. P. Rocha, Flavio Ivan Da Silva
  • Publication number: 20150083402
    Abstract: A method and system for estimating water cut or water fraction. The method may include independently establishing a production index for a region in a well. An initial flow rate in the region may be computed from the production index. Further, a measured flow rate may also be monitored within the region on an ongoing rate, for example, with a Venturi device. Thus, a comparison of the initial and measured flow rates may also take place on an ongoing basis so as to provide a real time read of fluid density. This, in turn may be used to estimate water cut of anywhere between 0 and 100% for the region in a dynamic manner. As a result, production from the overall well may be optimized with greater accuracy as a determination on the amount of production allowed, if any, is made on a region by region basis with improved water cut accuracy regarding each region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Yves Manin
  • Publication number: 20150083408
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that includes a tool string including one or more perforating guns, a conveyance operably coupled to the tool string at a socket coupling location and configured to help convey the tool string downhole, a load-measuring device arranged on the tool string and including one or more tension sensors configured to measure tensile load on the conveyance, the load-measuring device further including communication equipment capable of transmitting one or more uphole signals, wherein the one or more uphole signals includes measurement signals corresponding to the tensile load, and a computer system locatable at or near the surface location and communicably coupled to the tool string, the computer system being configured to receive and process the one or more uphole signals and further configured to transmit one or more downhole signals to the tool string to operate the one or more perforating guns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Randolph S. Coles
  • Publication number: 20150083406
    Abstract: A downhole tractor assembly that is configured for open-hole applications. The assembly includes a force monitoring mechanism to help monitor and control forces imparted through a drive mechanism of the tractor in real time. As such, damage to open-hole formations due to excessive tractoring forces may be minimized along with mechanical damage to the tractor. Furthermore, the drive mechanism of the tractor may include multiple sondes and bowsprings with gripping saddles specially configured for contacting the well wall across a large area in a non-point and line manner so as to avoid digging into and damaging the well wall during tractoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Keith R. Nelson, Gohar Saeed, Franz Aguirre
  • Patent number: 8985200
    Abstract: A shock sensing tool for use with well perforating can include a generally tubular structure which is fluid pressure balanced, at least one strain sensor which senses strain in the structure, and a pressure sensor which senses pressure external to the structure. A well system can include a perforating string including multiple perforating guns and at least one shock sensing tool, with the shock sensing tool being interconnected in the perforating string between one of the perforating guns and at least one of: a) another of the perforating guns, and b) a firing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John Rodgers, Marco Serra, David Swenson, Eugene Linyaev, Timothy S. Glenn, Cam Le
  • Publication number: 20150075783
    Abstract: Embodiments of a bottomhole assembly BHA for completion of a wellbore are deployed on electrically-enabled coiled tubing (CT) and permit components of the BHA to be independently electrically actuated from surface for completion of multiple zones in a single trip using a single BHA having at least two electrically-actuated variable diameter packers. One or both of the packers may be actuated to expand or retract for opening and closing off a variety of flowpaths between the BHA and the wellbore, in new wellbores, old wellbores, cased wellbores, wellbores with sleeves and in openhole wellbores. Additional components in the BHA, which may also be electrically-actuated or powered, permit perforating, locating of the BHA in the wellbore such as using casing collar locators and microseismic monitoring in real time or in memory mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Per Angman, Mark Andreychuk, Allan Petrella
  • Publication number: 20150075780
    Abstract: A completion system is disclosed that includes an outer completion string having at least one sand screen arranged thereabout, one or more control lines extending externally along the outer completion string and having one or more gauges operatively coupled thereto and arranged adjacent the at least one sand screen, the one or more gauges being configured for real-time monitoring and reporting of well environment parameters, a service tool arranged within the outer completion string and having an inner tubing that defines a valve conduit, and a valve arranged within the service tool and being movable between a first position, where fracturing fluid is allowed to circulate through the at least one sand screen and the valve and into the valve conduit, and a second position, where the valve prevents the fracturing fluid from entering the valve conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: William Mark Richards
  • Publication number: 20150075781
    Abstract: Wellbore assembly for injecting fluid into a subsurface formation having multiple intervals comprising a plurality of packers having bypass channels at desired locations between the respective intervals. The assembly allows fluid to be injected down a tubing string, back up an annular region, and through the series of packers to impart incremental pressure drops along the intervals. The assembly enhances pressure support by allowing the operator to optimize wellbore injection along intervals having different formation characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Scott R. Buechler
  • Publication number: 20150068738
    Abstract: A multi-zone monitoring system allowing simultaneous measurement of separate zones of multi-zone wellbore formations comprising a multi-component umbilical containing both electrical lines and a hydraulic fluid lines, an inflatable isolation packer that can traverse through the wellbore and be inflated with hydraulic fluid to seal off a portion of the wellbore wherein the inflatable isolation packer is connected to a hydraulic line of the multi-component umbilical, wherein the inflatable isolation packer further comprises: one or more cable bypass feed throughs for the umbilical's electric and hydraulic fluid lines, wherein the hydraulic line is attached to the inflatable isolation packer with compression fittings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: GAS SENSING TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Mike Wayne, Stuart Leach
  • Publication number: 20150068737
    Abstract: A logging tool or logging tool sub (10) for downhole use comprises an elongate cylindrical body (11) having supported thereby one or more movable landing extensions(12) that are movable between an extended position in which part of each said movable landing extension protrudes beyond the exterior of the cylindrical body (11) so as to define one or more exposed landing surfaces that are engageable with one or more landing surfaces (21) of a further component; and a retracted position in which each said movable landing extension (12) protrudes externally of the cylindrical body no further than the exterior thereof (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Simon Christopher Ash, Michael John Chaplin
  • Patent number: 8973658
    Abstract: A method of recovering heat from hot produced fluids at SAGD facilities is described that utilizes wellpad steam generation such as Direct Steam Generators (DSG). Heated fluids produced by SAGD are used to preheat the water that is used to make steam for SAGD. Feedwater is conveniently preheated at the wellpads by the produced fluids, emulsions, and/or gases before feeding to the DSGs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventors: Scott Macadam, James P. Seaba, David C. LaMont
  • Publication number: 20150053393
    Abstract: A downhole measurement apparatus includes a tool body supporting a logging tool. The logging tool includes a detector outsert coupled into and exposed through an exterior pocket of the tool body to position the outer surface of the outsert adjacent or in close proximity to the outer diameter of the tool body. A stabilizer or off-center stabilizer may be provided to further deflect the outsert portion of the logging tool toward an earth formation to increase detector proximity to the formation. Radial and axial distances can be calibrated and maintained across multiple different tool collars.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Ricardo ORTIZ, Michael Dewayne FINKE, Kristopher V. SHERRILL
  • Patent number: 8960279
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for preventing erosion of a cable for use in a wellbore is described herein. The cable has one or more optical fibers adapted to monitor and/or control a condition in the wellbore. The cable includes a layer of elastomeric material at least partially located on an outer surface of the cable. The elastomeric material is adapted to absorb energy due to the impact of particles in production fluid or wellbore fluid against the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Lembcke, Francis Bostick, III
  • Patent number: 8960313
    Abstract: A packer deployed well wall monitoring or transceiver assembly. The assembly may be particularly suited for use with swellable packers wherein the sensor or transceiver is delivered in a manner that substantially avoids damage thereto. Furthermore, the pre-deployment configuration of the assembly may enhance the deployment and reliability of the sensor in terms of formation monitoring over time. The deployment of the packer provides the energy required for the sensor or transceiver to contact the well wall. The packer elastomeric material provides or can be enhanced to provide isolation of the sensor or transceivers from extraneous borehole disturbances improving their signal to noise characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Dyer, Muhammad Shafiq, Michael Allen, Nitin Y. Vaidya
  • Patent number: 8960281
    Abstract: Apparatus including a sensor-containing body is disposable within a flowbore of a downhole tool. The apparatus also comprises an adjustable engagement mechanism that is coupled to the body. The engagement mechanism has a first position that allows the body to move longitudinally through the flowbore, and a second position that prevents movement of the body relative to the flowbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell DHT, L.P.
    Inventors: Brandon Charles Epperson, Gregory Christopher Grosz, Alison Paige McVea
  • Patent number: 8955214
    Abstract: A method for securing a signal propagating line to a downhole component includes configuring the downhole component in a final form prior to securing the line thereto; positioning the line at an outside dimension of the component; and fusing the line to the component with a heat based fusion method and apparatus therefore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Vinay Varma, Stephen L. Crow, Martin P. Coronado