With Signaling, Indicating, Testing Or Measuring Patents (Class 175/40)
  • Patent number: 11325155
    Abstract: An immersible ultrasonic transmitter consists of an end element of a first type, an end element of a second type and at least one transmitting member. The end element of the first type comprises a first cylindrical transmitter, a stack of piezoelectric elements, a second cylindrical transmitter and a coupling element with a threaded connection for coupling together the two cylindrical transmitters. The transmitting member contains a stack of piezoelectric elements, a cylindrical transmitter of a transmitting member, and an element with a threaded connection for coupling together the cylindrical transmitter of a transmitting member and the cylindrical transmitter of an adjacent transmitting member, or the second cylindrical transmitter of the end element of the first type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: VENTORA TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventor: Anna Vladimirovna Kamler
  • Patent number: 11319801
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting or monitoring treatment fluids in subterranean formations are provided. In certain embodiments, the methods comprise: providing an enhanced treatment fluid that comprises at least a base fluid and one or more contrast enhancement agents selected from the group consisting of: a magnetic material; a dispersive material; and any combination thereof, wherein the enhanced cementing fluid comprises one or more micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensors; and introducing the enhanced treatment fluid into at least a portion of a well bore penetrating a portion of a subterranean formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Roberson, Scott Goodwin
  • Patent number: 11268369
    Abstract: A smart system for circulating LCM can implement a method. While a wellbore is being drilled in a geologic formation, drilling parameters identifying wellbore drilling conditions of a wellbore drilling system drilling the wellbore are received. The wellbore drilling system flows a wellbore drilling fluid including particulates of different size distributions. The particulates operate as LCM to reduce loss of the wellbore drilling fluid in the geologic formation. Size distributions of the particulates in the wellbore drilling fluid flowing through multiple different wellbore fluid flow pathways of the wellbore drilling system are received. The size distributions represent a concentration of the particulates in the wellbore drilling fluid. A release of certain particulates into the wellbore drilling fluid is controlled based, in part, on the received drilling parameters and the received size distributions of the particulates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Hugo Fernando Osorio Cuellar, Rafael M. Pino Rojas, Victor Carlos Costa de Oliveira, Khaled K. Abouelnaaj
  • Patent number: 11261712
    Abstract: A well annulus pressure control system includes a reservoir in fluid communication with a well annulus, a control valve disposed on a fluid coupling between the reservoir and well annulus, a sensor disposed in the well annulus that detects a well annulus pressure, a controller that is operatively coupled to the control valve and sensor. The controller detects the well annulus pressure of the fluid in the well annulus based on sensor data from the sensor, controls the control valve to release the fluid from the well annulus into the reservoir in response to determining that the detected well annulus pressure is higher than a normal operating range of pressure in the well annulus, and controls the control valve to refill the fluid from the reservoir back into the well annulus in response to determining that the detected well annulus pressure is lower than the normal operating range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Abdullah I. Muraikhi
  • Patent number: 11262282
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods and systems for analyzing drilling fluid rheology at a drilling site. One method includes obtaining, from a wellbore drilling system implementing a wellbore drilling operation at a wellbore drilling site, a sample of a drilling fluid being used in the wellbore drilling operation at the wellbore drilling site; flowing the sample through an elongated tubular member at a plurality of different flow rates, the elongated tubular member installed at the wellbore drilling site; measuring, at the wellbore drilling site and at each flow rate, a stress-strain response of the sample in response to each flow rate; generating a plurality of stress-strain responses for the sample at the corresponding plurality of different flow rates, the plurality of stress-strain responses including each stress-strain response of the sample measured at each flow rate; and returning the sample to the wellbore drilling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Hermann F. Spoerker
  • Patent number: 11236602
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable medium to perform operations including determining, in real-time, values of drilling parameters of a drilling system drilling a wellbore. The operations further include calculating, based on the values of the drilling parameters, a cuttings concentration in an annulus of the wellbore (CCA). Further, the operations include calculating, based on the calculated CCA and a mud weight (MW) of a drilling fluid, an effective mud weight (MWeff) of the drilling fluid. Yet further, the operations include calculating, based on the effective mud weight, a slip velocity of the cuttings. In addition, the operations include calculating, based on the slip velocity, a transport ratio (TR) of the cuttings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mohammed Murif Al-Rubaii, Abdullah Saleh Hussain Al-Yami, Salem H. Al Gharbi
  • Patent number: 11230887
    Abstract: A device for steering a drilling assembly including a sleeve configured to be disposed around a length of a drive shaft configured to be disposed in a borehole in an earth formation. The drive shaft is configured to be rotated. The sleeve is configured to be rotationally decoupled from the drive shaft. Two or more modules are configured to be removably connected to the sleeve. Each of the two or more modules at least partially encloses a biasing element configured to be actuated to control a direction of the drilling assembly. Each of the two or more modules at least partially encloses a communication device for wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Volker Peters
  • Patent number: 11215045
    Abstract: Computing systems, computer-readable media, and methods may include determining at least one automated sequence to be performed during a portion of a drilling operation by a drilling system. The at least one automated sequence may include performing one or more actions to cause a response in the drilling system. The method may include performing, during the drilling operation, the at least one automated sequence. Further, the method may include measuring, during the performance of the at least one automated sequence, one or more responses in the drilling system. The one or more responses may be measured within a wellbore undergoing the drilling operations and at a surface of the wellbore. The method may include modifying a model of the drilling system based at least in part of the one or more responses that were measured during the performance of the at least one automated sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Richard John Harmer
  • Patent number: 11208846
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for drilling a wellbore using non-synchronous oscillators. An apparatus for drilling a wellbore includes a tubing string and a bottom hole assembly coupled to the tubing string. The bottom hole assembly includes a first oscillator and a second oscillator. The first oscillator is configured to restrict fluid flow and induce pressure pulses in the tubing string at a first frequency. The second oscillator is configured to restrict fluid flow and induce pressure pulses in the tubing string at a second frequency. The first frequency is different from the second frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: National Oilwell DHT, L.P.
    Inventors: Mike Rossing, Avinash Hariprasad Cuddapah
  • Patent number: 11203920
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus are provided for a configurable streaming operator to join or aggregate input data streams in a streaming application topology. The configurable operator may include a configuration data stream that allows for the selection of a varying number of input streams to join or aggregate. Introducing the configuration stream into a streaming operator allows the underlying operator to selectively use the remaining input streams based on the configuration stream as well as influencing the resulting output stream as defined by the configuration stream to provide flexibility in handling various configurations with a minimum and/or maximum of input streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: ConocoPhillips Company
    Inventor: Bradford L. Cobb
  • Patent number: 11199087
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to a component module for a downhole tool. The component module can include a platform for components for use in the downhole tool, an enclosure covering the platform for components, wherein the enclosure is configured to fit within a pocket of the downhole tool, and an elastomer layer surrounding at least one portion of the enclosure and preventing the at least one portion of the enclosure from touching the pocket of the downhole tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Dewayne Finke, Brian David Breaux
  • Patent number: 11199522
    Abstract: Ultrasonic transmitting elements in an electroacoustical transceiver transmit acoustic energy to an electroacoustical transponder, which includes ultrasonic receiving elements to convert the acoustic energy into electrical power for the purposes of powering one or more sensors that are electrically coupled to the electroacoustical transponder. The electroacoustical transponder transmits data collected by the sensor(s) back to the electroacoustical transceiver wirelessly, such as through impedance modulation or electromagnetic waves. A feedback control loop can be used to adjust system parameters so that the electroacoustical transponder operates at an impedance minimum. An implementation of the system can be used to collect data in a vehicle, such as the tire air pressure. Another implementation of the system can be used to collect data in remote locations, such as in pipes, enclosures, in wells, or in bodies of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: UltraPower Inc.
    Inventors: Inder Raj S. Makin, Harry Jabs, Leon J. Radziemski
  • Patent number: 11193341
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring drilling fluids in real time. One method includes circulating a drilling fluid into and out of a borehole, generating a first output signal with a first optical computing device arranged near an outlet of the borehole, the first optical computing device having a first integrated computational element configured to optically interact with the drilling fluid, receiving the first output signal with a signal processor communicably coupled to the first optical computing device, determining the concentration of a gas present in the drilling fluid at the outlet of the borehole with the signal processor and generating a resulting output signal, conveying the resulting output signal to one or more peripheral devices, and adjusting one or more drilling or completion parameters in response to the concentration of the gas present in the drilling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian David Campbell Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11143024
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining the composition of a drilling fluid using electro-rheology may be provided. A method for drilling a wellbore may include: circulating a drilling fluid in a wellbore; extending the wellbore into one or more subterranean formations; measuring impedance of at least a portion of the drilling fluid over time as one or more particulate additives in the drilling fluid settle; determining one or more model elements of an equivalent circuit model for modeling frequency responses of the drilling fluid from the impedance; and determining sag behavior of the drilling fluid based, at least partially, on the one or more model elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiangnan Ye, Dale E. Jamison, Li Gao
  • Patent number: 11118448
    Abstract: A pipe for cableless bidirectional data transmission and continuous circulation of a stabilizing fluid in a well for the extraction of formation fluids includes a hollow tubular body which couples with respective drill or completion pipes; a radial valve associated with the tubular body, the radial valve connectable to a pumping system outside the tubular body; an axial valve associated with the tubular body; a communication module associated with the tubular body that includes at least one metal plate selected from a transmitting metal plate, a receiving metal plate, and a transceiver metal plate; an electronic processing and control unit that processes signals to be transmitted by means of the at least one metal plate or signals received by means of the at least one metal plate; and one or more supply batteries for feeding the metal plates and the electronic processing and control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: ENI S.p.A.
    Inventors: Sebastiano Burrafato, Alberto Maliardi, Axel Turolla
  • Patent number: 11108471
    Abstract: The present invention relates to transmitting data using vector sensors and via the vector components of the acoustic field. The data can be received via vector sensors and/or scalar sensors and/or arrays of such sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Ali Abdi
  • Patent number: 11105154
    Abstract: A bottom hole assembly is provided, having a housing having a housing lubricant channel; a motor having a rotor and a stator; a mandrel within the housing that rotates when drilling mud flows through the motor; a flex shaft within the housing that includes an internal fluid path for drilling mud to flow into the mandrel; a bushing between the housing and the mandrel having a spiral lubricant channel configured to pump lubricant while the mandrel rotates, such that lubricant in the housing lubricant channel returns to the spiral lubricant channel; first and second on-bottom thrust bearings; and a two stage rotor catch housing attached to the motor and having an internal shoulder, a rotor catch shaft, and a rotor catch nut attached to an upper end of the rotor catch shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Osado Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Shea Keller Wesson
  • Patent number: 11091976
    Abstract: A cable-type bridge plug setting and sealing tool, including a series of sequentially connected components provided in the following order: an upper connector, a driver, a control valve, a hydraulic actuator, and a piston adapter. When the control valve is in a first state, the driver sends, according to a first direction, a hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic actuator, thereby causing the hydraulic actuator to actuate a downward extension of the piston adapter. When the control valve is in a second state, the driver sends, according to a second direction, a hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic actuator, thereby causing the hydraulic actuator to actuate an upward retraction of the piston adapter. The cable-type bridge plug setting and sealing tool uses hydraulic control to achieve setting and sealing of a bridge plug, greatly reducing an operational risk coefficient and ensuring a degree of operational safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: WELLRAY TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhihua Yu
  • Patent number: 11085285
    Abstract: A system and method for acquiring and processing single point viscosity measurements in well operations to predict flow curves, e.g., for mud flow, for monitoring and predicting viscosity of fluid flow in order to identify abnormal conditions for taking remedial action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Xiangnan Ye, Dale E Jamison
  • Patent number: 11073015
    Abstract: A downhole system has a plurality of telemetry systems and a control system configured to obtain information from one or more sensors and transmit that information on one or more of the plurality of telemetry systems. The configuration of a controller may be changed so as to change which information is transmitted on a given telemetry system and how the information is to be transmitted on the given telemetry system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Evolution Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron W. Logan, David A. Switzer, Jili Liu, Justin C. Logan, Mingdong Xu
  • Patent number: 11060390
    Abstract: Downhole casing temperature may be predicated at the drill string/casing interface as a function of side force on the casing due to drill string tension, the speed or rate of penetration of the drill string in the axial direction, the rate of rotation of the drill string, and a calibrated/assumed friction factor. Predicted down hole casing temperature may be used as a proxy to monitor casing integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ryan Fitzsimmons, Rollyn Rousel Samson Reyes
  • Patent number: 11041351
    Abstract: A device for limiting the flow of drilling fluid through a section of drill string is described. The device includes a cylindrical tube with holes in its periphery. Flow enters the device through an upper end of the tube and a portion of the flow exits through the lower end of the tube. In addition, some of the flow is diverted through the peripheral holes. A valve piston is supported near the lower end of the tube by a spring of approximately constant force through its range of travel. The valve piston moves axially as the flow rate through the tube changes flow rate to ensure that a substantially constant amount of flow exits through the lower end, while the excess flow is diverted from the tube through the peripheral holes. A means of damping or stopping the axial movement of the valve piston is included in the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Dynomax Drilling Tools Inc. (Canada)
    Inventors: David S. Cramer, Michael J. Harvey, David D. Devlin
  • Patent number: 11035975
    Abstract: An electromagnetic induction tool and method. The electromagnetic induction tool may comprise a tool body, a gap sub may separate different sections of the tool body and may be positioned to at least partially hinder the flow of an axial current and an azimuthal current on the tool body. A coil antenna may be disposed over the gap sub. A method of increasing an electromagnetic field may comprise providing an electromagnetic induction tool. The electromagnetic induction tool may comprise a tool body, a gap sub may separate different sections of the tool body and may be positioned to at least partially hinder flow of an axial current and an azimuthal current on the tool body. A coil antenna may be disposed over the gap sub. The method may further comprise placing the electromagnetic induction tool into a wellbore and operating the coil antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Chin Ling Chang, Ilker R. Capoglu, Hsu-Hsiang Wu
  • Patent number: 11028685
    Abstract: A method for determining a rate of penetration of a drill bit during an earth drilling operation may comprise first urging an element to extend out from a working face of the drill bit. As drilling progresses, this extended element may then be forced back into the drill bit by an internal surface of a borehole being formed. A rate at which the element retracts back into the working face may be measured to aid in estimating a rate of penetration of the drill bit into the earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Malcolm Taylor, Scott R. Woolston, Jonathan D. Marshall, David Hoyle
  • Patent number: 11021945
    Abstract: A method for reducing vibrations in a drill tubular coupled to a drill bit configured to drill a borehole in a formation includes: constructing a model of a system having the drill tubular, the model having a mass distribution, a stiffness, and/or a damping of the drill tubular; and calculating a plurality of modes using the model. The method also includes increasing an effective damping of the drill tubular for the plurality of modes by modifying at least one of the mass distribution, the stiffness, and the damping of the drill tubular using a predefined damping criterion, wherein the predefined damping criterion includes a ratio, the ratio having a deflection at the drill bit of at least one mode in the plurality and an eigenfrequency of the at least one mode in the plurality, wherein the deflection at the drill bit is raised to a power other than one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Hohl, Mathias Tergeist, Hatem Oueslati, Christian Herbig, Jayesh J. Jain, Hanno Reckmann, Lance A. Endres
  • Patent number: 11017294
    Abstract: A method of recognizing input data includes determining a feature vector corresponding to an ensemble model from input data, based on the ensemble model, and recognizing the input data based on the feature vector. The ensemble model includes a first model and a second model having a structure that is the same as a structure of the first model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hwidong Na
  • Patent number: 11015435
    Abstract: A downhole sensor includes a sensor housing with one or more of a pressure sensor or a temperature sensor. A cable segment having a conductor is coupled to the sensor housing. A spacer or retention element is coupled to or secured to at least a portion of the conductor at a location proximate an interface between the cable segment and the sensor housing. Downhole sensor arrays include such sensor housings. Methods relate to forming such sensor arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Quartzdyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Palmer, Tyler Sorensen, G. Scott Brown, K. Robert Harker, Trent Heath
  • Patent number: 11008851
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an ultrasonic wellbore anti-collision monitoring system, comprising a downhole ultrasonic monitoring device and a ground control system, wherein the ultrasonic monitoring device includes a cylindrical body, at least three centralizers are fixed on the cylindrical body at an equal interval, the mounting groove 1 is cut into the cylindrical body surface between two adjacent centralizers, one electrically controlled expansion device is installed in the groove 1 and includes electric push rods placed horizontally and a ribbed plate perpendicular to the electric push rods, the bottom ends of the electric push rods are fixedly connected to the bottom surface of the mounting groove, the front ends of the electric push rods are connected with the ribbed plate, the mounting groove 2 is cut into the ribbed plate, and one ultrasonic transducer is installed in the groove 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SOUTHWEST PETROLEUM UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hu Yin, Qifu Xiao, Qian Li
  • Patent number: 11002075
    Abstract: A system for drilling one or more boreholes in a face of a mine passage including markers attached to the mine passage. A drilling machine includes one or more drills for drilling the one or more boreholes, and a first sensor for sensing a position of the markers. Based on the sensed position of the at least two markers, a computer determines: (i) a survey vector generally parallel to the line; and (ii) a face plane generally orthogonal to the survey vector and coincident with a location where the survey vector intersects the face. A controller may be provided for automatically controlling the feeding of the drill(s) based on the location of the face plane and the back plane to form the boreholes in the face. A back plane may also be determined to ensure that all boreholes are drilled to a corresponding depth. Related methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: J.H. FLETCHER & CO.
    Inventors: Sean Joseph McQuerrey, Adam Teator
  • Patent number: 10997412
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for estimating global rig state. The system comprises a model incorporating multiple variables related to rig state, at least one camera operably connected to at least one processor wherein said camera is capable of gathering visual data regarding at least one variable of rig state and said processor is capable of compiling rig state data, estimating global rig state, or both. The system further comprises multiple sensors for measuring variables related to global rig state wherein said sensors are operably connected to said processor. The method comprises sensing various aspects of the rig state, collecting visual data corresponding with said sensor data, compiling multiple sources of rig data, and estimating the overall rig state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HELMERICH & PAYNE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Peter A. Torrione
  • Patent number: 10988988
    Abstract: Drill bits and methods relating thereto are disclosed. In an embodiment, the drill bit includes a body having a plurality of legs each having a lower section that has a leading surface and a trailing surface. A plurality of cone cutters are each rotatably mounted to the lower section of one of the legs, each having a cone axis, and including a first plurality of cutter elements arranged about the cone axis such that each is shear the formation when the body is rotated about the bit axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL DHT, L.P.
    Inventor: Jeffery Ronald Clausen
  • Patent number: 10982526
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mitigating vibration in downhole strings are described. The methods include obtaining first and second load measurements of first and second loads during a drilling operation and creating first and second load measurement data, with first and second load sensors separated by a sensor distance. First and/or second representative values of the first and second loads are determined form the first and second load measurement data and the sensor distance. The determined representative value(s) are compared against respective load limit(s) and a vibration mitigation operation is performed in response to the determined representative value(s) equaling or exceeding the respective load limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Andreas Hohl
  • Patent number: 10982510
    Abstract: A subassembly for a bottom hole assembly of a drill string, the subassembly comprising: a tubular portion having a wall for supporting one or more sensors and an inner surface defining a longitudinal bore; a probe assembly comprising a main body, the probe assembly being removably located in the bore and positioned such that a flow channel for drilling fluid is defined between the inner surface of the tubular portion and the probe assembly. A power link for transferring electrical power between the probe assembly and a sensor supported by the tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Enteq Upstream USA Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bridges, Raymond Garcia
  • Patent number: 10975680
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a mud motor in a wellbore. The method includes running the mud motor into the wellbore. A threshold rate of a pressure increase over time is selected. A rate of a pressure increase over time is measured across the mud motor in the wellbore. A flow rate of a fluid being pumped into the wellbore is varied when the measured rate is greater than or equal to the threshold rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Benjamin Peter Jeffryes, Samba Ba
  • Patent number: 10961786
    Abstract: Tubular wear volume is determined using adjustable wear factors. The wear factors are applied as a function of the side force factor, friction factor, and/or temperature factor. The adjusted wear factors are then used to determine the tubular wear volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Robello Samuel
  • Patent number: 10961843
    Abstract: An active downhole antenna located in a borehole receives electromagnetic (EM) telemetry transmissions from sources in adjacent boreholes. The antenna comprises a processor operable do decode and measure signal to noise ratio of received transmissions. Data received at the active antenna is transmitted to surface using a high-speed data communication network. The active antenna may handle data communications from multiple downhole EM telemetry transmitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Evolution Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron W. Logan, Kurtis K. L. West, Jason B. Wackett, Vincent Raymond Martin, Mahdi Yousefi Koopaei
  • Patent number: 10957177
    Abstract: Computer vision drilling systems and methods may be used with a drilling rig. The computer vision systems and methods may be used during drilling of a well to monitor the drilling equipment and personnel on the drilling site to provide safer drilling operations. The results from the computer vision drilling system may be used to cause corrective actions to be performed if a safety condition arises. In addition, computer vision systems and methods are provided to automatically monitor the drilling site and drilling operations, such as by tallying pipe in the drill string and by monitoring equipment for anomalous drilling conditions, and automatically taking corrective action as may be needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: MOTIVE DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: George Michalopulos, Richard Kulavik, Todd W. Benson
  • Patent number: 10942021
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying a diameter of a sampling point on a pipe within an aspirated smoke detector system are provided. Such systems and methods may include a clip having a body portion configured to circumscribe a surface of a circumference of a pipe, an opening defined by, extending through, and surrounded by the body portion, and size indicating indicia affixed to the body portion that visually identifies a size of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mauro Miheli, Marco Causero, Jochen Hahn
  • Patent number: 10935683
    Abstract: A system, method, and a computer program configured to perform a method for processing drilling data. The method includes transmitting a signal with a telemetry tool to a computer processor. The method includes applying a plurality of predetermined templates to the signal. The method also includes applying a plurality of first filters to the transmitted signal. The method also includes applying one or more second, adjustable filters to the transmitted signal and to the plurality of predetermined templates. The method also includes decoding the transmitted signal based on the best match between a) two or more of the plurality of predetermined templates, and b) the transmitted signal, wherein the two or more of the plurality of predetermined templates and the transmitted signal are processed through the same adjustable filter of the one or more second, adjustable filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: APS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Samir Habboosh, Sean Judge, William Edward Turner, Sheryl Brothers, Mary Deshon, Jose Bscheider, Mark Roman
  • Patent number: 10907412
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure can relate to a system including an implement (e.g., a steering tool, a drill bit) tetherable to an equipment string (e.g., a drill string), where the implement includes a steering mechanism to steer the equipment string with respect to a wall of a tubular passage (e.g., a borehole). The system can also include a bearing housing for the equipment string (e.g., connectable to a drill pipe of the drill string), where the bearing housing is rotationally coupled with the implement and rotated. The system can further include an actuation mechanism coupleable between the bearing housing and the steering mechanism to actuate the steering mechanism based upon a rotational orientation of the bearing housing with respect to the steering mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Edward George Parkin
  • Patent number: 10900347
    Abstract: The service life of a packer element, an annular BOP, is estimated using one pressure sensor below the elastomer seal or two pressure sensors positioned above and below the elastomer seal. The pressure variations below the elastomer are monitored versus piston position and used to detect elastomer wear with time/pressure cycles. The pressure variations above the elastomer can be used to detect potential leakage, as well as leak characteristics such as leaking rate or leak geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Olivier Amsellem, Alice Chougnet-Sirapian, Matthew Givens, Fadhel Rezgui, Remi Robutel, Ray Zonoz
  • Patent number: 10900342
    Abstract: A method for controlling an automatic drilling system includes measuring at least one drilling operating parameter applied to a drill string disposed in a wellbore when the drill string is suspended above the bottom of a wellbore. The drill string is lowered to drill the wellbore when the wellbore. At least one relationship is established between the at least one measured drilling operating parameter and corresponding values of a drilling response parameter at the surface and at the bottom of the drill string. A value of a rate of penetration parameter at surface is selected to operate the automatic drilling system so as to optimize a rate of penetration parameter at the bottom of the drill string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: James Belaskie, Richard John Meehan
  • Patent number: 10896363
    Abstract: A device for securing a data carrier to a tool holder is disclosed. In order to allow the data carrier to be easily secured to the tool holder in a reliable and permanent manner, the device includes a sleeve-shaped main body which has, at a first end, at least one projection projecting radially inwards and has, in the region of a second end opposite the first end, at least one projection projecting radially outwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: FRANZ HAIMER MASCHINENBAU KG
    Inventor: Franz Haimer
  • Patent number: 10876390
    Abstract: There is described a method of controlling a drilling operation. A pipe joint is determined to be entering a rotating control device (RCD). In response to determining that the pipe joint is entering the RCD, a weight-on-bit (WOB) setpoint is increased so as to increase a measured WOB. After increasing the WOB setpoint, the pipe joint is determined to be exiting the RCD. In response to determining that the pipe joint is exiting the RCD, the WOB setpoint is decreased so as to decrease the measured WOB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Pason Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Sean William Scotvold, Choon-Sun James Ng, Quinn Harrison Hepburn, John Aaron Eddy
  • Patent number: 10865639
    Abstract: An apparatus for transmitting and/or receiving energy in a borehole penetrating a subsurface formation includes a tubular assembly having a tubing mandrel and a sleeve at least partially surrounding a circumference of the tubing mandrel, wherein the tubing mandrel includes a cavity and the sleeve defines at least a portion of an opening over the cavity. The apparatus also includes a transducer assembly disposed in the cavity and configured for transmitting and/or receiving the energy, wherein the transducer assembly upon relative movement of the tubing mandrel with respect to the sleeve is displaced radially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: David Bishop, Robert O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10859730
    Abstract: Technologies related to training machine-learning-based surrogate models for phase equilibria calculations are disclosed. In one implementation, an equation of state (EOS) for each of one or more regions of a reservoir is determined based on results of one or more pressure, volume, or temperature (PVT) experiments conducted on samples of downhole fluids obtained from one or more regions of the reservoir. Compositions of the samples of the downhole fluids are determined and spatially mapped based on interpolations between the one or more regions of the reservoir. One or more PVT experiments are simulated for the spatially mapped compositions of the downhole fluids using the determined EOS to create a compositional database of the reservoir. One or more machine-learning algorithms are trained using the compositional database, and the trained one or more machine-learning algorithms are used to predict phase stability and perform flash calculations for compositional reservoir simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Vinay Raman, Todd R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10851637
    Abstract: A method of predicting behavior of a drilling assembly includes: generating a mathematical representation of a geometry of each of a plurality of components of a drilling assembly, the plurality of components including a plurality of cutters and one or more additional components configured to at least one of: support the plurality of cutters and operably connect the plurality of cutters to the drill string, the one or more additional components including a drill bit crown; simulating one or more operating conditions incident on the drilling assembly representation, and simulating an interaction between the plurality of components and an earth formation; and predicting physical responses of the drilling assembly representation to the one or more conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES
    Inventors: Christian Herbig, Hanno Reckmann, Bernhard Meyer-Heye, Frank Schuberth, Jayesh Rameshlal Jain, Jonathan Mackey Hanson, Carmel Zouheir El Hakam, Reed W. Spencer
  • Patent number: 10825008
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus identify downhole equipment and correlate input data with the equipment to improve planning and/or inventory operations. For some embodiments, oilfield equipment or tubular goods such as drill pipe include a shaped recess along an outer circumference for receiving a tag cartridge by shrink fitting. Once tagged, detector system configurations at pipe yards may facilitate logging the presence and location of each drill pipe and correlating specific data, such as inspection data, to each drill pipe. Further, this correlation populates a database utilized to achieve other business functions such as forecasting number of additional drill pipe needed to purchase, invoicing customers according to actual tracked wear/use of the drill pipe being returned, and providing well or job specific drill string population using known history pipe joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Steven Griggs, Patrick M. Ljungdahl, Stephen Sarradet, Larry Williams, Matthew G. Miller, Simon John Harrall, Tuong Thanh Le
  • Patent number: 10824123
    Abstract: A system for drilling to a position relative to a geological boundary in a geological formation includes a sensor pack for sensing parameters associated with a drilling operation carried out in the geological formation by a drill. A data storage module stores a geological model of the geological formation and data relating to the sensed parameters, including data relating to the geological boundary. A processor module monitors the drilling operation using the sensed parameters data to locate the position of a drill bit of the drill in the geological formation and its corresponding position within the geological model. The processor module generates an end point at a defined position relative to the geological boundary. A drill controller communicates with the processor module, the drill controller controlling operation of the drill to cause the drill to cease drilling when the end point has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Technological Resources Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Charles Benjamin McHugh
  • Patent number: 10815744
    Abstract: Methods and devices for the execution of core drillings in a material by a drilling unit, which makes use of a drill bit, and such drill bits that are made up of a hollow cylindrical core barrel, which has an end plate at its rear end and abrasion elements, which serve the abrasion of material, at the front end as well as at least two high-pressure jet nozzles, which can be connected with a high-pressure source of a blasting medium. The high-pressure jet nozzles are arranged on the inner surface of the core barrel and/or its end plate and are oriented into the inside of the core barrel. As a result of a combined forward motion and rotation of the drill bit, a drilling core is formed from which an abrasion takes place by means of the blasting medium, whereby overburden is removed from the drill bit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Mauerspecht GmbH
    Inventor: Volker Galinsky