Diagnostic Monitoring Or Detecting Operation Of Communications Equipment Or Signal Patents (Class 340/853.2)
  • Patent number: 10947837
    Abstract: Apparatus (100) for use in sensing temperature along a wellbore, comprising: tubing (110) comprising a plurality of temperature sensor modules (120) provided at locations along the inside of the tubing, having electrical properties that vary with temperature; and an electrical network (115) comprising a plurality of wires and said plural temperature sensor modules, wherein the wires and plural temperature sensor modules are configured as a matrix by which the wires comprise a first group of wires and a second, different group of wires and each wire of the first group is electrically connected to each wire of the second group once, by different temperature sensor modules, such that each temperature sensor module can be individually electrically connected by a pair of wires comprising a first wire from the first group and a second wire from the second group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Metrol Technology Limited
    Inventors: Leslie David Jarvis, Shaun Compton Ross
  • Patent number: 10902246
    Abstract: A determination device according to an embodiment includes one or more processors. The processors identify a worker position. The processors identify a job area which includes the worker position. The processors select, from among a plurality of determiners meant for determining job details of persons from movement information indicating movements of persons, at least one determiner associated with the job area. The processors generate worker movement information indicating movements of a worker. The processors use the at least one selected determiner and determine a job type indicating job details of the worker based on the worker movement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasunobu Yamauchi, Kazunori Imoto
  • Patent number: 10891155
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and method for providing a service on a wearable device where the wearable device is limited in its functionality in some way when compared with a companion device. In particular, the disclosure describes use cases for configuring the wearable device, and use cases for configuring a wearable device and performing service application functions on the wearable device while leveraging a companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: McAfee, LLC
    Inventors: Dattatraya Kulkarni, Srikanth Nalluri, Venkatasubrahmanyam Krishnapur, Kaushal Dhruw, Aravind Doss, Raja Sinha, Susmita Nayak, Yogesh Jain
  • Patent number: 10783546
    Abstract: The present invention claims and discloses a color and, or symbol coded display on a digital interactive badge for communicating a permission to approach and activate further digital content interaction. A non-verbal person to person ‘line of sight’ digital or electronic communication protocol standard (NVP) which allows one person to communicate with another using a direct line of sight signal from one interactive badge or screen to another. It allows the user to communicate and display their feelings, emotions, states of mind and consciousness, their like-mindedness with others, their social media activity, images, favorite brands, videos, purchased items and advertising all inside a new and comprehensive language NVP and in a visual way. NVP also allows the user to send invites to approach, talk, interact and to send digital information to their NVP capable interactive badge or screen or static receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Blue storm Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Gareth John Llewelyn
  • Patent number: 10775348
    Abstract: The invention concerns a tank (1) of fluid (4) for a motor vehicle (3), comprising a body (5) arranged to receive the fluid (4) and a system (9) for measuring a parameter of the fluid (4) in the tank (1) from an acoustic wave. According to the invention, the acoustic wave (6) is generated by another system (7), the main function of which is not that of emitting an acoustic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Plastic Omnium Advanced Innovation and Research
    Inventors: Mehdi Ferhan, Francois Francini, Yacouba Sanogo
  • Patent number: 10756820
    Abstract: A phase analog coherent demodulation system includes a difference frequency and pulse generator configured to generate a pulsed light and a continuous light with different frequency from the pulsed light, a controller, and an I/Q demodulation module. The controller locks the frequency difference signal of the pulse light, and the pulsed light generates the backward scattered light of constant frequency in the measured medium, and the backward scattered light returns along the original path and mixing beat with the continuous light in the I/Q demodulation module, the difference frequency electrical signals of the two optical signals are obtained. The I/Q demodulation module orthogonally demodulates the difference frequency electrical signal by using the frequency difference signal of the pulsed light and the continuous light as the fundamental frequency signal of the orthogonal demodulation, to detect phase information of the vibration signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG JERICORE TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hangjie Liu, Yimin Xie, Yibo Hu
  • Patent number: 10738594
    Abstract: A method for using the time derivative of distributed temperature sensing (DTS) data obtained during hydraulic fracturing to identify fluid activities not as evident in conventional DTS date inside or near the wellbore during the hydraulic fracturing process comprises providing a fiber optic based distributed temperature sensing measurement system through a production region; gathering the temperatures through the production region as a function of the depth in the subsurface well and as a function of the elapsed time; calculating from the gathered data the time derivative of the temperature changes as a function of depth in the subsurface well and of the elapsed time; and displaying the time derivative data for analysis of the fluid activities inside or near the wellbore during the hydraulic fracturing process to identify fluid activities inside or near the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Hongyan Duan
  • Patent number: 10701067
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer-readable medium storing executable instructions, for credential management using wearable devices. In some implementations, an authentication request for a user is received. It is determined that a wearable device previously associated with the user is in proximity to the electronic device. In response to determining that the wearable device associated with the user is in proximity to the electronic device, a notification is sent to the wearable device for output by the wearable device. Approval data is received indicating user interaction with the wearable device approving authentication in response to the notification. Data indicating approval of the authentication request is provided in response to receiving the approval data from the wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: MicroStrategy Incorporated
    Inventors: Siamak Ziraknejad, Victor Pena, Michael J. Saylor
  • Patent number: 10655448
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes a casing disposed within a wellbore, one or more data collection tools coupled to the casing, and one or more sensors disposed within an annulus of the wellbore. Each of the one or more sensors include a substrate, a strain-sensitive element coupled to the substrate, and a transceiver coupled to the substrate and configured to communicate with the one or more data collection tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Roberson, Scott Goodwin
  • Patent number: 10600333
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for generating normalized activity results. A mobile application is installed on a plurality of computing devices and normalization base data is received for a first user. The first user is assigned to a user population based on the received normalization base data. A comparator population is determined that includes users having normalization base data within a comparator range. Activity results are collected from users in the user population and the comparator population. At least one activity results is received for the user. At least one normalization factor is determined for the user based on the comparator population activity results and the user population activity results. Normalized activity results are determined by adjusting each of the received activity results using the at least one normalization factor. The normalized activity results can then be displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: REPerformance Inc.
    Inventors: Callen Patrick McGibbon, Milad Mansour, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10582897
    Abstract: A wearable device comprising a memory storing data associated with a personal biology of a user, a short-range wireless transceiver for receiving, from a peer wearable device, data associated with a personal biology of a peer user, and a processor for comparing the received data with the data stored in the memory in order to determine whether or not there is a match. The device further comprises an indicator for generating a visual, audio or other sensory indication of a match when the data is determined to match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: DNANUDGE LIMITED
    Inventors: Christofer Toumazou, Georgina Toumazou
  • Patent number: 10463909
    Abstract: A system and method for using performance signatures can include generating a set of performance features during an activity of the first participant by collecting kinematic data from at least one inertial measurement unit and generating a set of biomechanical signals; combining the set of performance features into the performance signature; generating at least a second performance signature from a set of participants; comparing the performance signature of the first participant to at least the second performance signature; and applying a result of the comparison to an interaction with at least one participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SEISMIC HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Robert Chang, Chung-Che Charles Wang
  • Patent number: 10443273
    Abstract: A portable protective case for the safe transport and storage of measuring devices and other electrical equipment. The protective case is designed to protect a valuable and sensitive measuring device located inside it against theft, unauthorized use and/or potentially harmful environmental influences. The case comprises communication means for sending and receiving data via a wireless network, as well as for receiving localization data, which enable the communication unit to provide at least a rough location of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Thomas Harring, Katherine Broder, Burkhard Böckem
  • Patent number: 10419278
    Abstract: A device management system includes an information processing apparatus residing on a first network, a function providing apparatus residing on a second network and configured to provide a function to the information processing apparatus through a third network, and a log transfer apparatus residing on the first network and configured to communicate data with a providing-side device residing on the second network through a communication channel between the log transfer apparatus and the providing-side device. The information processing apparatus includes first circuitry to, in response to detecting a status in which the information processing apparatus is not able to communicate data with the function providing apparatus through the third network, generate an error log, and transmit the error log to the log transfer apparatus. The function providing apparatus includes second circuitry to acquire from the providing-side device the error log, and detect the state of the information processing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Satoh
  • Patent number: 10416328
    Abstract: Some aspects of what is described here relate to seismic profiling techniques. In some implementations, a time-sequence of seismic excitations are generated at seismic source locations in a first directional wellbore section in a subterranean region. Each seismic excitation is generated at a respective time and at a respective subset of the seismic source locations. A time-sequence of seismic responses are detected at one or more seismic sensor locations in a second directional wellbore section in the subterranean region. The time-sequence of seismic responses is associated with the time-sequence of seismic excitations. A fracture treatment of the subterranean region is analyzed based on the time-sequence of seismic responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Grayson Walters, Ronald Glen Dusterhoft, Priyesh Ranjan
  • Patent number: 10405806
    Abstract: An apparatus for and a method of measuring blood pressure are provided. The apparatus includes a sensor configured to radiate light to a body part, and detect a light signal that is changed due to the body part. The apparatus further includes a signal processor configured to determine a bio signal based on the light signal; and a central processing unit configured to determine a blood pressure based on the bio signal and a blood pressure estimation algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chanwook Baik, Jisoo Kyoung, Maxim Vladimirovich Riabko, Youngzoon Yoon, Alexey Dmitrievich Lantsov, Younggeun Roh, Jaesoong Lee
  • Patent number: 10408857
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure help identify athletic maneuvers performed by actors and/or their sports equipment using data from sensors, including data from at least one gyroscopic sensor. Among other things, various embodiments can help judges and spectators of extreme sports to identify and assess athletic maneuvers more easily and accurately compared to conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: ALPINEREPLAY, INC.
    Inventors: Anatole M. Lokshin, Vitaly A. Kuzkin, Claire Louise Roberts-Thomson
  • Patent number: 10398359
    Abstract: A binodal wireless sensor provides biomechanics feedback focused on movement tracking for the purpose of facilitating enhanced user training and recovery decisions. The sensing device and methods of use differs distinctly from current devices by utilizing a plurality of inertial sensors within a single, non-rigid unit to, among other things, identify a segment's position in space, identify internal movement and stability such as torsion, bending, shear movement, etc. in the segment, and/or between two segments. The unit includes data storage, wireless transmission, rechargeable battery, local processing and data collection sensors. The unit relays data to an intelligent device that provides feedback to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Ivonna Dumanyan, Gabrielle Levac
  • Patent number: 10384719
    Abstract: A method for remotely controlling vehicle parking including recognizing a smart key in a first region by a vehicle, upon recognizing the smart key, activating a distance sensor of a camera and a parking assistance system (PAS) by the vehicle, recognizing a driver having the smart key through the activated camera, setting a position of the driver as a reference point by the vehicle, and calculating a detected distance of the driver and the vehicle through the PAS, and after the setting of the reference point and the calculating of the detected distance, moving forward or backward based on the detected distance or turning left or right based on a change in a position of the driver in right and left directions with respect to the reference point while receiving a parking signal from the smart key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Jong Gyu Kim
  • Patent number: 10327671
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of gait measurement using tri-axial accelerometer/gyro in mobile devices. In particular, the present invention relates to algorithms for gait measurement using tri-axial accelerometer/gyro in mobile devices for monitoring and improving the physical movement of a moving subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Jeffrey Tai Kin Cheung
  • Patent number: 10323509
    Abstract: A repeater system provided in a wellbore including a plurality of communication units spaced at intervals along a length of a wellbore, the communication units being communicatively coupled via a transmission medium. The communication units are configured to relay data from one communication unit to another communication unit selected from the plurality of communication units along the transmission medium, wherein at least one of the communication units is hopped over as data is relayed across the plurality of communication units along the length of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Mark W. Roberson
  • Patent number: 10291288
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a request to supply power of a first type to a toolstring. The toolstring includes a first tool that operates using the power of the first type and a second tool that operates using power of a second type. The method also includes receiving an indication of a relay configuration relating to relay positions of relays of a switching circuit in the toolstring. The relay configuration enables the switching circuit to selectively supply the power of the first type or the power of the second type to the toolstring via a switching communication system. The method further includes, when the relay configuration does not enable the switching circuit to supply the power of the first type, sending a first command to the switching communication system to change the relay configuration to enable the switching circuit to supply the power of the first type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tamim Sawaf, Koichi Naito
  • Patent number: 10273752
    Abstract: A drilling control and information system comprising: a rig site network (102) including a drilling equipment controller (112) and a drilling parameter sensor (116); a downhole sensor (118) communicatively coupled to the rig site network; a data center (104) communicatively coupled to the rig site network; a remote access site (106) communicatively coupled to the data center; and a pressure management application (300) communicatively coupled to the rig site network, wherein the pressure management application receives pressure data from the drilling parameter sensor and the downhole sensor and issues an operating instruction to the drilling equipment controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Eugene Mebane, III
  • Patent number: 10191870
    Abstract: Examples of data polling using a chain sleep technique are disclosed. In one example, a computer-implemented method includes: computing a least common multiplier (LCM) based on a polling time for each of a plurality of devices deployed in a well operation to be polled; generating a sequence of polling elements, wherein each of the polling elements represents a multiple of the polling time for each of the plurality of devices, wherein the sequence of polling elements begins with the lowest polling time and ends with the LCM; sorting the sequence of polling elements from lowest value to highest value as an ordered list; calculating a distance between each of the polling elements of the ordered list; generating a polling chain based on the ordered list and the distance between each of the polling elements; and polling the plurality of devices in the well operation based on the polling chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Celestine S. Vettical, Sony Lazarus, Ajayan Alphonse
  • Patent number: 10175385
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various systems and methods for creating and presenting optimization visualizations that use normalized achievement variables. At least one illustrative method includes defining achievement functions that each operates on at least one of several achievement variables (each of the achievement variables representing a characteristic of a physical object or process), and transforming value ranges for at least two achievement variables into corresponding achievement level ranges by applying at least one of the achievement functions to the value ranges of the achievement variables (the achievement variables being a function of at least one common control variable). The method further includes combining the corresponding achievement level ranges to produce a combined achievement level range, and presenting a visual representation of the combined achievement level range to a user, enabling the user to select value ranges for the common control variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Dale E. Jamison, Robert L. Williams
  • Patent number: 10134207
    Abstract: A first message from a remote terminal unit (RTU) is received, where the first message indicates that a motion has been detected. In response to receiving the first message, a timer is started at a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) server. Whether a personal identification number (PIN) verification and a radio-frequency identification (RFID) verification have succeeded is determined before the timer expires. In response to determining that at least one of the PIN verification or the RFID verification fails, a communication port connecting the RTU with the SCADA server is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Hassan S. Al-Yousef, Fouad M. Alkhabbaz, Zakarya A. Abu Al Saud, Soloman M. Almadi
  • Patent number: 10134225
    Abstract: A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In some embodiments, the operations can include establishing a connection with an input device, from a plurality of input devices configured for user input, for use in a wagering game during a wagering game session. The operations can further include receiving input data from the input device, wherein the input data has a first format specific to the input device, and wherein the wagering game requires the input data in a second format different from the first format. The operations can further include converting the input data from the first format to the second format required by the wagering game, and providing the input data to the wagering game in the second format for use as the user input for the wagering game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric V. Erickson, Sean P. Kelly, Jesse M. Smith, Martin R. Ugarte, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10082019
    Abstract: A method for signal communication between a well drilling instrument and the Earths surface includes generating an electromagnetic field in an instrument disposed in drill string used to drill a wellbore. The electromagnetic field includes encoded measurements from at least one sensor associated with the instrument. A signal corresponding to an amplitude and/or phase of the electromagnetic field is measured between the drill string and a surface electrode when the drill string is substantially electrically isolated from a well casing. A signal corresponding to the amplitude and/or phase is measured between the casing and a surface electrode when the casing and the drill string are in electrical contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Guozhong Gao, Luis Eduardo DePavia, Gaelle Jannin
  • Patent number: 9959022
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying wells and their respective status on an electronic map based on a geographical area, a time frame and a preferred well activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Florin Mugur Anghelescu, David Crawshay
  • Patent number: 9957789
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a downhole system (200) comprising a casing (3) having an inner wall. Furthermore, the downhole system comprises a wireless unit (1) which is movable within the casing, comprising driving means (7) in the form of wheels and at least one battery pack (8) comprising at least one battery for powering an electrical motor (5) driving a pump (6) driving the wheels to rotate along the inner wall of the casing, wherein the downhole system further comprises a well head (110) having a sound detection device (16) for detecting vibrations in the casing, e.g. caused by the driving means or an operation performed by the wireless unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: WELLTEC A/S
    Inventor: Jorgen Hallundbæk
  • Patent number: 9915643
    Abstract: The present invention covers the integration and utility of accelerometer features into a clinical analysis system. For example, measurement of dynamic acceleration and orientation of a blood-testing instrument with respect to Earth's gravitational field may be used to determine reliability of a test procedure and optionally to provide corrective elements thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Abbott Point of Care Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Vandersleen, Pierre Emeric, Paul Wasserman, Narendra Soman, Graham Davis
  • Patent number: 9891701
    Abstract: A location of a sensor is determined by: (1) receiving time series data including components in a plurality of dimensions, wherein the time series data correspond to measurements of the sensor that is applied to a subject; (2) determining a plurality of subsequences associated with the time series data, wherein each of the plurality of subsequences represents a characteristic pattern projected along one of the plurality of dimensions; (3) identifying a correlated subset of the plurality of subsequences as at least one instance of an activity of the subject; and (4) based on features of the correlated subset, determining the location of the sensor as applied to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Majid Sarrafzadeh, Ani Nahapetian, Alireza Vahdatpour, Mahsan Rofouei
  • Patent number: 9867152
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method of measuring an amount of user physical activity by an electronic device are provided. The method includes establishing short range communication among a plurality of electronic devices, determining one of the plurality of electronic devices as a primary device, communicating state information of remaining electronic devices to the primary device, activating a sensor on a device having a highest priority among the plurality of electronic devices according to the state information, recording physical activity information according to physical activity sensed by the sensor, communicating the physical activity information to the primary device, calculating an amount of physical activity according to the communicated physical activity information, and synchronizing the amount of physical activity among the plurality of electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-Hye Ban, Sun-Mi Park, Jeong-Min Park, Dae-Yong Lee, Youn-Hee Lee, Jae-Woong Chun
  • Patent number: 9848061
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system enables an administrator to customize a set of rules to dynamically adjust the configuration and output of an application provided to users. A configuration interface for setting rules that dynamically adjust output of an application is provided. Data indicating one or more rules are received through the configuration interface. Activity data indicating user interaction with the application or sensor data for at least some of a plurality of users of the application are then received from multiple client devices. A determination relating to the activity data satisfying at least one condition or trigger is then made. Instructions to adjust output of the application according to one or more system actions of the one or more rules are then communicated to client devices associated with the users in the first subset of the plurality of users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Vignet Incorporated
    Inventors: Praduman Jain, Dave Klein, Yue Cao, Neeta Jain
  • Patent number: 9732584
    Abstract: A method of servicing a wellbore, comprising placing a plurality of Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) sensors in a wellbore composition, placing the wellbore composition in the wellbore, obtaining data from the MEMS sensors using a plurality of data interrogation units spaced along a length of the wellbore, and telemetrically transmitting the data from an interior of the wellbore to an exterior of the wellbore using a conduit positioned in the wellbore. A system, comprising a wellbore extending the earth's surface, a conduit positioned in the wellbore, a wellbore composition positioned in the wellbore, the wellbore composition comprising a plurality of Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) sensors, and a plurality of data interrogation units spaced along a length of the wellbore and adapted to obtain data from the MEMS sensors and telemetrically transmit the data from an interior of the wellbore to an entrance of the wellbore via the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig W. Roddy, Rick Covington, Krishna M. Ravi, Michael Bittar, Clovis Bonavides, Gordon Moake, Batakrishna Mandal, Paul Rodney, William Tapie
  • Patent number: 9663242
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for managing alarm and maintenance messages of an aircraft, comprises collecting information relating to the alarm, aircraft status and maintenance messages; transmitting the information collected to an electronic device of EFB or electronic flight bag type, the electronic device being able to correlate the alarm messages with the maintenance messages and to associate the descriptions of the alarms with links and electronic maintenance documents. Developments describe notably the extracting of data from images or audio streams; listening to the communications on an avionics bus between the centralized maintenance system CMS and the printing service Printer and/or ground equipment of AGARS or VHF type; and the establishing of links with the electronic documentation and the use of an electronic flight bag EFB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: François Fournier, Stéphanie Peyrat, Rémi Huynh
  • Patent number: 9664815
    Abstract: A method and system for transmitting data through a transmission medium in a wellbore. A surface transceiver and a subsurface transceiver are each configured to selectively transmit over a plurality of transmission channels. The surface transceiver is adapted to initialize a channel to determine at least one parameter affecting the current maximum data rate for transmission of information through the channel using a given transmission methodology. At least one of the channels uses carrierless phase/amplitude (CAP) modulation for its transmission methodology. The surface transceiver and the subsurface transceiver adapt to cooperatively periodically test a channel by transmission of a calibration signal from the subsurface transceiver to the surface transceiver. Control circuitry compares the received calibration signal with the calibration signal, responding to the result of the comparison to adjust at least one parameter as necessary to achieve an optimum rate of data transmission through said channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Otto N. Fanini, Raman Viswanathan, Jorge Omar Maxit, Harold Andrade
  • Patent number: 9644433
    Abstract: An electronic frame for use in a downhole component coupling mechanism in a segmented wired pipe system includes a first frame element including at least one retaining structure configured to retain an electronic component. The frame also includes a sealed chamber disposed in the frame element, the sealed chamber including inputs to receive input signals from communication elements and either couple the inputs together or direct the input signals to control electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Stephan Mueller, Ingo Roders, Robert Buda, Henning Rahn, Volker Peters, Hans Oppelaar, Rene Schulz, Detlev Benedict
  • Patent number: 9594718
    Abstract: A device and method for communicating, via a memory-mapped communication path, between a host processor and a cellular-communication modem are disclosed. The method includes providing logical channels over the memory-mapped communication path and transporting data organized according to one or more cellular communication protocols over at least one of the logical channels. In addition, the method includes acknowledging when data transfer occurs between the host processor and the cellular-communication modem, issuing commands between the host processor and the cellular-communication modem, and communicating and managing a power state via one or more of the logical channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc.
    Inventors: Vinod H. Kaushik, Igor Malamant, Sergio Kolor
  • Patent number: 9560619
    Abstract: There is provided a method of detecting erroneous measurements of the position of a device, the device comprising position measurement means, the method comprising determining the state of motion of a user of the device from a plurality of possible states; predicting the position of the device using a plurality of models and the determined state of motion of the user, each model corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of possible states; measuring the position of the device using the position measurement means; comparing the predicted position of the device to the measured position of the device; and determining whether the measured position of the device is erroneous based on the result of the step of comparing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Marten Jeroen Pijl
  • Patent number: 9464492
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for determining the position of a downhole drill pipe relative to a pipe handling device. The system comprises: an imaging means arranged to capture an image of the drill pipe in a region of the pipe for engagement by the device; and a processor operable to analyze said captured image and to determine therefrom the position of the drill pipe relative to said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L.P.
    Inventors: Arne Austefjord, Pal Jacob Nessjoen
  • Patent number: 9371714
    Abstract: A wellbore insert comprises a housing that further comprises an inner annulus and one or more ports dimensioned and configured to provide a fluid pathway between the inner annulus of the housing and the outer surface of the housing. A selectively movable port seal, operable via a port seal mover, is dimensioned and configured to selectively occlude or open these ports. A movable plug, controlled by a plug mover, operates within the housing to selectively permit or occlude fluid flow within the housing. A power supply and a detector are typically present within the housing. An individually addressable electronic control module is operable to effect a change in the position of the selectively movable port seal and/or the movable plug. The wellbore insert can be used for downhole operations such as frac operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Tubel Energy LLC
    Inventors: Paulo Tubel, Rogelio Cantu, Jorge Laurent, James Kendall Warren, Sagar Shinde, Amanda Tubel
  • Patent number: 9316091
    Abstract: A cementing port collar has an opening sleeve biased from a closed position to an opened position relative to the collar's exit port, and a first restraint temporarily holds the opening sleeve closed. The collar also has a closing sleeve biased from an opened position to a closed position, and a second restraint temporarily holds the closing sleeve opened. During cementing, the first restraint is electronically activated with a first trigger to release the opening sleeve opened so cement slurry can pass out of the collar's exit port to the borehole annulus. When cementing is completed, the second restraint is electronically activated with a second trigger to release the closing sleeve closed to close off the collar to the borehole so the cement can set. The restraints can include bands of synthetic fiber, which are burned by fuses activated by a controller of the collar responding to passage of RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua V. Symms
  • Patent number: 9295027
    Abstract: Disclosed here are methods and systems that relate to determining a moving direction of a mobile device user. The methods and systems relate to using an inertial navigation system such as an accelerometer and gyroscope to aid in the determination of the moving direction of the user. The methods and systems may receive an acceleration reading associated with the mobile device, and determine a step frequency of the user based on the acceleration reading. The methods and systems may determine a theoretical model to fit the acceleration reading, and may determine the moving direction of the user based on the theoretical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Qingxuan Yang, Edward Y. Chang
  • Patent number: 9277560
    Abstract: A telecommunication network is described in which information relating to access to resources such as the world wide web, may be transferred between wireless communication terminals at least one of which is a client of a server connected to the network and providing access to the resources. A method of transfer and a terminal suitable therefor are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Zsolt Kun-Szabo, Sueleyman Bakacak, Juha Tervo, Jurgen Schonwald
  • Patent number: 9217328
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for positioning a downhole tool in a wellbore extending into a subterranean formation, commencing coring operations by rotating a coring bit of the downhole tool and extending the rotating coring bit into a sidewall of the wellbore, sensing a parameter associated with the coring operations, and adjusting the coring operations based on the sensed parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Bo Yang, Steve E. Buchanan, Akio Kita
  • Patent number: 9121963
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for evaluating an earth formation. Methods may include conveying the carrier into a formation borehole; and using measure electrodes, in one mode of measurement, to make current measurements by applying a voltage to each measure electrode in a first set of sensor arrays while making first current measurements; and applying another high frequency voltage to each measure electrode in a second set of sensor arrays while making second current measurements. Optionally, methods include using the measure electrodes, in another mode of measurement, to make further resistivity measurements by applying a voltage to each measure electrode in both sets of sensor arrays while making third current measurements. Methods include combining first current measurements, second current measurements, and third current measurements to simulate a virtual impedance for each measure electrode. Optionally, any two consecutive sensor arrays around the circumference of the tool body are in different sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Alexandre N. Bespalov, Gregory B. Itskovich
  • Publication number: 20150145687
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for monitoring a drilling operation includes receiving a signal via a first pair of antennas positioned on a surface of the earthen formation. The signal received by the first pair of antennas has a first signal characteristic. The method includes receiving the signal via a second pair of antennas positioned on the surface at a different location than that of the first pair of antennas. The signal received by the second pair of antennas has a second signal characteristic. The method includes identifying which of the first signal characteristic and the second signal characteristic of the signal received by the respective first and second pairs of antennas is a preferred signal characteristic. The method can include decoding the signal received by one of the first and second pairs of antennas that has received the signal with the preferred signal characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: APS TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Roberts
  • Patent number: 9024776
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for utilizing a radio frequency communication system to wirelessly exchange data with well logging tools and external devices. A logging tool component is operably fitted with an extension antenna which travels through the thick casing of the logging tool. The extension antenna enables data exchange, for example, between radio frequency identification tags inside the logging tool and devices outside of the logging tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Sugiyama, Shinichiro Iso, Satoru Umemoto, Miyako Kubota
  • Patent number: 9019117
    Abstract: H2S (hydrogen sulfide) alarm methods include automated systems for creating reports, initiating different safety drills and/or recording certain calibration and bump tests. The methods being automated reduces the chance of human error and falsified records. The H2S alarm methods are particularly useful for ensuring the safety of workers at remote worksites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Gary W. Crook