Seismic Or Geological Sample Measuring Patents (Class 382/109)
  • Publication number: 20140345946
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of determining a search expression describing a feature of interest in a set of data points distributed throughout a geological object is provided. Each data point contains a value for a geological attribute at that point. The search expression has a plurality of entries. The method including the steps of: (i) displaying the geological object using display codings corresponding to value subranges for the geological attribute such that all data points which have values for the geological attribute falling within a given value subrange are displayed with the same coding; (ii) selecting a plurality of data points of the feature of interest; and (iii) allocating value characters to entries of the search expression, the value characters corresponding to the value subranges for the geological attribute of the selected data points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: WestemGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jan Øystein Haavig Bakke, Oddgeir Gramstad
  • Publication number: 20140347472
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided featuring a signal processor or signal processing module configured to receive signaling containing information about images of an ore sample; and determine information about a Bitumen Content of the ore sample based at least partly on the signaling, including for use in real time ore blend management in a bitumen recovery process related to mined oil sands. The ore sample may be an ore face, and the signaling may contain information about the images of the ore face. The signal processor or signal processing module may be configured to determine a real time ore face ore grade visualization based at least partly on the signaling, and provide corresponding signaling containing information about the real time ore face ore grade visualization, including a composite overlay image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Michael A. Davis, Andrew E. Carlson, David O. Winkowski, John V. Viega, Alan D. Kersey, Mark R. Fernald
  • Publication number: 20140334690
    Abstract: A sample of an unconsolidated porous medium is frozen and at subzero temperature is placed into contact with a frozen solution of an X-ray contrast agent. Upon the end of saturation of the sample, X-ray computed microtomography of the sample is conducted at subzero temperatures and by means of analyzing the obtained computer tomograhic image, spatial distribution and concentration of ice and/or gas hydrate inclusions, open and closed porosity, pore size distribution, specific surface in the sample are determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander Nikolaevich Nadeev, Evgeny Mikhailovich Chuvilin, Olga Vladimirovna Popova
  • Patent number: 8879798
    Abstract: Computing systems and methods for improving processing of collected data are disclosed. In one embodiment, while ray-tracing through a sub-surface region, a frequency- dependent outgoing ray direction is computed from a point on an interface disposed in the sub-surface region when the ray tracing is at the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Maxim Protasov, Konstantin S. Osypov, David Nichols, Can Evren Yarman
  • Publication number: 20140321713
    Abstract: An objective function is disclosed that extracts the velocity error information directly in the image domain without computing common-image gathers. Because of the dimensionality of the problem, gradient-based methods (such as the conjugate-gradient algorithm) are used in the optimization procedure. In order to include the full complexity of the wavefield in the velocity estimation algorithm, a two-way (as opposed to one-way) wave operator is considered, where the imaging operator is not linearized with respect to the model parameters (as in linearized wave-equation migration velocity analysis), and the gradient of the objective function is determined using the adjoint-state method. The velocity estimation methodology is illustrated with a few synthetic examples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicants: ENI S.P.A., COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
    Inventors: Paul Sava, Francesco Perrone, Clara Andreoletti, Nicola Bienati
  • Publication number: 20140312017
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for marking valuable articles, particularly precious stones and here in particular cut diamonds (brilliants) and uncut diamonds. An identification marking that is invisible to the naked eye is applied to the article, and data associated with the identification marking is stored for subsequent use in determining the authenticity of the marking. The marking is applied by irradiating a surface of the article with laser light having a wavelength of less than 400 nm and applying ultrasonic oscillations during laser irradiation. A further laser light having a wavelength of more than 500 nm may also be applied to the surface. At least two interference images are generated using at least two different sounding radiation wavelengths for storage, along with an incidence angle of the sounding radiation. The stored data may subsequently be compared to authenticity-checking interference images to determine the authenticity of the identification marking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander Potemkin, Petr Nikolaevich Luskinovich, Vladimir Alexandrovich Zhabotinsky
  • Publication number: 20140307928
    Abstract: Method for building a seismic imaging velocity model, particularly at the boundary of a geo-body, and to perform imaging, by taking into account the elastic reflection and scattering information in the seismic data. More illumination of the base and flanks (or in general, the boundary) of the geo-body is provided from (a) inside of the geo-body (502), with elastically converted waves at the geo-body boundary used (via elastic RTM flooding); and (b) from outside the geo-body (503), by utilizing prism waves with elastic RTM to handle the phase correctly in the model building step. The increased illumination and correct elastic phase are used for geo-body boundary determination. Elastic RTM is then applied (505), along with the elastically derived imaging velocity model, to maximize the use of elastic energy in the imaging step, and to obtain the correct image with the correct phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Charlie Jing, Warren S. Ross
  • Patent number: 8861795
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for facilitating detection of a presence or an absence of at least one underground facility within a dig area. At least one marked-up digital image of a geographic area including the dig area, the image including at least one indicator to delimit the dig area, is electronically processed by converting the at least one indicator to a plurality of geographic coordinates representing the delimited dig area. Information relating to a locate request ticket identifying the dig area to be excavated is electronically transmitted and/or electronically stored, wherein the locate request ticket includes image data and non-image data associated with the dig area. The image data includes the at least one marked-up digital image of the geographic area surrounding the dig area, and the non-image data includes the plurality of geographic coordinates representing the delimited dig area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers
  • Patent number: 8861794
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for facilitating detection of a presence or an absence of at least one underground facility within a dig area. Source data representing one or more input images of a geographic area including the dig area is electronically received at a first user location, which may be remote from the dig area. The source data is processed so as to display at least a portion of the input image(s) on a display device at the first user location. One or more indicators are added to the displayed input image(s), via a user input device associated with the display device, to provide at least one indication of the dig area and thereby generate a marked-up digital image. In one example, the indicator(s) is/are added to the displayed input image(s) without acquiring geographic coordinates corresponding to the indicator(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8848983
    Abstract: Systems and methods for ranking geographic features in a geographic information system are provided. In particular, geographic features can be assigned ranking scores based on characteristics of viewsheds associated with the geographic features. In particular, characteristics of a viewshed associated with a geographic feature can be analyzed to assess the visibility of the geographic feature. A ranking score can be assigned to the geographic feature based on the characteristics of the viewshed. The ranking score can be used prioritize information in a geographic information system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Edmond Brewington, Mark A. Limber, Igor V. Guskov, Peter Hamel, Kong M. Cheung, Morten Just Petersen
  • Publication number: 20140286538
    Abstract: Data transmission from a bottom hole assembly (BHA) includes obtaining a scan from multiple scans forming a downhole data log of a borehole within a subterranean formation. The scan includes a sequence of data items from a sensor in the BHA located in the borehole. Each data item corresponds to an azimuth angle of the sensor. Further, compressed scan data is generated from the sequence of data items on a per-scan basis, and transmitted, using a pre-determined borehole telemetry, to a surface unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Bo Yu, Han Yu, Remi Hutin, Yong Sun
  • Publication number: 20140286539
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for characterizing a subterranean formation traversed by a wellbore including collecting data from the formation using a tool wherein the tool collects data to form an azimuthal image, characterizing a section of the formation comprising data and images acquired in a high angle wellbore section or horizontal wellbore section using a parametric model, and performing an inversion using apparent densities and volumetric photoelectric factor images to build a formation model wherein the inversion is tailored for high angle wellbore sections and/or horizontal wellbore sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Sushil Shetty, Dzevat Omeragic, Tarek M. Habashy, John Rasmus, Jeffrey Miles
  • Patent number: 8843353
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present technology integrate seismic data and geologic concepts into earth model building. More specifically, exemplary embodiments provide new ways to build an earth model based on information in the seismic data and geologic concepts to use as a context to interpret the seismic data and/or to add to the earth model in regions where the seismic data is missing (e.g., either no data or no data resolvability). In some embodiments, a deterministic framework is generated for an earth models through deterministic identification of discrete geobodies. A hybrid deterministic-geostatistical earth model is generated by filling stratigraphic gaps in a deterministic framework using geostatistical information and/or seismic inversion, in accordance with some embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Henry W. Posamentier, Cung Khac Vu, James P. DiSiena, Todd Dygert
  • Publication number: 20140270393
    Abstract: A testing system can analyze a 3D digital volume of a material sample. The testing system can define several test volumes with each test volume including a different numbers of voxels. The test volumes can define the size of portions of the 3D digital volume to analyze. For each test volume, the testing system can acquire two adjacent portions of 3D digital volume that are the size of the test volume currently being analyzed. The testing system can calculate a petrophysical property value for the two adjacent portions of the 3D digital volume and can calculate the difference value between the two adjacent portions of the 3D digital volume. The testing system can repeat the process for the different test volumes. The testing system can plot the mean difference values for the different test volumes. The testing system can analyze the plot to determine a representative elementary volume that meets a predefined difference value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Laurent Louis, Joanne Fredrich, Elizabeth Liu, Dianne Ni
  • Publication number: 20140270394
    Abstract: A testing system for analyzing a 3D digital volume of a material sample. The testing system defines several test volume sizes with each test volume size including a different numbers of voxels, defining the size of portions of the 3D digital volume to analyze. For each test volume size, the testing system acquires two adjacent portions of 3D digital volume at the test volume size currently being analyzed. The testing system calculates a material property value for the two adjacent portions of the 3D digital volume, and a difference value between the two adjacent portions of the 3D digital volume. The process is repeated over the different test volume sizes. The testing system calculates mean difference values for the different test volume sizes, from which it determines a representative elementary volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BP CORPORATION NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Joanne Fredrich, Elizabeth Liu, Laurent Louis, Dianne Ni
  • Publication number: 20140254884
    Abstract: A method of detecting an edge of a geological characteristic in a borehole comprises, in respect of an image log of a length of a borehole, carrying out the steps of a gradient-based edge detection method, a phase congruence-based edge detection method or a combination of such methods as preliminary, pre-processing stages. Subsequent steps of the method may include operating a relatively computationally simple process to identify sinusoids among detected edge features; and a relatively computationally complex process for parameterizing the thus-identified sinusoids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Adrian Spencer Elkington, Said Assous
  • Patent number: 8830066
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide a package bag having a metal layer, wherein the metal layer is formed with a first groove and a second groove, and the second groove has a first side extending to one edge of the metal layer and a second side away from said edge and communicating vertically with a central section of a first side of the first groove. The second side of the second groove is shorter than the first side of the first groove, such that the portions of the metal layer adjacent to the first side of the first groove form two first impedance-matching portions respectively, and the two corresponding portions of the metal layer adjacent to the first groove form two second impedance-matching portions respectively. Thus, due to the impedance-matching portions, a slot antenna can be formed on the metal layer for coupling with a communication device attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Taiwan Lamination Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Yung-Shun Chen
  • Publication number: 20140247969
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for identifying multiples contamination in a stack are provided. The method includes identifying spatially an area of potential multiples contamination in the stack. The method also includes constructing, using a processor, a model of multiples contamination using well data, and evaluating a degree of contamination in the area of potential contamination using the model of multiples contamination. The method further includes attenuating multiples contamination in the areas of multiples contamination, and validating the stack after attenuating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Ramachandra Srigiriraju
  • Publication number: 20140233809
    Abstract: Disclosed in the disclosure are a method and a device for processing geological information. The method for processing the geological information comprises: acquiring multiple geological image graphs; determining the relation between the image coordinate and the ground coordinate of each of the multiple geological image graphs by an imaging mode of geological images; and joining the multiple geological image graphs together according to the relation between the image coordinate and the ground coordinate of each of the multiple geological image graphs. The large-scale ground images can be acquired by processing the geological images according to the present disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicants: BEIJING ELECTRIC POWER ECONOMIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE, BEIJING FOREVER TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD, STATE GRID CORPORATION OF CHINA, STATE GRID BEIJING ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY
    Inventors: Bin Shu, Chao Yang, Kai Zhang, Youjun Wang, Yong Wang, Zhishan Ren, Xinwei Luo, Congyun Li, Kai Chen, Chunhua Jiang, Guoyong Li, Jinglei Zhou, Tong Zhou, Xiaopeng Han
  • Patent number: 8811677
    Abstract: The invention targets in particular a method for searching for a seismic horizon in a seismic image of the subsoil. The method notably comprises the designation of two points belonging to the horizon sought, the iterative search for the best solution for the equation of the seismic horizon notably by virtue of a breakdown of this solution into two components, a pseudo-continuous component and a jump component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Total SA
    Inventors: Sebastien Guillon, Guillaume Zinck, Marc Donias, Olivier Lavialle
  • Publication number: 20140219511
    Abstract: A series of scans is generated for a subsurface and a derivative image is created using the series of subsurface images. One or more tests are performed on the derivative image, and a subsurface object is detected based on the one or more tests. A sensor is configured to generate a series of scans for a subsurface and a processor is coupled to the sensor. The processor is configured to execute stored program instructions that cause the processor to generate a series of images of the subsurface using the series of scans, create a derivative image using the series of subsurface images, perform one or more tests on the derivative image, and detect a subsurface object based on the one or more tests.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: VERMEER MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventor: Waleed Sami Haddad
  • Patent number: 8797319
    Abstract: Systems and methods for visualizing multiple volumes of three-dimensional data. A graphics card is used for voxel intermixing, pixel intermixing and image intermixing, which produces a final-combined image of the three-dimensional data in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Jim Ching-Rong Lin
  • Publication number: 20140212006
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the current application discloses a method comprising: performing a computed tomography (CT) porosity scan on a core sample, the core sample comprising a portion of a formation of interest; in response to the CT porosity scan, interpreting a porosity profile of the core sample; and in response to the porosity profile, modeling a response of a formation of interest to a predetermined treatment to determine a reacted formation configuration, wherein the predetermined treatment comprises an acid fluid treatment schedule, and wherein the modeling further comprises modeling acid fluid flow through the formation of interest having the porosity profile, and wherein the modeling further comprises accounting for acid reaction products during the predetermined treatment and shut-in period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Weishu Zhao, Xiangdong Qiu, Steve Dyer
  • Publication number: 20140205153
    Abstract: Exemplary methodology, procedure, system, method and computer-accessible medium can be provided for authenticating a non-digital medium of a physical object, by receiving at least one image of video of at least one marked or unmarked region, and comparing the first microscopic image or video of at least one marked or unmarked region with at least one second microscopic image or video relating to the non-digital medium to determine if a similarity between the first and second microscopic images or videos matches or exceeds a predetermined amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Ashlesh Sharma, Lakshminarayanan Subramanian, Eric Brewer
  • Patent number: 8781173
    Abstract: Computing high dynamic range photographs is described for example, to enable high ranges of intensities to be represented in a single image. In various embodiments two or more photographs of the same scene taken at different exposure levels are combined in a way which takes into account intensity or other gradients in the images to form a high dynamic range image. In embodiments geodesic distances (which take into account intensity or other image gradients) are computed and used to form weights for a weighted aggregation of the photographs. In some embodiments a user configurable parameter is operable to control a degree of mixing of the photographs as the high dynamic range image is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Antonio Criminisi
  • Patent number: 8774468
    Abstract: Implementations of dynamic shape approximation are described. In one technique described herein, a feature of interest in a first coordinate reference system is accessed and at least a portion of the feature is identified and converted to a second coordinate reference system. In one implementation, the size of the portion is chosen such that the portion can be represented in the second coordinate reference system with an acceptable amount of error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Kjetil Vatland Johansen
  • Patent number: 8768068
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computerized method to automatically detect buildings includes determining if each point of a set of filtered points is on a line by processing the set of filtered points in one pass including a) locating a first point of the set of filter points nearest to a second point of the set of filtered points, b) determining if the distance between the first point and the second point is greater than a distance threshold; c) determining if the first point and the second point have collinearity greater than a collinearity threshold; and d) designating the first point as an endpoint of a line that includes the second point if the distance between the first point and the second point is greater than the distance threshold and if the first point and the second point have collinearity greater than the collinearity threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Vernon R. Goodman, John T. Crews
  • Publication number: 20140153785
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for detecting a channel system comprises importing channel data, wherein the channel data includes intensity measurements associated with locations in the channel system. The method further comprises calculating, by a processor, directional first derivative data of the intensity measurements; selecting a plurality of localized test wavelets; calculating, by the processor, a plurality of fit-measures, wherein the plurality of fit-measures indicate correlations between the directional first derivatives and the plurality of localized test wavelets; and determining a plurality of selected wavelets from the plurality of localized test wavelets based on the plurality of fit-measures, wherein the plurality of selected wavelets model the channel system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Eitan Shelef, Jesse Lomask, Andrea Fildani
  • Patent number: 8744134
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for displaying seismic image data may include computing, from a wide-azimuth data set, a discrete data set associated with an image function at a seismic image point. The discrete data set may be mapped onto a continuous curved three-dimensional surface. The mapped data set may be projected onto a continuous planar surface. The projected data may be displayed as a planar disk. A plurality of continuous planar surfaces, each representing a single image point, may be assembled to form a three-dimensional body, representing a seismic gather of image points. The three-dimensional body may be displayed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: Paradigm Geophysical Ltd., Paradigm Geophysical Corp.
    Inventors: Zvi Koren, Igor Ravve, Evgeny Ragoza
  • Patent number: 8737694
    Abstract: Relative changes in organic matter in soil in an agricultural field are mapped by a computer-implemented system and method that uses a number of individual bands from one or more remotely sensed images of the agricultural field. Each of the bands is associated with a light spectrum wavelength range, and each of the bands is weighted based on its contribution to predicting relative changes in organic matter. Elevation data may also be used in the weighted calculation. The map is separated into zones based on the relative predicted organic matter falling within a predefined range. Each zone may be associated with a different average organic matter content, and nutrient supplements are recommended for each zone based on the average organic matter associated with each of the mapped zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative
    Inventors: Mark Bredehoft, Christopher C. Dunsmore
  • Publication number: 20140140580
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for analyst to rapidly and accurately identify and model subsurface geologic horizons, which are bounding surfaces of rock layers, by extracting surfaces from two-dimensional and three-dimensional seismic data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Drilling Info, Inc.
    Inventor: John Neave
  • Publication number: 20140126781
    Abstract: A method for processing seismic data may include receiving input seismic data (di) comprising N spatial coordinates, where the input seismic data is in a first spatial domain, expanding the N spatial coordinates of the input seismic data (di) to N? modified spatial coordinates, where N? is greater than N, to provide spatially expanded seismic data (de) that is in a second spatial domain, transforming the spatially expanded seismic data (de) to a model domain to provide model domain data (dm), and generating a final image (df) of a subsurface using the model domain data (dm).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: CGG Services SA
    Inventor: Gordon Poole
  • Patent number: 8714970
    Abstract: A combustion control system, including a first set of sensors for generating sample data including data representing a sequence of detected images of different samples of a fuel made up of solid particles; a fuel analysis module for controlling a processor of a computing device to: (i) determine attributes for one or more predetermined physical characteristics of the particles in each said sample based on the sample data, and (ii) generate an index value for each said sample based on said attributes, said index value representing a level of combustibility of the particles in each said sample; and a combustion control module for controlling a processor of a computing device to adjust one or more parameters for controlling a combustion process based on changes to said index value over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Kailash & Stefan Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Fredrick Stefan Jarl Dahlhielm, Kailash Nath Sriram
  • Publication number: 20140119612
    Abstract: A method to automatically quantify dendrite arm spacing in dendritic microstructures. Once a location of interest in a cast material specimen has been identified, the information contained in it is automatically analyzed to quantify dendrite cell size information that is subsequently converted into a quantified dendrite arm spacing through an empirical relationship or a theoretical relationship. In one form, the relationship between DCS and DAS is such that the DAS in dendritic structure of cast aluminum alloys may be automatically determined from the measurement of one or more of dendrite cell size and the actual volume fraction of the eutectic phases in the local casting microstructure. Non-equilibrium conditions may be accounted for in situations where a theoretical volume fraction of a eutectic phase of the alloy in equilibrium condition is appropriately modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Qigui Wang, James W. Knight, Devin R. Hess
  • Publication number: 20140119613
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for orientating discrete objects, such as gemstones, is described. The method comprises providing the objects on a travelling path; providing a pair of opposed walls (38) extending generally along the direction of the path; and generating relative oscillatory movement (14) between the pair of walls (38) and the travelling path (in a direction generally transverse to the direction of the path), so that the pair of walls (38) imparts lateral force to the objects to thereby urge them into their most stable orientation as they progress along the path. A device for checking the orientation of the discrete objects is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: DE BEERS CENTENARY AG
    Inventors: Siobhan D'Gama, Maxwell Ralph Willis, Nicholas Matthew Davies, Graham Ralph Powell
  • Patent number: 8704670
    Abstract: A smoke detector includes processing circuitry coupled to a camera. The field-of-view of the camera contains one or more targets, each having spatial indicia thereon. At least a portion of one of the targets is coated, at least in part, by an infra-red absorbing dye. The dye produces visually discernable dark areas on the coated target(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kwong Wing Au, Thomas W. Shoaff, Scott R. Lang
  • Patent number: 8705805
    Abstract: A portable token and systems and methods for identification and authentication of the same are disclosed. The portable token may be utilized for a variety of purposes and uses a thin section of rock as a unique identifying element, which is extremely resistant to forgery or duplication. Identification and authorization of tokens is achieved by a system that uses optical examination of the microstructure and the refractive properties of crystalline minerals within the identifying element, by transmitted polarized light techniques. Comparison between stored reference data and acquired examination data is the basis for verifying authenticity. The naturally-occurring three-dimensional orientations of the optical axes of mineral crystals contribute to the identification information by their effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Peter A. Forrest
  • Patent number: 8705863
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products are described for providing a computer implemented control system for an automated system. The system includes a document receiving component configured for receiving a plurality of design documents and for rendering a plurality of design document views corresponding to the plurality of design documents. The system also includes an input receiving component configured for receiving an indication selecting first and second design document views, a data extraction component configured for automatically extracting design data from the first and second design document views, a matching component configured for determining a relationship between the design data from the first and second design document views, and a data manager component configured for storing the relationship in a data store accessible by a computer implemented control system that controls a plurality of devices in the automated system based on the stored relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Encela Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Andrew Trauba
  • Patent number: 8705804
    Abstract: A method of interpreting specific dipping surfaces in earth formations, namely, fracture and fault planes from borehole images. The method is applicable to borehole images obtained from any borehole imaging tool, regardless of tool physics or acquisition type. The interpretation method provides for detailed description of feature s in order to provide a robust framework for subsequent interpretation work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Fronterra Integrated Geosciences, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew R. Duncan, Jens Klaus Hustedt, Hermann Josef Homann, Jarret Borell, Ramiro Gabriel Lopez
  • Publication number: 20140093136
    Abstract: An automatic method or the classification of the Degrees of Maturation (DM) for fired iron ore pellets, independent of human intervention, based on the digital acquisition of microscopy images of polished cross sections, and their processing, analysis and classification by a suitable software procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicants: FACULDADES CATOLICAS, VALE S.A.
    Inventors: Maria Beatriz Vieira, Sidnei Paciornik, Otavio da Fonseca Martins Gomes, Karen Soares Augusto, Aloísio Antônio Melo Borges
  • Publication number: 20140093137
    Abstract: An automatic method for the classification of crystals of iron oxides, including the measurement of oxide crystal size and shape, by a digital microscopy procedure involving image acquisition, processing, analysis, and classification is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Maria Beatriz VIEIRA, Sidnei PACIORNIK, Otavio de Fonseca Martins GOMES, Júlio Cesar Álvarez IGLESIAS, Aloísio Antônio Melo BORGES
  • Publication number: 20140085329
    Abstract: A system and article of manufacture for social media event detection and content-based retrieval include obtaining multiple images from at least one social media source, extracting at least one visual semantic concept from the multiple images, differentiating an event semantic concept signal from a background semantic concept signal to detect an event in the multiple images, and retrieving one or more images associated with the event semantic concept signal for presentation as a visual description of the detected event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noel C. Codella, Apostol Natsev, John R. Smith
  • Publication number: 20140086381
    Abstract: The effect of a treatment on a rock sample or sub-sample extracted from the rock sample can be analyzed through computed tomography (CT). To determine the effect of a treatment of a rock sample or the sub-sample, pre-treatment and post-treatment CT images of the rock sample or the sub-sample are captured. Further, the pre-treatment CT images and post-treatment CT images of the rock sample or the sub-sample are compared based on one or more alignment markers added to the rock sample or the sub-sample. In some embodiments, pre-treatment and post-treatment CT scans of an extracted sub-sample provide higher-resolution information regarding the effect of the treatment. Further, pre-treatment and post-treatment CT scans of a rock sample with a restored sub-sample may be considered and may provide additional information regarding the effect of the treatment on the rock sample or the sub-sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Ingrain, Inc.
    Inventors: Avrami GRADER, Chuck BALDWIN, Carl SISK
  • Patent number: 8669881
    Abstract: A container data center includes a container, a plurality of power supplies, an electric switch system, a plurality of normally closed switches, an alarm device, and a controller. The electric switch system is received in the container. The plurality of normally closed switches are connected between the power supplies and the electric switch system. Each normally closed switch is connected with a corresponding one of the power supplies in series. The controller is connected to the normally closed switches and the alarm device, configured for receiving earthquake information containing an earthquake intensity, and configured for controlling the alarm device to activate alarms and controlling some of the normally closed switches or all the normally closed switches to open when the earthquake intensity is equal to or greater than a predetermined earthquake intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Li-Wen Chang
  • Patent number: 8666149
    Abstract: A computer system and a hybrid method for combining multipoint statistic and object-based methods include creating a multi-point statistics (MPS) model using a MPS method that satisfies conditioning data and constraints, the multi-point statistics being derived from a training image created using training-image generation parameters; generating one or more object-shape templates and depositional coordinates of each facies type using the parameters; positioning the templates within the MPS model such that the templates maximally correlate to the MPS model; assigning to each of the positioned templates a unique event; determining which cells are available for editing; and assigning the cells that are available for editing to facies if the cells are contained by a facies template positioned within the MPS model at its optimally correlating location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Julian Thorne
  • Publication number: 20140056481
    Abstract: A method of multinary inversion for imaging objects with discrete physical properties of the examined medium is described. The model parameters of the target area are parameterized in terms of a multinary function of the physical properties that accepts a finite number of discrete values from the continuum of at least one physical property. The multinary function is chosen such that the derivative of the multinary function with respect to the physical property is a continuous and known function. The imaging is based on solving the optimization problem for parametric functional of the multinary functions describing the target model parameters. The method can be applied for multi-modal imaging, such that at least one physical property representing the physical properties of the examined medium, may be derived to provide a reconstruction or classification of the physical properties of the examined medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: TechnoImaging, LLC
    Inventors: Michael S. Zhdanov, Leif H. Cox
  • Patent number: 8660365
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing extracted plane features are provided. In one embodiment, a method for processing extracted plane features includes: estimating an area of each plane of a plurality of planes extracted from data collected by an imaging sensor; generating a list of detected planes including the area of each plane; filtering the list of detected planes to produce a list of candidates for merger, filtering the list of detected planes discarding any plane not satisfying an actual points received criteria; applying a primary merge algorithm to the list of candidates for merger that iteratively produces a list of merged planes by testing hypothetical merged planes against a merging criteria, the hypothetical merged planes each comprising a plane from the list of merged planes and a plane from the list of candidates for merger; and outputting a final list of planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Lukas, Sara Susca, Ondrej Kotaba
  • Publication number: 20140050363
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for displaying seismic image data may include computing, from a wide-azimuth data set, a discrete data set associated with an image function at a seismic image point. The discrete data set may be mapped onto a continuous curved three-dimensional surface. The mapped data set may be projected onto a continuous planar surface. The projected data may be displayed as a planar disk. A plurality of continuous planar surfaces, each representing a single image point, may be assembled to form a three-dimensional body, representing a seismic gather of image points. The three-dimensional body may be displayed. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicants: Paradigm Geophysical, Corp., Paradigm Geophysical Ltd.
    Inventors: Zvi KOREN, Igor RAVVE, Evgeny RAGOZA
  • Patent number: 8655104
    Abstract: A method for removing cyclic noise from a borehole image includes transforming the image into the frequency domain using a two-dimensional (2-D) Fourier Transform, removing cyclic noise components from the transformed image, and inverse transforming the image back into the spatial domain using an inverse 2-D Fourier Transform. The cyclic noise component may also be isolated by subtracting the corrected image from the original image or by removing all non-cyclic noise components from the transformed image prior to inverse transforming. Removal of the cyclic noise from a borehole image tends to enable the identification of borehole features and provide for improved accuracy in formation parameter evaluation. Evaluation of the cyclic noise component may also enable the source of the noise to be identified and mitigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Zhang, Zhipeng Liu, Paul Boonen
  • Publication number: 20140044316
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of 3D object delineation from 3D seismic data comprising the steps of providing 3D seismic data (144,200,300; processing the data (210,310) based on at least one characteristic (320) whereby said characteristic is extracted from the data and compared with at least one reference characteristic and delineated (330) based on the comparison, and defining a geological element (340) based on the delineation. The characteristics (320) may be adjusted. Data can be processed (210,310) based on one characteristic (222,232) then processed based on a second characteristic (224,234) or data is processed based on two characteristics substantially simultaneously (252). Data may be processed n times (246) producing n delineations from which the geological element is defined (260).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Foster Findlay Associates Limited Generator Studios
    Inventors: Steven Purves, James Lowell, Dale Norton, Jonathan Henderson