Seismic Or Geological Sample Measuring Patents (Class 382/109)
  • Patent number: 8300895
    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: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers
  • Patent number: 8295554
    Abstract: A method of deriving a digital terrain model from a digital surface model of an area of interest includes: dividing the area of interest into a plurality of area portions or patches; calculating, from the digital surface model, a set of candidate surfaces adapted to represent a ground surface in each area portion; if such set includes at least two candidate surfaces, estimating a distance from the ground surface of each candidate surface by using a function of a set of geometrical features related to the considered candidate surface, such function being derived from a known relation between a digital surface model and the height of the ground surface in a reference area; selecting, as a representation of the ground surface in each area portion, the candidate surface having the smallest distance from the ground surface, so as to obtain local digital terrain models; and merging the different digital terrain models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gianluca Francini, Skjalg Lepsoy
  • Patent number: 8290215
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for facilitating detection of a presence or an absence of at least one underground facility within a dig area. Data representing an aerial image of a geographic area including the dig area is electronically received, the data including geo-coding or geographical identification metadata associated with the aerial image. At least a portion of the aerial image is displayed on a display device, including at least one map symbol, street name, region, and/or landmark description superimposed upon or displayed separately from the geographic area. The dig area is delimited on the displayed image, via a user input device associated with the display device, so as to generate a marked-up digital image including a delimited dig area. Information relating to the marked-up digital image is electronically transmitted and/or electronically stored so as to facilitate the detection of the presence or the absence of the at least one underground facility within the dig area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers
  • Publication number: 20120257796
    Abstract: A method of 3D object delineation from 3D seismic data comprising the steps of, providing 3D seismic data; processing the data based on at least one characteristic whereby said characteristic is extracted from the data and compared with at least one reference characteristic and delineated based on the comparison, and defining a geological element based on the delineation. The characteristics may be adjusted. Data can be processed based on one characteristic then processed based on a second characteristic or data is processed based on two characteristics substantially simultaneously. Data may be processed n times producing n delineations from which the geological element is defined. An algorithm is provided for processing the data which may shift an evolving shape description of an object between explicit and implicit representations, where each shift applies a transformation to the object. Multiple sources of data may be utilised simultaneously to drive the delineation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Jonathan HENDERSON, Steve Purves, James Lowell, Dale Norton
  • Patent number: 8285070
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for restoration of a digital image. In one embodiment, a method for repairing a defect in a digital image to provide a restored image comprises determining a plurality of pixel locations to form a neighborhood relating to the defect and whether or not the neighborhood has a well-defined, dark border along its edge. Should the neighborhood not have dark border, one embodiment of the method entails processing the neighborhood to bring the neighborhood approximately to uniform darkness, processing the neighborhood to match surroundings in the digital image, copying an edge of a neighborhood in the digital image into the processed neighborhood, processing pixels of the edge to repair the copied edge pixels, and outputting the restored image for display to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: The Trustees of Tufts College
    Inventors: Karen A. Panetta, Sos Agaian, Aaron Greenblatt
  • Patent number: 8280117
    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: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8280969
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems for providing information regarding a locate and/or marking operation to identify a presence or an absence of at least one underground facility within a dig area. At least one notification indicating a status of the locate and/or marking operation is electronically transmitted and/or stored so as to inform at least one party associated with requesting the operation (a “requesting party,” e.g., an excavator, a property owner, a facility owner, a regulatory authority, a damage investigator, etc.) of the status of the operation. In one aspect, a requesting party may designate a preferred format, content, and/or method of receiving notifications regarding the locate and/or marking operation. In another aspect, a computer-generated GUI is provided to facilitate submission of requests, generation of “virtual white line” images to indicate one or more dig areas on a digital image of a work site, and/or selection of notifications and preferences for same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8280116
    Abstract: Described herein are implementations of various technologies for a method for mapping glacial geomorphology. A satellite image of an area of interest may be received. A digital elevation model of the area of interest may be received. Plains and ridges may be identified on the digital elevation model. Swamps and forest may be identified on the satellite image. A glaciological map may be generated having glacial features based on the identified plains, ridges, swamps and forest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventor: Andreas Laake
  • Patent number: 8265344
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating a searchable electronic record of a locate operation performed by a locate technician, in which a presence or an absence of at least one underground facility within a dig area is identified. An image of a geographic area comprising the dig area is electronically received, and combined with image-related information so as to generate the searchable electronic record. The image-related information comprises at least a geographic location associated with the dig area, and a timestamp indicative of when the locate operation occurred. The searchable electronic record of the locate operation is electronically transmitted and/or electronically stored so that performance of the location operation is verifiable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers
  • Patent number: 8259126
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhancing the combined image of multiple attributes without comprising the image of either attribute. The combined image of the multiple attributes is enhanced for analyzing a predetermined property revealed by the attributes. The combined image can be interactively manipulated to display each attribute relative to an imaginary light source or highlighted using a specular component. The systems and methods are best described as particularly useful for analytical, diagnostic and interpretive purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher J Chuter
  • Patent number: 8249306
    Abstract: A method may include sending an aerial image to a user via a network; receiving a marked-up version of the aerial image from the user via the network that includes one or more virtual white lines added to the aerial image that delimit a dig area in which excavation is planned; and providing the marked-up version of the aerial image, via one of an electronic or tangible delivery system, to another entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers
  • Patent number: 8243997
    Abstract: A method, system, and medium are provided for detecting change in a geographic area. One embodiment includes receiving a set of remotely sensed imagery that depicts the geographic area, automatically identifying changes in physical features of the geographic area by comparing, without user intervention, the set of remotely sensed imagery to a dataset of previously stored remotely sensed imagery that also depicts the geographic area, and deriving a change-quality measurement associated with the set of remotely sensed imagery, wherein the change-quality measurement quantifies a suitability of comparison of the set of remotely sensed imagery to the previously stored remotely sensed imagery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventors: Curtis Herbert Davis, Brian Christopher Claywell, James Michael Keller, Matthew Nicholas Klaric, Grant Jason Scott, Chi-Ren Shyu
  • Patent number: 8233667
    Abstract: Equipment and process for three-dimensional measurement of size and shape and for compositional analysis of mineral and rock particles and the like objects. A mixture of particles or objects of same or different sizes of minerals or rocks or the like are fed individually and automatically onto a conveyor belt for three-dimensional machine vision measurements using laser and two cameras and subsequently for spectroscopic measurements using visible and infrared light and are then collected at the end of the conveyor. Computer software is used to perform the measurement automatically and to calculate size, form, roundness, and preferably petrographic composition and other characteristics or properties of each individual object and the statistical distribution of relevant properties, either according to built-in measurement processes or user specific methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Petro-Model EHF
    Inventors: Thorgeir Helgason, Jason Lee, Melvyn L. Smith, Agnar Thomas Moeller, Tryggvi Thorgeirsson, Vera Hofer, Juergen Pilz, Jon Atli Benediktsson
  • Publication number: 20120177255
    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: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Alexander Forrest
  • Patent number: 8218827
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for facilitating detection of a presence or an absence of at least one underground facility within a dig area. A digital image of a geographic area including the dig area is electronically received, and at least a portion of the received digital image is displayed on a display device. The dig area is delimited on the displayed digital image, via a user input device associated with the display device, so as to generate a marked-up digital image including a delimited dig area, without acquiring geographic coordinates to delimit the dig area. Information relating to the dig area is electronically transmitted and/or electronically stored so as to facilitate the detection of the presence or the absence of the at least one underground facility within the dig area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers
  • Patent number: 8218826
    Abstract: A measurement system is provided that includes an integrated optics unit which measures at least one variable of the movement of a conveyance system relative to an oil well during an oil well operation, wherein the at least one variable is a direction of motion, a speed of movement, or a length of movement of the conveyance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Reinhart Ciglenec, Peter Swinburne
  • Patent number: 8218829
    Abstract: A system and method are provided which utilize biometrics technology in a conference environment. A biometrics engine detects facial images of a user, generates biometrics of the detected facial images, and compares the generated biometrics with biometrics information of authorized users. If a match is found, then the user is authorized and is automatically logged into the conference network. Once logged in, conferences may be automatically established, the user may be tracked by at least one video sensor, user preferences may be automatically set, and/or conference content may be easily accessed and shared with remote conference participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kenoyer
  • Patent number: 8194932
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for assessing a locate and marking operation. Ticket information is received as provided to a first locate technician prior to performing the operation. A locate manifest is received including a digital marked-up image of a geographic area surrounding a dig area in which the operation was performed, on which image at least one digital representation of at least one locate mark is electronically overlaid. The locate manifest, at least some of the ticket information, and a plurality of icons representing different possible quality assessments of the locate and marking operation are displayed. The plurality of icons includes an approved icon representing a satisfactory locate and marking operation, a QC icon representing an unsatisfactory locate and marking operation, and a coach icon representing that the first locate technician requires coaching. One of the displayed icons is selected so as to provide a quality assessment of the locate and marking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, David Pennington
  • Patent number: 8189939
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for enhancing a d-dimensional digital signal by taking advantage of regular geometrical structures. The invention comprises a multiscale redundant grouping lifting (102), which iteratively computes grouping arrays and bandelet signals with a redundant grouping lifting. A second step makes an enhancement (103) of bandelet signals. A third step is an inverse multiscale redundant grouping lifting (104) which iteratively updates an enhanced average signal with an inverse redundant grouping lifting that takes in input enhanced bandelet signals. It outputs an enhanced signal. The invention also comprises a subband grouping bandelet enhancement which incorporates a subband decomposition and reconstruction. It includes a super-resolution process which increases the signal resolution by computing an output enhanced signal on an output sampling grid that is larger than the input sampling grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Zoran France
    Inventor: Stephane Mallat
  • Patent number: 8189875
    Abstract: Images of items of jewelry having gemstones embedded therein are imaged and analyzed to determine the weights associated with the gemstones and, separately the precious metal in which the gemstones are encased without having to remove the gemstones from the jewelry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: TJS DMCC
    Inventor: Gabriel G. Nasser
  • Patent number: 8175332
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for monitoring wind direction, speed, and turbidity. The visible sky is monitored by a set of cameras for contrails produced by a high-altitude aircraft. In response to identifying a contrail, the contrail is tracked across the field of view of the camera. Contrail data generated when the contrail is identified and during the tracking of the contrail is stored. The contrail data describes characteristics of the contrail including the spread of the contrail and the movement of the contrail across the field of view of the camera. Coordinates of the high-altitude aircraft are determined and compared with the contrail data to identify wind conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan John Harrington
  • Patent number: 8170288
    Abstract: A system and method perform structure-preserving smoothing (SPS) using a data adaptive method for smoothing 3D post-stacked seismic attributes which reduces random noise while preserving the structure without prior computation of its orientation. The data is smoothed within a neighborhood sub-window along a set of predefined orientations, and the best smoothing result is then selected for output. The orientation corresponding to the best result often approximates the true structure orientation embedded in the data, so that the embedded structure is thus preserved. The SPS method can also be combined with median, alpha-trim, symmetric near neighbor, or edge-preserving filters. The SPS method is an effective way to reduce random noise and eliminate noise footprints, and to enhance coherence and curvature attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Yuchun Eugene Wang, Saleh Al-Dossary
  • Patent number: 8155390
    Abstract: Indicating a precise geographic extent and a precise geographic location of a dig area at a work site at which excavation is planned, to facilitate detection and/or marking of a presence or an absence of an underground facility in the dig area. A graphical user interface includes an aerial image of a geographic area proximate to and including the work site and the dig area, and a drawing tool to facilitate placement of one or more dig area indicators on the aerial image. A user uses the drawing tool to delimit the precise geographic extent and the precise geographic location of the dig area(s) on the displayed aerial image so as to form the dig area indicator(s), representing unbuffered dig areas, and thereby generate a marked-up aerial image. Geographic coordinates are determined corresponding to the unbuffered dig area(s) represented by the dig area indicator(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers
  • Publication number: 20120076364
    Abstract: An example system described herein to perform downhole fluid analysis includes an imaging processor to be positioned downhole in a geological formation, the imaging processor including a plurality of photo detectors to sense light that has contacted a formation fluid in the geological formation, each photo detector to determine respective image data for a respective portion of an image region supported by the imaging processor, and a plurality of processing elements, each processing element being associated with a respective photo detector and to process first image data obtained from the respective photo detector and second image data obtained from at least one neighbor photo detector, and a controller to report measurement data via a telemetry communication link to a receiver to be located outside the geological formation, the measurement data being based on processed data obtained from the plurality of processing elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Theodorus Tjhang, Osamu Osawa, Yutaka Imasato
  • Patent number: 8122253
    Abstract: Architecture that facilitates validation of a data mapping of data from a data source to a data target. There is included a signature generation component that generates a source signature of all or a portion of the data source and a target signature of all or a corresponding portion of the data target, and a sampling component that obtains a sample of the source data a corresponding sample of the target data. The data signatures and data samples are compared respectively and processed with a processing component to determine the status of the validation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Neeraj Garg, Cale D. Carter, Kulothungan Rajasekaran, Deuane J. Martin, Pankaj K. Singh
  • Patent number: 8116532
    Abstract: A method for imaging a subsurface material, the method including: receiving a first image of the subsurface material and a second image of the subsurface material, the first image displaying a first property of the subsurface material and the second image displaying a second property of the subsurface material wherein the first property is different from the second property; and combining the first image and the second image to create a combined image. A system and computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen A. Morris
  • Patent number: 8116552
    Abstract: A method of capturing data for gemstone analysis is provided. The method includes capturing images of the gemstone under differing lighting conditions, and comparing the captured images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sarin Color Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Dave Lapa, Marc Frans Alida Van de Velde, Christiaan Louis Cecile Keersmaekers
  • Patent number: 8081802
    Abstract: A method for estimating permeability properties of a porous material from a sample thereof includes making a three dimensional tomographic image of the sample of the material. The image is segmented into pixels each representing pore space or rock grains. The image is divided into sub-volumes. A porosity is estimated for each sub-volume. The components of a permeability tensor are determined by conducting simulations. Principal permeability values and directions are then calculated. The permeability properties are stored in a computer or displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Ingrain, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Dvorkin, Naum Derzhi, Meghan Armbruster, Qian Fang, Zbigniew Wojcik
  • Publication number: 20110305371
    Abstract: A method for reconstructing a borehole image includes determining a spatial sensitivity function for a borehole imaging tool and using the imaging tool to obtain a borehole image of a subterranean formation. A reconstructed image is then computed from the borehole image and the spatial sensitivity function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: SMITH INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Zhipeng Liu
  • Patent number: 8059893
    Abstract: A method and electronics circuit for processing very high resolution images or very high frame rate images in real time. Each pixel within a frame of pixels is compared to the neighboring pixels within the frame to determine if the pixel is part of a blob group. If the pixel is part of the blob group, the characteristics of the pixel are added to the statistics for the blob group. When a pixel overlaps two target blob groups, the two blob groups are combined to form one blob group. When the end of the frame is reached information about the blob groups in the frame is made available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Ronald Norman Prusia
  • Patent number: 8060352
    Abstract: A geospatial modeling system may include a geospatial model data storage device and a processor cooperating therewith for determining a void within a geospatial model data set defining a void boundary region, and selecting at least one raw fill region from within the geospatial model data set for filling the void. The processor may also cooperate with the geospatial model data storage device for adjusting elevation values of the at least one raw fill region based upon elevation differences between corresponding portions of the void boundary region and the at least one raw fill region, and updating the geospatial model based upon the adjusted elevation values of the at least one raw fill region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Kelley, Mark Rahmes, Harlan Yates, Josef De Vaughn Allen, Eric Spellman
  • Patent number: 8055026
    Abstract: A method of extracting desired features from a cellular image including the steps of: (a) selecting an initial cell within the image; (b) selecting an additional cell, near the initial cell, appearing to be associated with a desired feature; (c) repeating step (b) for further cells, near at least one of the previously selected cells, appearing to be associated with said feature, until selection termination criteria are satisfied; and (d) repeating steps (a) through (c) for other initial cells. The method is particularly adept at extracting relatively weakly defined features in relatively noisy images, such as extracting faults or geologic horizons from 2D or 3D seismic data. A method of editing/filtering the features utilizing a stereo net is also disclosed. Related computer system and computer program products for implementing the method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Stein Inge Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8045762
    Abstract: There are provided a step of acquiring a main point cloud data on a predetermined measurement range by a laser scanner, a step of detecting a range with no data acquired, a step of acquiring a supplementary image data of the range with no data acquired by an auxiliary image pickup device, a step of preparing a stereoscopic image based on the supplementary image data obtained by the auxiliary image pickup device, a step of acquiring supplementary point cloud data from the stereoscopic image, and a step of supplementing the range with no data acquired of the main point cloud data by matching of the main point cloud data and the supplementary point cloud data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha TOPCON
    Inventors: Hitoshi Otani, Tadayuki Ito
  • Patent number: 8027517
    Abstract: A method for stratigraphic interpretation of a seismic image for determining a sedimentary history of an underground zone having application to petroleum exploration. The seismic reflectors of the image are digitized by means of an applied shape recognition technique. At least one attribute characteristic of the structure of the image in the vicinity of each reflector is calculated for a set of reflectors by means of an image analysis technique. This analysis is based on at least one analysis window whose shape is controlled by the associated reflector. Pertinent reflectors, in the sense of the stratigraphic interpretation, are selected from among this set of reflectors on the basis of this attribute. Finally, the sedimentary history of the underground zone is reconstructed from a stratigraphic interpretation of the reflectors thus selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Institut Francais du Petrole
    Inventors: Jérôme Gauthier, Marie-Christine Cacas, Laurent Duval
  • Patent number: 7983949
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting targeted information (e.g., advertisements) for serving with map views. The information is associated with target geographical areas (e.g., cities, metropolises, regions, countries) identified by the information providers. A given message or other set of information may be served with map views that significantly intersect the message's target area. A target area significantly intersects a map view if it overlaps the map view by at least a threshold percentage of the map view (e.g., 25%). Messages' target areas may first be compared with a map view to identify those that significantly intersect. Then, the messages whose target areas significantly intersect the map view may be filtered or screened based on any search terms or key words received with a request for the map view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Joshy Joseph, Sridhar Ramaswamy, Mark Rose
  • Publication number: 20110147004
    Abstract: Method for adapting a template to a target data set. The template may be used to remove noise from, or interpret noise in, the target data set. The target data set is transformed (550) using a selected complex-valued, directional, multi-resolution transform (‘CDMT’) satisfying the Hubert transform property at least approximately. An initial template is selected, and it is transformed (551) using the same CDMT. Then the transformed template is adapted (560) to the transformed target data by adjusting the template's expansion coefficients within allowed ranges of adjustment so as to better match the expansion coefficients of the target data set. Multiple templates may be simultaneously adapted to better fit the noise or other component of the data that it may be desired to represent by template.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Ramesh Neelamani, Anatoly Baumstein, Warren S. Ross
  • Publication number: 20110091078
    Abstract: A method for identifying geological features in an image of an underground formation surrounding a borehole. The method comprising: analysing the image properties to identify image regions and defining segments based on the identified image regions. Then identifying segments corresponding to a group relating to a geological feature and analysing the segments of the group to classify the feature as one of a pre-determined type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Josselin Kherroubi, Arnaud Etchecopar, Hitoshi Onda
  • Patent number: 7912249
    Abstract: A method of displaying tomographic information. The method comprises defining a compact region within an imaged target and generating an image showing a part of the target encircling the compact region, wherein the compact region represents a bore to be drilled and the generated image shows a perspective view of the wall of the bore from an open end of the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Imaging Sciences International LLC
    Inventor: Uwe Mundry
  • Publication number: 20110064277
    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: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: Fronterra Integrated Geosciences, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew R. Duncan, Jens Klaus Hustedt, Hermann Josef Homann, Jarret Borell, Ramiro Gabriel Lopez
  • Publication number: 20110058710
    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: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kjetil Vatland JOHANSEN
  • Patent number: 7881501
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for processing multi-dimensional signal data to determine frequency dependent features therefrom. The multi-dimensional signal data are transformed into space-frequency or time-space-frequency domain, providing second signal data. At predetermined locations of at least a portion of the one of space and time-space of the second signal data a dominant feature corresponding to a largest value of the second signal data is determined. This is followed by the determination of a wave-vector corresponding to the dominant feature at each of the predetermined locations. Finally, a dip map, a frequency map, and an amplitude map are generated using the wave-vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Calgary Scientific Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Robert Pinnegar, Pierre Lemire, Ryan Kong, Doug Bird
  • Patent number: 7881913
    Abstract: A geospatial modeling system may include a geospatial data storage device, and a processor cooperating with the geospatial data storage device for selectively inpainting data into at least one void in geospatial model data using a partial differential equation (PDE) algorithm and an exemplar algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony O'Neil Smith, Patrick Kelley, Harlan Yates, Mark Rahmes, Josef Allen, Kathleen Berisford
  • Patent number: 7853045
    Abstract: A novel database and method of classifying and searchably retrieving measurement data derived from a plurality of rock core and plug sample images that are analyzed to define their principal geostatistical attributes and characteristics, with the resulting analytical data being retrievably stored in a database, the method including calculating spatial variability of images, such as CT scan images, porosity images and other types of available images, quantifying the main image characteristics utilizing multi-azimuth variograms and simplified pattern recognition based on the histogram and variography analysis to thereby provide a means to correlate data from various geographical regions or fields by analyzing data which has the same variographic parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Mustafa Touati, Shameem Siddiqui, Taha Mostafa Hamed Okasha
  • Publication number: 20100290675
    Abstract: A method for producing a computationally efficient system that reduces the number of iterations required to generate a conductivity image pattern of a subsurface object, and its attendant conductivity distribution, through a solution to the system of field equations that simultaneously satisfies all of the boundary conditions and conserves internal current flux densities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Alvin Wexler, Patrick Adrian O'Connor, Rajen Manicon Murugan, Zhong Zheng, Misty O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20100284573
    Abstract: A system and method perform structure-preserving smoothing (SPS) using a data adaptive method for smoothing 3D post-stacked seismic attributes which reduces random noise while preserving the structure without prior computation of its orientation. The data is smoothed within a neighborhood sub-window along a set of predefined orientations, and the best smoothing result is then selected for output. The orientation corresponding to the best result often approximates the true structure orientation embedded in the data, so that the embedded structure is thus preserved. The SPS method can also be combined with median, alpha-trim, symmetric near neighbor, or edge-preserving filters. The SPS method is an effective way to reduce random noise and eliminate noise footprints, and to enhance coherence and curvature attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Yuchun Eugene WANG, Saleh AL-DOSSARY
  • Publication number: 20100272324
    Abstract: A method of constructing an image representing the distribution of a categorical physical property representative of an underground zone having applications for petroleum reservoir development. A first training image representative of a geometrical structure of the categorical property is constructed. Training images representative of the distributions of several auxiliary properties are then constructed from the first training image. A probability law of the categorical property and a probability law of each auxiliary property are determined, from each training image, for a given pixel according to the values of the neighboring pixels. A probability law of the categorical property is calculated from these laws and from the images representative of the distribution of the auxiliary physical properties in the zone, and for each pixel of the image to be constructed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Lin-Ying HU, Virginie Patacz
  • Publication number: 20100245542
    Abstract: A device for computing an excavated soil volume using structured light is disclosed. A control sensor unit is provided at the hinge points of an excavator arm, and is configured to detect and output the location and the bent angle of the excavator arm. A microcontroller is configured to output a control signal so as to capture the images of a work area of a bucket, provided at one end of the excavator arm, using the output of the control sensor unit, convert the captured images into 3-Dimensional (3D) images, and compute an excavated soil volume. An illumination module is configured to include at least one light source that is controlled by the control signal and radiates light onto the work area. A structured light module is configured to capture the work area in response to the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: INHA-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Young-Suk Kim, Seung-Woo Han, Se-Wook Oh, Jy-Sung Ahn, Byung-In Yu
  • Publication number: 20100243241
    Abstract: In one general implementation, a method for identifying fluids in a wellbore includes generating light in a visible spectrum from a light source in a production wellbore; generating light in an ultraviolet spectrum from the light source in the production wellbore; receiving a first fluid in the production wellbore from a subterranean zone; receiving a second fluid in the production wellbore from the subterranean zone; capturing at least one image of a combined flow of the first fluid and the second fluid in at least one of the visible spectrum and the ultraviolet spectrum with an optical receiver in the production wellbore; and distinguishing, at least in part through the image, the first fluid from the second fluid in either or both the visible and ultraviolet spectrums.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Occidental Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: David Wayne Hampton, Robert Charles Kramm
  • Publication number: 20100232651
    Abstract: The processing comprises an analysis of a seismic image to estimate seismic horizons in an area of the subsurface and the calculation of an accumulation value associated with each pixel of the seismic image by accumulation along a set of estimated seismic horizons to form a synthesized image composed of accumulation values. This synthesized image is transformed to obtain a seismic representation in which signed amplitudes are allocated to the pixels of the synthesized image. The transformation may comprise a combination with the original seismic image or else a convolution with a wavelet or another convolution kernel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: TOTAL SA
    Inventors: Noomane Keskes, Sebastien Guillon, Jean-Pierre Dunand
  • Publication number: 20100220895
    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: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: Zvi Koren, Igor Ravve, Evgeny Ragoza