Specific Display System (e.g., Mapping, Profiling) Patents (Class 702/16)
  • Patent number: 10920585
    Abstract: In some implementations, airborne electromagnetic (AEM) data and seismic data for a geographic region including sand dunes are received, and the AEM data identifies apparent resistivity as a function of depth within the sand dunes. An inversion with cross-domain regularization is calculated of the AEM data and the seismic data to generate a velocity-depth model, and the velocity depth model identifies velocity variations within the sand dunes. A seismic image using the velocity-depth model is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Daniele Colombo, Gary W. McNeice, Diego Rovetta, Ersan Turkoglu, Ernesto Sandoval Curiel
  • Patent number: 10908308
    Abstract: A method is described for generating a reservoir property model based on the quality of a seismic inversion product. The method may include receiving a seismic inversion product volume, a seismic attribute volume, and well data from wells drilled in a subsurface volume of interest; identifying collocated cells in the seismic volumes which correspond to the well data; creating attribute vectors from the seismic volumes in each of the collocated cells and a range of neighboring cells; calculating a seismic inversion error magnitude property at the collocated cells; training a data analytics method to predict the observed seismic inversion error magnitude property; verifying that the data analytics method accurately predicts the seismic inversion error magnitude using cross-validation; generating an inversion quality volume; and generating the reservoir property model based on the inversion quality volume. The method may be executed by a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Julian A. Thorne
  • Patent number: 10852740
    Abstract: One method disclosed includes determining a map of markers fixed in an environment, where the map of markers includes a location and an orientation of each marker. The method further includes determining locations of a set of detected markers relative to the map based on a location of a robotic device relative to the map and based on sensor data from the robotic device. The method also includes associating a detected marker from the set of detected markers with a mapped marker based on the determined location of the detected marker relative to the map and based on a visibility constraint related to the orientation of the mapped marker. The method additionally includes adjusting, in the map, the orientation of the mapped marker based on the determined location of the detected marker relative to the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth Murphy, Dirk Holz
  • Patent number: 10768327
    Abstract: Methods (700) and devices (600) for seismic data processing estimate (720) signal-to-noise ratios of data in a spatio-temporal block of data, determine (730) data-domain weights associated to the data based on the estimated signal-to-noise ratios, and then generate (740) a model of the signal and/or a model of the noise using the data-domain weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Ross Haacke, Gordon Poole, Margherita Maraschini
  • Patent number: 10746899
    Abstract: A process to create a well grid from an initial x, y grid spacing, by assigning x, y, z datapoints, from wells from a dataset of well data comprising attributes associated with the x, y, z datapoints, to closest x, y nodes in the grid, wherein the x, y, z datapoints from a plurality of the wells are iteratively spaced away from the closest x, y grid nodes until no more than one well is assigned to any single-well x, y grid node, and populating the respective single-well x, y grid nodes with the attributes associated with the assigned x, y, z datapoints to form a matrix of x, y, z grid nodes populated with the attributes to generate a 3D well log grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Mark C. Robinson
  • Patent number: 10685482
    Abstract: A geometric method is described for 3D structural restoration of a subsurface model including receiving data representative of a subsurface volume of interest including one or more chronohorizons and the geometry and topology of any faults of relevance; developing a fault framework model of the subsurface volume of interest; selecting a horizon, the deposition of which represents the geologic time to which the structural model should be restored; developing coordinate transformation constrained by a single datum horizon and, optionally, additional geologic constraints; applying the 3D transformation to all geologic features below and, optionally, above the datum surface; and scaling the vertical coordinates to accurately relate vertical and horizontal dimensions. The method may be executed by a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Donald A. Medwedeff, Stan Nicolas Patrice Jayr, Peter J. Lovely
  • Patent number: 10649106
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method includes continuously combining seismic migration results using a massively parallel processing (MPP) database. In another aspect, an apparatus includes electronic hardware circuitry configured to continuously combine seismic migration results using a massively parallel processing (MPP) database. In a further aspect, an article includes a non-transitory computer-readable medium that stores computer-executable instructions. The instructions cause a machine to continuously combine seismic migration results using a massively parallel processing (MPP) database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Angelo Ciarlini, Edward Pacheco, Luiz Guilherme Santos
  • Patent number: 10634804
    Abstract: A method is described for seismic imaging of the subsurface using dip-guided optimized stacking. The method computes weighting functions for a plurality of single-shot migrated images, unstacked seismic images, or partially stacked seismic images based on a slant stack performed using an input dip dataset; applying the plurality of weighting functions to the plurality of single-shot migrated images, unstacked seismic images, or partially stacked seismic images, or a plurality of dip-filtered images to create a plurality of weighted images; and summing the plurality of weighted images into a stacked seismic image. The method may be executed by a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Yonghe Sun, Guojian Shan, Yue Wang, Craig Alan Barker
  • Patent number: 10605937
    Abstract: Device and method for calculating a set of surface wave dispersion curves. The method includes receiving seismic data recorded with seismic sensors over an area to be surveyed; selecting region units that cover the area to be surveyed; gathering traces for the region units; processing in a computing device the traces to obtain a set of candidate measurements for each region unit; teaching a decision algorithm based on a first subset of the set of candidate measurements; and calculating the set of surface wave dispersion curves by running the decision algorithm on a second subset of the set of candidate measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventor: Florian Duret
  • Patent number: 10578768
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for integrating plural modalities of information to obtain values for a specified attribute of a given system. In one embodiment, data of a first modality, conveying a first source of data of a first type of the system is acquired; a simulator is configured with settings of physical sensors; and data of a second modality from the system, conveying a second source of data of a second type of the system is acquired. The data of the second modality is converted to data of the first type, while configuring a virtual set of sensors to enable acquisition of the converted data of the second modality; and an adjoints equipped simulator is configured with settings of the virtual sensors, to mimic collection of data of the first type, while configured to measure data of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew R. Conn, Sippe Douma, Gijs Van Essen, Lior Horesh, Eduardo Antonio Arismendi Jimenez, Ulisses Mello
  • Patent number: 10535168
    Abstract: A method for generating an image of a subterranean formation includes receiving seismic data that was collected from seismic waves that propagated in the subterranean formation. Partition images are generated using the seismic data. A geological model of the subterranean formation is generated. Dip fields in the partition images are determined. A target dip field in the geological model is determined. A degree of correlation between the respective dip fields and the target dip field is determined. Weights are assigned to the partition images based upon the degrees of correlation to produce weighted partition images. The image of the subterranean formation is generated by stacking the weighted partition images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ruoyu Gu, Mohammed Hegazy, Stacey Buzzell, Olga Zdraveva
  • Patent number: 10510114
    Abstract: A distributed trading system for handling a plurality of order requests, each order request comprising parameters under which a participant will buy and/or sell a futures contract. A validator component is coupled to a messaging bus and has a first interface for receiving order request and an interface generating a validated order message on the messaging bus related to validated orders, wherein the validator implements processes for validating the order requests. A risk allocation value (RAV) component is coupled to the messaging bus and has an interface for receiving validated order messages from the validator, wherein the RAV component implements processes for evaluating risk associated with an order should that order be completed. A match engine is coupled to the messaging bus and has an interface for receiving validated order messages from the RAV component, wherein the match engine implements processes for matching orders based on the order-specified criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Morano, Ian Wall, Samuel Gaer, Kai Neumann
  • Patent number: 10474769
    Abstract: A chronostratigraphic database comprising a plurality of discrete data points, wherein each data point comprises an x, y, z and T value, wherein x, y, and z are Cartesian coordinates describing a position and T is a geologic time event relative to said position; a method to produce a chronostratigraphic database and to utilize the database; and a modeling system wherein the database includes data formatted and arranged for use with a computer-implemented method or web-based method for controlling serving of an advertisement or public service message using its relevancy to a request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Drilling Info, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph A. Williams
  • Patent number: 10465494
    Abstract: A system for controlling a set of tools for hydrocarbon recovery includes a remote controller and a device controller. The remote controller is communicatively coupled to the device controller. The device controller is generally configured to receive a command to operate one of the plurality of tools from the remote controller. Based on the command, the device controller generates one or more instructions executable by a controller associated with the one of the plurality of tools. The device controller transmits the one or more instructions to the one of the plurality of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Weatherford Technology Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Klaus Krems, Michael Wiedecke, Martin Helms, Benson Thomas
  • Patent number: 10436024
    Abstract: A geologic survey system includes a plurality of acoustic sources spaced at intervals over a target area of a terranean surface. Each of the plurality of acoustic sensors is configured to generate a seismic energy wave. The system also includes a plurality of acoustic sensors positioned in a plurality of boreholes formed in a geologic formation, where the boreholes have a depth sufficient to reach a geologic datum. The system also includes a control system communicably coupled to the plurality of acoustic sensors and configured to perform operations including receiving, from the plurality of acoustic sensors, data associated with reflected acoustic signals generated by the plurality of acoustic sources and received by the plurality of acoustic sensors; determining, based on the received data, a subsurface topology of the geologic formation; and generating a subsurface model of the geologic formation based on the determined subsurface topology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Andrey Bakulin, Pavel Golikov, Ilya Silvestrov
  • Patent number: 10402485
    Abstract: A system provides for controlled collaboration among a plurality of users. The method as illustrated is comprised of a plurality of computing appliances, each having a display apparatus and an input apparatus. A presentation is displayed on at least two of the display apparatus. User data is provided having an associated presentation responsive to user input via the input apparatus by a user associated with the computing appliances. User data is stored in a non-transient memory as associatively mapped to the computing appliance providing the user input. A collaborative presentation is generated comprised of the display presentation and the associated presentations for a least some of the input data in the memory that is associatively mapped to at least two of the computing appliances. The collaborative presentation is displayed on the display apparatus of at least one of the computing appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: David H. Sitrick, Russell T. Fling
  • Patent number: 10394821
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method comprises dividing collected data into data clusters based on proximity of the data and adjusting the clusters based on density of data in individual clusters. Based on first data points in a first cluster, a first average point in the first cluster is determined. Based on second data points in a second cluster, a second average point in the second cluster is determined. Aggregate data, comprising the first average point and the second average point, are stored in storage. Upon receiving a request to provide data for a particular coordinate, the reconstructed data point is determined by interpolating between the first average point and the second average point at the particular coordinate. Accordingly, aggregated data may be stored and when a request specifies data that was not actually stored, a reconstructed data point with an approximated data value may be provided as a substitute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ying Liu, Shahrokh Sadjadi
  • Patent number: 10339709
    Abstract: A system and method may model physical geological structures. Seismic and geologic data may be accepted. A three-dimensional (3D) transformation may be generated between a 3D present day model having points representing present locations of the physical geological structures and a 3D past depositional model having points representing locations where the physical geological structures were originally deposited. An indication may be accepted to locally change the 3D transformation for a subset of sampling points in a first model of the models. The 3D transformation may be locally changed to fit the updated subset of sampling points. A locally altered or updated version of the first model and, e.g., second model, may be displayed where local changes to the first model are defined by the locally changed 3D transformation. The transformation may also be used to extract geobodies in the past depositional model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: Emerson Paradigm Holding LLC, Jean-Laurent MALLET
    Inventors: Jean-Laurent Mallet, Jean-Claude Dulac, Emmanuel Labrunye, Christophe Winkler, Laurent Deny
  • Patent number: 10329888
    Abstract: The method and system describes monitoring and modeling the hydraulic fracturing of a reservoir. The microseismic events caused by hydraulic fracturing on a reservoir are captured by sensor arrays. The data captured by the sensor arrays are then analyzed to determine the source radius, and seismic moment tensor of microseismic events caused by the hydraulic fracturing. This information is then combined with a seismic velocity model to arrive at a discrete fracture network showing at least the orientation, source radius, and source mechanism of each microseismic event. This discrete fracture network is then used to determine the stimulated surface area, stimulated volume, and point of diminishing returns for the hydraulic fracturing process. Hydraulic fracturing engineers can use the algorithms to monitor the well and/or determine well completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ENGINEERING SEISMOLOGY GROUP CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Theodore Ivan Urbancic, Adam Mirza Baig, Alice Guest, Kaitlyn Christine Mascher-Mace, Vladimir Sumila
  • Patent number: 10281604
    Abstract: A method, including: obtaining, with a processor, a seismic image of a subsurface region from a computer memory; predicting, with a processor, a dip of the seismic image of the subsurface region; and removing, with a processor, noise or artifacts from the seismic image of the subsurface region by applying a dip guided Laplacian filter, wherein the removing generates another seismic image of the subsurface region that has noise or artifacts removed relative to the seismic image of the subsurface region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Charlie Jing, John E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 10175372
    Abstract: Systems, methods and software can be used for processing microseismic data from a subterranean region. In some aspects, groupings of data points are identified. The data points are based on microseismic data from a subterranean region. The identification of the groupings is constrained such that each grouping includes at least a minimum number of the data points, and such that the data points in each grouping have at most a maximum extent of variation. In some instances, a histogram of the data points is generated, and each of the identified groupings corresponds to a bin in the histogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh Ananda Shetty, Avi Lin
  • Patent number: 10145216
    Abstract: A trip speed table is created containing records. Each record contains a step location, wherein a step is defined to be the location in a well of a deepest end of a drill string, a minimum trip speed for the step location, wherein the minimum trip speed is defined to be the maximum trip speed less than or equal to a default trip speed at which the drill string can be tripped without exceeding a fracture gradient or falling below a pore pressure at a slice depth, and the slice depth where the minimum trip speed for the step location occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Edwin Wise, Gustavo Adolfo Urdaneta
  • Patent number: 10126449
    Abstract: Presenting data in a scalable format includes obtaining input from multiple sensors, grouping a subset of the multiple sensors based on similar parameter values, and allocating a section of a display screen to the subset based on a number of the multiple sensors in the subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ent. Services Development Corporation LP
    Inventors: Dhulipala Sastry, Ravigopal Vennelakanti, Prasun Singh
  • Patent number: 10120092
    Abstract: A method is described for generating an improved digital image for a subsurface volume of interest that allows analysis of the depositional settings of rock facies in a subsurface volume of interest. The method may include identifying at least three different rock facies in the well log data; estimating a compaction trend for each of the at least three rock facies identified in the well log data to create at least three compaction trends; transforming the velocity model to produce a trend-match volume using the at least three compaction trends; and superimposing the trend-match volume and the seismic image to generate a digital image containing information regarding both structural features and stratigraphic features of the subsurface volume of interest. The method may be executed by a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CHEVRON U.S.A. INC.
    Inventors: Mingya Chen, Damian O'Grady, Miguel O. Ascanio Regalado, Dileep K. Tiwary, Reynaldo Cardona, Aygul Kostinovsky
  • Patent number: 10101485
    Abstract: A technique facilitates improved data acquisition and analysis with downhole tools and systems. The downhole tools and systems utilize arrays of sensing devices which are deployed in arrangements for improved sensing of data related to environmental features and/or tool parameters of tools located downhole in a borehole. For example, the tools and sensing systems may be operated to effectively sense and store characteristics related to components of downhole tools as well as formation parameters at, for example, elevated temperatures and pressures. Similarly, chemicals and chemical properties of interest in oilfield exploration and development also may be detected, measured and stored for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuyasu Hirabayashi
  • Patent number: 10013800
    Abstract: A system and method may model physical geological structures. Seismic and geologic data may be accepted. A three-dimensional (3D) transformation may be generated between a 3D present day model having points representing present locations of the physical geological structures and a 3D past depositional model having points representing locations where the physical geological structures were originally deposited. An indication may be accepted to locally change the 3D transformation for a subset of sampling points in a first model of the models. The 3D transformation may be locally changed to fit the updated subset of sampling points. A locally altered or updated version of the first model and, e.g., second model, may be displayed where local changes to the first model are defined by the locally changed 3D transformation. The transformation may also be used to extract geobodies in the past depositional model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: EMERSON PARADIGM HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Laurent Mallet, Jean-Claude Dulac, Emmanuel Labrunye, Christophe Winkler, Laurent Deny
  • Patent number: 9989659
    Abstract: Retrieving seismic data by a data server. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including: retrieving a seismic data slice from a seismic data volume, the datums logically organized in parallel layers, the retrieving by: sending a request for the seismic data slice from a client computer to a data sever over a network connection, the request spans at least a quarter of the layers in the seismic data volume, and the data server is remote from the client computer; extracting data values associated with the seismic data slice from the seismic data volume by the data server; sending, by the data server, datums residing within the seismic data slice, the sending such that at least some cache lines of a processor of the client computer filled responsive to the request comprise datums that span more than one layer; and then rendering the seismic data slice on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: LANDMARK GRAPHICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles M. Sembroski, Scott D. Senften
  • Patent number: 9971053
    Abstract: Methods and systems for survey operations are provided. In some embodiments, crossline measurement data measured by at least one survey receiver is received. Based at least in part on a characteristic of the crossline measurement data, an option from among a plurality of candidate options is selected, where the selected option is for use in an action relating to survey of a target structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: WesternGeco L.L.C.
    Inventors: Susanne Rentsch-Smith, Philippe Caprioli, Massimiliano Vassallo, Dirk-Jan Van Manen
  • Patent number: 9846260
    Abstract: A method and system for computing and visualizing sedimentary attributes may include receiving, by a processor, paleo-geographic coordinates representing predicted approximate positions of particles of sediment deposited at a time period when a layer was originally formed. The processor may numerically compute or determine a sedimentation rate that varies laterally along the layer. The processor may determine a sedimentary attribute based on the lateral variation of the sedimentation rate along the layer with respect to the paleo-geographic coordinates. A monitor or display may display the sedimentary attribute of the layer in the present-day geological space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignees: Paradigm Sciences Ltd., Jean-Laurent MALLET
    Inventor: Jean-Laurent Mallet
  • Patent number: 9798028
    Abstract: The instant invention is designed to provide an adaptive approach to removing short-period time/phase distortions within a downward-continuation process that is a key component of seismic migration algorithms. Using techniques analogous to residual statics corrections that are used in standard seismic processing, one inventive approach estimates and removes the effects of short wavelength velocity disruptions, thereby creating clearer seismic images of the subsurface of the earth. Additionally, the instant method will provide an updated velocity model that can be used to obtain further image improvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: John Theodore Etgen, Gabriel Perez, Min Zhou
  • Patent number: 9733372
    Abstract: A method and system for prospecting for gas hydrates and gas hydrates over free gas is disclosed. The method includes using well log data to form a rock physics model to generate synthetic seismic representing hydrate and hydrate-over-gas models. Spectral decomposition is applied to the synthetic seismic and to field seismic from the prospecting area, forming low frequency narrow band data sets. From mapped potential sands in the field data, compare positive amplitude dominated event in the narrow band field data to the narrow band synthetics for gas hydrates. Compare negative amplitude dominated event in the narrow band field data to the narrow band synthetics for gas or gas hydrate-over gas. From these comparisons, perform modeling to determine saturation and thickness for hydrates and hydrates-over-gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Fugro Marine Geoservices, Inc.
    Inventors: Zijian Zhang, Daniel McConnell
  • Patent number: 9734841
    Abstract: Provided is a noise signal suppressing device including: an input unit configured to receive a sound signal; a time/frequency converting unit; an independent peak spectrum extracting unit configured to extract a peak spectrum having independence; a persistence determining unit configured to determine that the peak spectrum having independence persists for a predetermined period or longer; a noise-signal suppressing unit configured to suppress the peak spectrum having independence as the noise signal. The independent peak spectrum extracting unit includes: a first peak extracting unit configured to extract a peak spectrum having higher energy than that of an adjacent frequency signal, and a second peak extracting unit configured to extract a peak spectrum maintaining a frequency interval of equal to or larger than a predetermined value with respect to a peak spectrum adjacent thereto as the peak spectrum having independence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Takaaki Yamabe, Toshiaki Nagai
  • Patent number: 9728003
    Abstract: A system and method may model physical geological structures. Seismic and geologic data may be accepted. A three-dimensional (3D) transformation may be generated between a 3D present day model having points representing present locations of the physical geological structures and a 3D past depositional model having points representing locations where the physical geological structures were originally deposited. An indication may be accepted to locally change the 3D transformation for a subset of sampling points in a first model of the models. The 3D transformation may be locally changed to fit the updated subset of sampling points. A locally altered or updated version of the first model and, e.g., second model, may be displayed where local changes to the first model are defined by the locally changed 3D transformation. The transformation may also be used to extract geobodies in the past depositional model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignees: PARADIGM SCIENCES LTD.
    Inventors: Jean-Laurent Mallet, Jean-Claude Dulac, Emmanuel Labrunye, Christophe Winkler, Laurent Deny
  • Patent number: 9671510
    Abstract: Oilfield and wellbore data may include geophone data (seismic) and airborne surveys such as microseep data, as well as fiber optic measurements collected utilizing a distributed sensing system. Continuous monitoring of various oilfield and wellbore properties, such as temperature, pressure, Bragg gradient, acoustic, and strain, and the like, may generate a large volume of data, possibly spanning into several terabytes. Embodiments of the present invention provide techniques for visualizing a large volume of such measurements taken in an oilfield or wellbore without down-sampling measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: PETRABYTES INC.
    Inventors: Sashi B. Gunturu, Daniel H. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9595129
    Abstract: A method is provided for displaying selected portions of a three-dimensional (3D) volumetric data set representing a subsurface formation. At least one two-dimensional (2D) canvas is generated. The 2D canvas corresponds to a plane in the 3D data set. The 2D canvas is shown in a first display window. One or more primitives are created on the 2D canvas. A volumetric region of the 3D volumetric data set corresponding to the one or more primitives is identified. The volumetric region is displayed in a 3D scene. The 3D scene is shown in a second display window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Yao-Chou Cheng, Marek K. Czernuszenko
  • Patent number: 9541659
    Abstract: A method for removing noise from a three-dimensional representation of seismic data. The method includes receiving seismic data acquired in a seismic survey. The method may organize the acquired seismic data into a three-dimensional representation of the acquired seismic data. The method may then remove a noise from the three-dimensional representation of the acquired seismic data based on at least one criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: WESTERNGECO L.L.C.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Vassallo, Kurt Eggenberger, Dirk-Jan Van Manen, Ali Ă–zbek
  • Patent number: 9528366
    Abstract: A method for providing geological trends and real time mapping of a geological basin by forming a geochemical surface well log. The method provides in real time, information from a mass spectrometer on fluid samples from a wellbore, into a geochemical well log template using computer instructions to create a plurality of graphical tracks. The dataset includes geochemical, engineering, and geological information. The geochemical surface well log is transmitted to and viewable on a client device. The geochemical surface well log provides information on well fluids and rock. The mass spectrometer receives fluid samples and performs analysis on the fluid samples, and then communicates fluid testing data in real time to a geochemical surface well log with a plurality of graphical tracks which is then further communicated to a client device via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SELMAN AND ASSOCIATES, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Selman, Matthew J. Jennings
  • Patent number: 9528367
    Abstract: A system for providing geological trends and real time mapping of a geological basin. The system provides in real time, information from a mass spectrometer on fluid samples from a wellbore, and forms a geochemical surface well log with graphical tracks. The system uses a dataset that includes geochemical, engineering, and geological information. The geochemical surface well log is viewable on a client device connected to a network. The geochemical well log provides information on well fluids and rocks, and displays data in graphical tracks. The mass spectrometer receives samples from a total hydrocarbon analyzer or a gas trap connected to the wellbore. The mass spectrometer performs analysis on fluid samples, and communicates in real time to the geochemical surface well log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SELMAN AND ASSOCIATES, LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Selman, Matthew J. Jennings
  • Patent number: 9529115
    Abstract: Method and system is described for modeling one or more geophysical properties of a subsurface volume. The method includes extracting locations from the data volume and combining them into an object, for example a horizon. The extraction may begin with selecting one or more initial traces, assigning labels to each sample of each trace, selecting a propagation pattern, and propagating the labels from the initial traces along a vector volume. Then, locations with the same label are extracted (1106). As an alternative to label propagation, a specific type of labeled volume (1102) may be obtained, such as a stack of surfaces (1132). The object may then be further modified or utilized to enhance the process of producing hydrocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Pavel Dimitrov, Matthias Imhof
  • Patent number: 9494031
    Abstract: A technique facilitates efficient data transfer during a drilling operation. The drilling operation involves deploying a drill string downhole and rotating a drill bit to cut a borehole into a subterranean formation. While the drill bit is on bottom, real-time sensor data is transmitted to a surface location or other suitable location via a data transmission system. The transmission of current or real-time sensor data is stopped when the drill bit is moved off bottom. While the drill bit is off bottom, previously recorded data is sent uphole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil Kelsall, Jean-Marie Degrange
  • Patent number: 9494709
    Abstract: A subsurface hydrocarbon reservoir with wells is simulated by sequential solution of reservoir and well equations to simulate fluid flow inside the reservoir and well production rates. Sequential solution of reservoir and well equations treats wells as specified bottom hole pressure wells. This avoids solving large matrices resulting from the simultaneous solution of the reservoir and well equations which can be computationally very expensive for large number of unknowns and require special sparse matrix solvers. Such sequential solution involves regular reservoir system solvers complemented by a small matrix for the numerical solution of the well bottom hole pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Ali H. Dogru
  • Patent number: 9429667
    Abstract: Systems and methods include seismic data stacking derived from a set of image volumes. Stacking includes finding a sub-set of seismic image volumes (and in some implementations their respective stacking weights) or multiple realizations of sub-set of seismic image volumes from a given set that are consistent and similar to each other. Some or all of the input seismic image volumes can be stacked together as they would be with a conventional stack. However, the signal-to-noise ratio can be enhanced by only stacking those volumes that contain consistent and relevant information. Optimal stacking can utilize an algorithm that can be implemented in a moving window fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: BP Corporation North America Inc.
    Inventors: Madhav Vyas, Arvind Sharma
  • Patent number: 9366772
    Abstract: Method for segmenting a geophysical data volume such as a seismic data volume (10) for ranking, prioritization, visualization or other analysis of subsurface structure. The method takes any initial segmentation (11) of the data volume, and progressively reduces the number of segments by pair combination (13) so that an optimal stage of combination may be determined and used for analysis (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventor: Matthias Imhof
  • Patent number: 9355494
    Abstract: A system and method may model physical geological structures. Seismic and geologic data may be accepted. A three-dimensional (3D) transformation may be generated between a 3D present day model having points representing present locations of the physical geological structures and a 3D past depositional model having points representing locations where the physical geological structures were originally deposited. An indication may be accepted to locally change the 3D transformation for a subset of sampling points in a first model of the models. The 3D transformation may be locally changed to fit the updated subset of sampling points. A locally altered or updated version of the first model and, e.g., second model, may be displayed where local changes to the first model are defined by the locally changed 3D transformation. The transformation may also be used to extract geobodies in the past depositional model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignees: PARADIGM SCIENCES LTD.
    Inventors: Jean-Laurent Mallet, Jean-Claude Dulac, Emmanuel Labrunye, Christophe Winkler, Laurent Deny
  • Patent number: 9330441
    Abstract: A filter selection technique is described for automatically selecting filters and filter parameters to apply to a given input data. The technique first receives input data and accesses a library storing information from previously analyzed data. The technique selects an entry from the library where the entry contains data that is correlated with the input data. The technique then applies a filter to the input data. The filter and filter parameters are determined by the selected entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventors: Andjelka Srdic, Rafael Pacheco, Bin Qin, Denis Malov
  • Patent number: 9224191
    Abstract: A system for controlling effects performed on an image includes a digital camera having a display that displays the image. Masking tools position graphical representations on the display to define a portion of the image that is altered when the effects are subsequently applied to the image. The several masking tools may be combined to form a single masking tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Edwards, Clay Harvey Fisher, Kurt Jonach, Neal Jacob Manowitz, John Tree
  • Patent number: 9223042
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating posterior geological models by integrating various reservoir data to support dynamic-quantitative data-inversion, stochastic-uncertainty-management and smart reservoir-management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Marko Maucec, Alvin Stanley Cullick
  • Patent number: 9182511
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Drilling Info, Inc.
    Inventor: John Neave
  • Patent number: 9164191
    Abstract: A subsurface hydrocarbon reservoir with wells is simulated by simultaneous solution of reservoir and well equations which simulate flow profiles along a well without requiring an unstructured coefficient matrix for reservoir unknowns. An analytical model of the reservoir is formed using the known or measured bottom hole pressure. Where several layers in an interval in the reservoir are present between vertical flow barriers in the reservoir, and communicate vertically with others, the communicating layers are combined for analytical modeling into a single layer for that interval for simulation purposes. The matrix of equations defining the unknown pressures and saturations of the intervals of combined layers in the reservoir are solved in the computer, and a perforation rate determined for each such interval of combined layers. Rates for the intervals in the reservoir are then combined to determine total well rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Ali H. Dogru
  • Patent number: 9134443
    Abstract: One or more computer-readable media including computer-executable instructions to instruct a computing system to perform geometrical calculations using seismic horizon data; and define horizon segments based on the geometrical calculations where each defined horizon segment includes points and where each point has a corresponding probability of that point belonging to a defined horizon segment. Various other apparatuses, systems, methods, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Edo Hoekstra