Earth Science Patents (Class 702/2)
  • Patent number: 10890688
    Abstract: A method of generating secondary data in geostatistics using observed data that: receiving prepared spatial correlation data, primary data, and observed data; generating initial models by performing a geostatistical technique using the spatial correlation data and the primary data; extracting a best representative model using the observed data from the initial models; and creating final models by converging candidate models. The initial models are created using geostatistics from the spatial correlation data and primary data, the representative models are determined using a distance-based clustering method, the best representative model is selected using the observed data, the candidate models near the best representative model are selected as final models depending on a convergence determination criterion, and uncertainty quantification and prediction of future performances may be conducted using the final models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF GEOSCIENCE AND MINERAL RESOURCES
    Inventors: Kyungbook Lee, Hyun Suk Lee, Won Suk Lee, Taehun Lee, Jungtek Lim, Jonggeun Choe
  • Patent number: 10885481
    Abstract: An agricultural work management system includes: a data input unit configured to receive, from an agricultural crop harvester, harvesting position data indicating a harvesting work position as agricultural land information, harvest amount data indicating a harvest amount of the agricultural crop harvested in the agricultural land, and quality data indicating the quality thereof as agricultural crop information; a database server configured to store the agricultural land information and the agricultural crop information such that they can be associated with each other; an agricultural work evaluation unit configured to perform agricultural work evaluation on the agricultural land based on the agricultural land information and the agricultural crop information; and a data output unit configured to send out the agricultural work evaluation data generated by the agricultural work evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Seki, Kazuhiro Takahara
  • Patent number: 10877651
    Abstract: A user interface may be provided for displaying a series of reports. The user interface may include a primary report area, a secondary report area and a navigation slider. The primary report area may be utilized to display a selected report image associated with a report in a report series. The secondary report area may be utilized to display one or more additional report images associated with other reports in the report series. The navigation slider may be utilized to navigate among the report images displayed in the secondary report area. The report images displayed in the primary and secondary report areas may be manipulated by one or more user commands received in the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Brian A. Meier, Robert J. Wagner, Nicholas A. Bigelow, Jennifer F. Ranz, Jay F. Winkis
  • Patent number: 10871391
    Abstract: A system for quantitative water management comprises: at least two interconnected water production entities (U), at least one water resource (S) linked to one at least of the production entities (U), at least one demander element (D) requesting water produced defined by a pre-established temporal curve of water demand produced as a function of time, each link between production entities (U), water resources (S) and demander elements (D) being ensured by a transfer work (C) having a predetermined maximum flowrate and being able to be interconnected, each production entity (U) and each water resource (S) furthermore being associated with a weighting function P, and a calculator adapted to minimize the global weighting function Pg of the system while guaranteeing compliance with the pre-established temporal curve of water demand produced of each demander element (D) under constraint of compliance with the maximum flowrates of the various elements of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT VE
    Inventors: Magali Dechesne, Sébastien Kech, Boris David, Johann Mazzella, Pierre Mandel
  • Patent number: 10861311
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to methods and systems for monitoring personal protection equipment (PPE) compliance. A method may comprise receiving, by a user identification (ID) module, information from sensor modules attached to PPE devices worn by the user, determining if the sensor modules indicate that the PPE devices are active or inactive, communicating the information from the user ID to a supervisor console, and displaying this information by a supervisor console. The user ID may be associated with a specific user, and the sensor modules may be associated with specific PPE devices. When it is determined that a required PPE device is inactive, corrective action may be taken by the supervisor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ataur Rahman, Rahul Nair, Siva Sathish Kumar T
  • Patent number: 10832390
    Abstract: Techniques for atmospheric compensation in satellite imagery that include converting an image including an array of radiance values to an array of surface reflectance values. The conversion is performed in an automated fashion by identifying one or more portions of the image for which the surface reflectance can be estimated and determining the Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) by iteratively comparing the radiance value captured by the image sensor to a calculated radiance value (based on the known surface reflectance, historical values for other atmospheric parameters, and the AOD) and adjusting the AOD until the calculated radiance value is substantially the same as the captured radiance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: DigitalGlobe, Inc.
    Inventor: Fabio Pacifici
  • Patent number: 10810688
    Abstract: Provided herein are systems and methods for determining a refined oilfield location area from a notified oilfield location. The methods and systems access notifications of intent to obtain a notified oilfield location record that includes at least a notified place name, a notified distance from a place associated with the notified place name and a notified approximate direction from the place associated with the notified place name. The methods and systems further determine a candidate location area based on the notified distance and the notified approximate direction. The methods and system further obtain auxiliary information associated with information identified within the notification of intent. The methods and systems further determine a second candidate location area based on the auxiliary information and determine the refined location area based on an intersection of the first candidate location area and the second candidate location area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SOURCEWATER, INC.
    Inventors: Casee Ryanne Lemons, Victor Belous, Daniel Rodney Wallin, Joshua Adler, William P. Mallary
  • Patent number: 10810869
    Abstract: A crowdsourced air quality monitoring system. Such a system could provide information beyond the user's local instrument on air quality over a much larger area. This information could be used by a user to make decisions about frequenting particular areas based on the results, or to alert them to changing conditions in the area so that the user might act before local conditions change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Particles Plus, Inc.
    Inventor: David Pariseau
  • Patent number: 10795351
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling agriculture equipment which combines geographical coordinates, machine settings, machine position, path plans, user input, and equipment parameters to generate executable commands based of a variety of different in-field agricultural operation objectives for a vehicle equipped with an automatic or electronically controlled locomotion systems capable of reading and executing the commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Raven Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Josh Hurd
  • Patent number: 10755367
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of managing data related to an agricultural process is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: THE CLIMATE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tavis Bones, Jakob Stuber, Kyle Plattner, Joshua Merryman, Oriana Lisker, Doug Sauder, Christopher H. Barron
  • Patent number: 10724348
    Abstract: Hydrocarbons are exploited within a sedimentary basin using a stratigraphic simulation coupled with a hydrologic model and a terrestrial organic matter accumulation model. The inorganic sediment distribution within the basin is determined with a stratigraphic simulator for at least one time step. Then, at least one unsaturated zone is delimited within the basin using a hydrologic model. At least one zone of terrestrial organic matter accumulation within the basin and an amount of terrestrial organic matter accumulated in this accumulation zone are determined by a model of the terrestrial organic matter accumulation as a function of the unsaturated zone thickness, of the unsaturated zone thickness stability and of the surface water flux defined for the time step considered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: IFP Energies nouvelles
    Inventors: Benoit Chauveau, Arnaud Pujol, Leo Agelas, Didier Granjeon
  • Patent number: 10725012
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to analyze sediment and sedimentary rock properties. Example systems and methods transform data representing physical particles and burial histories into a three-dimensional representation of solids and pores in sediments and sedimentary rocks by analyzing effects of deposition, grain rearrangement, compaction, and chemical reactions. Resulting output may include three-dimensional representations which may be the basis of physical objects or media for laboratory tests. In an example, output may provide a basis for evaluating present-day properties for areas where sample material is unavailable, reconstructing properties for times in the geologic past, and forecasting the effects of engineering and industrial activities on properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Geocosm, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert H. Lander, Linda M. Bonnell
  • Patent number: 10716089
    Abstract: A method and system of deploying a trained neural network-based RSS fingerprint dataset for mobile device indoor navigation and positioning. The method comprises: based on RSS parameters acquired from a plurality of mobile devices acquired at a set of positions within an indoor area, accumulating the RSS parameters as a trained neural network-based RSS fingerprint dataset in a fingerprint database of the indoor area; and when a density of points represented by the set of positions having accumulated RSS parameters exceeds a deployment threshold density, deploying the RSS fingerprint dataset within a fingerprint map for mobile device navigation of the indoor area, the fingerprint map encompassing the set of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAPSTED CORP.
    Inventors: Sean Huberman, Joshua Karon, Henry L. Ohab
  • Patent number: 10685304
    Abstract: An agricultural work management system includes: a data input unit (41) configured to receive, from an agricultural crop harvester (1), harvesting position data indicating a harvesting work position as agricultural land information, harvest amount data indicating a harvest amount of the agricultural crop harvested in the agricultural land, and quality data indicating the quality thereof as agricultural crop information; a database server (6) configured to store the agricultural land information and the agricultural crop information such that they can be associated with each other; an agricultural work evaluation unit (51) configured to perform agricultural work evaluation on the agricultural land based on the agricultural land information and the agricultural crop information; and a data output unit (42) configured to send out the agricultural work evaluation data generated by the agricultural work evaluation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Seki, Kazuhiro Takahara
  • Patent number: 10641925
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for obtaining an empirical model of a planetary atmosphere as a function of the independent variables in a parametric formulation. Embodiments of the present disclosure can represent the temperature and individual species densities of the planetary atmosphere in the formulation, can robustly and efficiently carry out the computations needed to evaluate this formulation and to estimate the formulation's parameters, and can thereby obtain the empirical model of the planetary atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: John T. Emmert, Douglas P. Drob, Julian Michael Picone
  • Patent number: 10641924
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and methods that simplifies and improves the process for generating wind radii in tropical cyclones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Charles R. Sampson, John Knaff, Michael D. Frost, Ann Schrader
  • Patent number: 10614307
    Abstract: A method of categorising vegetation is disclosed, the method comprising: inputting and storing in a memory information related to a ground observation; determining the identity of the vegetation of said observations corresponding to an existing memory entry; determining a characteristic for said vegetation in dependence on said ground observation; and updating said memory with said characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Point4Geo Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Stanley
  • Patent number: 10605752
    Abstract: A method and a device for measuring a transition rate between a first phase of a material and a second phase of the material wherein the material is solid or liquid in the first phase and gaseous in the second phase. A thermopile which includes a plurality of conductor transitions at an interface area between the first and second phases. The thermopile has a first portion which includes every second one of the conductor transitions, and a second portion that includes the remaining conductor transitions. In addition, the method includes measuring a thermoelectric voltage that is applied on the thermopile and that represents a temperature difference between the first and second portions of the thermopile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Jin-Chen Liu
  • Patent number: 10605589
    Abstract: A laser measuring system for continuous measurement of a plurality of connected tubulars being inserted into or removed from a wellbore. The laser measuring system can have a laser housing with one or more laser surface velocimeters. The laser housing with a laser arm can be connected to a support member and can communicate via a network to a computer processor and data storage for measuring pipe joint length in real time. A pressurized gas port can pressurize the laser housing above ambient pressure to keep a laser beam clear of particulate and well fluids or ambient pressure can be used with a continuous airflow device. The laser beam is used to detect and calculate length and quantity of tubulars moving past the laser beam transmitting the information to the computer processor in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Bobby Frank Hicks, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10571601
    Abstract: A method can include mapping a stairstepped grid to a surface where the stairstepped grid and the surface represent a discontinuity in a geologic environment; based at least in part on the mapping, adjusting properties associated with the stairstepped grid to compensate for spatial discrepancies between the stairstepped grid and the surface; and simulating flow in the geologic environment using the stairstepped grid and the adjusted properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Freeman, Stephen Grenfell, Simon Harris
  • Patent number: 10557334
    Abstract: A flow meter well tool includes a volumetric well flow meter to be positioned in a wellbore. The volumetric well flow meter includes a hollow cylindrical tubing to be positioned in the wellbore. The tubing splits well fluid through the wellbore into an internal fluid through the volumetric well flow meter and an external fluid through an annulus between the wellbore and the volumetric well flow meter. The hollow cylindrical tubing includes an internal portion, where an internal cross-sectional area of the internal portion is less than an internal cross-sectional area of the hollow cylindrical tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventor: Rafael Adolfo Lastra Melo
  • Patent number: 10524425
    Abstract: One variation of a method for automating transfer of plants within an agricultural facility includes: dispatching a loader to autonomously deliver a first module—defining a first array of plant slots at a first density and loaded with a first set of plants at a first growth stage—from a first grow location within an agricultural facility to a transfer station within the agricultural facility; dispatching the loader to autonomously deliver a second module—defining a second array of plant slots at a second density less than the first density and empty of plants—to the transfer station; recording a module-level optical scan of the first module; extracting a viability parameter of the first set of plants from features detected in the module-level optical scan; and if the viability parameter falls outside of a target viability range, rejecting transfer of the first set of plants from the first module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Iron Ox, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Ace Alexander, Jonathan Binney
  • Patent number: 10459096
    Abstract: A method for iteratively inverting seismic data to jointly infer a model for at least P-wave velocity and attenuation parameters of the subsurface, the method including: jointly inverting the P-wave velocity and attenuation parameters with an iterative visco-acoustic full wavefield inversion process, wherein the iterative visco-acoustic full wavefield inversion process includes computing a gradient of an objective function, the objective function measuring a misfit between all or part of the seismic data and corresponding model-simulated seismic data; for each of the P-wave velocity and attenuation parameters, computing a search direction in model space from the gradient; determining line search step sizes ? and ? for the search directions for the P-wave velocity and attenuation parameters, respectively, wherein a ratio of the step sizes is a function of the P-wave velocity parameter; and using the step sizes ? and ? and the search directions for each of the P-wave velocity and attenuation parameters, computi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Sirui Tan, Yaxun Tang, Anatoly I. Baumstein, Gboyega Ayeni, Tetyana Vdovina, Thomas A. Dickens
  • Patent number: 10438063
    Abstract: The present invention is mathematical modelling to estimate crop area, yield and production for 42 major crops in the world across a global 5 arc minute grid. The model uses a downscaling approach that accounts for spatial variation in the biophysical conditions influencing the productivity of individual crops, and uses crop gross revenue potential of alternate crops when considering how to prioritize the allocation of specific crops to individual gridcells. The proposed methodology is an entropy-based optimization procedure that imposes a range of consistency and aggregation constraints. A particular feature of this method is the explicit inclusion of error terms. There is inherent uncertainty in many aspects of the model, such as input data, incomplete information on farmers' behavior, spatial heterogeneity of crop varieties and managements cross regions in the world. By explicitly including error terms, this method directly deal with such uncertainties, which leads to better and more reliable estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Huazhong Agricultural University
    Inventor: Liangzhi You
  • Patent number: 10436893
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for extracting ocean wave information. The apparatus for extracting ocean wave information includes a radar image reception unit for receiving a radar image from a radar antenna, a digital conversion unit for converting the received radar image into a digital format, an analysis preparation unit for setting analysis sections of the radar image and performing temporal accumulation on the analysis sections, a three-dimensional (3D) spectrum-conversion unit for converting accumulated analysis sections into a 3D spectrum in a 3D frequency domain by performing a temporal/spatial 3D Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) on the accumulated analysis sections, and an ocean wave information extraction unit for extracting ocean wave information based on the 3D spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignees: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, HANBAT NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Byung-Gil Lee, Jin-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10410091
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving one or more training images depicting one or more training geographical regions. One or more environmental characteristic (EC) values are determined for the training images. The EC values include at least one EC value for each of the training images. One or more models are generated for mapping an EC value of an image to a determination of whether an artifact is present in a geographical region depicted by the image, based on the EC values and based on knowledge of which of the training images depict training geographical regions having artifacts present. A new image is received depicting a new geographical region. The models are applied to the new image. A probability that a new artifact is present in the new geographical region depicted in the new image is determined, based on the applying the models to the new image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Conrad M. Albrecht, Marcus O. Freitag, Hendrik F. Hamann, Sharathchandra U. Pankanti
  • Patent number: 10402839
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining drug trend and drug inflation are described. In one embodiment, an index sample may be selected including an identification of a plurality of drugs. A weighting factor associated with each of the plurality of drugs in the index sample may be calculated. A first weighted price of for the plurality of drugs may be calculated for a first time period. A second weighted price for the plurality of drugs may be calculated for a second time period. A price index may be calculated for the second time period based on the first weighted price and the second weighted price. Other methods and systems are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharon Glave Frazee, Robert F. Nease, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10386286
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining whether conditions exist for presence of clathrates are disclosed. One method includes determining a thickness of a clathrate stability zone based, at least in part, on a depth at which a temperature reaches a three-phase equilibrium temperature of the clathrates. The method also includes calculating a temperature and a three-phase equilibrium temperature for a range of depths in the clathrate stability zone, and determining a minimum pore size at each of the depths in the range of depths, the minimum pore size permitting a predetermined saturation level of clathrates and based at least in part on the temperature and three-phase equilibrium temperature. The method further includes converting the minimum pore size at each of the depths to a minimum porosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh Callahan Daigle, John Thomas Balczewski
  • Patent number: 10380117
    Abstract: An event-occurrence-place estimation method having a process executed by a computer, the process includes acquiring a message of a predetermined event from social media to which a message is posted; extracting occurrence place information indicating an occurrence place of the predetermined event from the acquired messages; ranking the occurrence places in descending order according to the number of acquired messages corresponding to each of the pieces of occurrence place information, cumulating, for each of the occurrence places, the number of acquired messages of the occurrence place and the number of acquired messages of the occurrence places which are ranked higher than the occurrence place information, and identifying a change point where an increase rate of the cumulated number of the messages is an average increase ratio; and outputting the piece of occurrence place information identified by the identified change point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Kunihiro Takeda
  • Patent number: 10375898
    Abstract: One variation of a method for automating transfer of plants within an agricultural facility includes: dispatching a loader to autonomously deliver a first module—defining a first array of plant slots at a first density and loaded with a first set of plants at a first growth stage—from a first grow location within an agricultural facility to a transfer station within the agricultural facility; dispatching the loader to autonomously deliver a second module—defining a second array of plant slots at a second density less than the first density and empty of plants—to the transfer station; recording a module-level optical scan of the first module; extracting a viability parameter of the first set of plants from features detected in the module-level optical scan; and if the viability parameter falls outside of a target viability range, rejecting transfer of the first set of plants from the first module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Iron Ox, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Ace Alexander, Jonathan Binney
  • Patent number: 10365799
    Abstract: System and methods for creating on-demand robotic process automation are described. In one example hardware processor-implemented method embodiment, an application providing graphical user interfaces is executed, and a monitoring program executing independently of the application. Using the monitoring program, a screen capture image is obtained of the graphical user interfaces. Graphical user interface elements are identified using a computerized image processing technique. Metadata on presence of confirmatory predictors for the elements, and confirmatory predictor vectors for the interfaces, are generated. Confusion indices for the confirmatory predictors and the confirmatory predictor vectors are calculated, Threshold values are generated based on the calculated confusion indices. A decision table is generated storing sequences of user interactions with the graphical user interface elements. A subset of the stored sequences is identified as yielding a successful outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Raghavendra Hosbettu, RamPrasad Kanakatte Ramanna, Raghottam Mannopantar
  • Patent number: 10365215
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for analyzing earth samples of a geological formation, comprising: performing a Fourier Transform InfraRed (FTIR) spectrometry measurement on an earth sample collected in the formation by: Irradiating the sample with infrared energy Measuring a spectrum representative of the infrared energy absorbed by the earth sample, analyzing the measured spectrum and obtaining from the analyzed measured spectrum a reconstructed spectrum corresponding to a combination of a plurality of standard spectra representative of elements contained in the earth sample, based on the measured spectrum and on the reconstructed spectrum, detecting a tar layer in the geological formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Herron, Mary Ellen Loan
  • Patent number: 10353096
    Abstract: Global inversion of multi-vintage seismic data uses simulated annealing to minimize a cost function simultaneously for all vintages and all angle stacks to yield values of geophysical properties. Each vintage is generated from an independent seismic survey of a subsurface structure conducted over a distinct period of time and includes seismic traces and angle stacks. An initial model of the subsurface structure is used and includes values for geophysical properties and time shift maps between vintages. The time shift map contains shifts in the seismic trace between vintages. The cost function includes a time shift map term for the difference between the time shift map and a calculated time shift of the seismic trace between vintages and is based on a proposed perturbation to at least one of the geophysical properties. The time shift map is also used as a global constraint on proposed perturbations of subsurface properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CGG SERVICES SAS
    Inventors: Yves Lafet, Laurene Michou, Benjamin Roure, Raphael Bornard
  • Patent number: 10329896
    Abstract: A system and method for providing information regarding the tortuosity of a wellbore path is provided. The method includes receiving data from a plurality of survey stations of a wellbore survey. The method further includes determining a plurality of tortuosity parameter values for the wellbore path within a corresponding plurality of analysis windows, wherein each analysis window has at least one tortuosity parameter value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Gyrodata, Incorporated
    Inventors: Jon Bang, Onyemelem Jegbefume, Adrian Guillermo Ledroz, John Lionel Weston
  • Patent number: 10302617
    Abstract: The invention is a method of assessing at least one petroleum characteristic of a rock sample. Starting from a temperature ranging between 50° C. and 120° C., the temperature of a rock sample is raised to a temperature ranging between 180° C. and 220° C. Temperature (T2) is maintained for a predetermined time duration. The temperature of the sample is increased to a temperature (T3) ranging 330° C. and 370° C. Temperature (T3) is maintained for a predetermined time duration. The temperature of the sample is then raised to a temperature (T4) ranging 630° C. and 670° C. Three quantities Sh0, Sh1 and Sh2, representative of the amount of hydrocarbon compounds released during the temperature change stages, are measured and at least one petroleum characteristic of the sample is deduced from these quantities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Daniel Pillot, Geremie Letort, Maria-Fernanda Romero-Sarmiento, Violaine Lamoureux-Var, Valerie Beaumont, Bruno Garcia
  • Patent number: 10295698
    Abstract: Formation properties may be more efficiently derived from measurements of multi-frequency, multi-component array induction tools, by emphasizing the measurements associated with shorter spacings/lower frequencies in certain regions and short-to-middle spacings/higher frequencies in other regions. In at least one embodiment, a disclosed logging system includes a logging tool that when conveyed along a borehole through a formation obtains multi-component transmit-receive antenna coupling measurements with multiple arrays having different antenna spacings; and a processing system that operates on the measurements. The processing system derives from said measurements one or more formation parameter estimates; determines measurement weight coefficients for a cost function based on said one or more formation parameter estimates; and inverts said measurements with said cost function to obtain one or more enhanced parameter estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dagang Wu, Junsheng Hou, Burkay Donderici, Luis E. San Martin
  • Patent number: 10288594
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and a device for optically analyzing fruit or vegetables. Different light sources are adapted to apply light radiation in different wavelength ranges selectively to each object according to a predetermined illumination sequence, and images are produced by at least one color camera sensitive to infrared, the exposure of which is controlled in synchronism with the illumination sequence so as to produce a plurality of images in different wavelength ranges, including at least one image in a visible range and at least one image in an infrared range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MAF AGROBOTIC
    Inventor: Philippe Blanc
  • Patent number: 10261652
    Abstract: A system includes an analytics collector that receives world state data to provide status relating to a plurality of mission analytics of an unmanned vehicle or an unmanned vehicle mission planner. An asset filter filters the status from the analytics collector with respect to mission analytics of a subset of selected assets. An analytic aggregator collects the filtered status from the asset filter and generates a visual analytics file based on one or more selected analytics for the subset of selected assets. A rendering pipeline processes the visual analytics file from the analytic aggregator and generates a formatted output file describing a visualization of the plurality of mission analytics from the visual analytics file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Miteshkumar K. Patel, Louis Oddo, William Parsons, Feng Cao, Henry H. Fung, Devang R. Parekh
  • Patent number: 10261063
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for monitoring quality of ballast water. The system comprises a central data hub comprising a data hub computer adapted for generating a set of acceptance criteria for ballast water quality parameters at one or more geographic positions based upon uploaded ballast water data from on-board computers of at least two vessels. The uploaded ballast water data indicates where, and possibly when, a volume of ballast water was loaded into a ballast water tank of each of the at least two vessels and the respective values of each of the ballast water quality parameters that are measured on each of the volumes of ballast water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ballast Water Monitoring A/S
    Inventor: Frank Stuer-Lauridsen
  • Patent number: 10250955
    Abstract: A system of sensor nodes is combined with an RF hub that transmits RF power to the sensors and receives data therefrom. The sensor nodes contain: one or more sensors for measuring indoor conditions, an antenna, an energy storage element, and electronics for powering the system via harvesting RF energy, reading sensor data, and communicating sensor data. The sensors, antenna, and other components on the nodes can be fabricated conventionally, or via printing. They may be fabricated as “flexible hybrid electronics”, in which conventional components are bonded onto flexible substrates. The RF hub consists of one or more antennas capable of transmitting RF power electronics for steering the center of radiation of the RF power in at least one direction or in more than one direction electronics for receiving a demodulating RF data signal. The RF hub may be powered directly from the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: David Eric Schwartz, George Daniel, Clinton Smith, Scott A. Elrod, Daniel H. Greene
  • Patent number: 10241214
    Abstract: A method for applying GPS UAV attitude estimation to accelerate computer vision. The UAV has a plurality of GPS receivers mounted at fixed locations on the UAV. The method includes receiving raw GPS measurements from each GPS satellite in view of the UAV, the raw GPS measurements comprising pseudo-range and carrier phase data representing the distance between each GPS receiver and each GPS satellite. Carrier phase and pseudo-range measurements are determined for each GPS receiver based on the pseudo-range and carrier phase data. The GPS carrier phase and pseudo-range measurements are compared pair-wise for each pair of GPS receiver and satellite. An attitude of the UAV is determined based on the relative distance measurements. A 3D camera pose rotation matrix is determined based on the attitude of the UAV. Computer vision image search computations are performed for analyzing the image data received from the UAV in real time using the 3D camera pose rotation matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mahanth K. Gowda, Justin G. Manweiler, Justin D. Weisz
  • Patent number: 10222508
    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: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignees: Emerson Paradigm Holding LLC
    Inventor: Jean-Laurent Mallet
  • Patent number: 10215608
    Abstract: A system (100) for and a method of monitoring water drainage is provided. The system for monitoring water drainage comprising a sensor interface (118), a storage (120), an atmospheric precipitation unit (130) and a signal generator (140). The sensor detects whether water is present at an associated surface (112) and generates a sensor signal (111). The storage stores water drainage information that relates to the associated surface and comprises characteristics of water presence on the associated surface in cases of atmospheric precipitation. The atmospheric precipitation unit receives recent atmospheric precipitation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Edith Danielle Den Hartog, Ralph Gertrude Hubertus Voncken
  • Patent number: 10216604
    Abstract: A method for monitoring environmental parameters associated with computer equipment is described. According to the method a number of environmental parameters related to a number of computing devices are measured using a number of sensors associated with, and located at, a number of computing devices. The sensed environmental parameters are displayed, with a computer, based on an actual view of the number of computing devices. The displayed sensed environmental parameters create a spatial relation with a space to which each sensed environmental parameter pertains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: CA, INC.
    Inventors: Francois Cattoen, Janne Koponen, Dhesikan Ananchaperumal
  • Patent number: 10191175
    Abstract: A method for mapping geological structures of a formation on a side of a surface, includes: generating a magnetic moment using at least one magnetic moment generator to build up a magnetic field in the formation in an on-period, wherein the magnetic moment has a moment strength, and wherein the magnetic moment is positioned on another side of the surface; changing the magnetic moment to change the magnetic field; and making at least one record in a recording device at a recording time trecord in an off-period, wherein the record includes at least a representation of the change in the magnetic field and/or a representation of the magnetic field obtained by a B/E-measuring unit; wherein the on-period is separated from the off-period by the act of changing the magnetic moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Skytem Survey APS
    Inventor: Kurt Ingvard Sorensen
  • Patent number: 10187867
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for recognizing an indoor zone in which a user is located by using an Earth's magnetic field that is generated naturally instead of the conventional method of combining a magnetic field generator and a magnetic field sensor. The apparatus includes a zone evaluator configured to primarily recognize a location of the portable terminal by using first and second components of an Earth's magnetic field and to finally recognize the location of the portable terminal by using first and second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seong-Il Hahm, Seong-Ho Cho, Jin-Wook Lee, Hun-Je Yeon, Young-Ki Kim, Pil-Seob Kang, Shin-Il Kang
  • Patent number: 10152762
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method for determining ecological risks of heavy metal pollution in sediments of river and lake. The method includes the following steps of: (1) determining concentration levels of heavy metal pollutants at different positions of water body sediments; (2) conducting statistic analysis on distribution characteristics of concentration data of various heavy metal pollutants in the water body sediments; (3) calculating an ecological risk index of a heavy metal pollutant using a formula; (4) calculating a final result of Eri; (5) drawing a distribution curve of Eri values; (6) calculating a total ecological risk comprehensive index HRI caused by various heavy metal pollutants in the evaluated water body, and drawing a cumulative probability distribution curve of HRI values; and (7) analyzing a probability that the total ecological risk comprehensive index HRI of the water body appears at different risk levels with reference to a risk level classification standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: JIANGSU PROVINCIAL ACADEMY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
    Inventors: Haisuo Wu, Bing Li, Changsheng Qu, Shui Wang, Wenbo Wan, Jiayan Zhou
  • Patent number: 10120964
    Abstract: A method of modeling the spatial variation in wind resource at a prospective wind farm site. The method involves a simplified analysis of the Navier-Stokes equation and utilizes data from all of the met sites simultaneously to develop site-calibrated models. The model coefficients, mUW and mDW, describe the sensitivity of the wind speed to changes in the upwind and downwind terrain exposure and are defined for downhill and uphill flow. The coefficients are a function of terrain complexity and, since terrain complexity can change across an area, the estimates are performed in a stepwise fashion where a path of nodes with a gradual change in complexity is found between each pair of sites. Also, coefficients are defined for each wind direction sector and estimates are performed on a sectorwise basis. The site-calibrated models are created by cross-predicting between each pair of met sites and, through a self-learning technique, the model coefficients that yield the minimum met cross-prediction error are found.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: One Energy Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth Walls
  • Patent number: 10066455
    Abstract: A method and system of validating orientation of a core obtained by drilling the core from a subsurface body of material, the method including: a) determining that vibration from drilling is below a nominated level, b) recording data relating to orientation of the core to be retrieved, the data recorded using a downhole core orientation data recording device, c) separating the core from the subsurface body, and d) obtaining from the core orientation data recording device an indication of the orientation of the core based on the recorded data obtained when the vibration from drilling was below the nominated level and before the core was separated from the subsurface body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Globaltech Corporation Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Khaled Hejleh, Gordon Stewart, Brett James Wilkinson, Michael Alan Klass, Johan Anwar
  • Patent number: RE47481
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for generating a sales referral over the Internet for the sale of an asset. A first and second salesperson is provided with an account that comprises a number of clicks and a first period during which the clicks will be delivered. A click comprises an assignment on a web site of linking information corresponding to a saleperson's web site. A consumer who activates the click is transferred to a web site of the salesperson, and the click is debited from the salesperson's account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Michael W Alston