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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
702011000 Formation characteristic 217
702007000 By induction or resistivity logging tool 111
702009000 Drilling 77
702008000 By radiation (e.g., nuclear, gamma, X-ray) 70
702010000 Dipmeter 4
20100161228METHOD FOR ESTIMATING FORMATION DIP USING COMBINED MULTIAXIAL INDUCTION AND FORMATION IMAGE MEASUREMENTS - A method for determining dip of rock formations penetrated by a wellbore using multiaxial induction measurements and imaging measurements made from within the wellbore includes estimating dip from the multiaxial induction measurements. Dip is also estimated from the imaging measurements. The dip is determined by combining the induction and imaging measurements.06-24-2010
20100228484Volume of Investigation Based Image Processing - Systems and methods which provide accurate formation information regardless of formation and borehole geometry, including those associated with high angle and horizontal wells, are shown. In providing processing of logging or image data, such as may be provided by a density tool or other tool, according to embodiments, formation attributes or features (e.g., density and dip angle) are estimated using raw data provided by a the tool. The foregoing estimations may thereafter be iteratively refined using effective volume of interest (EVOI) information. According to embodiments, depth boundaries of formation information provided by the tool are shifted as a function of azimuth for correct spatial positioning of formation features using EVOI information. Processing of formation attribute or feature data provided by embodiments may be used with respect to various tool configurations, including configurations with and without borehole standoff.09-09-2010
20090037110WELLBORE SURVEYING - This invention relates to surveying wellbores. In particular this invention provides methods of correcting magnetic surveys for the effects introduced by magnetic mud. The method of the present invention comprises, in broad terms, measuring gravitational and magnetic fields at least one position in the wellbore; comparing the measured fields with theoretical values, and introducing scale factors to adapt the measured values to equal the theoretical values thus making it possible to cope with the effects of magnetic mud.02-05-2009
20100049443DATA REDUCTION OF IMAGES MEASURED IN A BOREHOLE - A data reduction method for transmission of a borehole image to the surface of the earth using restricted band widths of LWD telemetry systems. The data reduction method is based on the measurement physics rather than mathematical compression algorithms. Measured data from a sensor are fitted, within the logging tool, to a response function relating sensor response to a parameter of interest. The coefficients of the fitted response function are scaled and then telemetered to the surface. The measured data are reconstructed at the surface by combining the telemetered coefficients with the response function. A borehole image is formed by combining reconstructed reduced data. Parameters of dipping beds intersecting the borehole can be determined from the coefficients.02-25-2010
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20130030705PRECISE BOREHOLE GEOMETRY AND BHA LATERAL MOTION BASED ON REAL TIME CALIPER MEASUREMENTS - Disclosed is a method for estimating a geometry of a borehole penetrating the earth. The method includes: performing a plurality of borehole caliper measurements with N transducers at a plurality of times, wherein for each time a measurement set comprises measurements made by the N transducers at that time; dividing a cross-section of the borehole into S sectors; obtaining an estimate of the borehole geometry by connecting representative radius points in adjacent sectors; displacing each measurement set according to a displacement vector related to an offset of each measurement set from the estimated geometry if the displacement vector exceeds a selection criterion; iterating the obtaining an estimate of the borehole geometry and the displacing each measurement set based on a latest displacement vector; and providing a latest obtained estimate as the geometry of the borehole when all of the displacement vectors no longer exceed the selection criterion for the displacing.01-31-2013
20130085674REAL-TIME COMPOSITIONAL ANALYSIS OF HYDROCARBON BASED FLUID SAMPLES - Accurate, real-time formation fluids analysis can be accomplished using the systems and techniques described herein. A fluid analyzer includes a first mode of analysis, such as an optical analyzer, configured to determine a physical (optical) property of a fluid sample. The fluid analyzer also includes another mode of analysis, such as a composition analyzer, such as a gas chromatographer, configured to determine an elemental composition of the fluid sample. A data processor is configured to determine a quantity, such as a weight percentage, of a target component of the fluid sample in response results obtained from the first and second modes of analysis. Beneficially, the results are obtained at least in near real-time, allowing for interim results, such as results from the first analyzer to be used for one or more of tuning the compositional analyzer and for implementing quality control.04-04-2013
20090299636METHOD FOR SELECTING WELL MEASUREMENTS - A method of determining a selection of well measurements and/or their respective control parameters is described based on a global target having predetermined sensitivities to a multitude of uncertainties associated with input variables to a model including the step of ranking measurements and control parameters in accordance with their capability to reduce the uncertainties of input variables identified as most sensitive input variables through simulations using the model or a reduced variant of the model.12-03-2009
20090192712SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WATERFLOOD PERFORMANCE MONITORING - Method, system and computer program product for controlling a production/injection operation for an oilfield, the oilfield having a first wellsite with a producing well advanced into subterranean formations with geological structures and reservoirs therein. Data from a plurality of data sources is collected with respect to a production/injection operation, wherein the collected data includes oil production data and fluid injection data. The collected data is stored in a database. Extracted data relating to a selected performance parameter to be monitored is extracted from the database, the extracted data is processed, and a graphical representation of the processed data is dynamically displayed to enable monitoring of the selected performance parameter.07-30-2009
20090192711Data compression method for use in downhole applications - Borehole image data is compressed and transmitted to the surface one pixilated trace at a time. The compression methodology typically includes transform, quantization, and entropy encoding steps. The invention advantageously provides for sufficient data compression to enable conventional telemetry techniques (e.g., mud pulse telemetry) to be utilized for transmitting borehole images to the surface. By compressing and transmitting sensor data trace by trace the invention also tends to significantly reduce latency.07-30-2009
20110196612DEVICE ORIENTATION DETERMINATION - In some embodiments, apparatus and systems, as well as methods, may operate to obtain hole azimuth data or inclination data associated with a chassis (e.g., comprising a measurement or logging tool) in a borehole using interpolated data or survey data, and to determine magnetic field orientation of the chassis using a portion of the hole azimuth data, a portion of the inclination data, relative bearing data, and Earth magnetic field orientation data by reconstructing at least a portion of borehole magnetic field data that is corrupt or missing. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.08-11-2011
20090012710Device and Method of Measuring Depth and Azimuth - A method of measuring depth and/or azimuth of logging data, the logging data being related to at least one property of a zone GF, CS, CA surrounding a wellbore and being measured by at least a sensor array SA01-08-2009
20110202276SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DOWNHOLE FLUID TYPING WITH PULSED NEUTRON LOGGING - Downhole fluid typing with pulsed neutron logging. A method comprises obtaining gamma count rates at a particular borehole depth; calculating a fluid type indicative response value for the borehole depth; determining at least one fluid type based on the response value for the particular borehole depth; and producing a display of the at least one fluid type corresponding to the borehole depth. A system comprises a downhole tool comprising a neutron source and at least one gamma detector; gamma count rates produced due to gamma arrivals at the gamma detector(s); and a processor coupled to a memory, wherein the memory stores a program that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to: calculate a fluid type indicative response value for a particular borehole depth based on the gamma count rates; and determine at least one fluid type based on the response value for the particular borehole depth.08-18-2011
20110202275DETERMINING FLUID PRESSURE - A wellbore fluid pressure measurement system includes a densometer adapted to measure a fluid density of a fluid flowing in a tubing system; and a monitoring unit communicably coupled to the densometer. The monitoring unit is adapted to receive a plurality of values representative of the fluid density from the densometer and includes a memory adapted to store the plurality of values representative of the fluid density; and one or more processors operable to execute a fluid pressure measurement module. The module is operable when executed to determine a fluid pressure of the fluid based on at least a portion of the values representative of the fluid density.08-18-2011
20130041587Using polymer elasticity to scale up the lab characteristics to field application of friction reducers - A method of determining the friction pressure drop gradient of at least one drag-reducing polymer passing through a tubing in an underground well includes determining the pressure drop, velocity and relaxation time of the drag-reducing polymer as it passes through a length of small diameter straight tubing at multiple injection rates in the lab. For each data set, the variables x=(Relaxation Time×Velocity) and y=(Pressure Drop Gradient×Diameter02-14-2013
20090157315Apparatus And Methods For Estimating Downhole Fluid Compositions - An apparatus and method for estimating a property of a species of the hydrocarbon in a downhole fluid are provided. In one aspect, the method may include: imparting a magnetic field on the fluid to align nuclei of the fluid with a direction of the primary magnetic field; imparting a perturbing radio frequency signal on the fluid to excite the nuclei of the fluid; detecting a radio frequency signal emitted by the excited nuclei of the fluid; estimating a frequency shift between the perturbing radio frequency and the detected radio frequency; and estimating using the frequency shift a property of one or more species of the hydrocarbons in the fluid.06-18-2009
20100106421DISTRIBUTED MEASUREMENT OF MUD TEMPERATURE - A method for estimating a temperature within sub-surface materials traversed by a wellbore includes: obtaining temperature data from a plurality of measurements of temperature taken within the wellbore; calculating an overall heat transfer coefficient from the measurement data; calculating a geothermal gradient from the overall heat transfer coefficient; and using the geothermal gradient to estimate the temperature within the sub-surface materials. A system and a computer program product are provided.04-29-2010
20100106422Fluids Lifting Tool - A fluids lifting tool and analysis system. The present invention comprises a fluid lifting system for a gas well. The system comprises a lifting tool positioned in the well and a docking station at the well surface. The tool includes a processor, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, an accelerometer, and a proximity sensor. A battery in the tool is adapted to be charged by inductive coupling using coils in the docking station and the tool. The tool is released from the docking station and descends the well. During descent the tool measures elapsed time, velocity of the tool, calculates distance traveled, measures pressure and temperature, determines volumes or oil and water in the well, and senses when the tool reaches the bottom of the well. The FLT chooses to ascend the well when appropriate and transfers measured and calculated data to the docking station.04-29-2010
20130041586REALTIME DOGLEG SEVERITY PREDICTION - A method for estimating an inclination and azimuth at a bottom of a borehole includes forming a last survey point including a last inclination and a last azimuth; receiving at a computing device bending moment and at least one of a bending toolface measurement and a near bit inclination measurement from one or more sensors in the borehole; and forming the estimate by comparing possible dogleg severity (DLS) values with the bending moment value.02-14-2013
20100094558 Method of Enhancing Attributes of Logs of Geological Formations - A method is disclosed of enhancing one or more attributes of a log, of a geological formation, including data generated in plural measurement channels corresponding to plural measurement devices, the method comprising the steps of: selecting data corresponding to a single said channel and deconvolving it; and seeking to impose one or more attributes of the resulting deconvolved data onto convolved log data of plural said channels in order to create an enhanced log.04-15-2010
20130046473Analyzing Fluid Within a Context - A processor accepts sensor data about a geological formation from a sensor. The sensor data is such that processing the sensor data using a processing technique to estimate a parameter of the geological formation without a constraint, whose value is not yet known, produces a plurality of non-unique estimates of the parameter. The processor accepts more than two time-displaced images of fluid sampled from the geological formation. The time displacements between the images are substantially defined by a mathematical series. The processor processes the images to determine the constraint. The processor processes the sensor data using the processing technique constrained by the constraint to estimate the parameter of the geological formation. The processor uses the estimated parameter to affect the drilling of a well through the geological formation.02-21-2013
20090043508ELECTROMAGNETIC SURVEYING FOR HYDROCARBON RESERVOIRS - A method of electromagnetic surveying of an area of seafloor that is thought or known to contain a subterranean hydrocarbon reservoir is described. The method includes broadcasting an EM signal from a horizontal electric dipole (HED) transmitter and obtaining vertical electric dipole (VED) response data at a remote receiver in response thereto. Survey data are analysed by comparing the VED response data with background data which are not sensitive to the postulated hydrocarbon reservoir. Accordingly, differences between the VED response data and the background data allow for the identification of buried hydrocarbon reservoirs. The background data may be provided by magneto-telluric surveying, controlled source electromagnetic surveying or from direct geophysical measurement. By employing VED response data in this way, surveys may be performed in shallower water than has previously been possible since the VED detector is not sensitive to air-wave components of the EM field induced by the HED transmitter at the VED detector.02-12-2009
20090043507METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DYNAMIC, THREE-DIMENSIONAL GEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION AND MODELING - Techniques and a system for performing geological interpretation operations in support of energy resources exploration and production perform well log correlation operations for generating a set of graphical data describing the predetermined geological region. The process and system interpret the geological environment of the predetermined geological region from measured surface and fault data associated with the predetermined geological region. Allowing the user to query and filter graphical data representing the predetermined geological region, the method and system present manipulable three-dimensional geological interpretations of two-dimensional geological data relating to the predetermined geological region and provide displays of base map features associated with the predetermined geological region. The method and system automatically update the manipulable three-dimensional geological interpretations of two-dimensional data relating to the predetermined geological region, as well as calculate three-dimensional well log and seismic interpretations of geological data relating to the predetermined geological region.02-12-2009
20100138158METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TESTING SWELLABLE MATERIALS - The invention provides a method and apparatus for use in testing the swell characteristics of swellable components used in downhole exploration or production equipment, such as swellable packers. A method of measuring a test piece using a testing apparatus with a fluid chamber and a transducer is described. Measured data can be compared with data measured from a sample section of a tool to determine a relationship between swell characteristics. The determined relationships can then be used to calculate or predict swelling characteristics of swellable components, for example particular packer designs, in specific fluid samples.06-03-2010
20100138157METHOD FOR PROCESSING BOREHOLE LOGS TO ENHANCE THE CONTINUITY OF PHYSICAL PROPERTY MEASUREMENTS OF A SUBSURFACE REGION - A computer-implemented method and system for processing subsurface logs to enhance the continuity of physical property measurements. The method includes obtaining a set of measurement signals along a spatial or time domain from at least one sensor tool moving through a borehole which has traversed through a subsurface region. The method additionally includes performing a global inversion of the set of measurement signals along the spatial or time domain to determine a set of physical properties of the subsurface region having a smooth variation along the spatial or time domain, wherein the set of physical properties can be utilized to determine characteristics of the subsurface region.06-03-2010
20090112476Method for Locating an Underground Septic Tank, Conduit, or the Like Using Injection/Detection Synchronization of an Acoustic Signal and Digital Signal Processing - This invention relates to a non-invasive method for easily locating an underground septic tank, distribution box, field line, conduit, or the like. In the preferred embodiment, prescribed acoustic signals are injected into an underground cavity via an accessable port and remotely detected by a time synchronized detector in contact with the ground which cross correlates the detected signal with a duplicate of the prescribed acoustic signal in order to reject background noise, and thus locate the underground cavity. A frequency sweep is conducted to exploit cavity resonance modes and thus further enhance the signal to noise ratio.04-30-2009
20120191353MODEL BASED WORKFLOW FOR INTERPRETING DEEP-READING ELECTROMAGNETIC DATA - One embodiment of the invention involves a model-based method of inverting electromagnetic data associated with a subsurface area that includes developing a three-dimensional electromagnetic property model of the area, and restricting changes that may be made to the model during the electromagnetic data inversion process. Other related embodiments of the inventive method are also described and claimed.07-26-2012
20120191352CDP Electromagnetic Marine Data Acquisition and Processing - This application relates to a method and apparatus for the acquisition, processing and inversion of marine control source electro magnetic (CSEM) data. A system provides data acquisition and processing of the responses measured simultaneously by multiple receivers placed in a near zone and partly in the intermediate zone at different distances around the transmitter.07-26-2012
20110015862METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR WELLBORE SURVEY USING INERTIAL SENSORS - A sensor apparatus comprising a housing, two or three gyroscope units and three accelerometer units. The gyroscope units are oriented orthogonally respective to each other and mounted within the housing. Each gyroscope unit includes a plurality of gyroscopes with input axes parallel to each other. The accelerometer units are oriented orthogonally respective to each other and mounted within the housing. Each accelerometer unit includes a plurality of accelerometers with detection axes parallel to each other.01-20-2011
20130060474ESTIMATION OF PETROPHYSICAL AND FLUID PROPERTIES USING INTEGRAL TRANSFORMS IN NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE - Apparatus and method of characterizing a subterranean formation including observing a formation using nuclear magnetic resonance measurements, calculating an answer product by computing an integral transform on the indications in measurement-domain, and using answer products to estimate a property of the formation. Apparatus and a method for characterizing a subteranean formation including collecting NMR data of a formation, calculating an answer product comprising the data, wherein the calculating comprises a formula03-07-2013
20090271115WELLBORE TRACKING - Wellbore tracking by developing a wellbore deviation survey, including collecting wellbore deformation data using a caliper at each of a plurality of depths within the wellbore, collecting wellbore deviation data using a tiltmeter at ones of the plurality of depths, determining simulated wellbore deformation and deviation data using the oriented wellbore deformation data, and developing a wellbore deviation survey by calibrating the wellbore deviation data based on the oriented wellbore deviation data.10-29-2009
20100082254SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MEASURE AND TRACK FLUID MOVEMENT IN A RESERVOIR USING ELECTROMAGNETIC TRANSMISSION - Systems and methods of enhancing crude oil recovery include radiating electromagnetic energy in the form of focused electromagnetic pulses into a permeable formation containing the crude oil and/or fluid via an array of antennae transmitting immediately in the far field. The electromagnetic pulses are focused at the depth of the fluid reservoir. Pulses will be reflected by the fluid according to the fluid material (e.g. oil vs. water) and/or the strata (e.g. rock, sand, etc.). An array of receiver antennae may be used to initially establish a reference of the reflected electromagnetic pattern, and then operated in conjunction with the transmit array to monitor the relative horizontal movement of oil and/or water within the subterranean reservoir.04-01-2010
20130066557METHOD OF PHASE SYNCHRONIZATION OF MWD OR WIRELINE APPARATUS SEPARATED IN THE STRING - The present disclosure is related to apparatuses and methods for estimating a phase offset in earth formations. The method may include estimating the phase offset by comparing signals generated and received by a first sub, the second signal being transmitted by a second sub that has been synchronized by the signal generated by the first sub. The signals may be exchanged using a first antenna on the first sub and a second antenna on the second sub. The signals may use a selected frequency. Synchronization may take place without electrical communication between the first and second subs. The method may include compensating for a propagation delay in the signals using the phase offset. The method may include using a time stamp during the synchronization. The apparatus may include a first antenna and a second antenna on first and second subs, respectively, both configured to transmit and receive electromagnetic signals.03-14-2013
20120116679PROVIDING A TOW CABLE HAVING PLURAL ELECTROMAGNETIC RECEIVERS AND ONE OR MORE ELECTROMAGNETIC SOURCES - To perform marine electromagnetic (EM) surveying of a subterranean structure, a marine cable system is provided including a tow cable, a plurality of electromagnetic (EM) sources coupled to the tow cable, and a plurality of EM receivers coupled to the tow cable. The system is configured for deployment in a body of water to perform marine EM surveying of a subterranean structure.05-10-2012
20080294344Angular position sensor for a downhole tool - Aspects of this invention include a downhole tool having an angular position sensor disposed to measure the relative angular position between first and second members disposed to rotate about a common axis. A plurality of magnetic field sensors are deployed about the second member and disposed to measure magnetic flux emanating from first and second magnets deployed on the first member. A controller is programmed to determine the relative angular position based on magnetic measurements made by the magnetic field sensors. In a one exemplary embodiment, a downhole steering tool includes first and second magnets circumferentially spaced on the shaft and a plurality of magnetic field sensors deployed about the housing.11-27-2008
20080294343Gravity zaimuth measurement at a non-rotting housing - Aspects of this invention include methods for surveying a subterranean borehole. In one exemplary aspect, a change in borehole azimuth between first and second longitudinally spaced gravity measurement sensors may be determined directly from gravity measurements made by the sensors and a measured angular position between the sensors. The gravity measurement sensors are typically disposed to rotate freely with respect to one another about a longitudinal axis of the borehole. Gravity MWD measurements in accordance with the present invention may be advantageously made without imposing any relative rotational constraints on first and second gravity sensor sets. The present invention also advantageously provides for downhole processing of the change in azimuth between the first and second gravity sensor sets. As such, Gravity MWD measurements in accordance with this invention may be advantageously utilized in closed-loop steering control methods.11-27-2008
20110213555TIME DEPENDENT NEUTRON-GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY - An apparatus and method for estimating at least one parameter of interest of an earth formation including an estimation of the parameter of interest using a time-dependent ratio of information obtained from at least one neutron detector through the exposure of the earth formation to a radiation source, particularly a pulsed nuclear source. The apparatus includes a processor and storage subsystem with a program that, when executed, implements the method. Also, an apparatus and method for estimating at least one parameter of interest of an earth formation including an estimation of the parameter of interest using a first component and a second component of an information set obtained using a single radiation detector.09-01-2011
20110213554METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SCREENING AN AREA OF THE ATMOSPHERE FOR SOURCES OF EMISSIONS - A method for remotely screening a selected area of the atmosphere for the presence of emissions into the atmosphere comprises moving a mobile platform, such as an aircraft, which carries an atmospheric component sensor in a pattern over and in the vicinity of the selected area, measuring the concentration of a component of the atmosphere at one or more points along the pattern with the atmospheric component sensor to obtain concentration data, obtaining supplementary data, and using an inverse dispersion technique, that utilizes the concentration data with the supplementary data to detect and locate one or more sources of emissions, and to determine the emitted mass release rates and/or surface fluxes.09-01-2011
20110166789SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING DRILLING ACTIVITY - A method and system for interpreting oilfield process data, including drilling rig data and/or the like, is described, the method and system including use of a knowledge representation containing a representation of uncertainty in the oilfield process operations.07-07-2011
20120323493Method and Apparatus for Detecting Plunger Arrival - The disclosed device provides a high-accuracy plunger arrival detection system comprising a low-power magnetometer with high sensitivity and which is capable of sampling low or high intensity magnetic fields. The device processes gathered data from sensors, stores at least some processed data in memory, executes a trending algorithm which compares the magnetic field of the plunger to the ambient magnetic field or a predetermined set of initialization values, and generates an output which is relayed to a well controller. An output signal may be via hard wire, RF, wireless or other known means. In addition, the implementation of two sensing devices mounted in series and in spaced relation to each other, can provide for an actual plunger average velocity. An actual plunger average velocity, as opposed to approximate average velocity, can be used to better optimize well control and improve safety of the overall well production system.12-20-2012
20110282583SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WELL POSITIONING USING A TRANSVERSE ROTATING MAGNETIC SOURCE - Systems and methods for well-drilling operations involving magnetic ranging with a rotating magnetic dipole are provided. In one embodiment, a system for determining a relative location of a magnetic dipole includes a three-axis magnetometer configured to obtain measurements of a time-dependent magnetic field caused by the magnetic source rotating about an axis and data processing circuitry configured to determine a transverse angle of rotation of the measurements such that one of two transverse components is in phase with one axial component when the transverse angle of rotation is used to transform the measurements. The data processing circuitry may determine a spatial relationship between the magnetic source and the three-axis magnetometer based at least in part on the transverse angle of rotation.11-17-2011
20100004864WELL LOG CORRELATION - A method of automatically correlating well logs includes selecting well loops from the well logs and creating a set of possible marker positions for each well log in each well loop. From the possible marker positions, alternate marker sets are iteratively selected. A well tie error on each loop is calculated for each selected marker set, summed over all loops and minimized.01-07-2010
20090248306METHOD FOR DETERMINING A STEAM DRYNESS FACTOR - The present invention provides an easy, field applicable, and extra-equipment method for determining steam dryness directly under thermal high-viscosity oil stimulation. The technical effect is achieved by adding the gas non-condensed in a well under flooding to the saturated steam pumpdown. The non-condensed gas occurrence of the mixture will vary partial steam pressure. In doing so, the steam condensation temperature will vary too. The borehole temperature or pressure measurements can be used to evaluate the steam dryness.10-01-2009
20110301848METHOD OF DIAGNOSING FLOW AND DETERMINING COMPOSITIONAL CHANGES OF FLUID PRODUCING OR INJECTING THROUGH AN INFLOW CONTROL DEVICE - A method of diagnosing flow through an inflow control device includes, producing or injecting fluid through an inflow control device, measuring temperatures near or at the inflow control device over time while producing or injecting fluid therethrough, and attributing temporal changes in temperature to changes in the fluid that is produced or injected.12-08-2011
20110295507Method and Apparatus For Utilizing Time Division Multiple Waveform Transmitting - A method and apparatus of constructing a signal for a controlled source electromagnetic survey is described. In one embodiment, a method is described that includes determining a first waveform and a second waveform, the first waveform and second waveform related to a combined frequency spectrum and bandwidth associated with a geophysical survey line. Then, a signal is constructed by sequencing the first waveform with the second waveform. This signal may be utilized in a transmitter, which may be pulled by a vessel along the geophysical survey line.12-01-2011
20110191027METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MEASURING THE VERTICAL SEPARATION OF TWO STATIONS IN A BOREHOLE - A system and method for use in a downhole tool having a fluid density measurement device positioned therein are provided. In one example, the method includes deploying the downhole tool at a first station in a borehole. The downhole tool is moved from the first station to a second station in the borehole. A plurality of fluid density values of fluid within the borehole between the first and second stations are measured using the fluid density measurement device in the downhole tool. The plurality of fluid density values may represent a continuous log of fluid densities between the first and second stations.08-04-2011
20110264372Expert System For Selecting Fit-For-Purpose Technologies And Wells For Reservoir Saturation Monitoring - Embodiments of the present invention provide a machine, program product, and computer-implemented method to select a fit-for-purpose tool for reservoir saturation monitoring. A computer stores a plurality of characteristics for a plurality of well-logging tools, including open hole and closed hole resistivity, pulse-neutron spectral carbon-oxygen, and pulse-neutron capture technologies, as well as a predetermined ranking of tools within a technology. The computer obtains user inputs associated with conditions of a candidate well, e.g., a minimum tubing restriction, whether the wellbore is open or cased, and whether the well is a wet producer. Inputs can also include an objective of the reservoir saturation monitoring, such as, evaluating sweep efficiency or identifying remaining pay for sidetrack or perforation. The computer compares the characteristics for the well-logging tools to the user inputs and determines a well-logging tool selection responsive to the comparison to thereby recommend a course of action for the candidate well.10-27-2011
20090070041RETRACTABLE SENSOR SYSTEM AND TECHNIQUE - A technique usable with a well includes disposing a retractable line in a conduit having an open end located above a region of interest in the well. The retractable line comprises a sensing portion that, when the line is deployed, extends from the open end of the conduit and into the region of interest. Information observed by the sensing portion in the region of interest is communicated to the surface. When further well operations are to be performed in the region of interest, the retractable line is retracted until the sensing portion is located above the region of interest and below the surface. After the well operation is completed, the retractable line may be re-deployed such that the sensing portion again extends through the open end of the conduit and into the region of interest to continue observing characteristics associated with the well.03-12-2009
20120109526Method And System For Evaluating Sensor Data From A Well Service Rig - As activities are completed at a well service rig, sensors receive data and transmit it to a computer or database for storage. The sensor data, including the time it takes to complete particular activities on the rig, is evaluated to determine benchmarks. For example, data from multiple instances of an activity is organized and evaluated to determine the median value for data in that activity. Outlier data is removed and the new median and moving range is determined. A natural process limit range is then determined based on the moving range and data for each instance is compared to the natural process limit range. Instances that have data outside of the natural process limit range are noted and go through supplemental analysis to determine why the data was outside of the natural process limit range. The data can also be evaluated against activity benchmarks to determine if an activity was completed properly.05-03-2012
20090265110MULTIUSER OILFIELD DOMAIN ANALYSIS AND DATA MANAGEMENT - A method of oilfield data management including collecting oilfield data from an oilfield, executing instructions on a processor to perform a domain analysis of the oilfield data by a first analysis team to generate a first analysis, the first analysis team comprising a plurality of users who analyze a portion of the oilfield data relating to one or more oilfield functions, selectively providing access to the first analysis and the portion of the oilfield data for the plurality of users based on a continued analysis of the oilfield, executing instructions on the processor to perform the domain analysis of the oilfield data by a second analysis team to generate a second analysis, the second analysis team analyzing the portion of the oilfield data relating to the one or more oilfield functions, and selectively synchronizing the first analysis and the second analysis to generate a synchronized result.10-22-2009
20100305861SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO PROCESS OILFIELD DATA - Systems and methods to process oilfield data are disclosed. An example system for processing oilfield data includes a first computer comprising a first processor and first memory and a second computer coupled to the first computer, the second computer having a second processor and a second memory. The example second processor has a faster processing speed than the first processor and the first memory stores an amount of oilfield data larger than the second memory and instructions for: receiving the oilfield data at the first computer, processing the oilfield data at the first computer to generate second data, transmitting at least a portion of the second data to the second computer for processing performed by the second computer, wherein the processing performed by the second computer has a higher computational load than the processing performed by the first computer, and receiving data resulting from the processing by the second computer.12-02-2010
20080270032Induction Tool for Detail Evaluation of Near Borehole Zone - Measurements made with an induction logging tool are processed to provide a resistivity model of fluid invasion of the formation. Up to five zones can be determined over a radial distance of about 0.6 m. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.10-30-2008
20110270525MACHINES, SYSTEMS, COMPUTER-IMPLEMENTED METHODS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS TO TEST AND CERTIFY OIL AND GAS EQUIPMENT - Embodiments of machines, systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer program products certify oil and gas well equipment. Embodiments identify a selected well equipment device, a device test specification, and testing sequences to be performed by a corresponding testing apparatus. Embodiments select a testing sequence responsive to the selected device. Embodiments control the testing apparatus for the selected testing sequence so that the corresponding testing apparatus performs the sequence responsive to the device test specification. Embodiments generate testing data for the selected testing sequence and link the testing data for the selected testing sequence to the device identifier for the device so that a certificate can be generated. Embodiments generate a certificate for the selected device responsive to the testing sequences having been performed upon the selected device and link the certificate for the selected device to the device identifier so that the certificate can be readily recalled.11-03-2011
20090030614METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR FORMATION TESTER DATA PROCESSING - A method for data processing includes transforming measurement data acquired in the time domain during an oilfield operation into a second domain to produce transformed data; identifying distortions in the transformed data; removing the distortions from the transformed data; and transforming back from the second domain to the time domain to produce cleaned-up data. The transforming measurement data may use a Fourier transform or a wavelet transform. The method may further include compressing the cleaned-up data or reconstructing signals from the cleaned-up data. A method for data processing includes decomposing measurement data, which are acquired in an oilfield operation, using a low pass filter to produce a first dataset; decomposing the measurement data using a high pass filter to produce a second dataset; removing distortions from the second dataset to yield a corrected second dataset; and reconstructing a corrected dataset from the first dataset and the corrected second dataset.01-29-2009
20100004865METHOD FOR GENERATING AN ESTIMATION OF INCREMENTAL RECOVERY FROM A SELECTED ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY (EOR) PROCESS - A method is disclosed for generating an estimation of an incremental recovery that can be expected from an Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Process, comprising: selecting a set of reservoir properties; selecting an EOR process that is associated with the selected set of reservoir properties; and generating the estimation of the incremental recovery that can be expected from the selected EOR process.01-07-2010
20090187345APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR TIME MEASUREMENT IN DOWNHOLE MEASUREMENT PROCESSES - A time measurement device for a geologic downhole measurement tool is provided. The device includes a plurality of oscillators for measuring a time value. At least one of the plurality of oscillators has a first temperature range that is different from a second temperature range of at least another of the plurality of oscillators. A time measurement system and a method for providing a time measurement are also provided.07-23-2009
20090063054Method and System for Controlling a Well Service Rig Based on Load Data - The present invention is directed to methods for controlling the operations of a well service rig at a well site by evaluating load sensor data obtained from sensors on or associated with the well service rig. A rig load data chart can be reviewed and an average rig load can be determined for each pull of tubing or rods from a well. The average rig load can be used to calculate and set a rig overload level. If the rig load sensor reads a rig load at or above the rig overload level, the clutch for the hoist can be disengaged and the brake applied to prevent the load from either damaging the rig or breaking off the tubing or rods in the well. In addition, the rig load can be evaluated to determine when the limit the block speed when pulling rods or tubing.03-05-2009
20090099777METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR EMERGENCY RIG MONITORING - Methods and apparatus for emergency rig monitoring are disclosed herein. The invention generally relates to methods and apparatus for monitoring an offshore rig. The rig monitoring systems and methods of use can relay information regarding the rig such as location, attitude (e.g. tilt, oscillation), and local water and weather conditions. The rig monitoring systems and methods can also facilitate emergency communication for rig personnel. Access to the information can be remotely initiated and the systems can be configured to automatically respond to such initiation. The rig monitoring systems are equipped with a self-sustainable power supply for operation under conditions where external power sources are unavailable. Such rig monitoring systems and methods are particularly useful on rigs that are located in waters subject to rapid and severe changes in local weather such as storms.04-16-2009
20090055097AUTOMATED BOREHOLE IMAGE INTERPRETATION - A method of analyzing characteristics of a subterranean formation includes transmitting a signal at least partially into a material of the subterranean formation such that the signal is transformed in a manner indicative of a characteristic of the material, receiving the transformed signal from the material, converting the transformed signal into image data indicative of the characteristic of the material, applying a first set of machine executable rules to the image data to produce segmented image data, wherein portions of the image that are sufficiently related according to the applied rules are grouped into segments, and analyzing, according to a second set of machine executable rules, the segmented image data to produce a geological profile of the subterranean formation.02-26-2009
20080319674MULTI-ATTRIBUTE SEISMIC CHARACTERIZATION OF GAS HYDRATES - An appropriate rock physics model is chosen from well-log data and/or experience. The rock physics model is then used to generate a plurality of attribute values, including compression and shear velocities, at different porosities and gas hydrate saturations. Gas hydrates are classified into different ranges of porosity and hydrate saturation based on the population of multiple attributes, and probability density functions for each individual gas hydrate class are created. Probability density distribution functions for individual attributes and a joint conditional probability density functions are created using a Bayesian function. The conditional probability of the occurrences of gas hydrate classes given a set of values of the chosen attributes derived from seismic inversion and or well measurements is inverted. Finally, a maximum a-posteriori (MAP) rule is employed to obtain the optimal porosity and hydrate saturation estimation. This information may be used to make decisions regarding management of the well site and the subsurface hydrate resources.12-25-2008
20090248307METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ROBUST AND ACCURATE DETERMINATION OF WIRELINE DEPTH IN A BOREHOLE - This invention relates in general to measuring depth of well-tools, such as logging tools or the like, in a borehole. Embodiments of the present invention may provide for disposing conducting areas along a wireline that may be used to suspend and move the well-tool in the borehole, where the conducting areas may be disposed along the wireline at predetermined locations. A reader may be located at a reference location and may read when a conducting area passes through the reference location and this information may be used to determine the depth of the well-tool in the borehole. Additionally, this invention provides for combining depth measurements from the conducting areas with measurements from odometer wheels in frictional contact with the wireline and/or time of flight measurements of optical pulses passed along a fiber optic cable coupled with the wireline to accurately and robustly measure the depth of the wireline in the borehole.10-01-2009
20090254280METHOD FOR ANALYZING STRAIN DATA - A method for estimating a shape, the method including: selecting a structure comprising a plurality of strain sensors inoperable communication with the structure, each strain sensor configured to provide a strain measurement; placing the structure in a borehole; receiving the strain measurements from the plurality of strain sensors; creating a mesh grid having nodes, each node related to a location of one strain sensor and assigned a strain value measured by the one strain sensor; creating an additional node for the mesh grid wherein a strain value assigned to the additional node is derived from the strain value corresponding to at least one adjacent node; and performing an inverse finite method using the mesh grid with the assigned strain values to estimate the shape.10-08-2009
20090306895GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYING - A method of analysing controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey data to determine probability density functions (PDFs) for values of an electromagnetic parameter at locations in a subterranean region of interest is provided. Structural features in the subterranean strata are identified, e.g. from seismic survey data. An initial PDF for values of the electromagnetic parameter is then assigned to each feature. Models lo specifying values for the parameter in each structural feature are generated by sampling the PDFs. A subset of the models are deemed acceptable based on an acceptance criterion. The PDF for each feature is modified based on values for the parameter in the subset of accepted models to generate replacement PDFs for each feature. The process may be iterated a number of times to generate final PDFs for values of the electromagnetic parameter in the structural features identified in the subterranean region of interest.12-10-2009
20100153014APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ESTIMATING A DOWNHOLE PROPERTY - Apparatus and methods for estimating a downhole property are provided. The apparatus may include a downhole tool having a predetermined temperature calibration based at least in part on an expected downhole temperature and a temperature controller in communication with the downhole tool that maintains a downhole tool temperature substantially within the predetermined temperature calibration. A method may include conveying a downhole tool having a predetermined temperature calibration based at least in part on an expected downhole temperature in a well borehole and adjusting the temperature of the downhole tool during downhole operation to maintain a downhole tool temperature substantially within the predetermined temperature calibration.06-17-2010
20100174489EFFECTIVE HYDROCARBON RESERVOIR EXPLORATION DECISION MAKING - An improved methodology for managing hydrocarbon exploration of at least one prospect. The methodology involves iterative processing that allows decision makers to iterate on assumptions and refine underlying probabilistic models as well as optimize the set of recommended exploration activities that are to be performed over time as additional knowledge is gained.07-08-2010
20120197527MONITORING THE HEALTH OF A BLOWOUT PREVENTER - A computerized monitoring system and corresponding method of monitoring the status and health of a blowout preventer. The system includes a graphics display at which a graphical user interface (GUI) displays the health of various sealing elements and control systems by way of “traffic light” indicators. The health indicators are evaluated, by the monitoring system, based on a risk profile for each of the indicated elements and control systems. The risk profiles are evaluated based on inputs such as measurement inputs, feedback signals, mechanical positions, diagnostic results, drilling conditions, and other status information of the blowout preventer at a given time and based on levels of redundancy and levels of deviation from normal conditions. The GUI includes recent history of changes in operating condition, and alarm indications such as poor health, along with the times of those events.08-02-2012
20100145620ROTATABLE ORIENTATION INDEPENDENT GRAVITY SENSOR AND METHODS FOR CORRECTING SYSTEMATIC ERRORS - A method to correct for a systematic error of a sensor having a plurality of accelerometers configured to measure gravitational acceleration, the method including: rotating the plurality of accelerometers about a first axis; obtaining a first set of calibration measurements from the plurality of accelerometers from the rotation about the first axis; determining a first systematic error for each accelerometer in the plurality using the first set of calibration measurements; and removing the first systematic error from sensor measurements to correct for the systematic error.06-10-2010
20100179761Interpretation and Mapping of Electromagnetic Survey Data - A food making process comprises starting with Lupin legumes with minimum levels of alkaloids, dehulling the Lupin legumes to produce split seed kernels, mixing the split seed kernels with hot water to hydrate them into a slurry, grinding the slurry to blend and smooth it into a product base, cooking the product base to achieve a particular flavor and aroma consistent with a target food product, cooling the product base to stop cooking, and further processing the product base into a target food product like soups and beverages. In particular, the Lupinus Angustifolius variety produces the best results, but other sweet lupin varieties can be used if they have been leached of their bitter tasting alkaloids. The products produced have high levels of protein, vitamins, and other nutritional values. Both batch and continuous processes are possible.07-15-2010
20120143507SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DECLUSTERING WELL LOG SAMPLES - Wellbore data samples related to a subsurface volume of interest are weighted based on wellbore orientation and/or stratal orientation. Declustering weights are determined that account for differences in sampling density caused by wellbore and/or stratal structure orientation. The declustering weights may be implemented to weight samples of parameters taken within wellbores, and/or to update or adjust other weights determined according to other schemes.06-07-2012
20100198518REDUCING ERROR CONTRIBUTIONS TO GYROSCOPIC MEASUREMENTS FROM A WELLBORE SURVEY SYSTEM - A method reduces error contributions to gyroscopic measurements from a wellbore survey system having two gyroscopic sensors adapted to generate signals indicative of at least one component of the Earth's rotation substantially perpendicular to the wellbore and indicative of a component of the Earth's rotation substantially parallel to the wellbore. The method includes generating a first signal indicative of the at least one substantially perpendicular component while the first sensor is in a first orientation; generating a second signal indicative of the at least one substantially perpendicular component while the first sensor is in a second orientation; generating a third signal indicative of the substantially parallel component while the second sensor is in a first orientation; and generating a fourth signal indicative of the substantially parallel component while the second sensor is in a second orientation. The method further includes calculating information regarding at least one of a mass unbalance offset error and a quadrature bias error using the first, second, third, and fourth signals.08-05-2010
20090276156AUTOMATED HYDROCARBON RESERVOIR PRESSURE ESTIMATION - A method and system for estimating reservoir pressure in a hydrocarbon reservoir from downhole pressure measurements of producing wells is disclosed. Pressure measurements are obtained from wells in the production field over time, and communicated to a server that applies the pressure measurements for a well to a model of that well. The server operates the model using the pressure measurements to determine an operating mode of the well, such as producing or shut-in. Upon detection of a change in operating mode indicative of an abrupt change in flow at the well, such as corresponding to a shut-in event, additional downhole pressure measurement data is acquired until a steady-state condition is reached. The pressure measurements are used to determine a reservoir pressure, which is transmitted to a responsible reservoir engineer or other user. Modification of the determined reservoir pressure value by the user can be received, and the stored reservoir pressure and well model are updated accordingly.11-05-2009
20090210159Echo-Decay-Acceleration Data Acquisition Method for Gas Identification Using a Low-Field Gradient - A first NMR echo train is acquired with a single TE. A second NMR echo train is acquired with a first portion having the same TE and the second portion having a longer TE. When measurements are made with a low magnetic field gradient, processing the two echo trains can be used to determine gas in the formation.08-20-2009
20100312477Automated Log Quality Monitoring Systems and Methods - Disclosed systems and methods provide automated log quality monitoring, thereby enabling fast, on-site determination of log quality by logging engineers as well as re-assurance to interpreters faced with geologically-improbable features in the logs. Such uses can provide early detection of logging issues, increase confidence in acquired logs, reduce unnecessary duplication of effort, and improve the reputation of the logging company. In at least some embodiments, log monitoring software applies a comparison function to axially-spaced (and/or azimuthally-spaced) sensors. The comparison function can be, inter alia, cross-correlation, mutual information, mean-square error, and ratio image uniformity, each of which can be determined as a function of a sliding window position to indicate regions wherein the log quality falls below a threshold value. It is not necessary for the log sensors to be of the same type, e.g., resistivity image sensors.12-09-2010
20110022318High Resolution Sensor with Scalable Sample Rate - Apparatus and methods of providing a selected sample rate for sensor measurements are provided, which in one aspect may include a circuit configured to receive sensor signals as a first series of count rates corresponding to sensor the sensor measurements, each count rate representing a value of a parameter of interest, at least two accumulators configured to alternately accumulate the count rates in the series of count rates over a time period that corresponds to a selected sample rate and a controller configured to control the time periods for the at least two accumulators.01-27-2011
20110035152AUTONOMOUS WELLBORE NAVIGATION DEVICE - A borehole apparatus capable of autonomously estimating its position in a borehole and controlling the actions of a downhole tool located in the borehole. The apparatus comprising a body, at least one measurement device capable of measuring a parameter of the borehole or the distance traveled by the device, a computer system located in the body, and a power system. The computer system comprises a processor arranged to receive data from the at least one measurement device and to calculate the position of the apparatus in the borehole, and a data storage device capable of storing data that have been processed by the processor and for storing instructions to control the actions of the downhole tool. The computer system is configured to process the data gathered from the at least one measurement device to estimate the position of the downhole device using a Bayesian approach and configured to provide output signals to control an action of the downhole tool dependant on the position of the apparatus in the borehole.02-10-2011
20100191469ELECTROMAGNETIC LOGGING IN TIME DOMAIN WITH USE OF SPECIFIC CURRENT PULSES - A method for estimating a property of an earth formation in a zone of investigation, the earth formation having the zone of investigation and another zone, the method including: applying a compound pulse of electromagnetic energy to the earth formation, the compound pulse having a shape to induce a predominately greater amount of current in the zone of investigation than in the another zone, wherein the compound pulse includes a first pulse and a second pulse, the first pulse having an amplitude different from the amplitude of the second pulse; receiving a response of electromagnetic energy from the current induced by the compound pulse; and estimating the property from the response of electromagnetic energy.07-29-2010
20100017131METHOD FOR EVALUATING MEASURED ELECTROMAGNETIC DATA RELATING TO A SUBSURFACE REGION - A method for evaluating measured electromagnetic (EM) data relating to a subsurface region, comprising the steps of: (a) specifying alternative models of the region in terms of input parameters with uncertainty; (b) receiving the measured EM data and an estimated error; and (c) carrying out a Bayesian inversion on the measured data using each of the alternative models to attribute a probability to each model on the basis of the measured data and estimated error. The method allows physical measurements with error to be translated into fundamental parameters which can be used to assess business risk and uncertainty for making decisions, and also provides for parameters and models which can typically be directly estimated by a geoscientist on a coarse spatial grid to be used as an input, and validated using the measured data with error.01-21-2010
20100017130METHOD OF RANKING GEOMARKERS AND COMPOSITIONAL ALLOCATION OF WELLBORE EFFLUENTS - A method of method of determining relative contributions of two or more producing subterranean sources to a total flow is described using the steps of selecting a subset from a set of identifiable components in the total flow and using the subset to determine the relative contributions of two or more producing subterranean sources, wherein the subset is selected based on the sensitivity of the determination step to errors in the measurement of concentrations of said identifiable components.01-21-2010
20100057364ENABLING WELL-LOGGING INSTRUMENT DEVELOPMENT ON A COMMON, REALISTIC EARTH MODEL. - A system and method enable testing of a plurality of well-logging tools on a common, realistic earth model. To enable this testing, a model of a synthetic virtual geologic volume of interest is generated. From the synthetic virtual geologic volume of interest, a plurality of test properties are determined as a function of position within the virtual geologic volume of interest, wherein the test properties are measurable in actual geologic volumes of interest by a well-logging instruments. The individual test properties are then distributed to well-logging instrument developers with the model of the synthetic virtual geologic volume of interest to enable modeling and/or benchmarking of different well-logging instruments on the synthetic virtual geologic volume of interest and the ability to derive the original formation properties regardless of the method used (inversion, analytical solution, etc.).03-04-2010
20090216453SYSTEM AND METHOD TO LOCATE, MONITOR AND QUANTIFY FRICTION BETWEEN A DRILLSTRING AND A WELLBORE - Disclosed herein is a method of locating and quantifying friction between a drillstring and a wellbore. The method includes, positioning a plurality of sensors within a wellbore, communicatively coupling the plurality of sensors, monitoring signals from the plurality of sensors, logging the sensed signals versus time versus depth of each of the plurality of sensors, locating at least one friction zone along the drillstring within the wellbore based on the logging and quantifying friction in the at least one friction zone based on the logging.08-27-2009
20120303279Inclinometer to Determine Orientation of Gauge Installed Off Center Axis of a Tubing String - A method and apparatus for estimating an orientation of a downhole device conveyed into a well on a conveyance device is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first sensor and a second sensor placed circumferentially spaced apart on the device to provide measurements relating to a selected downhole parameter. A processor is configured to estimate the orientation of the downhole device using a phase difference between the measurements of the first sensor and the second sensor.11-29-2012
20110010096IDENTIFYING TYPES OF SENSORS BASED ON SENSOR MEASUREMENT DATA - Plural sensors are deployed into a well, and measurement data regarding at least one property of the well is received from the sensors. Based on the measurement data, a first of the plural sensors that measures the at least one property in a region having an annular fluid flow is identified, and a second of the plural sensors that measures the at least one property in a region outside the region having the annular fluid flow is identified. Based on the identifying, the measurement data from selected one or more of the plural sensors is used to produce a target output.01-13-2011
20090150076METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC LOGGING OF A FORMATION - A method and apparatus are disclosed for synthesizing desired antenna responses from a combination of measured antenna responses, as well as antenna arrays particularly suited to provide the measurements. Those arrays may include cross dipole and double cross dipole antennas.06-11-2009
20130197808Methods And Apparatus For Characterization Of Hydrocarbon Reservoirs - A methodology performs downhole fluid analysis at multiple measurement stations within a wellbore traversing a reservoir to determine gradients of compositional components and other fluid properties. A model is used to predict concentrations of a plurality of high molecular weight solute part class-types at varying reservoir locations. Such predictions are compared against downhole measurements to identify the best matching solute part class-type. If the best-matching class type corresponds to at least one predetermined asphaltene component, phase stability of asphaltene in the reservoir fluid at a given depth is evaluated using equilibrium criteria involving an oil rich phase and an asphaltene rich phase of respective components of the reservoir fluid at the given depth. The result of the evaluation of asphaltene rich phase stability is used for reservoir analysis. The computational analysis that evaluates asphaltene rich phase stability can also be used in other reservoir understanding workflows and in reservoir simulation.08-01-2013
20100332137CASING DETECTION - A system and method for detecting casing is provided. In one example, a method for detecting drill casing in a downhole environment includes the steps of generating a plurality of plots of a magnetic field vector (MIN) at a series of depths; and monitoring the plots to detect proximity to the well casing.12-30-2010
20110137565SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LACUNARITY ANALYSIS - A system for and computer implemented method for analysis of data representative of subsurface properties of a subsurface region. The method includes transforming the data representative of subsurface properties of the subsurface region into transformed data in accordance with a selected criterion. A three dimensional window geometry to be applied to the transformed data is selected, based, at least in part, on expected feature sizes present, data sampling density and a size of the subsurface region. A plurality of values for a three dimensional lacunarity statistic are calculated by applying the selected three dimensional window geometry to randomly selected regions of the subsurface region, and correlating the calculated values to the subsurface properties of the subsurface region.06-09-2011
20100324825METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MODELLING THE INTERACTION OF A DRILL BIT WITH THE EARTH FORMATION - A method of predicting a well trajectory wherein the method utilises a series of parameters to calculate the trajectory. The method is characterised in that the parameters include the angle of a drill bit (12-23-2010
20090210160ESTIMATING HORIZONTAL STRESS FROM THREE-DIMENSIONAL ANISOTROPY - A method for determining properties of a subterranean formation. The method includes determining at least one characterization parameter based on wave velocity measurement data, determining a plurality of elastic coefficients based on the at least one characterization parameter using a plurality of equations, determining an anisotropic stress profile of the subterranean formations based on the stiffness matrix of the subterranean formation comprising the plurality of elastic coefficients wherein the elastic coefficients are approximated using the plurality of equations, and displaying the anisotropic stress profile of the subterranean formations.08-20-2009
20110191029SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WELL TEST DESIGN, INTERPRETATION AND TEST OBJECTIVES VERIFICATION - A method and system for well test optimization provides test parameters and variation range therefor, independently from preliminarily reservoir and downhole fluid data; and repeatedly executes the test for each parameter to obtain real-time measured data, and interpreted data that is compared to the variation range for meeting a test objective. A method and system for well test design and interpretation, includes a testing manager having testing hardware/gauge metrology; a geological model; dynamic/static engineering data acquisition; and a reservoir model generator. A method and system for well test design and interpretation generates a test plan and an initial reservoir model and data from real/near-real-time, surface/downhole/manual data, aggregated data based on quality control/assurance, and optimization data based thereon and simulated downhole data; models/interprets the optimization data to meet test objectives for terminating/continuing the test plan; modifies the optimization; and/or generates reports from the modeling/interpretation when terminating the test plan.08-04-2011
20110191028MEASUREMENT DEVICES WITH MEMORY TAGS AND METHODS THEREOF - A downhole measurement device includes one or more sensors configured to measure a parameter in a well; a plurality of memory tags for storing measurement data from the one or more sensors; and an ejection module configured to release one of the plurality of memory tags upon a predetermined condition. A method for monitoring a well includes deploying of a measurement device having one or more sensors and a plurality of memory tags into a wellbore; obtaining measurement data of the parameter using the one or more sensors; writing the measurement data to one of the plurality of memory tags; releasing the memory tag having the measurement data; allowing the memory tag having the measurement data to be carried by a flow in the wellbore uphole; reading the measurement data from the memory tag having the measurement data at a location remote from the downhole measurement device.08-04-2011
20110118983SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESERVOIR ANALYSIS BACKGROUND - A system for and method of automatically evaluating similarity between a target geological region of interest and a plurality of known geological regions of interest includes selecting a plurality of quantitative parameters describing reservoir characteristics of the target geological region of interest and defining a graphical target line based on values of the selected parameters. Comparison lines are graphically constructed for at least some of the plurality of known geological regions of interest, respective comparison lines representing respective values of the quantitative parameters describing corresponding characteristics of respective regions among the known geological regions of interest. A similarity factor between each of the comparison lines and the target line is calculated based on the plotted target and comparison lines. The comparison lines are ranked based on the calculated similarity factors, and similarity factor versus similarity rank are graphically displayed.05-19-2011
20090005991Method for Initializing Receiver Channels in a Cement Bond Logging Tool - A method for initializing the input of each of m receiver channels of a receiving transducer in a well logging tool comprising the steps of selecting a logging tool having a multi-element receiving transducer wherein each element of the multi-element receiving transducer operates in an anti-resonant mode below its resonant frequency, and executing a routine in an initialization mode wherein a predetermined number of run cycles are operated and receiver input responses are measured and averaged for each of the m channels while transmitter fixing signals are disabled.01-01-2009
20120046866OILFIELD APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRIBUTED VIBRATION SENSING TECHNOLOGY - Methods and apparatus for monitoring a hydrocarbon production system. A fiber optic sensor system is deployed into hydrocarbon production system, so as to extend to location of interest within the system, for instance, in conjunction with a downhole component or a surface component. The fiber optic system detects vibration present in the production system component, and provides a signal indicative of the vibration to a signal acquisition and analysis unit. The vibration of the production component is analyzed and a change in system flow condition/property or a change in production system component integrity is determined.02-23-2012
20120046865System and Method for Estimating Directional Characteristics Based on Bending Moment Measurements - A system for measuring directional characteristics of a downhole tool includes: at least one bending moment (BM) measurement device disposed at a downhole component, the at least one BM measurement device configured to generate bending moment data at at least one depth in the borehole, the bending moment data including a bending vector of the downhole tool, a bending moment representing an amplitude of the bending vector, and a bending tool face (BTF) angle representing an orientation of the bending vector; and a processor in operable communication with the BM measurement device and configured to receive bending moment data from the BM measurement device, calculate a dogleg severity (DLS) from the bending moment and a well tool face (WTF) angle from the BTF angle, and calculate at least one of a change in inclination and a change in azimuth based on the DLS and the WTF angle.02-23-2012
20080262735System and Method for Water Breakthrough Detection and Intervention in a Production Well - A system and method for estimating an occurrence of a water breakthrough in a production well is provided that includes estimating, at least periodically, a measure of water in the fluid produced from one or more production zones and estimating the occurrence of the water breakthrough utilizing at least in part a trend of the estimated measures of the produced fluid. A controller determines one or more actions to be taken to mitigate an effect of the water breakthrough and may automatically initiate one or more such actions. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.10-23-2008
20120010817Continuous Gravity Survey of a Borehole - Gravity measurements from a borehole gravity survey are obtained by continuously moving the gravity meter within the borehole. Movement-induced acceleration errors are quantified and subtracted from the gross measurements from the gravity meter to obtain actual gravity values at a multitude of measurement points within the borehole. Acceleration errors are calculated from the second differential of the true vertical depth of the gravity meter, which is computed measured length and weight and elongation characteristics of a cable which suspends the gravity meter in the borehole, upper and lower tension measurements in the cable, and the topography of the borehole.01-12-2012
20120010818Collecting Control Source Electromagnetic Signals - Concurrently measuring, correlating, and processing magnetic and electric field data includes measuring base band signals, and then up-converting those band signals to a higher frequency for filtering, while at the same time preserving phase and amplitude information. All timed elements in the system are rigorously synchronized. The increased data set results in improved signal-to-noise ratio and information correlation.01-12-2012
20080281524Method and Apparatus for Deriving a Calibration Filter for Electromagnetic Data - A method of deriving a calibration filter for electromagnetic data is provided. The method comprises providing a source (11-13-2008
20120016587RESOLUTION ENHANCEMENT FOR SUBTERRANEAN WELL DISTRIBUTED OPTICAL MEASUREMENTS - Enhancing resolution of distributed optical measurements along a wellbore can include acquiring optical signals during an acquisition time period, thereby producing a convolved profile along the wellbore, and deconvolving the profile using a first function corresponding to the acquisition time period, thereby determining a second function. Another method of enhancing resolution of distributed temperature measurements along a wellbore can include acquiring optical backscatter signals during at least first and second acquisition time periods, thereby producing respective first and second convolved temperature profiles along the wellbore; deconvolving the first temperature profile using a first function corresponding to the first time period, thereby determining a second function; and deconvolving the second temperature profile using the second function, thereby determining the first function corresponding to the second time period.01-19-2012
20120059585Method and Apparatus for Offshore Hydrocarbon Electromagnetic Prospecting Based on Total Magnetic Field Measurements - A system for offshore hydrocarbon electromagnetic prospecting is described. The system includes a transmitter generating electromagnetic energy and injecting an electrical current into a flooded vertical cable. Electromagnetic fields generated by this current in the medium are measured by total field magnetometers or gradiometers. The measured response, which is sensitive to the resistivity of targets, is used to search for and identify hydrocarbon reservoirs. A method for offshore hydrocarbon electromagnetic prospecting is described as well.03-08-2012
20100262370Data Transmission Systems and Methods for Azimuthally Sensitive Tools with Multiple Depths of Investigation - Disclosed herein are various telemetry systems and methods suitable for communicating a cylindrical volume of formation property measurements to the surface. Some system embodiments include a downhole processor coupled to a telemetry transmitter. The downhole processor determines a compressed representation of the formation property measurements and/or selects a subset of the measurements for transmission uphole. The subset selection can be based on selected radial distances having characteristics that potentially indicate features of interest to a user. Such features include bed boundaries, and the characteristics include sinusoidal variation as a function of azimuth, large changes in this sinusoidal variation versus radial distance, or inversion suggesting the presence of a bed boundary. Various compressed representations of the cylindrical data volume are disclosed, including representations based on parameters of a sinusoidal model, representations based on a two dimensional transform, and representations based on estimates of distance and direction to a bed boundary.10-14-2010
20110093199CHARACTERIZATION OF LOGGING TOOL PERFORMANCE - A method for determining the measurement precision of a formation evaluation tool in a borehole comprises: a) conveying the formation evaluation tool into the borehole, b) using the formation evaluation tool to make measurements, and c) analyzing the measurements using mean squared difference stability statistics to generate an output indicative of measurement precision. Step c) may comprise using an Allan variance to assess the measurements taken in step b). The method may further include deriving an optimum logging speed from the analysis performed in step c), which may occur at the lowest value of the Allan variance.04-21-2011
20120158305DRILLING COLLISION AVOIDANCE APPARATUS, METHODS, AND SYSTEMS - In some embodiments, apparatus and systems, as well as methods, may operate to launch a set of currents into a corresponding set of existing well casings; monitor, in a well under construction, changes in at least one of a magnetic field or an electric field perturbed by the set of currents after each one of the set is launched; and determine a location of the well under construction in relation to the set of existing well casings. In some embodiments, the activities include inducing current into a drillstring located in a well under construction; monitoring, at a set of existing well casings, changes in at least one of a magnetic field or an electric field perturbed by the current after the current is induced; and determining a location of the well under construction in relation to the set of existing well casings. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.06-21-2012
20120158306SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING NEAR-SURFACE HEAVY OIL FOR EXTRACTION USING MICROBIAL DEGRADATION - In one embodiment, the invention provides an analytical processing system for enhancing the recovery of heavy oil in an underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment, comprising: a data collection engine configured for receiving data relating to the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment, wherein the data includes in situ microbial species data, oil properties data and in situ nutrient information that are identified as being germane to the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment; a data warehouse for storing data collected from the data collection engine; and a data modeling system for analyzing data stored in the data warehouse and facilitating an identity of a preferred microbial species from the underground, near-surface crude oil extraction environment that can transform the heavy oil into a lighter oil.06-21-2012
20110071762METHOD OF DETERMINING A TRANSIENT ELECTROMAGNETIC RESPONSE OF A FORMATION - A system and method for determining an electromagnetic response from a region in an earth formation. Receivers where raw response signals (V03-24-2011
20110066379 SURVEY SYSTEM FOR LOCATING GEOPHYSICAL ANOMALIES - A survey system is described for locating and classifying geophysical anomalies. It includes a moving platform equipped with a recording unit for recording the position of the platform. The system also comprises three first measuring units or sensors, adapted to record a varying electric field strength and a varying magnetic field strength at chosen intervals and thus positions, said first measuring units being adapted to measure said field strengths in three independent and mutually orthogonal directions at frequencies in a chosen range. The system includes a calculation unit for combining the measurements from each of said first sensors and calculating and recording as well as comparing the field strength vectors of the varying measured fields at each position, to find anomalies.03-17-2011
20110066378Apparatus and Methods for Controlling and Communicating with Downhole Devices - Apparatus and methods for controlling and communicating with one or more tools in a downhole tool string including a tractor, an auxiliary tractor tool, a logging tool, a safety sub, a release mechanism, a unit containing sensors for monitoring downhole conditions, a setting tool, and a perforating gun. Also provided are apparatus and methods for controlling and communicating with one or more perforating guns, release devices, and explosive devices in a string to be lowered into a wellbore. Control and communication are accomplished by sending signals from the surface to control switches in the control units on the tool, with redundant switches for safety, to state machines in the respective control units, each state machine returning a signal verifying switch status to the surface. Control and power functions are accomplished with voltage of different polarities for safety.03-17-2011
20110106452Determination and Control of Wellbore Fluid Level, Output Flow, and Desired Pump Operating Speed, Using a Control System for a Centrifugal Pump Disposed Within the Wellbore - A method and apparatus for determining a fluid level and/or output flow during operation of a centrifugal pump, are provided, which may be used for production of gas and/or oil from a well, and include a vector feedback model to derive values of torque and speed from signals indicative of instantaneous current and voltage drawn by the pump motor, a pump model which derives values of the fluid flow rate and the head pressure for the pump from torque and speed inputs, a pumping system model that derives, from the estimated values of the pump operating parameters, an estimated value of fluid level and other pumping system parameters. Controllers responsive to the estimated values of the pumping system parameters control the pump to maintain fluid level at the pump input, near an optimum level, or within a safe operating range and/or output flow from the pump.05-05-2011
20100094557Method for Estimating Missing Well Log Data - The invention relates generally to the field of oil and gas exploration and specifically to the use of well logs for exploration. This invention is directed to a method for estimating data that would have been collected in a region of a well log where there is a gap. This method uses identified elements in one data set to identify elements in another data set with data values indicative of the same geological characteristic as those in the first data set.04-15-2010
20110029245METHODS FOR PRODUCING A LOG OF MATERIAL PROPERTIES - A method for making a log of material properties in a plurality of beds from an instrument utilizes steps such as estimating material properties for said plurality of beds and/or estimating positions for a plurality of bed boundaries and/or estimating orientations for said plurality of bed boundaries wherein the bed boundary orientations are individually variable. The estimated positions, orientations, and/or material properties can be utilized to compute the log.02-03-2011
20110029244TECHNIQUES FOR SURFACE EXPLORATION AND MONITORING - Techniques for surface exploration and monitoring are presented. In representative embodiments, a system is provided that can perform multiple types of measurements of a surface. For example a single system of survey probes and one or more survey controllers can be used to offer both seismic and electrical measurements. A survey controller can be configured to automatically poll survey probes to obtain identifiers of the probes and determine a relative order the probes. Survey probes can be configured to: (a) collect signals associated with a surface; (b) digitize the signals to form digital data; and (c) store the digital data for later transmission to the survey controller. Relative positions of survey probes can be automatically determined using a transmitting beacon or other techniques. Survey probes can automatically disconnect from a power conduit while measuring a surface property and operate using an internal source of power when disconnected, to reduce noise. The survey controller can be remotely accessible through a, computer network for remote control of the survey probes.02-03-2011
20120123683CSEM SURVEY METHOD - There is disclosed a method of performing a controlled source electromagnetic survey, which includes in one embodiment deploying a receiver and an electric dipole source. The source defines a dipole axis. An electromagnetic field is transmitted from the electric dipole source. First and second horizontal components of an electromagnetic field response are detected using the receiver. A vertical component of the electromagnetic field response is then estimated using the detected first and second horizontal components of the electromagnetic field response.05-17-2012
20100250139MOBILE WELLSITE MONITORING - Methods for monitoring a wellsite include transporting a mobile monitoring platform to a wellsite. The mobile monitoring platform includes a transportable chassis including two or more wheels; a mast supported by the platform and extendable vertically upward from the chassis; a transceiver including a wireless modem and an antenna; a controller adapted to communicate with the transceiver; and a power module electrically coupled to at least one of the transceiver and the processor. The methods include wirelessly receiving, at the transceiver, wellsite data from a plurality of sensors at or adjacent the wellsite; and wirelessly transmitting, in real-time, the wellsite data to a remote monitoring station09-30-2010
20120084008Real-Time Prognostic on Downhole Printed Circuit Board Assembly of Measurement-While-Drilling/Logging-While-Drilling - A method and apparatus for estimating a time to failure of an electronic component used in a downhole environment is disclosed. A stress is applied to the electronic component to cause failure of a plurality of prognostic sensors associated with the electronic component, wherein the stress level at which a prognostic sensor fails is indicative of a stress level at which the electronic component fails. Failure times are obtained due to the applied stress for the plurality of prognostic sensors. A trend is determined from the obtained failure times of the prognostic sensors. The time of failure of the electronic component is estimated from the determined trend.04-05-2012
20120084007SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DECLUSTERING SUBSURFACE DATA ON A PER-SLICE BASIS - Wellbore data samples taken within a subsurface volume of interest are declustered. A weighting-based, interpolating technique is employed in a layer-based, two dimensional manner to separate slices within the subsurface volume of interest. The performance of declustering on a slice-by-slice basis may make the process less costly and/or may reduce certain artifacts or effects associated with subsurface data interpolation.04-05-2012
20120215447METHOD FOR DETERMINING PALEO-PORE PRESSURE - In some aspects of the disclosure, a computer-implemented method performed by one or more processors and configured to determine a pressure of a sample multi-component gas inclusion in a sub-surface formation is disclosed. The computer-implemented method includes determining a set of Raman signatures for a calibration multi-component synthetic gas mixture at a plurality of temperatures, at a plurality of pressures and at a plurality of gas concentration mixing ratios to produce a model of pressure and Raman signatures; determining a second Raman signature of the sample multi-component gas mixture in the inclusion from the sub-surface formation; and determining a pressure of the second multi-component gas mixture based on the determined second Raman signature and the model of pressure and the first set of Raman signatures.08-23-2012
20080208476SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR WATERFLOOD PERFORMANCE MONITORING - Method, system and computer program product for controlling a production/injection operation for an oilfield, the oilfield having a first wellsite with a producing well advanced into subterranean formations with geological structures and reservoirs therein. Data from a plurality of data sources is collected with respect to a production/injection operation, wherein the collected data includes oil production data and fluid injection data. The collected data is stored in a database. Extracted data relating to a selected performance parameter to be monitored is extracted from the database, the extracted data is processed, and a graphical representation of the processed data is dynamically displayed to enable monitoring of the selected performance parameter.08-28-2008
20120179377TRANSDUCER ASSEMBLY - There is provided a transducer assembly for monitoring within a borehole. The transducer assembly is operable to at least one of: (a) generate acoustic radiation when excited with one or more signals; and (b) generate one or more signals when acoustic radiation is received thereat; wherein the transducer assembly includes one or more piezo-electric elements for converting between acoustic radiation and corresponding signals. The assembly includes an interfacing member for acoustically interfacing between the one or more piezo-electric elements and an environment of the borehole for protecting the one or more piezo-electric elements from the environment. The assembly is adapted to at least one of generate acoustic radiation and sense acoustic radiation in a sideways or down-borehole direction.07-12-2012
20120226442METHOD FOR POSITIONING A WELL RELATIVE TO SEISMIC IMAGE OF THE SUBSOIL - Three seismic waves are emitted from different emission points situated outside the well that is to be positioned relative to a seismic image. The times of arrival of these seismic waves are measured on a detector placed in the well. The propagation of the seismic waves emitted from the respective emission points is simulated using a speed model that has been used to construct the seismic image. The simulation provides the respective wavefronts presented by each of the waves at the end of a time equal to the time of arrival measured on the detector for this wave. The detector can then be positioned in the envelope area of the wavefronts, adjacent to the intersection of the wavefronts estimated in the seismic volume.09-06-2012
20120232799METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR CHARACTERIZATION OF PETROLEUM FLUID EMPLOYING ANALYSIS OF HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT COMPONENTS - A methodology that performs downhole fluid analysis of fluid properties of a reservoir and characterizes the reservoir based upon such downhole fluid analysis. The methodology acquires at least one fluid sample at a respective measurement station and performs downhole fluid analysis to measure properties of the fluid sample, including concentration of a plurality of high molecular weight components. For each of a plurality of type classes corresponding to different subsets of a predetermined set of high molecular weight components, a model is used to predict the concentration of the components of the given type class for the plurality of measurement stations. The predicted concentrations of the high molecular weight components for the plurality of type classes are then compared with corresponding concentrations measured by downhole fluid analysis for the plurality of measurement stations to identify the best matching type class. The results of the comparison are used for reservoir analysis, 09-13-2012
20080300791Azimuthal Measurement-While-Drilling (MWD) Tool - Various systems and methods determine a distance, magnitude, and azimuthal angle describing the location of an anomaly within a geologic formation. For example, a method involves identifying an electrical characteristic (e.g., resistivity or conductivity) at each of several sensors in a measurement-while-drilling (MWD) tool. Based on the electrical characteristic, information identifying a formation property of the anomaly is generated. The information includes at least one magnitude and at least one distance. Information information identifying an azimuthal angle is also generated based upon the electrical characteristic. The azimuthal angle relates a position of the anomalous formation to a position of a first sensor in the MWD tool.12-04-2008
20120271549Method of Mapping Reservoir Fluid Movement Using Gravity Sensors - The present disclosure relates to methods and apparatuses for acquiring multi-component gravity information for an earth formation. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to estimating the movement of fluid in an earth formation using at least one gravimeter configured to generate multi-component gravity information. The method may include estimating density changes in the earth formation. The method may include estimating a position of the at least one gravimeter. The apparatus may include a multi-component gravimeter configured to estimate gravity vectors for each vector component.10-25-2012
20120323494IDENTIFYING TYPES OF SENSORS BASED ON SENSOR MEASUREMENT DATA - Plural sensors are deployed into a well, and measurement data regarding at least one property of the well is received from the sensors. Based on the measurement data, a first of the plural sensors that measures the at least one property in a region having an annular fluid flow is identified, and a second of the plural sensors that measures the at least one property in a region outside the region having the annular fluid flow is identified. Based on the identifying, the measurement data from selected one or more of the plural sensors is used to produce a target output.12-20-2012
20110231097ACOUSTIC RADIAL PROFILING VIA FREQUENCY DOMAIN PROCESSING - A tool and processing system to provide an acoustic radial profile. A frequency semblance is performed on received time signals obtained from an array of acoustic receivers (FIG. 09-22-2011
20110238312DIRECTIONAL RESISTIVITY MEASUREMENT FOR WELL PLACEMENT AND FORMATION EVALUATION - The present disclosure relates to a method to determine a formation property of a subsurface formation. A downhole logging tool having two or more antennas, at least two of the antennas having a transversely-sensitive element and an axially-sensitive element is provided. Azimuthally-sensitive measurements are obtained using the antennas of the downhole logging tool. The measurements are fitted to a Fourier series having Fourier coefficients that include channel gains, if any. A DC component, a first harmonic component, and a second harmonic component are determined from the Fourier series, a measurement type is determined using the DC component, the first harmonic component, and/or the second harmonic component, and the formation property of the subsurface formation is determined using the determined measurement type.09-29-2011
20120089335FLUID PRESSURE-VISCOSITY ANALYZER FOR DOWNHOLE FLUID SAMPLING PRESSURE DROP RATE SETTING - Methods and apparatus for estimating a hydrocarbon fluid parameter using a hydrocarbon fluid testing module. The method may include estimating a hydrocarbon fluid parameter value where a precipitate begins to form in a hydrocarbon fluid sample. The method may also include extracting a hydrocarbon fluid sample under pre-precipitate conditions; changing at least one hydrocarbon fluid parameter, generating information indicative of precipitate formation; and communicating the estimated value of the hydrocarbon fluid parameter at the precipitate formation point. The method may also include producing hydrocarbon fluid sample from a formation using the estimated value and a bubble point. The disclosure also includes an apparatus for implementing the method.04-12-2012
20130013209PREDICTING ANISOTROPIC SOURCE ROCK PROPERTIES FROM WELL DATA - Method for predicting physical properties of a source rock formation wherein an inclusion-based (01-10-2013
20100131204METHOD FOR DETERMINING IN-SITU RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF A POROUS MEDIUM FROM A SAMPLE THEREOF - A method for determining in-situ relationships between physical properties of a porous medium from a sample thereof includes acquiring a three-dimensional image of the sample and segmenting the image into pixels representing pore space and pixels representing rock grain. A plurality of sub-volumes are selected from the segmented image, and a porosity is calculated for each of the sub-volumes. A digital simulation is conducted on each of the sub-volumes to obtain a selected physical property for the sub-volume. A relationship is determined between porosity and the selected physical property using relationship data comprising the calculated porosity and the simulated physical property for each of the sub-volumes. The method includes at least one of storing and displaying the relationship.05-27-2010
20130173165System and Method For Artificial Lift System Surveillance - A system, method, and computer program product are disclosed for surveillance of artificial lift systems. An Artificial Lift Surveillance Tool (ALST) is provided to identify artificial lift wells with production declines due to artificial lift well failures. Production well information is provided for a plurality of the production wells each being associated with an artificial lift system. Artificial lift system failure alerts for the plurality of production wells are received and processed on a computer. A signal indicative of the production well information for each of the plurality of production wells is received and processed on a computer. The plurality of production wells are displayed in a hierarchical ordering, such as a treemap, responsive to the signal.07-04-2013
20080221796Vector Migration of 1st Order Free-Surface Related Downgoing Multiples from VSP Data09-11-2008
20130173164MAGNETIC RANGING TOOL AND METHOD - A downhole magnetic ranging tool includes first and second axially spaced magnetic sources deployed in a downhole tool body. The first and second magnetic sources have magnetic moments that axially opposed one another. A magnetic field sensor is deployed axially between the first and second magnetic sources. The tool may be utilized, for example, in subterranean well twinning, well intercept, and well avoidance operations to obtain a separation distance and dip angle between a drilling well and a target well.07-04-2013
20130090853High-Frequency Data Capture for Diagnostics - High-frequency data capture for diagnostics is provided. An example system collects device data at a high acquisition rate. The collected data can be diagnostic when a critical event occurs, but need not be stored permanently or transmitted to a remote server unless needed. In an implementation, the data is stored in a dynamic circular buffer and the resolution of the data is tapered in real-time to maintain a lean data size of the entire buffer contents. High-resolution is maintained for recent data, while a decreasing resolution is applied to aging data. A triggering event changes the system from transmitting low bandwidth status information to transmitting the entire leaned-down data record stored in the buffer. After the triggering event, the system can also transmit incoming diagnostic data to the remote server at a high data resolution, and then can taper the resolution of the data transmission over time.04-11-2013
20130124092METHOD OF USING SPATIALLY INDEPENDENT SUBSETS OF DATA TO CALCULATE VERTICAL TREND CURVE UNCERTAINTY OF SPATIALLY CORRELATED RESERVOIR DATA - A method, implemented on a computer, for calculating vertical trend curve uncertainty of spatially correlated reservoir data. The method includes inputting, into the computer, a sample reservoir data comprising correlated data; applying, using the computer, a variogram to the sample reservoir data to select a plurality of subsets of data, the subsets of data being substantially less correlated than the sample reservoir data; and applying, using the computer, a bootstrap process on each of the plurality of subsets of data to obtain a plurality of bootstrap data sets from each of the plurality of subsets of data. The method further includes calculating vertical trend curves for each of the obtained plurality of bootstrap data sets, ranking the vertical trend curves by using a selected statistical parameter to obtain ranked vertical trend curves, and characterizing the uncertainty based on the ranked vertical trend curves.05-16-2013
20130124093Communication Port For Use On A Wellbore Measuring Instrument - A wellbore measurement instrument includes a housing configured to move along an interior of a wellbore. At least one sensor is configured to measure a wellbore parameter. A controller is disposed in the housing. The controller includes at least one of a data storage device and a device to control operation of the at least one sensor. A communications port is disposed in an aperture in the housing. The port includes an industry standard connector matable with an industry standard terminated cable for connection to a surface device when the instrument is at the Earth's surface.05-16-2013
20080208475DRILLING COLLABORATION INFRASTRUCTURE - Methods and systems facilitate collaboration between users at an oil well site and users at a remote location. Multiple types of oil well data are collected at the oil well site to form aggregated data. The aggregated data is stored in a data aggregation server at the oil well site. Users at the oil well site and users at the remote location are allowed to access the aggregated data on the data aggregation server using a standard data format.08-28-2008
20130151154Apparatus for Testing Swellable Materials - The invention provides an apparatus for use in testing the swell characteristics of swellable components used in downhole exploration or production equipment, such as swellable packers. A method of measuring a test piece using a testing apparatus with a fluid chamber and a transducer is described. Measured data can be compared with data measured from a sample section of a tool to determine a relationship between swell characteristics. The determined relationships can then be used to calculate or predict swelling characteristics of swellable components, for example particular packer designs, in specific fluid samples.06-13-2013
20130138347SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING DEPTH AND VELOCITY OF INSTRUMENTATION WITHIN A WELLBORE USING A BENDABLE TOOL - An apparatus and method for measuring depth, velocity, or both depth and velocity of instrumentation along a wellbore is provided. The apparatus includes a downhole portion movable within the wellbore in a direction generally parallel to the wellbore. The apparatus further includes a first acceleration sensor that generates a first signal indicative of a first acceleration. The apparatus further includes a second acceleration sensor that generates a second signal indicative of a second acceleration. The apparatus further includes a bend sensor generating a third signal indicative of an amount of bend of at least a portion of the downhole portion.05-30-2013
20120283950Determination and Control of Wellbore Fluid Level, Output Flow, and Desired Pump Operating Speed, Using a Control System for a Centrifugal Pump Disposed Within the Wellbore - A method and apparatus for determining a fluid level and/or output flow during operation of a centrifugal pump, are provided, which may be used for production of gas and/or oil from a well, and include a vector feedback model to derive values of torque and speed from signals indicative of instantaneous current and voltage drawn by the pump motor, a pump model which derives values of the fluid flow rate and the head pressure for the pump from torque and speed inputs, a pumping system model that derives, from the estimated values of the pump operating parameters, an estimated value of fluid level and other pumping system parameters. Controllers responsive to the estimated values of the pumping system parameters control the pump to maintain fluid level at the pump input, near an optimum level, or within a safe operating range and/or output flow from the pump.11-08-2012
20110313667Analyzing Borehole Seismic Data to Locate Subsurface Diffractors - A system and method for locating subsurface diffractors. The method operates on two-dimensional (2-D) seismic data that includes one or more 2-D seismic lines. The 2-D seismic data may be preprocessed to enhance diffracted energy. For each hypothetical diffractor location in a set of hypothetical diffractor locations, the method involves analyzing at least a subset of the seismic traces of the one or more 2-D seismic lines, in order to compute a value indicating an extent to which those seismic traces contain diffraction arrivals consistent with the hypothetical diffractor location. The method may further involve generating, storing and displaying an image (or map) based on the computed values. The image may illustrate areas of high, intermediate and low diffraction, and may be used to assess the formation.12-22-2011
20120029825SYSTEM FOR STREAMER ELECTRICAL RESISTIVITY SURVEY AND METHOD FOR ANALYSIS OF UNDERGROUND STRUCTURE BELOW A RIVERBED - A system for measuring electrical resistivity survey checks a border of bedrock or a thickness of a sedimentary layer in a riverbed of a river or lake within a short time. A method for analysis of an underground structure of a riverbed using the same is also provided. The system for streamer electric resistivity survey using a survey boat comprises a streamer cable connected to the survey boat and having a plurality of electrodes attached thereto; a multi-channel resistivity meter loaded on the survey boat to measure electric resistivity from the plurality of electrodes; a first RTK GPS (Real Time Kinematic Global Positioning System) loaded on the survey boat to measure a position of the survey boat in real time; and a second RTK GPS installed to a tail of the streamer cable to measure a position of the tail in real time.02-02-2012
20120089334SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING DEPTH AND VELOCITY OF INSTRUMENTATION WITHIN A WELLBORE USING A BENDABLE TOOL - An apparatus and method for measuring depth, velocity, or both depth and velocity of instrumentation within a wellbore is provided. The apparatus includes a downhole portion movable within the wellbore in a direction generally parallel to the wellbore. The apparatus further includes a first acceleration sensor mounted at a first position within the downhole portion. The first acceleration sensor generates a first signal indicative of a first acceleration in a first direction generally parallel to the wellbore at the first position. The apparatus further includes a second acceleration sensor mounted at a second position within the downhole portion. The second acceleration sensor generates a second signal indicative of a second acceleration in a second direction generally parallel to the wellbore at the second position. The apparatus further includes a bend sensor generating a third signal indicative of an amount of bend of at least a portion of the downhole portion.04-12-2012
20120095686Method and Apparatus for Removal of The Double Indication of Defects in Remote Eddy Current Inspection of Pipes - The apparatus employs the remote field eddy-current (RFEC) inspection technique to electromagnetically measure physical parameters of a metallic pipe. RFEC devices inserted into and displaced along a cylindrical pipes may be used to measure the ratio of pipe thickness to electromagnetic skin-depth and thus allow for the non-invasive detection of flaws or metal loss. Typically these RFEC thickness measurements exhibit a so-called double-indication of flaws, an undesired artifact due to a double-peaked geometrical sensitivity function of the device. The method describes a means by which this double indication artifact may be removed by an appropriate processing of RFEC measurements performed by an apparatus specifically designed for this purpose. The invention is particularly well designed for applications in the oilfield industry.04-19-2012
20120095685REDUCING ERROR CONTRIBUTIONS TO GYROSCOPIC MEASUREMENTS FROM A WELLBORE SURVEY SYSTEM - A method reduces gravity-dependent error contributions to gyroscopic measurements from a first gyroscopic sensor and a second gyroscopic sensor. The method includes receiving a first set of measurement signals and a second set of measurement signals indicative of at least one substantially perpendicular component and indicative of a substantially parallel component of the Earth's rotation. The method further includes receiving one or more measurement signals generated by a triad of accelerometers and calculating a first and second mass unbalance offset error for the first gyroscopic sensor and the second gyroscopic sensor, respectively.04-19-2012
20130211723REDUCING ERROR CONTRIBUTIONS TO GYROSCOPIC MEASUREMENTS - A method and system for reducing error contributions to gyroscopic measurements is provided. The method includes receiving a plurality of signals indicative of at least one component of the Earth's rotation substantially perpendicular to a portion of a wellbore and a component of the Earth's rotation substantially parallel to the portion of the wellbore. The plurality of signals is generated by one or more gyroscopic sensors within the portion of the wellbore. The method further includes calculating, using the plurality of signals and using one or more signals indicative of the Earth's rotation rate and one or more signals indicative of the latitude of the one or more gyroscopic sensors within the portion of the wellbore, a mass unbalance offset for the one or more gyroscopic sensors.08-15-2013

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