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Boring or penetrating the earth May archived by USPTO category 05/10

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05/27/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20100126769 - Method of modifying drilling pattern, rock drilling rig, and software product: A method and a storage device including a software product for modifying a drilling pattern, and a rock drilling rig. One or more holes whose location is to be changed may be selected from a drilling pattern prior to drilling. The hole is assigned a new location by means of... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath (dc)

20100126770 - Non-azimuthal and azimuthal formation evaluation measurement in a slowly rotating housing: A steering tool configured for making azimuthal and non-azimuthal formation evaluation measurements is disclosed. In one embodiment a rotary steerable tool includes at least one formation evaluation sensor deployed in the steering tool housing. The steering tool may include, for example, first and second circumferentially opposed formation evaluation sensors or... Agent: Smith International, Inc. Patent Services

20100126773 - Drilling apparatus and system for drilling wells: A device for boring a well is provided, the device being attached to a motor having a power shaft for imparting rotational movement responsive to a fluid flow. The device includes a driver operatively connected to the power shaft, the driver having a tubular body with an internal bore for... Agent: The Matthews Firm

20100126772 - Hydro-percussive mechanisims for drilling systems: A down-the-hole assembly includes a housing assembly having a head end and a bit end. The housing assembly further includes an inlet joint having an inlet channel defined therein, a sealing portion positioned toward the bit end relative to the inlet joint, and an outlet portion positioned toward the bit... Agent: Workman Nydegger 1000 Eagle Gate Tower

20100126771 - Methods and apparatus for controlling cutting ribbons during a drilling operation: Drill bits are provided. The drill bits are of the fixed-cutter, rotary-type. The drill bits have a plurality of blades having cutting elements disposed therealong. Junk slots are formed between the respective blades. A knife opening is formed in at least two of the junk slots. Preferably, the knife openings... Agent: Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company

20100126775 - Helical chisel insert for rock bits: An insert for an earth boring drill bit, such as a PDC rock bit or a roller cone rock bit, is provided. The insert includes a base integrally joined to a top section, the top section having a first flank that curves in a substantially helical manner about a longitudinal... Agent: Winstead PC

20100126776 - Subsea drilling with casing: A method of forming a wellbore includes providing a drilling assembly comprising one or more lengths of casing and an axially retracting assembly having a first tubular; a second tubular at least partially disposed in the first tubular and axially fixed thereto; and a support member disposed in the second... Agent: Patterson & Sheridan, L.L.P.

20100126774 - Valve-controlled downhole motor: The present invention relates to systems and methods for controlling downhole motors. One aspect of the invention provides a valve-controlled downhole motor including: a downhole motor and a spool valve. The downhole motor includes a sealed chamber having a first port and a second port, a stator received within the... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20100126777 - Drilling system with a barrel drilling head driven by a downhole tractor: A drilling system for drilling out a sample of a formation, a well, or the like downhole. The drilling system has a drilling head having an at least partly hollow cylindrical body with a circumferential rim. The circumferential rim has at least one cutting edge. Furthermore, the drilling system has... Agent: Cohen, Pontani, Lieberman & Pavane LLP

20100126778 - Cutter assembly for a raise boring reamer: A raise boring reamer assembly includes a saddle, and a journal assembly carried by the saddle. The journal assembly includes nose and gage shanks, and a cutter is carried by the journal assembly. Nose and gage wiper rings are positioned proximate to the nose and gage shanks, respectively. The nose... Agent: Schmeiser Olsen & Watts

20100126779 - Cutting element and a method of manufacturing a cutting element: The present disclosure relates in one aspect to a cutting element comprising a substrate and a cutting layer disposed on a surface of the substrate. The cutting layer comprises an ultra hard material. The substrate comprises tungsten carbide and a metal binder. The substrate has a magnetic saturation value in... Agent: Smith International Inc. Patent Services

05/20/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20100122846 - Boring green-hydro, cryo vertical drilling: A vertical water jet cutter method of boring holes in the ground and other solid substrate managing the difficulties of removing the center stone by freezing it until brittle, and cracking it from the base yet to be cut or fragmenting it and removing the material. This process is repeated... Agent: Denyse Claire Dubrucq

20100122847 - Methods for visualizing distances between wellbore and formation boundaries: A method for displaying a formation model while drilling a wellbore in the formation includes operating a well logging instrument at a measurement point in the formation along a wellbore while the wellbore is being drilled. Measurement data regarding the formation are obtained from the well logging instrument. An actual... Agent: Schlumberger Oilfield Services

20100122848 - Hybrid drill bit: A method for optimizing drill bit design and several embodiments of an optimized drill bit for drilling a well in an earth formation. In one embodiment, the optimized drill bit comprises a diamond impregnated bit body with one or more cutting elements, the cutting element comprising a cutting table and... Agent: Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP Attn:IPDocketing

20100122849 - System and method for preventing slippage and rotation of component along a tubular shaft: Systems and methods for preventing slippage and rotation of components installed along a rotatable tubular shaft and/or in a tubular housing member during drilling operations are disclosed herein. The housing and/or rotatable shaft include a shoulder disposed proximate to one end. An adjustable member is secured proximate to the opposite... Agent: The Matthews Firm

20100122850 - Systems and methods for protecting drill blades in high speed turbine drills: A drilling assembly in an elongated hole including a housing defining an interior with a plurality of motor stages in the interior. Each motor stage has at least one blade with supporting platform surfaces. A casing within the interior surrounds the plurality of motor stages and defines an annular flowpath... Agent: Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP

20100122851 - Ultra-hard drilling stabilizer: A drilling stabilizer having a body and a plurality of blades integrally cast from tungsten carbide particles bound together with a heated metal binder, for use in drilling oil and gas wells, has a first box end and a second pin end at the distal end of the stabilizer. A... Agent: The Matthews Firm

20100122852 - Ultra-hard constructions with enhanced second phase: Ultra-hard constructions include an ultra-hard body having a first region including a polycrystalline matrix first phase and a second phase material interposed therein. The first region is substantially free of a catalyst material used to form the first phase. The body is formed by removing the catalyst material and then... Agent: Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP

20100122853 - Encapsulated diamond particles, materials and impregnated diamond earth-boring bits including such particles, and methods of forming such particles, materials, and bits: Earth-boring tools and components thereof include a particle-matrix composite material having encapsulated diamond particles embedded within a matrix material. Diamonds in the particles comprise less than about 25% by volume of the composite material, the matrix material comprises less than about 50% by volume of the composite material, and encapsulant... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

05/13/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20100116550 - Interface and method for wellbore telemetry system: For use in a drilling operation that includes uphole electronic equipment (120) and a drill string (12) suspended in an earth borehole (11), the drill string having at least one downhole tool (100) thereon, the drill string having a section of wired drill pipe (WDP) that is part of a... Agent: Conley Rose P.c

20100116551 - Rotary directional drilling apparatus and method of use: An apparatus for steering a drill string is disclosed herein, the apparatus comprising a drilling motor comprising a rotor, a stator, and at least one fluid passage for flowing drilling fluid to the stator. A blade is fixedly disposed on the exterior surface of the stator. A diverter valve controls... Agent: The Matthews Firm

20100116553 - Method and apparatus for managing variable density drilling mud: A method and system for drilling a wellbore is described. The system includes a wellbore with a variable density drilling mud, drilling pipe, a bottom hole assembly disposed in the wellbore and a drilling mud processing unit in fluid communication with the wellbore. The variable density drilling mud has compressible... Agent: Exxonmobil Upstream Research Company Law Department

20100116552 - Methods and apparatus for download transfer of drill cuttings: A drilling fluid delivery system for use in drilling boreholes with a drill bit, the system comprising: a primary flow circuit having a relatively high flow rate for transferring drilling fluid to and from the drill bit; a secondary flow circuit having a relatively low flow rate for transferring drilling... Agent: Schlumberger Oilfield Services

20100116554 - Turbo-gear for speedy drilling wells: A turbo-gear supplied with operating fluid for driving a drill bit is proposed. It preferably comprises a non-rotatable casing, an upper shaft rotatably mounted in the casing, coupled with blades configured to receive pressure of the operating fluid causing rotation of the upper shaft, a lower shaft mounted in the... Agent: Aleksandr Smushkovich

20100116555 - Noise-dampening shield structure for rock drilling apparatus: The invention relates to a shield structure of a rock drilling apparatus for dampening noise, the rock drilling apparatus comprising a feed beam whose one end is a drilling end, whereby the drilling end of the feed beam comprises a first shield part mounted immovably relative to the feed beam,... Agent: Drinker Biddle & Reath (dc)

20100116556 - Pilot reamer with composite framework: A reamer for subterranean wellbores may include a composite framework, which may include one or more high strength stems, each having one or more reamer bodies coupled thereto. The body may include a plurality of plates coupled together and may include additional components formed integrally therewith or coupled thereto. A... Agent: Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP Attn:IPDocketing

20100116557 - Matrix bit bodies with multiple matrix materials: A drill bit may include a bit body having a plurality of blades extending radially therefrom, the bit body comprising a first matrix region and a second matrix region, wherein the first matrix region is formed from a moldable matrix material having carbide particles with a unimodal particle size distribution;... Agent: Osha, Liang LLP / Smith

20100116558 - Method of running a pipe string having an outer diameter transition: One embodiment provides an adjustable guide 10a to steer the end 90 of a pipe string 88 into position to be engaged and supported by a pipe gripping apparatus such as, for example, an externally gripping elevator assembly 10. The adjustable guide 10a may comprise a plurality of angularly distributed... Agent: Streets & Steele-frank's International.

05/06/2010 > patent applications in patent subcategories.

20100108378 - Perforation tool with switch: A perforation tool e.g. for perforation of a formation, a well or the like downhole by detonation of a charge. The perforation tool has at least one charge and at least one switch for detonation of the charge. The switch has a housing, at least one contact, a shaft having... Agent: Cohen, Pontani, Lieberman & Pavane LLP

20100108379 - Systems and methods of forming subsurface wellbores: A system for forming a subsurface wellbore includes a rack and pinion system including a chuck drive system. The chuck drive system operates a drilling string. An automatic position control system includes at least one measurement sensor coupled to the rack and pinion system. The automatic position control system controls... Agent: Shell Oil Company

20100108381 - Method and device for controlling at least one drilling parameter for rock drilling: The invention relates to a method and a device for controlling drilling parameters when drilling into rock with a drilling machine. During drilling, an impulse-generating device using an impact means is arranged to induce shock waves in a tool held against the rock, the said impulse-generating device being displaceable in... Agent: Mark P. Stone

20100108380 - Methods and apparatuses for estimating drill bit cutting effectiveness: A drill bit for drilling a subterranean formation includes a plurality of cutting elements and a shank extending from a bit body. A set of accelerometers disposed in the drill bit include a radial accelerometer and a tangential accelerometer. An annular chamber is formed within the shank. A data evaluation... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20100108382 - Shape memory alloy actuated steerable drilling tool: A rotary steerable apparatus is provided having an actuator for pushing the bit or pointing the bit that includes a shape memory alloy. An elongated form of the alloy, such as a wire or rod, is employed in a mechanism that applies force in a direction transverse to the wellbore... Agent: Burleson Cooke L.L.P.

20100108383 - Drilling apparatus and method: A drilling apparatus includes an upper drill string, a lower drill string including a rotary drilling motor, an orientable rotatable connection between the drill strings, a reactive torque control device associated with the orientable rotatable connection, an orientation sensing device for providing a sensed actual orientation of the lower drill... Agent: Emery Jamieson Terrence N. Kuharchuk

20100108384 - Adaptive drilling control system: A system for optimizing a rate-of-penetration of a drill string, the system including: a plurality of sensors in operable communication with the drill string; and a controller in operable communication with the plurality of sensors, the controller connectable to a drill string motivator and capable of outputting a signal to... Agent: Cantor Colburn LLP- Baker Hughes Incorporated

20100108385 - Downhole jack assembly sensor: In one aspect of the invention, a drill string comprises a drill bit with a body intermediate a shank and a working face, and the working face comprises at least one cutting element. A jack assembly is disposed within the drill bit body and comprises a jack element disposed on... Agent: Tyson J. Wilde Novatek International, Inc.

20100108386 - System, apparatus, and method of conducting measurements of a borehole: A method is provided for conducting measurements of a borehole while drilling the borehole in a geological formation. First, a rotatable drilling assembly is provided that has, at a forward end, a drill bit and a borehole measurement tool connected rearward of the drill bit. The measurement tool includes at... Agent: Schlumberger Oilfield Services

20100108387 - Tractor with improved valve system: A hydraulically powered tractor includes an elongated body, two gripper assemblies, at least one pair of aft and forward propulsion cylinders and pistons, and a valve system. The valve system comprises an inlet control valve, a two-position propulsion control valve, a two-position gripper control valve, two cycle valves, and two... Agent: Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

20100108388 - Apparatus and system and method for down the hole carousel drilling: Apparatus for carousel drilling, which includes a drill tower having a rotatable drive motor at the top, and a carousel pivotably attached with respect to the drill tower and capable of supporting four elongated drilling devices, at least certain of which are drill extenders capable of attachment to, and detachment... Agent: Abelman, Frayne & Schwab

20100108389 - Distance holder with helical slot: A distance holder for connection to, and rotation with, a drill string in an earth formation drilling device arranged to supply a jet of abrasive fluid for the purpose of providing a borehole by removing earth formation material through abrasion, comprises a housing with a chamber which is essentially rotational... Agent: Shell Oil Company

20100108390 - Apparatus and method for controlling fluid flow in a rotary drill bit: An apparatus for drilling a borehole in an earth formation is disclosed. The apparatus includes: an earth-boring rotary drill bit including a bit body having a plurality of cutters engagable with a subterranean earth formation; a fluid conduit disposed in the bit body, the fluid conduit being in fluid communication... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20100108391 - Drill bit assembly and method of performing an operation in a wellbore: A drill bit assembly comprising a bit body connectable to a tubular drill string, and provided with a longitudinal passageway for an operating tool; an externally removable closure element for closing the passageway for the operating tool; and a passage tool attached to or connectable to the closure element in... Agent: Conley Rose, P.C. David A. Rose

20100108392 - Method and apparatus for constructing deep vertical boreholes and underground cut-off walls: A method and apparatus for constructing large vertical boreholes and underground cut-off walls is disclosed. A drill rig assembly with double rotary heads drives a small diameter drill string and a much larger diameter drill string which is concentric with the smaller drill string and has a donut shaped drill... Agent: Bacon & Thomas, PLLC

20100108393 - Downhole mud motor and method of improving durabilty thereof: Disclosed herein is a downhole mud motor. The mud motor includes, a stator, a rotor in operable communication with the stator, a polymer in operable communication with the stator and the rotor, and a plurality of carbon nanotubes embedded in the polymer.... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20100108394 - Downhole tool: A downhole tool (10′) comprises a body (12′) having a longitudinal axis and a body through-bore (14′), a slot (34′) communicating the outside of the body with the body through-bore. A sleeve actuator (30′) mandrel also has a bore and is selectively axially slidable in the body through-bore. A hollow... Agent: Keeling Patents And Trademarks, LLC

20100108395 - Drill bit assembly for fluid-operated percussion drill tools: The invention relates to a drill bit assembly for fluid-operated percussion drill tools comprising a percussion bit (1) having a head portion (3) formed with an axially extending stub shank (32). The stub shank is provided with axially extending splines (36), which are slideably engageable with complementary splines (35) formed... Agent: Kusner & Jaffe Highland Place Suite 310

20100108396 - Drilling tool: A drilling tool has a body with a main drilling region and a pilot drilling region, eccentric to the main drilling region. The main drilling region has main blades and the pilot drilling region has pilot blades. The main drilling region has a main pass-through diameter, centered upon a first... Agent: National Oilwell Varco

20100108397 - Earth-boring tools having threads for affixing a body and shank together and methods of manufacture and use of same: Earth-boring tools comprise a shank comprising a distal connector including a set of threads thereon and a bit body comprising a shank connector, also comprising at least one set of threads thereon. The set of threads on the distal connector and the at least one set of threads on the... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20100108398 - Percussion rock drilling bit with more efficient flushing: A design of crown of drill bit for percussive rock drilling with big “V” shape front flushing grooves, small central “dead” area will reduce the repeatedly crushing of broken rock cuttings. It will not only improve the rate of penetration, but also decrease the hole deviation, as well as the... Agent: Dongmin Niu

20100108399 - Carburized monotungsten and ditungsten carbide eutectic particles, materials and earth-boring tools including such particles, and methods of forming such particles, materials, and tools: Earth-boring tools for drilling subterranean formations include a particle-matrix composite material comprising a plurality of at least partially carburized monotungsten carbide and ditungsten carbide eutectic particles dispersed throughout a matrix material. In some embodiments, the particles are at least substantially fully carburized monotungsten carbide and ditungsten carbide eutectic particles. In... Agent: Traskbritt, P.C.

20100108400 - Hard metal plate for rock drill and rock drill: In a hard metal plate for insertion in to a seat formed at one end of a drill shaft of a rock drill, comprising a substantially rectangular base shape having two opposed long sides extending in the axial direction of the drill shaft which are at least partially covered by... Agent: Moore & Van Allen PLLC

20100108401 - Resilient bit systems and methods: The present invention relates to drill bits and methods of making drill bits. In one embodiment, a drill bit includes a bit body having at least one independent blade, in which the blade is attached to the bit body by way of a piece that is attached to a force... Agent: National Oilwell Varco

20100108402 - Downhole cutting tool and method of making: A downhole cutting tool includes, a body, a first contoured cutting element in operable communication with the body, and at least one contingency contoured cutting element in operable communication with the first contoured cutting element and the body. A contour of the at least one contingency contoured cutting element substantially... Agent: Cantor Colburn, LLP

20100108403 - Surface coatings on cutting elements: A method of forming a cutting element that includes placing at least one cutting element in an inner surface of at least one hollow tubular member such that at least a portion of the at least one cutting element is exposed; generating plasma within the hollow portion of the tubular;... Agent: Osha, Liang LLP / Smith

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