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Boring or penetrating the earth

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11/13/2014 > 19 patent applications in 10 patent subcategories.

20140332269 - Delivery method and system: A method for delivery of drilling fluid to a seafloor drilling assembly, the method comprising the steps of filling at least one container with drilling fluid; lowering the container through a body of water to adjacent a seafloor drilling assembly; connecting the container to the seafloor drilling assembly to deliver... Agent:

20140332270 - Method and apparatus for operating a downhole tool: In another embodiment, a method of drilling a wellbore includes running a drilling assembly into the wellbore through a casing string, the drilling assembly comprising a tubular string, an underreamer, and a drill bit; injecting drilling fluid through the tubular string and rotating the drill bit, wherein the underreamer remains... Agent:

20140332273 - Cutting element, tool and method of cutting within a borehole: A cutting element includes, a body having two planes, each of the two planes defining a plurality of edges, and a support extending from a first of the two planes. The support and the body are configured such that when the cutting element is resting against a planar surface such... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140332274 - Cutting elements configured to generate shear lips during use in cutting, earth-boring tools including such cutting elements, and methods of forming and using such cutting elements and earth-boring tools: Cutting elements for earth-boring tools may generate a shear lip at a wear scar thereon during cutting. A diamond table may exhibit a relatively high wear resistance, and an edge of the diamond table may be chamfered, the combination of which may result in the formation of a shear lip.... Agent:

20140332277 - Drill string check valve: A drilling method comprising running a drill string (12) part way into a bore (11); then pumping fluid through the drill string; then running the drill string further into the bore; and then reconfiguring a check valve (20) located towards the distal end of the drill string from a running... Agent: Churchill Drilling Tools Limited

20140332271 - Earth-boring tools including movable formation-engaging structures and related methods: Earth-boring tools may have a body, a cutting element attached to the body at a first location, and a formation-engaging structure attached to the body at a second location. The formation-engaging structure may be movable during a drilling operation between a first position and a second position. In the first... Agent:

20140332278 - Extended reach drilling: Apparatus, methods and uses that allow extended reach drilling by virtue of the provision in the drillstring and to downhole tools collective vibrations, not tuned specifically to a single resonant frequency, from a hammer assembly that provides vibrations of different frequency ranges.... Agent:

20140332272 - Insulated conductor for downhole drilling equipment: A downhole drilling tool includes a tubular housing having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end, and a stator disposed in the tubular housing, said stator defining an internal cavity passing there through. The stator includes at least a first protective electrically insulated layer, a second protective electrically... Agent:

20140332276 - Method and apparatus for plastic pipe drilling: A drilling method and apparatus. A drilling device includes a plastic casing part and a drilling unit arranged essentially inside the casing part. The drilling unit includes a first drilling part for drilling a center hole and a second drilling part for reaming the center hole for the casing part.... Agent:

20140332275 - Positive displacement motor with radially constrained rotor catch: A moving cavity motor or pump, such as a mud motor, comprising: a rotor, a stator, and one or more apparatus for constraining (i.e., controlling or limiting) the movement of the rotor relative to the stator, where the apparatus for constraining is operable with the rotor catch.... Agent:

20140332279 - Driven latch mechanism: Implementations include a core barrel assembly having a driven latch mechanism. The driven latch mechanism can lock the core barrel assembly axially and rotationally relative to a drill string. The driven latch mechanism can include a plurality of wedge members positioned on a plurality of driving surfaces. Rotation of the... Agent: Longyear Tm, Inc.

20140332280 - Apparatus and method for fluid property measurements: In some embodiments, apparatus and systems, as well as methods, may operate to measure formation fluid and obtain data, the data having measurement levels that vary over a parameter. The data is grouped in one or more categories, each category having data falling within a range, and the grouped data... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140332281 - Fluid sampling tool with deployable fluid cartidges: A system and method for sampling formation fluids is described. The system include a fluid sampling tool (200) with an elongated tool body (201). A cache of fluid containers may be disposed within the tool body. Each of the fluid containers within the cache of fluid containers may be individually... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140332282 - Method for cleaning oil from drill cuttings: This application relates to an apparatus and method for cleaning drill cuttings recovered from a wellbore. Specifically, the apparatus includes an effective system for handling and washing drill cuttings at a well site to remove hydrocarbon contaminants. The system successively washes hydrocarbon contaminated drill cuttings in organic solvent and water... Agent:

20140332283 - Earth-boring tools including movable cutting elements and related methods: Earth-boring tools may have a body, a cutting element attached to the body at a first location, and a formation-engaging structure attached to the body at a second location. The formation-engaging structure may be movable during a drilling operation between a first position and a second position. In the first... Agent:

20140332284 - Rotational drill bits and drilling apparatuses including the same: A roof-bolt drill bit includes a bit body that is rotatable about a central axis, a coupling pocket defined in the bit body, and at least one cutting element mounted to the bit body. The at least one cutting element includes a cutting face, a cutting edge adjacent the cutting... Agent:

20140332285 - Formation-engaging element placement on earth-boring tools and related methods: Earth-boring tools include a cutting element positioned on a drill bit body at a radial distance from a longitudinal axis thereof. At least two formation-engaging elements are positioned at the same radial distance from the longitudinal axis as the cutting element. The formation-engaging elements are recessed from cutting profile of... Agent:

20140332286 - Diamond cutting elements for drill bits seeded with hcp crystalline material: A polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC), which is attached or bonded to a substrate to form a cutter for a drill bit, is comprised of sintered polycrystalline diamond interspersed with a seed material which has a hexagonal close packed (HCP) crystalline structure. A region of the sintered polycrystalline diamond structure, near... Agent: Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.p.

20140332287 - Polycrystalline compacts including interbonded nanoparticles, cutting elements and earth-boring tools including such polycrystalline compacts, and related methods: Polycrystalline compacts include non-catalytic, non-carbide-forming particles in interstitial spaces between interbonded grains of hard material in a polycrystalline hard material. Cutting elements and earth-boring tools include such polycrystalline compacts. Methods of forming polycrystalline compacts include forming a polycrystalline material including a hard material and a plurality of particles comprising a... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

  
11/06/2014 > 15 patent applications in 14 patent subcategories.

20140326502 - Merlin drilling riser assembly: An improved drilling riser assembly including a male drilling riser assembly section and a female drilling riser assembly section that form a connection joint when mated. The drilling riser assembly sections having an internal stab type main drilling riser connector. The drilling riser assembly sections each have main drilling riser... Agent: Oil States Industries (uk) Ltd.

20140326503 - System and method of executing an underwater well drilling program in the bed of a body of water, and auxiliary floating unit: A system configured to execute an underwater well drilling program in the bed of a body of water has a jack-up having a floating structure and a drilling installation supported on the floating structure; and an auxiliary floating unit connectable selectively to the jack-up to enable transfer of the jack-up... Agent:

20140326504 - Pipe in pipe downhole electric heater: A pipe in pipe electric heater assembly comprising a work string comprising an inner pipe and an outer pipe and a heater element, wherein the heater element is provided with power supplied by the inner pipe and the outer pipe acting at least as conductors and associated methods.... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140326505 - Well drilling methods with audio and video inputs for event detection: A well drilling method can include sensing at least one of audio and optical signals, generating a parameter signature during a drilling operation, the parameter signature being based at least in part on the sensing, and detecting a drilling event by comparing the parameter signature to an event signature indicative... Agent:

20140326506 - Cutting elements comprising sensors, earth-boring tools comprising such cutting elements, and methods of forming wellbores with such tools: An earth-boring tool includes a cutting element comprising a hard material and at least one of a signal generator configured to provide an electromagnetic or acoustic signal to an interface between a surface of the hard material and a surface of a subterranean formation, and a sensor configured to receive... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140326507 - Drill pipe identification method and apparatus: A drill pipe identification method and apparatus utilizes a unique drill pipe identification code which is applied to each drill pipe by the manufacturer or in the field. The encoded pipe identification data is applied to the drill pipe utilizing a selected one of a variety of processes. These processes... Agent:

20140326508 - Downhole tool impact dissipating tool: An impact dissipation tool for supporting a downhole tool in downhole applications. The tool includes a base and a housing. The tool also includes a carriage located within the housing and coupled to the base, the carriage being movable relative to the housing upon a predetermined impact force. A dissipator... Agent: Schlumberger Technology Corporation

20140326509 - Pipe in pipe bha electric drive motor: A pipe in pipe electric motor assembly comprising: a drilling string comprising an inner pipe and an outer pipe and an electric motor; wherein the electric motor is provided with power supplied by the inner pipe and the outer pipe acting at least as conductors and associated methods.... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140326510 - Wireline drilling system: A wireline drilling system for the hydrocarbon exploration and production industry incorporating a drilling cuttings removal system which acts to remove and store cuttings displaced by a drill bit during drilling operations. The cuttings removal system may employ a screw member having a tapered lower portion and a narrow upper... Agent:

20140326511 - Enhanced smear effect fracture plugging process for drilling systems: This invention relates to drilling a well, particularly an oil or gas well, where casing or liner will be installed to stabilize the wellbore. The present invention is intended to permit more drilling and longer lengths of casing or liner to be installed at one time. The present invention includes... Agent:

20140326512 - Pump actuated valve: A system includes a valve assembly configured to be disposed within a downhole tool module, a valve of the valve assembly configured to regulate flow of a fluid within the downhole tool module, a pump configured to supply a hydraulic fluid to actuate the valve, and an actuator configured to... Agent:

20140326513 - Downhole tool impact dissipating tool: An impact dissipation tool for supporting a downhole tool in downhole applications. The tool includes a base and a housing. The tool also includes a carriage located within the housing and coupled to the base, the carriage being movable relative to the housing upon a predetermined impact force. A dissipator... Agent: Schlumberger Technology Corporation

20140326514 - Drill bit with a dynamic metal seal: In one aspect, a drill bit is disclosed that in one embodiment may include a bit body, a rotating cutter on the bit body, and a metallic seal between the bit body and the rotating cutter that includes a first seal member, a second seal member having a first end... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140326515 - Rotating cutting elements for pdc bits: A drill bit has a bit body, a plurality of blades extending radially from the bit body, at least one rolling cutter pocket disposed on the plurality of blades, and at least one rolling cutter, wherein each rolling cutter is disposed in one of the rolling cutter pockets, and wherein... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140326516 - Rolling cutter with side retention: A cutter assembly may include a sleeve having at least one passageway extending through the sleeve from a outer surface thereof into an inner surface thereof; at least one rotatable cutting element disposed in the sleeve, wherein the at least one rotatable cutting element has a circumferential groove formed in... Agent:

  
10/30/2014 > 11 patent applications in 7 patent subcategories.

20140318863 - Floating offshore facility and a method for drilling a well: A floating offshore facility for offshore hydrocarbon production, comprising an upper deck, a lower deck, a well bay comprising a plurality of drilling slots and a plurality of production slots surrounding said drilling slots, a cart supporting a drilling riser and being movable together with said drilling riser inside the... Agent:

20140318865 - Method and system for controlling vibrations in a drilling system: A control system and method for limiting vibrations in a drilling system, including a drill string and a drive system for providing drive torque for rotating the drill string at a reference frequency. The control system includes a sensor module for determining an uphole parameter of the drilling system, a... Agent:

20140318866 - Method for assessing the performance of a drill bit configuration, and for comparing the performance of different drill bit configurations for drilling similar rock formations: There is disclosed herein a method for assessing the drilling performance of a drill bit configuration used to drill at least a portion of a wellbore in a formation, comprising: determining a value of at least one drill bit performance parameter at points along the wellbore, at least including at... Agent:

20140318864 - System and method for communicating with a drill rig: A system for communicating with a drill rig includes a data acquisition board on the drill rig. A plurality of sensors are on the drill rig, and each sensor transmits data associated with the drill rig to the data acquisition board. A processor on the data acquisition board is configured... Agent:

20140318867 - Self-aligning open-hole tractor: A downhole tractor assembly that is configured for open-hole applications and of a self-aligning nature. The self-aligning nature of the assembly is effectuated through a tractor portion which is rotable about an axis of an elongated body of the assembly independent of a separate centralizing portion of the assembly. That... Agent:

20140318868 - Device and method for drilling with continuous tool rotation and continuous drilling fluid supply: A device is for a drilling rig for forming of a bore hole in a subterranean structure. The drilling rig comprises a first, top driven drilling machine arranged vertically displaceable along a guide track, where a second drilling machine is arranged between the first drilling machine and the bore hole,... Agent: West Drilling Products As

20140318869 - Methods and systems for controlling torque transfer from rotating equipment: Systems and methods for reducing the amount of torque transferred to the Bottom Hole Assembly and the drill string during drilling operations are disclosed. The drill string includes an optionally non-rotatable portion. A rotational hold down system is positioned at a first position on the drill string where it is... Agent:

20140318870 - Rotary drill bit with cutting insert for engaging earth strata: A rotary drill bit for engaging an earth strata material includes a cutting insert attached to an axial forward end of an elongate drill bit body. The cutting insert includes an elongate insert body rotatable about a central axis with a pair of symmetrical halves symmetrical about the central axis,... Agent: Kennametal Inc.

20140318871 - Rotary drill bit with cutting insert having edge preparation: A rotary drill bit for engaging an earth strata material includes an elongate drill bit body having an axial forward end and an axial rearward end, and a cutting insert attached to the axial forward end of the elongate drill bit body. The cutting insert has an elongate insert body... Agent: Kennametal Inc.

20140318872 - Two prong rotary drill bit with cutting insert having edge preparation: A two-prong rotary drill bit for engaging an earth strata material includes a drill bit body having an axis of rotation, the drill bit body having a head portion at an axial forward end and a shank portion at an axial rearward end, the head portion having two mounting arms... Agent: Kennametal Inc.

20140318873 - Rotatable cutting elements and related earth-boring tools and methods: Earth-boring tools may comprise rotatable cutting elements rotatably connected to protruding journals, which may be at least partially located within inner bores extending through the rotatable cutting elements. A rotationally leading end of one of the protruding journals may not extend beyond a cutting face of its associated rotatable cutting... Agent:

  
10/23/2014 > 10 patent applications in 9 patent subcategories.

20140311801 - Drill bit with self-adjusting pads: In one aspect, a drill bit is disclosed that in one embodiment includes a bit body and a pad that extends from a retracted position to an extended position from a bit surface at a first rate and retracts from the extended position to a retracted position at a second... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140311802 - Circumferential and longitudinal cutter coverage in continuation of a first bit diameter to a second expandable reamer diameter.: The Smart Reamer® Tool, Apparatus or Method is used to underream an oil or natural gas well while interlinked calipers and calibration sensors simultaneously record data relating to the geometry of the drilling operation (well diameter, diameter of the underreamed zone) and drilling fluid properties (density). Further sensors provide data... Agent:

20140311803 - Directing a drilling operation using an optical computation element: Various embodiments include apparatus and methods to operate a tool downhole in a well, where the tool has an optical computation element to determine different properties of downhole structures. Such an optical computation element can be structured to provide optical analysis of fluid and material composition of the downhole environment... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140311804 - Isolation adapter for using multiple power sources in a bottom hole assembly: The present disclosure relates to a power isolation adapter which can enable the use of multiple power sources in a bottom hole assembly (BHA) by isolating the power sources on a tool bus while maintaining a communication bus across the BHA. Such power sources may be part of a measurement-while-drilling... Agent: Schlumberger Technology Corporation

20140311805 - Methods and apparatus for coring: Described herein is an inner tube for a core barrel which has a structure adapted to retain lubricant for lubricating a sampled core. In one embodiment, the internal surface of the inner tube includes a plurality of alveoli in which lubricant is retained.... Agent: Halliburton

20140311806 - Generator driven by drill pipe: A rotating control device for sealing about a drill pipe can include a seal which can sealingly engage the drill pipe, and a generator which generates electricity in response to rotation of the drill pipe while the seal sealingly engages the drill pipe. A method of generating electricity from rotation... Agent:

20140311807 - Reverse circulation hammer spline arrangement improvements: A down-the-hole hammer drill that delivers fluid to a cutting face has particular application, but not limited, to a reverse-circulation (RC) down-hole face sampling hammer drill is tailored to the design of the cutting face to improve flushing of the cutting face. An associated drill bit and drive sub are... Agent:

20140311808 - Excavation tool: In an excavation tool of the present invention, an embedding hole is drilled in a distal end portion of a tool body which is rotated about an axis line O and is moved forward to a distal end side in a direction of the axis line O. In the embedding... Agent:

20140311809 - Fiber-containing diamond-impregnated cutting tools and methods of forming and using same: Fibers for diamond-impregnated cutting tools and their associated methods for manufacture and use are described. A matrix is formed that contains fibers made from carbon, glass, ceramic, polymer, and the like. The matrix is then sintered to form a cutting portion of a drill bit. The type and concentration of... Agent:

20140311810 - Polycrystalline diamond composite compact elements and methods of making and using same: A polycrystalline diamond composite compact element comprises a body of polycrystalline diamond material and a cemented carbide substrate bonded to the body of polycrystalline material. The cemented carbide substrate has tungsten carbide particles bonded together by a binder material comprising an alloy of Co, Ni and Cr. The tungsten carbide... Agent:

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