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Boring or penetrating the earth

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12/18/2014 > 14 patent applications in 11 patent subcategories.

20140367165 - Thermal component temperature management system and method: A downhole tool includes a temperature sensitive component. The temperature of the temperature sensitive component is at least partially controlled by a temperature management system thermally coupled to the temperature sensitive component. A metal hydride may be selectively thermally coupled to a cold plate that is thermally coupled to the... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140367166 - Thermal component temperature management system and method: A downhole tool includes a temperature sensitive component. The temperature of the temperature sensitive component is at least partially controlled by a temperature management system thermally coupled to the temperature sensitive component. The temperature management system may include a cold plate thermally coupled to the temperature sensitive component, a hot... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140367167 - Thermal component temperature management system and method: A downhole tool includes a temperature sensitive component. The temperature of the temperature sensitive component is at least partially controlled by a temperature management system thermally coupled to the temperature sensitive component. The temperature management system may include a cooling mixture chamber thermally coupled to the temperature sensitive component, wherein... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140367168 - Modular monitoring assembly: A monitoring assembly, including a sleeve, a sensor for monitoring one or more selected parameters, and a plurality of modules in communication with the sensor and removably disposed with the sleeve. The plurality of modules includes a first module in an active state and a second module in an inactive... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140367169 - Mud sensing hole finder: A mud sensing hole finder comprising: a front steering wheel assembly, a rear wheel assembly, a sensor package, a corrosion package, a ported housing, and a tapered spring joint; wherein the mud sensing hole finder is capable of attachment to a wireline logging tool-string.... Agent:

20140367170 - Phase estimation from rotating sensors to get a toolface: Measurements made by a near-bit magnetic sensor on a bottomhole assembly are used to determine the azimuth of the BHA. The sensor may be uncalibrated. The measurement may include a cross-axial component of the magnetic field. The method may include estimating the axial component of the near-bit magnetic field using... Agent:

20140367171 - High-productivity drill bits: Drill bits having flushing channels and surface features that cooperate to evacuate cuttings. The surface features can be provided as flutes, fins, and/or ribs defined in a body portion of the bits. Optionally, the surface features can define back-cutting edges the permit back reaming.... Agent: Longyear Tm, Inc.

20140367172 - Drill string with aluminum drill pipes, bent housing, and motor: Methods and apparatuses include drilling a bore hole in a horizontal direction with a drill bit, a bent housing portion, and a mud motor by rotating the drill bit, the bent housing portion, and the mud motor with drill pipe comprising an aluminum pipe section. The methods and apparatuses also... Agent: Ryan Directional Services

20140367173 - Drill bit assembly for a directional percussion boring system: The present disclosure describes various embodiments, as well as features and aspects thereof, of an improved drill bit assembly for a percussion boring system. More specifically, one non-limiting embodiment of an improved drill bit assembly for a percussion boring system comprises a bit and a product engagement member. The bit... Agent:

20140367174 - Cutting structures and structures for retaining the same: A downhole cutting tool may include a tool body having at least one cutting element support structure formed thereon, wherein the at least one cutting element support structure comprises at least one cutter pocket formed therein; at least one cutter having at least substantially unobstructed cutting face retained within the... Agent:

20140367175 - Drill bit assembly for a directional percussion boring system: The present disclosure describes various embodiments, as well as features and aspects thereof, of an improved drill bit assembly for a percussion boring system. More specifically, one non-limiting embodiment of an improved drill bit assembly for a percussion boring system comprises a bit and a chuck. The bit head comprises... Agent:

20140367176 - Polycrystalline diamond compacts with partitioned substrate, polycrystalline diamond table, or both: Methods for at least partially relieving stress within a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table of a polycrystalline diamond compact (“PDC”) include partitioning the substrate of the PDC, the PCD table of the PDC, or both. Partitioning may be achieved through grinding, machining, laser cutting, electro-discharge machining, or combinations thereof. PDC embodiments... Agent: Us Synthetic Corporation

20140367177 - Polycrystalline diamond compacts with partitioned substrate, polycrystalline diamond table, or both: Embodiments of methods for at least partially relieving stress within a polycrystalline diamond (“PCD”) table of a polycrystalline diamond compact (“PDC”) by partitioning the substrate of the PDC, the PCD table of the PDC, or both. Partitioning may be achieved through grinding, machining, laser cutting, electro-discharge machining, or combinations thereof.... Agent:

20140367178 - Cutting structures for fixed cutter drill bit and other downhole cutting tools: A downhole cutting tool may include a tool body; a plurality of blades extending azimuthally from the tool body; and a plurality of cutting elements disposed on the plurality of blades, the plurality of cutting elements comprising: at least two non-planar cutting elements comprising a substrate and a diamond layer... Agent:

  
12/11/2014 > 15 patent applications in 14 patent subcategories.

20140360778 - Downhole deep tunneling tool and method using high power laser beam: A downhole laser tool for penetrating a hydrocarbon bearing formation includes a laser surface unit to generate a high power laser beam, a fiber optic cable to conduct the high power laser beam from the laser surface unit to a rotational system that has a rotational head which includes a... Agent:

20140360779 - System and method for reducing drillstring oscillations: d

20140360780 - Handling device for drill rods and so-called top drive having such a handling device: The invention relates to a handling unit for drill rods having an elevator bracket (30) which can be swiveled by means of a tilt arm (34) under the influence of a tilt cylinder (32), and means (42) for detecting a position of the at least one elevator bracket (30), in... Agent:

20140360781 - Formation dip geo-steering method: A method of drilling a subterranean well from a surface location. The method comprises estimating a target formation depth, estimating a target formation dip angle and calculating a target line that creates a top and bottom of the target formation that forms a first projection window. The method further includes... Agent:

20140360782 - System and method for steering in a downhole environment using vibration modulation: A system is provided for communicating within a borehole using controlled vibrations. A movement mechanism uses mechanical energy provided by a mechanical energy source to enable translational movement of a first surface relative to a second surface to allow the first surface to repeatedly impact the second surface to produce... Agent:

20140360783 - Pressure control check valve for a down-the-hole drill hammer: A down-the-hole drill hammer for optimizing air consumption. The down-the-hole drill hammer includes a housing, a backhead connected to the housing, and a pressure control check valve assembly mounted within the housing. The pressure control check valve assembly includes a first check valve and a second check valve. The first... Agent: Center Rock Inc.

20140360784 - Through casing coring: Devices and methods for obtaining core samples from a formation that surrounds a cased wellbore. A coring tool includes a casing cutter for cutting an opening in the casing and a coring device for obtaining a core sample from the formation.... Agent:

20140360785 - Continuous circulating concentric casing managed equivalent circulating density (ecd) drilling for methane gas recovery from coal seams: A method of drilling multiple boreholes within a single caisson, for recovery of methane gas from a coal bed, including the steps of drilling first and second vertical boreholes from a single location within a single caisson; drilling at least one or more horizontal wells from the several vertical bore... Agent:

20140360786 - Lubricants for oil-based and water-based fluids for use in subterranean formation operations: Methods of treatment subterranean formations including providing a treatment fluid comprising a base fluid and a lubricating agent, wherein the lubricating agent is selected from the group consisting of bismuth dialkyl dithiophosphate; tungsten disulfide; a mixture of micronized graphite and micronized metal disulfide; and any combination thereof; and introducing the... Agent:

20140360787 - Down hole motor apparatus and method: A motor apparatus attached to a work string in a well. The apparatus includes a power housing having a rotor-stator member for creating a rotational force, with the power section being attached to the work string; an intermediate housing attached to the power housing; and a flexible coupling unit partially... Agent:

20140360788 - Nonmagnetic material for producing parts or coatings adapted for high wear and corrosion intensive applications, nonmagnetic drill string component, and method for the manufacture thereof: m

20140360789 - Spacing of rolling cutters on a fixed cutter bit: A downhole cutting tool may include a cutting element support, structure having a plurality of cutter pockets formed therein; and a plurality of rotatable cutters disposed in the plurality of cutter pockets, wherein at least one rotatable cutter is spaced from another rotatable cutter on the cutting element support structure... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140360790 - Edge protector for roof drill bit cutting insert: A rotary drill bit includes an elongate drill bit body having a slot at a forward end, an edge protector received in the slot of the drill bit body and a cutting insert having a cutting edge. The edge protector includes: a first side having a first bottom edge and... Agent:

20140360791 - Pcd elements and process for making the same: Catalyst in a sintered polycrystalline diamond (PCD) structure is dissolved in at least a portion of the structure by a liquid solvent metal. The structure is infused with the heated solvent and the solvent infiltrates interstitial spaces between consolidated diamond grains to contact residual catalyst from the sintering process. The... Agent:

20140360792 - Split sleeves for rolling cutters: A cutter assembly may include a multi-piece split sleeve, an inner cutting element having a groove or protrusion formed in a side surface thereof and disposed in the multi-piece split sleeve, and at least one component interfacing at least a portion of the groove or the protrusion to limit axial... Agent:

  
12/04/2014 > 16 patent applications in 12 patent subcategories.

20140353032 - Expandable apparatus and related methods: An expandable reamer apparatus and methods for reaming a borehole, wherein a laterally movable blade carried by a tubular body may be selectively positioned at an inward position and an expanded position. The laterally movable blade, held inwardly by blade-biasing elements, may be forced outwardly by drilling fluid selectively allowed... Agent:

20140353033 - Automated drilling system: A drilling system comprises a drilling parameter sensor in communication with a sensor application 22 that generates processed data from raw data that is received from the drilling parameter sensor. A process application 24 is in communication with the sensor application 22 and generates an instruction based on the processed... Agent:

20140353034 - Devices and methods for horizontal directional drilling with a boring tool library: Various embodiments are directed to a method and apparatus for horizontal directional drilling with a tool library. Various methods include storing a plurality of operational tool profiles in memory, the operational tool profiles of the plurality respectively associated with a plurality of boring tools attachable to a drill string for... Agent:

20140353035 - Drilling apparatus for reducing borehole oscillation: A downhole drilling apparatus includes a drill bit, a steering tool, and an anti-oscillation sleeve deployed about a downhole end of the steering tool. The anti-oscillation sleeve is undergauge and is deployed axially between a first touch point at which the drill bit contacts the borehole wall and a second... Agent:

20140353036 - Apparatus and method for measuring inclination in subsea running, setting, and testing tools: A system for jetting a borehole in a seafloor, the system including a tubular, and a jetting tool inserted into the tubular and having an end from which fluid is selectively discharged to excavate the borehole. An electrical inclination sensor is attached to the stem of the tubular, and is... Agent: Vetco Gray Inc.

20140353037 - Determining correct drill pipe length and formation depth using measurements from repeater subs of a wired drill pipe system: A method includes accepting as input to a processor measurements of a characteristic of a subsurface formation made at a plurality of spaced apart positions along a pipe string moved along a wellbore. Measurements are made of pipe string depth in the wellbore from the Earth's surface. The measurements of... Agent: Schlumberger Technology Corporation

20140353038 - Well drilling tubulars bin system, and method for use of system: A well drilling tubulars bin system comprises a well drilling tubulars bin and control device. The bin comprises a frame structure, and an elevator mechanism, for holding multiple layers of a plurality of well drilling tubulars. The elevator mechanism comprises a liftable support structure, and a left and right hydraulic... Agent:

20140353041 - Cam mechanism for downhole rotary valve actuation and a method for drilling: A method of drilling a wellbore with a downhole tool having a cam piston, and a rotary piston includes providing a first flow of fluid to the downhole tool. The first flow of fluid causes the cam piston to move axially downward, thereby rotating a rotary valve of the rotary... Agent:

20140353039 - Core barrel valve assembly: A valve assembly for use in an inner tube member of a core barrel head assembly positionable within a drill string of a drilling apparatus. The valve assembly works using two separate surfaces A and B and a biasing element with a force FS. When hydrostatic pressure is present forces... Agent: Atlas Copco Canada Inc.

20140353040 - Methods of fabricating cutting elements for earth-boring tools and methods of selectively removing a portion of a cutting element of an earth-boring tool: Cutting elements for use with earth-boring tools include a cutting table having at least two sections where a boundary between the at least two sections is at least partially defined by a discontinuity formed in the cutting table. Earth-boring tools including a tool body and a plurality of cutting elements... Agent:

20140353042 - Self-triggering lost circulation control in carbonate formation: A self-triggering, in-situ crosslinking fluid system is provided for controlling lost circulation for drilling in a carbonate formation. Methods of drilling a well include the steps of: (A) forming a drilling fluid comprising an aqueous phase, wherein the aqueous phase comprises: (i) water; (ii) acid, wherein the acid is at... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140353043 - Method of conversion of a drilling mud to a gel-based lost circulation material to combat lost circulation during continuous drilling: A method of conversion of a water-based mud to a gel-based LCM quickly to control lost circulation in a lost circulation zone in a wellbore during continuous drilling with a drilling mud, the drilling mud comprises a volcanic ash, water, a de-foamer, a pH buffer, and a polymer. The method... Agent: Saudi Arabian Oil Company

20140353044 - Core barrel head assembly: A valve assembly for use in an inner tube member of a core barrel head assembly positionable within a drill string of a drilling apparatus. The piston member of the valve assembly is located between a fluid pressure communication port and a fluid flow port to hold the retracting case... Agent: Atlas Copco Canada Inc

20140353045 - Drill pipe with replaceable tool joints: A drill string including tool assembly. The tool assembly includes a tool joint adapter and a tool joint coupled to the tool joint adapter through a faceted pin. The faceted pin includes a faceted fitting having a fitting face. The drill string includes a locking pin that extends through the... Agent: Atlas Copco Canada Inc.

20140353046 - Hybrid bit with roller cones near the bit axis: A drill bit includes a bit body having a longitudinal axis extending there through, a plurality of journals extending downward and radially outward from the bit body, each journal having a journal axis extending from a base of the journal through the length of the journal, wherein the journal axis... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140353047 - Method of making polycrystalline diamond material: A method of making polycrystalline diamond material includes providing a fraction of diamond particles or grains and a sintering additive, the sintering additive comprising a carbon source of nano-sized particles or grains, forming the diamond particles and sintering additive into an aggregated mass, consolidating the aggregated mass and a binder... Agent:

  
11/27/2014 > 14 patent applications in 10 patent subcategories.

20140345940 - Influx detection at pumps stop events during well drilling: An automated system for detecting fluid influx into a wellbore during the transient conditions that occur after pumps stopped. The system comprises at least one sensor normally employed on a drilling rig for measuring at least one parameter, and a processor for receiving a signal indicative of the parameter from... Agent: Shell Oil Company

20140345941 - Connection maker: Stable back pressure control devices are used to control fluid pressure in a wellbore to provide constant downhole pressure. Back pressure may be estimated from a correlation between the speed of a mud pump and the pressure exerted from the pump. Drilling plans disclosed herein provide for the continued operation... Agent:

20140345943 - Automatic drill fluid measurement apparatus: The present invention is directed to an automatic drill fluid measurement apparatus. More specifically, the present invention is directed to an apparatus which may automatically measure a weight or volume of a quantity of drill fluid and provide real-time feedback information regarding the drill fluid to a well operator. The... Agent:

20140345942 - Diverting flow in a drilling fluid circulation system to regulate drilling fluid pressure: Diverting flow in a drilling fluid circulation system to regulate drilling fluid pressure. A pump of a drilling fluid pressure regulation system for a well bore can discharge drilling fluid through discharge piping at flow rate. A pressure control device has an inlet connected to the discharge piping and an... Agent:

20140345944 - Rotary steerable drilling tool with a linear motor: A rotary steerable drilling tool with an electromagnetic steering system can include a drill collar, a bit shaft, an orientation control module, a mud tube, a mud tube coupler, a universal joint, a mud sealing device, and a drill bit. The bit shaft can be mechanically coupled to the drill... Agent:

20140345946 - Analysis of geological objects: A computer-implemented method of determining a search expression describing a feature of interest in a set of data points distributed throughout a geological object is provided. Each data point contains a value for a geological attribute at that point. The search expression has a plurality of entries. The method including... Agent: Westemgeco L.L.C.

20140345948 - Apparatuses and methods for determining temperature data of a component of an earth-boring drilling tool: Components, such as a cutting element for an earth-boring drilling tool include an ultrasonic transducer coupled therewith, and configured to transmit an acoustic signal therethrough, and transmit a data signal to a data acquisition unit in response to receiving a returning echo of the acoustic signals. An earth-boring drilling tool,... Agent:

20140345945 - Estimation of optimum tripping schedules: A method for removing a core sample from a borehole includes: taking the core sample within the borehole with a sampling tool; generating a model of the core sample, the model based on data representing properties of the core sample; defining a plurality of proposed tripping schedules; applying, by a... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140345947 - Method for minimizing delays while drilling using a magnetic ranging apparatus: A method and system is provided for minimizing delays in a magnetic ranging method. Delays are minimized by establishing synchronicity between triggering of a three-axis magnetometer and energisation of a solenoid assembly deployed in the borehole being drilled and the first borehole, respectively. Synchronicity enables measuring various components of the... Agent: Precision Energy Services, Inc.

20140345949 - Seal system for downhole tool: A downhole tool may include a tubular member having an axis, a wall with a bore, and an orifice extending radially from the bore through the wall. A piston may be configured to be co-axially mounted in the bore of the tubular member and be axially reciprocated therein, the piston... Agent:

20140345950 - Driller retaining device able to be positioned with well horizontality and verticality: A driller retaining device able to be positioned with well horizontality and verticality includes a hollow outer sleeve having two end, one is a working end and the other being an assembly end; an inner wall of the assembly end being formed with a plurality of axial sliding tracks; an... Agent:

20140345951 - Rolling cutter: A cutting element for a drill bit that includes an outer support element having at least a bottom portion and a side portion; and an inner rotatable cutting element, a portion of which is disposed in the outer support element, wherein the inner rotatable cutting element includes a substrate and... Agent:

20140345952 - Method and apparatus for reaming well bore surfaces nearer the center of drift: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for increasing the drift diameter and improving the well path of the well bore, accomplished in one embodiment by cutting away material primarily forming surfaces nearer the center of the drift, thereby reducing applied power, applied torque and resulting drag compared to... Agent:

20140345953 - A drill bit for a percussive hammer and shank therefore: A bit for a percussive hammer includes an elongated shank, a head at a first end of the shank, and an array of lengthwise extending spline portions defining outwardly extending retention lugs at or toward a further end of the shank. At least a side face of at least one... Agent: Sandvik Intellectual Property Ab

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