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07/10/2014 > 7 patent applications in 7 patent subcategories.

20140190746 - Unmanned unattended mineral exploration drilling and sample return system: The invention is a system and methods for conducting automated, unmanned and unattended drilling operations. The system comprises an unmanned and unattended landing and launch vehicle capable of navigating to a location and reversibly coupled to an automated drilling platform. The automated drilling platform can autonomously conduct drilling operations, such... Agent:

20140190747 - System and method for automatic weight-on-bit sensor calibration: A system and method for automatic weight-on-bit sensor calibration is described. Embodiments of the invention automatically compensate the measurements of a weight-on-bit sensor based on one or more of mass, hole inclination, buoyancy, drag, and mud flow, resulting in a more accurate axial force measurement below the weight-on-bit sensor at... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.

20140190748 - Drilling device and process: A plurality of cutting faces is attached sequentially at a distal end of a drill string. The forward most cutting face that is distal to the top of the hole is exposed and used for drilling until worn to a point of inefficiency. The forward most or distal cutting face... Agent:

20140190749 - Downhole drilling tool: A directional drilling tool includes a housing defining a central cavity for enabling the transmission of drilling fluid through the drill string. A motor contained in the housing includes a rotor-stator assembly, and produces eccentric motion of the rotor. An inverter or shock absorbing assembly disposed along the housing upstream... Agent:

20140190750 - Rotary steerable drilling system and method: A drilling system may include an outer sleeve, and a rotary steerable module including a shaft extending within the outer sleeve. The rotary steerable module may further include bearings disposed within the outer sleeve and through which the shaft extends, and cams positioned along the shaft between the bearings. Each... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services Inc.

20140190751 - Method and system for drilling with reduced surface pressure: A drilling method includes arranging a dual drill string (20) having an inlet fluid conduit (9) and a return fluid conduit (10) in a well (14) formed in a subsurface formation such that a well annulus (22) is formed between the dual drill string (20) and a wall (21) of... Agent: Reelwell As

20140190752 - Impregnated bit with improved cutting structure and blade geometry: A rotary drag bit for drilling subterranean formations includes a bit body having a face extending from a centerline to a gage. A plurality of blades may be disposed on the face, and may generally extend radially outwardly toward the gage. The bit may further include a plurality of discrete... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

07/03/2014 > 17 patent applications in 11 patent subcategories.

20140182933 - Optical feedback to monitor and control laser rock removal: Methods, systems, and devices related to downhole wellbore operations such as drilling and completing wells in an earth formation that include a laser device. The method includes lasing a rock and detecting an optical response of the lased rock. It can be determined from the optical response whether the lased... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140182934 - Systems and methods for hydraulic balancing downhole cutting tools: Disclosed are systems and methods of balancing weight and hydraulic energy distribution between downhole cutting tools. One system includes a drill bit arranged at a distal end of the bottom-hole assembly, a first sensor sub arranged proximate to the drill bit and configured to monitor weight-on-bit, a reamer axially-offset from... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140182935 - Core and drill bits with integrated optical analyzer: A disclosed method for obtaining a core sample includes directing light at a core sample being collected, receiving reflected light from the core sample, and analyzing the received reflected light to determine one or more characteristics of the core sample and/or form an image of the core sample. Characteristics include... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140182936 - Storage, handling and positioning device for drill rods and methods thereof: Implementations described herein comprise systems, apparatus and methods for drill string component storage, handling and positioning devices. The handling device can comprise a magazine assembly configured for storing and handling elongate members having a magazine assembly and at least one conveyor roller chain operatively associated with the magazine assembly. The... Agent: Longyear Tm, Inc.

20140182939 - Percussion drill bit with conical cutting elements: A percussion drill bit for drilling a borehole. The drill bit includes a bit body having a bit face disposed on an axial end portion thereof. First and second cutting elements are disposed on the bit face. A cutting plane is defined in tangential contact with crest portion of the... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140182938 - Piston strike face and bit interface for percussion hammer drill: A percussion drilling assembly includes a housing with a hammer bit disposed in the lower end portion thereof and configured to move longitudinally within the housing. The hammer bit includes an annular bit shank having a bit strike face and a cutting structure at a lower end portion thereof. An... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140182937 - Roller cone drill bit: A roller cone drill bit having a bit body. The bit body has a journal bearing coupled to an end portion thereof. A roller cone is coupled to the journal bearing. A first cutting element is coupled to the roller cone. A ratio of a radius of curvature of a... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140182940 - Underreamer for increasing a bore diameter: An underreamer for increasing the diameter of a bore. The underreamer includes a substantially cylindrical body having an axial bore therein. A mandrel may extend axially through the axial bore. One or more cutter blocks are movably coupled to the body. A ratio of a height of the cutter block... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140182941 - Apparatus and method for drilling deviated wellbores that utilizes an internally tilted drive shaft in a drilling assembly: In one aspect, an apparatus for use in a wellbore is disclosed that in one embodiment includes a tool having a rotating member adapted to be coupled to a drill bit and a steering device that includes a force application device that tilts the drive member and a rotational drive... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140182943 - Continuous flow drilling systems and methods: A method for drilling a wellbore includes drilling the wellbore by injecting drilling fluid into a top of a tubular string disposed in the wellbore at a first flow rate and rotating a drill bit. The tubular string includes: the drill bit disposed on a bottom thereof, tubular joints connected... Agent: Weatherford/lamb, Inc.

20140182942 - Invert drilling fluids: There is described an invert emulsion wellbore fluid that includes: an oleaginous external phase; a non-oleaginous internal phase, wherein a ratio of the oleaginous external phase and non-oleaginous internal phase is less than 50:50 by volume; an emulsifier; and a rheological additive comprising a sulphonated polymer formed from 100 to... Agent: M-i Drilling Fluids U.k. Limited

20140182944 - Integrated sidetrack drilling tool: An integrated sidetrack drilling tool comprising a milling cone, a whipstock iron and a setting anchor; a liquid guiding pipe communicating the milling cone and the setting anchor is provided inside the whipstock iron; the milling cone presses against an inclined surface of the whipstock iron; an annular groove is... Agent:

20140182945 - Engineered materials for drill rod applications: Implementations described herein comprise drill rods comprising an integral tubular metallic body having a first ends, an opposing second end, and an elongate midbody extending along a central axis between the first and second ends and where the metallic body defines a central bore that extends along the central axis... Agent: Longyear Tm. Inc.

20140182946 - Engineered materials for drill rod applications: Implementations described herein comprise drill rods comprising an integral tubular metallic body having a first ends, an opposing second end, and an elongate midbody extending along a central axis between the first and second ends and where the metallic body defines a central bore that extends along the central axis... Agent: Longyear Tm, Inc.

20140182947 - Cutting insert for percussion drill bit: A cutting insert for a percussion hammer bit. The cutting insert includes a base portion for coupling to a bit face of the percussion hammer bit. An extension portion is coupled to the base portion and axially offset therefrom along a longitudinal axis extending through the base portion and the... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140182948 - Lower melting point binder metals: A copper, manganese, nickel, zinc and tin binder metal composition having a melting point of 1500° F. or less that includes zinc and tin at a sum weight of about 26.5% to about 30.5% in which zinc is at least about 12% and Sn is at least about 6.5%. The... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140182949 - Streamlined pocket design for pdc drill bits: A cutter pocket, a downhole tool formed with at least one cutter pocket, and a method for coupling a cutter to the cutter pocket is described herein. The cutter pocket is formed within at least one blade of the downhole tool and includes a pocket back fabricated from a first... Agent: Varel International Ind., L.p.

06/26/2014 > 11 patent applications in 11 patent subcategories.

20140174824 - Electric auger: An electric auger including an auger assembly with a coupling assembly at a proximal end, a cutting assembly having at least one cutting blade located at a distal end, and a helical flight located between the proximal end and the distal end. The electric power head includes an A/C motor... Agent: Ardisam, Inc.

20140174825 - Drill string adapter and method for inground signal coupling: A coupling adapter is insertable in at least one joint of a drill string as the drill string is extended from a drill rig. The coupling adapter includes an arrangement for receiving a data signal that is generated by an inground tool and for electromagnetically coupling the data signal onto... Agent: Merlin Technology Inc.

20140174826 - Method and device for determining a drill bit's position in a borehole: A method is for determining the position of a lower portion of a drill string in a bore hole. The drill string comprises a number of drill string components, each drill string component being interconnected by means of at least one joint. Several ultrasonic sensors are arranged after each other... Agent: International Research Institute Of Stavanger As

20140174827 - Drilling systems and fixed cutter bits with adjustable depth-of-cut to control torque-on-bit: A drill bit for drilling a borehole in an earthen formation includes a connection member having a pin end. In addition, the drill bit includes a bit body coupled to the connection member and configured to rotate relative to the connection member about a central axis of the bit. The... Agent: National Oilwell Dht, L.p.

20140174828 - Core drilling tools with retractably lockable driven latch mechanisms: Drilling systems and methods for deploying a latch mechanism upon reaching a drilling position. The drilling systems and methods permit spinning of a drill string to cause a core barrel head assembly to spin through the frictional mating of a landing shoulder of the head assembly and a landing ring... Agent:

20140174829 - Device for a top drive drilling machine for continuous circulation of drilling mud: A device for a top drive drilling machine, in which a drive shaft, which is arranged for releasable connection to a drive and to a first end portion of a drill pipe, is provided with a centre bore extending therethrough and arranged for fluid communication between the drilling mud plant... Agent:

20140174830 - High pressure shear nozzle for inline conditioning of drilling mud: A system for conditioning drilling fluid includes a conditioning device having a first conduit configured to receive the drilling fluid, a flow restriction disposed adjacent the first conduit, the flow restriction comprising a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet, an impact plate disposed downstream of the flow restriction, a first... Agent:

20140174831 - Directional drilling control using a bendable driveshaft: Disclosed are systems and methods of directional drilling with a steering sub. One steering sub includes a housing defining a central passage, a shaft extended within the central passage, bearings arranged within the central passage and configured to receive and support the shaft for rotation within the central passage, and... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140174832 - Overshot assembly and systems and methods of using same: An overshot assembly for operative coupling to a wireline and a head assembly within a drilling system. The overshot assembly has at least one latch member that securely engages the inner surface of the head assembly without the use of a spearhead.... Agent: Longyear Tm,inc.

20140174833 - Positioning stabilizer assembly using shoulder ring: A stabilizer assembly using a shoulder ring. The drilling tool may include a housing having one or more external splines disposed along an outer surface of the housing. The drilling tool may also include a rotatable shaft disposed inside the housing, the shaft having a downhole end portion configured to... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140174834 - Rolling cutter with bottom support: A cutting element assembly includes a sleeve, a lining extending a distance axially from an end of the sleeve, and an inner cutter. The inner cutter has a cutting end, wherein the cutting end extends a depth from a cutting face, a side surface, and a body, wherein the body... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

06/19/2014 > 12 patent applications in 9 patent subcategories.

20140166360 - Fluid diverter system for a drilling facility: A fluid diverter system for a drilling facility comprises a diverter housing (15; 15′) fluidly connected to a tubular (3, 42, 43) extending to a subsea well. The diverter housing (15; 15′) comprising a movable diverter element (2) for closing off the diverter housing, a first fluid conduit (44) connected... Agent: Aker Mh As

20140166363 - Automated directional drilling system and method using steerable motors: A method for directional drilling of a wellbore includes automatically rotating a drill string having a steerable drilling motor at an end thereof in a first direction so that a measured torque related parameter thereon reaches a first value. The drill string is automatically rotated in a second direction so... Agent: Schlumberger Technology Corporation

20140166362 - Implement pose control system and method: An implement pose control system and method is provided for a machine. The system and method include determining an actual implement pose having a first actual angle component relative to the first implement rotational axis and a second actual angle component relative to the second implement rotational axis. A desired... Agent: Caterpillar Inc.

20140166361 - Systems and methods for real time drilling fluid management: Disclosed are systems and methods for monitoring drilling fluid components in real time. One system includes solids control equipment fluidly coupled to a borehole and configured to receive drilling fluid from the borehole, the solids control equipment having a first optical computing device arranged adjacent the inlet and configured to... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140166364 - Monitoring and control systems for continuous circulating drilling operations: An apparatus for continuously flowing drilling fluid along a drill string includes a continuous circulation device having at least a first fluid path in fluid communication with a top drive and a second fluid path in communication with a diverter. The diverter is in selective fluid communication with a pipe... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140166365 - Compressible bearing assembly for downhole tools and methods of operation of same: Bearing assemblies for downhole tools include a compensator member operatively associated with a slidable member and a bearing member. The slidable member is movable longitudinally relative to the bearing member. Such movement of slidable member occurs when a force acts upwardly on the downhole tool. Thus, the slidable member facilitates... Agent: Baker Hughes Incorporated

20140166367 - Coring bit to whipstock systems and methods: A coring system and method enable a single-trip operation for setting a deflector assembly, deploying a coring assembly and obtaining a core sample from a borehole drilled in a wellbore. The coring assembly has a barrel with a bore for collecting the core sample and has a coring bit coupled... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140166366 - Single-trip lateral coring systems and methods: A coring system may be used to create a lateral section or borehole off a wellbore, and obtain a core sample therefrom. The coring system may include a coring assembly connected to a deflector assembly to enable a single-trip coring operation. The coring assembly may include a coring bit and... Agent: Smith International, Inc.

20140166368 - Method and system for improving drilling speed by using drill speed vibration: A system for improving a drilling speed by using drill string vibration comprises a downhole drill string vibration-reduction and supercharging device, and an ultra-high pressure bit device used for a downhole supercharger. The downhole drill string vibration-reduction and supercharging device comprises a high-pressure runner (16). The ultra-high pressure bit device... Agent: China University Of Petroleum (east China)

20140166369 - Gripper assembly for downhole tools: A gripper assembly for anchoring a tool within a downhole passage and for possibly assisting movement of the tool within the passage. The gripper assembly includes an elongated mandrel and flexible toes that can be radially displaced to grip onto the surface of the passage. The toes are displaced by... Agent: Wwt International, Inc.

20140166370 - Downhole torque limiting assembly for drill string: A method includes a rotary torque limiting assembly including a rotary input member having an internal cavity having sprag receptacles. A rotary output member is disposed within the internal cavity, the secondary rotary member having radial protrusions and recesses. Radial ratchet members are disposed radially between the input member and... Agent: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

20140166371 - Selectively leached cutter: A method of manufacturing a polycrystalline diamond (PCD) cutting element used as drill bit cutting elements (10) is disclosed. The method comprises leaching a PCD body formed from diamond particles (202) using a binder-catalyzing material so as to remove substantially all of the binder-catalyzing material from portions of a cutting... Agent:

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