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Forward deployed sensing array for an electric submersible pump
01/22/15 - 20150021014 - An electric submersible pumping system has an electric motor, a pump assembly driven by the electric motor and a sensor module. The sensor module preferably includes a detachable sensor array that can be selectively released from the sensor module. In preferred embodiments, the detachable sensor array includes a self-propelled sensor...

Inflow control valve and device producing distinct acoustic signal
01/22/15 - 20150021015 - Systems and methods for generating and monitoring an acoustic response to particular fluid flow conditions in a wellbore include incorporating a sound-producing element into each inflow control device installed in a wellbore. Each of the sound-producing elements generates an acoustic signature that is readily identifiable from each other sound-producing element...

Device and method for measuring torque and rotation
01/22/15 - 20150021016 - A device is taught for measuring and wirelessly transmitting one or more parameters during wellbore operations. The device comprises a torque sub releasably connected to a top drive at a first end and having a second end such that the torque sub rotates with the rotating top drive, one or...

Inspection methods for reprocessing non-metallic oilfield tools
01/22/15 - 20150021017 - The disclosure relates to the treatment of non-metallic sucker rods, made of metal, particularly to the method of reclamation of used rods already used in the mechanical deep-pumping extraction of oil. The method of remanufacturing of standard length rods includes subjecting used non-metallic sucker rods to a destructive pull test....

High pressure large bore well conduit system
01/22/15 - 20150021018 - Well conduit system and methods using a first outer conduit wall and at least one second inner conduit wall positioned through a wellhead to define an annulus with radial loading surfaces extending across the annulus and radially between at least two of the conduit walls to form passageways through subterranean...

System and method for operating a pump in a downhole tool
01/15/15 - 20150013968 - A method includes pumping fluid from outside of a downhole tool through a flowline of the downhole tool with a pump and taking first measurements, using at least one sensor, within the flowline during a first stage of pumping the fluid. The method further includes estimating a saturation pressure of...

Sand control screen assembly with internal control lines
01/15/15 - 20150013970 - Disclosed are sand control screens and completion assemblies that receive, retain, and protect control lines during installation and operation thereof. One disclosed completion assembly includes a base pipe, at least one screen jacket positioned around the base pipe and operable to prevent an influx of particulate matter of a predetermined...

Telemetry system and method of communicating through a tubular
01/08/15 - 20150007982 - A telemetry system including a tubular. A pump in operable communication with the tubular configured to pump a fluid through the tubular; a flow altering arrangement in operable communication with at least one of the pump and the tubular. A flow interacting detail disposed in the tubular; and a load...

Downhole imaging systems and methods
01/08/15 - 20150007983 - Downhole Camera systems and methods. Certain systems include a high-speed video camera configured with a 360 degree optical field-of-view, a jet-flushing system capable of temporarily displacing debris substantially simultaneously along all azimuths within the optical field-of-view, and optionally a downhole real-time image processing system for reducing the amount of captured...

Formation thermal measurement apparatus, methods, and systems
01/08/15 - 20150007984 - In some embodiments, an apparatus and a system, as well as a method and an article, may operate to activate a thermal source in a borehole to heat a portion of a geological formation proximate to the borehole, to move the thermal source or thermal receivers within the borehole (to...

Downhole cooling with electrocaloric effect
01/01/15 - 20150000899 - Methods, systems, devices, and products for taking a downhole measurement are presented. The method may include cooling a sensor in a borehole intersecting an earth formation using an electrocaloric material associated with the sensor, wherein the sensor is responsive to a downhole parameter. The method may further include applying an...

Closed loop deployment of a work string including a composite plug in a wellbore
01/01/15 - 20150000900 - An apparatus for use in a wellbore is disclosed. The apparatus includes a downhole tool coupled to a wireline for conveying the downhole tool into the wellbore and for providing a data communication between the downhole tool and a surface device. The downhole tool further includes a settable device, a...

Ball launcher
01/01/15 - 20150000901 - A ball launcher system is provided. In one embodiment, such a system includes a ball launcher having a rotatable sleeve installed within an internal bore of a hollow body. The hollow body has ball chutes extending from an external surface to the internal bore. The rotatable sleeve has one or...

Asphaltene content of heavy oil
01/01/15 - 20150000902 - A downhole tool is conveyed within a borehole extending into a subterranean formation. Fluid is drawn from the subterranean formation into the downhole tool, wherein the fluid comprises heavy oil. Fluorescence intensity of the drawn fluid is measured via a sensor of the downhole tool, and asphaltene content of the...

Automated diversion valve control for pump down operations
12/25/14 - 20140374089 - A system for pump down operations includes a diversion valve unit that is adjustable between a pumping position and a diversion position and a controller coupled to the diversion valve unit. The system further includes a fluid reservoir, a downhole fluid path between the fluid reservoir and a tool downhole,...

Apparatus and method for opening and closing an automatic valve installed in the discharge line of an oil well
12/25/14 - 20140374090 - The invention relates to an apparatus and a method for opening and closing an automatic valve installed in the discharge line of an oil well, characterized by the installation and setup of the apparatus which controls an automatic valve, which is installed in the discharge line of the casing pipes...

Biological augmentation of low salinity water flooding to improve oil release using nutrient supplementation of injected low salinity water
12/18/14 - 20140367090 - A method of enhancing oil recovery includes the step of determining a specific nutrient package used to initiate a microbiological response under actual reservoir conditions in combination with low salinity water injection. Once determined, the specific nutrient package is applied to at least one targeted well to stimulate resident microorganisms...

Wellbore fluids incorporating magnetic carbon nanoribbons and magnetic functionalized carbon nanoribbons and methods of using the same
12/18/14 - 20140367091 - A wellbore fluid may include an oleaginous continuous phase, one or more magnetic carbon nanoribbons, and at least one weighting agent. A method of performing wellbore operations may include circulating a wellbore fluid comprising a magnetic carbon nanoribbon composition and a base fluid through a wellbore. A method for electrical...

Methods and apparatus for evaluating downhole conditions through fluid sensing
12/18/14 - 20140367092 - An apparatus and method may operate to mount one or more communication assemblies relative to the exterior of a casing being placed in a borehole. Two communication assemblies can be placed in longitudinally spaced relation to one another along the casing, wherein each communication assembly is configured to obtain excitation...

Apparatuses and methods for testing wellbore fluids
12/04/14 - 20140352948 - An apparatus may be used to test the ability of a first fluid to remove a second fluid from a surface. The apparatus comprises a reservoir that contains the first fluid and a testing cell that contains the second fluid. The testing cell also contains a rotor within. The first...

Method of controlling a downhole operation
12/04/14 - 20140352950 - The present invention relates to a method for controlling a drilling or cutting operation performed by a wireline tool downhole, comprising the steps of commencing a drilling or cutting operation in a downhole object, such as a casing or valve; detecting vibration produced during the drilling or cutting operation in...

Fine control of casing pressure
12/04/14 - 20140352951 - Back pressure control devices used to control fluid pressure in a wellbore require various utilities for operation, such as an air supply. Apparatus disclosed herein provide for the continued operation of one or more back pressure control devices when supply of utilities for operation of the back pressure control devices...

Methods of using enhanced wellbore electrical cables
12/04/14 - 20140352952 - A method of deploying a cable into a wellbore penetrating a subterranean formation that includes providing a cable. The cable includes an insulated conductor; an armor wire layer surrounding the insulated conductor; and a polymeric material disposed in interstitial spaces formed between armor wires forming the armor wire layer, and...

Determining optimal parameters for a downhole operation
11/06/14 - 20140326449 - This disclosure relates to determining optimal parameters for a downhole operation. In a general aspect, a computer-implemented method for managing a downhole operation is described in this disclosure. The method includes receiving a continuous stream of real-time data associated with an ongoing downhole operation at a data ware house. In...

Firing head actuator for a well perforating system and method for use of same
10/30/14 - 20140318766 - A firing head actuator for a well perforating system. The firing head actuator includes a housing assembly with a first impact piston initially secured thereto and slidably disposed therein. An electronic time delay assembly, a trigger assembly and an initiator are also disposed within the housing assembly. A second impact...

Method and apparatus for transmitting or receiving information between a downhole equipment and surface
10/30/14 - 20140318767 - Techniques involve determining the conductivity profile of a formation from a well between a surface location and a borehole location. The method involves placing a first sensor at the surface location, a second sensor located at the borehole location, obtaining a first signal by detecting Schumann resonances from the electric...

Flooding operations employing chlorine dioxide
10/23/14 - 20140311734 - A method includes introducing a treatment fluid including a first polymer gel into a subterranean formation to generate a production fluid having an aqueous portion and a hydrocarbon portion, treating the aqueous portion of the production fluid with chlorine dioxide to separate additional hydrocarbons from the aqueous portion, and adjusting...

Sensing in artificial lift systems
10/16/14 - 20140305636 - Methods and apparatus are provided for measuring one or more parameters associated with an artificial lift system for hydrocarbon production and operating the system based on the measured parameters. One embodiment of the invention provides a lubricator for a plunger lift system, which generally includes a housing, a spring disposed...

Downhole temperature calculation
10/16/14 - 20140305637 - A method for calculating a value representative of a downhole temperature in a hydrocarbon well, wherein the well includes production tubing inside an outer tubing, an annulus is provided between the production tubing and the outer tubing, and the annulus receives a hydraulic control line supplying hydraulic fluid for the...

Well tool pressure testing
10/09/14 - 20140299316 - A method of pressure testing a well tool can include applying positive or negative pressure to an internal chamber of the well tool, or determining a reference pressure, and monitoring the pressure in the internal chamber using a pressure sensor in the internal chamber. Another method can include applying pressure...

Circumferential displacement tool system
10/02/14 - 20140290938 - Just above an oil wellbore, an example circumferential displacement tool grips a threaded coupling in performing a circumferential displacement method of properly tightening the coupling to an upper sucker rod and/or to a lower one. In some examples, upper and lower joints of the coupling are tightened sequentially and independently...

Exercising a well tool
10/02/14 - 20140290939 - An exercise tool assembly for operating a downhole tool auxiliary to a primary actuator system of the downhole tool includes a cylinder mandrel configured to be received in the central bore of the downhole tool. A piston mandrel is in and sealed with the cylinder mandrel. The exercise tool assembly...

Downhole pressure compensator and method of same
09/25/14 - 20140284050 - The techniques herein relate to a pressure compensation system for a sensor in a wellbore having a wellbore fluid therein. The system includes a downhole tool (104) and at least one pressure compensator (112) positionable therein. The pressure compensator includes a first compensating fluid section having a first compensating fluid...

Methods for treatment of a subterranean formation
09/18/14 - 20140262231 - The present disclosure relates the methods of treating a subterranean formation. In various embodiments, an acidic treatment fluid can be injected through tubing while a non-acidic fluid is pumped through an annulus. In various embodiments, acidic treatment fluid can be pumped through coiled tubing while at least one of acidic...

Monitoring produced water
09/18/14 - 20140262233 - This disclosure relates to systems, methods, and devices useful for monitoring and controlling water that has been used in, for example, oil and natural gas production, recovery, or hydraulic fracturing processes. An on-line unit for measuring, controlling, and optimizing the quality of produced water after being used in a hydrocarbon...

Dual magnetic sensor actuation assembly
09/18/14 - 20140262234 - A well tool comprising a housing comprising ports and defining a flow passage, an actuator, a dual magnetic sensor actuation assembly (DMSAA) in signal communication with the actuator and comprising a first magnetic sensor up-hole relative to a second magnetic sensor, and an electronic circuit comprising a counter, and wherein,...

Method of optimization of flow control valves and inflow control devices in a single well or a group of wells
09/18/14 - 20140262235 - A method and an apparatus for managing a subterranean formation including collecting information about a flow control valve in a wellbore traversing the formation, adjusting the valve in response to the information wherein the adjusting includes a Newton method, a pattern search method, or a proxy-optimization method. In some embodiments,...

Wellbore servicing tools, systems and methods utilizing near-field communication
09/18/14 - 20140262236 - A wellbore servicing system comprising one or more wellbore tool nodes disposed within a wellbore, wherein each of the one or more wellbore tool nodes is configurable from a first configuration to a second configuration, and a controller node, wherein the controller node communicates with the wellbore tool node via...

Wellbore servicing tools, systems and methods utilizing near-field communication
09/18/14 - 20140262237 - A wellbore servicing system comprising two or more sensing, tool nodes, wherein each of the sensing, tool nodes are configured to selectively allow, disallow, or alter a route of fluid communication between an axial flowbore thereof and an exterior thereof via one or more ports, and wherein each of the...

Enhanced oil production using control of well casing gas pressure
09/18/14 - 20140262238 - There is provided a system for producing oil from a well bore extending through a fossil fuel reservoir. The system includes a plurality of perforations defined in the casing proximate the fossil fuel reservoir. A gas flow tube is in communication with the annulus volume of the casing proximate the...

Preparing a wellbore for improved recovery
09/18/14 - 20140262239 - The present disclosure provides a system for and method of preparing a wellbore for improved recovery from a formation and a method of producing hydrocarbons from a formation. The system includes an approximately horizontal wellbore in a formation, a liner enclosing a portion of the approximately horizontal wellbore; and a...

Producing hydrocarbons from a formation
09/18/14 - 20140262240 - A system for and methods of producing hydrocarbons from a formation. A method may include drilling a wellbore in a formation, forming a first fracture in the formation that emanates from the wellbore, forming a second fracture in the formation that emanates from the wellbore and is approximately parallel to...

Systems and methods for the production of a subterranean reservoir containing viscous hydrocarbons
09/18/14 - 20140262241 - A method for recovering viscous hydrocarbons from a reservoir in a subterranean formation includes (a) injecting steam into the reservoir. In addition, the method includes (b) injecting a surfactant into the reservoir with the steam during (a). Further, the method includes (c) decreasing the viscosity of the hydrocarbons in the...

Systems and methods for the production of a subterranean reservoir containing viscous hydrocarbons
09/18/14 - 20140262242 - A method for recovering viscous hydrocarbons from a reservoir in a subterranean formation includes (a) injecting steam into the reservoir. In addition, the method includes (b) injecting a thermally activated chemical species into the reservoir with the steam during (a). The thermally activated chemical species decomposes at a temperature between...

Systems and methods for accelerating production of viscous hydrocarbons in a subterranean reservoir with thermally activated chemical agents
09/18/14 - 20140262243 - A method for mobilizing viscous hydrocarbons in a reservoir includes (a) injecting an aqueous solution into the reservoir with the reservoir at the reservoir ambient temperature. The aqueous solution includes water and a water-soluble chemical agent that is substantially non-decomposable and substantially non-reactive in the reservoir at the reservoir ambient...

Encapsulated microsensors for reservoir interrogation
09/11/14 - 20140251600 - In one general embodiment, a system includes at least one microsensor configured to detect one or more conditions of a fluidic medium of a reservoir; and a receptacle, wherein the receptacle encapsulates the at least one microsensor. In another general embodiment, a method include injecting the encapsulated at least one...

Modeling acid distribution for acid stimulation of a formation
09/11/14 - 20140251601 - A method of evaluating a stimulation operation includes: receiving parameter information for the stimulation operation, the stimulation operation including injecting an acid stimulation fluid into an earth formation along a selected length of a borehole from a tubular disposed in the borehole; and generating, by a processor, a thermal model...

System and method for obtaining load measurements in a wellbore
09/11/14 - 20140251602 - A technique for determining conditions downhole in a well, particularly load conditions acting on a well tool, e.g. a bottom hole assembly. The loads acting on a bottom hole assembly or other well tool during a well related operation are measured. Load data is collected and may be transmitted uphole...

Multi-stage seal for well fracturing
09/04/14 - 20140246192 - A fracturing system including a ring gasket disposed between a fracturing tree and a wellhead component is provided. In one embodiment, the ring gasket includes multiple sealing stages that seal against grooves in the fracturing tree and the wellhead component. The ring gasket may also include one or more recesses...

Apparatus and method for determining closure pressure from flowback measurements of a fractured formation
08/28/14 - 20140238663 - An apparatus for determining a closure pressure of a fractured formation surrounding a wellbore is disclosed. The apparatus, in one embodiment, includes an isolation device for isolating a section of the wellbore, a fluid supply unit for supplying a fluid from the wellbore under pressure into the isolated section of...

Noise isolation tool
08/28/14 - 20140238664 - Generally, the present disclosure is directed to noise isolation tools that may be used to minimize or even eliminate the detrimental effects that rogue noise events may have on the noise data acquired by a noise logging tool during a noise logging operation. In one illustrative embodiment, a noise isolation...

System, method and apparatus for manufacturing stable cement slurry for downhole injection
08/28/14 - 20140238665 - A method for manufacturing stable lightweight cement slurry in a continuous manner for downhole injection comprising the steps of manufacturing a foamed gas having desired density ranging from about 2.15 to about 2.35 lb/cubic ft. and utilizing foam stabilizing nonionic surfactant. And, an apparatus for carrying out the method....

Method and apparatus for magnetic pulse signature actuation
08/28/14 - 20140238666 - A wellbore servicing tool comprising a housing comprising one or more ports and generally defining a flow passage, an actuator disposed within the housing, a magnetic signature system (MSS) comprising a magnetic sensor in signal communication with an electronic circuit disposed within the housing and coupled to the actuator, and...

Downhole fluid analysis methods
08/28/14 - 20140238667 - Fluid analysis measurements may be performed during withdrawal of a downhole tool to the surface. Fluid may be collected within a fluid analysis system of the downhole tool and the collected fluid may be exposed to the wellbore pressure during withdrawal of the downhole tool. Measurements for the collected fluid,...

Testing while fracturing while drilling
08/28/14 - 20140238668 - A drilling procedure is operated such that a formation around the wellbore being drilled is fractured and then reservoir fluids from a hydrocarbon reservoir contained in the formation are flowed into the wellbore where the flow of the reservoir fluids is tested. Production predictions for the wellbore are processed from...

Systems and methods of positive indication of actuation of a downhole tool
08/21/14 - 20140231071 - Disclosed are systems and methods of positive indication of the proper actuation of a downhole tool. One system includes a work string providing a flow path therein, a downhole tool coupled to the work string and having a body fluidly coupled to the flow path, an indicator chamber defined in...

Method of incorporating remote communication with oilfield tubular handling apparatus
08/21/14 - 20140231073 - Apparatus and corresponding method for remotely communicating with a device in a wellbore, comprising: an oilfield tubular handling apparatus (200); partial toroidal coil sections (304) integrated with the oilfield tubular handling apparatus, wherein the partial toroidal coil sections form a toroidal coil upon a tubular member (102) with the handling...

Methods and apparatus for determining downhole parameters
08/21/14 - 20140231074 - Apparatus and methods for determining downhole fluid parameters are disclosed herein. An example method includes deploying a downhole apparatus into a wellbore. The downhole apparatus includes a sensor including a heater and a temperature sensor. The example method also includes sending a signal to a downhole apparatus by changing a...

Blowout preventer monitoring system and method of using same
08/21/14 - 20140231075 - A blowout preventer unit, system and method for monitoring a blowout preventer at a wellsite is provided. The blowout preventer is activatable form a seal to prevent leakage of the fluid produced from subsurface formations. The blowout preventer unit includes wellsite databases, at least one control unit and blowout preventer...

Method and apparatus to position and protect control lines being coupled to a pipe string on a rig
08/21/14 - 20140231076 - Apparatuses and methods to cut a control line and/or to run a control line on a rig may include a movable cutting apparatus to cut a control line, a load transfer member to engage a control line, a load measuring device to measure a load imparted to a load transfer...

Method and device for supplying at least one electrical consumer of a drill pipe with an operating voltage
08/14/14 - 20140224481 - In a method and device for supplying at least one electrical consumer (10) of a drill pipe with an operating voltage, at least one electrical component (10, 11, 15) on pipe rods (6) of the drill pipe is tested for defects with a test voltage that is smaller than the...

Method and assembly for conveying well logging tools
08/07/14 - 20140216731 - A method for conveying logging tools (LT) and obtaining well log data from a wellbore is disclosed. The method includes running a drill string (DS) including a landing sub (LS) disposed near the lower end into a wellbore. A logging tool string (LTS) is inserted into the upper end of...

Snubbing stack
07/31/14 - 20140209299 - A snubbing apparatus for a wellhead has a snubbing stack with a upper sealing element and a lower sealing element that seal between the elongate string and the snubbing stack. A string driver carried by the snubbing stack manipulates the elongate string through the upper and lower sealing elements. There...

Hazard avoidance analysis
07/31/14 - 20140209300 - A method, apparatus and program product utilize infeasible regions projected onto sets of substantially parallel feasibility planes extending through a subsurface region to perform anti-collision and other types of hazard avoidance analysis. Hazards, e.g., existing well trajectories, that intersect the feasibility planes, as well as any uncertainties associated therewith, may...

Electromechanical actuator apparatus and method for down-hole tools
07/31/14 - 20140209301 - An apparatus and method for the actuation of down-hole tools are provided. The down-hole tool that may be actuated and controlled using the apparatus and method may include a reamer, an adjustable gauge stabilizer, vertical steerable tools, rotary steerable tools, by-pass valves, packers, whipstocks, down hole valves, latch or release...

Systems and methods for remote actuation of a downhole tool
07/24/14 - 20140202689 - Disclosed are systems and methods for remote actuation of a downhole tool. One system includes a work string providing a flow path therein, a downhole tool coupled to the work string, at least one actuation device operatively coupled to the downhole tool and configured to act on the downhole tool...

Self-contained gas impulse creation
07/17/14 - 20140196891 - A self-contained gas impulse apparatus includes a gas impulse unit for generating a plurality of gas blasts when supplied with pressurized gas. A gas supply unit is connected by a gas conduit to the gas impulse unit. The gas supply unit is configured to be remotely activated to supply pressurized...

Interruptible pressure testing valve
07/17/14 - 20140196892 - A wellbore servicing system comprising a pressure testing valve incorporated within a casing string and comprising a housing comprising one or more ports and an axial flowbore, a sliding sleeve, wherein the sliding sleeve is positioned within the housing and transitional from a first position to a second position through...

Downhole tools having non-toxic degradable elements and methods of using the same
07/10/14 - 20140190685 - Downhole tools for use in oil and gas production which degrade into non-toxic materials, a method of making them and methods of using them. A frac ball and a bridge plug comprised of polyglycolic acid which can be used in fracking a well and then left in the well bore...

Electrically conductive proppant and methods for detecting, locating and characterizing the electrically conductive proppant
07/10/14 - 20140190686 - Electrically conductive sintered, substantially round and spherical particles and methods for producing such electrically conductive sintered, substantially round and spherical particles from an alumina-containing raw material. Methods for using such electrically conductive sintered, substantially round and spherical particles in hydraulic fracturing operations....

Method for wellbore stimulation optimization
07/03/14 - 20140182841 - Methods of performing a stimulation operation at a wellsite are disclosed. The wellsite is positioned about a subterranean formation having a wellbore therethrough and zones thereabout. The method involves establishing at least one objective for stimulating production of reservoir fluid from the subterranean formation and into the wellbore. The stimulating...

Method of injection fluid monitoring
07/03/14 - 20140182842 - A method of monitoring an injection substance injected into an injection well penetrating the earth and a method of monitoring an underground reservoir storing a substance introduced through an injection well are described. The methods include disposing a monitoring system in a borehole, both a transmitting and a first receiving...

Thermal processes for subsurface formations
07/03/14 - 20140182843 - A process may include providing heat from one or more heaters to at least a portion of a subsurface formation. Heat may transfer from one or more heaters to a part of a formation. In some embodiments, heat from the one or more heat sources may pyrolyze at least some...