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11/27/14 - 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...

11/20/14 - 20140338973 - Automatic drill pipe add and remove system
A drilling rig carousel assembly includes a drilling rig carousel comprising a plurality of slots for holding drill components, a first actuator coupled to the drilling rig carousel and configured to axially rotate the drilling rig carousel, a second actuator coupled to the drilling rig carousel and configured to move...

11/06/14 - 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...

10/09/14 - 20140299376 - Low maintenance iron roughneck system with replaceable modular components thereof
An automated roughneck system is described which includes a base module, a removable spinner module for spinning pipe to connect or disconnect drill pipes at threaded interfaces, which automatically self-centers itself around a drill pipe and automatically adjusts to a varied range of drill pipe diameters, a removable torque module...

10/02/14 - 20140291023 - Monitoring of drilling operations with flow and density measurement
A system includes one or more sensors configured to sense at least one characteristic of fluid entering a well, one or more sensors configured to sense at least one characteristic of fluid exiting a well; and one or more control systems that receive data from at least one of the...

09/25/14 - 20140284103 - Monitoring system for drilling instruments
Drilling instruments may include a flexible portion, such as a flexible conduit and/or a universal joint. Sensors may be utilized to detect the position of various portions of the drilling instrument, such as the flexible conduit, the universal joint, and/or a drill bit assembly....

09/18/14 - 20140262507 - Rotary steerable system for vertical drilling
A rotary steerable drilling system that is operable to drill vertical wellbores and automatically maintain a vertical wellbore drilling path. The system includes a control module for operating solenoid valves that control an amount of fluid pressure applied to bias pad piston/cylinders. The control module is operable to determine when...

09/18/14 - 20140262508 - Underreamer for increasing a wellbore diameter
An underreamer for increasing a diameter of a wellbore. The underreamer includes a body having an axial bore extending at least partially therethrough. A mandrel is disposed within the bore of the body and has a port formed radially therethrough. A sleeve is disposed radially-outward from the mandrel. The sleeve...

09/04/14 - 20140246234 - Drilling apparatus and method
A drilling apparatus including a drill bit and a nutation device. The drilling apparatus is configured to enable the drill bit to be rotated at a rotation frequency while the nutation device simultaneously nutates the drill bit at a nutation frequency. The nutation device may include a vibrating device for...

08/21/14 - 20140231136 - Apparatus and method for rotary steering
A method and system for steering a rotary steerable tool in a borehole. A method includes rotating a deflection sleeve about a steerable shaft. A deflection ramp is aligned to deflect the shaft in a predetermined direction by the rotating. The deflection sleeve is axially displaced along the steerable shaft....

08/21/14 - 20140231137 - Drilling apparatus with drill guide
An apparatus for use in connection using a drill having a drilling element for forming a borehole in a face of a mine passage includes a drill guide for engaging the drilling element while permitting the drilling element to move toward the face for forming the borehole. The drill guide...

08/21/14 - 20140231138 - Remote controlled drilling rig
A remote controlled drilling rig that is fully functional includes a drilling rig, an electrical assembly, and a remote. The drilling rig includes a truck for towing a semi-trailer on which is positioned a derrick and a drilling assembly. The electrical assembly is positioned within the drilling rig and includes...

07/31/14 - 20140209382 - Automated rod manipulator
An automated rod manipulator system for moving a drill rod section from a storage magazine to a drill rig and connecting the drill rod to a drill string of the drill rig without manual manipulation of any parts. The automated rod manipulator system may comprise a magazine to store and...

07/10/14 - 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...

06/19/14 - 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...

06/19/14 - 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...

06/19/14 - 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...

06/12/14 - 20140158427 - Directional drilling tool
A directional drilling tool is provided, which comprises a first end (2) attachable to a drill string, and a second end (4) attachable to a drill bit. A swivel section (6) is provided intermediate the first and second ends (2,4) and has a first swivel member (18) non-rotatably attached to...

06/05/14 - 20140151120 - Drilling machine power pack which includes a clutch
A drilling machine includes a compressor coupled to a prime mover through a hydraulic clutch, wherein the hydraulic clutch is repeatably moveable between engaged and disengaged conditions. The compressor is allowed to provide air and is restricted from providing air in response to the hydraulic clutch being in the engaged...

05/08/14 - 20140124264 - Systems and methods for expert systems for well completion using bayesian decision networks
Systems and methods are provided for expert systems for well completion using Bayesian decision networks to determine well completion recommendations. The well completion expert system includes a well completion Bayesian decision network (BDN) model that receives inputs and outputs recommendations based on Bayesian probability determinations. The well completion BDN model...

05/08/14 - 20140124265 - Systems and methods for expert systems for underbalanced drilling operations using bayesian decision networks
Systems and methods are provided for an underbalanced drilling (UBD) expert system that provides underbalanced drilling recommendations, such as best practices. The UBD expert system may include one or more Bayesian decision network (BDN) model that receive inputs and output recommendations based on Bayesian probability determinations. The BDN models may...

05/08/14 - 20140124266 - Magnetically initiated actuation mechanism
The present invention provides a mechanism to remotely initiate actuation of a device positioned in a borehole. The disclosure includes a magnetically initiated actuation mechanism....

05/01/14 - 20140116776 - Methods and systems for improved drilling operations using real-time and historical drilling data
Methods and systems are described for improved drilling operations through the use of real-time drilling data to predict bit wear, lithology, pore pressure, a rotating friction coefficient, permeability, and cost in real-time and to adjust drilling parameters in real-time based on the predictions. The real-time lithology prediction is made by...

05/01/14 - 20140116777 - Resonance enhanced rotary drilling module
wherein the upper load-cell positioned above the vibration isolation unit and the lower load-cell is positioned between the oscillator and the drill-bit wherein the upper and lower load-cells are connected to a controller in order to provide down-hole closed loop real time control of the oscillator....

04/24/14 - 20140110167 - Method and system for predicting a drill string stuck pipe event
Predicting a drill string stuck pipe event. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including: receiving a plurality of drilling parameters from a drilling operation; applying the plurality of drilling parameters to an ensemble prediction model comprising at least three machine-learning algorithms operated in parallel, each machine-learning algorithm...

04/24/14 - 20140110168 - Mining vehicle and method of moving boom
The disclosure relates to a mining vehicle and a method of moving a boom of a mining vehicle. The boom is provided with several boom joints and there is a mining work device at a distal end of the boom. One or more boom joint positions are determined and stored...

04/17/14 - 20140102790 - Methods and system for lubrication pressure relief for a roller cone drill bit
According to one embodiment, the disclosure relates to a roller cone drill bit including a bit body having at least one support arm extending therefrom, a cone assembly containing bearings or retaining balls and rotatably mounted on a journal extending from each support arm, a lubricant reservoir disposed in each...

03/27/14 - 20140083765 - Automatic control system and method for a drilling tool changer apparatus
A control system for an automatic drilling tool changer apparatus for use with a drilling rig includes a drilling control device programmed with a control scheme for controlling the automatic drilling tool changer apparatus, and a user interface coupled to the drilling control device for initiating actions of the automatic...

03/27/14 - 20140083766 - Single trip multi-zone completion systems and methods
Disclosed are systems and methods of producing from multiple production zones with a single trip multi-zone completion system. One single trip multi-zone completion system includes an outer completion string having at least one sand screen arranged thereabout and a flow control device movably disposed within the at least one sand...

02/13/14 - 20140041941 - Methods and systems for drilling
A method of assessing hole cleaning effectiveness of drilling comprises a) determining a mass of cuttings removed from a well wherein determining the mass of cuttings removed from a well comprises: i) measuring a total mass of fluid entering a well; ii) measuring a total mass of fluid exiting the...

02/06/14 - 20140034386 - Methods and apparatus for reducing stick-slip
A method and apparatus for estimating the instantaneous rotational speed of a bottom hole assembly at the lower end of a drill string. In one embodiment, a method includes driving the drill string by a drilling mechanism at the upper end of the drill string. A fundamental frequency of stick-slip...

01/09/14 - 20140008125 - System and method for kicking-off a rotary steerable
A method and system for steering a rotary steerable tool in a borehole. A method includes determining an azimuthal angle between a reference direction and a reference point on a direction determination component of a tool string. The direction control component is remote from the rotary steerable tool. The azimuthal...

01/02/14 - 20140000964 - Cloud computing method for geosteering directional drilling apparatus
A cloud computing method for geosteering during directional drilling of a wellbore. The method includes a cloud processor, cloud data storage, and client devices in communication with the cloud processor through a network. The cloud processor receives data from directional drilling equipment and presents that data to users in an...

12/26/13 - 20130341089 - Control system and method for a well completion system
A control system and method for operating a well completion system utilizing at least one computer programmed in one embodiment to automatically operate the movement of pipe from a pipe tub to the mast and into the well and/or for movement of the pipe out of the well and/or back...

12/26/13 - 20130341090 - Detecting stick-slip using a gyro while drilling
A method for drilling operation in a subterranean formation, including calculating, by a hardware processor and in response to determining that an magnitude of gyro data representing rotations of a drill bit in a bottom hole assembly (BHA) and a time derivative of the gyro data are within a pre-determined...

12/26/13 - 20130341091 - Drilling speed and depth computation for downhole tools
A method for managing a drilling operation, including generating, by a first sensor and a second sensor of a bottom hole assembly (BHA), a first time based data log and a second time based data log, respectively, representing a borehole parameter along a drilling trajectory, determining, by a computer processor...

12/26/13 - 20130341092 - Apparatus and method for drilling a well
A system for drilling at least one well of interest proximate a reference well comprises at least one sensor in a drill string in the at least one well of interest to detect at least one parameter of interest related to a distance and a direction to the reference well....

12/19/13 - 20130333946 - Closed loop well twinning methods
Closed loop methods for drilling twin wells are disclosed. The disclosed method make use of a bottom hole assembly including a rotary steerable tool. An electrical current is induced in the target well. The corresponding magnetic field about the target well is measured in the twin well and used to...

12/05/13 - 20130319764 - Drilling system, biasing mechanism and method for directionally drilling a borehole
A drilling system for directional drilling of a borehole includes a biasing mechanism having a pivot associated with a lower bearing assembly, an offset mechanism associated with an upper radial bearing assembly, and a toolface controller, whereby the angular relationship of a drill bit and its toolface angle may be...

12/05/13 - 20130319765 - Rock drilling rig and method of driving compressor
A rock drilling rig and a method of driving a compressor, wherein the rock drilling rig is operated by a combustion engine and is provided with a flushing system including a compressor for producing pressurized air. The compressor is driven by an electric drive motor. The combustion engine is connected...

12/05/13 - 20130319766 - 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...

12/05/13 - 20130319767 - Telemetry operated circulation sub
A method of drilling a wellbore includes drilling the wellbore by injecting drilling fluid through a drill string extending into the wellbore from surface and rotating a drill bit of the drill string. The drill string further includes a circulation sub having a port closed during drilling. The drilling fluid...

11/21/13 - 20130306373 - Electronically activated underreamer and calliper tool
An electronically activated tool (50) comprising a tool body, cutter blocks and sensors with means for attachment to a drilling support and rotation so as to permit the simultaneous underreaming and measurement of the diameter of a wellbore (especially in oil and gas drilling) characterized by a means of activation...

11/07/13 - 20130292175 - Drilling assemblies including expandable reamers and expandable stabilizers, and related methods
A drilling assembly for drilling a subterranean wellbore includes an expandable reamer and an expandable stabilizer. The expandable reamer and the expandable stabilizer each have a tubular body with a longitudinal axis and a drilling fluid flow path extending therethrough. A plurality of blades is carried by the reamer and...

11/07/13 - 20130292176 - Downhole drilling utilizing measurements from multiple sensors
A system and method for controlling a downhole portion of a drill string is provided. The method includes receiving signals from a first sensor package mounted at a first position to the downhole portion, the signals indicative of an orientation of the first sensor package. The method also includes receiving...

10/24/13 - 20130277110 - Controlling vibrations in a drilling system
A method for controlling vibrations in a drilling system, the drilling system including an elongate body extending from surface into a borehole formed in an earth formation, and an associated drive system for driving the elongate body, the drive system comprising a torque controller, the method comprising obtaining a model...

10/17/13 - 20130270005 - Methods and systems for drilling
A method of controlling a direction of drilling of the drill string used to form an opening in a subsurface formation, comprises varying a speed of the drill string during rotational drilling such that the drill string is at a first speed during a first portion of the rotational cycle...

10/17/13 - 20130270006 - Drilling rig with continuous gas analysis
A drilling rig having continuous gas analysis can include a substructure, base, mast, pipe handler, mud pump, drilling rig power source, drawworks, cabling, rotating head, blowout preventer, drill string, and drill bit. A rig server of the drilling rig can have a rig processor and rig data storage for implementing...

10/03/13 - 20130256031 - Down hole tool with adjustable fluid viscosity
A down hole tool includes a tool body, a fluid cavity, a magnetorheological fluid disposed in the fluid cavity, and an electrical control unit in communication with the MR fluid. The electrical control unit is configured to adjust a viscosity of the MR fluid by varying a magnetic field....

09/26/13 - 20130248247 - Downhole whirl detection while drilling
A method for making downhole whirl measurements in a drill string includes rotating a sensor set in a borehole. The sensor set is deployed in the drill string and includes at least one cross-axial accelerometer and at least one cross-axial magnetometer. Sensor measurements, including a plurality of accelerometer measurements and...

09/26/13 - 20130248248 - Sensor-based control of vibrations in slender continua, specifically torsional vibrations in deep-hole drill strings
Control device (100) controlling a drilling operation and methods by which the dynamics of the continuum in question can be divided into superimposed waves, of which the wave traveling in the direction of the actuator and/or drive (10) is compensated by the actuator. This prevents reflection of the energy on...