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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...

09/05/13 - 20130228373 - Apparatus including load driven by a motor coupled to an alternator
An apparatus for use in a wellbore is provided that in one embodiment includes a load, a motor coupled to the load to provide electrical power to the load and an alternator directly coupled to the motor driving the motor. In one aspect, the apparatus further includes a switch between...

09/05/13 - 20130228374 - Automated survey acceptance in dynamic phase machine automation system
A method, apparatus, and program product facilitate the automation of an oil & gas process, e.g., a drilling process, through the use of a dynamic phase machine incorporating multiple autonomous agents. An agent may be used to perform automated acceptance of a survey performed by a downhole survey device, e.g.,...

08/15/13 - 20130206477 - Well prog execution facilitation system and method
A prog analysis and execution system and method. The system includes a computer control system, an interface engine in communication with the computer control system, the interface engine being configured to receive prog information, and an action item development engine in communication with the control system, the action item development...

08/08/13 - 20130199844 - Rotary steerable tool actuator tool face control
A technique facilitates controlling the direction of drilling when using a rotary steerable system to drill a borehole. The method comprises processing parameters related to operation of a rotatable collar of the rotary steerable system. The parameters are used in cooperation with characteristics of actuators to control the positioning of...

06/27/13 - 20130161095 - Method and system for controlling a power source at a rock drilling apparatus and rock drilling apparatus
The present invention relates to a method for controlling a power source (9) at a rock drilling apparatus, said power source (9) being arranged to drive at least a first load (8,10,15) at the rock drilling apparatus, wherein said first load (8,10,15), in operation, provides power to a first consumer...

06/13/13 - 20130146356 - Advanced underground homing system, apparatus and method
A boring tool that is moved by a drill string to form an underground bore. A transmitter transmits a time varying dipole field as a homing field from the boring tool. A pitch sensor detects a pitch orientation of the boring tool. A homing receiver is positionable at a target...

06/13/13 - 20130146357 - System and method for managed pressure drilling
A method for controlling a downhole pressure during drilling comprises continually sensing in real-time at least one real-time fluid property of an input fluid to a well and of a return fluid from the well. A wellhead setpoint pressure is calculated in real-time that results in a predetermined downhole pressure...

05/30/13 - 20130133948 - Use of downhole pressure measurements while drilling to detect and mitigate influxes
A well drilling system can include a hydraulics model which determines a modeled fluid friction pressure and a calibration factor applied to the modeled friction pressure, and a flow control device which is automatically controlled in response to a change in the calibration factor. A well drilling method can include...

05/23/13 - 20130126239 - Directional drilling attitude hold controller
An attitude hold controller method includes receiving at a navigable apparatus a demand inclination and a demand azimuth with respect to a global coordinate system and determining at the navigable apparatus a demand attitude vector according to the received demand inclination and the demand azimuth. Determining at the navigable apparatus...

05/16/13 - 20130118807 - Methods for geosteering a drill bit in real time using drilling acoustic signals
Disclosed is an apparatus, method, and program product for steering a drill bit within a pay zone in a lateral well. The method includes receiving acoustic signature data from a downhole processor assembly. The acoustic signature data includes an amplitude spectrum and one or more acoustic characteristics evaluated from an...

05/16/13 - 20130118808 - Methods for geosteering a drill bit in real time using surface acoustic signals
Disclosed is an apparatus, method, and program product for steering a drill bit within a pay zone in a lateral well. The method includes receiving acoustic signature data from an acoustic signal analyzing apparatus. The acoustic signature data includes an amplitude spectrum and one or more acoustic characteristics evaluated from...

04/11/13 - 20130087385 - Method for detecting and mitigating drilling inefficiencies
Present embodiments are directed to a drilling system and method for evaluating energy consumption to determine the onset of drilling issues and identify mitigation strategies for more efficient drilling. The drilling system receives drilling parameter values and a drilling performance value from sensors located on a drilling rig, and calculates...

04/11/13 - 20130087386 - 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...

04/11/13 - 20130087387 - Method for managing drilling pipes, drilling tools, well tubing, and the like in ground drilling
A method for managing drilling rods, drilling tools, well—tubing and the like for ground drilling, particularly for exploring deposits of fossil fuels or geothermal reservoirs. An electronic data processing system stores information regarding the inventory and the present storage location of parts to be inserted into the well, such as...