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09/11/14 - 20140251691 - Method and apparatus for improving the efficiency of a positive displacement motor for drilling and oil or gas well
A method and apparatus for improving the efficiency of a drill string that includes drilling pipe, a dump valve, a positive displacement motor and a rotary drill bit driven by the motor utilize a dump valve that does not depend upon a pressure loss to maintain the dump valve in...

09/11/14 - 20140251692 - Rotating drilling stabilizer
A stabilizer and method for use in a wellbore are disclosed. The apparatus can include a rotary body disposed about a tubular and configured to rotate and axially-translate with respect to the tubular. The apparatus can also include a first anti-rotation device disposed axially adjacent the rotary body and configured...

09/04/14 - 20140246239 - Liner top cleaning method prior to bha removal in drilling with advancing liner systems
In a steerable drilling liner system the liner running tools that support the bottom hole assembly have the capability of sealingly latching into the liner to allow circulation through the drill bit as the hole is made and reamed. Before removing a seal in a polished bore receptacle inside the...

09/04/14 - 20140246240 - 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...

08/28/14 - 20140238746 - Actuation mechanisms for downhole assemblies and related downhole assemblies and methods
Actuation mechanisms for downhole assemblies in earth-boring applications may comprise a housing comprising an internal bore defining a flow path through the housing. An actuation member may be supported within the housing. A movable sleeve may be located within the internal bore and may be movable between a first position...

08/28/14 - 20140238747 - Auger stand for a utility truck and method of using same
An auger stand is provided for a utility truck with a boom, motor and auger to install telephone poles. The stand securely holds the nine foot, 350 pound auger in an upright position to facilitate its detachment from and reattachment to a drive shaft of the motor. Without laying the...

08/28/14 - 20140238748 - Slotted liner drilling
Drilling assemblies, systems and methods enable a wellbore to be drilled and lined with a slotted liner. A drilling system includes a liner assembly with a drill string in a bore thereof. The drill string and the liner assembly can be selectively coupled together to restrict relative motion between the...

08/28/14 - 20140238749 - Drilling tool and method for earth drilling
Furthermore, on the drill rod element in the housing a transmission mechanism is arranged, through which a stroke and/or rotational movement of the drill rod element can be translated into a radial movement for radial adjustment of the at least one removal tooth....

08/28/14 - 20140238750 - Tubular drill stem component and method for tensioning a communication tube mounted in said component
A tubular component for a drill stem, for drilling a hole, the component including a first end section including a first threading, a second end section including a second threading, and a substantially tubular central section, a hole being provided in at least one of the first and second end...

08/21/14 - 20140231143 - Pressure compensation system for a motor bearing assembly
In an oil-sealed bearing assembly in the bearing section of a mud motor, in which a mandrel is rotatably disposed within a cylindrical housing, a cylindrical sleeve is disposed coaxially within the mandrel with the sleeve being non-rotatably mounted to an inner surface of the mandrel, thereby forming an annular...

08/21/14 - 20140231144 - Downhole rotational lock mechanism
The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a method that includes a downhole rotational lock mechanism including a tubular housing having a longitudinal bore with an internal wall. A driving gear is disposed in the longitudinal bore of the tubular housing and has a...

08/14/14 - 20140224541 - Box frame spreader beam
A spreader beam includes a first spreader beam section, where the first spreader beam section is pivotably coupled to the first substructure and a second spreader beam section, where the second spreader beam section is pivotably coupled to the second substructure. The first and second spreader beam sections are positioned...

08/14/14 - 20140224542 - System and method for inhibiting an explosive atmosphere in open riser subsea mud return drilling systems
A method for inhibiting an explosive atmosphere in a wellbore drilling system, including a riser (12) connected to a wellbore above a top thereof wherein the riser has a fluid outlet (17) below a surface of a body of water in which the wellbore is drilled, and wherein the fluid...

08/07/14 - 20140216817 - Slip device for suspending a drill or casing string
An apparatus for gripping a cylindrical member is provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a clamping device having clamping dies that enable the clamping device to grip a tubular string. The clamping dies have clamping faces configured to adapt to curvature of the tubular string when the clamping dies...

07/24/14 - 20140202767 - Contingent continuous circulation drilling system
A method for deploying a tubular string into a wellbore includes: injecting fluid through a top drive and flow sub into a top of the tubular string and lowering the tubular string into the wellbore. The flow sub: connects the tubular string top to a quill of the top drive,...

07/24/14 - 20140202768 - Bidirectional downhole isolation valve
An isolation valve for use in a wellbore includes: a housing; a piston longitudinally movable relative to the housing; a flapper carried by the piston for operation between an open position and a closed position, the flapper operable to isolate an upper portion of a bore of the valve from...

07/24/14 - 20140202769 - X-y-z pipe racker for a drilling rig
Apparatus and methods include an x-direction support structure extending in the same direction as a line extending between a well center and a V-door on a drilling rig and include a y-direction support structure moveable along the x-direction support structure. The y-direction support structure extends on a drilling rig in...

07/24/14 - 20140202770 - Downhole assembly, tool and method
A reaming tool includes a body having a longitudinal axis and an upper end opposite a lower end and a blade located on said body, the blade including a reaming surface having one or more reaming inserts disposed on at least a portion thereof and a cutting surface having one...

07/24/14 - 20140202771 - Hybrid drill bit and design method
A hybrid earth-boring bit comprising a bit body having a central axis, at least one, preferably three fixed blades, depending downwardly from the bit body, each fixed blade having a leading edge, and at least one rolling cutter, preferably three rolling cutters, mounted for rotation on the bit body. A...

07/17/14 - 20140196953 - Drilling apparatus
A drilling apparatus comprised of a multiplicity of subassemblies for drilling an open-hole extension from within an existing cased borehole located in a geological formation for the production of oil and gas. In one embodiment, one subassembly includes a motor located within a cased section of the borehole that rotates...

07/17/14 - 20140196954 - Jetting tool
A jetting tool includes a tubular housing having: couplings formed at each longitudinal end thereof, and one or more ports formed through a wall thereof and in fluid communication with an upper portion of a bore of the housing. The jetting tool further includes a valve mechanism isolating the housing...

07/17/14 - 20140196955 - Direct torque helical displacement well and hydrostatic liquid pressure relief device
A helical displacement well with preassembled segments includes a preassembled shaft-forming penetrator tube including helical plates mounted to its exterior that may be rotated to propel the casing into the ground. A hydraulic drill motor rotates the penetrator tube and as it moves deeper into the ground. Extension tubes may...

07/03/14 - 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...

07/03/14 - 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...

07/03/14 - 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...

07/03/14 - 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...

06/26/14 - 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...

06/19/14 - 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...

06/12/14 - 20140158431 - Drilling waste treatment
A method transferring drill cuttings, the method comprising transferring the drill cuttings from a pressurized transference device to a pressurized container; transferring the drill cuttings from the pressurized container to a land-based pit discharging station; and discharging the drill cuttings into the land-based pit discharging station. Also, a system for...

06/05/14 - 20140151126 - Drilling device and method for producing a borehole
The invention relates to a drilling device for producing a borehole in the ground with a drilling tool driven in a rotating manner for removing ground material and a container for receiving the removed ground material, wherein the container has a lower feed opening, through which the removed ground material...

06/05/14 - 20140151127 - Control mechanism
The use in a drillstring of a positive displacement motor (PDM) with both an output upwardly and an output downwardly to devices spaced at least by the PDM....

05/29/14 - 20140144705 - Hydraulic percussion apparatus and method of use
A hydraulic percussive apparatus is disclosed for generating vibrating forces to a pipe string. The apparatus is attached to the pipe string a central bore through which fluid may be introduced into the apparatus. The apparatus has a tubular housing, an anvil surface with an irregularly profiled surface, and a...

05/29/14 - 20140144706 - Rotating continuous flow sub
A method for drilling a wellbore includes drilling the wellbore by advancing the tubular string longitudinally into the wellbore; stopping drilling by holding the tubular string longitudinally stationary; adding a tubular joint or stand of joints to the tubular string while injecting drilling fluid into a side port of the...

05/29/14 - 20140144707 - Drilling machine and method
The present disclosure provides a machine capable of drilling into the ground at a wide range of angles relative to the ground surface. The present disclosure also provides novel drilling methods....

05/15/14 - 20140131107 - Device and method usable in well drilling and other well operations
Systems and methods usable for drilling wells and performing other well operations include a drilling tool having inner and outer, counter-rotating drill bits. Opposing reactive torques generated by the inner bit and the outer bit can reduce or cancel the net reactive torque transmitted upwell, through the drill string. Counter...

05/15/14 - 20140131108 - 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 sleeve is arranged and designed to move a first axial distance within the body. A cutter block is movably coupled to the body. The cutter block...

05/15/14 - 20140131109 - Adjustable diameter underreamer and methods of use
An underreamer for increasing a diameter of a wellbore. The underreamer includes a body having an axial bore extending at least partially therethrough. An annular sleeve may be coupled to the body and adapted to move with respect to the body. The sleeve may include a plurality of grooves formed...

05/15/14 - 20140131110 - Make-up/break-out device for drilling hammers
A make-up/break-out device for use with a hammer used in horizontal directional drilling operations. The hammer comprises a drill bit assembly and a housing that are connected via low helix angle threads. The make-up/break-out device is used with the hammer to tighten or loosen the connection between the drill bit...

05/15/14 - 20140131111 - Two-centre rotary boring bit and method for deepening an existing well
Two-centre rotary boring bit for boring wells, comprising, on the one hand, a pilot tool (1) comprising a body of revolution with an axial core (3) and radial blades (4) bearing cutting elements (5) and, on the other hand, an enlarging tool (2) fitted behind the pilot tool and laterally...

05/01/14 - 20140116780 - Hybrid bearings for downhole motors
A bearing assembly for use in a down-hole drilling apparatus includes a bearing housing configured for connection to a drill string and a mandrel disposed at least partially within the bearing housing. The mandrel is configured to rotate about a longitudinal axis extending therethrough. A hybrid thrust bearing package is...

05/01/14 - 20140116781 - Reciprocating and rotating section and methods in a drilling system
An apparatus including a stationary section having a first central fluid passage and operably connected to a drilling fluid inlet and a conduit, a rotating and reciprocating section having a second central fluid passage and operably connected to a tubular, wherein the rotating and reciprocating section reciprocates along a longitudinal...

05/01/14 - 20140116782 - Method and apparatus for shaping a well hole
A method of shaping a wellbore comprising attaching a drilling apparatus to a drill string, which has a side cutting sub-assembly with both cutting and gauging surfaces; a fluid circulating sub-assembly which has nozzles directing fluid up the wellbore and past the cutting surfaces; and a bullnose assembly with forward...

04/24/14 - 20140110175 - Downhole activation system using magnets and method thereof
A downhole activation system within a tubular. The system includes an axially movable mover. A first magnet attached to the mover. The first magnet axially movable with the mover. A second magnet separated from the first magnet. The second magnet magnetically repulsed by the first magnet. A biasing device urging...

04/17/14 - 20140102796 - Method and apparatus for protecting downhole components with inert atmosphere
Methods and systems are provided that enable the removal or reduction of moisture and any other volatile substances within downhole tools. A purging gas can be allowed to flow into the downhole tool, where it begins to interact with and dry the moisture present as well as dilute the gaseous...

04/17/14 - 20140102797 - Selective deployment of underreamers and stabilizers
A downhole tool for increasing a cross-sectional area of a wellbore is provided. The downhole tool may include a first drilling assembly including a first reaming tool for selectively increasing the cross-sectional area of the wellbore. A first ball seat may receive a first ball. At least one of the...

04/17/14 - 20140102798 - Stabilizing members for fixed cutter drill bit
A drill bit for drilling a borehole in an earthen formation. In an embodiment, the bit comprises a first blade having a cutter-supporting surface. In addition, the bit comprises a plurality of primary cutter elements with cutting faces mounted to the cutter-supporting surface. The cutting profiles of the cutting faces...

04/10/14 - 20140097024 - Drill bits having depth of cut control features and methods of making and using the same
A downhole cutting tool for drilling a borehole in an earthen formation may include a tool body having a tool axis and a direction of rotation about the tool axis; at least two blades attached to the tool body, the at least two blades having a leading face facing the...

04/03/14 - 20140090892 - Apparatus and methods for controlling drill string vibrations and applying a force to a drill bit
Apparatus and methods for controlling drill string vibrations and applying a force to a drill bit include a body having a first piston at an uphole end in association with a drill string and a second piston at a downhole end in association with a drill bit. A first biasing...

03/27/14 - 20140083776 - Method for initiating fluid circulation using dual drill pipe
A method for operating a dual drill string disposed in a wellbore, the string having a shutoff valve for at least a fluid return drill string therein proximate a bottom end thereof includes pumping fluid into the fluid return string such that a pressure therein is substantially equal to a...

03/13/14 - 20140069722 - Hammer bit
A hammer bit is herein described with tapered lateral sides and a modified face section. The tapered lateral sides taper inward towards a rear portion of the hammer bit. The modified face section includes a gauge portion and a larger angled or heel portion. The hammer bit provides improved penetration...

03/13/14 - 20140069723 - Method and apparatus for penetrating particulate substrates
A method or corresponding apparatus in an example embodiment of the present invention relates to penetrating a particulate substrate using a compact, lightweight, low-energy, reversible, and dynamic device for burrowing through particulate substrates. In one preferred embodiment, the apparatus includes at least one vessel and a displacement module coupled with...

03/13/14 - 20140069724 - Turbine speed control system for downhole tool
Systems, methods, and devices are provided to generate a stable supply of electrical power in a drill string. In one example, a downhole turbine generator includes a turbine, a speed governor, and an alternator. The turbine may transform hydraulic power of a first fluid medium into rotational power of a...