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Anti-stall bypass system for downhole motor
04/09/15 - 20150096807 - A flow control valve for use with a downhole motor includes a housing with at least one port and a sleeve with at least one opening. The sleeve is movable within the housing to align and offset the ports and openings. A first biasing member associated with a first portion...

Mining vehicle and method for its energy supply
04/02/15 - 20150090499 - The mining vehicle has a carriage, driving equipment for moving the carriage, at least one mining work device, an electric motor for supplying power to the mining work device, a connection for supplying electric power to the electric motor from an electrical network of the mine, and an energy source....

Positionable downhole gear box
03/26/15 - 20150083496 - The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a tool string positionable in a wellbore that includes a spur gear driven by a source of input rotation, a planetary gearbox having an attachment structure to connect to the spur gear. The gearbox includes a central...

Hydraulic activation of mechanically operated bottom hole assembly tool
03/26/15 - 20150083497 - A method of hydraulically activating a mechanically operated wellbore tool in a bottom hole assembly includes: holding moveable elements of the wellbore tool in an unactivated position using a shear pin; inserting one or more drop balls into a drilling fluid; and flowing the drilling fluid with the drop balls...

Electrical conductor subassembly and method of use
03/26/15 - 20150083498 - The invention provides an electrical conductor subassembly and a method of constructing an isolated electrical connection comprising a set of the connected electrical conductor subassemblies. Each subassembly is connectable with other of the subassemblies into a conductor string while being fed into an opening in a hole or pipe, thereby...

Methods for constructing underground borehole configurations and related solution mining methods
03/26/15 - 20150083499 - Disclosed are methods for solution mining of evaporite minerals, such as trona, comprising drilling an access well and at least two lateral boreholes; injecting a fluid; circulating the fluid through the lateral boreholes with a controlled fluid flow; and collecting a pregnant solution. Also disclosed are methods of solution mining...

Subsurface drilling tool
03/19/15 - 20150075868 - The present invention relates in general to subsurface drilling tools, and more specifically, to a drill bit comprising a ball shaped cutting tool. The drill bit is configured so that a plurality of cones, forming the ball shaped cutting tool, rotate in opposite directions around an axle while the drill...

Drill head clean out apparatus
03/12/15 - 20150068807 - A drill head clean out device having a clean out tool, a first bar having a first end and a second end, wherein the clean out tool is adapted to be positioned on the first end of the first bar, a coupling member having a first aperture adapted to receive...

Electric horizontal directional drilling machine system
03/12/15 - 20150068808 - An electric horizontal directional drilling machine. An electric horizontal directional drilling machine is powered by an electric power assembly. The power assembly is made up of a fuel cell and inverter, or multiple fuel cells with synchronized inverters. The electric motor operates hydraulic pumps or works independently to rotate, advance...

Turbine blade for turbodrills
03/05/15 - 20150060144 - A turbodrill having a housing having a bore extending at least partially therethrough, a rotatable shaft disposed in the housing bore and rotatable relative to the housing, the housing, the housing bore and the rotatable shaft having a common longitudinal axis; and a plurality of turbine blades disposed at least...

Drilling systems and multi-faced drill bit assemblies
02/19/15 - 20150047905 - A drill bit assembly that includes a shank including a shank axis, first and second ends, a drill bit seat at the second end and a central flow bore extending axially from the first end. Additionally, the assembly includes a sleeve disposed about and translatable axially relative to the shank...

Efficient and eco-friendly oil drilling system and method
02/19/15 - 20150047906 - An efficient and eco-friendly oil drilling system includes at least one storage tank, an initial surface drilling system and a subsequent drilling system, a plurality of rig mud pumps, and a drilling rig. The plurality of rig mud pumps is in fluid communication with the drilling rig as the drilling...

Wrap-around band tool connector and method of forming
02/19/15 - 20150047907 - A downhole tool including a body configured to be positioned on an outer surface of a tubular. A flexible member may extend circumferentially around the body more than once. The body may be positioned radially-between the outer surface of the tubular and the flexible member, and a tension force on...

Bi-directionally raisable drilling rig mast
02/19/15 - 20150047908 - A substructure of a drilling rig is positioned above a first wellbore at a first wellbore location, a drilling rig mast is pivotably attached to the substructure and raised from a first mast position wherein an upper end of the drilling rig mast is oriented in a first direction toward...

Method and apparatus for creating a pressure pulse in drilling fluid to vibrate a drill string
02/12/15 - 20150041217 - A pressure pulse generating method and apparatus for use with a drill string includes a top and bottom subs for attaching the apparatus within the drill string; a power section comprising a rotor/stator; a drive assembly; and a nozzle sub which includes a nozzle assembly comprising a nozzle holder and...

Downhole motor coupling systems and methods
02/05/15 - 20150034388 - A drilling system includes a drillstring and a power section further including a stator having a stator axis and a rotor within the stator. The rotor rotates eccentrically within the stator in response to fluid flowing therebetween. Additionally, the system includes a coupling section including first, second, and third rotation...

One trip drill and casing scrape method and apparatus
01/29/15 - 20150027780 - A drilling assembly is tripped in a cased hole to make more open hole. The assembly features retracted scrapers and a closed circulation sub so that the drilling can commence with string pressure delivered to bit nozzles due to the circulation sub being in a closed position. When drilling is...

Mud lift pump for dual drill string
01/29/15 - 20150027781 - A mud lift pump for a dual drill string includes an energy input and an energy output in fluid communication with a fluid return flow passage in the dual drill string....

Modular drilling rig system
01/22/15 - 20150021095 - Modular transfigurable drilling rig system composed of multiple components, which system is transfigurable between a transport mode in which the components of the system are transportable and an operational mode in which the components are assembled to a drilling rig which is adapted to drill into a well centre in...

Cv joint for down hole motor and method
01/15/15 - 20150014059 - An apparatus for transmitting torque to a down hole motor in a down hole drilling assembly. The apparatus includes a center rod having a distal protuberance and a proximal protuberance, a transmission adapter having a first end connected to the down hole motor, and a transmission socket formed within a...

Tricone bit construction
01/15/15 - 20150014060 - A roller cone drill bit having detachable rotatable arms. The arms are connected at a mounting pad to the bit body. Each arm has its own grease delivery system to provide lubrication to the interface between the arms and rolling elements at an end of each arm. The forward-facing contact...

Hydraulic actuation of a downhole tool assembly
01/15/15 - 20150014061 - A downhole tool assembly is configured for repeated and selective hydraulic actuation and deactuation. A piston assembly is configured to reciprocate axially in a downhole tool body. The piston assembly reciprocates between a first axial position and second and third axial positions that axially oppose the first position. The downhole...

Drilling device and drilling method
01/08/15 - 20150008040 - A drilling device and method with a drill rod which can be driven in a rotating manner and has an internal line, a support rope, a rotary joint between the drill rod and the support rope and has a holding member which is in connection with the support rope and...

High stiffness tool for expanding a wellbore
01/08/15 - 20150008041 - A downhole tool may be used to enlarge and widen a wellbore. The downhole tool may include a reamer with a mandrel that includes a rib extending radially outward from a cylindrical body of the mandrel. The rib may define one or more grooves. A cutter block or other expandable...

Friction reducing wear band and method of coupling a wear band to a tubular
01/08/15 - 20150008042 - In one embodiment, a wear band comprises a rotating element having a bore receivable on a tubular, the bore comprising first and second bore portions slidably receiving first and second sleeve bearings. Outer surfaces of the sleeve bearings slidably engage the bore portions and the bores of the sleeve bearings...

Rotary steerable push-the-bit drilling apparatus with self-cleaning fluid filter
01/08/15 - 20150008043 - A steerable drilling apparatus includes a control system inside a cylindrical housing connected to a drill bit having radially-extendable pistons. A fluid-metering assembly directs a piston-actuating fluid into fluid channels leading to respective pistons. The control system controls the fluid-metering assembly to allow fluid flow to selected pistons, causing the...

Device for improved clean up of holes, and method of using same
01/01/15 - 20150000981 - A cleanup device having a first board having a first edge, a second board having a first edge, a first hinge attached to the first edge of the first board and the first edge of the second board, an aperture defined by a portion of the first edge of the...

Bidirectional downhole isolation valve
01/01/15 - 20150000982 - An isolation valve for use in a wellbore includes: a tubular housing; an upper flapper disposed in the housing and pivotable relative thereto between an open position and a closed position; an upper piston operable to open or close the upper flapper; a lower flapper disposed in the housing and...

Method of orienting a cutting element
01/01/15 - 20150000983 - A method of orienting a cutting element includes, configuring the cutting element so that gravitational forces acting thereon against a support surface bias the cutting element to an orientation relative to the support surface in which at least one support and at least one side of a polygon of a...

Actuating a downhole tool
12/25/14 - 20140374163 - A downhole tool includes a body having a bore extending, at least partially therethrough. A component is disposed within the bore and arranged and designed to move axially from a first position to a second position within the bore. An axial end portion of the component has a first contact...

System and method for formation detection and evaluation
12/25/14 - 20140374164 - Provided are a system and method for identifying planned markers while drilling a borehole. In one example, the method includes obtaining a plan containing planned markers that each corresponds to a baseline marker from an existing well. Each of the baseline markers corresponds to a waveform from a log file...

High-productivity drill bits
12/18/14 - 20140367171 - Drill bits having flushing channels and surface features that cooperate to evacuate cuttings. The surface features can be provided as flutes, fins, and/or ribs defined in a body portion of the bits. Optionally, the surface features can define back-cutting edges the permit back reaming....

Pressure control check valve for a down-the-hole drill hammer
12/11/14 - 20140360783 - A down-the-hole drill hammer for optimizing air consumption. The down-the-hole drill hammer includes a housing, a backhead connected to the housing, and a pressure control check valve assembly mounted within the housing. The pressure control check valve assembly includes a first check valve and a second check valve. The first...

Core barrel valve assembly
12/04/14 - 20140353039 - A valve assembly for use in an inner tube member of a core barrel head assembly positionable within a drill string of a drilling apparatus. The valve assembly works using two separate surfaces A and B and a biasing element with a force FS. When hydrostatic pressure is present forces...

Methods of fabricating cutting elements for earth-boring tools and methods of selectively removing a portion of a cutting element of an earth-boring tool
12/04/14 - 20140353040 - Cutting elements for use with earth-boring tools include a cutting table having at least two sections where a boundary between the at least two sections is at least partially defined by a discontinuity formed in the cutting table. Earth-boring tools including a tool body and a plurality of cutting elements...

Cam mechanism for downhole rotary valve actuation and a method for drilling
12/04/14 - 20140353041 - A method of drilling a wellbore with a downhole tool having a cam piston, and a rotary piston includes providing a first flow of fluid to the downhole tool. The first flow of fluid causes the cam piston to move axially downward, thereby rotating a rotary valve of the rotary...

Wellbore percussion adapter and tubular connection
11/20/14 - 20140338978 - A percussion adapter that is driven to generate a percussive axial motion on a wellbore structure. One percussion adapter includes a drive connection to mechanically convert rotational drive to axially directed percussive motion. Another percussion adapter employs a valve that creates back pressure causing axially directed percussive motion. A wellbore...

Reamer with replaceable rolling cutters
11/20/14 - 20140338979 - A reamer for use in underground drilling back-reaming operations. The reamer comprises a body comprising a plurality of pockets. The pockets are configured such that an arm, a rolling cutter, and a retainer may fit within each of the pockets. Each of the rolling cutters is connected to each of...

Systems and methods for limiting torque transmission
11/20/14 - 20140338980 - A drill string for drilling a subterranean wellbore includes a shaft connectable to a first drill string portion and a housing connectable to a second drill string portion. A torque relief section is disposed between the shaft and housing. The torque relief section includes a slip section operable to slip...

Tools for use in subterranean boreholes having expandable members and related methods
11/20/14 - 20140338981 - Expandable apparatus for use in subterranean boreholes include at least one member configured to move between a retracted position and an extended position. Components of the expandable apparatus may include at least one surface for removing debris proximate to the tubular body. Components of the expandable apparatus may be configured...

Earth-boring tools including movable formation-engaging structures and related methods
11/13/14 - 20140332271 - Earth-boring tools may have a body, a cutting element attached to the body at a first location, and a formation-engaging structure attached to the body at a second location. The formation-engaging structure may be movable during a drilling operation between a first position and a second position. In the first...

Insulated conductor for downhole drilling equipment
11/13/14 - 20140332272 - A downhole drilling tool includes a tubular housing having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end, and a stator disposed in the tubular housing, said stator defining an internal cavity passing there through. The stator includes at least a first protective electrically insulated layer, a second protective electrically...

Cutting element, tool and method of cutting within a borehole
11/13/14 - 20140332273 - A cutting element includes, a body having two planes, each of the two planes defining a plurality of edges, and a support extending from a first of the two planes. The support and the body are configured such that when the cutting element is resting against a planar surface such...

Cutting elements configured to generate shear lips during use in cutting, earth-boring tools including such cutting elements, and methods of forming and using such cutting elements and earth-boring tools
11/13/14 - 20140332274 - Cutting elements for earth-boring tools may generate a shear lip at a wear scar thereon during cutting. A diamond table may exhibit a relatively high wear resistance, and an edge of the diamond table may be chamfered, the combination of which may result in the formation of a shear lip....

Positive displacement motor with radially constrained rotor catch
11/13/14 - 20140332275 - A moving cavity motor or pump, such as a mud motor, comprising: a rotor, a stator, and one or more apparatus for constraining (i.e., controlling or limiting) the movement of the rotor relative to the stator, where the apparatus for constraining is operable with the rotor catch....

Method and apparatus for plastic pipe drilling
11/13/14 - 20140332276 - A drilling method and apparatus. A drilling device includes a plastic casing part and a drilling unit arranged essentially inside the casing part. The drilling unit includes a first drilling part for drilling a center hole and a second drilling part for reaming the center hole for the casing part....

Drill string check valve
11/13/14 - 20140332277 - A drilling method comprising running a drill string (12) part way into a bore (11); then pumping fluid through the drill string; then running the drill string further into the bore; and then reconfiguring a check valve (20) located towards the distal end of the drill string from a running...

Extended reach drilling
11/13/14 - 20140332278 - Apparatus, methods and uses that allow extended reach drilling by virtue of the provision in the drillstring and to downhole tools collective vibrations, not tuned specifically to a single resonant frequency, from a hammer assembly that provides vibrations of different frequency ranges....

Downhole tool impact dissipating tool
11/06/14 - 20140326508 - An impact dissipation tool for supporting a downhole tool in downhole applications. The tool includes a base and a housing. The tool also includes a carriage located within the housing and coupled to the base, the carriage being movable relative to the housing upon a predetermined impact force. A dissipator...

Pipe in pipe bha electric drive motor
11/06/14 - 20140326509 - A pipe in pipe electric motor assembly comprising: a drilling string comprising an inner pipe and an outer pipe and an electric motor; wherein the electric motor is provided with power supplied by the inner pipe and the outer pipe acting at least as conductors and associated methods....

Isolation adapter for using multiple power sources in a bottom hole assembly
10/23/14 - 20140311804 - The present disclosure relates to a power isolation adapter which can enable the use of multiple power sources in a bottom hole assembly (BHA) by isolating the power sources on a tool bus while maintaining a communication bus across the BHA. Such power sources may be part of a measurement-while-drilling...

Fuel tank
10/16/14 - 20140305707 - A fuel tank for a fuel-operated down-the-hole drill including a drill bit, is provided. A largest rotation diameter of the fuel tank is provided at or in connection with drilling equipment and is sufficiently small in order to be able to insert the fuel tank into a drill hole....

Drill string tubular component
10/09/14 - 20140299380 - A drill string tubular component for use in an oil or gas well, in the form of a tubular having a central bore and a mechanism for mobilising drill cuttings comprising at least one radial impeller (30) configured to apply radial thrust cuttings passing it, the radial impeller being located...

Apparatus and method for the installation or removal of a rotary control device insert or a component thereof
10/02/14 - 20140291026 - An apparatus for installing and removing a rotary control device insert or an element thereof has a first clamp with a receptacle suitable for receiving a flange of the rotary control device insert therein, a second clamp having an interior suitable for extending around a pipe, and a plurality of...

Apparatus and method for the installation or removal of a rotary control device insert or a component thereof
10/02/14 - 20140291027 - An apparatus for installing and removing a rotary control device insert or an element thereof has a first clamp with a receptacle suitable for receiving a flange of the rotary control device insert therein, a second clamp having an interior suitable for extending around a pipe, and a plurality of...

Drawworks system
09/25/14 - 20140284108 - An example drawworks may include an electrical drive motor and an output shaft driven by the electrical drive motor. A worm gear may be coupled to the output shaft and a bull gear may be engaged with the worm gear. A wireline drum may be coupled to the bull gear...

Method and apparatus for reaming well bore surfaces nearer the center of drift
09/25/14 - 20140284109 - A well bore reaming device and method are disclosed. The device includes a drill string, a bottom eccentric reamer coupled to the drill string, and a top eccentric reamer coupled to the drill string, wherein the bottom and top eccentric reamers have a prearranged spacing and orientation....

Self-elevating platform employing actuators
09/18/14 - 20140262518 - A method including arranging a plurality of actuators into an operating position, arranging a first upper frame and a second upper frame proximate the actuators, attaching a support to the first upper frame and the second upper frame, wherein the support is located above the actuators, and extending the actuators...

Self-elevating mast employing drive carriage
09/18/14 - 20140262519 - A method includes attaching a carriage support to a platform, the platform comprising a platform floor having an opening therein, with the carriage support located proximate the opening, attaching a drive carriage to the carriage support, and operably coupling to the drive carriage a first mast section of a mast...

Self-elevating mast employing draw works
09/18/14 - 20140262520 - A method comprising attaching a first mast section to a support structure using a first plurality of fasteners located on the support structure, wherein a lower portion of the support structure is connected to and located above an opening in the platform comprising a platform floor, and wherein the first...

Top drive main shaft with threaded load nut
09/18/14 - 20140262521 - A top drive system is provided. In one embodiment, a top drive includes a drive stem and a load nut with mating threaded surfaces that enable the drive stem to be threaded through the load nut and to support weight of a connected drill string via the load nut. One...

Axially separating drill bucket
09/18/14 - 20140262522 - The current application provides an Axially Separating Drill Bucket for drilling large holes in the earth by which a drilling operator can perform the drilling operation with the Axially Separating Drill Bucket and remove the excavated material in one operation. The unit can be raised to the surface where the...

Underreamer for increasing a wellbore diameter
09/18/14 - 20140262523 - An underreamer for increasing a diameter of a wellbore. The underreamer may include a body with first and second cutter blocks coupled to the body. The first cutter block may have a recess formed therein, and the second cutter block may be positioned in the recess. The first and second...

Downhole turbine motor and related assemblies
09/18/14 - 20140262524 - A turbine drive may include a rotor that includes multiple turbine blades arranged in one or more turbine stages, as well as a stator cooperating with the rotor to direct fluid against the turbine blades and convert hydraulic, kinetic energy into rotational energy. The rotor may be fixed to the...

Underreamer for increasing a wellbore diameter
09/18/14 - 20140262525 - An underreamer for increasing a diameter of a wellbore. The underreamer may include a body having an axial bore extending at least partially therethrough. An electromagnetic activation system may be disposed at least partially within the bore of the body. A valve may be disposed within the bore of the...

Tubular handling apparatus
09/18/14 - 20140262526 - In one embodiment, a tubular handling assembly for use with a top drive includes a mandrel coupled to the top drive; a gripping assembly for gripping and releasing a tubular, the gripping assembly coupled to and rotating with the mandrel; and an actuation assembly for actuating the gripping assembly, wherein...

Method and apparatus for improving the efficiency of a positive displacement motor for drilling and oil or gas well
09/11/14 - 20140251691 - 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...

Rotating drilling stabilizer
09/11/14 - 20140251692 - 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...

Liner top cleaning method prior to bha removal in drilling with advancing liner systems
09/04/14 - 20140246239 - 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...

Downhole drilling tool
09/04/14 - 20140246240 - 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...

Actuation mechanisms for downhole assemblies and related downhole assemblies and methods
08/28/14 - 20140238746 - 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...

Auger stand for a utility truck and method of using same
08/28/14 - 20140238747 - 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...

Slotted liner drilling
08/28/14 - 20140238748 - 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...

Drilling tool and method for earth drilling
08/28/14 - 20140238749 - 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....

Tubular drill stem component and method for tensioning a communication tube mounted in said component
08/28/14 - 20140238750 - 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...