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11/20/14 - 20140338978 - Wellbore percussion adapter and tubular connection
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...

11/20/14 - 20140338979 - Reamer with replaceable rolling cutters
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...

11/20/14 - 20140338980 - Systems and methods for limiting torque transmission
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...

11/20/14 - 20140338981 - Tools for use in subterranean boreholes having expandable members and related methods
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...

11/13/14 - 20140332271 - Earth-boring tools including movable formation-engaging structures and related methods
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...

11/13/14 - 20140332272 - Insulated conductor for downhole drilling equipment
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...

11/13/14 - 20140332273 - Cutting element, tool and method of cutting within a borehole
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...

11/13/14 - 20140332274 - 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
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....

11/13/14 - 20140332275 - Positive displacement motor with radially constrained rotor catch
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....

11/13/14 - 20140332276 - Method and apparatus for plastic pipe drilling
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....

11/13/14 - 20140332277 - Drill string check valve
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...

11/13/14 - 20140332278 - Extended reach drilling
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....

11/06/14 - 20140326508 - Downhole tool impact dissipating tool
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...

11/06/14 - 20140326509 - Pipe in pipe bha electric drive motor
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....

10/23/14 - 20140311804 - Isolation adapter for using multiple power sources in a bottom hole assembly
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...

10/16/14 - 20140305707 - Fuel tank
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....

10/09/14 - 20140299380 - Drill string tubular component
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...

10/02/14 - 20140291026 - Apparatus and method for the installation or removal of a rotary control device insert or a component thereof
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...

10/02/14 - 20140291027 - Apparatus and method for the installation or removal of a rotary control device insert or a component thereof
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...

09/25/14 - 20140284108 - Drawworks system
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...

09/25/14 - 20140284109 - Method and apparatus for reaming well bore surfaces nearer the center of drift
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....

09/18/14 - 20140262518 - Self-elevating platform employing actuators
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...

09/18/14 - 20140262519 - Self-elevating mast employing drive carriage
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...

09/18/14 - 20140262520 - Self-elevating mast employing draw works
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...

09/18/14 - 20140262521 - Top drive main shaft with threaded load nut
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...

09/18/14 - 20140262522 - Axially separating drill bucket
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...

09/18/14 - 20140262523 - Underreamer for increasing a wellbore diameter
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...

09/18/14 - 20140262524 - Downhole turbine motor and related assemblies
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...

09/18/14 - 20140262525 - Underreamer for increasing a wellbore diameter
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...

09/18/14 - 20140262526 - Tubular handling apparatus
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...

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...