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A cost-effective downhole strain sensor tool for retrofit or new installation
Problem statement Hydraulic fracturing involves fracturing of bedrock formations by pressurized liquids and is one of the key technologies used for unconventional oil production. Usually strains on the order of 10–5 to 10–6 propagate ahead of the fractures. Monitoring and characterizing the strain on wellbores can be a formidable challenge,...
Published: 1/15/2021   |   Inventor(s): Mukul Sharma, Rodney Russell
Keywords(s): Engineering, Fracking, Oil & gas upstream, Sensors
Category(s): Physical sciences > Energy > Oil & gas > Upstream oil & gas
RAPIDClean: fast, accurate real-time simulations for hole cleaning operations
Problem statementImproper hole cleaning is a major cause of non-productive time (NPT) in drilling. Current hole cleaning practices are mostly based on experience, rules of thumb and simplistic calculations, and do not necessarily work as expected in all scenarios. Available models do not include parameters such as fluid compressibility, pipe rotation...
Published: 1/13/2021   |   Inventor(s): Eric van Oort, Amir Hossein Fallah, Qifan Gu, Dongmei Chen, Pradeepkumar Ashok
Keywords(s): Artificial intelligence (AI), Drilling, Oil & gas upstream
Category(s): Physical sciences > Energy > Oil & gas > Upstream oil & gas
Advanced sensors for RT determination of mud density and flow rate in high-pressure conditions
Problem statementLost circulation can have disastrous consequences including blowout (uncontrolled kicks) and loss of life, so close monitoring to quickly assess and control such events is essential. Market estimates indicate that over $2 billion USD is spent annually to combat and mitigate these events. Real-time measurement of mass flow is critical...
Published: 1/12/2021   |   Inventor(s): Eric van Oort, Vivek Singhal, Pradeepkumar Ashok
Keywords(s): Drilling, Fracking, Oil & gas upstream, Sensors
Category(s): Physical sciences > Energy > Oil & gas > Upstream oil & gas
Automated real-time optimization of formation fluid sampling using artificial intelligence
BackgroundFor capital-intensive exploration and production projects, understanding the chemical and physical properties, phase behavior, compatibility, spatial distribution, and hydraulic connectivity of reservoir fluids is critical for long-term planning and operation. Often, reservoir fluid samples acquired via formation testing represent the only...
Published: 1/11/2021   |   Inventor(s): Carlos Torres-Verdin, Colin Schroeder, Camilo Gelvez
Keywords(s): Artificial intelligence (AI), Drilling, Fracking, Oil & gas upstream, Petrophysics, Reservoir mapping
Category(s): Physical sciences > Energy > Oil & gas > Upstream oil & gas
Accurate 3D reconstruction of oil reservoirs based on rock classification
Problem statement3D description of a hydrocarbon reservoir and its petrophysical and fluid properties is required for optimal, cost-effective administration of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Conventional methods for reservoir characterization are based on 3D continuous discretization of the subsurface hydrocarbon reservoir into volume pixels of various shapes....
Published: 1/6/2021   |   Inventor(s): Carlos Torres-Verdin, Zoya Heidari
Keywords(s): Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), Oil & gas upstream, Petrophysics
Category(s): Physical sciences > Energy > Oil & gas > Upstream oil & gas
Simple drill system process for accurate determination of formation properties
Problem statementKnowledge of rock mechanical properties at subsurface conditions is essential to hydrocarbon exploration and production industry. Current methods to obtain this data include seismic amplitude measurements prior to drilling, while-drilling methodologies (LWD and MWD) using drill acoustics and post-drilling methods that use wireline logging...
Published: 12/10/2020   |   Inventor(s): Carlos Torres-Verdin, Roman Shor, Eric van Oort
Keywords(s): Drilling, Oil & gas upstream
Category(s): Physical sciences > Energy > Oil & gas > Upstream oil & gas
Low-cost, energy-efficient heavy oil recovery using a closed-loop well architecture
Problem statementOil production from heavy crude oil and bitumen reserves depends on enhanced thermal and chemical extraction methods like Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD), Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS), and high-pressure CSS. However, these methods have several known disadvantages. SAGD and CSS consumes much higher levels of water and natural...
Published: 12/7/2020   |   Inventor(s): Larry Lake, Babafemi Ogunyomi
Keywords(s): Drilling, Enhanced oil recovery (EOR)
Category(s): Physical sciences > Energy > Oil & gas > Upstream oil & gas
Injection or production of fluids from a single horizontal or deviated wellbore
A versatile system for oil well injection and productionProblem statementRecovering hydrocarbons from low permeability reservoirs is challenging due to low mobility of fluids in pore spaces. Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) efforts, including steam injection and chemical flooding, for such reservoirs depend on fluid injections to recover oil unavailable...
Published: 11/20/2020   |   Inventor(s): Mukul Sharma, Ripudaman Manchanda, Evan Gilmore
Keywords(s): Oil & gas upstream, Petrochemical
Category(s): Physical sciences > Energy > Oil & gas > Upstream oil & gas