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Patent Application Titled "Geoscience Data Visualization and Immersion Experience" Published Online

June 24, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventors Davidson, Preston H. (Houston, TX); Green, David W. (Richmond, TX); Ramirez, Sebastian E. (Houston, TX); Scott, William W. (The Woodlands, TX); Tarver, Joel W. (Houston, TX); Hetz, Doron (Houston, TX), filed on December 3, 2012, was made available online on June 12, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Earth formations may be used for various purposes such as hydrocarbon production, geothermal production, and carbon dioxide sequestration. In order to efficiently use an earth formation, the formation is characterized by performing measurements of many different properties. These measurements are typically performed by different logging tools conveyed through a borehole penetrating the formation. A formation property is measured and recorded along with the depth in the borehole at which the property is measured as a downhole tool is conveyed through the borehole. The measurements and the corresponding depths at which each measurement was obtained are used to produce a log of the property. The log is generally a graph of a value of the property versus depth, typically presented in a vertical format.

"Many logs are typically produced to a formation being characterized. These logs may be used by users, such as drilling operators and geological-analysts, in order to make important decisions related to efficiently using costly resources. Some of these decisions must be made in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, the user may be inundated with many different logs and be under time pressure to correctly interpret those logs before making decisions. Hence, it would be appreciated in the drilling and geo-physical exploration industries if logging data could be presented to a user in a format conducive to interpreting that data in a short amount of time."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Disclosed is a method for presenting measurements of properties of a subsurface material to a user. The method includes conveying a carrier through a borehole penetrating the subsurface material and performing a plurality of measurements of multiple properties of the subsurface material at multiple depths in the borehole using a plurality of downhole tools disposed at the carrier. The method further includes constructing, with a processor, a three-dimensional mathematical model of the subsurface material using the plurality of measurements, the model having data from the plurality of measurements of the multiple properties. The method further includes receiving, with the processor, an input from a user directing the processor to generate a three-dimensional image of the subsurface material as seen from a virtual viewer-window viewing the model, the input having a three-dimensional position and three-dimensional viewing direction of the virtual-viewer window within the model. The method further includes generating the three-dimensional image with the processor and displaying the generated three-dimensional image on a display.

"Also disclosed is an apparatus for presenting measurements of properties of a subsurface material to a user. The apparatus includes a carrier configured to be conveyed through a borehole and a plurality of downhole tools disposed at the carrier, the plurality of downhole tools being configured to perform a plurality of measurements of multiple properties of the subsurface material. The apparatus further includes a processor configured to (a) construct a three-dimensional mathematical model of the subsurface material using the plurality of measurements, the model having data from the plurality of measurements of the multiple properties and (b) generate from a virtual viewer-window perspective a three-dimensional image of the subsurface material using the model. The apparatus further includes an input device configured to provide input to the processor from the user directing the processor to generate the three-dimensional image of the subsurface material, the input having a position and three-dimensional viewing direction of the virtual-viewer window perspective within the subsurface material. The apparatus further includes a display configured to display the three-dimensional image to the user.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"The following descriptions should not be considered limiting in any way. With reference to the accompanying drawings, like elements are numbered alike:

"FIG. 1 illustrates a cross-sectional view of an exemplary embodiment of downhole tools disposed in a borehole penetrating the earth;

"FIG. 2 depicts aspects of a mathematical model of a subsurface material constructed from measurement data obtained from the downhole tools;

"FIG. 3 depicts aspects of a virtual viewer-window configured to view aspects of the mathematical model;

"FIG. 4 depicts aspects of positioning and orienting the virtual viewer window; and

"FIG. 5 is a flow chart for a method for presenting measurements of properties of a subsurface material to a user."

For more information, see this patent application: Davidson, Preston H.; Green, David W.; Ramirez, Sebastian E.; Scott, William W.; Tarver, Joel W.; Hetz, Doron. Geoscience Data Visualization and Immersion Experience. Filed December 3, 2012 and posted June 12, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=4813&p=97&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140605.PD.&OS=PD/20140605&RS=PD/20140605

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Information Technology, Information and Data Modeling.

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