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Patent
Gyrodata Inc. | Date: 2014-07-29

Systems and methods are provided for producing a continuous survey of a previously drilled portion of a wellbore. The method includes receiving a plurality of stationary survey measurements taken at a corresponding plurality of locations along the portion of the wellbore. The method further includes receiving at least one continuous survey including a plurality of continuous survey measurements taken between a pair of stationary survey measurements of the plurality of stationary survey measurements. The method further includes combining the plurality of stationary survey measurements and the plurality of continuous survey measurements to produce the continuous survey of the portion of the wellbore.


Patent
Gyrodata Inc. | Date: 2014-06-10

A method is provided to determine a distance, a direction, or both between an existing first wellbore and at least one sensor module of a drill string within a second wellbore being drilled. The method includes using the at least one sensor module to measure a magnetic field and to generate at least one first signal indicative of the measured magnetic field. The method further includes using the at least one sensor module to gyroscopically measure an azimuth, an inclination, or both of the at least one sensor module and to generate at least one second signal indicative of the measured azimuth, inclination, or both. The method further includes using the at least one first signal and the at least one second signal to calculate a distance between the existing first wellbore and the at least one sensor module, a direction between the existing first wellbore and the at least one sensor module, or both a distance and a direction between the existing first wellbore and the at least one sensor module.


Patent
Gyrodata Inc. | Date: 2013-03-08

A computer-based method of generating a survey of a wellbore section is provided. The method includes analyzing a plurality of surveys of the wellbore section to identify survey measurements that do not comprise gross errors, generating an initial weighted average survey, and calculating an initial set of measurement differences between the identified survey measurements and the initial weighted average survey. The method further includes calculating a plurality of error term estimates for the plurality of surveys and using the plurality of error term estimates to correct the identified survey measurements. The method further includes generating an updated weighted average survey and calculating an updated set of measurement differences between the identified survey measurements and the updated weighted average survey.


Patent
Gyrodata Inc. | Date: 2013-03-08

A valve for communication of a measurement while drilling system includes a first structure having a central portion and one or more elongate portions radially extending from the central portion, and a second structure having one or more portions which substantially bound a central orifice region and one or more elongate orifice regions radially extending from the central orifice region. At least one of the first structure and the second structure is configured to be rotated about a rotation axis to produce a relative rotation between the first structure and the second structure such that a flow path through which mud can flow varies as the at least one of the first structure and the second structure rotates about the rotation axis. The central portion has a maximum inscribed circle encircling the rotation axis and having a first radius and the central orifice region has a maximum inscribed circle encircling the rotation axis and having a second radius greater than the first radius.


Systems and methods for the down-hole automatic mechanical coupling and alignment of a first sensor module and a second sensor module are provided. A mating element of a first sensor module includes a sheath with a first cam and a shroud surrounding the first cam. A second mating element of a second sensor module includes a second cam complementary to the first cam. Upon mating, the sheath surrounds at least a portion of the second mating element and the first cam seats against the second cam, with a predetermined axial orientation with respect to each other.

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