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William Banning Vail III: Closed-loop system to compete oil and gas wells closed-loop system to complete oil and gas wells c. Smart Drilling and Completion, June 4, 2002: US06397946 (119 worldwide citation)

A closed-loop system is used to complete oil and gas wells. The term “to complete a well” means “to finish work on a well and bring it into productive status”. A closed-loop system to complete an oil and gas well is an automated system under computer control that executes a sequence of programmed st ...


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William Banning Vail III: Smart shuttles to complete oil and gas wells. Smart Drilling and Completion, February 20, 2001: US06189621 (118 worldwide citation)

Smart shuttles are used to complete oil and gas wells. Following drilling operations into a geological formation, a steel pipe is disposed in the wellbore. The steel pipe may be a standard casing installed into the wellbore using typical industry practices. Alternatively, the steel pipe may be a dri ...


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William Banning Vail III: One pass drilling and completion of extended reach lateral wellbores with drill bit attached to drill string to produce hydrocarbons from offshore platforms. Smart Drilling and Completion, July 24, 2001: US06263987 (92 worldwide citation)

The steel drill string attached to a drilling bit during typical rotary drilling operations used to drill oil and gas wells is used for the second purpose as the casing that is permanently installed in the wellbore for the final completion of oil and gas wells. The rotary drill bit is attached to th ...


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William Banning Vail III, James E Chitwood: Closed-loop conveyance systems for well servicing. Weatherford Lamb, Moser Patterson & Sheridan L, March 22, 2005: US06868906 (90 worldwide citation)

A closed-loop system is used to perform a variety of well services. The well services include well completion services, production and maintenance services, and enhanced recovery services. A closed-loop system to complete an oil and gas well is an automated system under computer control that execute ...


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William Banning Vail III: One pass drilling and completion of wellbores with drill bit attached to drill string to make cased wellbores to produce hydrocarbons. Smart Drilling and Completion, December 12, 2000: US06158531 (84 worldwide citation)

The steel drill string attached to a drilling bit during typical rotary drilling operations used to drill oil and gas wells is used for the second purpose as the casing that is permanently installed in the wellbore for the final completion of oil and gas wells. The rotary drill bit is attached to th ...


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James E Chitwood, William Banning Vail III, William G Crossland, Damir S Skerl, Robert L Dekle: High power umbilicals for subterranean electric drilling machines and remotely operated vehicles. Smart Drilling and Completion, February 22, 2005: US06857486 (79 worldwide citation)

The method of providing in excess of 60 kilowatts of electrical power to the electrical motor of a subterranean electric drilling machine through a substantially neutrally buoyant composite umbilical containing electrical conductors to reduce the frictional drag on the neutrally buoyant umbilical. D ...


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William Banning Vail III: Monolithic self sharpening rotary drill bit having tungsten carbide rods cast in steel alloys. November 17, 1998: US05836409 (72 worldwide citation)

A monolithic long lasting rotary drill bit for drilling a hole into a geological formation having at least one hardened rod which has a length of at least three times its diameter composed of hard material such as tungsten carbide that is cast into a relatively soft steel matrix material to make a r ...


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William Banning Vail III: Method and apparatus for cementing drill strings in place for one pass drilling and completion of oil and gas wells. April 20, 1999: US05894897 (72 worldwide citation)

The steel drill string attached to a drilling bit during typical rotary drilling operations used to drill oil and gas wells is used for a second purpose as the casing that is cemented in place during typical oil and gas well completions. Methods of operation are described that provide for the effici ...


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William Banning Vail III, Steven Thomas Momii: Methods and apparatus to produce stick-slip motion of logging tool attached to a wireline drawn upward by a continuously rotating wireline drum. ParaMagnetic Logging, February 10, 1998: US05717334 (63 worldwide citation)

Methods and apparatus are described to produce stick-slip motion of a logging tool within a cased well attached to a wireline that is drawn upward by a continuously rotating wireline drum. The stick-slip motion results in the periodic upward movement of the tool in the cased well described in terms ...


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William Banning Vail III: Rotary drill bit compensating for changes in hardness of geological formations. Smart Drilling and Completion, April 15, 2003: US06547017 (60 worldwide citation)

A long lasting rotary drill bit for drilling a hole into variable hardness geological formations that has a self-actuating mechanism responsive to the hardness of the geological formation to minimize the time necessary to drill a borehole. A long lasting rotary drill bit for drilling a hole into var ...