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G01B 11/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. optical strain gauge 8
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G01H 9/00 - Measuring mechanical vibrations or ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves by using radiation-sensitive means, e.g. optical means 6
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1.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR TRACKING A PIPELINE INSPECTION GAUGE

      
Application Number CA2021051099
Publication Number 2022/032379
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-08-06
Publication Date 2022-02-17
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan
  • Owjimehr, Mehri
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Liu, Yuhong

Abstract

There is described a method of determining a position of a pipeline inspection gauge (PIG) in a fluid conduit. While the PIG is moving through the fluid conduit, one or more sensors positioned along the fluid conduit are used to detect one or more signals. Parameter data is extracted from the detected one or more signals. The parameter data includes one or more parameters of the detected one or more signals as a function of time and position along the fluid conduit. PIG movement data indicative of a position of the PIG in the fluid conduit as a function of time is generated using the parameter data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 21/00 - Measuring or testing not otherwise provided for
  • F16L 55/48 - Indicating the position of the pig or mole in the pipe or conduit
  • G01B 17/00 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic vibrations
  • G01D 5/32 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light

2.

METHOD OF DETECTING A LEAK IN A FLUID CONDUIT

      
Application Number CA2020051095
Publication Number 2021/026645
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-08-10
Publication Date 2021-02-18
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Ghazavi, Niloufar
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

Using at least one sensor positioned to monitor a fluid conduit, an acoustic event is detected. A speed of sound of the acoustic event is determined. The speed of sound of the acoustic event is compared to a baseline speed of sound. Based on the comparison, whether or not a leak has occurred in the fluid conduit may be determined.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01M 3/00 - Investigating fluid tightness of structures
  • G01V 1/00 - Seismology; Seismic or acoustic prospecting or detecting

3.

METHODS OF WRAPPING OPTICAL FIBER AROUND A FLUID CONDUIT

      
Application Number CA2020050146
Publication Number 2020/160663
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-05
Publication Date 2020-08-13
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

A method of wrapping optical fiber around a fluid conduit. The optical fiber is wrapped at least partially around the conduit. The optical fiber is secured relative to the conduit at one or more securing locations, thereby defining a sequence of multiple optical fiber portions. Each optical fiber portion comprises a portion of the optical fiber. Each securing location delimits a given optical fiber portion from the subsequent optical fiber portion in the sequence of optical fiber portions. A direction of wrapping of each consecutive optical fiber portion in the sequence of optical fiber potions may be alternated between a clockwise direction and a counter-clockwise direction.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01H 9/00 - Measuring mechanical vibrations or ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves by using radiation-sensitive means, e.g. optical means
  • E21B 47/135 - Means for transmitting measuring-signals or control signals from the well to the surface, or from the surface to the well, e.g. for logging while drilling by electromagnetic energy, e.g. of radio frequency range using light waves, e.g. infrared or ultraviolet waves
  • G01D 5/32 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light

4.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TESTING A FIBER OPTIC MONITORING SYSTEM IN A CONDUIT

      
Application Number CA2019051732
Publication Number 2020/113323
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-02
Publication Date 2020-06-11
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

There is described an apparatus for testing whether a fiber optic monitoring system is functioning properly. The apparatus includes an enclosure comprising one or more apertures for receiving therethrough optical fiber; and one or more actuators sealed within the enclosure for generating one or more interference signals for interfering with optical fiber within the enclosure such that an optical path length of the optical fiber is altered. There is also described a method for verifying an event detection system, comprising: interrogating optical fiber positioned alongside a conduit by sending one or more light pulses along the optical fiber and receiving reflections of the one or more light pulses; and using a event verification device housed within an enclosure through which passes the optical fiber to generate one or more interference signals for interfering with the optical fiber such that an optical path length of the optical fiber is altered.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 18/00 - Testing or calibrating apparatus or arrangements provided for in groups
  • G01D 5/32 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light

5.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING EVENTS IN A CONDUIT

      
Application Number CA2019051729
Publication Number 2020/113321
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-02
Publication Date 2020-06-11
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

There are described methods, systems, and computer-readable media for detecting events in a conduit. A first length of optical fiber, positioned alongside the conduit, is interrogated to obtain interferometric data from the first length of optical fiber. A second length of optical fiber, positioned alongside the conduit, is interrogated to obtain interferometric data from the second length of optical fiber. The interferometric data obtained from the first length of optical fiber is compared with the interferometric data obtained with the second length of optical fiber. Based on the comparison, whether an event has occurred in the conduit is determined.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/26 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light
  • G01D 5/32 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light

6.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING EVENTS IN A CONDUIT

      
Application Number CA2019051731
Publication Number 2020/113322
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-02
Publication Date 2020-06-11
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

There are described methods, systems, and computer-readable media for detecting events in a conduit. Multiple lengths of optical fiber positioned alongside a conduit are used to detect a signal. For each length of optical fiber, interferometric data is obtained from the detected signal. The interferometric data obtained for one length of optical fiber is compared to the interferometric data obtained for one or more other lengths of optical fiber. Based on the comparison, it is determined whether the signal originated from the conduit.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/26 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light
  • G01D 5/32 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light

7.

OPTICAL FIBER ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number CA2019050606
Publication Number 2019/213759
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-05-07
Publication Date 2019-11-14
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

There is described an optical fiber assembly comprising an optical fiber casing and optical fiber deployed within and fixed relative to the casing at multiple fixation points spaced along the casing. The optical fiber assembly may further comprise one or more weights attached within the casing to the optical fiber, for increasing a tension of the optical fiber between the multiple fixation points. The optical fiber casing may comprise flexible portions and rigid portions, with the optical fiber fixed to the flexible portions.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G02B 6/44 - Mechanical structures for providing tensile strength and external protection for fibres, e.g. optical transmission cables
  • G01B 11/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. optical strain gauge
  • G01D 5/32 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light
  • G01H 9/00 - Measuring mechanical vibrations or ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves by using radiation-sensitive means, e.g. optical means

8.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR LOCATING AN AREA OF INTEREST IN A CONDUIT

      
Application Number CA2019050415
Publication Number 2019/195923
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-04-04
Publication Date 2019-10-17
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

There is described a method of locating an area of interest in a conduit, comprising: measuring multiple acoustic signals at multiple locations along the conduit; for each acoustic signal, determining its autocorrelation; and applying a relationship to the determined autocorrelations to estimate a location of the area of interest, wherein the relationship is between autocorrelations of acoustic signals measured in a modelled conduit and modelled areas of interest in the modelled conduit, wherein it is assumed that acoustic signals propagating along the modelled conduit reflect from at least one point in the modelled conduit.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 15/02 - Systems using the reflection or reradiation of acoustic waves, e.g. sonar systems using reflection of acoustic waves
  • E21B 47/10 - Locating fluid leaks, intrusions or movements
  • E21B 47/113 - Locating fluid leaks, intrusions or movements using light radiation
  • G01M 3/00 - Investigating fluid tightness of structures

9.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING EVENTS IN A CONDUIT

      
Application Number CA2019050025
Publication Number 2019/136556
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-01-08
Publication Date 2019-07-18
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Adeyemi, Adekunle
  • Jalilian, Seyed

Abstract

There is provided a system for determining multiple baselines for detecting events in a conduit. The system comprises an optical fiber interrogator for interrogating optical fiber; and one or more processors communicative with the optical fiber interrogator and memory having stored thereon computer program code configured, when executed by the one or more processors, to cause the one or more processors to perform a method. The method comprises, for each of multiple channels of the conduit, each channel comprising a portion of the conduit: obtaining phase data for the channel, the phase data being obtained by causing the optical fiber interrogator to interrogate optical fiber positioned alongside the conduit; and determining one or more baselines from the phase data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 18/00 - Testing or calibrating apparatus or arrangements provided for in groups
  • G01D 1/18 - Measuring arrangements giving results other than momentary value of variable, of general application with arrangements for signalling that a predetermined value of an unspecified parameter has been exceeded
  • G01D 5/32 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light

10.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING ACCESS TO INTERFEROMETRIC SYSTEM DATA

      
Application Number CA2018050920
Publication Number 2019/018947
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-07-27
Publication Date 2019-01-31
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Adeyemi, Adekunle
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

A computer-implemented method of providing access to interferometric system data stored in a data repository. A query that includes a data parameter identifier is received. The data repository is accessed and the interferometric system data is stored in the data repository using a data structure that has one or more data parameter arrays and one or more corresponding data group members. Each data group member includes one or more data arrays each associated with a data parameter in the corresponding data parameter array. Using the data parameter identifier, one or more target data parameters are determined from among the one or more data parameter arrays. One or more target data arrays that correspond to the one or more target data parameters are determined from among the one or more data arrays. The interferometric system data, which is in the one or more target data arrays, is extracted.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 17/30 - Information retrieval; Database structures therefor
  • E21B 47/14 - Means for transmitting measuring-signals or control signals from the well to the surface, or from the surface to the well, e.g. for logging while drilling using acoustic waves
  • E21B 47/26 - Storing data down-hole, e.g. in a memory or on a record carrier
  • F17D 5/06 - Preventing, monitoring, or locating loss using electric or acoustic means
  • G01B 9/02 - Interferometers
  • G01D 9/00 - Recording measured values

11.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING WHETHER AN ACOUSTIC EVENT HAS OCCURRED ALONG A FLUID CONDUIT

      
Application Number CA2018050812
Publication Number 2019/000107
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-06-29
Publication Date 2019-01-03
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Westwick, David

Abstract

Methods, systems, and techniques for determining whether an acoustic event has occurred along a fluid conduit that has acoustic sensors positioned along its length. For each of the sensors, a processor is used to determine a linear relationship between a measured acoustic signal measured using the sensor and a white noise acoustic source located along a longitudinal segment of the fluid conduit overlapping the sensor. From the linear relationship, the processor determines an acoustic path response that includes an acoustic response of the longitudinal segment and an acoustic source transfer function that transforms the white noise acoustic source. Over time, variations in the acoustic path responses and/or acoustic source transfer functions are monitored. When the event threshold is exceeded, the acoustic event is identified as having occurred along the longitudinal segment corresponding to the acoustic path response or acoustic source transfer function that varied in excess of the event threshold.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01H 17/00 - Measuring mechanical vibrations or ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves, not provided for in the other groups of this subclass
  • G01M 3/00 - Investigating fluid tightness of structures

12.

OPTICAL INTERROGATOR FOR PERFORMING INTERFEROMETRY USING FIBER BRAGG GRATINGS

      
Application Number CA2018050682
Publication Number 2018/223236
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-06-06
Publication Date 2018-12-13
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Moore, Brian H.
  • Shakespeare, Walter Jeffrey
  • Wallace, Phillip William
  • Hoang, Viet
  • Henrikson, Chris
  • Sandhu, Ajay
  • Dumitru, Adrian
  • Clement, Thomas
  • Huang, Dongliang
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

There is described a method for interrogating optical fiber comprising fiber Bragg gratings ("FBGs"), using an optical fiber interrogator. The method comprises (a) generating an initial light pulse from phase coherent light emitted from a light source, wherein the initial light pulse is generated by modulating the intensity of the light; (b) splitting the initial light pulse into a pair of light pulses; (c) causing one of the light pulses to be delayed relative to the other of the light pulses; (d) transmitting the light pulses along the optical fiber; (e) receiving reflections of the light pulses off the FBGs; and (f) determining whether an optical path length between the FBGs has changed from an interference pattern resulting from the reflections of the light pulses.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/26 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light
  • G01B 11/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. optical strain gauge

13.

METHOD OF MAKING AN ACOUSTIC SENSOR

      
Application Number CA2018050486
Publication Number 2018/195661
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-04-25
Publication Date 2018-11-01
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Jalilian, Seyed, Ehsan

Abstract

There is described a method of making an acoustic sensor having a frequency response approximating a desired frequency response. The method comprises wrapping optical fiber around a core according to a wrapping pattern. The wrapping pattern is determined from an impulse response of the acoustic sensor. The impulse response is determined from the desired frequency response of the acoustic sensor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01H 9/00 - Measuring mechanical vibrations or ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves by using radiation-sensitive means, e.g. optical means
  • G01V 1/18 - Receiving elements, e.g. seismometer, geophone

14.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DEPLOYING OPTICAL FIBER

      
Application Number CA2018050152
Publication Number 2018/148824
Status In Force
Filing Date 2018-02-09
Publication Date 2018-08-23
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Gulewicz, Neil
  • Sokolowski, Robert
  • Pletnyov, Alex
  • Merhi, Souheil
  • Cheuk, Philip
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

There are described methods and systems for deploying optical fiber within a conduit. In one aspect, an optical fiber injector comprising a pressure vessel having a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. The fluid outlet is engaged with an open end of the conduit. A length of optical fiber is provided within the pressure vessel. The optical fiber is then jetted into the conduit by injecting a fluid into the pressure vessel via the fluid inlet. The optical fiber injector is configured such that the fluid is directed from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet, and urges the optical fiber to move through the conduit, thereby deploying the optical fiber within the conduit. In a further aspect, there is provided a modular assembly comprising a pipeline and a line of two or more conduits arranged end-to- end. Each pair of opposing ends of adjacent conduits is connected together by a separate splice box. The line is positioned along and adjacent to a length of the pipeline.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G02B 6/52 - Underground or underwater installation; Installation through tubing, conduits or ducts using fluid, e.g. air

15.

METHOD OF ESTIMATING FLOWRATE IN A PIPELINE

      
Application Number CA2017050732
Publication Number 2017/214729
Status In Force
Filing Date 2017-06-14
Publication Date 2017-12-21
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan
  • Huang, Dongliang
  • Leung, Henry
  • Ma, King Fai

Abstract

There is provided a method of estimating flowrate in a pipeline based on acoustic behaviour of the pipe. First acoustic data is measured from the pipeline. A flowrate of the fluid in the pipeline is then estimated. The estimation is based on the first acoustic data and based on a correlation established between second acoustic data and corresponding flowrate data from an experimental pipeline. The correlation is established by a machine learning process (which may include the use of an artificial neural network, such as an autoencoder). The second acoustic data and corresponding flowrate data are used as inputs to the machine learning process.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01F 1/66 - Measuring the volume flow or mass flow of fluid or fluent solid material wherein the fluid passes through the meter in a continuous flow by measuring frequency, phase shift, or propagation time of electromagnetic or other waves, e.g. ultrasonic flowmeters
  • G01M 3/28 - Investigating fluid tightness of structures by using fluid or vacuum by measuring rate of loss or gain of fluid, e.g. by pressure-responsive devices, by flow detectors for valves
  • G06F 15/18 - in which a program is changed according to experience gained by the computer itself during a complete run; Learning machines (adaptive control systems G05B 13/00;artificial intelligence G06N)
  • G06N 3/02 - Computer systems based on biological models using neural network models

16.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING WHETHER AN EVENT HAS OCCURRED FROM DYNAMIC STRAIN MEASUREMENTS

      
Application Number CA2016050217
Publication Number 2017/147679
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-03-01
Publication Date 2017-09-08
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan
  • Hull, John
  • Huang, Daniel
  • Adeyemi, Adekunle

Abstract

Methods, systems, and techniques for determining whether an event has occurred from dynamic strain measurements involve determining, using a processor, at least one event parameter from a signal representing the dynamic strain measurements, and then having the processor use the at least one event parameter to determine whether the event has occurred. The at least one event parameter is any one or more of a measure of magnitude of the signal, frequency centroid of the signal, filtered baseline of the signal, harmonic power of the signal, and time-integrated spectrum flux of the signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 21/32 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof in so far as they are not adapted to particular types of measuring means of the other groups of this subclass for measuring the deformation in a solid
  • G01B 11/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. optical strain gauge
  • G01M 3/00 - Investigating fluid tightness of structures

17.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR NON-INTRUSIVE PIPELINE TESTING

      
Application Number CA2016051504
Publication Number 2017/100946
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-12-16
Publication Date 2017-06-22
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Logan, Derek
  • Hull, John
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

A method for non-intrusive pipeline testing involves constructing the pipeline at a construction location that is above ground, affixing an optical fiber along a surface of a length of the pipeline that is at the construction location, measuring dynamic strain experienced by the length of the pipeline by performing optical interferometry using the optical fiber, and moving the length of the pipeline from the construction location to a different installation location. The optical fiber includes at least one pair of fiber Bragg gratings ("FBGs") tuned to reflect substantially identical wavelengths with a segment of the optical fiber extending between the FBGs.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 11/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. optical strain gauge
  • F16B 2/06 - Clamps, i.e. with gripping action effected by positive means other than the inherent resistance to deformation of the material of the fastening external, i.e. with contracting action
  • F17D 3/01 - Arrangements for supervising or controlling working operations for controlling, signalling, or supervising the conveyance of a product

18.

A METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SIMULATING A LEAK IN A PIPELINE, AND AN OUTLET FOR COUPLING A CONDUIT TO A PIPELINE

      
Application Number CA2016051283
Publication Number 2017/075712
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-11-03
Publication Date 2017-05-11
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan
  • Pletnyov, Oleksiy

Abstract

Various embodiments provide a method of simulating a leak in a pipeline. The method includes: receiving a fluid stream from a fluid supply; and outputting the received fluid stream through an outlet such that the received fluid stream hits an outer surface of the pipeline at a location opposite the outlet such that a vibration is caused in the pipeline. Some other embodiments provide a corresponding system for simulating a leak in a pipeline, and a corresponding outlet for coupling a conduit to a pipeline.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01M 3/00 - Investigating fluid tightness of structures
  • F17D 5/02 - Preventing, monitoring, or locating loss

19.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING THE DISTANCE TO AN ACOUSTICALLY REFLECTIVE OBJECT IN A CONDUIT

      
Application Number CA2016050983
Publication Number 2017/031578
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-08-22
Publication Date 2017-03-02
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan
  • Dankers, Arne

Abstract

Methods and systems for estimating a distance between an acoustic sensor and an acoustic reflector in a conduit are disclosed. One such method includes using the acoustic sensor to measure a combined acoustic signal that comprises an originating acoustic signal propagating along the conduit and an echo signal. The echo signal is generated by the originating acoustic signal reflecting off the acoustic reflector after propagating past the acoustic sensor. A frequency domain representation of the combined acoustic signal is determined and the echo signal is identified by identifying in the frequency domain representation periodic oscillations having a peak-to-peak difference between 0.75Hz and 1500Hz. The distance between the acoustic sensor and the acoustic reflector is determined from the velocity of the echo signal and a time required for the echo signal to propagate between the acoustic sensor and the acoustic reflector.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 15/08 - Systems for measuring distance only
  • E21B 47/107 - Locating fluid leaks, intrusions or movements using acoustic means
  • F17D 3/01 - Arrangements for supervising or controlling working operations for controlling, signalling, or supervising the conveyance of a product
  • G01S 7/536 - Extracting wanted echo signals
  • G01H 9/00 - Measuring mechanical vibrations or ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves by using radiation-sensitive means, e.g. optical means

20.

FIBER OPTIC SENSOR SHAPED FOR A PARTICULAR FREQUENCY RESPONSE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME

      
Application Number CA2016050750
Publication Number 2016/205955
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-27
Publication Date 2016-12-29
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Dankers, Arne
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

Sensor shaped to have a frequency response that has less spectral fading than a sensor with a rectangular wrapping pattern, and methods for making such sensors, are disclosed. One such method includes selecting a wrapping pattern comprising multiple layers in which a top layer has a different length than a bottom layer and where the bottom layer is adjacent a mandrel. The method further includes wrapping optical fiber around the mandrel according to the wrapping pattern.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01H 9/00 - Measuring mechanical vibrations or ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves by using radiation-sensitive means, e.g. optical means
  • G01B 9/02 - Interferometers

21.

A CLAMP AND A METHOD OF CLAMPING

      
Application Number CA2016050752
Publication Number 2016/205957
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-06-27
Publication Date 2016-12-29
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan
  • Logan, Derek

Abstract

Various embodiments provide a clamp for clamping optical fiber to a tube, the clamp comprising a body portion coupled at one end to a first arm and at an opposing end to a second arm, the clamp having a resilient portion to permit the clamp to elastically deform from a closed state in which the clamp is fastened around the tube to an open state in which the clamp is radially moveable off the tube, wherein application of a force separating the first and second arms biases the resilient portion and transitions the clamp from the closed state to the open state, and wherein the resilient portion returns the clamp from the open state to the closed state when the force is removed, at least one of the body portion, the first arm and the second arm having a clamping surface to clamp a portion of the optical fiber against the tube when the clamp is fastened around the tube, and a clamping mechanism operable to extend at least part of the clamping surface towards the tube when the clamp is secured to the tube to increase a clamping force applied by the clamping surface. Various other embodiments provide a method of clamping optical fiber to a tube.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 2/06 - Clamps, i.e. with gripping action effected by positive means other than the inherent resistance to deformation of the material of the fastening external, i.e. with contracting action
  • F16L 3/02 - Supports for pipes, cables or protective tubing, e.g. hangers, holders, clamps, cleats, clips, brackets partly surrounding the pipes, cables or protective tubing
  • F17D 5/00 - Protection or supervision of installations
  • G01B 11/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. optical strain gauge
  • G01B 9/02 - Interferometers
  • G02B 6/46 - Processes or apparatus adapted for installing optical fibres or optical cables

22.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS USING OPTICAL FIBER INTERFEROMETRY

      
Application Number CA2016050560
Publication Number 2016/183677
Status In Force
Filing Date 2016-05-19
Publication Date 2016-11-24
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

Described are methods and systems using optical fiber interferometry to sense interference causing events in a region of interest and differentiate between a strain event and a thermal event. Other methods and systems relate to the use of optical fiber interferometry for determining temperature offset in a region of interest and using the determined temperature offset for determining temperature in the region of interest.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 11/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. optical strain gauge
  • G01K 11/32 - Measuring temperature based on physical or chemical changes not covered by group , , , or using changes in transmittance, scattering or luminescence in optical fibres

23.

OPTICAL INTERROGATOR FOR PERFORMING INTERFEROMETRY USING FIBER BRAGG GRATINGS

      
Application Number CA2015051269
Publication Number 2016/086310
Status In Force
Filing Date 2015-12-04
Publication Date 2016-06-09
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Moore, Brian H.
  • Shakespeare, Walter Jeffrey
  • Wallace, Phillip William
  • Hoang, Viet
  • Clement, Tom

Abstract

An optical fiber interrogator for interrogating optical fiber that includes fiber Bragg gratings ("FBGs"). The interrogator includes a light source operable to emit phase coherent light, amplitude modulation circuitry optically coupled to the light source and operable to generate pulses from the light, and control circuitry communicatively coupled to the amplitude modulation circuitry that is configured to perform a method for interrogating the optical fiber. The method includes generating a pair of light pulses by using the amplitude modulation circuitry to modulate light output by the light source without splitting the light.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 9/02 - Interferometers
  • G01B 11/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. optical strain gauge
  • G01D 5/32 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infra-red, visible or ultra-violet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light

24.

A DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING DYNAMIC STRAIN

      
Application Number CA2014050644
Publication Number 2016/000063
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-07-04
Publication Date 2016-01-07
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

A device and system for detecting dynamic strain. The device comprises a longitudinally extending carrier and an optical fiber embedded along an outer surface of a length of the carrier. The optical fiber comprises at least one pair of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) tuned to reflect substantially identical wavelengths. The system comprises the device and an interrogator comprising a laser source and a photodetector. The interrogator is configured to perform interferometry by shining laser light along the optical fiber and detecting light reflected by the FBGs. The interrogator outputs dynamic strain measurements based on interferometry performed on the reflected light.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 11/16 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring the deformation in a solid, e.g. optical strain gauge

25.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING DYNAMIC STRAIN

      
Application Number CA2014050645
Publication Number 2016/000064
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-07-04
Publication Date 2016-01-07
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

A system and method for detecting dynamic strain of a housing. The system includes an optical fiber linearly affixed along a surface of a length of the housing and an interrogator comprising a laser source and a photodetector. The optical fiber comprises at least one pair of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) tuned to reflect substantially identical wavelengths with a segment of the optical fiber extending between the FBGs. The segment of the optical fiber is linearly affixed along the surface of the housing. The interrogator is configured to perform interferometry by shining laser light along the optical fiber and detecting light reflected by the FBGs. The interrogator outputs dynamic strain measurements based on interferometry performed on the reflected light.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01L 1/24 - Measuring force or stress, in general by measuring variations of optical properties of material when it is stressed, e.g. by photoelastic stress analysis
  • E21B 47/007 - Measuring stresses in a pipe string or casing
  • F16L 55/00 - Devices or appurtenances for use in, or in connection with, pipes or pipe systems
  • F17C 13/02 - Special adaptations of indicating, measuring, or monitoring equipment
  • F17D 5/00 - Protection or supervision of installations
  • G01B 9/02 - Interferometers
  • G02B 5/18 - Diffracting gratings
  • G02B 6/02 - Optical fibre with cladding

26.

SOUND BAFFLE DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING ACOUSTIC SIGNALS

      
Application Number CA2014051213
Publication Number 2015/089658
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-15
Publication Date 2015-06-25
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Gulewicz, Neil
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

A sound baffle device for use with an acoustic sensor deployed in a housing by a deployment line is disclosed. The sound baffle device comprises a radially extending baffle plate and an affixing mechanism for affixing the baffle plate to the deployment line. The baffle plate is configured to reduce acoustic transmission between a first zone of the housing on one side of the baffle plate and a second zone of the housing on an opposite side of the baffle plate. A system for detecting acoustic signals in a zone of interest in a housing is also disclosed. The system comprises an acoustic sensor positioned in the zone of interest and one or more than one sound baffle positioned between the zone of interest and a first zone of the housing. The sound baffle is configured to reduce acoustic transmission from the first zone to the zone of interest. The sound baffle provides some level of acoustic isolation between two zones on either side of the baffle plate thereby aiding detection and identification of acoustic signals in the zone of interest by reducing transmission of acoustic signals from the first zone to the zone of interest.

IPC Classes  ?

  • E21B 47/107 - Locating fluid leaks, intrusions or movements using acoustic means
  • E21B 47/017 - Protecting measuring instruments
  • E21B 47/117 - Detecting leaks, e.g. from tubing, by pressure testing

27.

APPARATUS FOR DETECTING ACOUSTIC SIGNALS IN A HOUSING

      
Application Number CA2014051192
Publication Number 2015/085423
Status In Force
Filing Date 2014-12-10
Publication Date 2015-06-18
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Jalilian, Seyed Ehsan

Abstract

An apparatus for detecting acoustic signals in housing is disclosed. The housing may be housing of a wellbore, riser, tubular or pipeline or the like for transporting fluids or housing of a vessel for storing fluids. The apparatus comprises a longitudinally extending tube having an internal surface and an external surface, a longitudinally extending fibre optic cable disposed within the tube, and one or more than one longitudinally extending outer fins radially extending outwards from and coupled with the external surface of the tube. The outer fin is configured to project towards the housing and allows fluid between the external surface of the tube and the housing when the apparatus is positioned in the housing. The apparatus may alternatively comprise a longitudinally extending fibre optic cable coated with a coating and one or more than one longitudinally extending outer fin radially extending outwards from and coupled with the coated fibre optic cable.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01H 9/00 - Measuring mechanical vibrations or ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves by using radiation-sensitive means, e.g. optical means
  • E21B 47/095 - Locating or determining the position of objects in boreholes or wells; Identifying the free or blocked portions of pipes by detecting acoustic anomalies, e.g. using mud-pressure pulses
  • E21B 47/107 - Locating fluid leaks, intrusions or movements using acoustic means
  • G01M 3/24 - Investigating fluid tightness of structures by using fluid or vacuum by detecting the presence of fluid at the leakage point using infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic vibrations

28.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING RELATIVE DEPTH OF AN ACOUSTIC EVENT WITHIN A WELLBORE

      
Application Number CA2012000018
Publication Number 2013/102252
Status In Force
Filing Date 2012-01-06
Publication Date 2013-07-11
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Cheuk, Philip
  • Jalilian, Seyed, Ehsan

Abstract

The present disclosure is directed at a method and system for determining relative depth of an acoustic event within a wellbore. The method includes obtaining two acoustic signals at two different and known depths in the wellbore, in which each of the acoustic signals includes the acoustic event; dividing each of the acoustic signals into windows; determining cross- correlations of pairs of the windows, in which each of the pairs includes one window from one of the acoustic signals and another window from the other of the acoustic signals that at least partially overlap each other in time; and determining the relative depth of the acoustic event relative to the two known depths from the cross-correlations. The acoustic event may represent, for example, fluid flowing from formation into the wellbore (or vice-versa) or fluid flowing across any casing or tubing located within the wellbore.

IPC Classes  ?

  • E21B 47/107 - Locating fluid leaks, intrusions or movements using acoustic means

29.

METHOD FOR DETECTING AND LOCATING FLUID INGRESS IN A WELLBORE

      
Application Number CA2011000031
Publication Number 2011/091505
Status In Force
Filing Date 2011-01-13
Publication Date 2011-08-04
Owner HIFI ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor Hull, John

Abstract

A method for detecting fluid ingress in a wellbore, and if detected, obtaining an indication of where along said wellbore said fluid ingress is occurring. Acoustic sensing means, adapted to sense individual acoustic signals from a plurality of corresponding locations along said wellbore, are analyzed to determine if there exists a common acoustic component in acoustic signals generated from proximate locations in said wellbore. If so, the acoustic signal having the common acoustic component which appears earliest in phase, by virtue of such acoustic signal's corresponding location in the wellbore, determines the location in the wellbore of likely fluid ingress. In a preferred embodiment the acoustic sensing means comprises a fibre optic cable extending substantially the length of the wellbore, or alternatively a plurality of microphones situated at various locations along the wellbore comprising substantially the length of the wellbore.

IPC Classes  ?

  • E21B 47/10 - Locating fluid leaks, intrusions or movements

30.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FLUID MIGRATION PROFILING

      
Application Number CA2008000314
Publication Number 2008/098380
Status In Force
Filing Date 2008-02-12
Publication Date 2008-08-21
Owner HiFi ENGINEERING INC. (Canada)
Inventor
  • Hull, John
  • Kramer, Hermann

Abstract

A method for obtaining a fluid migration profile for a wellbore, comprising the steps of obtaining a static profile for a logged region of the wellbore, obtaining a dynamic profile for the logged region of the wellbore, digitally filtering the dynamic profile to remove frequency elements represented in the static profile, to provide a fluid migration profile, and storing the fluid migration profile on a computer-readable memory.

IPC Classes  ?

  • E21B 47/135 - Means for transmitting measuring-signals or control signals from the well to the surface, or from the surface to the well, e.g. for logging while drilling by electromagnetic energy, e.g. of radio frequency range using light waves, e.g. infrared or ultraviolet waves
  • E21B 33/13 - Methods or devices for cementing, for plugging holes, crevices, or the like