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MudStreaming BitPacks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247655D
Publication Date: 2016-Sep-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 98K

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Abstract

The idea of this invention is to transfer information from down hole to the surface in a manner similar to internet streaming of movies, mimicking IP-traffic through drilling fluid.

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MudStreaming BitPacks

Abstract of the Invention

The idea of this invention is to transfer information from down hole to the surface in a manner similar to internet streaming of movies, mimicking IP-traffic through drilling fluid.

Technical Summary

This innovation targets an improvement of the rate of information flow from down hole to the surface. Wired solutions exist, but require an additional hardware (e.g., wired-tubing), where the cost scales with wellbore length. Mud pulsing on the other hand is slow and signal amplitudes decrease with wellbore length.

This innovation is a spin-off of internet traffic (e.g. streaming movies), where BitPacks carry information from down hole to the surface. BitPacks can be transported with drilling fluid (MudStreaming) or with produced hydrocarbons. BitPacks are physically very small, inexpensive carriers of information that are initially transported down hole and then released at a controlled rate. Data is encoded down hole and decoded at the surface. The alignment of BitPacks in order is conceptually similar to movie streaming, where information packets are re-assembled in correct order independent on their exact arrival times.

Possible BitPacks include: fluid molecules, polymers, isotopic tracers, particles, DNA encoding in organic substances, chemical tracer substances, nuclear activated material, electro-magnetically activated agents, heat-pulse activated agents, or other agents that change at least one property in a co...