Borehole Geophysical Equipment for Research

Many University R & D programs focus on the fact that rocks are inherently complex, heterogeneous porous systems. Few problems in shallow geophysical logging are independent of pore spaces, pore fluids and rock-fluid interactions. Mount Sopris tools are used as part of R & D programs addressing rock and soil properties as related to in-situ problems encountered every day. Sonic wave velocity analysis, hydraulic & electromagnetic properties, and petrophysical properties, along with problems associated with borehole breakouts, instability and mapping of fractures from borehole images are all a part of subsurface modeling and prediction. Listed below are some recent University R & D applications with links to Mount Sopris tools that were used for the investigations. Contact Us for details.

Tectonic and structural processes.
QL40-ABI, Acoustic televiewer for fracture characterization, borehole breakouts, stress/strain analysis
QL40-OBI, Rock fabric imagery, mineralogy, reflectance, borehole wall features
QL40-FWS, Full waveform sonic for rock integrity

Rock physics models
QL40-ELOG-IP, True formation resistivity and chargeability
QL40-SGR, calibrated spectral gamma for mineralogy and rock-typing
QL40-DEN, in-situ quantitative density in gm/cc
QL40-MGS, Magnetic Susceptibility
QL40-FWS, Compressional, shear, tube wave velocity

Fluid flow through fractured rock
QL40-ABI, Acoustic televiewer for fracture identification and aperture opening (fluid required)
QL40-OBI, Optical televiewer for fracture identification and aperture opening (clear fluid or air)
QL40-FTC-B, Fluid temperature and conductivity

Geothermal research
ABI85-92-GR, High temperature fracture characterization and natural gamma at geothermal sites.

Other uses of Mount Sopris downhole geophysical logging tools span a wide variety of scientific investigations and applications carried out at universities all over the world, some of which include:

  • Sea level variations and salt water intrusion
  • Thermal and mechanical properties of shale in fracking areas
  • Faults and Fracture Zones
  • Structure and Lithology
  • Caverns, Sinkholes and Karsts
  • Nuclear Waste Disposal
  • Bedrock topography
  • Properties of natural gas hydrates
  • Advanced Stratigraphy
  • Buried Paleochannels
  • Borehole logging through ice
  • Uranium research

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