Mount Sopris announced the development of a new borehole probe based on Spectral Induced Polarization (SIP) technology at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall meeting in San Francisco last week. The SIP probe will be directly relevant for subsurface investigations in hydrogeology, environmental, mineral exploration, and other fields, promising indirect determination of hydraulic conductivity, effective porosity, and other formation properties.


Providing a superset of measurements, the SIP probe will cost-effectively compare with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) logs, while also providing SP and conventional resistivity logs. It will also provide an inherently safer alternative to nuclear logging tools using radioactive material.


This project is a collaboration between Mount Sopris, Rutgers University, and Ontash & Ermac (O&E), a leading developer of spectral induced polarization (SIP) equipment for use in laboratory and surface applications. Together, this team is integrating O&E’s SIP electronics into Mount Sopris’ borehole logging system, followed by rigorous field validation and characterization in various borehole conditions for which comparison data is available.


The anticipated product release of commercial probe is late 2017 or early 2018. For more information, go to https://mountsopris.com/ql40-sip-spectral-induced-polarization/.

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