device to measure the acceleration in three axes of the borehole imager
, including the acceleration of gravity which is used to find up-down of the tool from the ratio of x and y acceleration. The acceleration of the tool along the wellbore is used to calculate the exact z-position of measurement at a specific time. Usually of the piezoelectric type.
acoustic imageracoustic imager
a spiral-type borehole imager based on ultrasound reflectance of the wellbore surface.
Commercial acronyms CBIL, UBI, CAST..
the statistically best fitting line of intersection of planes thought to be of common origin, such as cross-lamination of varying paleodip belonging to the same set, bedding variably rotated by cylindrical folding, or intersection of two conjugate fracture sets.
angle in a plane tangent to the earth, with reference to the projection on this plane of the direction to either geographic or magnetic pole, or UTM north (grid north).
borehole image (or image, or BHI)borehole image (or image, or BHI)
an oriented 2D image of the interior surface of a borehole or a zone just behind it. the image may be constructed (if necessary by interpolation) from any physical quantity which can be measured with the necessary resolution and which has sufficient dynamic range.
borehole imagerborehole imager
a logging tool
designed for acquiring measurements which can be used to compose a borehole image
. There are two basic types: spiral imagers acquiring data while the sensor is spinning around the tool axis while moving along the borehole, and linear imagers where sensor arrays glide along the wellbore.
compressive failure ("crumbling") of rock along the wellbore axis in the directions of maximum tangential stress
. Equivalent to rock burst in tunnels.
diameter of borehole calculated from extension of sensor arms on a logging tool. Diameters in several relative bearings may be calculated.
an axisymmetric fabric, for example 1) caused by a polar force such as gravity, arising from the parallel arrangement of platy minerals (lamination), in the absence of any horizontal traction; 2) caused by an axial force such as stress, forcing platy mineral grains to become parallel (foliation). A perfect cluster has eigenvalues
within a window of measured depth, the standard deviation of the distances between adjacent events f.x. fracture intersections.
a function of 2 variables, for example the shift between windows of curves 1 and 3 and the shift betwen curves 2 and 4 in a 4-arm dipmeter. The function is the sum of the correlation coefficients of the 6 pairs of curves. Each point in the correlogram is an orientation in the tool coordinate system. The global maximum is the best fitting dip (2)
for the window.
depth incrementdepth increment
the distance in the z direction between each sensor measurement. A characteristic of a logging tool.
depth of investigationdepth of investigation
the depth behind the borehole wall where the rock outside it contributes the same as the rock inside it to the value read by the imaging sensor. To investigate the impact of different DOI values on dip data Eriksfiord offers its Java based DOI Sensitivity Analyzer tool :
Eriksfiord DOI Sensitivity Analyzer
. Note: Java 6 or higher is required on your computer to run this tool.
rotating dips back to their orientation relative to their continental plate at the time of deposition, by subtracting the PHZ. For paleoclimatology, a correction for plate rotation may be applied.
angle between vertical and a line tangent to the borehole
dip 1dip 1
the (smallest) angle between a horizontal plane and the tangent plane of a geological surface, measured in the plane orthogonal to their intersection line
dip 2dip 2
informal expression for a tangent plane to a geological surface, defined on an image by its dip (1) and dip azimuth
dip azimuthdip azimuth
the azimuth of the vector in the dip (2)
orthogonal to the strike
precursor to the linear borehole imager
, acquiring curves of electric conductivity by eletrodes mounted on pads arranged in 3, 4 or 6 different directions (commercial acronyms HDT, SHDT, Diplog...)
for a matrix A, solutions to det(A-λI)=0 where I is the identity matrix. An orientation matrix
of dips has 3 eigenvalues, whereof the greatest indicates the tightness of a dip cluster.
for a matrix A, substituting eigenvalues
λ , the solutions x to Ax=λx. The eigenvector of the greatest eigenvalue is an estimator of the mean dip.
equatorial plane 1equatorial plane 1
the x-y plane of a logging tool containing the reference sensor
equatorial plane 2equatorial plane 2
the horizontal plane through the centre of the orientation sphere, the plane of the stereographic projection.
the pattern of poles to planes in a stereographic projection or an equal-area projection. The symmetry of the fabric is composed of the symmetries of all causes (deformational or depositional mechanisms) having acted on the rock.
facies (image)facies (image)
the appearance of a sedimentary facies on a borehole image. Obtained from certain diagnostic features. For example, the truncation of cross-laminae by the following cross-set proves that the image represents cross-bedded facies.
FLF (fault-like feature)FLF (fault-like feature)
a plane identified on a borehole image which may be the reflection of a fault plane intersected by the borehole. May be elevated to "fault plane" or "fault zone" if associated beyond doubt by evidence of shear motion, e.g. drag folding of adjacent lamination.
the space between two fracture surfaces
once adjacent, separated by a fluid (tar, gas, oil, carbon dioxide...) or a solid, like clay smear, rock flour, glass, or crystals (quartz, calcite, anhydrite, pyrite...) precipitated in situ.
fracture surfacefracture surface
surface within a solid generated by rupture, either shear, torsion or tension.
fracture statisticsfracture statistics
linear or spherical statistics apply. Linear statistics describe the frequency and clustering of fractures observed along a wellbore, whereas spherical statistics describe the shape and symmetry of the distribution of poles to fracture planes on the directional sphere, e.g. as a function of the paleo-stress-field
galvanic imagergalvanic imager
a borehole imager working on the principle of measuring the amount of current injected by a given voltage pulse. Commercial acronyms FMI, FMS, EMI, XRMI,
an axisymmetric, orthorhombic or monoclinic fabric
, caused by for example a) a combination of gravity and horizontal traction during sedimentation, b) folding of a foliated or laminated rock, c) the transposition of lamination/foliation by shear fractures or d) extrusion. A perfect girdle has eigenvalues of (0,.5,.5).
gyroscopic surveygyroscopic survey
a downhole gyroscope measures the orientation of the borehole relative to the universe. by fitting a line through successive measurements, e.g. by splining, the welltrace in 3 dimensions is reconstructed (survey).
high side (image high side, HS)high side (image high side, HS)
the point on an image which would be at HAZI
if the well were rotated back to vertical about an axis which would preserve direction of HAZI
. HS is equal to HAZI
on a north-referenced image.
hole azimuth (HAZI)hole azimuth (HAZI)
the azimuth of the projection of a tangent to the welltrace on the horizontal plane.
induced fractureinduced fracture
a tensile fracture
in the sector of the wellbore which has tensile effective stress greater than tensile strength, and caused by the drilling (replacement of a cylinder of solid by a liquid).
some trace fossils like Diplocraterion
are sufficiently large and characteristic to be recognized on galvanic borehole images.
inversion (of stress)inversion (of stress)
from the evidence of stress-induced instability on a borehole image and knowledge of the mechanical properties of the rock, determination by iteration of the stress tensor which caused this instability.
LWD imagerLWD imager
spiral type imager based on electrical resistivity (RAB,,,) or density (ADN,,,,) acquired while drilling. Data are either stored downhole or transmitted in a reduced form to surface by mudpulsing.
device used to measure the magnetic azimuth of the imaging tool. Usually a triaxial fluxgate type is used. Magnetometer readings are verified by comparison with the gyro survey.
magnetic declinationmagnetic declination
the azimuth of the magnetic vector
magnetic inclinationmagnetic inclination
the angle between a tangent surface to the earth and the geomagnetic vector
measured depth (MD)measured depth (MD)
the length of cable or drillstring between the reference point of a tool and the drillfloor.
normalisation 1normalisation 1
manipulating a timeseries so it gets a Gaussian distribution over the interval in question.
normalization 2normalization 2
manipulating a piece of image so pixel values get a flat distribution. The piece may be sliding, leading to a "dynamic" normalization, or fixed, leading to a "static" normalization.
north (image north)north (image north)
the point which would be geographic or magnetic north on a borehole image if the well were rotated back to vertical about an axis which would preserve the direction of hole azimuth
oil base mudoil base mud
drilling fluid which is an emulsion of water in oil. Electrically resistive as the water is the discontinuous phase. Low viscosity and low density is an advantage to acoustic imagers. Chemical interaction with the host rock is limited compared to water base mud.\
orientation matrixorientation matrix
for a set of directions, the matrix of the sums of the cross-products of direction cosines.
dip and azimuth of a plane, relative to the paleohorizontal
paleohorizontal (PHZ)paleohorizontal (PHZ)
the orientation of a geological surface considered to have been horizontal at the time of its deposition.
the stress state before deformation took place, e.g. the stress required to initiate a fold-and-thrust belt, annihilated or modified by the folding and thrusting.
viewing the BHI as a matrix, the elements of that matrix. May be originally measured values or a transform of them (e.g. by normalization 2
relative bearingrelative bearing
angle from the intersection of a vertical plane with an equatorial (x-y) plane of a logging instrument in the equatorial plane to a reference point such as the extension of the reference sensor parallel to the z-axis to the plane
resistivity imagerresistivity imager
a borehole imager which measures the potential drop over a short interval within a larger scale potential gradient. OBMI
equivalent to tool
, logging tool, but referring more to the sensor equipment than the tool body.
power displayed as a function of frequency. Used f.x. on dipmeter curves to analyze the fineness of lamination or periodicity of bedding. Can be calculated quickly for 2n samples by the Cooley-Tukey "fast Fourier transform" after tapering both ends.
a projection of normal vectors to dips (2)
onto the equatorial plane of the directional sphere. Preserves angles. Also called Wulff diagram.
paper with a printed net, used for counting angles between poles and for rotation of poles in stereograms. now superseded by computer graphics programs such as Interpret-2 in Recall.
sticking (tool sticking)sticking (tool sticking)
tool decelerates or stops completely its alonghole motion due to excessive friction against the wellbore, either forever, or until cable tension builds up to overcome it.
speed correctionspeed correction
calculation of the exact location of each measurement, permitting an image to be constructed. involves integration of the z-axis accelerometer.
the relative incremental deformation of a solid due to stress, described by a second rank tensor with 6 independent components.
azimuth of the intersection between the horizontal and the dip-2.
oriented pressure in a solid, described by a second rank tensor with 6 independent components.
the appearance of the internal structure of a rock on a borehole image.
tool measure point offset. for a 'train' of logging tools with sensors at multiple z-distances, the end point of the tool combination or any other depth may be chosen as the reference point. The reference point is used to synchronize simultaneous measurements, or inversely, to correlate depths observed at different times by sensors placed at different levels (z-distances).
tool (logging tool)
a physical measurement device, usually built into a tubular structure equipped with sensor arms, designed to acquire data while passing through a borehole, propulsed either by gravity, a cable, a tractor or a drillstring.
tool coordinate system
the z-axis is the centerline of a cylindrical tool, pointing in the direction of decreasing measured depth, the x-axis is perpendicular to the z-axis and penetrates a reference point such as a reference sensor, the y-axis is perpendicular to both. x and y have origo in their intersection with z-axis. y increases to the right if looking towards origo from the positive x direction
true vertical depth (TVD)true vertical depth (TVD)
the vertical distance between a subsurface event and a surface reference, f.x. drill floor or mean sea level.
a computer system, developed and owned by Eriksfiord, for analyzing stress in wellbores, based on analytic solutions and linear elastic mechanics.
water base mudwater base mud
drilling fluid which is a solution of salts and suspension of solids in water. High salinity is an advantage for galvanic imagers. Low density and viscosity is an advantage for acoustic imagers.
a cable which propulses a logging tool along the wellbore, provides electric power to the tool, and conveys data from the tool to the surface computer during logging.