Up Coming Acoustics SIG Event:
SPWLA Acoustics SIG Conference 2018
Baker Hughes CTI, Houston, Texas
Spring 2018 Topical Conference Call for Abstracts:
This will be a full-day workshop with a combination of
30-minute presentations and forum discussions. The meeting will be
broadcast over the web for people who cannot attend in person.
Please send your 200-400 word
abstracts on any topic related to borehole acoustics if you wish to present (in
person or via webcast). Abstracts should be sent to the SIG secretary at MBlyth@slb.com.
The deadline for
abstracts is Monday, February 12. Authors will be notified of
acceptance by the end of the week. The format for the presentations will be a
20-minute slide presentation with 10 minutes for discussion.
Registration details to be announced later.
Coming soon: Summer 2018 Topical Conference: London, England
We will also be holding a conference around the SPWLA annual
symposium in London, most likely on Thursday, June 7. Details to
The Acoustics Special Interest Group has been formed in accordance with SPWLA bylaws and has been ratified/approved by the committee.
Acoustic Tool Mnemonics
The purpose of this SIG is to provide a forum for those interested in borehole acoustics to conduct technical discussions concerning tool design, data acquisition, applications, interpretation, and to develop/promote industry standards.
Borehole Acoustics has grown significantly in technology and applications since the early days of monopole wireline tools in the 1960s. There have been design advances in both the wireline and LWD systems allowing for ever-increasing data quality and complexity. Uses of the data have grown from porosity and cement bond logging to include pore pressure prediction, seismic correlation, 3D stress profiling, fracture characterization, production enhancement, permeability, geosteering, and more.
The complexity of acoustic data and number of applications which require high levels of processing skill have led to some frustrations in the industry about understanding accuracies and uncertainties. Different vendors can have quite different processing methods and data delivery techniques, leading to apparent conflicts in results. An acoustics SIG is a vehicle to develop or suggest industry-wide standards for processing, data delivery, and log displays (where appropriate).
The SIG should be an excellent vehicle for discussions of existing and emerging applications and validation of new techniques. Some benchmark test cases could be organized for emerging tools and applications. Membership is open to all, with participation welcome from operators, service companies, academia, and consultants. There is no fee to join the SIG (though there is sometimes a registration fee to attend meetings in order to offset the cost of meeting facilities/meals).
We are currently compiling a list of all service provider tool and curve mnemonics. We will eventually merge then in to the general SPWLA mnemonics guide but for now we will just store them below:
The executive committee (2017-2018) is composed of:
Chairman: Rob Vines, Shell Robert.Vines@shell.com
Vice-Chairman: Doug Patterson, Baker-Hughes Douglas.Patterson@bakerhughes.com
Secretary: Matt Blyth, Schlumberger MBlyth@slb.com
Treasurer: Alexei Bolshakov, Chevron Alexi.Bolshakov@chevron.com
Secretary of Publications: Philip Tracadas, Halliburton Philip.Tracadas@halliburton.com