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Logging-while-coring – new technology for the simultaneous recovery of downhole cores and geophysical measurements

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D. Goldberg
D. Goldberg
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Borehole Research Group, Rte 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, USA (e-mail: goldberg@ldeo.columbia.edu)
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G. Myers
G. Myers
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Borehole Research Group, Rte 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, USA (e-mail: goldberg@ldeo.columbia.edu)
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G. Iturrino
G. Iturrino
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Borehole Research Group, Rte 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, USA (e-mail: goldberg@ldeo.columbia.edu)
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K. Grigar
K. Grigar
Texas A&M University, Ocean Drilling Program, 1000 Discovery Drive, College Station, TX 75845, USA
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T. Pettigrew
T. Pettigrew
Texas A&M University, Ocean Drilling Program, 1000 Discovery Drive, College Station, TX 75845, USAStress Engineering Services, Inc., 13800 Westfair East Drive, Houston, TX 77041, USA
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S. Mrozewski
S. Mrozewski
Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements, 135 Rousseau Road, Youngsville, LA 70592, USALamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Borehole Research Group, Rte 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2006

Abstract

A newly developed logging-while-coring system was deployed during Ocean Drilling Program legs 204 and 209 off the coast of Oregon and near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The system consists of two existing devices modified to be used together — a Schlumberger Resistivity-at-the-Bit* tool, and a Texas A&M University wireline-retrieved core barrel and latching tool. The combination allows for precise core-log depth calibration and core orientation within a single borehole, and without a pipe trip. These tests, conducted in clay-bearing sediments (Leg 204) and in crustal peridotite and gabbroic rocks (Leg 209), mark the first simultaneous use of coring and logging-while-drilling technologies. Sediment cores were recovered with 33% recovery, on average, and as high as 68% to 75 m depth below the sea floor. Core recovery in crustal rocks was only 1–2%, however, penetrating to 21 m depth below sea floor, which is attributed to a problem with the core catcher. High-resolution logs were recorded in the downhole tool memory over the entire drilled intervals at both test sites. It is anticipated that logging-while-coring systems will be utilized more routinely where rig time constraints may otherwise preclude coring in difficult drilling environments.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

New Techniques in Sediment Core Analysis

R. G. Rothwell
R. G. Rothwell
National Oceanography Centre, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
267
ISBN electronic:
9781862395152
Publication date:
January 01, 2006

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