We have described an algorithm to perform automatic dip picking on borehole images. One key element of our method is a statistical validation, based on the a contrario theory, which is used to decide whether each candidate dip is to be accepted or not. Our method also uses a randomized Hough transform, which greatly improves the processing speed, allowing for a real-time detection of dips during image visualization. In addition, the same algorithm can be applied at different scales to provide a multiresolution analysis of the structures. Our experiments determine that our algorithm produces reliable dip picking by an evaluation on three manually annotated boreholes: Our method detects from 60% to 90% of the dips annotated by an expert, depending on the complexity of the data.

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