Borehole-wall imaging with acoustic and optical televiewers for fractured-bedrock aquifer investigations

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Abstract

Imaging with acoustic and optical televiewers results in continuous and oriented 360 degree views of the borehole wall from which the character and orientation of lithologic and structural features can be defined for fractured-bedrock aquifer investigations. Fractures are more clearly defined under a wider range of conditions on acoustic images than on optical images including dark-colored rocks, cloudy borehole water, and coated borehole walls. However, optical images allow for the direct viewing of the character of and relation between lithology, fractures, foliation, and bedding. The most powerful approach is the combined application of acoustic and optical imaging with integrated interpretation. Borehole-wall imaging provides information useful for the collection and interpretation of flowmeter and other geophysical logs, core samples, and hydraulic and water-quality data from packer testing and monitoring.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Borehole-wall imaging with acoustic and optical televiewers for fractured-bedrock aquifer investigations
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher Society of Professional Well Log Analysts
Contributing office(s) Office of Ground Water
Description 11 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the seventh international symposium on borehole geophysics for minerals, geotechnical, and groundwater applications
First page 43
Last page 53
Conference Title Seventh International Symposium on Borehole Geophysics for Minerals, Geotechnical, and Groundwater Applications
Conference Location Golden, CO
Conference Date October 24-26, 2000