Halliburton introduced the Xaminer Sonic Service, an acoustic formation evaluation process that provides operators with high-fidelity data and advanced processing capabilities, on 28 September at SPE ATCE in Houston. The service is designed to more accurately characterize a wide range of reservoirs, including those in deepwater, mature fields and unconventionals.
“This has been five years in the making, and we are really pretty pleased about what it can do,” said Bill Langley, Wireline Acoustics Product Champion at Halliburton.
The technology works by recording acoustic waveforms that travel from a transmitter through the formation to a receiver. As a result, operators can measure seismic properties and analyze reservoir characteristics and geomechanical properties. These acoustic applications provide information to help operators optimize completion and stimulation design and reduce drilling and completion risks.
The Xaminer Sonic tool includes 104 receivers on a six-ft array, providing pure acoustic signal to evaluate near and far fields in real time, according to Halliburton. It has been designed to eliminate coupling between transmitters and receivers while maintaining strength to carry other tools below. It also functions in high-pressure, high-temperature environments to provide optimal response to borehole pressure waves. The technology can be beneficial in environments with soft rock and wells containing large boreholes, which increases signal attenuation.