Wireline Sonic Waveform Data


Science operator: Texas A&M University

Hole: U1499B

Expedition: 367

Location: China Sea Rifted Margin (South China Sea)

Latitude: 18° 27.5705' N

Longitude: 115°41.5990' E

Logging date: March 7, 2017

Sea floor depth (driller's): 3769 m DRF

Sea floor depth (logger's): 3770 m WRF (FMS/GPIT/EDTC-B/HNGS main run)

Total penetration: 4789 DRF (1020 m DSF) ???

Total core recovered: 150.64 m (35.3%) ???

Oldest sediment recovered: 22 Ma based on the Planktonic foraminifers

Lithology: Dark greenish to dark gray sandstone and claystone, with siltstone interbeds. Sections with low recovery assumed to be primarily composed of non-lifthified sand (618 - 761 m DSF). Dark brownish claystone with greenish to gray siltstone, calcareous–rich claystone with silt and foraminifer sandstone interbeds from 761 to 892 m DSF. Clay-rich chalk carbonate from 892 to 930 m DSF. Gray to dark gray gravel, with silty sandstone interbeds, fragmented cores recovered as pebbles/cobbles from 933 to 1081 m DSF



ACOUSTIC TOOL USED: DSI (Dipole Sonic Imager)

Recording mode: Monopole P&S and Upper and Lower Dipole (all passes)

Remarks about the recording: none.


MONOPOLE P&S MODE: measures compressional and hard-rock shear slowness. The monopole transmitter is excited by a high-frequency pulse, which reproduces conditions similar to previous sonic tools.

UPPER DIPOLE MODE: measures shear wave slowness using firings of the upper dipole transmitter.

LOWER DIPOLE MODE: measures shear wave slowness using firings of the lower dipole transmitter.


Acoustic data are recorded in DLIS format. Each of the eight waveforms geerally consists of 512 samples, each recorded every 10 (monopole P&S) and 40 microsec (dipolemodes), at depth intervals of 15.24 cm (6 inches).The original data in DLIS format is first loaded on a Sun system using GeoFrame software. The packed waveform data files are run through a GeoFrame module that applies a gain correction and then converted into ASCII and finally binary format.

Each row of the binary file is composed of the entire waveform set recorded at each depth, preceded by the depth. In the general case of 8 waveforms with 512 samples per waveform, this corresponds to 1 + 8x512 = 4097 columns. In this hole, the specifications of the files are:


Number of columns: 4097

Number of rows:  2439 (downlog)

Number of rows:  2426 (main run)

Number of rows: 1058 (repeat run)


The following files were converted:

DSI from FMS/DSI/GPIT/EDTC-B/HNGS (Downlog, casing at 651 m WSF)

367-U1399B_ldip_d.bin: 646-1018  m WSF

367-U1399B_mono_d.bin: 646-1018  m WSF

367-U1399B_udip_d.bin: 646-1018  m WSF


DSI from FMS/DSI/GPIT/EDTC-B/HNGS (Main run,casing at 651 m WSF)

367-U1399B_ldip_main.bin: 646-1018  m WSF

367-U1399B_mono_main.bin: 646-1018  m WSF

367-U1399B_udip_main.bin: 646-1018  m WSF



DSI from FMS/DSI/GPIT/EDTC-B.HNGS (Repeat run, recorded open hole)

367-U1399B_ldip_rep.bin: 721-882 m WSF

367-U1399B_mono_rep.bin: 721-882  m WSF

367-U1399B_udip_rep.bin: 721-882  m WSF



All values are stored as '32 bits IEEE float'.

Any image or signal-processing program should allow to import the files and display the data.


The sonic waveform files are depth-shifted to the seafloor but they are not depth-matched to the reference run.


NOTE: For users interested in converting the data to a format more suitable for their own purpose, a simple routine to read the binary files would include a couple of basic steps (here in old fashioned fortran 77, but would be similar in matlab or other languages):

The first step is to extract the files dimensions and specification from the header, which is the first record in each file:

  open (1, file = *.bin,access = 'direct', recl = 50) <-- NB:50 is enough to real all fields

  read (1, rec = 1)nz, ns, nrec, ntool, mode, dz, scale, dt

  close (1)

The various fields in the header are:
      - number of depths
      - number of samples per waveform and per receiver
      - number of receivers
      - tool number (0 = DSI; 1 = SonicVISION; 2 = SonicScope; 3 = Sonic Scanner; 4 = XBAT; 5 = MCS; 6 = SDT; 7 = LSS; 8 = SST; 9 = BHC; 10 = QL40; 11 = 2PSA)
      - mode (1 = Lower Dipole, 2 = Upper Dipole, 3 = Stoneley, 4 = Monopole)
      - vertical sampling interval *
      - scaling factor for depth (1.0 = meters; 0.3048 = feet) *
      - waveform sampling rate in microseconds *

All those values are stored as 4 bytes integers, except for the ones marked by an asterisk, stored as 4 bytes IEEE floating point numbers.

Then, if the number of depths, samples per waveform/receiver, and receivers are nz, ns, and nrec, respectively, a command to open the file would be:

  open (1, file = *.bin, access = 'direct', recl = 4*(1 + nrec*ns))

Finally, a generic loop to read the data and store them in an array of dimension nrec × ns × nz would be:

  do k = 1, nz

    read (1, rec = 1+k) depth(k), ((data(i,j,k), j = 1,ns), i = 1,nrec)



Additional information about the drilling and logging operations can be found in the Operations and Downhole Measurements sections of the expedition report, Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program, Expedition 367. For further questions about the logs, if the hole is still under moratorium please contact the staff scientist of the expedition.

After the moratorium period you may direct your questions to:

Cristina Broglia

Phone: 845-365-8343

Fax: 845-365-3182

E-mail: Cristina Broglia


Tanzhuo Liu

Phone: 845-365-8630

Fax: 845-365-3182

E-mail: Tanzhuo Liu