Wireline Sonic Waveform Data


Science operator: Texas A&M University

Hole: U1505C

Expedition: 368

Location: China Sea Rifted Margin (South China Sea)

Latitude: 18°55.0570' N

Longitude: 115° 51.5491' E

Logging date: June 2, 2017

Sea floor depth (driller's): 2917.4 m DRF

Sea floor depth (logger's): m WRF

Total penetration: 3409 m DRF (480.2 m DSF)

Total core recovered: 450.46 m DSF ( 99.7 % of cored section)

Oldest sediment recovered: late Eocene

Lithology: interbedded foraminifera-rich ooze with clay, nannofossil ooze with clay, and clay-rich nannofossil ooze with foraminifera


ACOUSTIC TOOL USED: DSI (Dipole Sonic Imager)

Recording mode: Monopole P&S and Upper and Lower Dipole (all passes). Upper dipole run in standard frequency, lower dipole in low frequecy.

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 line is composed of the entire waveform set recorded at each depth, preceded by the depth (multiplied by 10 to be stored as an integer). 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: 1438 (downlog)

Number of rows: 1727 (main)

Number of rows: 729 (repeat)


The following files have been loaded:

DSI from MSS/HRLA/DSI/HLDS/EDTC-B/HNGS (Downlog, drill pipe at  ~79 m WSF)

368-U1505C_ldip_d.bin: 76-294.8 m WSF

368-U1505C_mono_d.bin: 76-294.8 m WSF

368-U1505C_udip_d.bin: 76-294.8 m WSF


DSI from MSS/HRLA/DSI/HLDS/EDTC-B/HNGS (Main Run, drill pipe at  ~ 77 m WSF)


368-U1505C_ldip_main.bin: 76-338.8 m WSF

368-U1505C_mono_main.bin: 76-338.8 m WSF

368-U1505C_udip_main.bin: 76-338.8 m WSF


DSI from MSS/HRLA/DSI/HLDS/EDTC-B/HNGS (Repeat Run, recorded open hole)

368-U1505C_ldip_rep.bin: 231-341.8 m WSF

368-U1505C_mono_rep.bin: 231-341.8 m WSF

368-U1505C_udip_rep.bin: 231-341.8 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 (2929.9 m) but they are not depth-matched to the reference run (downlog). Please refer to the 'depth_matches' folder in the hole index page for the depth-matching values and to the "DEPTH SHIFT" section in the standard processing notes for further information.


For users interested in reading and converting the data to a format more suitable for their own purpose, the fortran declaration used to open the file *.bin would be:


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


where nrec is the number of receivers (8 in the case of the DSI) and nsamples the number of samples per waveforms.
If the total number of depths where waveforms were recorded is ndepth (for a 150 m interval with data every 15cm, ndepth would be 1001), a generic loop to read the data would be

do k = 1, ndepth
read(1, rec=1+k) depth(k), ((data(i,j,k), j=1,nsamples),i = 1,nrec))


the first record in each file is a header with some of the file specifications:
- number of depths
- number of samples /trace
- number of receivers
- tool number = 0 (DSI)
- mode (1 = Lower Dipole, 2 = Upper Dipole, 3 = Stoneley, 4 = Monopole)
- vertical sampling interval
- scaling factor for depth
- waveform sampling rate in microseconds


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 368. 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