Wireline Sonic Waveform Data


ODP logging contractor: LDEO-BRG

Well name: 703A

Leg: 114

Location: Meteor Rise (central S Atlantic)

Latitude: 47° 03.042' S

Longitude: 7° 53.679' E

Logging date: April, 1987

Bottom felt: 1806.6 mbrf (used for depth shift to sea floor)

Total penetration: 377.4 mbsf

Total core recovered: 192.3 m (50 %)



TOOL USED: BHC (Borehole Compensated Sonic)

Recording mode: borehole-compensated mode

Remarks about the recording: The original proprietary tape was damaged and could not be loaded: the customer tape was loaded instead.

Like in all of the past legs, the sonic waveforms are not on depth with the other logs: in Hole 703A they show an offset of about 10 m downward. This offset is very clearly visible at the base of the bottom hole assembly in the main run, section 1; the waveforms show the bottom hole assembly at 82 mbsf, while it had been set at 72 mbsf (see delay time and gamma ray log). In the remaining sections, however, it is difficult to assess the correct offset amount, as the logs were recorded open hole. Though it is expected to be 10 m downward as well, it is recommended to first process the sonic waveforms and then match the output to the other logs.


Acoustic data have been recorded in LIS format. Each of the four waveforms consists of 512 samples and is recorded at a sampling rate of 0.1524 m. The original data is first loaded on a Sun system using GeoFrame software. The waveform data files are 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 4 waveforms with 512 samples per waveform, this corresponds to 1 + 4x512 = 2049 columns. In this hole, the specifications of the files are:

Number of columns: 2049

Number of rows: 502 (upper section)

Number of rows: 763 (middle section)

Number of rows: 724 (lower section)


All values are stored as ' IEEE floating point numbers' (= 4 bytes).

Any numerical software or programing language (matlab, python,...) can import the files for further analysis of the waveforms.

The following files were converted:

BHC from DIT/BHC/GR (upper section: bottom hole assembly at ~ 72 mbsf)

703A-u.bin: 69.95-146.3 mbsf

BHC from DIT/BHC/GR (middle section: recorded open hole)

704B-m3.bin: 92.2-208.33 mbsf

BHC from DIT/BHC/GR (lower section: recorded open hole)

704B-m3.bin: 207.11-317.3 mbsf


The sonic waveform files loaded on the customer tape were shifted to the sea floor; the amount of the shift was 1796.1 m). However, they were not depth shifted to a reference run. For further information, please refer to the DEPTH SHIFT section in the standard log documentation file.

Also, please refer to the "Remarks about the recording" note above.


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)



For further information about the logs please contact:


Cristina Broglia

Phone: 845-365-8343

Fax: 845-365-3182

E-mail: Cristina Broglia