Wireline Sonic Waveform Data


Science operator: Texas A&M University

Hole: U1463B

Expedition: 356

Location: Northern Carnarvon Basin (Tropical SE Indian Ocean)

Latitude: 18° 57.9190' S

Longitude: 117° 37.4340' E

Logging date: September 15-16, 2015

Sea floor depth (driller's): 156 m DRF

Sea floor depth (logger's): 158 m WRF (FMS/DSI/GPIT/EDTC/HNGS pass 2)

Total penetration:  686 m DRF (530 m DSF)

Total core recovered: 399.10 m (75.3 % of cored section)

Oldest sediment recovered: Late Miocene

Lithology: Wackestone, packstone, mudstone, rudstone and floatstone. Mudstone, dolostone, sand rich in glauconite and gravel towards the bottom of the hole.



Acoustic tool used: DSI (Dipole Sonic Imager)

Recording mode: Monopole P&S mode, lower and upper 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: 2396 (downlog)

Number of rows: 2074 (pass 1)

Number of rows: 2386 (pass 2)


The following files were converted:

DSI from FMS/DSI/GPIT/EDTC-B/HNGS (Downlog, drill pipe at ~79 m WSF)

356-U1463B_mono_d.bin: 79-444 m WSF

356-U1463B_ldip_d.bin: 79-444 m WSF

356-U1463B_udip_d.bin: 79-444 m WSF


DSI from FMS/DSI/GPIT/EDTC-B/HNGS (Pass 1, recorded open hole)

356-U1463B_mono_p1.bin: 1276-443 m WSF

356-U1463B_ldip_p1.bin: 1276-443 m WSF

356-U1463B_udip_p1.bin: 1276-443 m WSF


DSI from FMS/DSI/GPIT/EDTC-B.HNGS (Pass 2, drill pipe at ~79.5 m WSF)

356-U1463B_mono_p2.bin: 79.5-443 m  WSF

356-U1463B_ldip_p2.bin: 79.5-443 m  WSF

356-U1463B_udip_p2.bin: 79.5-443 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 (-158 m from FMS/DSI/GPITEDTC/HNGS Pass 2 - Reference run for depth matching ). The downlog and pass 1 are not depth-matched to the reference run. 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.


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 356. 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