Wireline Sonic Waveform Data


ODP logging contractor: LDEO-BRG
Hole: 803D
Leg: 130
Location: Ontong-Java Plateau (NW Pacific Ocean)
Latitude: 2° 25.98' N
Longitude: 160° 32.46' E
Logging date: February, 1990
Bottom felt: 3424 mbrf
Total penetration: 656 mbsf
Total core recovered: 494.9 m (75.5 %)

TOOL USED: BHC (Borehole Compensated Sonic Tool)
Recording mode: Depth-derived, borehole compensated mode
Remarks about the recording: Like in previous legs, the sonic waveforms are not on depth with the other logs. The offset is usually visible at the base of the bottom hole assembly or casing. In Hole 803D, however, the data was recorded open hole. The offset amount, which typically ranges from 15 to about 40 m, cannot be defined without first processing the sonic waveforms and then matching the output to the other logs.

Acoustic data have been recorded in LIS format. Each of the four waveforms consists of 500 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 500 samples per waveform, this corresponds to 1 + 4x500 = 2001 columns. In this hole, the specifications of the files are:
Number of columns: 2001
Number of rows: 3439 (pass 1)
Number of rows: 3439 (pass 2)
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 BHC/NGT (pass 1, recorded open hole)
803D-p1.bin: 3502.45-4026.4 mbrf

BHC from BHC/NGT (pass 2, recorded open hole)
803D-p2.bin: 3503.06-4027.01 mbrf

The sonic waveform files are not depth shifted to a reference run or to the seafloor. For depth shift to the sea floor, 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