Wireline Sonic Waveform Data


ODP logging contractor: LDEO-BRG

Hole: 1081A

Leg: 175

Location: Walvis Ridge (tropical SE Atlantic)

Latitude: 19° 37.1818' S

Longitude: 11° 19.1598' E

Logging date: September, 1997

Bottom felt: 805.5 mbrf

Total penetration: 452.7 m

Total core recovered: 393.5 m (91.4 %)


TOOL USED: SDT (Digital Sonic Tool)

Recording mode: depth-derived, borehole compensated mode

Remarks about the recording: none.


Acoustic data are recorded in DLIS format. Each of the four waveforms consists of 500 samples and is recorded at a sampling rate of 0.1524 m. The original data in DLIS format 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 file are:


Number of columns: 2001

Number of rows: 2390


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:

SDT from DIT/SDT/NGT (main, bottom hole assembly at 878 mbrf)

1081A-m.bin: 878-1242 mbrf


The sonic waveform files are not depth shifted to the sea floor; the logs show the bottom of the sea floor at 804 mbrf.


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