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Determining resistivity of a formation adjacent to a borehole having casing by generating constant current flow in portion of casing and using at least two voltage measurement electrodes

United States Patent

6,025,721
February 15, 2000
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Methods of operation of different types of multiple electrode apparatus vertically disposed in a cased well to measure information related to the resistivity of adjacent geological formations from within the cased well are described. The multiple electrode apparatus has a minimum of two spaced apart voltage measurement electrodes that electrically engage a first portion of the interior of the cased well and that provide at least first voltage information. Current control means are used to control the magnitude of any selected current that flows along a second portion of the interior of the casing to be equal to a predetermined selected constant. The first portion of the interior of the cased well is spaced apart from the second portion of the interior of the cased well. The first voltage information and the predetermined selected constant value of any selected current flowing along the casing are used in part to determine a magnitude related to the formation resistivity adjacent to the first portion of the interior of the cased well. Methods and apparatus having a plurality of voltage measurement electrodes are disclosed that provide voltage related information in the presence of constant currents flowing along the casing which is used to provide formation resistivity.
Vail, III; William Banning (Bothell, WA)
ParaMagnetic Logging, Inc. (Woodinville, WA)
08/ 738,924
October 28, 1996
This invention was made with Government support under DOE Grant No. DE-FG06-84ER13294, entitled "Validating the Paramagnetic Logging Effect", Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention. The basic concept for the invention described herein was conceived during the funding provided by the above grant. Ongoing research to measure resistivity through casing has been provided on a co-funded basis from: (a) U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG19-88BC14243 entitled "Proof of Feasibility of Thru Casing Resistivity Technology"; (b) U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grant No. DE-FG22-90BC14617 entitled "Proof of Concept of Moving Thru Casing Resistivity Apparatus"; (c) U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-FG22-93BC14966 entitled "Fabrication and Downhole Testing of Moving Through Casing Resistivity Apparatus"; and (d) Gas Research Institute (GRI) Contract No. 5088-212-1664 entitled "Proof of Feasibility of the Through Casing Resistivity Technology". The government and the GRI have certain rights in this invention. The application herein was filed during periods of time funded by (b) and (c) above.