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Determining resistivity of a formation adjacent to a borehole having casing using multiple electrodes and with resistances being defined between the electrodes

United States Patent

5,570,024
October 29, 1996
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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 inside the cased well. The multiple electrode apparatus have a minimum of three spaced apart voltage measurement electrodes that electrically engage the interior of the cased well. Measurement information is obtained related to current which is caused to flow from the cased well into the adjacent geological formation. First compensation information is obtained related to a first casing resistance between a first pair of the spaced apart voltage measurement electrodes. Second compensation information is obtained related to a second casing resistance between a second pair of the spaced apart voltage measurement electrodes. The measurement information, and first and second compensation information are used to determine a magnitude related to the adjacent formation resistivity.
Vail, III; William B. (Bothell, WA)
Paramagnetic Logging, Inc. (Woodinville, WA)
08/ 083,615
June 28, 1993
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.