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Methods and apparatus to produce stick-slip motion of logging tool attached to a wireline drawn upward by a continuously rotating wireline drum

United States Patent

5,717,334
February 10, 1998
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Methods and apparatus are described to produce stick-slip motion of a logging tool within a cased well attached to a wireline that is drawn upward by a continuously rotating wireline drum. The stick-slip motion results in the periodic upward movement of the tool in the cased well described in terms of a dwell time during which time the tool is stationary, the move time during which time the tool moves, and the stroke that is upward distance that the tool translates during the "slip" portion of the stick-slip motion. This method of measurement is used to log the well at different vertical positions of the tool. Therefore, any typical "station-to-station logging tool" may be modified to be a "continuous logging tool", where "continuous" means that the wireline drum continually rotates while the tool undergoes stick-slip motion downhole and measurements are performed during the dwell times when the tool is momentarily stationary. The stick-slip methods of operation and the related apparatus are particularly described in terms of making measurements of formation resistivity from within a cased well during the dwell times when the tool is momentarily stationary during the periodic stick-slip motion of the logging tool.
Vail, III; William Banning (Bothell, WA), Momii; Steven Thomas (Seattle, WA)
ParaMagnetic Logging, Inc. (Woodinville, WA)
08/ 508,781
July 28, 1995
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 (DOE) 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 (c) and (d) above.