Halliburton releases next-generation acoustic evaluation service

Halliburton's Wireline & Perforating business has introduced the Xaminer Sonic Service, an evolution in acoustic formation evaluation that provides operators with high-fidelity data and advanced processing capabilities to more accurately characterize a wide range of reservoirs, including those in deep water, mature fields and unconventionals.

The service debuted Monday at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (SPE ATCE).

This technology works by recording acoustic waveforms that travel from a transmitter through the formation to a receiver. As a result, operators can measure seismic properties and analyze reservoir characteristics and geomechanical properties. These acoustic applications provide information to help customers optimize completion and stimulation design and reduce drilling and completion risks.


The Xaminer Sonic tool includes 104 receivers on a 6-ft array providing the longest transmitter to receiver spacing in the industry and the purest acoustic signal to evaluate near and far fields in real time.

The tool features a unique design that eliminates coupling between transmitters and receivers while maintaining strength to carry other tools below. It also functions in high pressure, high temperature environments to provide optimal response to borehole pressure waves.

The technology is especially beneficial in environments with soft rock and wells containing large boreholes, which increases signal attenuation. Xaminer Sonic covers the widest range of reservoirs to accurately characterize in a variety of environments.

“The Xaminer Sonic tool is the culmination of four years of engineering, modeling and testing to provide our customers with innovative logging technologies,” said David Topping, V.P., Wireline and Perforating. “Halliburton is in a strong position to work with operators to generate high-fidelity acoustic data through a single trip in the hole to evaluate reservoirs with greater precision.”

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