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The AAPG/Datapages Combined Publications Database

AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 56 (1972)

Issue: 9. (September)

First Page: 1899

Last Page: 1900

Title: Use of Downhole Gravity Data in Formation Evaluation: ABSTRACT

Author(s): B. R. Jones

Article Type: Meeting abstract


It has been shown by several workers that the downhole

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gravity meter is a high-precision, large-volume, bulk-density tool. It is unique in that bulk densities can be measured directly, i.e., with no calibration and in place. The large rock volume measured ensures that the measurements are relatively unaffected by mud cake, infiltrated zones, washouts, or casing. The use of large-volume density measurements has added a new dimension (depth) to some formation evaluation problems.

Bulk densities measured with the borehole gravity log in wells in the Gulf Coast area show considerable deviation from densities measured with the gamma-gamma log. Moreover, they do not show a density change in the over-pressured shale zone. These results suggest that although the physical parameters measured by small volume tools may be quite accurate, they may not be representative of true formation characteristics.

With only one exception, densities from a borehole gravity log in a carbonate-shale sequence agree closely with densities measured by the gamma-gamma log. This difference in densities of 0.18 g/cc is attributed to either porosity lateral to the borehole, a lateral change in lithology, or a fault.

The high precision and large rock volume measurement capabilities of the borehole gravity meter make it especially useful in measuring low porosities as, for example, that of a fractured quartzite in Libya, and in measuring fluid density behind casing, for example, gas in Texas.

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