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For the future, Visuray is harnessing the incredible potential of its Downhole X-ray Platform to create even more sophisticated imaging and also a source-less alternative to conventional formation evaluation logging.
A constant headache in oil production is the tubing becoming caked in scale, obstructing production, and being corroded by solid particles. The VRAz® imaging service is designed to create a 3D image of tubing with scale removed, showing tubing thickness to 1 mm accuracy. The images will permit the oil company to decide on the necessity of a workover, rather than relying on guesswork.
Visuray is also applying its Downhole X-Ray Platform for the development of a density logging tool with a response identical to classic formation density tools that use a chemical Cesium137 nuclear source. Visuray has demonstrated that a 0.01 g/cc accuracy can be achieved logging at as fast as 7,200 feet per hour, significantly faster than today’s best-in-class technology.
The Downhole X-ray Platform is also being used to build a laboratory equivalent of a conventional neutron porosity logging tool. The Downhole X-Ray Platform therefore promises to dispense with all chemical nuclear sources for conventional logging. Visuray will market this X-ray driven logging as the VRFE72® service. In addition to the development of this family of wireline-conveyed tools, the packaging and integration of our Downhole X-Ray Platform is also being adapted for future use in logging-while-drilling applications.