Seismic While Drilling

Seismic While Drilling

Fundamentals of Drill-Bit Seismic for Exploration

2nd Edition - July 1, 2022

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  • Authors: F.B. Poletto, F. Miranda
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128231456

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Seismic While Drilling: Fundamentals of Drill-Bit Seismic for Exploration, 2nd edition, revised and extended gives a theoretical and practical introduction to seismic while drilling by using drill-bit noise. While drilling seismic methods using surface sources and downhole receivers are also analysed. The goal is to support the exploration geology with geophysical control of drilling, and to build a bridge between geophysicists involved in seismic while drilling, drillers and exploration geologists. This revised and extended edition includes new topics such as novel drilling technology, downhole communication, ground-force drill-bit measurement, SWD seismic interferometry, and fiber optic (DAS). A new section is dedicated to well placement and geosteering. Like the first edition, Seismic While Drilling, 2nd edition also includes examples of SWD analysis and application on real data.

Key Features

  • Addresses fundamental knowledge on geophysical principles related to acoustics and seismic waves as well as basic borehole waves and drilling
  • Includes new technological and methodological developments since the publication of the first edition
  • Provides new examples for applications in geothermal and analysis of diffractions, offshore marine, and tunnel seismic while drilling (TSWD)


Academic and research scientists in geophysics, seismology, and exploration geology. Seismic drillers and equipment developers

Table of Contents




    About the authors

    Glossary of main symbols

    Unit conversion factors

    1. Introduction and overview

    2. Principles of drilling

    3. General theory: drill-bit seismic waves

    4. General theory: drill-bit seismic sources

    5. General theory: drill-string waves and noise fields

    6. SWD acquisition: tools and systems

    7. SWD acquisition: operational aspects

    8. Preprocessing of SWD data

    9. Processing of signal and noise RVSP fields

    10. Drill-bit SWD applications

    11. Other while-drilling applications

    12. New trends for SWD


    Name index

    Subject index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 600
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: July 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128231456

About the Authors

F.B. Poletto

Flavio Poletto worked from 1984 to 2019 at the Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale – OGS (former Osservatorio Geofisico Sperimentale), Italy. In 1988 he received the degree “Dottore in Fisica” from the University of Trieste. Since 1988, he has worked as a geophysicist on seismic-while-drilling (SWD) research by using the drilling noise to obtain reverse VSPs. He is the author of many papers and a monography on SWD, drill-string acoustics, co-author of patents regarding the drill-bit-noise separation for RVSP and Tunnel SWD. He received Honorable Mentions for papers selected in the category of the Best Paper in GEOPHYSICS (2001 and 2003), ASCE Best paper (MOONBIT) (2010), and “Legends-of-SWD” (2016) awards. His research activity includes borehole geophysics, acoustic and SWD, with applications extended to drilling diagnostics, geosteering, seismic interferometry, DAS, CCS, and Geothermal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Sgonico (Trieste), Italy

F. Miranda

Francesco Miranda received a BSc degree in Geology in 1984 and a PhD degree in Geophysics 1989 from UC Swansea (UK) with a thesis on Travel-time and Amplitude Tomography. He worked at DMT (Bochum, Germany) where he was active in research in seismic tomography, borehole seismic data acquisition and processing, processing of in seam seismic for coal fields, and special processing and acquisition techniques for surface 2D seismic. Since 1990 he has worked in the exploration and production Division at Eni in Milan, in the borehole seismic department. He has been actively involved in research in the field of Seismic While Drilling on which he is the author of many papers and in the field of cross-hole seismic and geosteering

Affiliations and Expertise

ENI, S. Donato Milanese (MI), Italy

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