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The Ocean Drilling Program runs the most advanced suite of routinely used downhole instruments of any scientific project in the world today. These tools change frequently and rapidly in terms of design and capabilities, and downhole tools specialists sailing on the JOIDES Resolution are often confronted with a bewildering array of instruments and procedures. For many of the downhole tools, fully detailed operating instructions written by the tool designers or manufacturers are available from ODP and onboard the JOIDES Resolution. Factors that are important in planning and conducting measurements are discussed in ODP Technical Note 10.
"ODP" is used here to refer to the ODP Science Operator at Texas A&M University and "LDEO" to the ODP Logging Contractor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. ODP and LDEO divide downhole measurement responsibilities as follows: LDEO is responsible for tools run on the logging cable (or "wireline") and logging while drilling, whereas ODP is responsible for those tools used with the drill string and/or the nonconducting coring line (or "sandline").
It is important to understand that just because a measurement is called "routine" does not mean that it can be made under all circumstances or without significant preparation by ODP technical support staff. Successful use of all downhole tools generally requires some warning prior to sailing, to make sure that proper supplies are available, and to undertake training of scientific and technical personell. To ensure successful use of specific ODP downhole tools on a particular leg, it is advisable to start planning at least one year precruise, and it is essential to keep two organizations fully informed: ODP itself, and the JOIDES panel structure via the Downhole Measurements Panel.
Downhole Measurements Provided by LDEO (Wireline/LWD)
Downhole Measurements Provided by TAMU (Drill String)
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