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Low-Cost Small Diameter NMR Technologies for In-Situ Subsurface…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84290
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
83024
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Vista Clara Inc.
12201 Cyrus Way Suite 104 Mukilteo, WA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Low-Cost Small Diameter NMR Technologies for In-Situ Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84931
Award Amount: $750,000.00
 

Abstract:

This project will address the problem of characterizing and monitoring subsurface hydro-geological and groundwater transport processes within 200m of the earth¿s surface, including both the saturated and unsaturated (Vadose) zones. The project will develop low-cost, small-diameter NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) instrumentation and software for direct subsurface measurement of groundwater and its hydraulic properties. This effort will leverage magnet/coil designs and NMR techniques pioneered for deep petroleum exploration, and implement them in miniaturized, low-cost form factors suitable for hydro-geological investigations in the top 200 meters of the subsurface. The Phase I project performed computer simulations and laboratory NMR experiments to establish the technical feasibility of using NMR sensors to derive hydro-geological properties in boreholes as small as 2 in. in diameter using structural design and analysis to establish the feasibility of NMR cone penetrometers. The Phase II project will design, assemble and field test a complete borehole NMR instrumentation and software system for characterizing hydro-geological processes in the top 200m of the subsurface. It will also design, assemble, and field-test a cone penetrometer NMR sonde, and integrate it with an existing DoE cone penetrometer system. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The results of this effort will be commercialized in the form of small-diameter NMR instruments and field services. Small-diameter down-hole NMR technology will bring the unique advantages of in-situ NMR measurements to a broad variety of subsurface hydrological investigations, at a fraction of the cost of existing borehole NMR instruments and services.

Principal Investigator:

David O. Walsh
Dr
4252903626
davewalsh@vista-clara.com

Business Contact:

David Oliver O. Walsh
Dr
4252903626
davewalsh@vista-clara.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Vista Clara Inc.
8849 47th Place W Mukilteo, WA 98275

EIN/Tax ID: 200984690
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No