ELECTRICAL TECHNIQUE

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$40,000.00
Award Year:
1984
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1667
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Zonge Engineering & Res Organ
3322 East Fort Lowell Road, Tucson, AZ, 85716
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DR. KENNETH L. ZONGE
PRESIDENT
() -
Business Contact:
Dr. Kenneth L. Zonge
President
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A VERY CONSISTANT GEOPHYSICAL MODEL OF ELECTRICAL ANOMALIES OVER OIL AND GAS FIELDS HAS EMERGED FROM OVER SEVEN YEARS (1500 LINE-KILOMETERS OF COVERAGE IN OVER 30 DIFFERENT BASINS IN THE U.S. AND CANADA) OF RESEARCH. THE TYPICAL ELECTRICAL RESPONSE OBSERVED OVER A HYDROCARBON ACCUMULATION IS A LOW-RESISTIVITY VERTICAL COLUMN OR PLUME WHICH EXTENDS FROM THE TRAP TO, OR VERY CLOSE TO, THE SURFACE. THE RESISTIVITY WITHIN THIS PLUME IS TYPICALLY 20% TO 40% BELOW THE AVERAGE BACKGROUND RESPONSE. EARLIER INVESTIGATIONS OF ELECTRICAL PHENOMENON OVER OIL AND GAS FIELDS WERE MADE PREDOMINATELY WITH DIPOLE-DIPOLE IP TECHNIQUE. THIS TECHNIQUE HAS A) VERY POOR LATERAL RESOLUTION AND B) IS VERY SUSCEPTIBLE TO CONTAMINATION FROM MAN-MADE ELECTRICALLY GROUNDED STRUCTURES. THESE TWO FEATURES LEAD MOST RESEARCHERS TO THE CONCLUSION THAT ELECTRICAL TECHNIQUES WERE NOT VIABLE EXPLORATION TOOLS. CSAMT, A HIGH-RESOLUTION RESISTIVITY SOUNDING TECHNIQUE, NOW APPEARS TO HAVE THE SENSITIVITY AND LATERAL RESOLUTION TO ADEQUATELY DELINEATE SUBSURFACE GEOCHEMICAL ALTERATION ABOVE OIL AND GAS FIELDS. CSAMT IS A FAR-FIELD TECHNIQUE WHICH IS CONSIDERABLY LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO CONTAMINATION FROM GROUNDED STRUCTURE. CSAMT APPEARS TO BE A VIABLE EXPLORATION TOOL WHICH CAN BE UTILIZED FOR BOTH STRATIGRAPHIC AND STRUCTURAL TRAPS.

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