Authors: Thomas, RDH; Neilsen, JM; Wilson, HF; Lamb, P


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Thomas, RDH, Neilsen, JM, Wilson, HF & Lamb, P 2015, 'Structural interpretation from Televiewer surveys', in PM Dight (ed.), FMGM 2015: Proceedings of the Ninth Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 729-741,

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Structural data collection from drill core relies on the ability of the core to be accurately oriented. A number of methods are available for core orientation, but broken zones and core loss present difficulties in obtaining orientation data, which can result in a paucity of structural data for significant intervals of a drill hole. Where orientation is achieved, errors and uncertainties can result in significant scatter in the calculated structure orientation populations. Televiewer surveys, both optical and acoustic, provide a reliable and accurate alternative method of recording structural data. They are relatively quick to run, and allow data capture from vertical and inclined drill holes without the need for diamond coring. The Televiewer survey captures a downhole image of the internal drill hole walls. Structural data can be captured from the image by fitting sinusoids to discontinuity traces visible in the drill hole wall. Although structural data can be picked automatically, it is argued that data should be picked by experienced engineers who clearly understand the intended use of the resultant datasets, and the limitations of the surveys. In lieu of a procedure for the undertaking of Televiewer interpretation for structural orientation data for geotechnical purposes, the authors propose a set of guidelines and protocols that in their experience have proven useful.

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