Articles and References

about Temperature Logging


Temperature Well Logging

By Hubert Guyod

Well Logging Consultant

Oil Weekly, 1946

Table of Contents


I.      Heat Conduction (384kb pdf)

II.     Salt Intrusions (590kb pdf)

III.    Temperature Distribution in the Ground (486kb pdf)

IV.    Wells in Thermal Equilibrium (262kb pdf)

V.    Wells Not in Thermal Equilibrium

A.    Rotary Holes (495kb pdf)

B.    Fluid Intrusions (417kb pdf)

C.    Cementing Problems (247kb pdf)


NOTE:  This classic reference for understanding how to use temperature logging information was first published by Oil Weekly as a series of articles in 1946.  It  is very detailed with many graphics and equations. 



How Hot Is It? (298kb pdf)

Wisian, K.W., D.D. Blackwell, S. Bellani, J.A. Henfling, R.A. Normann, P.C. Lysne, A. Förster, and J. Schrötter

(see reference below)

NOTE:  A Comparison of  4 Temperature Logging Systems















Research for the Department of Energy,

Randy Normann Sandia National Laboratories

NOTE:  Research Summaries - Drilling Technology







Temperature-Depth References

Bassiouni, Z., Theory, Measurement, and Interpretation of Well Logs, Henry L. Doherty Memorial Fund of AIME  Society of Petroleum Engineers: Richardson, TX, 1994.

Bateman, R.M., Open-Hole Log Analysis and Formation Evaluation, IHRDC: Boston, 1985.

Black, G.L., Type Temperature-Depth Curves, SMU Geothermal Lab., ISEM, 1981. Note: Figures located on website

Blackwell, David D., A Transient Model of the Geothermal System of the Long Valley Caldera, California, Journal of Geophysical Research, 90, B13, 11229-11241, 1985.

Blackwell, D.D. and J.L. Steele, Geothermal Data From Deep Holes in the Oregon Cascade Range, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 11, 317-322, 1987.

Diment, William H. and Thomas C. Urban, A Simple Method for Detecting Anomalous Fluid Motions in Boreholes from Continuous Temperature Log, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 7, 485-488, 1983.

Diment, William H. and Thomas C. Urban, Temperature Changes with Time in the Slotted Interval of a Deep, Shut-in Geothermal Well Near Thermal Equilibrium: East Mesa Well 31-1, Imperial County, California, 1977-1982, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 6, 249-252, 1982.

Förster, A., J. Schrötter, D.F. Merriam, and D.D. Blackwell, Short Note: Application of Optical-Fiber Temperature Logging-An Example in a Sedimentary Environment, Geophysics, 62, 4, 1107-1113, 1997.

Guyod, Hubert, Temperature Well Logging, Well Instrument Developing Co., Oil Weekly, p. 47, 1946.

Reiter, Marshall, Using precision temperature logs to estimate horizontal and vertical groundwater flow components, Water Resources Research, Vol. 37, No. 3, 663-674, March 2001.

Richards, Maria and David Blackwell, A Difficult Search, Why Basin and Range systems are hard to find, Geothermal Bulletin, v. 31, no. 4, 143-146, 2002.

Rider, M.H., The Geologic Interpretation of Well Logs, Halsted Press: New York, 1986.

Urban, Thomas C. and William H. Diment, An Interpretation of Precision Temperature Logs in a Deep Geothermal Well Near Desert Peak, Churchill County, Nevada, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 6, 317-320, 1982.

Welex, Temperature Log Interpretation, Halliburton Co., p. 16.

Wisian, K.W., D.D. Blackwell, and D. Benoit, Thermal Conditions in Beowawe Well Ginn 2-13, Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 22, 561-565, 1998.

Wisian, K.W., D.D. Blackwell, S. Bellani, J.A. Henfling, R.A. Normann, P.C. Lysne, A. Förster, and J. Schrötter, Field Comparison of Conventional and New Technology Temperature Logging Systems, Geothermics, 27, 2, 131-142, 1998.

Wisian, K.W., D.D. Blackwell, S. Bellani, J.A. Henfling, R.A. Normann, P.C. Lysne, A. Förster, and J. Schrötter, How Hot Is It?  A Comparison of Advanced Technology Temperature Logging Systems, Geothermal Resource Council Transactions, 20, 427-434, 1996.