Seismic Applications of Downhole DAS

Sensors (Basel). 2021 Apr 21;21(9):2897. doi: 10.3390/s21092897.


Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) is gaining vast popularity in the industrial and academic sectors for a variety of studies. Its spatial and temporal resolution is ever helpful, but one of the primary benefits of DAS is the ability to install fibers in boreholes and record seismic signals in depth. With minimal operational disruption, a continuous sampling along the trajectory of the borehole is made possible. Such resolution is highly challenging to obtain with conventional downhole tools. This review article summarizes different seismic uses, passive and active, of downhole DAS. We emphasize current DAS limitations and potential ways to overcome them.

Keywords: DAS; distributed; downhole; exploration; seismic; seismology.

Publication types

  • Review