Programs and procedures for assessing quality of spectral gamma-ray borehole data for the UGTA

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This report describes the procedures and computer programs used to process spectral gamma-ray borehole logging data in the UGTA (UnderGround Test Area) program at the NTS (Nevada Test Site) to assess data quality. These programs and procedures were used to analyze data from five boreholes in the UGTA program. Development of these computer programs and procedures required considerable effort and the primary purpose of this report is to provide continuity with future activities related to spectral gamma-ray borehole logging in the UGTA program. This is especially important because of the long time interval between cessation of logging in April, 1996 ... continued below

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Conaway, J.G. November 1, 1998.

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This report describes the procedures and computer programs used to process spectral gamma-ray borehole logging data in the UGTA (UnderGround Test Area) program at the NTS (Nevada Test Site) to assess data quality. These programs and procedures were used to analyze data from five boreholes in the UGTA program. Development of these computer programs and procedures required considerable effort and the primary purpose of this report is to provide continuity with future activities related to spectral gamma-ray borehole logging in the UGTA program. This is especially important because of the long time interval between cessation of logging in April, 1996 and the next round of activity, which has not yet occurred. This report should also be useful if any quality control issues arise regarding past or forthcoming spectral gamma-ray log analyses. In the characterization work underway at the Nevada Test Site Underground Test Area, the logging contractor, Western Atlas, agreed to identify five artificial nuclides based on their gamma-ray signatures. Those nuclides are {sup 60}Co, {sup 106}Ru, {sup 125}Sb, {sup 134}Cs, and {sup 137}Cs. In the case of {sup 106}Ru, which is not a gamma emitter, any detected gamma rays come from the daughter nuclide {sup 106}Rh which has a half-life of 30 s. With such a short half-life, {sup 106}Rh can be considered to be in equilibrium with {sup 106}Ru under most conditions so the result is the same as if the gamma rays were emitted by the {sup 106}Ru. The Western Atlas spectral gamma-ray curve plots from a given borehole present detailed qualitative information on the apparent distribution of natural and artificial nuclides with depth in the borehole. The computer programs and procedures described in this report were used to provide a quality analysis of the contractor`s processed data and to work with the contractor to validate and/or refine their existing automatic processing. This was done using a procedure that was developed and tested successfully in earlier work at the NTS; the revised and updated procedure is documented in this report.

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INIS; OSTI as DE99000863

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  • Other: DE99000863
  • Report No.: LA-UR--98-1248
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • DOI: 10.2172/677034 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 677034
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc707268

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Conaway, J.G. Programs and procedures for assessing quality of spectral gamma-ray borehole data for the UGTA, report, November 1, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc707268/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.