Borehole Electromagnetic Telemetry System

Theory, Modeling, and Applications

  • Jiefu Chen
  • Shubin Zeng
  • Yueqin Huang

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Petroleum Geoscience & Engineering book series (BRIEFSPGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Jiefu Chen, Shubin Zeng, Yueqin Huang
    Pages 1-6
  3. Jiefu Chen, Shubin Zeng, Yueqin Huang
    Pages 7-20
  4. Jiefu Chen, Shubin Zeng, Yueqin Huang
    Pages 21-43
  5. Jiefu Chen, Shubin Zeng, Yueqin Huang
    Pages 45-60
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 61-62

About this book


This book explains the theory, numerical modeling, and applications of a borehole electromagnetic telemetry system used for wireless communication between the downhole tool and the surface control center during oilfield drilling.

The authors begin by introducing borehole electromagnetic telemetry and explaining each part of the system with schematics and illustrations. They describe the working principle and compare it with other borehole wireless communication methods, such as mud pulse telemetry.

They then address 2D and 3D electromagnetic telemetry modelling, listing previous 2D and 3D modeling methods and detailing the advantages and limitations, before discussing their recent work on a novel layered finite element method for 2D electromagnetic telemetry modelling, and on 3D electromagnetic modelling based on integral equation, thin wire kernel, and layered medium Green’s functions.

Lastly, the authors show applications of electromagnetic telemetry, including single well borehole wireless communication and cross well communication in pad drilling. This includes photos, figures, and field data from real oilfield jobs.

This book is a useful reference for drilling engineers, well logging tool research and development scientists and researchers, as well as for students in the areas of petroleum engineering and electrical engineering.


Oilfield Services Measurement-while-drilling (MWD) Logging-while-drilling (LWD) Borehole wireless communication Electromagnetic telemetry Computational Electromagnetics Maxwell's equations Layered media Finite element method (FEM) Method of moments (MoM) 3D electromagnetic telemetry modelling

Authors and affiliations

  • Jiefu Chen
    • 1
  • Shubin Zeng
    • 2
  • Yueqin Huang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Cyentech Consulting LLCCypressUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-21536-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-21537-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2509-3126
  • Series Online ISSN 2509-3134
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