Equipment for Geological Wellsite Supervision

A check-list of equipment needed for geological wellsite supervision: PPE, transportation, computer, cuttings examination gear, sample washing tools, software, other requirements

On-site geology Lab
On-site geology Lab

Personal Protective Equipment will be worn at all times in or around drilling and service rigs.

  • Body and skin protection: fire retardant coverall (Nomex or equivalent) with reflective stripes.
  • Head protection: top impact hard hat (safety helmet) with inside suspension system, type I (full brim), class B (impact and electric shock protection).
  • Foot protection: Steel toed boots, for winter work use extreme cold steel toed winter boots
  • Eye protection: safety glasses/goggles
  • Hands protection: rubber lined gloves for work with oil based products
Basic Equipment
  • Transportation: A reliable 4 wheel drive truck or SUV
  • Computer: Sturdy laptop computer; As striplog software is mostly designed for Windows platforms, a PC is required. Additional flatscreen monitor recommended.
  • CommunicationCell phone with good reception in remote areas.
  • Household items: Bedding, cutlery, cooking utensils (Accommodation at rigs includes many amenities, but no personal items).
Cuttings Examination Equipment
  • Microscope: binocular (or trinocular) with 40 to 80 magnifying power, preferably with continuous zoom, also reliable and powerful light source (quartz light or LED light ring);
  • Fluoroscope: black light box;
  • Chemicals: Hydrochloric acid (10%), Triclorethilene or Acetone, Alizarin Red, Barium Chloride, etc, (see MSDS);
  • Probes, tweezers, glass rods
  • Examination plates: spot plates (glass or porcelain), trays, watch glass, comparison trays;
  • Hot plate;
  • Scale: for sieve analyses/granulometry.

Sample Washing Equipment
  • Sieves: separation sieves (8 to 20 mesh), retainer sieves (80 to 100 mesh), plastic, brass or stainless steel
  • Pressure nozzle, hose and adaptors for washing, see sample washing techniques.
  • Wet vacuum: shop vac for drying samples, with hoses and adaptor cup
  • Comparison trays for sorting, storing and examining cuttings
  • Protective equipment: Gloves, apron, goggles, respirator mask
  • Core plugs examination: Hammer, magnifying glass


Chinook can assist with software licenses and hardware dongles

Other Equipment
  • Other Software
  • Communication:
    • cell signal booster equipment is also needed at certain jobs
    • Two way radios are required in some areas.
  • Digital photos are required at some jobs:
    • Dedicated digital microscope camera for cuttings pictures or
    • Point and shoot digital camera with ocular adaptor or
    • SRL digital camera with trinocular adaptor
Other Requirements
  • Safety Tickets: Wellsite geologists are required to have the following tickets: H2S Alive, Fists Aid/CPR, WHMIS, TDG. Some operators also require Defensive Driving, Pre-access drug screening and other safety courses. (see also Safety and training courses);
  • WCB clearance for the province where the work is performed;
  • Vehicle insurance ($2,000,000 minimum)