Oil sands and oil carbonates are increasingly important in today’s energy landscape. Large scale delineation projects in the Athabasca Oil Sands, Cold Lake, Peace River Oil Sands or the Grosmont Carbonate Trend require extensive coring of shallow deposits, supervised by large teams of wellsite geologists.

Chinook Consulting has the ability to organize multi-personnel teams as well as project coordinators for such operations. Many or our subcontractors specialize in oil sands operations, and several have experience with the more technical carbonate resource plays. Services provided by our wellsite geologists include:

  • Coring coordination
  • Core recovery supervision
  • Labelling and shipping
  • Core description

Coring Supervision

  • Supervising core extraction, tube cutting and capping
  • Recording core recovery
  • Labelling of core tubes and core boxes
  • On site QC of coring process
  • Shipping to laboratory, refrigerator storage or transition yards
  • Reporting (core recovery reports, striplogs and core logs, operations reports, final well reports)

Coring Equipment Coordination

  • Coordinate timing with drilling supervisor and/or operations coordinators
  • Communicating coring program to core hands
  • Confirming core point based on cuttings
  • Consistent report templates detailing coring operations

Core Description

  • Lithological descriptions
  • Oil saturation estimation
  • Core logs based on core plugs or core observation (spot core description based on core plugs/tube end samples)
  • Striplogs based on drill cuttings samples
  • Facies identification

Core Logging

  • Depth correction and correlation
  • Petrographic description of cores
  • Select sample points for other analyses
  • Digital photography
  • Digital data sets

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Chain of Custody for Core

Chinook employs Moonrock Apps platform for various aspects of a project. From data transfer to core tracking we can efficiently and successfully monitor all core movements and capture all data on an easy-to-navigate platform.

The Drill Core and Deliverables Chain of Custody Monitoring component of this platform (CorChain module) is a unique approach that allows us to identify project management efficiencies which are then relayed to our clients in order to ensure the most accurate and efficient final product.

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