The Importance of Core Samples

Today, we find ourselves becoming more and more concerned with the state of our world’s oil and gas supply. While we continue searching for new ways to maximize the oil and gas reserves that we have, core samples play a vital role in helping scientists and engineers better understand these resources.

In Texas, core samples can provide scientists with information that firms can use to locate oil and gas reserves while also evaluating the purity and quality of the noted reserves. Core samples are vital when it comes to evaluating oil and gas reserves because one single rock sample can reveal a slew of details regarding a reserve’s history, content, and the format of the geological structure.

When it comes to using core samples it is important that the quality of the core sample is solid. Core samples that are used in oil and gas reserves are typically removed during the drilling phase. One of the most useful measurements that are extracted from the core sample is conductivity. The conductivity is a measure of a material’s ability to conduct an electric current. The conductivity of a geological formation primarily depends on the direction of measurement, known as “anisotropic.”

“Anisotropy is usually the result of many thin layers of oil-bearing sandstone rocks sandwiched between thin shale layers, which form a laminate structure that may be tens to thousands of feet thick and contain a large amount of oil,” says John Kickhofel, a research scientist.

Once you have used core sample to provide you with information regarding the struck of rock layers, it is important to preserve the layers. Preserving these samples is important for future use, in case the sample need to be reexamined in the future.

As you can see, core samples have a huge importance in the gas and oil field. When it comes to the oil and gas research industry, Kocurek Industries INC. leads the pack by providing precision stone cutting and core samples.