Routine Core

Routine core or conventional core analysis frequently emerges as the standard analysis conducted for our clients and can be considered the cornerstone upon which formation evaluation rests. Our Routine Core Division can determine petrophysical properties on both full diameter cores as well as plugs.

Our Routine Core services include:

AGAT Laboratories' specialized team of geologists and engineers provide a customized approach to conventional testing offering additional assistance for:

  • Core handling
  • Describing and Depth-Correct Core
  • Preparing and cleaning core for client viewing
  • Sample selection for analysis

Services Description

Porosity can be determined at ambient or reservoir conditions and is an indication of the storage capacity of the reservoir.

Permeability is determined in both the horizontal and vertical directions. Engineers can use horizontal permeability data to define flow capacity, permeability distribution and the profile. Vertical permeability is used to define coning probability and gravity drainage potential.

Fluid Saturations (oil and water) can be determined by retort distillation or by Dean Stark distillation, which helps define the presence and quantity of hydrocarbons within a reservoir.

Grain Density is calculated from the measured dry weight divided by the grain volume of a core sample and can be used to confirm the mineralogy of the core.

Spectral Gamma Log measures the natural gamma radiation of the sample which provides information about the composition and lithology of the formation. The total gamma ray is broken down into the thorium, potassium and uranium components. The gamma ray can be used to help depth correct the core to field logs as well. 

Core Imaging provides you with vivid and detailed images of your core in a variety of formats ranging from slabbed core to whole core images, from rotating movies to virtual objects. Core photography is available in flash photography and ulta-violet light and can be used to identify the presence of hydrocarbons.

Following are examples of some of these image types.

Slabbed Oilsands Core

Whole Carbonate Core

Whole Conventional Core



UV Core Photography

SEM ImagingThin Section Imaging

Rotating Core Imaging