Partners introduce rock core imaging system

Offshore staff

NEW BRUNSWICK, Canada – A new 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) solution, the ImaCore 3017, is being introduced to the oil and gas industry for high resolution rock core imaging. MR Solutions, of Guildford, UK in partnership with Green Imaging Technologies, based in New Brunswick, Canada, have combined technologies to bring a complete rock core imaging solution to the oil and gas exploration industry.

Traditionally, rock core analysis is an exercise in providing measured data, but equipment limitations can result in final analysis that involves using theories to understand what is happening at the pore level.

The companies say the ImaCore 3017 will remove these resolution limitations by allowing customers to bolster the theoretical with actual images of all the fluid present in the rock core sample, and thus the pore network.

MR Solution’s cryogen-free MRI imaging technology is highly versatile as the magnet field can be adjusted from 0.1 T to 3.0 T, depending on image requirements. Sample sizes can range from 1-in. to 4-in. diameters and ample space is provided for pressure and flow cells, which allows users to make measurements at reservoir conditions and to perform high resolution flow studies.

The company’s technology, including the latest 3D imaging pulse sequences, is combined with Green Imaging’s software products to provide an easy to use interface. This provides workflow management, easy calibration, system monitoring and end results matching the industry’s best practices for rock core analysis.

The companies say the new system allows customers to understand the complex mechanisms and processes happening within rock core samples and interpolate that understanding across entire reservoirs.


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