A systems approach to coring improves operations ///

As a critical component of the formation evaluation process, coring allows operators to acquire definitive data sets, which may be used to calibrate other forms of reservoir data. Without adequate planning, coring can pose operational risks and lead to unbudgeted costs, which causes some operators to consider it an optional service. The application of thorough planning activities is a critical element of a systems approach to combating core jamming and unbudgeted coring costs. This includes the use of software modeling to determine lithology characteristics and coring assembly behavior; the validation or adjustment of the operational plan using downhole coring data loggers; and the application of core jam mitigating technologies.

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