Imdex. has filed a patent for a method to determine core orientation of samples cut by a drill rig. The method involves continuously acquiring drilling data, analyzing it for specific patterns, and using the data to determine the orientation of the core sample. GlobalData’s report on Imdex gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Core sample orientation determination method for drill rig operations

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Imdex Ltd

A patent application (Publication Number: US20230374899A1) describes a method and system for determining the core orientation of a core sample extracted from the ground by a drill rig. The method involves continuously acquiring drilling data, which includes core orientation data and rig operational data, while the drill rig is in operation. By analyzing the drilling data for specific patterns indicative of the core sample being broken from the ground, the orientation of the core sample can be determined using the acquired core orientation data. The method includes compensating for relative rotational motion between the core sample and the inner core tube supported by the drill string during drilling.

Furthermore, the system for determining core orientation includes a data acquisition tool (DAT) capable of continuously acquiring core orientation data, a near bit rig data acquisition system, and an at-surface rig data acquisition system. The DAT is equipped with sensors to acquire core orientation data and near bit rig data, while the system also includes a DAT tripping system for transporting the DAT through the drill string. The system enables real-time communication of acquired data to an electronic device at the surface and includes features such as on-board memory for data storage and a processor for processing acquired data to produce processed downhole data. Overall, the method and system provide a comprehensive approach to accurately determine the core orientation of samples extracted during drilling operations.

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