Resource-based markets are gearing up to meet the demands of today’s growing, global economies. Oil and gas resource companies are seeking new ways to enhance current extraction with more precise technology and to reduce the hard-hitting environmental effects of exploration. AAPS, along with TRIUMF know-how and investment from a resource-sector partner in BC, is looking to commercialize nuclear physics technology to advance oil and gas surveying in ways that will position Canada to meet this global demand.
Well-logging, where one or several physical methods are used to record geologic formations in a potential well, is one of the most important engineering technologies available to resource companies. AAPS research scientist Zhiyi Liu has been working on developing a technology for nuclear well logging. This technology uses gamma and neutron radiation to help engineers understand the geophysical formation of a production oil or gas resource site, especially those with low porosity or high salinity. Current technologies struggle with exploring such environments and cannot be used for broader environmental surveys.
Coupled with advanced data interpretation software, the system will offer highly precise formation data with less environmental effects than traditional well-logging techniques. Zhiyi and his team are currently in the advanced stages of prototyping the technology, and have received investment and infrastructure support through TRIUMF and AAPS for their work.