Western Paleomagnetic & Petrophysical Laboratory

Dr. Phil J.A. McCausland
Western Sciences Centre, Room 36

The Western Paleomagnetic & Petrophysical Laboratory was established by Dr. Phil McCausland in 2014 in the Department of Earth Sciences to conduct geophysical research and provide key services in paleomagnetism and petrophysics for industry, academics and other research interests.

WPPL is the research lab operated by Dr. McCausland at Western, providing the research "home" for several undergraduate and graduate students in applied geophysics. It operates for contractual services as well, providing sample preparation and a range of petrophysical property measurements on discrete rock samples, obtained from diamond drill core or other resources. Direct petrophysical measurements (magnetics, density, porosity, IP/resistivity, P-wave) of standard samples offers a complement for other, survey-scale geophysical data, presenting key information to help "ground truth" geophysical models.

Please consult the WPPL Measurement Services document for further information on the range of physical property measurements and applications that we offer. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.


Dr. Phil McCausland, Director, WPPL

WPPL Measurement Services

Helium Pycnometry Reference Sheet

Western PPL Rate Sheet

Services rate sheet cost/sample Price
Sample preparation - regular specimens $75
Sample preparation - 3D oriented specimens $100
Wire saw (dry) 0.200 mm kerf cut $75+ $25/further sample cut
Magnetic Susceptibility $25
Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility (AMS) $75
Magnetic remanence (NRM intensity, direction) $50
Paleomagnetic directional component analysis $150
Magnetic Coercivity analysis $150
IP / Resistivity $50
P wave acoustic velocity $25
Density (specific gravity) $25
Grain density (will obtain porosity) $75

Other services & pricing (3D imaging, X-ray CT scan, sample storage for later investigation) can be discussed by request.

Note on sample preparation: Drill core samples or hand samples are drilled to produce at least three cylindrical specimens for each sample. This provides a consistency check for the physical property measurements from any given sample, and produces standard specimens suitable for all analyses listed above.

v. March 2019