Western Paleomagnetic & Petrophysical Laboratory

Dr. Phil J.A. McCausland
Biological & Geological Sciences Building 1004

The Western Paleomagnetic & Petrophysical Laboratory was established 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 provides 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 drill core or other sources. Direct petrophysical measurements (magnetics, density, porosity, IP/resistivity, P-wave) made on standard samples offers a complement for downhole or survey-scale geophysical data 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 $100
Sample preparation - 3D oriented specimens $200
Wire saw (dry) 0.200 mm kerf cut $200 + $50/further parallel sample cut
Magnetic Susceptibility $50
Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility (AMS) $100
Magnetic remanence (NRM intensity, direction) $75
Paleomagnetic directional component analysis $200
Magnetic Coercivity analysis $200
IP / Resistivity $75
P-wave acoustic velocity $50
Density (bulk density by specific gravity) $50
Grain density (intrinsic material density) $100

Other services & pricing (consultation & analysis, 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. February 2021