From 13-17th of September, iMAGE-CREATE PhD. student, Tatiana Sitnikova (UOttawa) participated in virtual ECORD Summer School: Downhole Logging for IODP Science, which was hosted by the University of Leicester. ECORD, the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling, is a management structure of 15 members (14 European countries and Canada) for scientific ocean drilling as part of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) “Exploring the Earth under the Sea”, and previously the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program – IODP from 2003 to 2013.
Participants were introduced to petrophysics (and how petrophysics is relevant to IODP expeditions) and learned the fundamentals of downhole logging, the physical properties of rocks, and rock-fluid interactions. Participants also studied real-life examples from IODP operations all over the world, from Japan to Oman to New Jersey. The main topics covered during the school included, data quality assessment and basic processing, log interpretation, synthetic seismogram construction, stratigraphic correlation using downhole log data, and insights into offshore logging planning and operations. Participants also acquired practical experience assessing the quality and usability of data and in a given geological setting, and analyzing that data as part of a group exercise. Participants then presented their own findings at the end of the Summer School.