Fluid Characterization and Testing

Improve long-term success knowing reservoir behavior

The Reservoir Characterization Instrument™ (RCI™) service delivers vital petrophysical information to predict reservoir behavior during production. Reservoir volume, fluid producibility, and the type and composition of movable fluids are data you can use throughout the reservoir’s life cycle.

To support the initial assessment of your project’s commercial potential, RCI provides estimates for production capability, fluid type and composition, fluid-phase behavior, production-facility design, and flow assurance. These estimates are critical to your project’s long-term success because subsequent intervention or redesign could affect the project’s economic viability.

RCI’s modular formation testing and sampling tool delivers a complete description of reservoir fluid type and behavior. Modular capabilities record formation pressures and collect fluid samples in a wide array of geological environments and borehole conditions. 

Combine RCI with the In-Situ Fluids eXplorer™ (IFX) or SampleView service for complete formation pressure testing and sampling. SampleView captures the necessary reservoir fluid sample required for detailed pressure, volume, and temperature (PVT) analysis.

Configure the RCI with the straddle packer module for pressure testing and sampling in low-permeability, fractured, and unconsolidated formations. You can also conduct Mini-DST and Micro-Frac testing for complete rock and fluid characterization.

The proprietary Formation Rate Analysis™ (FRA™) technique, used while pumping for pretest and gradients, validates formation pressure test data and produces a permeability estimate. 

RCI’s modular design results in operational efficiencies and optimum borehole access. Our RCI system combines with many other instruments and is conveyed via wireline or drillpipe. Titanium construction allows wireline conveyance more often than similar systems.

Our RCI service includes a surface-controllable packer section for variable volume and variable-rate drawdown, and small and large displacement pumps. A multi-tank carrier system enables cost-efficient sample recovery.


RCX Sentinel Focused Sampling Service

The RCX™ Sentinel focused sampling service delivers a cleaner focused formation fluid sample in less time than conventional fluid sampling, reducing rig time, cost, and risk.


FTeX Advanced Wireline Formation Pressure Testing Service

Our FTeX™ advanced wireline formation pressure testing service delivers reliable and accurate pressure data by combining downhole automation with real-time control.


RCI Multitank Carriers

Our multitank carriers are designed to efficiently collect multiple formation fluid samples during a single trip into the well.


Reservoir Characterization eXplorer

Acquire the critical information reliably to determine an asset’s commercial value, help to develop a recovery strategy, and make informed production facility decisions.


RCI Single-Phase Tanks

Our RCI™ single-phase tank systems collect and maintain reservoir fluid samples at in-situ conditions.


In-Situ Fluids eXplorer (IFX) Service

This superior service reduces the risk of compromised PVT data that can occur during the retrieval, transportation, and transfer process before laboratory analysis.


SampleView Service

As part of the Reservoir Characterization Instrument™ (RCI™) service, our SampleView service delivers real-time measurements of fluid type and mud-filtrate contamination.


Straddle Packer Module

Our straddle packer module overcomes limitations of the standard probe in fractured, vuggy, and tight formations.

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