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Special Core Analysis (SCAL) & Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Laboratory

PERM’s Tomographic Imaging and Porous Media Laboratory is on the cutting edge of Oil & Gas Research & Development.

World Class SCAL & EOR Experts

Our leading team, headed by Dr. Apostolos Kantzas and Dr. Jonathan Bryan, is constantly pushing the boundaries of scientific understanding for Special Core Analysis, Enhanced Oil Recovery and Reservoir Characterization. Combining this knowledge with real world laboratory results can help you mitigate risk, increase production and solve reservoir issues.

Dr. Apostolos Kantzas
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Coreflooding Experts: Fully Customized Floods Designed For You!

Core Flooding Rigs

At PERM we design and build our coreflooding rigs from the ground up; everything from the coreholders to the Data Acquisition Systems & Software.

Special Core Analysis & Enhanced Oil Recovery Laboratory Services

Coreflooding Rig Schematic
Enhanced Oil Recovery Results Comparison
Relative Permeability Curve

Custom Full Diameter Corefloods

PERM can handle corefloods of all types; we build many different types of coreflooding rigs/setups to match any experiment required. Talk to us today and get an experiment to meet your needs.

Enhanced Oil Recovery Evaluation

Not sure which EOR method to employ for your reservoir? You’ve come to the right place! This is something we can help you decide. We will evaluate which method will work best for your particular case. Stop leaving oil/gas behind or wasting money on EOR that doesn’t work!

Relative Permeability Tests

We do a lot of corefloods and relative permeability tests. Relative permeability is complex and takes an experienced team to get the correct data, as there are many factors at play. Find out why so many companies use PERM for corefloods and relative permeability tests! Talk to us and ask questions. We are here to help.

Axial Image (Slice of Core) from CT Scanner
Micro-CT Scan Image of Plug
COMSOL Modeling

CT Scanning Core

We scan a lot of core in order to help select core for testing and give quantitative data (density and porosity) and help show fractures. We scan the core while still in the core tubes. This gives you a permanent record of the core, prior to slabbing or destroying the core.

Micro-CT Scanning Core

Our micro-CT Scanner allows us to scan small plugs or cuttings and get excellent resolution to see small fractures and pores down to 2 micron resolution.

Modeling & Simulation

We make extensive use of a finite element multiphysics tool called Comsol. This allows us to better understand what is going on during our experiments. We also have some other tools we have developed in-house.

Bruker 450-GC
Digital Core Analysis of a Core Plug
CT Scan of a solvent and oil showing asphaltene precipitation

SimDist C6 to C120+

We can get carbon number distribution of oil all the way to C120+, which is particularly important for characterizing heavy oils and also under which conditions different oil is produced. Many conventional laboratories can only go to C30+ or C60+. We knew it is important to know what is beyond C60, and so we go to C120+.

Digital Core Analysis

By combining CT Scanning, micro-CT, SEM, EM, NMR, and a few other sensors, we import this data into our complex models and properties are calculated within every single pore, and from that we derive accurate core analysis data and upscaling algorithms.

In Situ Saturation Monitoring (ISSM)

Whether it is an experiment (phase behavior, for example) or a coreflood, we can use our sensors to get flow visualization and better understand the mechanics and physics at play to gain true understanding.

Those Are Just A Few Services, There Are Plenty More…


Capillary Pressure

Thermal Conductivity 

Ultracentrifuge / Centrifuge

Bitumen & Oil Extraction

Surface Area Analysis & Porosity

Adsorption Isotherms

Acidizing Evaluation

Asphaltene Precipitation


Mud Invasion Studies

Conformance Evaluation

Rock / Fluid Interaction

Fluid Flow Phenomena

In Situ Upgrading

Phase Behaivor Study

Fluid Flow Visualization

T2cutoff Calibration




Pore & Core Level Modeling

Custom Research & Development

Formation Damage Studies

Joint Ventures

Industrial Courses

Consulting Services


Tomographic Imaging: CT Scanning Core

CT Scan (Scout Scan) of Core Tubes

CT Scout Scan of Core while core is still in the tubes. This is showing 0° and 90°.

3D Axial CT Scan Reconstruction of Core

3D Reconstruction from Axial CT Scan Images allow you to look inside the core and derive accurate density and porosity data.

Low Field NMR

This incredibly useful technology can help determine fluid saturations, non-destructively. It can be used on fluids (even emulsified fluids) or on core rock (to determine fluids inside the porous material).


Typica NMR spectra for oil and gas

Reservoirs Have Complex Challenges

Low Reservoir Recovery?

Reservoir Damaged?

Low Porosity?

Reservoir Plugging?

Under Pressurized Reservoir?

Heavy Oil? Tight Oil?

Low Permeability?

Water Invasion?

Other Issues?

We Can Help!

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