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Mudloggers monitor and record drilling activity, providing information about the well status during the extraction of oil or gas.
The data they collect and monitor, the 'mudlog' helps to make important decisions about the efficiency and placement of the well sites.
They use a range of equipment and laboratory techniques, such as binocular microscopes, ultraviolet fluorescence and thin section analysis to create mud logs showing a geological record of the site being drilled.
Drilling parameters that are monitored include:
The mudlogger ensures that accurate samples are taken at the right intervals and records any issues encountered during the drilling. They mainly work offshore and are contracted to an oil company via a service company. Less commonly they work in water well and mineral exploration.
Mudloggers may be known as:
Mudlogging is also known as hydrocarbon well logging.
Tasks carried out by a mudlogger include:
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