Having a basic understanding of a mud log can be a valuable skill for anyone that participates in a oil and gas venture.
A mud log is a detailed report of the well bore by examining the rock cuttings and mud that is brought to the surfaces as the well is being drilled. Usually, mud logging is conducted by third party. The use of hydrocarbon gas detectors are used to record the amount of gas that is brought up in the mud. These gas levels can be seen on the mud log.
Mud logging is the observation and microscopic examination of of the drill cuttings and evaluation of the gas hydrocarbons and its constitutes, as well as collecting other information about the chemicals and drilling perimeters.
All this information is displayed in the mud log.
John Herring, Director of Exploration at Swan Energy, makes it simple to understand the basics of reading and interpreting mud logs in his three part video series found at: http://swanenergyinc.com/learn
The video below is the first video in the three video series: