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Bulk Density Porosity from DNC (PORDC)

This is an abbreviation for a well log used in the oil and gas industry. The acronym PORDC can be found in any (ASCII) log files provided by the logging company. The acronym stands for 'Bulk Density Porosity from DNC'. This log is very common in the industry.

The values of this log represent the porosity derived from a formation density measurement. In general this is a measurement of the apparent porosity. Better said, the initial estimate of porosity, normally from logs, not corrected for the (often large) effects of clays, gas, etc. Such estimates should only be used for qualitative interpretation of clean, gas-free intervals. At a higher level, this can be seen as a measure of the volume fraction. This can be explained as being the ratio of the volumes occupied by two components, or by one component to the total volume of the system.

This log usually has the unit 'Porosity'. This is the pore volume per unit gross volume. Porosity is determined from measurements on cores or interpreted from logs.

Data for this log is produced by a tool that uses a density logging technique and can be used to investigate the porosity of the formation. Similar logs are listed below:




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