Utah Core Research Center

Utah Core Research Center

The Utah Geological Survey’s Utah Core Research Center, established in 1951 and now occupying a 12,000-square-foot warehouse, contains the region’s only publicly available and most complete collection of geologic cuttings and core from Utah.

Cuttings & Samples

The facility currently holds cuttings from approximately 5400 drill holes; core samples from more than 1500 drill holes; a collection of type oils from all producing formations in the state; and miscellaneous samples of metallic minerals, industrial rocks and minerals, tar sands, and oil shale.

Open for Individual, Company, or Group Use

The Utah Core Research Center provides a service to all interested individuals, universities, and companies requiring direct observation of actual samples for their research or investigations, and it acts as a repository for irreplaceable geologic samples which might otherwise be discarded.

Used more and more often for education and research endeavors, the Utah Core Research Center offers core workshops for oil company training sessions, geologic program short courses, college thesis work, and sample evaluations for UGS/industry cooperative projects.

Data & Equipment

The staff has recently inventoried and re-indexed the entire collection.

The facility is equipped with an automated Order Selector and has large layout tables for examination of core and samples. Equipment includes an on-site saw and drill press, binocular microscope, and UV light. A selection of reagents are available for simple chemical tests. Destructive testing is occasionally permitted.

Use of the Facility

Core, cuttings, and other geological samples may be viewed on-site with advanced reservation.

There is a minimal charge for sample use (see Fee Schedule). In addition, many of the individual cores have been photographed, and these photo sets are available.

The Utah Core Research Center aggressively pursues acquisitions of new samples. Industry’s response is gratifying and the number of donations increases each year.

Donations of cores, core chips, cuttings, oils, or other pertinent data such as lithologic or geophysical logs, assay results, and reservoir or engineering data are encouraged. Any inquiries about the Core Centers collection and services are welcomed.