We recognize technology as a key competitive advantage to success. Our technical experts develop products and solutions that are innovative, effective in optimizing resource recovery, and increasingly environmentally responsible. This dedication to R&D has earned us recognition by Re$earch Infosource as one of Canada’s Top Corporate R&D Spenders in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Bragging Rights

Over the past five years we’ve developed more than…


New cementing & stimulation products


Coiled tubing innovations


Technical publications on acidizing and fracturing fluids and techniques



Culture of Innovation

As one of our core values, we believe that great service comes from fostering a culture of innovation at all levels, in all our geographic regions. A culture of innovation means thinking outside the box and being open to where creativity can take you. It means developing and improving products and processes, growing our business in new markets and regions, reducing our impact on the environment, and supporting our communities. Innovation is important, and helps define who we are.


Our cement laboratories feature specialized analytical and physical response testing equipment, enabling our team to perform standardized API and advanced testing. Our technical capabilities allow us to customize our cement blends and products to meet the unique needs of your well. Some of our technical capabilities include:

  • Cement thickening time testing
  • Cement fluid loss testing
  • Ultrasonic cement compressive strength determination
  • Water analysis
  • High temperature cement compressive strength determination
  • Cement rheology profile characterization
  • Cement mechanical properties
  • Low temperature cement compressive strengths and thickening times
  • Cement blend gas migration analysis
  • Particle size analysis
  • Cement static gel strength analysis
  • Triaxial rock mechanics
  • Tensile testing (direct and indirect)
  • Permeability/porosity
  • Calorimetry
  • XRD/XRF characterization

We integrate geological, geochemical and geomechanical perspectives to give you a better understanding of your formation. Our geological laboratories use advanced analyses and imaging techniques to observe key rock properties for direct input into resource calculations, reservoir modeling and completions design. Some of our techniques include:

  • Complete rock mechanical testing (hydrostatic, uniaxial and triaxial compression) for stimulation design, log calibration, reservoir stress-path modeling, wellbore stability and other geomechanical applications
  • Direct shear testing
  • Hardness profiling
  • Proppant embedment and fracture conductivity under reservoir conditions with formation or completion fluids
  • Rock/fluid compatibility evaluations (shale dispersion, capillary suction time, linear swell testing and cation exchange capacity determination)
  • Computed tomography imaging to quantify fractures, mineralogical alterations, pores and density profiling
  • Effective porosity and permeability
  • Stress dependant porosity and permeability (at in-situ and drawdown reservoir conditions)
  • Stress permeability to liquids
  • Regain permeability
  • Pore size distribution by mercury injection capillary pressure
  • Quantitative mineralogy (both bulk rock and clay minerals) and geochemistry (trace and major elements)
  • Inorganic petrology with diagenesis interpretation
  • SEM and EDS mapping
  • Organic matter characterization, petrology and quantification of organic matter
  • Organic thermal maturity
  • Hydrocarbon determination on solid and liquid samples by thermal desorption gas chromatography
  • Field desorption, core handling and preservation
  • Stratigraphic and core logging
  • Gas compositions and fractionation
  • Sulphur detection by gas chromatography on oil and gas samples
  • Adsorption isotherms for low T/P and high T/P reservoirs
  • Quantification of sorbed, free and solution gas using Trican’s proprietary TOGIP modeling
  • Petrophysical modeling
  • Hydrocarbon in-place modeling
  • Geomechanical modeling

Our stimulation laboratories support stimulation and production services to help customers get the most from their wells. Some of our technical capabilities include:

  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
  • High temperature/high pressure frac fluid rheology studies
  • Acid compatibility with formation water, oil, condensate and drilling mud
  • Corrosion testing with H2S/CO2 custom gas blend capability
  • Solubility studies
  • ICP (inductively coupled plasma) for water analysis and scaling tendency
  • Wax/asphaltene determination of solid and liquid hydrocarbons
  • Reid vapour pressure and flash points of fluids
  • Solids identification through x-ray diffraction
  • Elemental analysis with x-ray fluorescence
  • Special core/clay/fluid analysis and performance evaluations
  • Friction studies and fluid performance
  • High pressure foam loop rheometer system
  • GCMS for organic chemical characterization
  • Surface/interfacial tension studies
  • Rotating disk apparatus for acid reaction rate studies

Lab Brochure

Trican's Research and Development Centre works to provide the best technical solutions to our customers.  Our extensive facilities, capabilities, and staff experience make all the difference in answering your questions and discovering what’s next.

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