Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Wireline logging is used to obtain a record of the geophysical properties of a formation. This data is obtained by lowering a logging tool into a well on the end of a wireline (an electric cable with the ability to transmit data). The data gathered by the logging tools helps to better understand the capabilities of a well and to help make decisions about drilling or production operations.