Our core collection is housed in 7 insulated steel buildings that are designed for near-zero-cost maintenance. The building are unlit and unheated, but do have skylights which allows for use in our sunny climate. Tables are available for layout (limited) and there is a rock saw that can be used to take samples. The cores are stored in cardboard boxes on shelves, most of which are of modern steel construction but some of which are made of wood. Cores must be manually shelved and unshelved as aisle space in buildings is insufficient for use of a forklift. The collection consists of cores from 1433 drill holes, most of thich were drilled for oil , natural gas, or minerals. Some cores are from holes drilled for geothermal, groundwater, or geotechnical evaluation. An electronic database that describes the cores has been fully implemented. A forklift truck is available to unload donations from arriving trucks and to load pallets of cores onto trucks for shipment to borrowers.
cores from 1,433 drill holes (oil & gas, mining, geothermal, geotechnical), 559,707 ft of core, 43,703 boxes of core
Our only source of funds for construction of new storage facilities is external and non-state. Although we have constructed several buildings through financial donations made by the private sector, private sector donations have been insufficient to construct storage space that will allow us to accept all desirable donations. Our collection is well documented through an electronic database available in both Excel and Access formats. Our buidlings are insulated steel and sit on reinforced concrte slabs, measure 100 ft x 30 ft, and are specifically designed to be have low-cost maintenance and upkeep. The university is willing to provide land to construction of additional core storage buildings if funds can be obtained for building construction.