Reservoir quality prediction
Geocosm specializes in sandstone diagenetic modeling and reservoir quality risk assessment.
Our approach is scientifically rigorous, quantitative, reproducible, and testable. Our methods build on our expertise in sandstone diagenesis, petrophysics, basin modeling, computer simulation methods, and risk assessment.
We work closely with industry and academia to develop and apply new technologies designed to reduce exploration and production related risk associated with sandstone reservoir characteristics.
T>Map™ extends Touchstone™ by automating the simulation of sandstone reservoir properties using data from 3D basin models. T>Map can use burial history data exported from any 3D basin modeling system.
Our Touchstone™ software system incorporates facilities for analysis of controls on sandstone reservoir quality in analog samples and for forward modeling of sandstone diagenesis and petrophysical properties for areas away from well control.
Prism2D™ is our unparalleled system for simulation of sandstone diagenesis and is an important research tool for many Geocosm R&D activities.
COAN™ is an image analysis system for sandstones that was developed by Geocosm for quantitative analysis of the spatial geometry of grain coating materials, among other things.
We conduct reservoir quality prediction studies and provide proprietary research and development services.
September 16, 2014
Rob Lander has been named the Haas-Pratt Distinguished Lecturer by the AAPG. He will present Model the Rock! Using Diagenesis Simulation for Rock Property Prediction on his North American lecture tour in early 2015.
June 1, 2014
Linda Bonnell and Rob Lander gave presentations at the Geological Society's Reservoir Quality of Clastic and Carbonate Rocks: Analysis, Modelling and Prediction on May 28-30 in London. Rob was one of the conference co-convenors.
May 10, 2014
January 8, 2014
Geocosm welcomes Apache Corporation to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality. The RQC now has 23 active members.
October 10, 2013
Linda Bonnell and Rob Lander both gave presentations at the 50th Annual Clay Minerals Society Meeting on October 6-10 at the University of Illinois--Champaign Urbana.
May 7, 2013
April 22-24, 2013
We celebrated the 25th RQC meeting in grand style in a 12 century castle in SigŁenza Spain. In addition to a review of Geocosm's R&D efforts, the 10 participant presentations lead to an outstanding technical program. The T>Map consortium also met in SigŁenza.
January 3, 2013
Geocosm co-founder Rob Lander has been tapped to give the keynote talk at the inaugural meeting of the AAPG Charles Taylor Fellowship on February 4th in Houston. The Charles Taylor Fellowship comprises all current and past members of AAPG's Editorial Board. Geocosm's other co-founder, Linda Bonnell, is an Associate Editor of the AAPG Bulletin and is a fellowship member.
May 8, 2012
Geocosm's co-founders Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell won the prestigious Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for the best paper published in the AAPG Bulletin in 2010. Their paper on a new predictive model for fibrous illite formation in sandstones is a product of research supported by the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
October 26 , 2011
Geocosm welcomes Marathon Oil Company to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality. .
August 12, 2011
June 6 , 2011
Geocosm welcomes Wintershall to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
May 16 , 2011
Geocosm welcomes BG to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
April 10 , 2011
Publications | 2011 Publication of the Year Award
March 12 , 2011
News | Eni Joins T>Map Consortium
Geocosm welcomes Eni to the T>Map consortium, which now has 8 active members.
February 20 , 2011
Publications | 4th Hottest Paper!
Structural diagenesis, published in the December issue of the Journal of Structural Geology, comes in at number 4 in the list of the 25 hottest papers in the journal over the period of October to December, 2010. The article provides an introduction to a special issue dedicated to this emerging discpline and is authored by researchers from The University of Texas, RWTH Aachen University, and Geocosm.
January 26 , 2011
Geocosm welcomes Repsol USA to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
August 23 , 2010
Geocosm welcomes INPEX Corporation to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
Publications | AAPG Bulletin Special Issue
The issue includes a paper by Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell describing the unique fibrous illite model now available in Touchstone and T>Map. Rob also coauthored a review of the state-of-the-art in reservoir quality prediction. with Joanna Ajdukiewicz. Articles from Shell and BP geoscientists highlight the application of Touchstone for reservoir quality prediction in conventional and tight gas sandstone reservoirs.
June 27, 2010
Appearances | SPE Workshop
Geocosm's Rob Lander presented Predicting Sandstone Properties Using Coupled Deterministic / Stochastic Models at the SPE/AAPG/SEG Workshop Quantitative Interpretation: Reducing Uncertainty Through Integration of Petrophysics, Geophysics, Geomodeling and Reservoir Simulation.
January 7, 2010
Geocosm welcomes ENI to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
December 31, 2009
News | Touchstone 7 Released!
We released Touchstone 7 just in time to have another reason to raise the champagne glass! Several years in the making, this Touchstone version has been rewritten from the ground up. Among the many important new capabilities of the system is Geocosm's new model for prediction of fibrous illite formation and associated secondary porosity formation.
October 29, 2009
Publications | AAPG Bulletin
Natural fracture characterization in tight gas sandstones: Integrating mechanics and diagenesis appears in the November 2009 issue of the AAPG Bulletin. The article concerns the origin of fractures in tight gas sandstones and discusses how quartz cementation may influence fracture permeability. The authors of the paper are Jon Olson (Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin), Steve Laubach (Bureau of Economic Geology), and Geocosm's Rob Lander.
May 13, 2009
Publications | Journal of Structural Geology
May 3-7, 2009
Appearances | AAPG Hedberg
Geocosm staff are co-authors of two papers at AAPG Hedberg Research Conference “Basin and Petroleum System Modeling: New Horizons in Research and Applications” and Geocosm's Rob Lander is serving as a co-chair for Session I: Rock Properties. Presentations include: An Integrated Approach to Reservoir Quality Prediction within the Ordovician Sandstones of North Africa and Simulation of Fault Sealing From Quartz Cementation within Cataclastic Deformation Zones.
February 2, 2009
News | Maersk Joins RQC
Geocosm welcomes Maersk Oil America, Inc. to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
November 6, 2008
Publications| AAPG Bulletin Article
September 17, 2008
News | Woodside Joins RQC
Geocosm welcomes Woodside Energy Ltd to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
April 29, 2008
News | Hess Joins RQC
Geocosm welcomes Hess Corporation to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
April 20-23, 2008
Appearances | San Antonio AAPG
Geocosm staff authored or co-authored 4 papers at the AAPG. Topics covered include modeling fibrous illite formation and associated secondary porosity development, simulating quartz cementation in deformation zones, and unraveling the history of fracture development and quartz cementation in tight gas sandstones. We also presented a new analysis of why quartz cement grows more slowly on polycrystalline quartz grains and chert grains compared to monocrystalline grains to the Clastic Diagenesis Research Group.
January 10, 2008
News | IMP Joins RQC
Geocosm welcomes Instituto Mexicano Del Petroleo to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
October 11, 2007
News | Devon Joins RQC
Geocosm welcomes Devon Energy Corporation to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
July 2, 2007
News | Alaska DNR Joins RQC
Geocosm welcomes the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
December 11, 2006
Appearances | AGU
Geocosm's Rob Lander is a co-author of Deformation band formation as coupled mechanical and chemical processes together with researchers from the Bureau of Economic Geology, Stanford University, UC Santa Barbara, and Total. The presentation features simulations of quartz cementation in deformation bands using Geocosm's Prism2D code.
November 5-8, 2006
Appearances | Perth AAPG
Geocosm staff are authors on 4 presentations at the AAPG and are co-chairing poster and oral sessions on sandstone reservoir quality prediction. Topics covered include a new theory for explaining reservoir quality preservation by microquartz coatings, modeling illite formation, and understanding controls on grain fracturing.
October 15, 2006
Awards | DOE Basic Energy Sciences Grant
Geocosm and The University of Texas - Austin were awarded a three year extension to their joint research project Predicting Fracture Porosity in Sandstone.
October 4, 2006
News | Norsk Hydro Joins RQC
Geocosm welcomes Norsk Hydro to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
September 15, 2006
Awards | President’s Certificate for Excellence
from the Energy Minerals Division of the AAPG for Synkinematic Carbonate Fracture Sealing Cements in Opening-Mode Fractures: Characteristics and Models presented by Julia Gale and Rob Reed from the Bureau of Economic Geology and Geocosm's Rob Lander at the 2006 AAPG meeting in Houston.
September 1, 2006
News | T>Map 1.0 Released!
T>Map 1.0 is now available for licensing by RQC members.
May 9, 2006
News | Cobalt Joins RQC
Geocosm welcomes Cobalt International Energy to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
April 10, 2006
Appearances | Houston AAPG
Geocosm staff co-authored 5 technical presentations at the AAPG and co-chaired a poster and an oral session on reservoir quality prediction. Topics covered included reservoir quality preservation mechanisms, microquartz coatings, 3D reservoir quality simulation, and simulation of dolomite fracture filling in dolostones.
January 5, 2005
News | Total Joins RQC
Geocosm welcomes Total to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality.
September 27, 2004
Awards | DOE Best Talk Award