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.

Consortia

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. 

Technology

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. 

Touchstone

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

Prism2D is our unparalleled system for simulation of sandstone diagenesis and is an important research tool for many Geocosm R&D activities.

COAN

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.

 

Services

We conduct reservoir quality prediction studies and provide proprietary research and development services

News

May 7, 2013
Publications | Notable Papers

Our paper describing RQC funded research on quartz cementation made the list of 10 notable papers in 2008 as judged by the AAPG Bulletin Editorial Board. We also made the list of the 10 notable papers in 2009 for a paper we co-authored with researchers from the FRAC group at UT-Austin.

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April 22-24, 2013
Consortia | 25th RQC Meeting

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.

SigŁenza Castle

SigŁenza Castle

January 3, 2013
Appearances | Keynote Talk for AAPG

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
Publications | AAPG Best Paper Award

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
News | Marathon Joins RQC

Geocosm welcomes Marathon Oil Company to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality. The RQC now has 23 active members.

August 12, 2011
Appearances | Rock Physics Workshop

Our presentation on the integration of diagenesis and rock physics models at the 1st International Workshop on Rock Physics got a nice mention in Evan Bianco's blog.

June 6 , 2011
News | Wintershall Joins RQC

Geocosm welcomes Wintershall to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality

May 16 , 2011
News | BG Joins RQC

Geocosm welcomes BG to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality

April 10 , 2011

Publications | 2011 Publication of the Year Award

Modeling Fracture Porosity Evolution in Dolostone by scientists from the Bureau of Economic Geology and Geocosm received the 2011 Publication of the Year Award from the Bureau of Economic Geology.

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
News | Repsol Joins RQC

Geocosm welcomes Repsol USA to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality

August 23 , 2010
News | INPEX Joins RQC

Geocosm welcomes INPEX Corporation to the Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality

August, 2010

Publications | AAPG Bulletin Special Issue

Geocosm has a major presence in the August, 2010 issue of the AAPG Bulletin. This special issue on Sandstone Reservoir Quality Prediction was co-edited by Joanna Ajdukiewicz from ExxonMobil and Rob Lander from Geocosm.

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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
News | ENI Joins RQC

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
Modeling fracture porosity evolution in dolostone is in press with the Journal of Structural Geology. This article highlights new high resolution cathodoluminescence imaging of dolomite cements in fractured dolostones and incorporates simulation results of the growth of these cements using Geocosm's Prism2D model. This work is the result of Geocosm's research collaboration with the FRAC group at the Jackson School of Geoscience at The University of Texas-Austin.

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

Toward More Accurate Quartz Cement Models-The Importance of Euhedral vs. Non-euhedral Growth Rates by Rob Lander, Dick Larese, and Linda Bonnell has been published in the November issue of the AAPG Bulletin and includes research supported by Geocosm's Consortium for Quantitative Prediction of Sandstone Reservoir Quality and the US Department of Energy.

 

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
Geocosm / University of Texas won the award for the best university presentation at the US Department of Energy Symposium "Flow and Transport: from Pore to Reservoir Scales". Geocosm's Rob Lander presented Predicting Fracture Porosity in Sandstone.