Making fundamental scientific advances is an essential part of what we do in Geocosm.  Since the company was established in 2000, Geocosm scientists have published over 20 papers in peer reviewed journals in addition to publishing approximately 50 abstracts associated with technical presentations at scientific meetings.

Selected publications involving Geocosm scientists or simulation systems.


Geocosm scientists have won several prestigious awards:

AAPG Distinguished Lecturers (Linda Bonnell in 2005 and Rob Lander in 2015)

Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for best paper published in the AAPG Bulletin in 2010

2011 Author Achievement Award for best scientific paper from the Bureau of Economic Geology (part of the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin)

Best Presentation at the 2004 US Department of Energy Symposium Flow and Transport: from Pore to Reservoir Scales.

Geocosm's Rob Lander had the honor of presenting the first annual AAPG Charles Taylor Fellowship Award Lecture in Houston on February 4, 2013.


An image from one of Geocosm’s laboratory experiments made the cover of the November, 2008 AAPG Bulletin (top left) and Touchstone and T>Map simulation results appear on the cover of the August, 2010 issue (top right).

Both issues feature scientific papers from Geocosm staff and the August, 2010 issue, co-edited by Geocosm’s Rob Lander, includes papers by Shell and BP geoscientists that incorporate Touchstone modeling results.   Seven of the 10 “Notable Papers” from the AAPG Bulletin in 2010 were from this special issue on reservoir quality prediction demonstrating the importance of the topic.

1st DGMK/KIT Reservoir Days

June 16, 2019

Geocosm’s Linda Bonnell and Rob Lander are among the keynote speakers for the 1st DGMK / KIT Joint Workshop RESERVOIR DAYS — Clastic Reservoir Quality, which will be held on September 2-4, 2019 in Liensweiler, Germany. OVERVIEW Reservoir quality of clastic sedimentary rocks is a function of many factors such as thermal exposure, time, tectonics,…

4 AAPG Notable Papers

February 27, 2019

The AAPG editorial staff has selected four articles that include Geocosm scientific research or simulation technology as Notable Papers based on citation counts three years after publication. Geocosm’s Rob Lander is a co-author of three of the papers Geocosm’s Linda Bonnell is a co-author of two of the papers. The fourth paper is authored by…

Geothermal Reservoir Quality from Diagenesis Modelling

February 22, 2019

This talk at the European Geothermal Congress 2019 by researchers at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (an RQC member organization) explores the use of Geocosm’s Touchstone system for evaluation of reservoir quality for geothermal energy. Geocosm’s Linda Bonnell also is among the authors.

Digital Sedimentary Petrology

February 20, 2019

Geocosm is helping to invent this nascent field, which uses a rigorous chemistry and physics based approach for simulating the properties and geologic evolution of sediments and rocks in 3D at the grain scale. In the examples below, created with our Cyberstone™ system (patents pending), we simulate deposition, compaction, cementation, and pore-scale fluid flow.

Reservoir Quality and Burial Model Evaluation By Kinetic Quartz And Illite Cementation Modeling: Case Study of Rotliegendes, North Germany

February 22, 2018

This article published in the AAPG Bulletin represents part of Benjamin Busch’s Ph.D. dissertation and includes Geocosm’s Linda Bonnell and Rob Lander as co-authors. Silicate reaction kinetics provide a complementary means to other established paleothermal indicators such as organic maturation for evaluating thermal reconstructions. In this study we combine the use of an organic maturation…

Clastic Reservoir Quality Prediction Models: Past, Present, and Future

April 4, 2017

In this invited talk at the Annual AAPG Meeting, Geocosm’s Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell review the history and current state-of-the-art in reservoir quality prediction models while also discussing potential future developments. Over the past 20 years reservoir quality assessment has expanded from a focus on description to encompass process-oriented models. These models predict rock…

Controls on Reservoir Quality in Exhumed Basins: An Example from the Ordovician Sandstone, Illizi Basin, Algeria

March 22, 2017

Reservoir Quality and Rock Properties Modeling – Triassic and Jurassic Sandstones, Greater Shearwater Area, UK Central North Sea

August 15, 2015

This paper by geoscientists from Shell as well as Geocosm’s Linda Bonnell shows how Geocosm’s Touchstone system for reservoir quality prediction can be linked to rock physics models. It also documents successful pre-drill predictions made using this approach. The complex burial and diagenetic histories of the Jurassic Fulmar and Triassic Skagerrak sandstones in the UK…

3-D Grain-Scale Simulation of Diagenesis and Rock Properties

June 2, 2015

In this presentation at the AAPG Annual Meeting Geocosm authors discuss concepts associated with Cyberstone, Geocosm’s revolutionary and patented Digital Sedimentary Petrology model. Fundamental geomechanical, petrophysical, and fluid-flow properties of clastic rocks reflect grain-scale compositions and textures. There is a revolution underway in the ability to predict these properties via “digital physics” simulations at the…

Insights Into Rates of Fracture Growth and Sealing From a Model for Quartz Cementation in Fractured Sandstones

March 22, 2015

This paper, published in the GSA Bulletin, represents the outcome of a long standing research collaboration between Geocosm and the FRAC group at the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas-Austin. Geocosm’s Prism2D model features prominently in the the paper, which may be downloaded using this link. A new model accounts for crystal growth patterns and internal textures in quartz…