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Cuttings Petrology

Our Cuttings Petrology service uses cuttings to map petrology facies (mineralogy, texture) and associated fracture types. This is combined with thin section, SEM, XRD mineralogy, and micro-CT data, well logs (LWD, gamma, drilling data), and image logs to create a comprehensive picture of the subsurface geology.


Understanding lithology —the physical characteristics of subsurface rock formations—is paramount in the oil and gas industry, influencing every aspect of well performance and productivity.

Knowledge of lithology plays a pivotal role in drilling and completion operations. It influences decisions regarding wellbore trajectory, casing design, and fluid management. For horizontal wells, in particular, accurately assessing lithological variations along the lateral section is critical for effective well placement and stimulation.


At GeoTechnical Rock Lab, we delve deep into the vital role of mineralogy in assessing the quality and potential of wells, whether they stretch horizontally or vertically.
Understanding mineralogy isn’t just about identifying rocks and minerals; it’s about unlocking the secrets of the geological features hidden beneath the Earth’s surface.

Texture Analysis

Texture analysis offers a lens through which we can discern the intricate patterns and structures within rock formations. It delves into the arrangement, size, shape, and distribution of grains or minerals that constitute these formations. By deciphering these characteristics, engineers and geologists can make informed decisions about reservoir potential and overall production capabilities.

Fracture Analysis

Understanding the characteristics of fractures plays a pivotal role in revealing invaluable insights into reservoir behavior and performance.
In horizontal wells, fractures can significantly impact production rates and reservoir drainage. By analyzing fracture patterns and properties, we can optimize well placement and completion strategies, maximizing recovery and minimizing operational risks. Vertical wells also benefit immensely from fracture analysis. Identifying and characterizing fractures can aid in reservoir characterization.

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Cuttings Petrophysics

Primary deliverables are bulk density and bulk/clay minerology. Secondary deliverables are porosity, permeability, and saturations.

Geospatial Drone Work

Geospatial drone work was a thing of science fiction for geological field work in the early 2000’s. Now it has become multispectral reality in the world of mapping and surveying. The sky is the limit in the fields of mineral exploration, site inspections, geological site mapping, and beyond


Geomechanics serves as a fundamental tool in the oil and gas industry, aiding in decision-making processes related to drilling, reservoir management, production enhancement, and environmental protection. By integrating geological, geophysical, and engineering data, geomechanical analysis contributes to safer and more efficient operations, ultimately maximizing the recovery of hydrocarbon resources.

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