Rock Catalogue and Formation Characterization Studies

These compilations of a wide variety of technical data are utilized as an exploration tool in order to assist in categorizing rocks from new locations, including outcrop and actively drilling wells. Basic rock parameters measured on controlled lab samples allow quick visual comparisons between catalogued specimens and unknown samples. Porosity and permeability, standard analysis, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractrometry, and image analysis (PIA) allow for a wide range of parameters to be estimated by comparative visual methods.