With the growth of unconventional hydrocarbon resources in tight reservoirs as well as geothermal systems, the importance of fracture analysis is amplified. The Structure & Tectonics Group at EGI assists energy companies and agencies by conducting research and consultation in fundamental studies of structural geology and tectonics.

The EGI VizLab is an immersive interpretation facility with full 3D stereo on a 14’ x 6’ screen with 288 GB RAM and 12 CPUs capable of managing, displaying and interactively interpreting extremely large, fully integrated (well and seismic) datasets from basin scale to detailed prospect and reservoir analysis. EGI seismic experts will collaboratively work with your team in-house or use real time remote visualization via HP RGS.

Geospatial data is crucial for exploration and development success. EGI has the experience and expertise in geospatial data acquisition, data integration, geospatial database development, data analysis, and modeling to help you meet your exploration and development goals

The images produced using the quantitative evaluation of minerals are realigned to produce a volumetric reconstruction of the analyzed area. Theses reconstructions are used to examine and quantify porosity and permeability. Better defined elemental composition leads to reduced risk and improved reservoir understanding. EGI’s chemostratigraphy labs feature XRD and Portable XRD/XRF for the field, QEMSCAN©, and SEM/EXD.

The foundation of EGI’s Biostratigraphy capability is based on the use and integration of Composite Standards and Graphic Correlation. This multi-million-dollar worldwide paleo database, developed over a span of 40 years, represents 100,000 stratigraphic datums from thousands of well and outcrop sections. They are calibrated to the latest absolute time scale, these datum provide members with global capabilities for absolute age dating for high-resolution stratigraphic correlations critical to successful integrative E&P studies.

The compositional variability and heterogeneity of shales represents substantial challenges in evaluating their potential to viably produce oil and gas. Assessment and understanding of the microtectonic/petrofabric (microstructural) history in combination with micro- to nano-scale porosity, permeability and mineralogical controls, is invaluable in improving our ability to locate, trace and supply shale gas and oil more effectively in the future.

The EGI Geochemistry laboratory provides comprehensive analyses for petroleum systems evaluation, focusing on specialized analysis and integrated interpretation to understand hydrocarbon phase and charge history. We provide customized gas chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis as well as HAWK™ pyrolysis for source rock assessment. Our experts combine petroleum biomarker data and sequence stratigraphy to determine source rock facies and depositional environments. EGI has a library of oils and source rocks for major petroleum provinces in North America, South America, the Caspian region, and East Africa for comparative analysis.

Hydrocarbon applications for fluid inclusions and mineral investigations provide information for diagenesis and cementation, timing of oil migration (pre or post cement), oil maturity, number and kind of mobile phases, entrapment temperature, salinity (source) of the aqueous phase, volatile phase composition, and burial history. EGI’s fluid inclusion lab features a Linkam THSMG 600 heating and freezing stage mounted on a Nikon Optiphot microscope, equipped with 40 and 80x long working distance lenses. Inclusions may be viewed under plain or fluorescent light, when identification of oil-bearing inclusions is required.

Recognizing the interdependency of geologic and engineering disciplines, geomechanics bridges classical geoscience and petroleum engineering by acknowledging that all facets of reservoir exploitation, from exploration through abandonment can be improved by evaluating in-situ stresses and deformation and explicitly coupled fluid flow. EGI’s geomechanical expertise provides members with services and potential applications for exploration, well construction, and production and reservoir management.

EGI is developing highly applicable tracer technology for tracking fluid flow in petroleum, geothermal, and ground water reservoirs. Naphthalene sulfonates, a family of fluorescent tracer compounds developed at EGI, meet the necessary criteria for tracers; they are nontoxic, very detectable, available and affordable in bulk, naturally absent from the reservoir and, in the case of geothermal reservoirs and some petroleum reservoirs, very thermally stable. In addition to the naphthalene sulfonates, which partition exclusively to the aqueous phase, EGI has developed and demonstrated techniques for the use and analysis of families of vapor phase and vapor/liquid phase tracers that have been used in gas and CO2 floods.