2010 Archive

Ingrain's Chief Geoscientist Elizabeth Diaz invited to present paper at the “Best of SEG Forum” workshop.
(September 20, 2010) Ingrain's Chief Geoscientist Elizabeth Diaz has been invited to present at the "Best of SEG Forum" workshop on Friday, October 22.
 
Diaz's paper, Time Lapse Digital Rock Physics of CO2, Injection in Carbonates, was originally presented at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) 2010 Development and Production Forum that was held this past July in Boston. More than 20 presentations were made at the forum and six were asked to come back and give their presentations again at the SEG's 80th annual international conference taking place next month in Denver.
 
The special workshop will take place on Friday, October 22 at 1:30pm in the Colorado Convention Center. For more information please visit the SEG site at  www.seg.org.
 
 
 
Ingrain opens digital rock physics lab in Abu Dhabi
(September 16, 2010) Ingrain, the oil and gas industry’s fastest growing digital rock physics company, today announced the opening of its newest digital rock physics lab, located in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi.
 
Ingrain’s digital rock physics lab provides special core analysis services (SCAL) on oil and gas reservoir rocks using 3D imaging and computing. Using whole core, core plugs, sidewall cores or even drill cuttings, Ingrain can deliver crucial information much faster than physical labs, and at a lower overall cost.
 
“Demand for our services has accelerated dramatically in the Middle East,” said Gary Sinclair, Ingrain’s Regional Manager MENA. “Our multi-scale digital rock physics workflow delivers accurate SCAL data within 60 days, compared to months or even years from conventional physical labs. Operators are becoming increasingly aware of what an incredible value that is.”
 
The new 950-square-meter lab has installed and commissioned a high-resolution macro scanner (with a scan resolution of 0.5 mm) that is capable of scanning whole core and plugs in a very rapid time frame. The lab also has a micro CT scanner that can scan a range of resolutions sufficient to resolve the micro pore space associated with carbonates in the Middle East. Additional scanners will be added as required by workload.

 
Ingrain chairman invited to speak at the ShaleEnergy™ Eagle Ford Conference
(August 20, 2010) Ingrain founder and Chairman of the Board Henrique Tono has been invited to speak at the ShaleEnergy Eagle Ford Conference taking place September 15 in Houston, TX. Hosted by World Oil magazine, the ShaleEnergy™ Eagle Ford Conference will offer a high-level business and technical conference program to help attendees understand issues and discuss solutions associated with Eagle Ford leasing, Texas Railroad Commission regulations, drilling and production, and water use. Dr. Tono will be speaking about the mechanics of shale drilling.

For more information on attending the conference, visit www.gulfpub.com.  To download a copy of the agenda, please click here.

 

Ingrain Names New CEO as Company Accelerates Growth Plans
(July 15, 2010) Ingrain, the oil and gas industry’s leading digital rock physics company, today announced the promotion of Marcus Ganz to chief executive officer. Ganz joined Ingrain in January 2010 as chief operating officer.
 
 
 
Ingrain's Elizabeth Diaz and John Elmer discuss the benefits of digital rock physics in latest issue of Hart's E&P
Houston (July 06, 2010) In the latest issue of Hart's E&P magazine, Chief Geoscientist Elizabeth Diaz and Chief Marketing Officer John Elmer discuss how Ingrain's digital rock physics technology allows oil and gas companies better understand technically challenging reservoirs.

The article explains how digitized reservoir rocks can "play a key role in the digital oil field by making rock characterization faster, more accurate and more readily available to the various technical disciplines involved in maximizing hydrocarbon recovery and asset value."

E&P magazine is the world's leading publication dedicated to informing exploration, drilling and production operations managers, onshore and offshore and in all parts of the world, about the trends and technology they need to do their jobs more efficiently. Experienced magazine editors and industry experts offer the most accurate, most up-to-date information available to guide operations managers through exploration technology that helps them find more resources; drilling technology that gives them better, less-expensive wells, and production technology that keeps fields producing more oil and gas for longer periods of time. The quality and breadth of coverage has earned awards for editorial excellence and quality content.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.



Ingrain chairman invited to speak at DUG Eagle Ford Conference & Exhibition
 
Houston (June 13, 2010) Ingrain founder and Chairman of the Board Henrique Tono has been invited to speak at the 2010 DUG Eagle Ford Conference & Exhibition taking place October 5-6 in San Antonio, TX. The Developing Unconventional Gas Conference series, sponsored by Hart Energy Publishing, will allow industry innovators and decision-makers to come face-to-face with leading Eagle Ford operators sharing their drilling plans and programs and learn about trends and developments affecting economics, geology, technology and exploration. Other invited speakers include Paradigm Geophysical's Senior Vice President of Technology, Duane Dopkin, Executive Vice President and COO of Swift Energy Company, Bob Banks, and Escondido Resources' President Bill Deupree.

For view the current agenda or for more information on how to register, visit www.dugeagleford.com
 
 
JPT Online features Ingrain's new CoreHD®High-Definition Core Imaging and Logging
Houston (May, 2010) JPT Online discusses Ingrain's recently launched CoreHD, a technology platform that allows for high-definition CT scanning and logging of whole core samples from oil and gas wells. The platform, which gives geoscientists 3D visibility into their reservoirs at the wellbore scale, also provides faster and more accurate optimization of sampling locations for rock-properties analysis. reservoirs.

The Journal of Petroleum Technology, the Society of Petroleum Engineer's flagship magazine, presents authoritative briefs and features on E&P technology advancements, oil and gas industry issues, and news about SPE and its members.

Click here to read the full article.

 
Ingrain adds SCA co-founder and first president Joel Walls to management team 
Houston (May 14, 2010) Ingrain, the oil and gas industry's fastest growing digital rock physics lab, has added Dr. Joel Walls to its management team as the company's new Director of Technical Resources for Unconventional Reservoirs. He will be responsible for developing and commercializing services focused on shale and other unconventional reservoirs.

Walls is a geophysicist and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the research, development, launch and sale of advanced technology products and services for oil and gas exploration and production. He comes to Ingrain with a long and distinguished career in the oil industry, having been involved in the successful formation of several start-up companies focusing on core analysis, rock physics and geophysics. He was also the co-founder and first president of the Society of Core Analysts (SCA) and is a member of the SEG, SPE and SPWLA.

Dr. Walls holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford University and a B.S. in physics from Texas A&M University, Commerce.

 
Ingrain featured in Unconventional Resources Technologies webinar sponsored by Energy Ventures
Houston (May, 2010) Energy Ventures hosted an Unconventional Resources Technologies webinar in partnership with Hart Energy Publishing on April 7, 2010.The webinar, entitled Making An Impact on Unconventional Resource Plays - The Latest Technology From The Lab and Field, provided oilfield insiders with insight into the innovation being driven by entrepreneurs and offered a first hand look at four new technologies, including Ingrain, that are overcoming specific production challenges of shale.
 
To access the complimentary webinar and learn more about how Ingrain's technology is impacting unconventional resource plays, please click here

 
Ingrain's recent presentation at SPWLA-Kuwait Chapter meeting mentioned in latest KOC newsletter
Houston/Kuwait (May, 2010) After attending the recent Ingrain-sponsored SPWLA-Kuwait Chapter meeting, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) makes special mention of the digital rock physics lab's "new and exciting" technology in their latest newsletter.

The seminar, From Pore to Core: Multi-Scale Digital Rock Physics, was presented by Ingrain's Regional Manager to the Middle East and North Africa, Gary Sinclair, and discussed how digital rock physics has emerged as a valuable tool for providing deeper understanding of rock properties in challenging reservoirs in a very rapid time frame. The presentation will included examples of the technology as applied on actual Middle East Reservoir.
 
To read the Ingrain's mention in the KOC newsletter, please click here
 
 
Ingrain spotlighted in latest issue of Oil Review Middle East magazine
Houston (May, 2010) The latest issue of Oil Review Middle East magazine features a review of the recent GEO 2010 conference, with special attention paid to digital rock physics lab Ingrain, which both exhibited and presented a technical paper.
 
The article, which describes the GEO series as playing a "significant role in the development and transfer of exploration and development technology in the Middle East", spotlights Ingrain's technology and its new digital rock physics laboratory in Abu Dhabi, which is set to open within the next month.
 
To read the article in its entirety online, please click here.
 
Ingrain Launches CoreHD®High-Definition Core Imaging and Logging 
Houston (April 21, 2010) Ingrain, the oil and gas industry’s fastest growing digital rock physics company, today introduced CoreHD®, its breakthrough technology platform for 3D high-definition imaging of whole core from oil and gas wells. Ingrain’s CoreHD technology has significantly advanced the oil and gas industry’s ability to use CT scanners to image and analyze core.

 “CoreHD gives geoscientists high-definition 3D visibility into their reservoirs at the wellbore scale,”said Henrique Tono, Ingrain’s CEO. “CoreHD is a major advance over the imaging that traditional core analysis labs provide. As the industry moves into complex rocks like oil shales, 3D high-definition whole core imaging is becoming an essential tool for geological core description, rock properties analysis and reservoir modeling."

 Click here to download the full press release

 

Ingrain Introduces Two New Additions to its Middle East Team 
Houston (April, 2010) Digital rock physics lab, Ingrain, has added Mohammad Alkandari to its management team as the company's new Kuwait Country Manager and Dominic McGurk as the Manager of CT Scanning Operations.
 
Alkandari comes to Ingrain from Petrogas Petroleum and Environmental Services Co. where he served as business partner and Operations Manager. Prior to that he worked at Kuwait Oil Co. (KOC) as a geologist and senior geologist for 15 years and as a lab technician at the Environment Protection Department, Ministry of Health. Alkandari holds a B.Sc. in Geology from Kuwait University and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, as well as Associate Certificates in Financial Management/Financial Planning and Marketing Management/Customer Relationship Marketing from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
 
McGurk has been working in the Health Authority in Abu Dhabi for a number of years and has been responsible for CT and MRI scanning for, amongst others, the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.  He has also been involved in CT Scanning of cores for traditional labs in the past and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in CT Scanning.
 
 
Ingrain's Elizabeth Diaz presenting technical paper at the AAPG 2010 Annual Convention and Exhibition
Houston (April 2010) -- Ingrain's Elizabeth Diaz is scheduled to present a paper at the AAPG 2010 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) in New Orleans. ACE is an international gathering of geosciences professionals sharing insights and solutions to the most pressing issues facing the petroleum exploration and production industry.  The paper, Multi-Scale Imaging Process for Computations of Porosity and Permeability on Carbonate Rocks, was co-authored with Dr. Avrami Grader, Dr. Amos Nur, Chuck Baldwin, and Gouping Li, Ingrain and will be presented on April 14 at 10:30 AM during the Evolving Technology Session (Theme 1).
 
The convention will be held in New Orleans from Sunday, April 11 and go through Wednesday, April 14, 2010.  For more information, please click here to visit the AAPG ACE website.
 

Ingrain presenting a technical paper at the GeoCanada
Houston (April 2010) -- Ingrain's Elizabeth Diaz is scheduled to present a paper at the GeoCanada 2010 Convention. This once-in-a-decade convention is serving as the annual conference for numerous organizations such as the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG), the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (CSEG) and the Canadian Well Logging Society (CWLS), among many others.
 
The paper, Imaging and Computing Physical Properties of Gas Shale, will be presented on May, 11th at 9 AM during the Advances in Core Analysis Techniques session.

GeoCanada 2010 will be held at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park, May 10 - 13, and from May 13 - 14 at the ERCB Core Research Centre.  For more information, please click here to visit the convention website.
 
 
Ingrain's Elizabeth Diaz presenting technical paper next month at the AAPG 2010 Annual Convention and Exhibition
Houston (March 2010) -- Ingrain's Elizabeth Diaz is scheduled to present a paper at the AAPG 2010 Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) in New Orleans. ACE is an international gathering of geosciences professionals sharing insights and solutions to the most pressing issues facing the petroleum exploration and production industry.  The paper, Multi-Scale Imaging Process for Computations of Porosity and Permeability on Carbonate Rocks, was co-authored with Dr. Avrami Grader, Dr. Amos Nur, Chuck Baldwin, and Gouping Li, Ingrain and will be presented on April 14 at 10:30 AM during the Evolving Technology Session (Theme 1).
 
The convention will be held in New Orleans from Sunday, April 11 and go through Wednesday, April 14, 2010.  For more information, please click here to visit the AAPG ACE website.
 
 
Ingrain Sponsoring SPWLA - Oman Chapter March 2010 Technical Seminar
Houston (March 08, 2010) -- Ingrain will be sponsoring the SPWLA - Oman March Technical Seminar being held later this month.  The seminar, From Pore to Core: Multi-Scale Digital Rock Physics, will be presented by Ingrain's Regional Manager to the Middle East and North Africa, Gary Sinclair, and will discuss how digital rock physics has emerged as a valuable tool for providing deeper understanding of rock properties in challenging reservoirs in a very rapid time frame.  The presentation will include examples of the technology as applied on actual Middle East Reservoir.
 
 
The seminar, taking place on Tuesday, March 30 from 5:30pm - 9pm at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Muscat, Oman, will include a dinner and is open to both members of nonmembers of the SPWLA.
 
Ingrain adds two industry experts to management team 
Houston (May 14, 2010) Ingrain, the digital rock physics lab, declares two additions to the company’s senior management team. Marcus Ganz joins Ingrain as Chief Operating Officer in the Houston headquarters, while Gary Sinclair comes to Ingrain’s Abu Dhabi office as Regional Manager, Middle East and North Africa.

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Ingrain's Elizabeth Diaz and Carl Sisk to be featured speakers at the Denver Well Logging Society March luncheon meeting
Houston (February 16, 2010) -- Ingrain's Chief Geoscientist and Chief Reservoir Engineer have been tapped to be the featured speakers at next month's Denver Well Logging Society March luncheon meeting. The March luncheon topic is "Introduction to Digital Rock Physics and Well Logging: 1+1=3."

The luncheon will take place on Tuesday, March 16 from 11am - 1:30pm at the Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver, CO.
 
 
 
Ingrain's Gouping Li presenting paper next month at the GEO 2010 9th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition
Houston (February 2010) -- Ingrain's Gouping Li is schedule to present a paper at the 9th annual GEO 2010, the premier geosciences conference and exhibition in the Middle East .  The paper, Multi-Scale Imaging Process for Computations of Porosity and Permeability on Carbonate Rocks, was co-authored with Dr. Avrami Grader, Dr. Amos Nur, Chuck Baldwin, and Elizabeth Diaz, Ingrain.
 
The GEO 2010 will be held in Bahrain from Sunday, March 7 and go through Wednesday, March 10, 2010.  For more information, please click here to visit the GEO 2010 website.
 
Ingrain Adds Marcus Ganz as new Chief Operating Officer
Houston (January 2010) Digital rock physics company, Ingrain, has added Marcus Ganz to its management team as the company's new Chief Operating Officer. Ganz joins Ingrain after 29 years of international experience at WesternGeco and Schlumberger.  As the company's new COO he will be responsible for the successful delivery of Ingrain's service offerings as the company expands internationally. 

Ganz's experience spans many countries and regions around the globe.  As a member of the executive team managing WesternGeco over a period of four years he was VP of the Land product line and later VP & Regional Manager responsible for all activities in South America.  From 2006 to 2008 he was the General Manager of Schlumberger Oilfield Services for Argentina and Chile.  During this period he served on the Schlumberger Ltd. Business Conduct Group, a rotating team of senior managers responsible for the worldwide implementation and monitoring of the Schlumberger Code of Ethics.  Ganz holds a BSc. in physics from the University of Southampton, UK.
 
 
Ingrain Rock Physics Science Advisor Dr. Jack Dvorkin discusses the digital experimentation of flow simulations and permeability calculations in the latest issue of The Leading Edge
Houston (January, 2010) -- Trying to determine permeability, especially two-phase flow, with conventional, physical lab experiments can be fairly laborious and time-consuming.  In the article Computer Simulations of Fluid Flow in Sediment: From Images to Permeability, Rock Physics Science Advisor Jack Dvorkin explains how computational simulation of flow in pore space can offer a powerful means of obtaining permeability in different rock types and at varying in-situ conditions.
 
The article is featured in part of a special section in this month's issue entitled High-Performance Computing, which takes a look at high-performance computing with eight articles discussing the current and future roles of high-performance computing in geophysics.
 
To read the article in its entirety, please click here
 
The Leading Edge compliments Geophysics SEG’s peer-reviewed publication, long unrivaled as the world's most respected vehicle for dissemination of developments in exploration and development geophysics. TLE is a gateway publication, introducing new geophysical theory, instrumentation, and established practices to scientists in a wide range of geoscience disciplines. Most material is presented in a semitechnical manner that minimizes mathematical theory and emphasizes practical applications. TLE also serves as SEG’s publication venue for official society business. For more information, visit http://www.segdl.org/tle
 

Ingrain Adds Gary Sinclair as Regional Manager to the Middle East and North Africa.
Houston, TX (January 04, 2010) –  Digital rock physics lab, Ingrain, has added industry expert Gary Sinclair to its executive management team, effective immediately. Selected to serve as Ingrain’s regional manager to the Middle East and North Africa, Sinclair will be responsible for the launch of Ingrain's digital rock physics in those areas.
 
Sinclair has 30 years experience in the core analysis industry, having worked with Core Laboratories, Fugro Robertson and ResLab, (Weatherford Laboratories). He has been responsible for laboratories in the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, Egypt, and in the Middle East. His major areas of expertise include operations management, optimum core analysis study design, data evaluation and interpretation, project management, training and quality assurance.
 
For the past 12 years he has been working exclusively in the Middle East as Regional Manager for ResLab where he was responsible for the set up and management of core analysis laboratories in Abu Dhabi, Oman and Kuwait.