November 2009

Ingrain’s newly acquired Zeiss AURIGA® CrossBeam® workstation goes online.

The workstation provides the ultra-high resolution images, plus powerful analytical capabilities, needed to understand shale and other tight rock formations in a revolutionary new way. 

Houston (Nov 2009) -- Ingrain’s new workstation, the AURIGA® CrossBeam® FIB-SEM (focused ion beam scanning electron microscope) allows the digital rock physics lab to generate 3D images at resolutions as high as 3 nanometers. These images are used to create the company’s vRock digital  reservoir rocks from shale rock samples.  Ingrain then uses proprietary simulation technologies to compute rock properties such as permeability, elastic properties, pore and grain statistics.

“This is really big, not only for us but for the industry as a whole,” said Boaz Nur, Ingrain’s VP of Operations.  “We can now accurately image and compute the pore space and mineralogy of shale and other tight rock formations, which up until now hasn’t been physically possible. We’re excited that we can now offer this technology to our clients throughout the world.”

Chief Marketing Officer John Elmer discusses Ingrain's technology in Geo ExPro 
Houston (Nov 2009) -- In the Vol. 6 No. 4 issue of Geo ExPro magazine, Chief Marketing Officer John Elmer discusses Ingrain's imaging technology in a featured article entitled Revolutionizing Core Analysis.

The article explains how Ingrain is addressing many of the technical challenges facing physical experiments today with the introduction of a series of technical breakthroughs in 3D imaging and computations of reservoir rock properties.  Using any rock sample, including sidewall core plugs and drill cuttings, Ingrain can quickly and accurate determine absolute and relative permeability, resistivity, elastic properties and pore and grain statistics.
Geo ExPro is a technical magazine tailored for geoscientists, petroleum engineers and industry decision makers. Each issue covers geological and technical exploration, production, development, geological resources, geotourism and people.
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Noble Energy co-authored case study with Ingrain is featured in latest issue of World Oil Magazine.
Houston (Oct/Nov 2009) -- The latest issue of World Oil magazine features an Ingrain case study co-authored with Noble Energy.  The case study discusses how comparative analysis shows that a digital and real core compare favorably when digital and real experiments are run.

The project, initiated by Noble Energy in March 2009, included three main processes. First, 3D imaging of small rock fragments at a resolution high enough to discriminate between pores and minerals was conducted, followed by segmentation of the images to digitally define a finite number of the elements of rock (specifically porosity and basic mineral compound) and finally 3D computer simulations of single and multiphase fluid flow for absolute and relative permeability, respectively, electrical current flow for resistivity and formation factor determination. 
The case study verifies that Ingrain's technology and use of proprietary algorithms quickly obtained more accurate measurements of porosity, permeability, formation factor and relative permeability, and that the rapid turnaround (30 days from sample selection to reporting of analytical results) time can allow for more accurate information to be used as inputs, resulting in the creation of better reservoir models.
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