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Ingrain, Inc. is a multinational digital rock physics laboratory. Co-founded in 2007 by Amos Nur, Ph.D. and Henrique Tono, Ph.D, Ingrain's imaging technology allows it to compute the physical properties and fluid flow characteristics of oil and gas reservoir rocks. Ingrain's advances in 3D imaging technology provide oil and gas companies with comprehensive and accurate measurements of reservoir rock properties including porosity, absolute permeability, electrical conductivity, elastic properties and relative permeability. Ingrain’s financial backers include Energy Ventures, a leading venture capital firm specializing in upstream technology. Wikipedia.


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A method for determining porosity associated with organic matter (PAOM) in a well or formation is provided. A system for performing the method is also provided.


A method allowing for rapidly determining wettability of porous materials or other materials by measurement of the absorption of noble gases to pore surfaces through laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy is provided. The method can provide an absolute method of quantifying wettability and a method which is a spatially resolved method. A system for performing the method also is provided.


A method which allows for determining geochemistry with spatial resolution of geological materials or other materials is provided. The method can provide a non-bulk method of characterizing the geochemistry of a sample with spatial resolution. A system for performing the method also is provided.


A micro-CT sample holder for placing a sample under hydrostatic pressure during scanning, a micro-CT scanning system using the sample holder, and method of rock sample inspection under hydrostatic pressure. The sample holder includes a pressure vessel having a thinned-walled region and an interior chamber fixed reference stops inside the interior chamber. A position-locating anvil holds the sample and rests on the one or more fixed reference stops so the position of the sample is fixed under pressure. The thin-walled region surrounds the sample to minimize radiation interactions yet sufficient for maintaining a design pressure within the pressure vessel. The pressure vessel includes threads near the top opening to receive a compression screw assembly for closing the top opening and applying a variable pressure on the pressure vessel with a piston acting on a fluid inside the interior chamber.


A method for determining geochemistry of at least one geological sample with laser-induced breakdown spectral measurements performed on the geological sample in a time variant manner with spectral acquisitions made after each of a plurality of measurement shots, spectral pre-processing performed as necessary, and subsequent analysis is applied to the collected data to determine at least one geochemistry parameter of the sample. The method can provide a rapid method to estimate thermal maturity of a sample, which does not require sample preparation, and which can be non-destructive with respect to portions of the sample. A system for performing the method also is provided.


Patent
Ingrain Inc. | Date: 2015-11-23

A method for analysing fluid characteristics of a geological sample with laser-induced breakdown spectral measurements performed on the geological sample, spectral pre-processing performed as necessary, and subsequent analysis is applied to the collected data to determine at least one fluid parameter of the sample. The method can provide a more rapid and reliable method to estimate fluid properties of a geological sample. A system for performing the method also is provided.


A method for determining mineralogical or geochemistry of at least one geological sample with vibrational spectroscopy combined with laser-induced breakdown spectral measurements performed on the geological sample in a time variant manner with spectral acquisitions made after each of a plurality of measurement shots, spectral pre-processing performed as necessary, and subsequent analysis is applied to the collected data to determine at least one mineralogical or geochemistry parameter of the sample. The method can provide a rapid method to estimate mineralogy or geochemical parameters of a sample, which does not require sample preparation, and which can be non-destructive with respect to portions of the sample. A system for performing the method also is provided.


A method for determining fabric and upscaled properties of a geological sample, such as a rock sample. A system for the method also is provided.


An example method includes acquiring two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) digital images of a rock sample. The method also includes selecting a subsample within the digital images. The method also includes deriving a trend or petrophysical property for the subsample. The method also includes applying the trend or petrophysical property to a larger-scale portion of the digital images.


An example method includes acquiring two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) digital images of a rock sample. The method also includes iteratively analyzing property measurements collected throughout the digital images using different subsample sizes to identify a property distribution convergence as a function of subsample size. The method also includes selecting a smallest subsample size associated with the property distribution convergence as a representative elementary area or volume for the rock sample.

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