MUD Geochemical

Who We Are

MUD Geochemical, Inc. was developed with the intention to provide a more cost effective, less time consuming analysis than conventional laboratories for the O&G industry while simultaneously producing a more complete data set that enables clients to better understand their samples. The data sets MUD has produced are aimed at empowering scientists to create more accurate earth model interpretations, improve facies discrimination, enhance estimated net pay, optimize production, and minimize risk. MUD Geochemical, Inc. prides itself in the use of innovative methods allowing for the production of high resolution geochemistry data sets at a lower cost than any other service available.

What's The Difference?

MUD Geochemical, Inc. employs small dedicated teams that tailor their work to the exact demands of their clients. Operated as much like a research group as a service company, MUD works closely with those in the academic community to stay on the forefront of science. While many companies use the same instrumentation as MUD, they are utilizing dated calibration methods, produced by MUD team members in the past. MUD allows its clients access to the most recent data reduction capabilities and refinement methods, allowing for a project specific data manipulation and more accurate results than “competitors”. With experience scanning cores and samples internationally, the acquisition team has demonstrated a unique mobility and employed ingenuity in simplifying preparation methods.

Our Team

Nathan Ganser

CEO & President

Harry Rowe, Ph.D.

Geochemistry Advisor

David Cortez

Vice President & Controller

Austin Morrell

Director of Data Acquisition

Christopher Saum

Director of Wellsite Operations

Bruce Kaiser, Ph.D.

Chief Science & Technology Advisor

Jarred Garza

Data Acquisition Specialist

Jacob McKinney

Geologic Advisor

MUD was originally founded by a small group of geoscientists with experience as researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and working for major oil and gas service companies. MUD scientists came up with the concept of the company after realizing the viability of HH ED-XRF as a tool to reduce cost of core analysis while improving the sampling interval. With backgrounds ranging from geology and business to environmental sciences, MUD employs a diverse group of individuals who have extensive experience in analyzing cores for geochemical data.

High Resolution, non-destructive XRF analysis (3mm minimum sampling interval on core) of rock samples for both major and trace elements. Samples run on Bruker Tracer IV Series XRF.

Major Elements Reported: Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, S, K, Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe

Trace Elements Reported: Ba, V, Cr, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, As, Pb, Th, Rb, U, Sr, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo

Let’s Get Technical

Energy dispersive x-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) has become a mainstay geochemical technique in the petroleum industry, especially in the analysis of mudstone-dominated successions like the Eagle Ford Shale. In the last few years ED-XRF has been utilized to generate large data sets, with applications ranging from directional drilling to reservoir characterization and optimization in unconventional plays. It is also used to generate data sets for correlation, elementally-defined mineralogical variability, and facies discrimination. By combining proper instrumentation, highly experienced technicians, and expert geochemists, MUD is able to produce a unique and comprehensive dataset in a fraction of the time conventional laboratories take, a new standard in High Resolution. MUD has supported major oil and gas partners internationally in maximizing production in shale and carbonate plays using XRF technology and continues to partner with a range of scientists in order to maintain the most effective practices.

XRD analysis produces qualitative and quantitative information regarding mineralogical content and  yields percentages of minerals and clay phases in the sample. Samples must be a minimum of .5 gram of homogenized, finely grounded powder. Smaller samples require special preparation. Samples are processed on the Bruker D2 Phaser XRD and the program TOPAS is used for Rietveld refinement.

How it Works

X-ray diffraction or “XRD” is an analytical technique used to identify and characterize crystalline phases. For geological applications, poly-crystalline powder diffraction is a more correct term. Rock samples are pulverized into homogenous powders before scanning so that average bulk composition can be determined accurately. Each mineral phase has a unique diffraction pattern, made up of peaks which correspond to d-spacings in the crystal structure. From the superimposed diffraction patterns in an unknown sample, relative concentrations of each mineral can be determined.

We provide non-extracted TOC analysis that requires a minimum of .20 grams of powder. Samples are processed on the LECO C744 direct reading Carbon Elemental Analyzer.

What Is TOC Analysis?

Geochemists within the petroleum industry are interested in total organic carbon (TOC) because it is a guiding measure of source rock richness. The LECO Total Carbon Analyzer is a scientific instrument that can be used to measure TOC within sediments. This instrument estimates TOC wt. % by combustion of carbon compounds in an elevated oxygen environment at 1350˚C and measurement of subsequent carbon dioxide by a non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) detection cell. The mass of the CO2 is converted to a percent carbon based on the initial dry sample weight. Given that the sample is pretreated to leach inorganic carbon from the sediment, the measured carbon dioxide is assumed to be directly proportional to the amount of TOC present.

Austin Morrell

Director of Data Acquisition

Chris Saum

Director of Wellsite Operations