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An Introduction to XRF Technology and Applications of Geochemical Characterization


Friday, February 19, 2016


03:00pm - 04:00pm


CPE 2.204


Speaker:  Dr. Harry Rowe, Geologic Advisor MUD Geochemical, Inc. & Nathan Ganser, CEO and President MUD Geochemical, Inc.


With today’s dropping oil prices and aggressive production market, increased demand for efficiency by O&G producers is not only necessary to remain competitive, but is essential to remain operational.  By employing state of the art technologies that can both decrease costs and increase production, market leaders are able to secure their prominent positions in the ever-fluctuating petroleum industry.

Geochemical techniques such as energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and total organic carbon (TOC) analysis are widely utilized practices in the petroleum industry, and are critical components in the characterization of unconventional shale plays and mudstone-dominated successions. Geochemical profiling creates a quantitative evaluation of specific rock samples, that, when coupled with qualitative lithological descriptions, provides a more robust data set for interpretation and modeling. Utilization of recent advances in geochemical techniques such as ED-XRF delivers the rapidly-generated, quantitative, and economical data sets required to make critical decisions. Advances in XRF technology have led to applications ranging from directional drilling to reservoir characterization and optimization in unconventional plays by better understanding and quantifying lithological, petrophysical, and geomechanical variations in the subsurface that may affect exploration strategy and recovery potential.

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Dr. Harry Rowe has been a Geological Advisor for MUD Geochemical, Inc. since the company was founded in 2014. Rowe received his Ph.D in Geological and Environmental Sciences in 2002 from Stanford University. Dr. Rowe is currently a research scientist at the University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology in charge of the Inorganic Geochemistry Laboratory at the CRC.

MUD Geochemical, Inc.

UT Alumni founded MUD Geochemical, Inc with backgrounds ranging from geoscience to earth sciences and business. “Forbes 30 under 30” selected 3 members for their contribution towards the development of geochemical applications in the Oil and Gas industry. MUD incorporated in May 2014.