Biostratigraphy

We deliver solutions through the application of high resolution biostratigraphic analysis. Our ever expanding team have deep international expertise throughout the stratigraphic column.

Palynology

By identifying palynomorphs including pollen, spores, dinoflagellate cysts, acritarchs, algae and chitinozoans, we correlate the well strata and determine the relative age of a significant boundary, horizon, formation or stratigraphical sequence; producing a robust stratigraphic zonation scheme on a single well or field wide project.

We use palynology to interpret the palaeoenvironment by examining the changes in total kerogen assemblages (palynofacies).

We provide:

  • Quantitative and semi-quantitative palynological analyses
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Legacy data review
  • Palynofacies interpretation
  • Integration with micropalaeontology, nannopalaeontology, sedimentology and chemical stratigraphy
  • Data delivered with ODM3™ and StrataBugs™ licensed software
  • Wellsite application to monitor or aid in the placement of coring, casing and TD picks.
  • Training courses and workshops

 

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Micropalaeontology

The application of micropalaeontology consists of the identification of foraminifera, diatoms, radiolaria and ostracods to determine the relative age of a significant boundary, horizon, formation or stratigraphical sequence.

When combined with palynology and/or nannopalaeontology, it's possible to achieve a powerful biostratigraphic correlation and high resolution stratigraphic breakdown.

  • Quantitative and semi-quantitative micropalaeontological analyses
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Legacy data review
  • Micro-facies analyses
  • Integration with palynology, nannopalaeontology, sedimentology and chemical stratigraphy
  • Data delivered with ODM3™ and StrataBugs™ licensed software
  • Wellsite application to monitor or aid in the placement of coring, casing and TD picks.
  • Training courses and workshops

 

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Nannopalaeontology

For post Palaeozoic sequences, the identification of calcareous nannofossils (coccoliths and coccospheres) has become an important service for accurate stratigraphic dating. And due to the speed of preparation has become a significant discipline widely utilised at wellsites today and is routinely used by RPS alongside micropalaeontology and palynology for integrated high resolution stratigraphic projects.

We provide

  • Quantitative and semi-quantitative nannopalaeontological analyses
  • Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Legacy data review
  • Integration with palynology, micropalaeontology, sedimentology and chemical stratigraphy
  • Data delivered with ODM™ and StrataBugs™ licensed software
  • Wellsite application to monitor or aid in the placement of coring, casing and TD picks.
  • Training courses and workshops
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Wellsite Biostratigraphy

RPS has over 20 years experience in providing the highest quality wellsite biostratigraphic (palynology, micropalaeontology and nannopalaeontology) support.

Many of our biostratigraphers have been involved with offshore projects for over 20 years, and as a group, completed in excess of 300 wellsite assignments.

We have a large fleet of mobile laboratories available, including modules for standard palynology preparations, PalyLITE™ (acid free) modules, micropalaeontological modules and nannopalaeontological modules.

Our wellsite biostratigraphy service delivers:

  • Near ‘real time’ results to aid with the placement of coring, casing and TD picks
  • Reduction in drilling risk and uncertainty
  • Stratigraphic positioning and as a ‘look-ahead tool’
  • Biosteering/Geosteering and well trajectory monitoring
  • Cavings analysis to pinpoint stratigraphic position of borehole instability
  • Coverage of all ages from Neogene to Pre-Cambrian
  • Ability to operate in any geographical region onshore or offshore
  • Fully insured, logistical and operational support
  • Integrated NaviSTRAT™ service
  • 100% safety record with no LTA’s/LTI’s
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Analysis can be performed on wet ditch cuttings, washed and dried ditch cuttings, SWC, CORE or outcrop samples, with all preparations undertaken in our own laboratory. Typically, projects can consist of up to to 200 samples per well depending on the interval size and the required level of resolution.

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Martin Lester

Operations Director, Specialist Geology +44 (0) 1606 339 638 EMAIL
Northwich | UK
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Mike Ayress

Principal Stratigrapher +44 1606 339 638 EMAIL
Northwich | UK
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Phil Jones

Principal Stratigrapher +44 1606 339 638 EMAIL
Northwich | UK
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Fernando Duran

Senior Stratigrapher +44 1606 339 638 EMAIL
Northwich | UK
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John Chadwick

Principal Stratigrapher +44 1606 339 638 EMAIL
Northwich | UK

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