Petrography - AIM GeoAnalytics - Missoula, MontanaAIM GeoAnalytics provides an integrated suite of analytical and interpretative geologic services that supports our clients' global exploration and production projects. AIM’s Petrography services can be performed on samples from conventional cores, core plugs, sidewall cores, drill cuttings, or outcrop samples.

AIM’s petrography services include:

  • General (qualitative) thin section Analysis
  • Detailed (quantitative) thin section Analysis
  • Micro-porosity visualization and quantification using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM)

Our team of expert geoscientists works closely with our clients to develop rock-based analysis that is designed to mitigate risk and minimize uncertainties at a price you can afford. Our team has extensive experience in reservoir characterization of clastic and carbonate conventional and unconventional reservoirs.In addition to providing standard petrographic thin section analysis, AIM developed a novel workflow to use Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM) as a new tool to image, characterize and, quantify porosity to the sub-micron scale. CLSM analysis can be applied to rock samples from core or cuttings.

petrography confocalExample of intraparticle/ intercrystalline microporosity within a cemented foraminifera chamber. The image on the left is a plane light photomicrograph from an optical microscope. The image in the middle is a transmitted-fluorescent light overlay from confocal microscopy showing pore space in red. The right image is a 3D view of the pore space imaged with confocal microscopy.

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