Ingrain's Joint Industry Reservoir Characterization Study & Digital Core Library

Applying digital rock physics to understand hydrocarbon production potential in the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale Play

Ingrain's Joint Industry Project in the Utica-Point Pleasant Shale Play was launched in 2013 to assist in finding and developing the most productive units.


The project is designed to help operators:


  • Identify the most productive formations or zones
  • Improve fundamental understanding of what rock properties are most important for good wells
  • Explore the variability within the plays
  • Better understand the relationships between facies, depositional sequences and reservoir quality compared with other U.S. shale plays


As of early 2014 Ingrain has:

  • Six sponsors
  • Whole/sidewall cores received for 11 wells
  • 2100 feet of CoreHD work completed
  • 126 plugs from Utica/Point Pleasant formations selected
  • 41 Utica and 84 Pt. Pleasant ZoneID™ work completed
  • 15 Utica and 46 Pt. Pleasant ZoneID™ work completed
  • 10 SCAL work in progress


Ingrain's Digital Core Library of digital rock physics data from major US horizontal shale and tight carbonate plays

Through special partnerships with public repositories, universities, and client donated core material, Ingrain is offering its customers the opportunity for immediately available high quality digital rock property information without the cost of taking a core and at a fraction of the analytical cost.

Benefits of a Digital Core Library:

  • Fast and efficient way to help evaluate & target best zones in a shale or carbonate play
  • Access to additional core data not available from the BEG, USGS, State Geological Surveys and universities
  • Higher resolution analysis compared to photography & standard core description
  • Better way for companies to tie the core images plus our log curves back to standard petrophysical logs.
  • Able to purchase Ingrain’s CoreHD® or CoreHD® Plus analysis at a special per foot price
  • Permanent digital record of the cores that companies are currently storing


The preliminary plays of focus: approximately 3,000 feet of core analysis from 16 wells.

  • Eagle Ford Shale
  • Marcellus Shale
  • New Albany Shale of the Illinois Basin & Devonian Shales of Kentucky
  • Wolfcamp Shale
  • Brown Dense Play of Arkansas
  • Data that will be available in 2014:
  • CoreHD® and CoreHD® Plus
  • Pore Scale Analysis (ZoneID™ and PoreHD™)


Contact us for updates and a full list of deliverables