Biostratigraphy.com, LLC can act as a biostratigraphic project manager
of a group of networked experts for large multidiscipline projects
such as operating wells or regional studies. Or, we can use our in-house
facilities to re-study and integrate existing biostratigraphic data
- Sample analysis for all fossil types (call for sample requirements and pricing)
Palynology, visual kerogen and thermal maturity
Micropaleontology (forams, etc.)
- Multidisciplinary biostratigraphy project management
processing for all fossil types
- Data collection
- Data visualization
- Restudy of existing data sets
- Paleo data conversion
- Paleo data digitization
- Regional studies
assurance / quality control, contractor evaluation
- Database design
Determination of the minimum sample interval and types of fossil
analyses needed in your situation. Selection of the best experts
available, worldwide, to perform the sample analyses.
Sample analysis for all fossil types:
Biostratigraphy.com, LLC will use one of the best experts (worldwide) for the fossil type, age of rock and geographic area. We have affiliated experts in every fossil type, including palynology, nannofossils, foraminifera, ostracods, conodonts, radiolaria, diatoms, trilobites, graptolites and trace fossils. The experts are directed to generate independent, high quality, quantitative data to our specifications.
stratigraphy project management:
Palynological, micropaleontological, nannofossil analysis and other
special paleontological analyses are coordinated. Each fossil analysis
requires at least two people or laboratories: sample processing
to extract the fossils from the rock, and fossil analysis. Once you provide us with samples, you
no longer need to be involved with the daily logistics of the project.
processing for all fossil types:
Sample processing is a basic, but critical step. Quality must be
maintained at this level. After the BP-Arco merger, Arco's first rate paleontology
processing laboratory equipment was acquired and PaleoLab was
established in Houston to be better able to assure quality at this
crucial stage. Refer to our Biostratigraphic
Sampling Guidelines for information about collecting appropriate
samples for your needs.
Data must be collected as an unbiased, independent variable. True
quantitative data is collected. Not counts of 100, but rigorous,
statistically valid data collection methods are applied. Concentration
data is collected when warranted. See Paleo data digitization below.
Custom software goes far beyond the typical range chart. Various
data visualizations enhance the value of paleontological data as
a tool for interpreting depositional systems and sediment packages.
The highest quality interpretations are achieved by the use of independent
data sets, multiple expert opinions, and well data interactively
linked to large databases of fossil age and ecology information
via custom software. This method often results in 3 to 5 times higher
age resolution than normal for independently collected data sets.
A large database of modern analogs and multivariate analysis are
used to interpret depositional systems within age constrained intervals.
Once all data sets are gathered as unbiased, independent variables,
integration of the paleontological data can begin. After the paleontological
data sets have been resolved, then integration with the geological,
petrophysical and seismic data may begin. This sequence ensures
that all data sets are honored and interpreted independently.
of existing data sets:
Even in cases where data sets were not collected as independent
variables (or just one data type exists), custom software and databases
can extract 2-3 times more age resolution than previous works.
Paleo data conversion :
Biostratigraphy.com, LLC has written software to convert digital paleo data stored in out-dated or proprietary formats to useful spreadsheet format that can be opened and analyzed with Excel or other spreadsheet applications. Numerous data formats have been converted and the data applied to prospects or regional studies.
Paleo data digitization:
Custom software allows Biostratigraphy.com, LLC to turn old paleo reports, charts or fossil lists into useful digital data sets that can be analyzed with our visualization and interpretation software. This process helps to standardized interpretations and chronostratigraphic results between work of greatly varying vintage and performed by various companies.
Old data can be re-analyzed and combined with new sample analyses
to form the core biostratigraphic data set for multi-well regional
studies. The database approach will yield a coherent interpretation
between wells with differing data types. Results are integrated
with petrophysical logs and seismic (if provided) to yield a fully
integrated sequence stratigraphic interpretation.
assurance / quality control, contractor evaluation:
Biostratigraphy.com, LLC can act as your "watchdog" to ensure that
your company is getting its money's worth from your existing biostratigraphic
contractor. In addition to experience, I have developed several
statistical methods for evaluating data and analysis quality.
Biostratigraphy.com, LLC will design and/or populate specialty geological
databases. PAZ Software, a partner company, has been developing
specialty geologic databases and software for 18 years. Digital
images, taxonomy, occurrence, age, climate, paleoenvironments and
many other attributes may be databased.