Rock Property Prediction

Geocosm specializes in diagenetic modeling and rock property prediction.

Our technology is broadly used in the hydrocarbon industry and also is a useful tool for geothermal energy exploration and production and CO₂ sequestration.

Applications include:

  • Frontier basins:  use calibrated models for reservoirs from other basins together with basin models from the region of interest to assess reservoir quality risk in areas with little or no well data.
  • Play analysis and prospect pre-drill predictions:  use data from analog wells to calibrate model parameters prior to making predictions at specific prospects or over map regions.
  • Field development planning: use data from discovery wells to calibrate model parameters and then predict rock properties within earth models down structure to provide a unique basis for constraining injector well placement and aquifer support.

Our systems also been used to address a number of research topics in the geosciences.


Our reservoir quality, diagenesis, and rock property simulation systems are de facto industry standards.

Apply this technology to your problems by working with us on proprietary consulting projects or by joining our RQC consortium.


Our systems for reservoir property prediction build on our scientific research.

Our approach is scientifically rigorous, quantitative, reproducible, and testable. Our methods build on our expertise in sedimentary petrology, geochemistry, physics, basin modeling, artificial intelligence, and risk assessment.

Quick Links

RQC Consortium private page (login required)

Touchstone Fundamentals Online Course (login required)

Touchstone installation page (login required)

T>Map Consortium private page (login required)


Recent Posts

Clastic Reservoir Quality Prediction Models: Past, Present, and Future


In this invited talk at the Annual AAPG Meeting, Geocosm’s Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell review the history and current state-of-the-art in reservoir quality prediction models while also discussing potential future developments. Over the past 20 years reservoir quality assessment has expanded from a focus on description to encompass process-oriented models. These models predict rock…

Controls on Reservoir Quality in Exhumed Basins: An Example from the Ordovician Sandstone, Illizi Basin, Algeria


PSA Webinar


Geocosm’s Rob Lander was the speaker for the Petroleum System Analysis webinar #5. A recording of the webcast is available on YouTube.

The Message is the Medium


Geocosm’s Rob Lander wrote an essay of this title for 52 Things You Should Know About Rock Physics, which was edited by Matt Hall, Evan Bianco, and Kara Turner. You can read the essay here.

Reservoir Quality and Rock Properties Modeling – Triassic and Jurassic Sandstones, Greater Shearwater Area, UK Central North Sea


This paper by geoscientists from Shell as well as Geocosm’s Linda Bonnell shows how Geocosm’s Touchstone system for reservoir quality prediction can be linked to rock physics models. It also documents successful pre-drill predictions made using this approach. The complex burial and diagenetic histories of the Jurassic Fulmar and Triassic Skagerrak sandstones in the UK…

3-D Grain-Scale Simulation of Diagenesis and Rock Properties


In this presentation at the AAPG Annual Meeting Geocosm authors discuss concepts associated with Cyberstone, Geocosm’s revolutionary and patented Digital Sedimentary Petrology model. Fundamental geomechanical, petrophysical, and fluid-flow properties of clastic rocks reflect grain-scale compositions and textures. There is a revolution underway in the ability to predict these properties via “digital physics” simulations at the…