Porosity, permeability and pore structure analysis allows for accurate determination of reserves and accurate reservoir modeling. Understanding pore structure can also provide insight into depositional processes and the diagenetic history of an area. Petrophysical assessment of the well bore, and lab analysis of core, are the most conventional methods for determining porosity and permeability; however the resultant data does not provide much insight into the actual pore structure. Thin section work is one of the best ways to gain insight into the pore structure of a given area and it can also provide good estimates of porosity at a given point. SEM provides a similar degree of insight into the pore structure of shale and mudstone as thin sections do for the coarser rock types. Chip sample studies can be used to roughly assess and correlate porosity and pore structure information and chip sample can also be used to create thin sections that then provide great insight into porosity and pore structure. Qualiterra provides in depth thin section, SEM and chip sample porosity and pore structure analysis, that if requested, we can then tie into other scales and types of data. This data could be obtained by us or provided by your company and could include things such as logs, core, core photos, SEM images and thin sections. The chip sample available in the AER core center provides an incredible database of WCSB lithological data and pore data that can be accessed for a minimal fee and can potentially be turned into thin sections.