Sunburst Consulting was founded in 1981 with the goal of blending "old time" independent well site geology with evolved technology and the current tools of the trade. Since then, the company has grown considerably in size and currently contracts more than 100 geologists, about a dozen of whom have advanced degrees.

Historically, Sunburst Consulting has worked in most of the basins of the Rocky Mountain region and established a home base in the Williston Basin. We have provided well site geology services (combining traditional well site geology with adjunct geosteering and gas detection services) on over 2100 lateral wellbores, including Winnipeg, Red River, Gunton, Interlake, Winnipegosis, Dawson Bay, Marcellus, Duperow, Nisku, Three Forks, Bakken, Lodgepole, multiple members of the Mission Canyon and Ratcliffe, Darwin, Spearfish, Tensleep, Minnelusa, Nugget, Phosphoria, Twin Creek, Sussex and Parkman.

The current focus of the company is on resource plays where geosteering plays a key role. The coverage area has expanded to include resource plays beyond the Rocky Mountain district. By use of offset log markers, isopach studies, geometry and real time MWD-gamma ray and sample data, wellsite geologists are able to calculate the TVD landing of a wellbore into the horizontal target and to maximize exposure to the ideal reservoir section. Building on proven methods in the Bakken / Three Forks play in the Williston Basin, Sunburst Consulting is currently exporting its successful geosteering techniques to the Marcellus, Haynesville and Woodford shale plays of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Louisiana and Oklahoma and to the Niobrara, Frontier and Mowry plays of the DJ and Powder River Basins of Wyoming and Colorado.

Geosteering and well site geology (often with adjunct digital chromatography) comprise a major portion of our activities. Most of our recording of data and reporting to our clients is conducted by Internet communications. A Vertical Composite Geology Log (integrates a traditional strip log with petro-physical data) and a Geosteering Log provides documentation of each well we work. A fully illustrated Geology Report is the trademark of the well site geologist's contribution to each project.


"I have used Sunburst Consulting for over 25 years. Their well site work has always been very accurate and thoughtful. They have excelled at the important tasks of sample description and gas detection, but just as importantly, they have been able to relate these data to the well and prospect. Their communication was exemplary; both with the office and the well site team. I can't imagine who else I would use to guide my lateral wells through the thin and subtle pays in the Williston Basin." - (Tom Sperr, geologist, Prima Exploration)


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