Quality Control Surveillance Program
We are a completely independent and unbiased laboratory and consulting firm and have no sale of any product. This program is used extensively in conjunction with the free testing services provided by chemical companies. Our current clients inform us that they primarily utilize us because we are independent and have a completely different approach to testing the water as well as interpreting the results. We commonly identify conditions that are not found by the type of testing done by chemical companies; also, our clients use us for comparison with their testing as well as for our recommendations of what testing should be done on a frequent routine basis.
In the above program, it is recommended that samples be taken at separator vessels, injection pump discharges, and injection well.
It is our view that there is a need for independent testing to be involved in the evaluation of vital aspects of any injection system.
To this end we have attempted to provide testing that is more thorough and intensive in every condition that might alter an injection system.
It is highly recommended that sampling be performed by Martin Water Lab personnel with dissolved gasses and filterable solids determined on site.
We provide intense microscopic studies of the suspended material. We do most of our filter tests in the field and utilize more pressure by filtering directly off the sample point. We intensely search for sand, gypsum, calcium carbonate, elemental sulfur, asphaltenes, and other particles that might give us some indication of possible influences such as abrasion, scale compound crystals, interface material, air contamination, or other less common conditions. In our studies, we consider particle size to be extremely important and even more vital than the quantity of the suspended material. We also use secondary indicators of air contamination such as identifying sulfur, color, iron oxide, and bacterial activity.
Our bacterial studies are done by actual, precise plate counts or dilution bottles. The types of bacteria we look for can be used to identify slime deposits in a system by virtue of the ratios of different types of organisms that we count on separate plates along with corrosion causing sulfate reducing bacteria.