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Vision Exploration, LLC is managed by Steve Walkinshaw, who utilizes over 44 years of experience in 2D & 3D seismic interpretation, petrophysical analysis, and subsurface exploration to provide exploration, redevelopment and consulting services to a wide range of industry clients.  Whether you're planning to expand your exploration efforts into our core areas, or are needing technical assistance on a critical project in your area, Vision Exploration can quickly and efficiently get the job done.  Our core areas include the U.S. Gulf Coast and the Black Warrior Basin, but we can efficiently explore anywhere in the world.  Our expertise extends to lithium, geothermal, and unconventional resource plays, as well as CCS projects; for example, Steve Walkinshaw currently serves as Vice President - Geoscience (chief geoscientist) for Strategic Biofuels' Louisiana Green Fuels renewable SAF / CCS Project in Northeast Louisiana.


Interested in our core areas?  Take time to browse our Mesozoic / Paleozoic Geological content, which includes many type logs and core photographs.

Vision Exploration is the only Mississippi-based independent that has served as geological and land consultant to a major Tuscaloosa Marine Shale ("TMS") operator (actually, two major TMS operators).  Steve Walkinshaw has lectured extensively on the TMS at numerous industry and academic venues, including the SOURCE Distinguished Lecture Series held at the University of Louisiana - Lafayette (Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Laboratory) on January 24, 2020.  The best TMS Trend lateral has produced 724,053 barrels of oil + 217,051 barrels of water + 378,974 thousand cubic feet of gas (787,215 barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE") in 109 months; 92% oil) and, as of April 2024, is still producing at the rate of ~101 BOEPD (86 BOPD + 19 BWPD + 91 MCFGPD).  To learn more about the TMS Trend, click here.  The TMS and Lower Smackover Brown Dense Lime ("BDL") Trends are two examples of unconventional oil (and gas) resource plays that have been recently been targeted in our core area.  Vision has been very active in both Trends - a unique distinction among Mississippi-based independents - and has identified other unexploited unconventional resource plays, including a new geopressured Mooringsport / Ferry Lake oil play and the multi-TCF extension of a prolific geopressured Lower Cotton Valley (LCV) gas play.  Interested in the true potential of the fractured / geopressured Austin Chalk in Vision's core area?  Steve Walkinshaw has provided valuable guidance to many companies considering investment in the Eastern Austin Chalk Trend.  Discouraged by the recent Austin Chalk dry holes drilled in the Eastern Trend area?  You shouldn't be.

Interested in the Lower Smackover Brown Dense Lime ("BDL") Trend?  Curious as to why the first efforts to establish the BDL as a significant unconventional resource play failed?  Would it surprise you to learn that unstimulated vertical BDL completions in Vision's core area have flowed as much as 2,346 BOPD + 2.3 million cubic feet of gas per day?  Steve Walkinshaw has been lecturing on the enormous potential (and pitfalls) of BDL exploration since 2011. In October 2020, he presented “The Lower Smackover Brown Dense Limestone: Its Potential as a Hybrid Unconventional Resource Play” at the 2020 Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS; aka GeoGulf) Convention in Lafayette, Louisiana. This presentation was subsequently awarded the 2020 Second Place Thomas A. Philpott Excellence of Presentation Award by GCAGS.  Click here to learn more.

Interested in geothermal projects?  Did you know there is a large geothermal (294o F / 146o C) resource in the U.S. Gulf Coast that contains 150 cubic feet of methane per barrel, and has more than enough pressure to flow to the surface? Talk to us about our GPGT (Geopresssured/Geothermal; "Geothermal +") Project.  To learn more about this Project, click here.


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Vision Exploration's consulting, mapping and marketing services are considered by many to be the best in the industry.  So is our ability to take old oil and gas fields apart and identify the significant reserve potential that remains.  Read what many of our clients and associates have to say about our company.

Vision Exploration uses IHS Kingdom's Geophysics software, along with its VuPak, GeoSyn and Rock Solid Attributes modules for its geophysical interpretation, and uses Neuralog's Neurascan and Neuralog software for rasterization, digitization and LAS file generation.  We also utilize ESRI's ArcMap and CGG-Jason's PowerLog (PowerBench) petrophysical analysis software, incorporating industry-standard algorithms as well as our own proprietary petrophysical algorithms, based upon 44 years of log analysis.

Vision Exploration is proudly based in Madison, Mississippi (Madison is located 15 miles north of Jackson, the capitol); click here to learn more about Madison (estimated average household income in 2022: $139,275 (U.S. average $74,580; Mississippi average $74,149; estimated median house or condo value in 2024: $303,300; home ownership: 93.2%; Cost of Living Index: 105.1; poverty rate 3.34%).  Madison is ranked #1 in Mississippi for Best Place to Live and Best Place to Raise a Family.  If you live in (or are familiar with) the greater Houston, Texas area, a good comparison would be this: Madison's relationship to Jackson is very analogous to The Woodlands' relationship to Houston.

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