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Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille I

Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille I, France, joined the Academic Software Initiative (ASI) in July 2009, picking up 10 free licenses of the Move software suite which they doubled to 20 in 2011, opting for the standard academic package.

The usage has focussed mainly on cross-section restoration in 2DMove: restoring sections of analogue modelling experiments under the supervision of the professors.  The topics of these experiments concern the extensional reactivation of thrusts.

A Master 2 student is using Move to restore the incremental geometry of basins developed by reactivation of basement thrusts.

Figure 1: Sequential restoration (using 2DMove) of an analog modelling experiment of extensional reactivation of thrust faults (basal slope of 2.5°). The figure shows the progressive evolution of structures in cross-section between the deposition of the post-compressional layer and the end of the extensional phase (the numbers refer to the extensional rates for each deformational increment).

Figure 2: A section illustrating the final stage of an analog modelling experiment of extensional reactivation of thrust faults (basal slope of 5°). 

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Dr Olivier Averbuch, a Lecturer at the University, commented:

The Move software is very important for our long-term strategy to provide our students with the most efficient tools in basin analysis and prepare them in the best way to integrate the petroleum or mining industry. The prolongation of the academic licence of Move is thus of great importance for us.   
 

Papers published using their ASI Licenses

Extensional reactivation of thrusts in nature and experiments: geometries and main forcing parameters. M. Ouzgaït, O. Averbuch, B.C. Vendeville, X. Zuo, B. Minguely. GEOMOD Conference 2010, Lisbon (27-29 September 2010).
 

Projects using Move

Balancing cross-sections in a fold-and-thrust belt of Northern China (Southern Tien Shan), Ph D project.

Analogue modelling of negative structural inversion: from a thrust front to a sedimentary basin. Master 1 report.

Analogue modelling of the extensional reactivation of thrusts. Master 2 scientific report.

Keywords : balanced cross section, academic case study, 2d restoration

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