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World-leading forward and reverse modelling tools for validating your interpretation and reducing uncertainty

2D Kinematic Modelling

Our 2D Kinematic Modelling module provides a comprehensive range of tools to build, balance, restore and analyse cross-sections at a local and regional scale. Take into account the importance of geological time and its impact on your decisions on the present day structure. 

Kinematic algorithms are used to restore and remove deformation in geological cross-sections. It allows the un-deformed state to be defined, while staying true to line length and area balancing principles. 

Tools in the 2D Kinematic Modelling module can be used to interactively determine deformation rates, check the geometric and evolutionary feasibility of your model, highlight areas of geological uncertainty and constrain the system evolution.


  • Work in 2D plus geological time. Evolve models backwards and forwards through time and assess the timing of critical geological events.
  • Develop accurate fault trajectories and depths to detachment.
  • Use kinematic algorithms for both restoration and forward modelling including:
    -    block restoration
    -    flexural slip unfolding
    -    simple shear unfolding
    -    simple shear Move-on-Fault
    -    trishear
    -    fault-parallel flow
    -    fault-bend folding
  • Include sedimentation, erosion, compaction and isostatic effects.
  • Use Depth Conversion and Decompaction algorithms.
  • Seismic data and images can be carried through the restoration.
  • Interactively define shear angle, regional level, position, propagation angle, trishear angle, sediment erosion and deposition when forward modelling.
  • Test and validate geological interpretations and produce balanced cross-sections.