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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 evolution.


  • Work in 2D plus geological time. Evolve models backwards and forwards through time and assess the timing of critical geological events.
  • Use kinematic algorithms for both restoration and forward modelling including:
    -    Block Restoration
    -    Flexural Slip Unfolding
    -    Simple Shear Unfolding
    -    Simple Shear Move-on-Fault
    -    Trishear (planar and non-planar faults) Move-on-Fault
    -    Fault-Parallel Flow Move-on-Fault
    -    Fault-Bend Folding Move-on-Fault
  • Include sedimentation, erosion and salt movements.
  • Backstripping techniques including compaction, thermal subsidence and isostasy.
  • Seismic data and images can be carried through the restoration.
  • Interactively define fault displacement, 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.
  • Develop accurate fault trajectories and depths to detachment.

Recent Move2016 highlights

  • Depth conversion and Decompaction now fully support Well Logs
  • New non-planar algorithm implemented in the Move-on-Fault and the Construct Horizons from Fault tools
    • Trishear can now be calculated for an arbitrary fault shape, including planar, radial and listric faults 
  • Thermal Subsidence Modelling - more realistic sequential restorations of passive margins
    • Complements decompaction and isostasy for more accurate palaeo-seafloor reconstruction
    • User-controlled lateral variation of beta-factor across section
  • Decompaction Tool - new option and improved workflow for decompaction of growth sequence strata
    • Calculated porosity can now be visualized as an image
  • Horizon from Fault Tool - improved interactive interpretation including variable displacement
  • Regional Section Navigator - see the big picture along with the detail – multiple views on a single regional section
  • Section Analysis - improved options to analyse stratigraphic thickness