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About Midland Valley

Petroleum Experts Ltd. acquires Midland Valley Exploration Ltd.

We are pleased to announce that Petroleum Experts and Midland Valley have joined forces. Petroleum Experts Ltd. is the leading provider of petroleum engineering and digital oil field (DOF) software technology. Midland Valley (MVE) develops the market leading structural geology suite of applications, MOVE. Find out more here.


What We Do

Midland Valley is the world leader in the field of structural geology, providing expert consultancy and the Move™ suite of geological software. We work with a wide range of sectors around the world including: upstream oil and gas; mineral exploration and resource development; carbon capture and storage; radioactive waste management; geothermal; and geotechnical engineering industries. Our software suite Move is the technology set of choice for more than 250 commercial clients worldwide.

We live by our founding principle - by geologists for geologists - and this ensures that the company displays a single-minded commitment to the needs of our clients.

For more than thirty years, geoscientists at Midland Valley have used restoration and balancing techniques to unravel geological evolution and extract unseen information from available data. Our ground-breaking approach minimises technical uncertainty, and enables companies to reduce risk in a methodical and cost-effective way.

We maintain close links with university research groups and we are continually looking at ways to invest in the future of our science and to assist the next generation of geoscientists.


Our Software

Move™ is the only software package that offers users the full range of tools for geometrically constrained model building and kinematic analysis in 2D and 3D space.

While other companies make software for model building, our kinematic modelling tools help clients to challenge their assumptions, to discriminate between alternative interpretations, and to produce more accurate models.

Move is backed up by a team of specialists dedicated to the continuous improvement and evolution of the software, and the underlying science.

Further information on the principles behind our approach to model building and structural modelling using Move, can be found here.


Our History

Our company is named after the Midland Valley of Scotland that lies between the Southern Uplands Fault and the Highland Boundary Fault. The area has strong historical links with James Hutton (1726-1797) the “Father of Modern Geology” and with James “Paraffin” Young (1811-1883) and the development of the oil shale industry in Scotland.

Set up in 1983 by Dr Alan Gibbs, the main focus of Midland Valley was to commercialise applied structural modelling and balancing in oil and gas exploration and production. Alan retired from the company in 2014 and the new board; Roddy Muir (Managing Director), Helen Paget (Finance Director) and Colin Dunlop (Development Director), aim to grow the company across many sectors ensuring that Midland Valley is the industry leader to follow in structural geology.


Our Mission and Ethics

Midland Valley operates a policy of inclusion and equality.  Each member of the team is recruited on merit and their ability to perform the role. We expect all individuals to contribute to the decision making process and to help drive the company forward no matter what their role may be.  We encourage communication and cooperation between all teams to ensure we perform at the highest level for both ourselves and our clients.


Download our company brochure to find out more about who we are and what we do.

For more information on our Move software suite, click here.