Midland Valley has been providing structural geology software and consultancy solutions to the upstream oil and gas industry for over 30 years. The analytical tools in Move can be applied to any geological province or tectonic setting, including extension, compression, strike-slip, inversion, salt and shale tectonics. Understand timing, geometry and kinematics of trap formation, reconstruct palaeobathymetry, carry out fault displacement analysis, reservoir compartmentalisation, likely fault and fracture patterns, and failure through the analysis of stress and strain.
To be valid, geological interpretations of mineral deposits and exploration areas must be tested using restoration and forward modelling. Move makes this easy, increasing confidence and reducing risk in estimating resources and in calculating reserves. With the Move suite of applications, field data can be collected, and geological and fracture models can be created and analysed. Captured strain attributes can be used to predict fracture networks essential to plan extraction and for ground control.
Structural modelling can provide valid, realistic scenarios and therefore significantly reduce uncertainty in site characterisation for CCS projects and gas storage. Our software and services can be used throughout the lifetime of a CO2 storage project: from site characterisation and risk assessment; spill point assessment and storage capacity calculations; to providing inputs for the refinement of migration pathways modelling. Kinematic modelling tools in Move allow you to restore, test and validate a structural model in 3D and explore alternative scenarios. Discreet Fracture Networks (DFN), generated using the modelled structural evolution of the region, can be used to calculate rock properties including permeability, porosity and connectivity.
Uncertainty in a geological model presents a key risk in the storage and safe management of radioactive waste. Structural uncertainty – concerning, for example, the shape of horizons and the trajectory or kinematics of faults, and fracture connectivity – can be identified using structural validation (balancing) techniques and scenario modelling applied in 2D (cross sections) and 3D models. Our software can improve and validate sub-surface models, where an understanding of the structure and its uncertainty is essential for geotechnical design and compliance.
Reduce uncertainty around fault geometry and analyse the likelihood of encountering fault-driven enhanced permeability for proposed geothermal heat production borehole sites. Stress analysis can be used to predict constrictional or dilational damage zones, and to assess likely permeability, under present day stress regimes. Before carrying out assessment on whether a particular structure will have increased or decreased permeability, it is first necessary to build a structurally valid geological model. You can do all of this using Move.
Our software tools and workflows are used in a wide range of projects by Geological Surveys and research institutes with an interest in structural modelling and validation. Survey geologists use our Move Software suite to dramatically reduce the cycle time from field mapping to final map production or delivery of a digital model, combining heritage data with surface and subsurface information. We offer dedicated pricing deals to this sector.