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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.

New for 2017

  • Improved interactivity in 2D Unfolding and 2D Move-on-Fault.
  • Construct Horizons from Fault, the ability to interactively adjust fault shape or inclination.
  • The ability to preview 2D Unfolding and 2D Move-on-Fault operations, and quickly visualize the impact of changing parameters, such as shear angles and pin orientations.
  • New plots to visualize fault displacement in the Section Analysis tool.
  • Improved options to analyse stratigraphic thickness in the Section Analysis tool.
  • Support for User-defined Compaction Curves.
  • Decompaction - improved workflow for decompaction of growth sequence strata.
  • Decompaction - support for multiple Burial History tables, Porosity Depth plots.
  • Decompaction - ability to visualize calculated porosity for a complete section.
  • Decompaction - object lists are automatically populated based on the currently selected objects when the tool is first opened.
  • Depth conversion - support for multiple Velocity / Time / Depth plots.
  • Depth conversion - ability to visualize calculated velocity for a complete section.