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Move Software Training Course Outline

Build your knowledge in the application of Move within structural geology

We are currently offering a course in Houston. Choose the courses/days which are most relevant to your goals - or attend all days.


Training Course Costs

Our Move Software Training course costs are GBP £1,000 per day / US $1,250 per day, per person.

Costs include:

  • Use of a high-specification PC for the duration of the training.
  • Training pack including a full set of bound MOVE tutorials with data files.
  • Hot buffet lunch and refreshments.


Important Information

Participants are responsible for any travel and accommodation required for attendance.

Participants with special requirements (for example; dietary, access or technical) should inform MVE at the earliest possible date. Whilst MVE will endeavour to accommodate all requirements, it cannot be guaranteed.

If, for any reason, MVE need to cancel a training course any fees already paid to MVE will be refunded.

Place at these courses are often limited. If participants need to cancel or postpone attendance they must do so as early as possible to ensure no cancellation costs are incurred (cancellation must be confirmed by MVE). Details of cancellation costs are as follows:

  • within one month of the commencement date – 25% of the total course cost
  • within 10 working days of the commencement date – 50% of the total course cost
  • within 5 working days of the commencement date – 100% of the total course cost

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Day 1:
Introduction to Modelling Structural Evolution to Improve Geological Models and Model Building Techniques Using Move

Focus: Learning Aims:
Introduction to Move
  • Understand the aim of the training and Midland Valley’s approach to structural modelling
  • Be aware of the available documentation/support files
  • Understand the approaches to uncertainty in geological modelling
Importing, conditioning and digitising your data
  • Be aware of the available import options in Move, including seismic and well data
  • Have a basic understanding of display options (lighting, background and highlight colour)
  • Be able to import maps and sections as images
  • Be able to set up a stratigraphic database
  • Have a working knowledge of the tidy tool in 2D (points, lines and polygons)
  • Have a basic understanding of the 3D surface creation and editing tools
  • Have a working knowledge of the dataconditioning tools in 2D/3D (Tidy tool and Topology tool)
Constrained model building in 2D and 3D, constructing cross- sections
  • Be able to use the stereo plot for preferred section orientation (analysis)
  • Be able to generate a section and extract a section from a 3D model
  • Be able to project data onto a section and surfaces
  • Have an understanding of geometric tools available to aid model construction from surface data (horizon and fault construction tools)
  • Be able to modify data in a 2D and 3D environment
Updating models in real time
  • Have a basic understanding of the well import options
  • Be able to import and extend well track / drill hole data
  • Have a working understanding of the reshape tool for updating and modifying existing geological models
Data export and Move Links
  • Understand data export options including: animation tool and direct data export links (Move Link for Petrel*, Move Link for GST and Move Link for OpenWorks capabilities) *Mark of Schlumberger

Day 2:
Validation Techniques to Improve Geological Models Using Move, 2D Kinematic Modelling and 3D Kinematic Modelling

Focus: Learning Aims:
Introduction: Validation techniques to improve geological models
  • Have an understanding of restoration strategies that involve using kinematic tools (decompaction, unfolding and move-on-fault)
  • Understand the uses of forward modelling for guiding interpretation
Kinematic Validation Techniques:
Line length balance, block restoration and jigsaw fit
  • Be able to carry out a line length balance
  • Have a working knowledge of jigsaw fitting and editing tools to resolving space problems
Modelling Kinematic Evolution: Sequential restoration and Forward modelling
  • Have a working knowledge of using the decompaction, unfolding and move-on-fault tools in 2D and 3D
  • Be able to generate a layer cake stratigraphy in 2D and 3D
  • Be aware of the 2D and 3D forward modelling algorithms for horizon deformation over faults
  • Be aware of the tools that allow handling of sedimentation and erosion during forward modelling in 2D

Day 3:
Advanced Session - 2D Kinematic Modelling

In this advanced session*, attendees will be guided through a complete 2D Kinematic Modelling workflow by our structural geologists. This session will cover restoration and analysis of a 2D section, based on our extensive experience working globally with varied data. We will cover data conditioning, constrained model building, forward modelling, and sequential restoration. Best-practice workflows will be highlighted and experienced users will enhance their existing 2D restoration and analysis skills.

Course Outline

  • Conditioning of subsurface data and raw horizon interpretations;
  • Using constrained model building and structural validation techniques to improve interpretations in areas of poor or incomplete data;
  • Forward modelling and concept testing to validate an interpretation and better understand structural evolution;
  • Sequential restoration to reduce the risk associated with exploration and production;
  • Advanced structural analysis for addressing more complex exploration and production issues.

Day 4:
Advanced Session - 3D Kinematic Modelling

In this advanced session*, attendees will be guided through a complete 3D Kinematic Modelling workflow by our structural geologists. This session will introduce and apply 3D structural analysis and restoration techniques in a range of geological settings. Geometric restoration will be used to investigate the validity of a 3D interpretation of a field-scale model, while kinematic restoration and forward-modelling will allow interrogation of the timing and style of 3D structural development of a regional, basin-scale model.

Course Outline

  • Use Move’s model analysis to statically interrogate 3D models in different geological settings;
  • Apply 3D structural validation techniques to improve interpretation around a salt body;
  • Combine kinematic restoration and forward modelling techniques to evaluate the development of an extensional fault system;
  • Use restoration results to consider potential petroleum systems and drilling targets.

Day 5:
Advanced Session - Fault Analysis

In this advanced session*, attendees will be guided through fault analysis workflows by our structural geologists. Participants will use Move’s Fault Analysis module to interrogate and validate the distribution of fault throw in a 3D structural model. The validated results will allow sealing capacity to be visually and statistically analysed using a combination of lithological juxtaposition diagrams, triangular juxtaposition and sealing proxy plots. Move’s restoration tools will be used to sequentially restore the model, allowing fault throw and seal distributions to be estimated through time.

Course Outline

  • Introduce theory behind the Fault Analysis tools in Move.
  • Use of different aspects of the Fault Analysis tool to validate and improve fault and horizon interpretations.
  • Statistical analyses of fault throw and how these can be used to inform the genesis of structures and to infer tectonic events through geological time.
  • The importance of spatial and temporal variations in fault seal in understanding the full impact of faults on a hydrocarbon or mineral prospect.
  • Optimal methods of displaying results of temporal displacement and seal analysis studies graphically, and in 2D and 3D.
* Please note that Advanced Session training courses are aimed at Move users who are familiar with the basic techniques and workflows available. It is expected that attendees of these have either previously completed a Move training course, or are proficient users with some knowledge of the 2D Kinematic Modelling concepts and toolset.