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May News

Geological Opportunities and Risks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq – a virtual fieldtrip through the petroleum system of the region.

Virtual outcrop geology – another nail in the coffin for real fieldwork? Or is it actually an opportunity for office-bound geologists to benefit from more field experience from around the globe? We gained an interesting insight to this question at Finding Petroleum’s Opportunities in the Middle East event at The Geological Society last week. As usual,…

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April News

Imaging karst in outcrop using terrestrial lidar

A couple of interesting conference presentations recently … Firstly, our work using low-cost GNSS technology and lidar to monitor ground motion related to gas storage was part of a multi-faceted project with Humbly Grove Energy, Geoenergy Durham, Geomatic Ventures Ltd, and Durham University, and was presented by Jon Gluyas at the UK Energy Storage 2018…

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March News Update

Zagros Virtual Field Trip

As we reported a week or so ago, for the 2018 Janet Watson conference we gave presentations on both accessing knowledge in geoscience text using Natural Language Processing, and our recent work on virtual fieldtrips, in which we took the audience on a quick tour through some classic Zagros and Zechstein outcrop geology. There were…

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March News

Machine-generated ontology for structural geology

Image (above): Machine-generated ontology for structural geology. Big Data, Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning … the hype is everywhere! Yes, these ‘disruptive technologies’ (more hype) are already changing our world. And yes, they do have enormous potential to derive new insight from vast volumes of data. But the hype-ometer is already off the scale, and…

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February News

Fieldwork on Shaikan, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

It’s shaping-up to be a very fracture-filled start to the year! Following the successful release of our upgraded multi-client “Regional Appraisal of Fractured Reservoirs in Kurdistan & NE Iraq” study in the Autumn, we’re now busy with early season fieldwork (including more fracture data acquisition using UAVs). A couple of weeks ago we sponsored Finding…

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January News

Recording fracture measurements using an early digital field mapping system in 2003, with hand-held GPS connected to a PDA.

Back in the final year or so of the last century, a group of us were field-mapping in a complex transpression zone (see here, here and here), on a fantastic coastal section, well above high water mark (dry feet, baking Scottish sunshine … glorious!). During a lull in the proceedings Ken McCaffrey produced from his…

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December News

Lidar laser-scanning in the Kaikoura region of New Zealand

Busy times! The paint has hardly dried on our upgraded multi-client “Regional Appraisal of Fractured Reservoirs in Kurdistan & NE Iraq” study (see last month’s News), but we’re busy again with a wide range of new projects… First up is an exciting in-depth proprietary appraisal of unconventional plays in a major South American basin. This…

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November News

Stacked GIS overlays, NE Iraq

We’ve just completed our latest multi-client fracture study, a major upgrade to our “Regional Appraisal of Fractured Reservoirs in Kurdistan & NE Iraq”. This comprehensive product will help you to identify and evaluate potential fractured reservoirs of the northern Zagros, and to help ‘high-grade’ suitable target acreage during early exploration. Based on invaluable feedback from…

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October News

Hair!

Just back from an interesting time at the ExCel Centre in London – over 400 exhibitors vying for the attention (and money) of a jam-packed audience of several thousand attendees, and so many young, vibrant professionals excited to be in the midst of the action … Yes, five minutes in “Salon International 2017” was quite…

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September News

Outcrop photo of small-scale fault relays in Carboniferous limestone-shale sequence, Lamberton, SE Scotland.

Seeing fault relays in outcrop is a great reminder that analysing structures in 2D is rarely good enough! In the real world, segmentation of a 3D rock volume by fault relays radically changes fluid migration paths, and can have critical implications for seismic hazard. Lots of structural geologists have worked on fault relays – though…

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