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Type Author Year Title (link) Reference
Conference Jones, R.R.
Daniels, S.E.
Wilkinson, M.W.
Long, J.J.
and others
2017 Importance of Outcrop Analogues for Predicting Fluid Flow in Fractured Rock: Lessons from Hydrocarbon Exploration & Production AAPG Geothermal Cross Over Technology Workshop, April 2017
Conference Daniels, S.
Gluyas, J.
Holdsworth, R.
Long, J.
and others
2016 Understanding Zechstein Carbonate Reservoirs in NW Europe PETEX, London, November 2016
Conference Dichiarante, A.M.
Holdsworth, R.E.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Dempsey, E.D.
and others
2016 A reassessment of the brittle deformation history, age and attribute analysis from the Orcadian Basin, Scotland: implications for offshore Devonian fractured reservoirs PETEX, London, November 2016
Conference Holdsworth, R.E.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Dempsey, E.D.

and others
2016 Cracked and full of sand: microstructural insights into how oil gets into the fractured Precambrian basement of the Rona Ridge, West of Shetland PETEX, London, November 2016.
Conference Jones, R.R.
Long, J.J.
Kokkalas, S.
Daniels, S.E.
2016 Calibration of Fracture Models using Multi-Scale Outcrop Analogues – the Importance of Mechanical Stratigraphy AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Calgary, June 2016.
Conference Jones, R.R.
Kokkalas, S.
Long, J.J.
Daniels, S.E.
2016 Prediction of Fracture Networks in Structural Traps: Insights from Outcrop Characterisation of Four-way Closing Anticlines in Reservoir Analogues AAPG International Convention & Exhibition, Barcelona, April 2016.
Conference Kokkalas, S.
Jones, R.R.
Long, J.J.
Gilment, S.
and others
2016 Comparison of Fracture Analysis Methods at Multiple Scales from Outcrop Analogues Geo 2016 12th Middle East Geosciences Conference, Bahrain, March 2016.
Conference Jones, R.R.
Long, J.J.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
2016 From outcrop analogue to full-field fracture model: the importance of multi-scale fracture size-intensity relationships Geo 2016 12th Middle East Geosciences Conference, Bahrain, March 2016.
Conference Roberts, A.W.
Vsemirnova, E.A.
Jones, R.R.
Long, J.J.
and others
2016 Integrated imaging of fracture systems from surface outcrop and geophysical data BGA Integrated Imaging of the Earth Conference, Royal Astronomical Society, London, February 2016.
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Jones, R.R.
Pearce, M.A.
Jacquemyn, J.
Watson, F.E.
2016 Robust best-fit planes from geospatial data Geosphere, 12, doi:10.1130/GES01247.1 (2016).
Conference McCaffrey, K.
Holdsworth, R.
Oxlade, D.
Robertson, A.
2016 Natural seismogenic pumping processes in near surface fractured basement gneisses Tectonic Studies Group Conference, London, January 2016.
Conference Shahar, S.
Dawing, S.
Jones, R.R.
2015 LIDAR Technology application for outcrop to subsurface reservoir study of Oman Interior IPTC - International Petroleum Technology Conference, Doha, December 2015
Conference Daniels, S.
Imber, J.
Wilkinson, M.
Long, J.
and others
2015 Fracture Characterisation in Shales for Efficient Development Geomechanical and Petrophysical Properties of Mudrocks, Geological Society, London, November 2015.
Conference Jones, R.R.
Long, J.J.
Kokkalas, S.
Daniels, S.E.
and others
2015 Improved Multi-Scale Fracture Models based on Quantitative Analysis of Outcrop Analogues EAGE Third EAGE Workshop on Iraq, Dubai UAE, November 2015.
Conference Kokkalas, S.
Jones, R.R.
Long, J.
Woods, C.
and others
2015 Structural evolution of the Jebel Hafeet Anticline (Al Ain, UAE): A multi-scale approach to model fracture patterns and kinematic fold evolution GSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore USA, November 2015.
Conference Daniels, S.
Imber, J.
Jones, R.
Long, J.
and others
2015 How can fracture studies of outcrop analogues inform geomechanics? The Geology of Geomechanics Conference, Geological Society, London, October 2015.
Conference Daniels, S.
Imber, J.
Armstrong, H.
Herringshaw, L.
2015 Shales of the Cleveland Basin: a multi-disciplinary field trip to understand the depositional systems, diagenesis and natural fracturing Geological Society, London, "Year of Mud", September 2015.
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Pless, J.C.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Jones, R.R.
Holdsworth, R.E.H.
and others
2015 3D characterization of fracture systems using Terrestrial Laser Scanning: an example from the Lewisian basement of NW Scotland In: Richards, F.L. et al. (eds) Industrial Structural Geology: Principles, Techniques and Integration. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 421, 125-141 (2015).
Conference Jones, R.R. 2015 PSGD Discussion Session: Fracture Corridors Hot Topics in Structural Geology and Geomechanics, AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Denver, May-June 2015.
Conference Vsemirnova, E.
Roberts, A.
Long, J.
Jones, R.
and others
2015 Quantitatively understanding the imprint of fractures in the seismic wave-field. EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2015.
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Imber, J.
Armstrong, H.
Clancy, S.
Daniels, S.
and others
2014 Natural fractures in a United Kingdom shale reservoir analog, Cleveland Basin, northeast England AAPG Bulletin, 98, 2411-2437 (2014).
Conference Roberts, A.W.
Long, J.J.
Vsemirnova, E.A.
Jones, R.R.
and others
2014 Understanding the imprint of fractures in the seismic wave-field. Small to sub-Seismic Scale Reservoir Deformation Conference, Geological Society, London, October 2014.
Conference Jones, R.
Long, J.
McCaffrey, K.
Wilkinson, M.
and others
2014 Minimising Risk in Fractured Reservoirs using Outcrop Analogues Reducing Subsurface Uncertainty & Risk through Field-based Studies Conference, Geological Society, London, March 2014.
Conference Daniels, S.
Imber, J.
Wilkinson, M.
Long, J.
and others
2014 Utilising Outcrop Analogues to Understand Natural Fracture Systems in Shales Reducing Subsurface Uncertainty & Risk through Field-based Studies Conference, Geological Society, London, March 2014.
Conference Long, J.J.
Jones, R.R.
Oxlade, D.M.
Carle, J.A.
and others
2013 Multi-scale nature of fracture properties: outcrop to satellite scales EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2013.
Conference Watson, F.
Long, J.
Jarvis, Z.
Wilkinson, M.
and others
2013 Variability in interpretations when picking fractures from satellite images EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2013.
Conference Imber, J.
Jones, R.R.
Perry, T.
2013 Can kinematic approaches be used to predict shear fracture orientations for use in discrete fracture network models? EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2013.
Conference Vsemirnova, E.A.
Long, J.J.
Jones, R.R.
2013 Evaluation of a discrete fracture network model from fractured outcrop analogues EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2013.
Conference Piano, St.J.
Trevelyan, J.
Imber, J.
Mccaffrey, K.
and others
2012 Numerical Modelling Of Natural Fracture Propagation In Shale-Dominated Sequences PETEX, London, November 2012
Conference Pless, J.
Franklin, B.
McCaffrey, K.
Holdsworth, R.
and others
2012 Fracture Characterisation in Crystalline Basement: Building an Analogue for the Clair Basement Based on the Lewisian Gneiss Complex of NW Scotland Geological Society, London, "Industrial Structural Geology", November 2012.
Conference Watson, F.E.
van Hunen, J.
Mathias, S.A.
Daniels, S.E.
and others
2012 Dissolution of CO2 From Leaking Fractures in Saline formations UKCCS Biannual Meeting, Durham, September 2012.
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Watson, F.E.
Mathias, S.A.
van Hunen, J.
Daniels, S.E.
and others
2012 Dissolution of CO2 From Leaking Fractures in Saline Formations Transport in Porous Media, 94, 729-745 (2012).
Conference Vsemirnova, E.A.
Jones, R.R.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
2012 Studies of fracture network geometry of reservoir outcrop analogues from terrestrial lidar data: attempts to quantify spatial variations of fracture characteristics EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2012.
Conference Bistacchi, A.
Smith, S.A.
Di Toro, G.
Jones, R.
and others
2012 Multi-scale characterization of the seismogenic Gole Larghe Fault Zone (Southern Alps, Italy): methodology and results EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2012.
Conference Franklin, B.S.G.
Martin, J.C.
Holdsworth, R.E.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
and others
2012 Characterising fracture systems within the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, northwest Scotland: An onshore analogue for the Clair Field. Tectonic Studies Group conference, Edinburgh, January 2012.
Conference Franklin, B.
Martin, J.C.
Holdsworth, R.E.
McCaffrey, K.
and others
2011 Characterising fracture systems within fractured crystalline reservoirs: the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, Scotland as an onshore analogue for the Clair Field basement AGU Fall Meting, San Francisco, December 2011
Conference Jones, R.
Vsemirnova, K.
Bubeck, A.
Pearce, M.
and others
2011 Characterisation of 3D Fracture Networks using Quantitative Outcrop Analogues Analysed with Lidar and Shallow Geophysics AAPG International Convention & Exhibition, Milan, October 2011.
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Pearce, M.A.
Jones, R.R.
Smith, S.A.F.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
2011 Quantification of fold curvature and fracturing using terrestrial laser scanning AAPG Bulletin, 95, 771-794 (2011).
Conference Smith, S. & the USEMS Team 2011 Fracture Network Characteristics and Velocity Structure of a Seismic Fault Zone EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2011.
Conference Vsemirnova, E.A.
Jones, R.R.
Guo, J.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
2011 Quantitative characterization of fracture networks using terrestrial lidar data, an example from high porosity sandstones at Appleby EGU General Assembly, Vienna, April 2011.
Conference Watson, F.E.
van Hunen, J.
Mathias, S.A.
Jones, R.R.
and others
2011 CO2 Dissolution From Inclined Fractures in Deep Saline Formations Tectonic Studies Group conference, Durham, January 2011.
Conference Franklin, B.S.G.
Holdsworth, R.E.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Walker, R.J.
and others
2011 Characterising Fracture Systems on the Isle of Lewis: An Onshore Analogue for the Clair Field Tectonic Studies Group conference, Durham, January 2011.
Conference Sagi, D.
De Paola, N.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Holdsworth, R.E.
and others
2011 3D Modeling of Fracture Density and Connectivity Within Faulted Chalk Reservoirs – A Case Study From Flamborough Head, UK Tectonic Studies Group conference, Durham, January 2011.
Conference Pless, J.C.
Holdsworth, R.E.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Conway, A.
and others
2010 Characterising Fault Networks in Three Dimensions in the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, NW Scotland: Implications for Petroleum Potential in the Clair Field Basement, Faroe-Shetland Basin PETEX Petroleum Geoscience Research Collaboration, London, November 2010
Article Cheret, T.
Long, J.
Turner, J.
2010 Comparison between faults extracted from seismic and Elastic Dislocation Modelling CSEG Recorder, September 2010, p.32-34 (2010).
Conference Franklin, B.S.G.
Holdsworth, R.E.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Krabbendam, M.
and others
2010 Characterising fracture systems on the Isle of Lewis: An onshore analogue for the Clair Field "Stress controls on faulting, fracturing …", EM Anderson Conference, Glasgow, September 2010
Conference Guo, J.
Holdsworth, R. E.
De Paola, N.
McCaffrey, K.
and others
2010 The spatial heterogeneity of fracture orientations in fault zones "Stress controls on faulting, fracturing …", EM Anderson Conference, Glasgow, September 2010
Conference Jones, R.
Imber, J.
Pearce, M.
Wightman, R.
2010 To what extent do fracture arrays conform to Andersonian fault models? "Stress controls on faulting, fracturing …", EM Anderson Conference, Glasgow, September 2010
Conference Franklin, B.S.G.
Martin, J.C.
Holdsworth, R. E.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
and others
2010 Characterising Fracture Systems within the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, Northwest Scotland: an Onshore Analogue for the Clair Field? AAPG International Convention & Exhibition, Calgary, August 2010.
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Watson, F.E.
van Hunen, J.
Mathias, S.A.
Jones, R.R.
and others
2010 CO2 dissolution from inclined fractures in saline aquifers British Hydrological Society International Symposium, Newcastle, July 2010
Conference Pearce, M.A.
Jones, R.R.
Smith, S.A.F.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
2010 Quantification of Curvature and Fracture Distributions in Outcrop-Scale Periclines Tectonic Studies Group Conference, Birmingham, January 2010
Conference Franklin, B.S.G.
Holdsworth, R. E.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Krabbendam, M.
and others
2010 Characterising fracture systems within upfaulted basement highs in the Hebridean Islands: an onshore analogue for the Clair Field Tectonic Studies Group Conference, Birmingham, January 2010
Conference Martin, J.C.
Holdsworth, R.E.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Conway, A.
and others
2010 Characterising brittle reactivation in basement: an example from the Lewisian Gneiss Complex, NW Scotland Tectonic Studies Group Conference, Birmingham, January 2010
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Jones, R.R.
Kokkalas, S.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
2009 Quantitative analysis and visualization of nonplanar fault surfaces using terrestrial laser scanning (LIDAR) – The Arkitsa fault, central Greece, as a case study Geosphere, 5, 465-482 (2009).
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Guo, J.
McCaffrey , K.
Jones, R.
Holdsworth, R.
2009 The spatial heterogeneity of structures in high porosity sandstones: Variations and granularity effects in orientation data Journal of Structural Geology, 31, 628-636 (2009).
Conference Imber, J.
Jones, R.
Long, J.
McCaffrey, K.
and others
2009 Multi-scale structural analogues: rifts, segmented faults and sub-seismic scale deformation 7th Petroleum Geology Conference, London, March-April 2009.
Conference Long, J.J.
Wightman, R.H.
Imber, J.
Jones, R.R.
and others
2008 Using outcrop geology to constrain uncertainties in three-dimensional structural models of sub-seismic scale fault networks AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, San Antonio, April 2008
Conference Wightman, R.H.
Imber, J.
Jones, R.R.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
and others
2008 The use of terrestrial laser scanning in quantifying fault and fracture attributes in reservoir outcrop analogues AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, San Antonio, April 2008.
Conference Long, J.J.
Imber, J.
Wightman, R.H.
Jones, R.R.
and others
2008 Using geological rules and terrestrial laser scanning datasets to constrain uncertainty in three-dimensional structural models of sub-seismic scale fault networks Tectonic Studies Group conference, Leuven, Belgium, January 2008.
Conference Wightman, R.H.
Imber, J.
Jones, R.R.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
and others
2007 Quantifying Fault Attributes at the Outcrop Scale: a Fault Network Model of Sub-Seismic Normal Faults in a Thinly-Bedded Reservoir Sequence AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2007.
Conference Jones, R.R.
Healy, D.
Imber, J.
Wightman, R.H.
and others
2007 Linking Seismic and Sub-Seismic Fault Predictions Using Laser Scanning of Outcrop Analogues AAPG Annual Convention & Exhibition, Long Beach, April 2007.
Conference Smith, S.A.F.
Pearce, M.A.
Jones, R.R.
McCaffrey, K.
and others
2007 Towards a prediction of the relationship between fold curvature and fracturing: Uses of RTK, GPS and Terrestrial Laser-Scanning Outcrop to Asset Conference, Manchester, January 2007.
Conference Guo, J.
McCaffrey, K.
Jones, R.R.
Holdsworth, R.E.
and others
2007 Quantifying spatial heterogeneity of fracture networks in high porosity sandstone using novel digital data acquisition methods Outcrop to Asset Conference, Manchester, January 2007.
Conference Pearce, M.A.
Smith, S.A.F
Jones, R.R.
McCaffrey, K.
and others
2006 Quantifying Fold and Fracture Attributes Using Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS and Laser-Scanning AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2006.
Conference Wightman, R. H.
Imber, J.
Healy, D.
Holdsworth, R. E.
and others
2006 Rheological Control of Interbedded Siliciclastic Strata on Damage Zone Evolution During Fault Growth AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, December 2006.
Conference Smith, S.A.F.
Jones, R.R.
Pearce, M.A.
McCaffrey, K.
and others
2006 Quantifying Fold and Fracture Attributes Using RTK GPS and Laser-Scanning Unlocking 3D Earth Systems, Penrose Conference, Durham, September 2006.
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Healy, D.
Jones, R.R.
Holdsworth, R.E.
2006 New insights into the development of brittle shear fractures from a 3-D numerical model of microcrack interaction. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 249, 14-28 (2006).
Conference Jones, R.R.
McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Smith, S.A.F.
Healy, D.
and others
2006 Quantification of spatial distribution and granularity of fold and fracture systems seen in outcrop BGA Scale Invariance and Scale Dependence conference, London, March 2006.
Conference Smith, S.A.F.
Jones, R.R.
Pearce, M.A.
McCaffrey, K.
and others
2006 Quantifying fold and fracture attributes using Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS Tectonic Studies Group conference, Manchester, January 2006.
Scientific Article (peer reviewed) Healy, D.
Jones, R.R.
Holdsworth, R.E.
2006 Three-dimensional brittle shear fracturing by tensile crack interaction Nature, 439. doi:10.1038/nature04346 (2006).
Conference McCaffrey, K.J.W.
Jones, R.R.
Imber, J.
Trinks, I.
and others
2005 Improved reservoir characterization through novel acquisition, visualization and analysis of fracture attribute data from outcrop analogues Science & Technology to Exploit Stranded Hydrocarbons, Geological Society of London [Note: Conference Postponed], 07-08/02/2005.