News Archive

Fieldwork on Shaikan, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

February News

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

January News

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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Lidar laser-scanning in the Kaikoura region of New Zealand

December News

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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Stacked GIS overlays, NE Iraq

November News

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

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

September News

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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Durham Bishops Richard De Bury & Thomas De Hatfield

August News

Was geology invented in Durham? Scholarly studies of medieval manuscripts have shown that use of the term geologia first appeared around 1344 in a book by Richard de Bury, Bishop of Durham. The venerable bishop’s book, the Philobiblon, was a treatise extolling the author’s passion for books and learning, and is often regarded as the…

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Fractured Cretaceous bedding surfaces and cliff sections on the flanks and crest of the Piramagrun anticline, Kurdistan.

July News Update

Following on from our successful multi-client analysis of fractured Jurassic and Triassic reservoirs in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, we’ve now extended this approach to include all the main fractured Cretaceous reservoirs across the region. While Jurassic and Triassic outcrops in the Zagros are generally somewhat sparse, and typically limited to steep cliff exposures, Cretaceous…

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Signal of a large earthquake, recorded with 3-component GNSS receivers.

July News

Published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports – more scientific outcomes of our work using GNSS (i.e. satellite constellations including GPS) to monitor ground motion associated with recent large earthquakes in central Italy. The image above shows 50 seconds of time-series data from a single pair of low-cost GNSS receivers, positioned in the hangingwall and…

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