Petex gives School of Earth Sciences access to cutting-edge geological modelling software

Software with a commercial value of more than £1.525m (AUD$3.1m) has been given to the University of Melbourne, School of Earth Sciences, by engineering firm Petroleum Experts.

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Dr Rebecca Farrington and Associate Professor Kevin Hill of the University of Melbourne School of Earth Sciences, meet the Petex team to discuss applications of the MOVE software suite while at the recent Papua New Guinea Petroleum Geoscience conference in Port Moresby, PNG. Image: Kevin Hill

This software will allow researchers in the School to better understand the geometry of deformed regions of the continents, and will also open up new teaching tools for geology students.

Petroleum Experts (known as Petex) is a petroleum engineering company, based in Edinburgh, UK, which has developed software tools for Integrated Production Modelling, Real Time Field Management, and Structural Geology.

The software suite includes MOVE2018, 2D Kinematic Modelling, 3D Kinematic modelling programs and other software for geomechanical modelling, fault and stress analysis. These software tools are widely used by many oil and gas companies and by many universities in research and teaching, giving students insights into the work of oil and gas professionals.

Dr Sandra McLaren, Senior Lecturer in Structural Geology and Tectonics at the University of Melbourne, said the software would assist non-commercial research programs by staff and students, primarily in understanding the tectonic evolution of deformed continental crust. She added that the availability of the software suite will also allow teaching tools to be developed to help students better understand these tectonic processes.