Monash geologist awarded $710,000 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant

The ARC has awarded a Monash scientist $710,000 over four years for a research project to develop technologies to mitigate 3D geological risk in resources management.

The project is expected to create new knowledge and methods in the field of 3D geological modelling through the innovative application of mathematical methods, structural geology concepts and cutting-edge probabilistic programming.

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham announced 66 successful new research projects totalling $26.5 million under the ARC Linkage Projects scheme.

The Scheme provides targeted support for researchers across the higher education system to take part in vital research collaborations with industry and community organisations.

The Monash geoscience project aims to develop technologies to mitigate 3D geological risk in both exploration and resources management through the innovative application of mathematical methods, structural geology concepts and cutting-edge probabilistic programming.

“The outcomes of this proposed research will fundamentally improve our understanding of 3D geological modelling capability and the outcome will be an open 3D modelling platform available to the public, industry and decision makers,” said project Chief Investigator, Dr Laurent Ailleres, from the Monash School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment.

“The new methods developed in this project will enable 3D geological modelling in all type of geological environments from urban geology, to basins to polydeformed terranes as well as assessing and mitigating geological uncertainty,” he said.

The expected outcomes are an enhanced capability to model the subsurface, characterise model uncertainty and test multiple geological scenarii.

“This enhanced capability is extremely important for the future of Australia's subsurface management; including urban geology and our continuously growing sustainable resources industry (including water),” Dr Ailleres said.

“The innovative methods will facilitate decision making regarding the management of Australia's subsurface resources (including water) for government organisations as well as the resources industries.”

Dr Ailleres’ research areas of interest include: tectonics and plate boundaries geometry, field structural geology, integration of geological and potential field datasets, interpretation and processing of aeromagnetic and gravity datasets, geophysical signature of ore deposits, 3D multi-scale geological modelling, 3D potential field inversions, and combining 3D geological and potential field inversions.

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Newly proposed open source platform (called Loop) to solve 3D structural geological modelling problems from the mine scale to the plate scale and including geological problems, related resources exploration and management in urban geology settings, basins geology environment and poly-deformed terranes.

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