UK petroleum engineering giant gifts Monash scientists access to almost $3 million in geological modelling software
Monash geoscientists are set to benefit from a major donation of geological modelling software licences from the UK-based petroleum engineering and structural geology company Petroleum Experts (PetEx).
PetEx has generously gifted 10 licences to access its cutting-edge MOVE suite of geological modelling software to the research and teaching programs in the Monash School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment.
The software with a commercial value of more than £1.526m (AUD$2.96m) will enable students and researchers in the School to better understand the subsurface geometry of deformed regions of the continents, and will also open up new teaching tools for geoscience students.
Welcoming the donation Faculty of Science Dean Professor Jordan Nash said Monash was very grateful to PetEx for their generous support.
“The MOVE suite of software is a valuable addition to our geoscience research and teaching capabilities,” he said.
PetEx has developed a suite of software tools for Integrated Production Modelling, Real Time Field Management, and Structural Geology used widely by oil and gas companies.
The suite includes MOVE2018, 2D Kinematic Modelling, 3D Kinematic modelling programs and other software for geomechanical modelling, and fault and stress analysis.
It will provide researchers and students with a powerful environment for integrating and modelling 2D & 3D surface and subsurface data for a variety of geological, geochemical, geophysical and geomechanical applications.
Alexander Cruden, Professor of Tectonics and Geodynamics in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University, said having access to MOVE would enhance research in structural geology, geodynamics and 3D geological modelling.
“Our PhD, Master of Science and Honours students will greatly benefit from the innovative capabilities of MOVE to advance non-commercial academic research on the structure and evolution of natural resources in sedimentary basins and crystalline rock settings,” Professor Cruden said.