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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Geology students to benefit from a £1.3 million software package

Published: 21 March 2019

Researchers and students at the University of Southampton can now use a professional software package to understand, analyse and manipulate complex data related to geological processes.

The Move structural modelling and analysis toolkit is particularly valuable for undergraduate, Masters and PhD students and for early career researchers.

“We are grateful to Petroleum Experts for providing the University of Southampton with licences for this software package valued at £1,308,000.00,” says Lisa McNeill, Professor of Tectonics in the School of Ocean and Earth Science.

 “This is a valuable digital platform that can allow us to analyse the geological history of a region and to integrate and interprete a wide range of data types, including building cross-sections of tectonic systems and carrying out analyses of past stress conditions.


Dr Xiaodong Yang used the software while studying for his PhD at the University of Southampton. He says: “During my PhD, I extensively used Move to carry out seismic data interpretation, structural restoration and strain analysis, which are all essential parts of my research. Using Move makes my work much more efficient and effective and I am very keen to continue using it in my future research.”

Another PhD student has used it in the creation of a sophisticated 3D database to aid in the reconstruction of excavation sites and fossils at a palaeontological site in Romania.

Move software demonstration

The image shows a geological reconstruction of a fold-thrust belt developing offshore Brunei using the Move software. The fold-thrust belt has developed due to compressional forces. The software shows how these features grew over geological time using data imaging the present day structures below the seafloor.

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