The Rift Analogues Project (TRAP)

WorldWind    Faulting in pre-rift

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ConocoPhilips     Statoil


The research group is based at the University of Manchester and comprises university research staff, post doctoral researchers and post graduate research students. The project is managed by a steering committee comprising the principal researchers and representatives from sponsoring companies ConocoPhillips and Statoil.

The Rift Analogues Project (TRAP) began in 2005. This follows the established research and publications record of the principal investigators in the Suez Rift. The project aims to investigate the structural evolution and syn-rift stratigraphic development in extensional basins utilising state of the art digital outcrop mapping and reservoir modelling approaches.

The project aims to develop quantitative, high resolution sedimentological and sequence stratigraphic models of various rift settings in order to create reservoir models generally applicable to rift basins world-wide.

Fault propogation folding    Quickbird

The investigation of syn-rift structural evolution and sedimentological response in rift basins requires the integration of both detailed structural and stratigraphic data. This necessitates accurate quantitative data over large areas of three dimensional exposure, such extensive datasets have previously been unattainable to earth scientists.

This innovative project forms a test bed for modern developments in digital outcrop mapping techniques and adopts novel approaches such as LIDAR high definition surveying, the latest in satellite remote sensing technology and includes the development of in-house geological interpretation and reservoir modeling software.

Nukhul West    Nukhul SW

Principal Investigators: Prof. Rob Gawthorpe, Dr Dave Hodgetts

Research Assistants: Dr Martin Muravchik, Frank Rarity

Associate Researchers: Dr Paul Wilson, Dr Lorna Strachan

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