Basins Seismic and Visualisation Facility

Analytical Equipment

  • CAMECA SX100 electron probe microanalyser fitted with five wavelength dispersive spectrometers and an energy dispersive spectrometer for micron-scale analysis of elements from Be to U.
  • Jeol6400 scanning electron microscope fitted with an energy dispersive spectrometer, cathodoluminescence detector and cold stage.
  • Ion probe and noble gas mass spectrometers.
  • Cold cathodoluminescence, UV fluorescence microscopes and fluid inclusion stages.
  • Comprehensive analytical geochemistry facilities including: ICP-MS, ICP-AES, XRF, XRD, pyrolysis, GC-MS.
  • ResLab porosimeter and permeameter for core studies

Research is undertaken in collaboration with the School of Materials, which involves the state-of-the-art computed tomography (CT) facility in the Materials Science Centre. Research collaboration led in Materials by Prof Phil Withers and Prof Peter Lee.

The CT facility provides a world class suite of five complementary imagers over the widest possible range of spatial resolution capabilities, the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility provides academic and industrial users with access to world-leading characterisation and research CT instrumentation.

ResLab digital gas porosimeter
Eocene carbonate build-ups established at toe-of-slope of prograding delta systems, Great Australian Bight, offshore Australia

Computer facilities

To support current research and teaching in the group, and to drive new research methodologies, we make use of the latest software and hardware solutions. With almost 25 Terabytes of seismic data from over thirty surveys around the world, and high resolution LiDAR surveys generating 100 Gb per month we require the best storage, visualisation and processing kit available. Our filestore supplies a 1Gb subnet comprising dedicated computing facilities of over 80 Windows 7 64 bit workstations for use by the MSc and PhD students, and latest storage servers for staff and postgraduates.

Software for teaching and research includes:

  • We are a Schlumberger centre of excellence and they donate 103 full Petrel licences for seismic interpretation, well log analysis and subsurface mapping project, Petromod and petroleum system analysis planning and management;
  • IHS Kingdom donate 30 Advance 8.8 licences for seismic interpretation. Ikon Science donate 30 RokDoc licences for rock physics based interpretation;
  • Paradigm Geophysical donate VoxelGeo and Reservoir Naviagator which we are currently using for MSc teaching and for two seismic attribute projects;
  • PaleoScan from Eliis to help improve the speed of the seismic interpretation process and 3D model building;
  • OpenDtect is a freeware project which is used for attribute modelling and development of automated 3D feature recognition methodologies;
  • ffA donate GeoTeric for advanced attribute analysis, including spectral decomposition.
  • A variety of GIS and grid manipulation packages including GoCAD, ArcGIS, ERMapper, MapInfo, ERDAS Imagine and GMT are included in research workflows as are image analysis and mathematical applications such as Matlab;
  • Midland Valley's Move for data integration and constructing cross-sections and 3D models.

We also make use of the supercomputer facilities in Manchester Computing for computationally intensive 3D modelling such as Dr Emma Finch's Discrete Element models.

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