Facilities

  • Access to a world leading community of academics with a track-record of industrially-applied research expertise in carbonate sedimentology, basin analysis & structural geology, mineralogy, diagenesis, geochemistry, hydrology, petrophysics & rock physics, seismic interpretation, 3D X-ray imaging, geocellular and numerical forward modelling.
  • A fully equipped laboratory for digital mapping of outcrops (LiDAR and hyperspectral imaging) and geocellular reservoir modelling at Universities of Manchester and Bergen including Schlumberger Petrel and Eclipse licences. 
  • A well-equipped petrophysical, rock physical and petrological laboratory (plane light petrography, CL, modal analysis, porosity, permeability, Pc, resistivity, Vp/Vs and rock mechanical testing) at University of Manchester.  Academic licences for Paradigm Geolog and Schlumberger Techlog software are also held.
  • Seismic interpretation laboratory at University of Manchester, including 1Tb seismic data & industry-standard software
  • Access to the Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility and the UK’s Synchrotron source, beamline I13L, providing world leading micro- and nano-imaging. Research, collaboration with School of Material Science at University of Manchester
  • Access to the Williamson Resource Centre at UoM (SEM/BSEM, XRD, electron probe micro-analysis, ICP-MS) and software for geochemical modelling (Geochemists Workbench)
  • Fluid inclusion analysis suite at Universities of Manchester and Bergen
  • Forward stratigraphic modelling facilities, including Dionysos and CarboCAT at Royal Holloway, Universitity of London and CARB3D+ for coupled sedimentological-diagenetic modelling and software for evaluation of effects on flow using StreamSim at University of Bristol.
  • Facilities for hydrochemical field characterisation of diagenetic fluids and modelling  of diagenetic systems using PHREEQC and TOUGH2, and reactive transport modelling using TOUGHREACT at University of Bristol
Reactive transport model simulations of dolomitisation driven by geothermal convection of seawater. Distribution of dolomite for 1) homogeneous grain-dominated packstone platform; 2) fractured platform margin (as observed in recent platforms in the Bahamas); 3) muddy layers in platform; 4) grainy layers in platform. After Whitaker & Xiao 2010.
X-ray CT image of Lower Cretaceous limestone from the Middle East, imaged using X-Radia Micro-XCT at Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility (MXIF), UoM The greyscale image shows a complex, heterogeneous mesopore network (black). The MXIF houses Aviso software for the extraction and quantification of pore networks. Field of view = 2 x 1.5 x 1.3mm
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