Advanced Structural Geology


Geologists and structural geologists with a good basic understanding of structural geology who wish to further develop their skills in this area.


- Geological analysis of field data: stereographic analysis, cross section construction, restoration and balancing, 4D cross section evolution
- Geodynamics: lithospheric extension models, development of rift basins and passive margins and stretching factors, lithospheric compression models and development of foreland fold and thrust belts
- Rock mechanics: force, strain and stress (including Mohr diagram and strain analysis methods)
- Reservoir geomechanics: wellbore breakouts, hydraulic fracturing and reservoir depletion
- Experimental rock deformation tests and failure criteria: uniaxial, triaxial, hydrostatic and shear rock deformation, role of temperature, water, strain rate
- Deformation dynamics, kinematics and structures: simple shear and pure shear
- Deformation modes and mechanisms: cataclasis, diffusive mass transfer, crystalline plasticity, brittle-ductile transition
- Role of fluids, fluid pressure and fluid flow in hydrocarbon exploration
- Brittle rock deformation: faulting (including fault rock development, fault seal analysis and palaeostress analysis from fault slip data) and fracturing (including joint development) in the upper crust
- Ductile rock deformation: folding and shear zone development

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide structural geologists with an advanced understanding of structural geology.



Number of Participants

Max 20



Software Used


Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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