Structural modeling, restoration software donated to Mines

Colorado School of Mines geology students and faculty now have access to advanced software for structural modeling and restoration, thanks to an educational license gift from Petroleum Experts Ltd. valued at $2.18 million.

Petroleum Experts’ MOVE software suite is an essential tool to test and validate structural interpretations of field and subsurface data, said Bruce Trudgill, associate professor of geology and geological engineering at Mines. 

“The MOVE suite has applications to both the petroleum and mineral resources aspects of our research and as the premier restoration software tool in these fields, it is extremely valuable for faculty and research students alike,” Trudgill said. “Having such state-of-the-art software available for our research in geology and geological engineering is a critical component of keeping our work at the cutting edge, and we want to thank Petroleum Experts for this generous donation.”

The MOVE suite includes 2D Kinematic Modeling, 3D Kinematic Modeling, Geomechanical Modeling, Fracture Modeling, Fault Response Modeling, Fault Analysis, Stress Analysis, Move Link Petrel, Move Link OpenWorks and Move Link GST. The software will primarily be used by structural geology faculty and graduate students within the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Trudgill said.

Petroleum Experts has provided Mines with a one-year educational license, with the ability to renew in subsequent years. 

Emilie Rusch, Public Information Specialist, Communications and Marketing | 303-273-3361 |
Rachelle Trujillo, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, Colorado School of Mines Foundation | 303-273-3526 |


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