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Fold and Thrust Belts: Structural style, evolution and exploration

31 October - 02 November 2017
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Event type:
Conference, Specialist Group
Organised by:
Energy Group, Tectonic Studies Group, Geological Society Events
The Geological Society, Burlington House
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Fold and thrust belts occur worldwide and have long been the focus of research of structural geologists. They have formed in all eras of geological time and, represent some of the planet’s most complex geological environments.

This three-day meeting aims to bring together leading academic and industry geoscientists to discuss new techniques and case studies, and to capture an up to date assessment of our understanding of fold and thrust belts globally. 

Fold and thrust Belts have been widely recognised as the most common mechanism to accommodate shortening in the crust through the development of enormous heterogeneity of structural characteristics. Deformation styles may evolve spatially and temporally according to the type of sedimentary sequence involved, the presence of main detachment zones, and the orientation and evolution of the stress field with respect to the plate boundaries.

At the same time, fold and thrust belts contain many substantial producing fields and some of the world’s largest remaining hydrocarbon reserves. The complex interaction of fold and thrust processes, and their effects on potential reservoir quality and deliverability makes accurate characterization of such fields and reserves extremely difficult.

New technologies and approaches developed in the last 10 years are helping to advance understanding of fold and thrust belts, opening new exploration opportunities in these systems. The digital era has heralded a renaissance for the collection of traditional structural field data, which can now be integrated, analysed and stored in the digital domain.

New structural methodologies, such as geomechanical restoration, have been developed to complement existing geometric construction and restoration techniques. Simultaneously, advanced acquisition technologies are helping to reduce uncertainties in the characterization and evaluation of subsurface structures and reservoirs.

Themes / Thematic sessions

  • Case studies documenting the temporal and spatial evolution of structural style
  • New techniques and approaches to understanding fold and thrust belts
    • Imaging and processing
    • Seismic data versus outcrop data
    • Digital outcrop mapping and 3D structural models
  • New Exploration discoveries in fold and thrust belts, and their impact on understanding and prospectivity
  • Understanding and predicting fold and thrust belt geometries
    • Geometric versus geomechanical/implicit construction and restoration techniques
  • Evolving stress fields and their impact on fault and fracture networks 
    • Characterization and prediction of fractured reservoirs
    • Carbonate vs Clastic fractured reservoirs
  • Hydrocarbon modelling in fold and thrust belts
    • Capturing uncertainty and incorporating alternatives
    • Diagenesis related to structural evolution
    • Modelling charge access

Registration rates

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