The Fault Dynamics Research Group carries out active field and laboratory-based research on crustal fault systems. Directed by Professor Ken McClay the team includes academic staff, postdoctoral researchers and PhD & MSc postgraduate students. We also host international visiting researchers from collaborating institutions and industries.
Our research activities include fundamental and collaborative multidisciplinary research on fault systems and processes particularly sedimentary basins. We investigate crustal fault systems, their 3D geometries and 4D kinematic evolution using combinations of field studies, remote sensing analyses, scaled analogue modeling, numerical modeling and interpretation of both 2D and 3D seismic surveys. Much of our research is focused around our internationally renowned analogue modeling laboratories. Our primary aim is to carry out fundamental research into fault processes and fault geometries and their relationships to the geodynamics of sedimentary basins such that the results can be applied to the exploration and development of hydrocarbon and mineral resources.
A particular focus of the Research Group is the development of 4D models for reservoir structures (STAR Project) as well as fault-related folding and fracture development in various tectonic settings.