2D Kinematic Modelling

World-leading forward and reverse modelling tools for validating your interpretation and reducing uncertainty.

Our 2D Kinematic Modelling module provides a comprehensive range of tools to build, balance, restore and analyse cross-sections at a local and regional scale. Take into account the importance of geological time and its impact on your decisions on the present-day structure.

Kinematic algorithms are used to restore deformation in cross-section. It allows the un-deformed state to be defined, while staying true to line length and area balancing principles.

Tools in the 2D Kinematic Modelling module can be used to interactively determine deformation rates, check the geometric and evolutionary feasibility of a model, highlight areas of geological uncertainty and constrain the evolution.

2D Kinematic modelling


  • Work in 2D through geological time. Restore and forward model deformation through time and assess the timing of critical geological events.

  • Use kinematic algorithms for both restoration and forward modelling including:

    -    Block Restoration
    -    Flexural Slip Unfolding
    -    Simple Shear Unfolding
    -    Simple Shear Move-on-Fault
    -    Trishear (planar and non-planar faults) Move-on-Fault
    -    Fault Parallel Flow Move-on-Fault
    -    Fault Bend Fold Move-on-Fault

  • Include sedimentation and erosion events.

  • Restore deformation associated with salt movement.

  • Backstripping techniques including compaction, thermal subsidence and isostasy.

  • Seismic data and images can be carried through the restoration.

  • Interactively define fault displacement, shear angle, regional level, fault position, propagation angle, trishear angle, sediment deposition and erosion when forward modelling.

  • Test and validate geological interpretations and produce balanced cross-sections.

  • Develop accurate fault trajectories and depths to detachment.