Multi-million geological modelling software donation


Heriot-Watt students will benefit from a multi-million pound geological modelling and analysis software donation from Petroleum Experts (Petex). 

The Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering (IGE) has secured the donation, worth £3.16m, to undertake academic research and teaching with students receiving first-hand experience of industry-standard software. 

Dr Rachel Jamieson, Research Associate in IGE, said: "With hundreds of clients worldwide and numerous business and innovation awards, Edinburgh-based Petex has grown to become one of the global leaders in the creation of engineering software. This donation cements the company's close relationship with Heriot-Watt University.

"The software donation includes the MOVE and IPM Suites. MOVE provides an all-in-one tool that allows users to undertake 3D modelling of subsurface environments while the IPM suite is the leading platform for fully integrated reservoir, well, surface network modelling and production optimisation."

Using MOVE and IPM, students can create models that provide highly complex and accurate analysis of subsurface dynamics.

Availability of these software packages will allow students on the University's IGE MSc courses to enhance their future careers by exposing them to the software used every day by those working in the industry.

The software donation includes:

MOVE (including MOVE link for PETREL, MOVE link for OpenWorks, and MOVE link for GST)

2D Kinematic Modelling
3D Kinematic Modelling
Geomechanical Modelling
Fracture Modelling
Fault Response Modelling
Fault Analysis
Stress Analysis


Annie Pugh

Press Office



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