Introduction: new insights into structural interpretation and modelling
This book is a follow-up to a Geological Society of London conference with the same title, held in Burlington House, London, in February 2000. Following the conference it was decided to compile a Special Publication based in part on papers presented at the conference and in part on papers that were added later to form a balanced content.
The content of New Insights into Structural Interpretation and Modelling presents a balanced overview of what the title promises. It is intended as a book that will serve the experienced professional as well as more advanced students in Earth sciences with a wide range of topics described in high quality publications. Some chapters are by leaders in the field, other chapters are written by young authors with fresh ideas.
Structural interpretation and modelling go hand in hand in structural geology. Interpretation needs to be based on data. These data can be found on many scales and involve direct observations of natural phenomena based on fieldwork, and indirect observations of natural data by such means as seismic or stress measurements. Interpretation is no longer limited to drawing lines along fault planes in cross-sections or to constructing horizon maps. New methods and techniques have developed in many fields of acquisition processing and interpretation. Modelling relies on two complementary approaches: analogue models using physical materials as analogues to rocks, and numerical models that are based on mathematical algorithms to mimic rocks and deformation processes with computer programs.
These approaches to solving complex structural problems have
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New Insights into Structural Interpretation and Modelling
This title has arisen from the Geological Society of London conference of the same name. Since the publication of the predecessor of this book (‘Modern insights into structural interpretation, validation and modelling’, SP99, 1996, edited by Buchanan & Nieuwland) much progress has been made. This has been primarily thanks to the continuously increasing computing speed and computer memory capacity, which has positively affected all fields in structural interpretation, seismics and modelling, directly or indirectly.
‘New insights in structural interpretation and modelling’, presents a balanced overview of what the title promises. It is intended as a book that will serve the experienced professional as well as more advanced students in earth sciences, with a broad selection of topics ranging from classical field based studies to state of the art analogue and numerical modeling. The leaders of their fields have written some of the chapters, whereas younger authors with a fresh outlook and new ideas have written other chapters.