The Fault Analysis Group (FAG) is a semi-autonomous research group within the School of Earth Sciences at University College Dublin and the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences. The group was founded in 1985 within the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Liverpool and relocated to Dublin in June 2000.
The function of the FAG is to carry out basic scientific research on all aspects of faults and other types of fracture and to apply the results to practical problems, principally in the fields of hydrocarbon and minerals exploration and production. Results are disseminated in the form of published articles, reports and lectures and by incorporation into in-house and commercial software. FAG is currently staffed by 7 salaried researchers, one of whom holds the position of Tullow Lecturer in Structural Geology, and by 8 post-graduate students. Research projects are externally funded from public and industrial sources, with a very limited proportion of consultancy income.
The group places great emphasis on the collation and analysis of high quality data sets on a range of scales.
We are heavily reliant on commercial data, mostly in the form of seismic, well and production data from the hydrocarbon industry,
coal-mine and mineral deposit data, satellite imagery and a continuing programme of outcrop studies. We have more than 60 seismic
surveys available for use in research projects. FAG facilities include Petrel, Kingdom and Geoframe seismic interpretation
workstations and software systems for 3-D mapping (Petrel, RMS, ERMapper), fault analysis (Traptester/T7), reservoir modelling (TransGen, RMS),
mineral deposit modelling (Vulcan) and flow modelling (ECLIPSE, MORE and 3DSL), in addition to a broad range of in-house analytical and
modelling software systems.