Dr Jiulin Cole Guo
- Postdoctoral Researcher
Working as a research fellow in iCRAG, Cole is motivated to collaborate with the hydrocarbon industry through developing and applying structural geology concepts to characterise subsurface risks in exploring prospects onshore-offshore Ireland. Cole’s research interests focus on fault geometry & kinematics, 3D modelling and fractured reservoirs. His current project is on Platform for working on structural configuration of the Lough Allen Basin, onshore NW Ireland to improve the understanding of sub-seismic scale faulting on unconventional resources. Cole did his PhD in structural geology in Durham University and worked as a development geologist with BP for 7 years before joining iCRAG.
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Rocks onshore or in the Ocean offshore Ireland provide useful information on discovering potential oil and gas habitats. Often these rocks have been compressed, stretched and cracked many times during ancient earthquakes. Faults created by cracking the rocks could help or stop fluids flows. Knowing the history of how these structures were created is the key to increase the chance of success in predicting the location of the natural resources. My detective work mainly relies on collecting information from remote sensing data to figure out the geometry of these important faults and why they formed in that way.
Project title: The Geology of the Shale Gas Basins onshore Ireland
My research area focuses on the 3D modelling of the Lough Allen Basin with potential links to structural modelling offshore West of Ireland. One of the main aims of this research is to define the nature and history of faulting within the onshore basin. This study demonstrates the protracted nature of fault movement on basin-bounding faults which are localised along the site of major terrane boundaries of Caledonian and Grampian age (such as the Highland Boundary Fault system). This evidence suggests that such faults are generally weak and tend to move over long periods of geological time. The longevity of the faults has had a profound influence on the structural configuration of the Lough Allen Basin and has generated a fault system which is both complex and, at smaller scales, unpredictable. This complexity has major implications for any future shale gas exploration and production, since relatively recent faulting can act as a conduit for fluids from deeper to shallow groundwater levels. future work associated with 3D modelling of other areas in offshore and onshore Ireland: Rockall basin, in the first instance, perhaps leading into regional scale modelling of onshore Ireland once associated data become available.
- Postdoctoral Researcher
- Enabling Methodologies
- 3D Ireland, 3D modelling, Hydrocarbons, Mapping, Seismic Interpretation, Structural Geology