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Applied Structural Geology (GEO54)


    This course introduces basic concepts and methods of structural geology to enable cross- disciplinary exchange of ideas and experience. It provides the required input to help you understand questions crucial to the surface and subsurface structures formation and brittle deformation: Why and how these structures have formed over geologic time? What are the factors that controlled their formation and deformation? What are the impacts of such structures on human activities in civil engineering, mining and oil and gas exploration, production and development?

    Course Level: Skill
    Instructor: Manhal Sirat

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A geoscientist or engineer with little or basic structural geology experience

    How we build your confidence

    • Theoretical concepts illustrated during individual sessions are accompanied by working on practical problems to ensure a thorough understanding of the principles and procedures
    • Hands-on experience by solving classical structural geology tasks on notebook

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • Structural geology concepts and terminology
    • Stress and strain in the Earth crust
    • Classification of structures; folds and fractures
    • Fault kinematics
    • Rock behavior under stress and principles of rock mechanics
    • The interrelations among 3D stress-state, fractures, folding and fluid flow
    • What factors control fracture/fault reactivation with possible predictions
    • Faults and stress regimes
    • The tectonic regimes: compression, extension and wrench
    • Typical assumptions and simplifications required to predict rock behavior under different states of stress


    • Introduction to the physics of Earth crust
    • Classification of folds and fractures
    • Fracture types and attributes
    • Fractures and the 3D state of stress
    • Andersonian classification of faults and stress regimes
    • Fundamental rock mechanics - Uniaxial and Triaxial tests, mechanical and elastic properties and other concepts
    • Tectonic regimes and associated structures
    • Implications and case studies




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