Fault shape from seismic data


Picture_15 - Fault roughnessHVG

As part of the paleostress from seismic data-project, Heijn van Gent, extracted fault shapes by looking at small, non-reacted faults from the Upper Cretaceous Chalk Group. It was shown that the seismic roughness of these faults is independent of the interpretation direction, and thus not a result of the interpretation uncertainty. These undulations can then be used to confine movement directions, and thus to calculate the paleostress.

Fault shape from numerical modelling





Michael Kettermann
The effect of preexisting joints on normal fault evolution : insights from fieldwork and analogue modeling. MSc thesis, supervised by Janos Urai, Heijn van Gent and Christoph Grützner (2011)
Heijn van Gent
Stress and strain from reflection seismic data. PhD-thesis. Geologie - Endogene Dynamik, RWTH Aachen. 198 pages (2010)
Marc Holland
Aspects of faulting and fracturing in brittle lithologies. PHD-thesis RWTH. 168 pages. (2009)
Joyce Schmatz
Experimental study on clay gouge evolution in mechanically stratified sequences. Diplomarbeit, RWTH Aachen University. (2006)
Heijn van Gent
Scaled analogue models of normal faulting in brittle lithologies, MSc-thesis, Geologie - Endogene Dynamik, RWTH Aachen University & Faculty of Earthsciences, University of Utrecht. (2005)
Marc Holland
Structure of fault zones in cohesive volcanic sequences. Diplomthesis. Geologie - Endogene Dynamik. (2004)

Book chapters

Jonas Kley, H J Franzke, F Jaehne, Charlote Krawcyk, Tina Lohr, Klaus Reicherter, Magdalena Scheck Wenderoth, Judith Sippel, David Tanner, Heijn van Gent
Strain and Stress. In: Littke, R., Bayer, U., Gajewski, D. & Nelskamp, S. (Eds.), Dynamics of complex intracontinental basins: The Central European Basin System. Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 98-124. (2008)
Joyce Schmatz, Janos Urai
Clay smear in Sandbox experiments. In: Dynamics of complex intracontinental basins: The Central European Basin System. Littke, R., Bayer, U., Gajewski, D. & Nelskamp, S. Eds.). Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg, 520 p. (2008)


Marc Holland, Heijn van Gent, Loic Bazalgette, Najwa Yassir, Eilard Hoogerduijn-Strating, Janos Urai
Evolution of dilatant fracture networks in normal faults - evidence from 4D model experiments. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 304: 399-406. (2011)
Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Janos Urai
DEM Simulation of Normal Faults in cohesive Materials, Tectonophysics 512, 12-21. (2011)
Joyce Schmatz, Peter Vrolijk, Janos Urai
Clay smear in normal fault zones - the effect of multilayers and clay cementation in water-saturated model experiments Journal of Structural Geology 32 - Fault zones (11), 1834-1849. (2010)
Heijn van Gent, Stefan Back, Janos Urai, Peter A. Kukla
Small-scale faulting in the Upper Cretaceous of the Groningen Block (The Netherlands): 3D seismic interpretation, fault plane analysis and paleostress. Journal of Structural Geology 32, 537-553 (2010)
Heijn van Gent, Stefan Back, Janos Urai, Peter A. Kukla, Klaus Reicherter
Paleostresses of the Groningen area, the Netherlands - results of a seismic based structural reconstruction. Tectonophysics - Progress in understanding sedimentary basins 470(1-2), 147-161. (2009)
Steffen Abe, Karen Mair
Effects of gouge fragment shape on fault friction: New 3D modelling results. Geophysical Research Letters. 36, L23302, doi:10.1029/2009GL040684. (2009)


Zoltán Komoróczi, Heijn van Gent, Janos Urai
Distribution of Sub-Seismic Deformation near Faults - Implications for Tight Gas Production. DGMK/GEW Veranstaltung Frühjahrstagung, pp. Poster. Montag, 11. April 2011. (2011)
Heijn van Gent, Zoltán Komoróczi, Janos Urai
Stress evolution at single-tip fault interactions - Paleostresses at the Courthouse branch point, Moab, Utah. Tectonomechanics Colloquium. April 1st 2011. (2011)
P. Stenhouse, S. F. Cox, Simon Virgo, Max Arndt, Janos Urai
Localisation of Fault-controlled Fluid Flow During Growth of a Normal Fault Network, Jebel Akhdar Dome, Oman. IUGG Melbourne, Australia (28 June - 7 July 2011). Oral presentation. (2011)
Heijn van Gent, Steffen Abe, Janos Urai, Marc Holland
The formation of open fractures in brittle rocks and the evolution of permeability with fault slip- results from analogue and numerical models. EGU General Assembly 2009, Vienna, Austria, 19 - 24 April 2009, 11. (2009)
Steffen Abe, Marc Holland, Janos Urai
Discrete Element Simulation of the formation of open Fractures during normal faulting of cohesive Materials. EGU General Assembly 2008, Vienna, Austria, 10. (2008)
Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Marc Holland
Discrete Element Simulations of the formation of open fractures during normal faulting of cohesive materials. Third International Geomodelling Conference, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Florence, Italy, September 22, 2008, (2008)
Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Janos Urai
DEM Simulation of normal faulting in cohesive materials The 27th IUGG Conference on Mathematical Geophysics, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway, June 15 - 20, 2008, 22. (2008)
Steffen Abe, Heijn van Gent, Janos Urai
Discrete Element Simulation of Normal Faulting In cohesive Materials. Geo 2008; International Conference and 106th annual meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften e. V. (DGG) and 98th annual meeting of the Geologische Vereinigung e.V. (G (2008)
Joyce Schmatz, Marc Holland, Wouter van der Zee, Janos Urai
Fault gouge evolution in layered sand-clay sequences - first results of water-saturated sandbox experiments. Fault and Top Seals: What do we know and where do we go?, EAGE, Montpellier, France, 8-11 September 2003, O22. (2003)