Move® Software

Petroleum Experts (Ltd) Provides Move® Software Suite for Use in Research and Teaching

Petroleum Experts (Ltd) ( ) a recognized global standard in petroleum engineering and structural geology software tools continues to support our petroleum engineering program and our “Structure and Geomechanics Task Force” at Missouri S&T by providing 10 one year licenses of both the Move® and IPM® software suites ( and respectively). These software packages are the industry-recognized standards and are valued at a combined total of $5,002,502.52.

The Move® suite is one of the most powerful and complete software packages for analysis and modeling of complex geologic structures. The ten different software toolkits that comprise the Move® suite allow for 2D and 3D kinematic modeling of geologic structures, including Geomechanical Modelling, Fracture Modelling, Stress Analysis, Fault Analysis, and Fault Response Modelling. In addition, communication packages that allow Move® to work with Petrel, Open works, and Link GST are also being provided and may be used in course work in Petroleum Geology.

Most recently, Avery J. Welker, a Ph.D. candidate in Petroleum Engineering, was the lead author on a study of the characterization and interpretation of the geometric shapes of folded rocks. This study produced two published papers in 2019 that utilized the Move® software. The first paper is "Conical folds - An artifact of using simple geometric shapes to describe a complex geologic structure" (https://doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2019.04.005 ) published in the Journal of Structural Geology. Welker et al. (2019) employed the use of Move® to calculate geologic curvature of folded rock surfaces. The measures of mean and Gaussian curvature in Move® enabled the authors to mathematically show folds that were suspected to be conical via traditional geologic stereographic analysis were, in fact, periclinal in nature (see Figure 7, Welker et al., 2019). Additionally, the measure of geologic curvature helped the authors illustrate the iconic Whaleback Anticline (Bear Valley, Shamokin, PA) as a pericline. Figure 5 (Welker et al., 2019) is reproduced here. Welker et al. published a second paper is “Extraction and Visualization of Orientation Data from Virtual Geologic Surfaces with MATLAB®” published in MethodsX ( that provides the procedure they employed to characterize geologic surface from a variety of data types.

Dr. Chao Liu utilized Move® in his research on the presence of enigmatic folds in the Rubidoux Formation near Licking, Missouri. The origin and significance of these folds have been a source of considerable scientific debate among Missouri geologists for many years. Previous researchers had subscribed their origin to localized karstification and collapse suggesting the fold are examples of “accidental anticlines”. For his Ph.D. research, Chao conducted an integrated field and numerical modeling investigation of these folds. He utilized the Move® suite to quantify the geometrical characteristics of these folds. A screenshot of the classification of a periclinal fold using the geologic curvature feature of the Move® software is shown below. Chao was able to demonstrate that these folds formed as a result of localized “transpression” during reactivation of older faults during the late Pennsylvanian Ouachita Orogeny. He is the lead author on a  manuscript “The tectonic significance of periclines in the Ozark Dome, Missouri: a field and numerical modeling investigation” is under review for publication in the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America.

The IPM suite is the standard across the worldwide oil and gas industry and is currently used by more than 350 oil and gas companies. The Petex IPM software allows for the modeling of full oil and gas production systems by capturing the physics, geology, engineering and fluid thermodynamics of the system from reservoir to oil and gas wells to the surface pipeline system and process. Once built, these models are used to optimize production for existing oil and gas fields and to assist with the system design of new fields.

The Petex software will be used by approximately 100 petroleum engineering students at Missouri S&T in courses and for research purposes. S&T students will have access to the full Integrated Production Modeling suite, which consists of the following:

  • PVTP, which predicts the effect of process conditions on the composition of hydrocarbon mixtures and fluid characterization
  • MBAL, an analytical reservoir tool commonly used for modeling the fluid dynamic reservoir effects and material balance.
  • REVEAL, which is designed to study specialized reservoir effects and assess their impact on the injection, production and enhanced oil recovery from the reservoir, capturing the thermal, rock mechanics and chemistry.
  • PROSPER, a design and optimization program for modeling most types of oil and gas well configurations.
  • GAP, a multiphase oil and gas optimizer that models the surface gathering pipeline network of field production systems. GAP integrates dynamically the reservoir model (MBAL) and well models (PROSPER).
  • RESOLVE, a field engineering development tool that manages and controls the IPM suite, Reservoir Simulators, Process Simulators to dynamically model, optimize and provide production forecasts of field operating scenarios. RESOLVE enables coupling of most major industry reservoirs, processes, and economics simulation models to better evaluate and operate oil and gas fields.