The Fault Analysis Group (FAG) is a semi-autonomous research group within the School of Geological Sciences at University College Dublin. The group was founded in 1985 within the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Liverpool and relocated to Dublin in June 2000. Fault Analysis Group is currently staffed by six salaried researchers, one of whom holds the position of Tullow Lecturer in Structural Geology, and by nine post-graduate students. It is recognised as one of the leading international teams performing basic research on the geological and engineering properties of faults and in applying its research outputs to solve practical problems encountered in hydrocarbon and mineral exploration and production activities. The group has published more than 100 papers in international journals and their research is embodied in a range of industry software packages.
Research projects are externally funded from industrial partners and public sources. Since 2000, the group has been awarded more than €6 million in research funding. In 2010, Fault Analysis Group were awarded the NovaUCD 2010 Innovation Award in recognition of its successes in the establishment of strategic and collaborative research links with global industry partners and in acknowledgement of its successful commercialisation activities.
The research group’s results are disseminated in published articles and by incorporation into in-house and commercial software. Fault Analysis Group has a strong track-record in commercialisation of intellectual property, and has worked with Badley Geoscience on bringing three software programmes to the market. Traptester and TransGen are routinely used by many of the world’s major oil companies and have generated significant royalties for University College Dublin.
Since 2009 the Fault Analysis Group embarked on a major collaboration with Tullow Oil, in which Tullow Oil is funding a lectureship in Structural Geology within the Group. Tullow Oil benefits from access to the Group’s expertise on faults, whilst the Group benefits from their involvement in some of the exciting technical challenges and datasets investigated by Tullow Oil.