Tailormade for industrial needs

Our main product, 4DPlates, has been developed in close collaboration with world-class explorationists in Statoil over several years. The resulting technology allows easy import and orchestrated co-visualization and analysis of a wide range of data types that are relevant for multi-disciplinary analysis of geological scenarios through tens and hundreds of million years.

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Puzzle pieces over geological time

All imported data are processed according to the chosen plate tectonic rotation model, either a publicly available model or your own model based on your proprietary data. Pulling the time slider back and forth, your data sets, automatically broken up into appropriate puzzle pieces, are shown where those geological structures once belonged. Going back in time, younger layers are automatically masked away and the data sets are corrected for vertically oriented processes. 

Making you story consistent

Going back to the age of dinosaurs, you will get a better insight into the depositional environments that governed the creation of the geological structures we observe today. Moreover, by putting the results from different expert analyses provided by your multidisciplinary team members into the same visual space and adding the dynamics of geological time, you can ensure that the full team stands behind a consistent conclusion honouring all the data sets you have taken into account.  In this way, 4DPlates plays an invaluable role as a knowledge integrator and a geological storyteller.

Working across scales

Operating with a seamless integration of data sets of any resolution and intelligent rendering based on level-of-detail streaming, 4DPlates can be used at all scales - from the global view to basins and down to reservoir scale. Moving easily and continuouosly back and forth both in time and space gives you an unprecedented fingertip feeling of your data, thus providing the foundation for  strong conclusions and smart decisions. Clever use of your computer's GPU allows you to work interactively with your data, even on a standard laptop.

Statoil's presentation of 4D geological modeling

Meet Dr. Allison Kennedy Thurmond from Statoil talking about 4D technology. To meet future energy needs, we need to understand the past. Organic material that was compacted under pressure for millions of years has formed today's oil and gas fields.


The 4DPlates product family is based on proprietary Statoil Petroleum technology, patents granted GB2462460, GB2465079, AU2009278981, US8676856, CA2732897, EP2321799, and is licensed to ReBasin Technology AS under license agreement L2875 between Statoil Petroleum AS and Kalkulo AS.


You can read more about the core functionality in 4DPlates in the paper

S. R. Clark, J. Skogseid, T. V. Stensby, M. A. Smethurst, C. Tarrou, A. M. Bruaset, A. K. Thurmond,
4DPlates: On the fly visualization of multilayer geoscientific datasets in a plate tectonic environment,
Computers & Geosciences 45 (2012), pp. 46-51.

The following publications report on studies using 4DPlates

S. Clark, Uncertainty in the Breakup, Spreading history, and Velocity Variations of Gondwana, Gondwana Research 53 (2018), pp. 189-196.

L. Colli, I. Stotz, H. Bunge, M. Smethurst, S. Clark, G. Iaffaldano, A. Tassara, F. Guillocheau and M. C. Bianchi, Rapid South Atlantic Spreading Changes and Coeval Vertical Motion in Surrounding Continents: Evidence for Temporal Changes of Pressure-Driven Upper Mantle Flow, Tectonics 33 (2014), pp. 1304-1321.

R. Nerlich, S. R. Clark, and H. P. Bunge, The Scotia Sea gateway: No outlet for Pacific mantleTectonophysics 604 (2012), pp. 41-50.

R. Nerlich, S. Clark and H. Bunge, An outlet for Pacific mantle: The Caribbean Sea?, GeoResJ 7 (2015), pp.59-65.

R. Nerlich, S. Clark and H. Bunge, Reconstructing the Link Between the Galapagos Hotspot and the Caribbean PlateauGeoResJ 1-2 (2014), pp. 1-7.

A. Said, C. Moder, S. Clark and M. M. Abdelmalak, Sedimentary budgets of the Tanzania coastal basin and implications for uplift history of the East African Rift System, Journal of African Earth Sciences 111 (2015), pp. 288-295.

A. Said, C. Moder, S. Clark and B. Ghorbal, Cretaceous-Cenozoic sedimentary budgets of the Southern Mozambique Basin: implications for uplift history of the South African Plateau, Journal of African Earth Sciences 109 (2015), pp. 1-10.

Y. Vibe, H.-P. Bunge and Clark, S., Anomalous subsidence history of the West Siberian Basin as an indicator for episodes of mantle induced dynamic topography, Gondwana Research 53 (2018), pp. 99-109.

L. Vynnytska, M. E. Rognes, and S. R. Clark. Benchmarking FEniCS for Mantle Convection Simulations, Computers & Geosciences 50 (2013), pp. 95–105.