Using advances in computing to optimise and automate the exploration workflow, we can reduce costs and improve the exploration of energy and mineral resources, underground storage of energy and associated risk evaluation. We work closely with our local and international partners on projects that are making a real impact in the industry.

Associate Professor Stuart Clark (foreground), Dr. Bhavik Lodhia (background second from right) and students (from left) Hari, Mackenzie, George and (far right) Peigen from the #EarthDynamicsUNSW team

Uncertainty evaluation in frontier exploration

  • Generating paleogeographic and paleotopographic reconstructions based on limited data available in frontier exploration regions
  • Uncertainty estimation through the exploration value chain with Bayesian analysis
  • Maturation and migration analysis in frontier basins based on integrated basin analysis
  • Automated interpretation of seismic images to construct geological structures using machine learning

Recent research projects

  • Paleotopography and frontier basin exploration in the Barents Sea
  • Dynamic uplift and tilting of the North West Shelf, Australia
  • Automated interpretation of complex seismic datasets from the environmentally sensitive Barents Sea region in the Arctic

Successful applications

  • Complex passive margins with transpressional/transtensional tectonics
  • Fractured and weathered basement
  • Carbonate reservoirs with heterogeneous reservoir properties

Our partners

  • Lundin Norway
  • CSIRO Minerals and Energy
  • Santos Limited
  • Geoscience Australia


We have access to supercomputing from Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) including a cluster with 160 Nvidia V100 GPUs and over 3000 Intel Cascade Lake CPUs.

Our people

Our collaborators

  • Prof. Hans Peter Bunge (LMU Munich)
  • Prof. Klaus Regenauer-Lieb (Curtin)
  • Dr. Jan Erik Lie (Lundin Norway)
  • Dr. Juerg Hauser (CSIRO)
  • Adam Hill (Santos)
  • Tehani Palu (Geoscience Australia)

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr. Stuart Clark.