Fluvial Research Group
    SCHOOL OF EARTH AND ENVIRONMENT


Databases and Software

Databases & Software for Prediction of Sedimentary Architecture

We specialize in the development of databases and software for the prediction sedimentary architecture and heterogeneity, especially in subsurface reservoir successions:

  1. Fluvial Architecture Knowledge Transfer System (FAKTS);
  2. Shallow-Marine Architecture Knowledge Store (SMAKS);
  3. Database of Aeolian Sedimentary architecture (DASA);
  4. Point-Bar Stratigraphic Architecture Numerical Deduction (PB-SAND);
  5. DuneModeller;
  6. Deep-Marine Architecture Knowledge Store (DMAKS) is run by TRG, a closely allied research group.

Free open-access the new FAKTS, SMAKS, DASA and DMAKS analogue database interfaces

https://fakts.azurewebsites.net/
https://smaks.azurewebsites.net/
https://shinydasa.azurewebsites.net/
https://dmaks.azurewebsites.net/

Free open access to 30th September 2022 (31st October 2022 for shinyDASA)

Demonstration user name = "demo_user"

Demonstration password = "demo-pass"

Learn more and access the shinyFAKTS and shinySMAKS user guide here.
Learn more and access the shinyDASA user guide here.

FAKTS - Fluvial Architecture Knowledge Transfer System

FAKTS brochure imageThe Fluvial Architecture Knowledge Transfer System (FAKTS) is a relational database storing numerical and descriptive data about fluvial sedimentary architecture coming from fieldwork and peer-reviewed literature, from both modern rivers and ancient successions.

The database encapsulates all the major features of fluvial sedimentary architecture (style of internal organization, geometries, grain size, spatial distribution and reciprocal relationships of genetic units) in a hierarchical fashion, classifying datasets – either in whole or in part – according to both controlling factors (e.g. climate type, tectonic setting), and context-descriptive characteristics (e.g. channel/river pattern, dominant transport mechanism).

The FAKTS database stores aspects of fluvial sedimentary architecture that can be applied
to fluvial-reservoir characterization and prediction. The database serves as
a tool with which to achieve the following primary goals:

  • generate quantitative facies models for bespoke classes of fluvial system;
  • guide well correlation of fluvial sandstone bodies;
  • condition object- and pixel-based stochastic reservoir models;
  • predict the likely heterogeneity of geophysically imaged geobodies;
  • inform interpretation of lithologies observed in core and predict 3D architecture;
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs and aquifers to determine suitability for carbon capture and storage (CCS);
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs and aquifers to determine geothermal potential;
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs to determine potential for underground storage of hydrogen;
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs to determine potential for underground storage of radioactive waste.

SMAKS - Shallow-Marine Architecture Knowledge Store

SMAKS brochure imageThe Shallow-Marine Architecture Knowledge Store (SMAKS) is a relational database storing numerical and descriptive data about shallow-marine, paralic and lacustrine sedimentary architecture coming from fieldwork and peer-reviewed literature, from both modern systems and ancient successions.

The database encapsulates all the major features of shallow-marirne, paralic and lacustrine sedimentary architecture (style of internal organization, geometries, grain size, spatial distribution and reciprocal relationships of genetic units) in a hierarchical fashion, classifying datasets – either in whole or in part – according to both controlling factors (e.g. climate type, tectonic setting), and context-descriptive characteristics (e.g. river, wave, tide influence, shoreline setting, dominant transport mechanism).

The SMAKS database stores aspects of shallow-marine, paralic and lacustrine sedimentary architecture that can be applied to reservoir characterization & prediction. The database serves as a tool with which to achieve the following primary goals:

  • generate quantitative facies models for bespoke coastal & shallow-marine sedimentary systems that act as subsurface reservoir bodies;
  • guide well correlation of shallow-marine sandstone bodies;
  • condition object- and pixel-based stochastic reservoir models;
  • predict the likely heterogeneity of geophysically imaged geobodies;
  • inform interpretation of lithologies observed in core and predict 3D architecture;
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs and aquifers to determine suitability for carbon capture and storage (CCS);
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs and aquifers to determine geothermal potential;
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs to determine potential for underground storage of hydrogen;
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs to determine potential for underground storage of radioactive waste.

Download the SMAKS brochure

DASA - Database of Aeolian Sedimentary Architecture

DASA brochure imageThe Database of Aeolian Sedimentary Architecture (DASA) is a relational database storing numerical and descriptive data about aeolian and related sedimentary architecture coming from fieldwork and peer-reviewed literature, from both modern systems and ancient successions.

The database encapsulates all the major features of aeolian sedimentary architecture (style of internal organization, geometries, grain size, spatial distribution and reciprocal relationships of genetic units) in a hierarchical fashion, classifying datasets – either in whole or in part – according to both controlling factors (e.g. climate type, tectonic setting), and context-descriptive characteristics (e.g. bedform type, dune-field location, subenvironment setting).

DASA is the world’s largest & most sophisticated relational database specifically designed to characterize the geomorphology, sedimentology, stratigraphic architecture and regional stratigraphy of modern & ancient aeolian systems, and their preserved successions.

  • develop quantitative facies models, specifically tailored for parameters describing particular spatio-temporal and environmental contexts;
  • instruct & constrain forward stratigraphic models and 3D geocellular models for enhanced characterization of subsurface aeolian successions;
  • empirical assessment of how aeolian systems respond to – and how associated architectures record – allogenic and autogenic processes that dictate stratigraphy;
  • make quantitative predictions of lithological heterogeneities across multiple scales for subsurface aeolian geobodies that cannot be examined directly;
  • generate informed interpretations of aeolian lithologies observed in core, for prediction of three-dimensional sedimentary architecture away from boreholes;
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs and aquifers to determine suitability for carbon capture and storage (CCS);
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs and aquifers to determine geothermal potential;
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs to determine potential for underground storage of hydrogen;
  • characterize subsurface reservoirs to determine potential for underground storage of radioactive waste.

Download the DASA brochure

PB-SAND - Point-Bar Stratigraphic Architecture Numerical Deduction

PB-SAND brochure imagePB-SAND is a numerical forward stratigraphic modelling software for the reconstruction and prediction of the spatio-temporal migratory evolution of fluvial and tidal meanders and their generated deposits that accumulate as heterogeneous sedimentary successions. The model uses a combined process-based, geometric, and stochastic approach. PB-SAND can be applied for the following purposes:

  • Develop 3D and 4D quantitative facies models for high-sinuosity fluvial & tidal channel systems;
  • Model complex bar evolution arising from bar expansion, rotation and translation;
  • Predict the distribution of lithofacies within large barforms using rule-based methods;
  • Model internal heterogeneities & baffles arising from mud drapes on bar fronts;
  • Analyse sand proportion & connectivity in stacked & overlapping point-bar elements;
  • Predict the basin-scale 3D distribution of bar elements in tectonically active basins;
  • Instruct & constrain forward stratigraphic models and 3D geocellular models for enhanced characterization of subsurface fluvial & tidal successions.

DuneModeller4D - Forward Stratigraphic Modelling Software

An overview of DuneModeller4D is coming soon.

DMAKS - Deep-Marine Architecture Knowledge Store

DMAKS brochure image

The Deep-Marine Architecture Knowledge Store is a relational database developed by the Turbidites Research Group (TRG) at the University of Leeds.

The DMAKS database stores numerical and descriptive data about deep-marine systems and related sedimentary architecture coming from fieldwork and peer-reviewed literature, from both modern systems and ancient successions.

DMAKS is a quantitative database of the sedimentary architecture of deep-water depositional systems, which can be applied to problems of reservoir characterization and prediction. The database serves as a tool with which to achieve the following primary goals:

  • Generate bespoke quantitative facies models for deep-marine and deep-lacustrine depositional systems, applicable as composite reservoir analogues;
  • Guide well correlation of deep-marine sandstone bodies;
  • Condition object- and pixel-based stochastic reservoir models;
  • Predict the likely heterogeneity of geophysically imaged geobodies;
  • Inform interpretation of lithologies observed in core, to guide conceptual models and predict 3D architecture.

Download the DMAKS brochure

Learn more about the Turbidites Ressearch GRoup Joint Industry Project (JIP) here.

FAKTS, SMAKS and DMAKS on Ava Clastics

To enhance sponsor impact, the FRG-ERG-SMRG has collaborated with external partner PDS to develop a product that enables direct coupling of the FAKTs, SMAKS and DMAKS databases with modelling workflows: Ava Clastics