Generous Software Provided by Petroleum Experts (Petex) Enables Structural Geology Research and Teaching

May 2, 2019


The MOVE suite ( is an industry-leading set of software tools used by professional and academic structural geologists to create integrated interpretations of geologically complex regions in order to gain insight into tectonic processes, regional geologic evolution, petroleum systems, basin formation, and other related fields. The Geosciences Department at the University of Arizona has a long tradition of utilizing the MOVE suite and continues to find new and interesting ways to use MOVE in research as well as providing graduate and undergraduate students with experience using these valuable tools and approaches in their professional careers.  We thank Petex for providing this resource, which has a value equivalent to 2,525,000 US Dollars, so that we can continue to use these tools to advance research in structural geology and tectonics and provide training with the best available tools to the next generation of geoscientists.

Several of our faculty utilize MOVE in their research and teaching. Dr. Amanda Hughes uses MOVE for her Petroleum Geology and Geophysics course (GEOS421/521) and a project-based course on Structures of the Colorado Plateau (co-taught with Dr. George Davis) (GEOS 496/596) and for her active research specializing in structural geology, applied geophysics, and earth resources. Dr. Peter DeCelles employs MOVE in routine restoration of regional balanced cross-sections in the Nepalese and NE Indian Himalayan thrust belt. Dr. Paul Kapp incorporates using MOVE and MOVE Clino in Regional Structural Geology field class (GEOS 423/523). Dr. George Davis utilizes MOVE in his research on the Rincon metamorphic core complex and most of his structural geology students (graduate and undergraduate) are using Field MOVE and the FieldMOVE Clino app on their smartphones and iPads in the field and then uploading this data into a move project back in the lab (Structural Geology GEOS 304). Graduate students working with these professors and other faculty are using the MOVE suite to construct balanced cross sections in various tectonic settings, including in the Argentinian Andes, China, New Zealand, and western United States. 

Our Department greatly appreciates Petroleum Experts’ provision of this software tool. In combination with the development of our newly renovated collaborative learning center, the Arizona Computational Geosciences Center, it will be heavily used by undergraduate and graduate students in classes and semester long projects.

Hannah McCormick