Cal State San Bernardino’s Department of Geological Sciences is the recipient of a $2.76 million in-kind donation of MOVE software by Petroleum Experts Limited (PETEX), an international petroleum engineering and structural geology company.

The MOVE suite is the preeminent software used by industry and academia globally for structural analysis and modeling at local and regional scales. The software contains modules for two- and three-dimensional kinematic modeling, geomechanical modeling, sediment modeling, fracture modeling, and fault and stress analysis.

“We’re thrilled to receive this donation,” said Claire Todd, professor and chair of the geological sciences department, housed in CSUSB’s College of Natural Sciences. “The MOVE software suite provides our geological sciences students with industry-standard experience with modeling processes as part of their research, field training and coursework.”

Todd added that the software, which includes 10 licenses for all modules of the software, provides a foundational piece of the department’s new Structural Geology and Tectonics Lab established by assistant professors Tandis Bidgoli and Susana Henriquez, who requested the donation.

The professors and their students will use the software to build geological models across field research areas in California, Nevada, Utah and internationally. The software will also be used for teaching demonstrations, tutorials and exercises in courses including Structural Geology, Advanced Field Geology, Advanced Structural Geology and Graduate Geologic Mapping.