Great to hear that you are interested in learning about fault seal analysis. Our company has been developing algorithms, software and workflows for doing fault seal analysis in exploration and development.
The workflows we have developed have been used in a large number of basins around the world. We
would be more than happy to provide you a copy of our software FaultRisk and ideas on the workflows to help you do your MSc. Drop me a line and I can set you up with a login on our site http://www.faultseal.com
there you can get a copy of FaultRisk.
Broadly we check the structural integrity of the fault using a displacement profile tool in FaultRisk to help define wether it is geologically valid. If the fault model is geologically impossible then the fault seal calculation will be wrong.
Next FaultRIsk uses a Monte Carlo simulation to model the Alan Maps of fault surfaces and associated uncertainty of juxtaposition and SGR
. In exploration and in some elements of development we use the software to calculate constraints on fault block fluid contacts.
If you have a set of known fluid contacts in a neighbouring field on fault block these can be used to calibrate the software. If you are in a true frontier area a range of published algorithms have been published.
During your MSc it would be very good to look at doing a calibration exercise as it would stretch the bounds of science.
As well as working on the trapped volume you could also look to use FaultRisk to calculate transmissibility for use in reservoir simulations, this though could be a larger project.
Best wishes Titus