Gautier Laurent

Modelling Hydrothermal Mineral Deposits by Simulating Reactive Transport on 4D Structural Models

This project aims at developing new approaches to modelling of complex hydrothermal ore deposits.
The expected results of this project would be advances on the method for producing spatialised quantitative models, that would typically be used in mineral exploration. In this process we consider that for a given modelled deposit, a metallogenic model has already been established by previous studies and we want to incorporate it in the modelling process.

We advocate for a holistic approach covering all the main factors that contribute to the deposition of minerals of interest, that is simulating:

  1. The geological structures (Faults, Folds, Fractures...).
  2. The hydrothermal fluid flows.
  3. The reactive transport.

PhD Research topic

The research carried during my PhD studies were based on the idea that introducing more geological concepts, as soon as possible in the modelling workflow, would improve the resulting models and better constrain the uncertainties that are associated with it. I have been trying to complement or develop new techniques for taking account of geological history and mechanical aspects while modeling geological structures.

Three aspects were developed :

  • The computation of chrono-stratigraphic coordinates from restoration vectors (plugin: Chronostrat).
  • A parametric model of fault-related displacements for creating or editing models (plugin: VFSD).
  • A light deformable model for editing and direct modelling (plugin: Reed).


Contact Information

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Main Publications


in: Boundary Elements and Other Mesh Reduction Methods XXXXI, pages 189-199, WIT Press, Southhampton, UK


in: 80th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark


in: 79th EAGE Conference & Exhibition, EAGE, Paris, France
Gautier Laurent and Caroline Izart and L. O. Filippov and Fabrice Golfier and Philippe Marion and Robert Joussemet and Frederic Diot and Bénédicte Lechenard and Laurent Truche and Jean-Jacques Royer.
in: Goldschmidt Abstracts 2017, pages 2216
L. O. Filippov and Bénédicte Lechenard and Caroline Izart and Gautier Laurent and Philippe Marion and Jean-Jacques Royer.
in: Goldschmidt Abstracts 2017
Lachlan Grose and Gautier Laurent and Laurent Ailleres and Robin Armit and Mark Jessell and Guillaume Caumon.
in: Journal of Structural Geology, 104 (80--92)


Gautier Laurent and Laurent Ailleres and Lachlan Grose and Guillaume Caumon and Mark Jessell and Robin Armit.
in: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 456 (26--38)
in: SEG Technical Program Expanded Abstracts, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
in: SEG International Exposition and 86th Annual Meeting, SEG, Dallas, USA, pages 1981, 1986


Pauline Collon and Wendy Steckiewicz-Laurent and Jeanne Pellerin and Gautier Laurent and Guillaume Caumon and Guillaume Reichart and Laurent Vaute.
in: Computers & Geosciences, 77 (29-43)
Laurent Ailleres and Robin Armit and Teagan Blaike and Thomas Carmichael and Lachlan Grose and Gautier Laurent and Peter Betts and Mark Jessell and Mark Lindsay.
in: Proceeding of the 13th Biennial SGA Meeting, 24-27 August 2015, Nancy, France, pages 1693--1696
Lachlan Grose and Gautier Laurent and Laurent Ailleres and Mark Jessell and Guillaume Caumon.
in: In Proc. of 17th IAMG Conference


Mark Jessell and Laurent Ailleres and Mark Lindsay and Florian Wellmann and Michael Hillier and Gautier Laurent and Thomas Carmichael and Roland Martin.
in: Society of Economic Geologists, Special Publication, 18 (261--272)


in: Closing the Gap: Advances in Applied Geomodeling for Hydrocarbon Reservoirs, pages 43-52, Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists