Supermodels, bugs and gas-a retrospective 


“Supermodels” are a catchy title for large scale, multi-client and integrated geological models that can be used for basin analysis and prediction of natural, hydrocarbon and mineral resources, the understanding the interplay of tectonic structure and interburden stratigraphy and its influence on strata geomechanical behaviour during exploitation, and for informing rehabilitation strategies, among other things. This talk presents an example of the approach used to investigate processes influencing the distribution of coal seam gas and its deliverability in examples from Queensland. 


Joan Esterle – PROFESSOR

Chair, Vale-UQ Coal Geoscience Program 

In 2004 Joan joined the UQ part time to rekindle studies in coal research and basin analysis, while still working at CSIRO and later GeoGAS-Runge Ltd as a coal seam gas consultant. In 2010 she joined the UQ full time, taking up the chair of the Vale-UQ Coal Geoscience Program. Her main research questions focus on geological controls on the origins and distribution of gas in coal, gas and coal production, overburden geotechnical variability and coal material properties. These applied research projects are underpinned by a fundamental understanding of peat and coal formation, palaeo-climate and palaeo-environmental processes. Further information on Joan’s research is available on