Fluvial Architecture Knowledge Transfer System

The first of several databases in the Ava Clastics suite is the Fluvial Architecture Knowledge Transfer System commonly referred to as FAKTS. The FAKTS database was created by the Fluvial Research Group (FRG) at the University of Leeds, and is commercially available through a subscription to Ava Clastics.

Their exhaustive research is captured in a relational database storing hard and soft data about fluvial sedimentary systems. These data are derived from both original FRG fieldwork studies and peer-reviewed literature syntheses. The database incorporates information from modern rivers and ancient successions that have been specifically selected because they are considered to represent potential analogues to hydrocarbon reservoirs hosted in fluvial rocks.

Learn more about FAKTS by requesting the whitepaper.

Facts About FAKTS

How many fluvial architectural elements are represented in the FAKTS database?
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The FAKTS database is a system for the digital reproduction of all the essential features of fluvial sedimentary architecture. Learn more in this whitepaper describing how the database was created.

For Predictive Modelling...

You can use the data to predict the expected dimensions of architectural elements away from a well and predict the most likely arrangement of neighbouring elements.

For Comparative Analysis...

Compile exhaustive comparative statistics for different fluvial systems: for example, calculate channel-complex proportion, channel-complex thickness and width, and channel-complex connectivity for different fluvial types.

For Facies Modelling...

Build quantitative facies models that describe the distribution of architectural elements within channelised and floodplain settings. You can also characterise the scale, orientation and stacking of these elements and their style of juxtaposition relative to one another.


The database incorporates information from both modern rivers and ancient successions in a sophisticated repository developed for the storage and structured retrieval of quantitative information relating to fluvial sedimentary architecture.


FAKTS accounts for the style of internal organisation of fluvial bodies, their geometries, grain size, spatial distribution, and the hierarchical and spatial reciprocal relationships of genetic units that comprise these geological bodies.

Applied Science

"An elaborate new database system from which to sample input parameters relating to depositional systems, architectural elements and lithofacies in order to construct reservoir models for development engineering purposes.”

– Andrew Miall, Author
Fluvial Depositional Systems

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