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04.-06.09.2017 Diagenesis short course

We run a diagenesis course with Marita Felder from PanTerra BV, Netherlands. Panterra is a service company for the E&P industry worldwide, and we are happy to have their expertise shared with our students. 

25.09.2017 Rohstoff Wissen initiative, raw materials initiative

We are happy to contribute to the raw material initiative, kicked off by NGOs, universities and companies to share how, why and raw materials drive our economy. More information here

25.-29.09.2017 Field methods

We are in the field again. With our 1st year students we explore Mesozoic rocks around the Rhine graben and introduce them to basic geology methods, together with our colleagues from Engineering Geology.

17-22.09.2017 Field trip Reservoir-Geology, S-England

Our field trip explores the cliffs along the Bristol channels and the Channel, covering the Mesozoic evolution, both sedimentary and structurally, of the most important reservoir rocks of NW-Europe. 

12.09.2017 Geology and Medicine - TwinTeaching meeting in Munich

Today we meet the doctors from Morocco and Tunis at the University Hospital in Munich. It's part of a project we lead to exchange interdisciplinary and intercultural expertise on hands-on teaching at universities. We thought that geology and medicine are quite related, and indeed kidney stones and drilling holes = endoscopy is not much different. And most importantly, all academic partners and industry partners have a push to bring the project to success.

07.-08.9.2017 we are in the field again

Seems we like real rock. Chris joins Nico's trip to the Wutach-Valley, apparently exposing the full Mesozoic sequence around the Rhine Graben. Let's see.

04.09.2017 Agnes, Tina and students hitting rocks in the Pyrenees

Agnes, Tina and students are up on their way to the Pyrenees, Spain. It's not the sunshine driving them, but the stunning geology.

29.08.2017 we are in the field

Yasar and Chris detected some super structures in Muschelkalk carbonates near Karlsruhe. Rocks were extended, than squeezed together, and fractured. It seems the story becomes really cool.

 

23.08.2017 Presentation on carbonates

Chris and Ivy visited Wintershall where Ivy presented the result of her carbonate work, which improves the understanding of subsurface fractured reservoirs.

22.08.2017 it's deep, it's DEEP

Today we met our friend Baerbel from DEEP Underground Engineering GmbH. Deep is a global expert in subsurface constructions such as caverns.

 

05.08.2017 Ivy's paper accepted

Ivy's paper on tight gas reservoir analogs is accepted for publication in the Journal of Petroleum Geology.

27.07.2017 Rob and Linda from GeoCosm with us

Today we met our friends and colleagues from the US based company GeoCosm, Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell. Both are experts in reservoir quality prediction modelling and invented the modeling software TouchStone, which they kindly allow us to use for applied research projects on reservoir sandstones.

21.07.2017 Patrick's PhD defense

Today Patrick successfully defended his PhD work at KIT on the diagenesis and structural evolution of tight gas sandstones. Congratulations!

 

13.06.2017 Coupled grain-reservoir scale project funded

Our joint BMBF GeoN proposal with Prof. Britta Nestler, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe, and Prof. Peter Ziegler and Martin Feinendegen, RWTH Aachen, in collaboration with DGMK and DEA will be funded by BMBF starting July 2017. The three year research project couples grain to reservoir scale and couples pore scale two-phase flow anisotropies during reservoir depletion.

13.06.017 Humboldt fellow Prof. Mamtami with us

Our guest Prof. Mansih Mamtami from IIT Kharagpur, India, visits us for one month as Humboldt fellow. We are happy to welcome Manish, who will carry out rock magnetic measurements and work on vein microstructures.

12.06.2017 Mudvolcanoe project funded

Our joint proposal with Azerbaijan National Academy of Science on geohazards will be funded by BMBF, starting late summer 2017. We study the geohazards on soil, water and the subsurface induced by mud volcanoes. Using UAV and sophisticated detectors, we aim to map the expulsion of gases along fractures, an tie up with other local partners.

12.-15.6.2017 Talk on carbonate fracs at EAGE

Ivy will present at talk on carbonate fractures from reservoir analogs and well at the 79th EAGE conference in Paris.

11.06.2017 Scotland field course

After one week around Ben Nevis, Glen Coe, Ballachulish, Appin, Kerrera, Glenfinnan and mapping around Kinlochleven, students returned safely home. We studied the metamorphism and deformation of polyphase deformed rock and its overlying Paleozoic and the Z on Z, Z on S and S on Z, the S1,2, 3  issues will not further harm our understanding.

10.06.2017 Paper accepted in Marine and Petroleum Geology

Our paper on Kilometer-scale fault-related thermal anomalies in tight gas sandstone by Patrick Wuestefeld, Ulrike Hilse, Bastian Koehrer, Dirk Adelmann and Chris has been accepted by the Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology. Funding by Wintershall is greatly acknowledged.

07.06.2017 Paper accepted in Marine and Petroleum Geology

Our paper entitled Critical evaluation of an Upper Carbonifersou tight gas sandstone reservoir analog: Diagenesis and petrophysical aspects by Patrick Wuestefeld, Ulrike Hilse, Volker Lueders, Klaus Wemmer, Bastian Koehrer and Chris has been accepted by the Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology. Funding by Wintershall is greatly acknowledged.

22.5.2017 Visit GeoData, Garbsen, Hannover

Benni and Chris visited E&P service provider GeoData in Garbsen to get a first-hand insight in the services offered, and the options for collaboration.

5.4.2017 Visit from Socar at KIT

We welcome two representatives from Socar, Azerbaijan's state oil company, to discuss future collaboration.

13.4.2017 Visit Bamberger Natursteinwerke

Tina and Chris visited red bed outcrops in southern Germany and thank Bamberger Natursteinwerke for their support of our ongoing study.

5.-6.4.2017 Carbonate fracs at DGMK

Our results on Fracture Network Relationships in Ca2 Carbonates from Outcrop and Well Data in the Southern Permian Basin, Germany will be presented at the DGMK conference by Ivy Becker*, Patrick Wüstefeld**, Bastian Koehrer***, Wolfgang Jelinek***, Christoph Hilgers*,** *Strukturgeologie & Tektonophysik, KIT Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, **TTE Reservoir-Geologie, KIT KCT Karlsruhe, ***Wintershall Holding GmbH, Barnstorf

7.3.-2.4.2017 student mapping course

Our students and us are out to map the transition between the Saar-Nahe basin and the Variscan Hunsruck near Kirn. The mapping course trains our 2nd year Bachelor students to identify rocks in the field, produce a geological map and derive models on sedimentary, structural and magmatic models.

21.3.2017 Paper accepted in Journal of the Geological Society London

Our paper on Cementation and structural diagenesis of fluvio-eolian Rotliegend sandstones, North England by Benjamin Busch, Dirk Adelmann and Chris has been accepted by the Journal of the Geological Society for publication. Funding by Wintershall is greatly acknowledged.

14.3.2017 Paper accepted in AAPG Bulletin

Our paper on Diagenesis and TouchStone modeling of fluvio-eolian Rotliegend sandstones by Benjamin Busch, Rob Lander, Linda Bonnell, Dirk Adelmann and Chris has been accepted by AAPG Bulletin for publication. Funding by Wintershall is greatly acknowledged.

12.-16.3.2017 Tunisian partners visit Germany

Our partners from El Manar University Tunis, Etap and EcoResources Ltd visited us in Germany to discuss the set up of a TwinTraining program. The project aims to intensity cooperative training between academia and our industry partners. We thank our partners Dohmen Herzog & Partner GmbH, GeoThermal-Engineering GmbH and Schlumberger for stimulation discussions.

22.3.2017 Red bed rocks from Halle

We thank Professor Lempp, Halle University, to share experimentally deformed red beds with us. Our project idea settled, further details may be shared upon request.

11.2.2017 student visit 3D seismic acquisition

Today our students visited the 3D seismic survey around Landau in the Upper Rhine graben. The nondestructive method allows to look into the deeper earth's subsurface, similar to the doctor's medical ultrasonics. We thank Wintershall for the opportunity.

26.1.2017 presentation at Wintershall

Today Benni presented our results on predictive cementation of reservoirs at the company's opco in Barnstorf.

19.1.2017 Prof Bhattacharya visits us

Today Prof Ashok Bhattacharya, emeriti from Lucknow University India and Humboldt fellow, visited us and gave a presentation on the geology of the Himalaya mountains.

4.1.2017 KIT press release LookKIT

Today a short note on our experiments was released on KIT's journal LookKIT 01/2017 (in English and German) and KIT's website (in German). Green jelly and a straw allow to study fracture propagation and overpressure, a milk slice highlights ductile and brittle deformation.

22.12.2016 Benjamin's and Miriam's PhD defense

Today Benjamin Busch, supervised by Chris, co-supervised by Helge Stanjek, and Miriam Wiegand, supervised by R Greiling, co-supervised by A Kontny, will defend their PhD theses on the impact of grain coats on reservoir quality and the magnetic anisotropy of dykes in W-Africa.

15.12.2016 visting Nagra

Today Chris and Arnfried visited Nagra, Switzerland, to exchange ideas about the changing water table through recent earth history and new analytical techniques to visualize fracture and mineralogical heterogeneities in claystones.

9.12.2016 Dennis is a doctor

Today Dennis Laux, my former MSc student, defended his PhD work on terrestrial laser scanning at TU Darmstadt, his main supervisor being Andreas Henk.

24.-25.11.2016 presentation at Wintershall

We present our research on Upper Carboniferous tight gas and reservoir quality prediction modeling to a broader audience at Wintershall. Patrick's and Benni's research will be discussed in the framework of improved exploration and production outcomes.

17.-21.11.2016 guests from Agadir, Morocco

We are hosting two colleagues from Ibn Zhor University, Agadir, Morocco and meet various SMEs to discuss potential transnational collaboration.

8.11.2016 paper out highlight the strength of SEM microscopy

The paper by Boris and Agnes, B. Reznik, A Kontny, M. Uehara, J. Gattacceca, P. Solheid, M. Jackson entitled Magnetic domains and magnetic stability of cohenite from the Morasko iron meteorite is available online 8 November 2016 in the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials

7.11.2016 paper out by Boris and Agnes

The paper by Boris and Agnes, B. Reznik, A. Kontny, and J Fritz entitled Effect of moderate shock waves on magnetic susceptibility and microstructure of a magnetite-bearing ore has been pblished in Meteoritics & Plantery Science 1-10 (2016)

4.11.2016 visiting Total in Pau

Chris visited Total in Pau to discuss on some beautiful rocks which need some interpretation.

3.11.2016 attending SPE's Student Technical Conference and visiting DEA

Chris and his KIT students attend the SPE in Wietze and visit DEA for a first insight into E&P. We kindly thank SPE and DEA for their hospitality and looking forward to return next year.
13.10.2016 meeting in Berlin

Chris and Abdel present their results on selected twin training modules enhancing the employability in N-Africa in Berlin at the BMBF project. Results were appreciated and acknowledged by the project sponsors. We hope that funding continues to implement to suggested work program with selected partners in the field of natural resources and medicine.

8.-11.10.2016 Talk in China

Eide will present the paper Economic feasibility of compressed energy under market uncertainty by Eide Hammann, Reinhard Madlener and Chris at the ICAE2016 in Bejing, China.

4.-6.10.2016 interventional skills in Munich

Chris and Abdel visited TU Munich university hospital and associated SMEs to push the BMBF/DLR project on employability in N-Africa. Chris got a first hand intro to geological techniques applied to the human body, such as seismics (ultrasonic), drilling (endoscopy), coring (liver punctuation) and rocks (gall stones).

3.10.2016 AAPG paper accepted

Benni's paper "Reservoir quality and burial model evaluation by kinetic quartz and illite cementation modeling: Case study Rotliegend, N-Germany" by Benjamin Busch, Rob Lander, Christoph Hilgers and Dirk Adelmann was positively reviewed by AAPG and will be published soon.

25.-29.9.2016 Talk in Austria

Christina will give a talk about her work on bounding surfaces at the GeoTirol 2016 in Innsbruck, Austria.

19.9.2016 Presentation in France

Nishant will present a poster at the Phase-Field Summer School in Peyresq, France, entitled Phase-field investigation or pore space cementation and permeability in quartz sandstone by Nishant Prajapati, Kumar Ankit, Michael Selzer, Britta Nestler, Christina Schmidt and Christoph Hilgers.

6.9.2016 paper in Tectonophysics online

Miriam's and Agnes' paper on An AMS study of magma transport and emplacement mechanisms in mafic dykes from the Etendeka Province, Nambia, is now available online.

31.8.-4.9.2016 Morocco, twin teaching

Prof Abdel Kassem and Chris visited Roche in Casablanca and colleagues at Fez University to discuss their needs and requirements to establish a TwinTeaching course in the fields of medicine and georesources. Excellent discussions

9.8.2016 paper in Energy Procedia accepted

Eide's work entitled "Economic feasibility of a Compressed Air Energy Storage system under market uncertainty: a real options approach" co-authored by Reinhard Madlener, FCN at EON-ERC, RWTH Aachen and Chris has been accepted for publication in Energy Procedia. Storing renewable energy in the subsurface requires high investments, but alternative investment decision tools are required in fluctuating markets.

19-21.7.2016 Tunisia, twin teaching

Tina and Chris visited our partner Prof Soussi in Tunis and partners at the state oil bureau ETAP to further elaborate the concept of twin teaching, funded by the German ministry of Education and Research. Similar discussions were held on twin teaching topics headed by Prof Kassem. With our partner Dr Brik we discussed further options to support applied higher education in the region. 

12.7.2016 visit E&P well near KIT

We visited the E&P well at Graben-Neudorf close to KIT with our students aimed at 1800m TVD. The Upper Rhine Graben is well known for its hydrocarbon potential, which started to be commercially used since 1735. The Rhine Graben province also marks the foundation of Schlumberger. We kindly thank Rheinpetroleum giving insight on the deeper subsurface.

2.6.2016 paper in Tectonophysics accepted

Miriam's and Agnes' paper was accepted for publication by Tectonophysics. Congratulations!

 

30.5.-2.6.2016 EAGE Vienna

Benni will present his research on red bed coatings and RQP modeling, Patrick on automated fracture detection using Lidar at EAGE Vienna

 

26.5.2016 Distinguished lecture program at PanTerra

Jointly with Bastian Koehrer's (Wintershall) distinguished EAGE talk on tight gas reservoirs Ivy and Chris (KIT) presented our applied research at PanTerra, The Netherlands. Focus was the diagentically and structurally induced poro-perm variations to reduce exploration risks.

 

23.5.2016 Engie, Lingen

Having moved to the Rhine Graben fields Chris visits one of the operators Engie, formerly Gaz de France, in Lingen, to exchange ideas about reservoirs in the wider region.

 

19.5.2016 paper in 3G

Boris' and Agnes' paper on shock-induced deformation phenomena is now in press.

 

18.5.2016 paper in Nature Scientific Report published

Boris' and Agnes' paper on a high-pressure polymorph at mineral interfaces with Amar Agawal, Stefan Heissler and Frank Schilling is now online at Scientific Reports.

 

17.5.2016 Gesteinslabor, Heiligenstadt

Today we visit Dr Eberhard Jahn's Geolab to learn about different precision machineries on rock mechanics and poro-perm.

 

13.5.2016 Rheinpetroleum, Heidelberg

Today we visit Rheinpetroleum, Heidelberg, to learn about the stuctural complexity of the Rhine graben area.

 

4.5.2016 Fels AG, Harz

Chris and Ivy present results of our project on fractured carbonates and we thank Fels AG for granting access to their quarries.

 

29.3.-2.4.2016 OGV Konferenz in Aachen

Wir freuen uns die 137te Jahrestreffen des Oberrheinischen Gologischen Vereins OGV in Aachen ausrichten zu dürfen.

 

24.8.-9.4.2015 Island Exkursion

Vom AGW wurde eine Exkursion nach Island mit geothermischen, strukturgeologischen und ingenieurgeologischen Fragestellungen unternommen. Besichtigt wurden u.a. eine Bohranlage, Geothermalfelder und geothermische Kraftwerke, Wasserfälle, eine Lavahöhle und Geysire.

History KIT Geoscience

KIT is one of the oldest technical universities in Germany. Founded in 1825 as Badische Polytechnische Schule, it became the role model for other polytechnical schools in Europe such as ETH Zurich, TU Braunschweig, TU Munich and RWTH Aachen. The founding director of MIT noted in 1864 that Carlsruhe Institute was nearer to what is intended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology than any other foreign institution.

KIT became one of the first Technical Universities in Germany in 1865, and introduced the final degrees Diplom in 1867 and Habilitation in 1868. Geosciences was hosted in the faculty on natural- and human sciences from 1948-1966, the faculty of bio- and geosciences from 1972-2002, and is since 2002 part of the faculty of civil engineering, geo- and environmental sciences. 2009 TH Karlsruhe and the Helmholtz Research Center (Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe) were merged to become KIT.

Friedrich August Walchner (*1799 - +1865) was the first geoscientist professor in Carlsruhe from 1825-1855. Together with his 11 colleagues, he built up the Polytechnic Institute Carlsruhe. First he taught chemistry, mineralogy and Geognosie (the old German word for geology), from 1851 onwards only geology (Geognosie) and mineralogy. Karl Ludwig Fridolin von Sandberger (*1826 - +1898) was appointed professor of Geology and Mineralogy at the Polytechnic Institute at Karlsruhe from 1855 to 1863, before he left for a professorship at Wurzburg university. Thus geosciences is an integral part of KIT since its foundation in the 19th century. Sandberger taught mineralogy, paleontology, geology and ore minerals. From 1863 to 1866 Karl Alfred Zittel, (*1839 - +1904)  a well known paleontologist of that time, followed in his footsteps, and moved on to Munich university in 1866. There he was promoted a Bavarian knight "von Zittel". Adolf Knop (*1829 - +1893) was appointed as professor of Geology and Mineralogy at TH Karlsruhe in 1866 and died in 1893. Besides his research mainly on mineral chemistry and rock analytics, he was the founder of the OGV Oberrheinischer Geologischer Verein e.V., in 1871. Another important geoscientist at this time of more interdisciplinary research is Otto Lehmann, who succeeded Heinrich Hertz in 1889 on the chair for physics. He is well known by his experiments on crystal growth under the microscope and his studies on liquid crystals. The mineralogist R Brauns (*1861 - +1937) headed the Chair of Geology and Mineralogy in 1894/1895 and moved to Giessen university in 1895. Carl Futterer (*1866 - +1906) followed on the chair (1895-1904), and shifted the formerly quantitative mineralogical approaches towards expedition-driven descriptive geology and paleontology research. He went on extensive field trips to Asia, and unfortunately died early at an age of 40 in 1906. Wilhelm Paulcke (*1873 - +1949) hold the chair for Geology and Mineralogy from 1905-1934, and became rector of TH Karlsruhe 1919-1920. Paulcke was an extraordinary mountaineer with several first ascents in the Silvretta. As a good skier he promoted the sport in public and founded the German Ski Union in 1905. His wide academic interests covered the mechanisms of avalanches, alpine tectonics, correlation of Swiss Flysch using paleontology, as well as experimental structural geology (Paulcke, 1912, Das Experiment in der Geologie, 108pp). From 1936-1945 the Chair was headed by Karl Georg Schmidt (*1902- ?) , a student of Paulcke. Since 1946, the civil engineer Alfred Bilharz (*1884 - +1968, rk) headed the Chair by proxy after WW2, and worked on geological subjects since the mid 1920s. Billharz was suspended from his public servant position in Baden-Baden in 1933 to provisional retirement. In 1955, he became honorary professor at TH Karlsruhe. Dieter Hoenes (*1912 - +1955) took over the chair in 1950. Henning Illies (*1924 - +1982) followed on the Chair in 1958 and promoted to expansion of existing professorships to geophysics, geochemistry and applied geology.

Stephan Mueller was appointed professor at TH Karlsruhe from 1964-1971 when he set up the Institute for Geophysics. Mueller moved to ETH Zurich with most of his staff in 1971. Together with Karl Fuchs (*1932) and Henning Illies he founded the Black Forest Observatory. Karl Fuchs followed Mueller as director of the Geophysical Institute at TH Karlsruhe and was professor from 1971-1997. He directed the research program Stress and Stress Release in the Lithosphere, a result of which is now known as the World Stress Map. Illies was appointed in 1958 as apl and since 1963 directed the Geological Institute (Allgemeine & Historische Geologie) at TH Karlsruhe, his main research on the Upper Rhine Graben (e.g. 1981 Book on "Mechanisms of graben formation"). Since 1973 he was a member of Leopoldina, since 1978 he was appointed editor of Tectonophysics and an awarded Fellow of the Geological Society of America GSA. Rudolf Metz worked with Geological Institute since 1958, and after his habilitation in 1971 was awarded an apl professorship in 1983, he retired 1988. In 1994, Friedemann Wenzel took the chair of General Geophysics from Karl Fuchs, moved on with the well established research team and established a second chair on Applied Geophysics filled by Peter Hubral in 1986. Thomas Bohlen followed Hubral in 2009. 

Gerhard H. Eisbacher headed the Geological Institute from 1985-2003 and renamed it to Regional and Historical Geology. Rolf Stellrecht (until 1993?) and Eberhard Sittig (unti 1994?) were associated professors who contributed to regional and structural geology as well as stratigraphy. Eisbacher moved from the Canadian Geological survey to TH Karlsruhe and continued the cooperation with the Geophysical Institute with work on the Rhein Graben, the Black Forest and other study areas worldwide. Reinhard O. Greiling succeeded Gerhard Eisbacher when he moved with his Chair of Structural Geology and Tectonophysics and the rock magnetic lab from Heidelberg University to Karlsruhe in 2007, he retired in 2014. Prof. Eberhard Sittig represented the division of Historic Geology until 1994 and was succeeded by Wolfgang Stinnesbeck on the associated professorship on paleontology. The latter moved from Karlsruhe to Heidelberg University in 2007. Both movements were based on the country's evaluation of Geosciences in 2005/2006 with the restructuring of Geosciences in Baden-Wuertemberg, focusing on human-environmental aspects of geosciences in Heidelberg and Applied Geosciences at KIT. Consequently, the Geological Institute with its divisions Regional and Historical Geology and Applied Geology was renamed the Institute of Applied Geosciences in 200x. Its cooperative management is headed by a executive director.

The division of Applied Geology within the Geological Institute was developed by Prof Viktor Maurin (*1922 - +2011) from 1965 onwards, focusing on karst hydrogeology. Prof Gerd Rein (*1913 - +1972) ..... Meanwhile the Division of Applied Geology ("Angewandte Geologie"), Engineering- and Hydrogeology was represented by Heinz Hoetzl and Kurt Czurda. Hoetzl became apl professor in 1974, he was appointed professor in 1978 and retired in 2007. His research topic focused on hydrogeology with special emphasis on karst aquifers. Since 2011, the division of Hydrogeology is represented by Nico Goldschneider. Czurda chaired the division and was appointed at TH Karlsruhe from 1985-2005 in Engineering Geology, and since 2011 is succeeded by Philipp Blum. The range of applied geosciences at KIT was expanded by the endowed chair of Technical Petrophysics with Frank Schilling (funded by Herrenknecht) with Frank Schilling in 2009 and the endowed chair of Geothermics with Thomas Kohl (funded by EnBW) in 2010.

The institute of Geochemistry and Mineral Deposits was represented by Harald Puchelt and Rainer Altherr. Altherr was appointed in 1982 for Petrology and moved the Heidelberg University in 1994. Puchelt worked on Aquatic Geochemistry. The institute of Mineralogy was represented by Egon Althaus (*1933), who was appointed for Mineralogy and Experimental Petrology in 1971. Althaus was the Dean of the Faculty of Bio- and Geosciences from 1972-1974. After his retirement and with appointment of Doris Stueben, both institutes were merged to the institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry. After the early retirement of Stueben, Thomas Neumann headed the institute from 2008 to 2016. Since 2015, the Institute of Mineralogy and Geochemistry has merged with the Institute of Applied Geosciences at KIT. To date, Neumann represents the Aquatic Geochemistry at KIT. In Petrology, Altherr was succeeded by Heinz Stosch in XXXX, who retired in 2016. Many German students know Stosch well from his Introduction to Isotope Geology (in German) an excellent online text book he distributed for free on the web. Stosch is succeeded by Armin Zeh, who is appointed professor for Petrology at KIT since 2015.

by Christoph Hilgers, Jens Grimmer and Agnes Kontny

Many thanks to Arnfried Becker and others who provided additional information on the development of Geosciences at KIT