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Our applied and fundamental research couples different scales in the broad field of reservoir geology. Reservoirs are temporary or permanent, natural or man-made subsurface storage sites. These produce fossil energy and -raw materials, ground heat / geothermal energy, water, and store energy and other substances temporally or permanently.

We establish the anisotropy of the geological bodies and describe the variable rock properties caused by structural, sedimentary, geomagnetic and other geological processes. Outcrops, core from boreholes as well as mines of the quarry and pit industry are studied worldwide.

Our broad experience in the field of rock magnetics contributes to fundamental geological processes and well correlations. We thus contribute to a better understanding of georesources on the earth's surface and subsurface in terms of exploration and production.

Our key aspects are:

 

Geometry and Heterogeneities of Reservoirs & Quarries

Objectives:

Temporal and spatial changes of rock properties and hydraulic connectivity at reservoir scale, aided by regional 3D-subsurface models and reservoir quaility predictions. Tools: Subsurface data and field analogs and using ArcGIS, Eclipse, Igeoss, Petrel, TouchStone, Trinity, WellCad, 4DMove.

Improvement of contact-free analyses of fracture surfaces and mineralogical heterogeneities at quarry wall, cores, tunnels, caves to establish rock qualities and wall stabilities for optimized mining, stability, and a better understanding of 3D heterogeneities. Tools: terrestrial laserscanning, hyperspectral, UAV 

Digital models of 3D sedimentary bodies at outcrop scale, fracture networks and porosity-permeability variations in the field as basis for flow simulations. Tools: Laser scanning, image analyses using e.g. GoCad, Polyworks, Petrel.

Rock Magnetic Properties

We use rock magnetic methods for a lot of different scientific questions:
  • Correlation of lithology and magnetic susceptibility
  • Determination of the carriers of magnetic properties
  • Correlation with geological processes (magmatism, metamorphism, sedimentation) and understanding of geological processes (emplacement mechanisms, fluid-rock-interactions, ect.)
Examples of ongoing projects.

Microstructures & Geofluids

Objectives:

Interaction of pores, fracturing and diagenetic processes on a microscale, aided by transparent see-through microreactors and natural analogs. Tools: Petrography, cathodoluminescence, isotopes, self-developed microreactors, numerical simulations.

Analyses and quantification of nucleation processes, cementation rates and different crystal morphologies at core- & pore scale, using high-resolution imaging techniques and experiments. Tools: Petrography, cathodoluminescence, fluorescence, experiments, isotopes, poro-perm, WellCad.

Reservoir Utilization & Energy Systems

Objectives:

Portfolio-, process- and strategy analyses for energy-storage and -trading. Tools: CrystalBall, MiniTab, MS Project & Visio.

General process optimization and risk management. Tools: CrystalBall, MiniTab, MS Project & Visio.

Outreach

Objective: 

Dissemination of research and earth system processes.

Information on natural resources, reservoir management and subsurface storage.

Sharing knowledge with affiliated institutes in Arabia, Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, Morocco, Russia, USA and Tunisia