12.07.2019 Holcim award to Dr. Ivy Becker
Today Dr. Becker’s receives the Holcim prize, in commemoration of Rudolf Rohrbach for excellent research on geological raw materials. The Holcim AG the world’s second largest producer of cement.
10.07.2019 Visiting Ruhrkohle AG in Herne
Today Dr. Becker and Chris visited Ruhrkohle AG together with our partners from the Geological Survey NRW and DMT, in order to present and discuss or positively evaluated BMBF-project.
01.07.2019 TwinTraining Workshop with Doctors from Fez in Munich
During our workshop with eight doctors from the university of Fez Christina Schmidt, Abdel Kassem and Christoph Hilgers developed important aspects for a successful project closure and -outlook. We had excellent discussions to develop a road map for the sustainability of the TwinTraining project. Afterwards, the doctors continued with their one-week shortcourse at the Technical University Hospital Munich Rechts der Isar.
29.06.2019 Mining Forum conference Berlin
The Mining Forum, a meeting of experts in the mining- and raw materials sector, allowed insight on ground control, exploration of natural resources, post mining and risk management. We hope ot contribute with our positively evaluated BMBF-project to a better process-oriented coupling of geodesy, geology, geophysics and geomechanics.
28.06.2019 German-Arab Business Forum by Ghorfa in Berlin
Under the patronage of HE the minister of economic affairs Peter Altmaier the 22. Economic Forum was hosted in Berlin. Topics such as energy, know-how transfer and digitalization were major topics of the conference on German-Arabic economic affairs.
27.06.2019 MERID Status meeting at KIT in Karlsruhe
In today’s status meeting of all our project partners from WintershallDEA, DGMK, RWTH Aachen and Hochschule Karlsruhe we further constrained our joined efforts. The rock characterization using petrophysics, computer tomography and 2-phase flow are almost completed. The reservoir geometry and upscaling process recommended by the industry partner was constrained.
21.-23.06.2019 Field seminar Ardennes
Alex, Ola and Chris are in the field with our students 4. semester BSc Applied Geosciences. Besides a geological cross section across the Stavelot-Venn massif and sedimentary structures, we highlighted the utilization and post-mining using practical examples. This includes lignite mining, hard coal mining, lead zinc mineralization as well as mass-raw materials sand, gravel and limestone.
17.06.2019 Wintershall DEA at KIT
We are happy to welcome Dr. Adelmann. We reported on our joint project and discussed topics on digitalization.
11 & 12.06.2019 DRT conference in Tubingen
Chris, Ivy and Franziska present their research on joint in fractured carbonates (Muschekalk) at the DRT – Deformation.Rheology.Tectonics conference. Chris and colleagues also run a pre-field trip to the black forest on day one, which includes a visit to the city of Staufen. The city was moving upwards by several decimeters due to a false completing of geothermal wells, resulting in massive construction failures in the historical old city. Groundwater migrated upwards from fracture carbonate Muschelkalk into the Gipskeuper, a sandy facies containing anhydrite. Due to the volume increase of the anhydrite-gypsum transformation, the city moved upwards several decimeters. Such failure wouldn’t have been occurred using the technical guidelines well established over decades and thousands of wells penetrating evaporites such as anhydrite. With great delight Chris could give a laudatio on Janos Urai, who was recognized by DRT for his lifetime achievements.
01.06 & 08.06.2019 Visiting an exploration well
We are happy to visit a deep exploration well in the Rhine graben with our students. As Applied Geosciences@KIT the sustainable utilization of the subsurface and its resources is the major responsibility of our discipline.
20.05.2019 clicKIT article about mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan
Campus magazine clicKIT published an article in German about our research on mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan. There, exciting images on such erupting gas chimneys, and Lena was also successful to map one of them before and after explusion. Mud volcanoes are natural seeps of oil and gas being carried to the surface and air.
29.04.2019 clicKIT article about the field trip to Oman
Campus magazine clicKIT published an article in German about our field trip to Oman in fall 2018. There, exciting insights into the geology, land and culture of this diverse country on the Persian Gulf are provided.
25.04.2019 Dr. Ivy Becker receives Georg-Hunaeus award
Dr. Ivy Becker received the Georg-Hunaeus-Prize at the annual meeting of the DGMK in Celle on 25.4.2019, the highest award in the field of geosciences and engineering sciences in Germany with industrial application for exploration, deep drilling technology, extraction and storage of energy raw materials.
The DGMK awards the DGMK Prize for Young Scientists for outstanding scientific work by young German scientists. The award in the fields of exploration, deep drilling technology, extraction and storage of crude oil and natural gas is supplemented by the "Georg-Hunaeus-Prize". The DGMK e.V. is a network of experts from industry and research. As non-profit association the DGMK offers a neutral platform for the technical-scientific exchange between science and practice.
25./26.04.2019 DGMK/ÖGEW Spring Conference, Celle
Alex presents his results on "Integrating Geology and Petrophysics into Numerical Models - A Step Towards the Digitalization of Rocks", co-authors Benjamin Busch, Amol Subhedar, Britta Nestler and Christoph Hilgers, at the DGMK Celle.
Ivy presents in her Georg-Hunaeus presentation her results on "Structural and Diagenetic Controls on Reservoir Quality of Tight Formations", co-authors Benjamin Busch, Bastian Koehrer and Christoph Hilgers at the DGMK Celle, and also presents "Incorporation of New Technologies for Sustainable and Economical Mining Solutions" (co-authors Jochen Kolb and Christoph Hilgers).
Lena presents her results on "Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in Azerbaijan in Relation to Faulting and Mud
Volcanism", co-authors Ayten Huseynova, Elbay Babayev and Christoph Hilgers, and "Faults and Fracture Networks in Upper Muschelkalk Outcrop Analogues Detected by Photogrammetry, Upper Rhine Graben (URG), Germany", co-authors Uwe Baier and Christoph Hilgers, at the DGMK Celle.
Tina presents her results on "Lateral Heterogeneity of Reservoir Properties in an Homogenous Lower Triassic Sandstone, Southern Germany", co-authors Benjamin Busch and Christoph Hilgers, at the DGMK Celle.
24.04.2019 Chairing EAGE-DGMK Joint Workshop on Underground Storage of Hydrogen
Dr. Christian Buecker, DEA, and Chris chair an international workshop on hydrogen-storage in the subsurface. With an increased amount of renewable energy from wind and PV, and eventually the generation of hydrogen from natural gas, hydrogen may play an important role in the European gas supply. This provides a number of challenges and opportunities to use the gas infrastructure. We ask for contributions on hydrognen infrastructure, storage in the subsurface, storage management, numerical simulations and best practices. We invite scientists, researchers and industry experts to outline the progress and state of the art on subsurface hydrogen storage. The one-day EAGE/DGMK joint workshop on Underground Storage of Hydrogen aims to exchange knowhow, case studies, technologies and work flows on all aspects of subsurface storage of hydrogen. Further information can be obtained here .
23.-27.4.2019 OGV Conference in Koblenz
The 140th conference of the Geological Society Upper Rhine OGV e.V. will be held from 23.-27.5.2019 in Koblenz on the Geology and Raw Material in the Eifel and Westerwald. Many field trips on various topics offer insights to the regional geology. The OGV e.V. is the oldest and largest society focused on regional geology in Germany. It was founded 1871 near Karlsruhe in Rothenfels by Chris predecessor Adolph Knop with colleagues from Heidelberg and Freiburg, and scholars from Achern/Baden and Mannheim. Chris is happy to contribute to OGV’s management board.
7.3.2019 Chris' talk in Oman
Chris plans a talk at the German University of Technology GUtech on "Reservoir quality in siliciclastics and carbonates".
28.2.2019 Alex and Alex in England
Today Alex M. and Alex S. drive to the UK to sample rocks in quarries and mines. The dune sediments are expected to be excellent analogues for the reservoir we are working on in our MERID project with DEA.
27.2.2019 Chris' keynote in Cairo, Egypt
Today Chris presents a keynote on "Effect of structure and diagenesis on reservoir quality in siliciclastics" at the 22ten International Conference on Petroleum Mineral Resources and Development, organized by the Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute EPRI. Besides Exploration and Production sessions were delivered on Applied Chemistry, Biotechnology, Renewable Energy, Catalysis, Corrosion, Nanotechnology and Petrochemistry.
15.2.2019 Geotherm fair in Offenburg
We visited known and new companies dealing with exploration and production at the Geotherm fair, and presented our services on reservoir-characterization and odeling at our KIT booth.
14.2.2019 guest Steffen Goebbles
Today we brainstorm with our colleague Prof. Dr. Steffen Goebbels about pattern recognition, AI and other items.
5.2.2019 guest Klaus Reicherter
We are happy to meet our former colleague Prof. Dr. Klaus Reicherter from RWTH Aachen University, with whom we discussed potential joint projects after his talk on Recent Neotectonics in the Karlsruhe area.
22./23.1.2019 Benni and Alex visited DEA
Benni and Alex presented their preliminary results of the MERID project together with partners from RWTH Aachen and HS Karlsruhe to their industrial partner, DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG in Hamburg and Wietze.
11.1.2019 Lena's and Agnes paper published in Tectonophysics
Lena's and Agnes' Paper on Magnetic fabric development in the Lower Seve thrust from the COSC-1 drilling, Swedish Caledonides has been published in Tectonophysics, Vol., 751, 2019, 212-228.
9.1.2019 Ivy's paper on Ca2 fractures successfully passed review
Our paper on the correlation of fractures from outcrops and horizontal wells successfully passed the review process of Marine & Petroleum Geology.
7.1.2019 Ivy's paper on Ca2 carbonate corrleation accepted
Ivy's paper is now in print in ZdGG.
24.12.2018 Merry Christmas
We wish you merry xmas, season's greeting and a happy and peaceful 2019.
10.12.2018 Ivy's PhD printed
Really cool, I got a hard copy of Ivy's PhD thesis, it is #3 at KIT, which you can get here.
4.-8.12.2018 Chris and Lena in Azerbaijan
Chris and Lena are in Baku, Azerbaijan, and studying mud volcanoes and groundwater for our MudRisk project. Lena presented her research at an international SPE conference in Baku with young researchers from Azerbaijan, Russia, Ukraine, Kazachstan and others. Besides, we met people at the Azerbaijan ministry, AHK, DAAD, the German Embassy, GIZ, Higher Technology Park, National Academy of Science and the Oil and Gas Institute in Baku. It would be a pleasure to strengthen ties and extent joint research efforts.
2./3.12.2018 BMBF visit to Bonn
Chris, Adel Meguid and Tina have some meetings in Bonn to present and discuss achieviements and potentials of our TwinTraining project with colleagues and industry partners in North Arfrica.
28.-29.11.2018 Benni presents MERID at status meeting in Berlin
Benni presents our first results at the annual status meeting of GeoN in Berlin, together with Amol and Sven. Alex and Chris did the backup work. It seems we got a better understanding of chemical compaction, and we also successfully tansferred and calibrated digital rocks and natual rocks for two-phase flow in digital rocks.
27.11.2018 Invited talk by Chris at BAM, Berlin
Chris presents first results of "MERID - Microstructural influence on the reservoir integrity" at the Bundesanstalt fuer Materialfporschung und -prüfung in Berlin, in the Cluster Symposium "CO2 and H2 Technologies for the Energy Transition".
25.11.2018 Benni paper out in Marine and Petroleum Geology
Our paper "Porosity evolution of two Upper Carboniferous tight-gas-fluvial sandstone reservoirs: Impact of fractures and total cement volumes on reservoir quality" on Tight Gas reservoirs is now online in Marine and Petroleum Geology (link doi). The fluvial siliciclastics show different pore cementation in two wells, which can simply be linked to the difference inversion tectonics and associated temperature variations.
22.11.2018 Ivy's PhD thesis is online
Here you get her research covering subsalt tight reservoirs integrating diagenesis, petrophysics and fracturing.
16.11.2018 TwinTraining Student Iman Mansir at KIT
We welcome Iman from Agadir University at KIT. During her stay she will learn about our analytics and workflows, before she moves on to our partners in Bingen and Aachen.
12.11.2018 Researcher Ayten at KIT
We welcome Dr. Ayten Khasayeva-Huseynova from the National Academy of Science in Baku, Azerbaijan. Funded by our project MudRisk, she studies the methane degassing and the seepage of orgnics from mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan.
8.11.2018 Workshop Modeling
Today Janos Urai from RWTH Aachen visits KIT to discuss with Britta Nestler and coworkers the modeling of fracture cements.
5.11.2018 Workshop Digital Oil Fields
Today Chris and Nishant from Britta Nestler's research group participate in the DGMK Workshop in Hannover.
30.10.-2.11.2018 Trip to Cairo
Chris meets our partner Prof. Abdel Kassem and representatives from industry, ministries and academia in the frame of our TwinTraining project.
18.10.2018 Resources efficiency congress, Karlsruhe
Today Dr. Ivy Becker and Chris take part in the frame of the ThinkTank Innovative Resource Strategies.
29.9.-10.10.2018 Excursion Oman
Now we are the beautiful sultanate of Oman together with our KIT students and experts from the service- and oil industry.
24.-28.9.2018 Field methods Geology
Our frist year field methods in the bachelor are held in Germany and France. We focus on rock identification and basic mapping skills with maps and compass.
16-21.9.2018 Field course Reservoir-Geology, S-England
Reservoirs are porous or fractured rock volumes in the subsurface. We study sedimentary and structural heterogeneities of rock bodies along the the coast in S-England, to generate better models of transport of fluids in the subsurface. Geofluids are ground water e.g. drinking- and process water, formation water e.g. deep geothermal brines, storage of oil gas or CO2, and fossil energy- and carbon resources oil and gas as energy dense fluids for transportation and the chemical industry.
14.9.2018 Field course for exploration company
Today Ivy and Chris run a field trip for an exploration company and discuss the benefit of reservoir analogs for subsurface predition.
11-13.9.2018 Diagenesis - course with Dr. Marita Felder
We are happy to run our applied diagenesis course with Dr. Marita Felder from PanTerra BV at KIT, as in the previous years. Diagenesis describes the alteration and of minerals and the change of pore volume in rocks by thin section analysis.
5.9.2018 Chris at workshop Future Energy- and Raw Materials Supply
Chris participates on workshop Future Energy- and Raw Materials Supply: Visions, Chances and Boundary Conditions, organized by the DGMK.
5.9.2018 Lena presents on mud volcanoes in Azeri at DGGV conference Bonn
Lena Merz presents her first results on mud volcanoes in Aserbaijan. We study the mass transport of mud and its effect on ground water in relation to structural geology, in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences in Baku.
4.9.2018 Lena gives a talk on drones and lidar at DGGV conference Bonn
Lena Merz presents her results on drones and terrestrial laser scanning of fractured carbonates. Fractured carbonates host most of the world-wide hydrocarbon resources.
1.9.2018 DAAD scholar Alena Veresovich aus Moskauom Moscow, Gubkin University at KIT
We welcome Alena at KIT, who will carry out the seismic interpretation of a reservoir.
3.8.2018 Chris visits Gubkin University in Moscow
Today Chris presents recent ouctomes on tight reservoirs in the frame of the one-week shortcourse "Technology for Efficient and Safe Arctic Development" (30.7-3.8.2018). Following we exchanged a MoU with Gubkin's rector Viktor Martynov. The impressive Institute with then presented by the dean of geosciences.
1.8.2018 Ivy Diss defense
August 1st is scheduled for Ivy's diss defense at KIT, reviewed by an examination committee and external reviewers Reinhard Gaupp, Jena, and Stephen Laubach, University of Texas, Austin. Congratulations to Dr. Ivy for her successful defense.
23.7.2018 Agnes in Moscow
Agnes presents her research on rock magentics at a conference in Russia and discusses the application of rock magnetics for oil stained mudstones.
19.7.2018 KIT Talks: Potential of Raw Materials - Why prospection and exploration are indispensable
Today Prof. Christoph Hilgers and Prof. Jochen Kolb talk on "Potential raw materials - why prospection and exploration are indispensable", starting 18.30h in room 145 bldg 50.41. The presentations start after a welcome by the dean with a talk on "Energy and Mineral Raw Materials: Pores, fractures and cements" by Christoph Hilgers. Followed by a talk of our colleague Jochen Kolb on "Mineral and Metallic Raw Materials: Research and formation processes". After the 45 min talks the two speakers invite the audience for a snack and drink. The two talks are the kick-off of the Walchner lectures at Applied Geosciences KIT. The geologist Friedrich August Walchner was member of the founding team of KIT in 1825 and KITs second president.
19.7.2018 Invited talk by Dr. Sandra Amann
Today Dr. Alexandra Amann-Hildenbrand from RWTH Aachen talks in the Petrotherm Seminar 12h on "Effective gas permeability of tight sandstones & shales at different water saturations and effective stress conditions". Dr. Amann-Hildenbrand is a highly reputed researcher on experimental characterization of fluid migration in rocks. She works in a petrophysical lab which is one of the few labs worldwide able to measure the variation of permeability in tight rocks.
10.7.2018 LookIT Sustainable Resources Managment online
KIT's Special Issue LookKIT 02/2018 on Sustainable Resources Management has been published and covers an article by Chris on Rock as Raw Material, p.28-30. The volume can be downloaded for free here.
3.7.2018 Chris knocked out
An optimization of air intake was required which in turn optimizes cumbustion to get up the mountains quicker.
11.-14.6.2018 Presentations by Benni, Ivy and Tina at EAGE Copenhagen
We present at this year's EAGE annual conference in Copenhagen on
We P4 07 11.20h - Coupling Diagenesis and Petrophysics in Red Bed Siliciclastics to Infer Fluid Flow Anisotropies – Analog Studies From SW Germany - C. Schmidt, B. Busch, C. Hilgers
We G 09 13.30h - Reservoir Quality Modelling in Deeply-Buried Permian Rotliegendes Sandstones, N-Germany: Impact of Illite Textures - B. Busch, C. Hilgers, D. Adelmann*, *Wintershall Holding GmbH
We G 13 15.30h - Developing an Exploration Strategy for Upper Carboniferous Tight Gas Sandstone Reservoirs - I. Becker, P. Wüstefeld, B. Koehrer*, B. Busch, C. Hilgers, *Wintershall Holding
7.6.2018 Invited talk by Chris at Raw Material Day, Eisenberg, Rhineland-Palantina
This afternoon Chris presents the group's research on contact-free quality measurements at the outcrop wall. The state's raw materials is a get together of the mining industry in southwest Germany. Rhineland Palantina produces approximately 35 Mio tons of raw materials per annum.
5.6.2018 Professor Reinhard Gaupp, Jena University gives guest lecture at KIT
Our guest and colleague professor Reinhard Gaupp will give a lecture on Buntsandsone diagenesis in and around the Rhine graben in the Petrotherm Seminar. We will meet at building 50.41, room 007 at 12h.
30.5.2018 SPE Award for KIT student Valentin Goldberg
GSSPE awards Valentin Goldberg with the Chapter / HSG Student Award. Valentin's exceptional committment for the KIT SPE group and his public relations to widen the network between students and industry will be honored during the SPE meeting on June 21st.
25.5.2018 Nishant's paper accepted in Geothermal Energy
Our paper Modeling fracture cementation processes in calcite limestone: A phase-field study by Nishant Prajapati, Michael Selzer, Britta Nestler, Benjamin Busch, Christoph Hilgers will be published in Geothermal Energy.
20.5.2018 Ivy's paper online in Marine and Petroleum Geology
Our paper entitled Comparing fracture statistics from outcrop and reservoir data using conventional manual and t-LiDAR derived scanlines in Ca2 carbonates from the Southern Permian Basin, Germany by Ivy Becker, Bastian Koehrer, Marius Waldvogel, Wolgang Jelinek and Christoph Hilgers is now available online and will be printed in volume 95, pp 228-245.
15.5.2018 Partners and Chris founded RawMaterial Knowledge Society in Berlin
Associations of domestic raw material industries, company representatives and universities are involved in shaping RohstoffWissen.org for some time, and founded today the regisitered society RohstoffWissen (raw materal knowledge) in Berlin. Objective of the society is the comprehensible presentation of raw material chains and the importance of the domestic exploration industry for the industrial site Germany. Christoph Hilgers and his colleague Jochen Kolb support and promote the establishment of the society.
11.5.2018 Chris' KIT-tour for citizens from Bretten at KIT
Citizens from Diedelsheim and Bretten visited us on the afternoon to get some insight on a applied geosciences. After a short campus south tour by Chris with informations on the progress of KIT, one of the world's oldest universities of technology, Dr. Steeger from the Chair of Engineering Geology at KIT Applied Geosciences presented ongoing research on shallow geothermal energy projects in the lab and on the campus test site. Afterwards, Chris presented the challanges of raw material chains exemplified by a wind power plant. Challenges in raw material scarcity and more importantly raw material trade were demonstrated by sand (for solar panels, glass and fiber optics etc.), cobalt (for steel hardening, lithium batteries etc.) and phosphate (as fertilizer etc.). Finally, the importance of domestic raw material exploration was highlighted by the produced volumes from sedimentary mines.
22.-26.04.2018 TwinTraining with University Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
Christina and Chris jointly with Pr Soussi from UTM and team had their first TwinTraining on Reservoir Sedimentology at UTM. TwinTraining is funded by BMBF. Together with L’Entreprise Tunisienne d’Activités Pétrolières (ETAP), Sen. Eng. Sonia Benalaya, the practical training covered classroom exercises (half day), lab exercises (half day), field exercises in the Atlas mountains (one day) and two days in the company's core shed. Christina also introduced the machines for field plugging and reservoir analysis under the microscope.
TwinTraining is a concept we developed jointly with our partners in Tunisia and Morocco. Twins from local faculty and Germany, integrating professionals and faculty on campus, provides twin hands-on training to increase the mutual exchange of experience and knowledge and increase employability.
23.-27.04.2018 TwinTraining with University Hospital, Fez, Morocco
The first TwinTraining on Clinical Studies is carried out jointly between PD Dr. Michael Quante and team from University hospital Munich Rechts der Isar in Fez. The module, deisgned and managed by our partner Prof Meguid Kassem from Cairo University also involves industry partners from Roche and SpringerNature. Jointly with our partners Prof Mohammed el Azami el Idrissi, Vice-Dean, Dr. Mohcine Zouk from the International Cancer Research Center and teams
16.-19.04.2018 TwinTraining with University Ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco
Georg Meiners, formerly AHU AG, and Marc Dohmen from Dohmen Herzog & Partner GmbH had their first TwinTraining courses in Agadir on water and mining, respectively. Together with colleagues Prof. Dr. Lhoussaine Bouchaou, Dr. Said Boutaleb from hydrogeology and Prof. Moha Ikenne from minerals and mining we had twin courses on hard- and softskills including training on AutoCad based AutoPLAN. TwinTraining covers more than ten companies and six universities and is managed by Christina Schmidt.
18.04.2018 Ivy Becker presents at DGMK conference, Celle
Today Ivy Becker gives a talk at DGMK's annual meeting in Celle on "Outcrop to Well – Transferability of Zechstein Ca2 Carbonates from the Eichsfeld-Altmark Swell to the North German Subsurface", coauthored by Bastian Koehrer*, Wolfgang Jelinek* and Christoph Hilgers (*Wintershall Holding GmbH, Barnstorf)
18.04.2018 Christina Schmidt presents at DGMK conference, Celle
Today Christina presents her results at DGMK Celle on "Sediment Structures Affecting Flow in Eolian Rotliegend Sandstones", coauthored by Benjamin Busch and Christoph Hilgers. She also presents our TwinTraining program "Industry – University Collaboration: TwinTraining of Energy-, Mineral- and Water Resources in the MENA Region" which is sponsored by BMBF.
18.04.2018 Lena Merz presents at DGMK conference, Celle
Lena presents her results on "Automated Fracture Analysis in Middle Triassic Muschelkalk, Upper Rhine Graben" coauthored by Yasar Manss and Christoph Hilgers at DGMK Celle.
09.04.2018 Visit of quarry and production
Today Chris visits a large carbonate quarry and cement factory in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Carbonate rocks are in important raw material for construction, chemical industry and pharmacy, glass industry, food industry and agriculture.
08.04.2018 Presentations accepted for EAGE Kopenhagen, Denmark, 11.-14.6.2018
Our contributions were accepted as requested. We will give two talks on red bed diagenesis and fractured carbonates, and one poster on diagenesis.
04.-07.04.2018 OGV conference in Braunschweig
Again a wonderful and well organized annual meeting of Oberrheinischen Geologischen Vereins. Here it is not about better, bigger, faster, but to enjoy the beautiful outcrops of the region, this year around Braunschweig. Above the ground complex Mesozoic geology drien by extension, inversion and salt tectonics in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Belowground in mine Konrad located in the Gifhorner trough, Chris got info about this nuclear waste deposit, and sampled some beautiful, Upper Jurassic iron ore oolite.
27.-28.03.2018 Castle Windeck
Today we met on achievements and new challenges within the KIT Centre for Climate and Environment. KIT's Centers bundle major topics of KIT's faculties and Helmholtz research centers.
19-25.03.2018 Mapping course in Kirn
Agnes and Chris are back to the field with our students again. First at chilly conditions, finally spring came. Again we found beautiful new outcrops and now have a nice set to demonstrate the earth history in the this region.
15.03.2018 Our exploring companies in Baden-Wuerttemberg
Today Chris got some first-hand information visiting representatives of the state's mining sector. 100 million tons of rocks and sediments are mined every year in Baden-Wuerttemberg, driving the state's construction sector, chemical industry and other production.
POF3 (project oriented research 3) is being evaluated at KIT the whole week. Today RU5 (research unit 5) presented its excellent results, the team headed by colleague Thomas Kohl.
02.03.2018 Geotherm in Offenburg
Today Chris visited the Geotherm fair nearby. I didn't make it to the presentations but was caught by the numerous exhibitors. Numerous faces but unexpected, whether from Halliburton, Geomecon or Geothermal Engineering, etc. old friends now at MGS Europe and geobit, and many new ones.
20.02.2018 Think Tank kick-off
Today we kick-off the Thnk Tank Innovative Resoures Strategies under auspices of HE the Minister of Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector, followed by a reception with industry.
15.02.2018 E&P brainstorm
Today we welcomed guests from E&P companies to discuss the research potential of fractured carbontes. Fractured carbonates are among the largest hydrocarbon reservoirs worldwide. The prediction of fractures and fracture swarms at several kilometers depths remains is a wonderful challenge.
02.02.2018 NAGRA visit
Today we visited NAGRA in Switzerland and discussed the dating of structures in caves, its relation to the Black Forest uplift and the change of the draining system.
01.02.2018 Agnes and Boris visiting Manish at IIT Kharagpur
Today Agnes and Boris are going to visit our friend and Humboldt fellow Professor Manish Mamtani in India. We strive to deepen our collaboration and strengthen the exchange of students and researchers .
01.02.2018 Benni's AAPG Bulletin paper published
Our paper "Reservoir quality and burial model evaluation by kinetic quartz and illite cementation modeling: Case study of Rotliegendes, north Germany" on a novel approach of reservoir quality prediction modeling has been published in the current issue of AAPG Bulletin.
30.01.2018 Our Student Group online
Our SPE Student Group is now online and can be contacted via website and facebook. The objective of the group founded in summer 2016 is to broaden the network with industry and the exchange of information. Activities to date covered tunneling, water, geothermal, oil and gas, raw materials and mining, and subjects such as seismic acquisition, pump technologies and other applied aspects.
18.01.2018 Talk by Siegfried Muessig on "What the frac is going on"
Our KIT alumnus Dr Siegfried Muessig will present an overview of various production enhancement technologies including fracing is given. Al these technologies have been applied world-wide in the oil and gas Industry for many decades. Siegfried is currently Managing Director of MT Oil Consulting GmbH. He holds a Diploma and a PhD in Physics of the University Karlsruhe, Germany. Between 1982 and 2013 he worked for Shell and its affiliates in several technical and management positions in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, USA, Syria and Oman. Siegfried Muessig has published 36 technical papers and 6 patents, is a guest lecturer at the University of Leoben, Austria and an active SPE member. He served twice as Chairman of the German SPE section and was appointed “distinguished lecturer” 2014/15.
10.01.2018 Paper on t-LiDAR fracture statistics accepted by AAPG Bulletin
Our paper on "Evaluation of a workflow to derive t-LiDAR fracture statistics of a tight gas sandstone reservoir analog has been accepted by AAPG Bulletin. The manuscript by Patrick Wuestefeld, Maite de Medeiros and Bastian Koehrer, Dominik Sibbing, Leif Kobbelt and me outlines our new semi-automated workflow to detect and analyze fracture data from mined quarry walls in tight sandstones.
09.01.2018 Think Tank "Industrial Resources Strategy" agreed by Council of Ministers of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg
The more efficient utilization and consumption of primary and secondary raw material will become an integral part of the industrial hub Germany, considering the decreasing global resources and an exponentially growing world population. Expertise in exploration, production and evaluation of primary raw materials, alternative resources and the usage of waste material will be geological contributions.
Geology as youngest of the four established natural sciences developed during the growing demand of natural resources since Gregor Agricola (1494-1555) towards a self-contained science, in order to better understand the complex processes of the earth and ensure the supply of the society by exploration and production of resources such as water, rocks, metals, mineral-, organic- and energy.
After intensive months of work headed by our vice president Hirth and together with collegues Kolb, Schultmann, Schulze and Stapf we are delighted that the Council of Ministers supports our joint initative with industry.
22.12.2017 Merry xmas and a happy new 2018
We wish you a peaceful christmas and a happy new year.
15.12.2017 Grosse Exkursion Oman 2018
Agnes, Benni and Chris offer a field trip to Oman in 2018. Planned start is September 29th 2018, planned return October 10th 2018. We cross the alpine orogen, besides withe beaches and black mantle rocks, Snowball earth, fossil and recent carbonates and salt, sand- and stone deserts won't stop us to set up our camp on the Indian Ocean.
5.12.2017 Talk by Dr. Carsten Reinhold, Managing Director Rheinpetroleum GmbH
Today our SPE Group welcomes our colleague Dr. Carsten Reinhold. Carsten presents for our students and other interested persons insights on the exploration of reservoirs in the Upper Rhine graben and job opportunities for geoscientists. The presentation starts at 19.30h in the AVG building, house 50.41.
4./5.12.2017 The German University of Technology GUtech 10th anniversary
Chris is invited to the 10th anniversary of GUtech, which he planned and put in operation with a great team from 2005 to 2009. Initially as CEO of a subunit at WZL RWTH Aachen dealing with contracts and project plans, he than moved to Muscat, Oman, to put the LLC in operation with Barbara Steauble and great staff. NOTE: The ceremonies were postponed due to the announcement of the National Day in Oman
27.11.2017 We are getting a new UAV
Lena will pick up her new tool in Munich, after successfully having passed her drone licence.
24.11.2017 State's ThinkTank industrial resources strategies announced
After several weeks of intense work with colleagues in the ThinkTank, and more to come, Chris is happy that all efforts proved success. The ThinkTank brings together industry, politics and science. Improved technologies for a sustainable provision of primary raw materials and by-products, secondary materials by urban mining, and sophisticated recycling and final storage are part of a process chain building innovative prodcuts for a developing society.
23.11.2017 DGMK meeting Oberrhein at MIRO, Karlsruhe
Chris went to MIRO Karlsruhe, one of the largest refineries in Europe, and attended talks on process engineering talks under the topic energy change.
20./21.11.2017 MERID kickoff at DEA, Hamburg
Now Benni and me are in Hamburg. After a meeting with DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG and DGMK in the morning on our digital rock project and how to link that to geomechanical reservoir scale, we spent the rest of the day with German scientists presenting their projects with the BMBF funded Geo:N initiative.
17.11.2017 Short trip to Baku
Today Lena and me met with our colleagues at the National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan in Baku to kick off our BMBF funded MudRisk project locally. We had additional talks at the TechnoPark Baku, and then split up for Lena's first fist to the Azeri mud volcanoes, and me talking about applied research with SOCAR.
9.-10.11.2017 SPE Annual conference
Our KIT students are going to present their work at the annual student technical conference SPE STC in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. The SPE Hochschulgruppe was founded in 2016 by our students and Chris. Our SPE students are proactive: They invite industry covering all relevant fields from petroleum, water, engineering and mining, arrange industry visits and social events.
We thank the LGRB Freiburg (State Office for Geology, Raw Materials and Mining), Prof. Dr. Eckhardt and colleagues, hosting us and sharing knowledge.
13.10.2017 SpringerNature at Frankurt bookfair
Chris had very constructive discussions with colleagues from SpringerNature to join our TwinTraining project.
05.10.2017 Ivy's talk at EAGE
Ivy presents her results at the EAGE workshop on Evaluating and Drilling of Carbonate Reservoirs, session Geomechanics and Rock Properties, entitled "Comparison of open fractures in Ca2 carbonates from outcrop and well, using laser scans, image logs, and 3D stress".
04.-06.10.2017 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.
01.10.2017 TwinTraining project funded
We just received a feedback that our TwinTraining program will be funded by BMBF. Together with our partner Prof. Abel Meguid Kassem we set up a project of academic- and industry partners implementing applied teaching modules in North Africa. Our academic partners cover the geology-mining sector and the medical sector and involve the University of Tunis El Manar, the University at Fez and the University at Agadir. We also set up a team of industry representatives AHU AG, ETAP, Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH, GeoThermal Engineering GmbH, Dohmen Herzog & Partner GmbH, FiW e.V., Frimberger GmbH, Karl Storz GmbH & Co KG, Roche AG, Schlumberger GmbH, SpringerNature, and other partners, which are acknowledged to support the project. More national and international partners are welcomed to join the initiative to strengthen the ties between academia and business and make research more applied.
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 lecture, French Rhine graben shoulder
We are in the field again. With our 1st year students we explore Mesozoic rocks around the French Rhine graben shoulder 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.
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!
05.07.2017 Ivy's paper accepted in Journal of Petroleum Geology
Ivy's paper on tight gas reservoir analogs is accepted for publication in the Journal of Petroleum Geology.
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 Another 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
27.3.-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.
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.
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 visit
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.
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.-29.92016 Talk in Austria
Christina will give a talk about her work on bounding surfaces at the GeoTirol2016 in Innsbruck, Austria.
19.9.2016 Presentation on phase-field modeling in France
Nishant will present a poster at the Phase-Field Summer School in Peyresq, France, entitled Phase-field investigation of 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, Namibia, is now available online.
9.8.2016 paper in Energy Procedia accepted
Eide's work entitled "Economic feasability of a Compressed Air Energy Storage system under market uncertainty: a real options approach" co-autored by Reinhard Madlener, FCN at EON-ERC, RWTH Aachen and Chris has been accepted for publication in Energy Procedia. Sotring 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 topcis headed by Prof Kassem, focusing on medicine. With our partner Dr Brik we discussed further support for 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 1800TVD. 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!
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.
Older news (from Chris RWTH time):
OGV Konferenz Aachen
OGV Konferenz Aachen, 29.3 - 2.4.2016
Wir freuen uns das 137te Jahrestreffen des Oberrheinischen Geologischen Vereins OGV in Aachen ausrichten zu dürfen.
16. & 23.1.2016
Blockcourse ERM Energy Trading
We are happy to announce the shortcourse of our former student Christoph Budny, GRM, now Trianel, on energy trading aspects. We will highlight that exploration and production is just one side of the story, but share with our students how the market and demand side works.
6.2. & 7.2.2016
We are happy o guide our students in a transect from the Quaternary and Teritary Lower Rhine Embayment sediments to the coal measures, and highly deformed rocks around the Rurlake in a two day fieldtrip.
Paper Georesources published
Our paper by Yasar Manss, Chris Hilgers, Tobias Vraetz, Thomas Bartnitzki, Karl Nienhaus and Henning Buddenbaum on Combined hyperspectral and Lidar-technology to optimize the location of drilling grids during mining (in German) has been published in Georesrouces 03/2015, 35-39.
BMBF-DLR project N-Africa
Our new project focusses on the dissemination of applied higher education in northern Africa. We look forward to collaborate with universities in the region to develop a module which integrates national and international industries in applied teaching and research. Several years of successful and collaborative teaching with industry at our department enabled our students to be better prepared for their future carreer.
Paper ZdGG positively reviewed
Our paper Facies delineation by using a multivariate statistical model from onshore wells in the Nile Delta by Dieter Krott, Christoph Hilgers and Christian Buecker is on track in Zeitschrift der deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft ZdGG.
Paper Geol Soc Lond Spec Pub in press
Benni's paper is now in press in Reservoir Quality of Clastic and Carbonate Rocks: Analysis, Modelling and Prediction, in the Geological Society, London, Special Publications series, 435
Paper Georesources accepted
Yasar's paper on combined hypersectral and Lidar technology to optimize well placement in mining (Kombinierte hyperspektrale und Lidar-Technik zur Optimierung der Platzierung von Bohrrastern im Abbau) has been accepted for publication and well be published in the following German issue. The English version will be published soon in the same journal. It is based on joint work with Tobias Vraetz (IME), Henning Buddenbaum (Trier), Bartnitzki (IME), Karl Nienhaus (IME) and me, who kicked off the idea.
Fieldtrip for Wintershall
We organized a two-day fieldtrip jointly with Bastian Koehrer und Wolfgang Jelinek for geologists and engineers from Wintershall discussing Marius' and Simon's preliminary results on fractured Zechstein carbonates near the Harz mountains, Germany. The structure and diagenesis of Ca2 carbonate rocks enhosted in deformed anhydrites were explored in the field, evening discussions and exercises outlined the exploration strategies to reduce risk.
Field trip S-England
Our annual field trip to S-England covered the Permian to Cretaceous of S-England. Starting at Kilve, we covered sicliclastic source and reservoir rocks as well as fractrued carbonates. As always the weather was full of sunshine during the long days. We were happy to have Otto with us, who contributed with his experience of his long lasting industrial carreer in E&P. Everybody returned home safely, just one minibus gave up on the home.
International DRT conference in Aachen
Together with Janos Urai, Klaus Reicherter and Florian Wellmann, Chris organized the DRT conference. International speakers from Asia, Australia, Europe, UK and US presented their innovative research on deformation, rheology and tectonics of rocks. Ivy presented a talk on fractures and faults in tight gas sandstones. Chris chaired the session on "Structural Diagenesis, Fluid flow, HTMC processes" and published a special issue in Geotectonic Research, Vol 97, edited by Christoph v. Hagke, Janos Urai, Klaus Reicherter, Florian Wellmann, Christoph Hilgers.
Field trip around Aachen
This weekend we offer a field trip for our students to study the geology around Aachen. First, we start with our bicycles in Aachen's Paleozoic city center, climb the steep Cretaceous Lousberg and continue north crossing the Wurm syncline, Aachen's former hardcoal area. On the second day we cycle from Cambrian Roetgen to Devonian Walheim and continue via Kornelimunster to Aachen.
Field trip to Scotland
Our field trip to Scotland returned home safely. After one week with Devonian clastics and Dalradian metamorphic rock being squeezed and cooked, and a lot of snow and rain, we are happy to be back home in the beautiful hot and dry Aachen region.
Energy Storage paper in press
Our paper "Economic Feasibility of Pipeline and Underground Reservoir Storage Options for Power-to-Gas Load Balancing" by Christoph Budny, Reinhard Madlner and Christoph Hilgers has been positively reviewed by Energy Conversion and Management. It is a follow up of our Energy Procedia paper.
Ankit's paper accepted
Ankit's paper entitled Phase-Field Modeling of Fracture Cementation Processes in 3-D by Kumar Ankit, Michael Selzer, Christoph Hilgers, Britta Nestler, submitted to the Journal of Petroleum Science Research (JPSR) has been accepted and will be out soon.
Fracman Software at RPR
We are thankful to explore the potentials of Fracman in our future research on structures and diagenesis and are thankful to Golder for the provision of a licence. Fractured reservoirs are are primary importance both for energy exploration and energy storage.
RPR-Course highlighted at company newsletter
Wintershall's April 2015 Newsletter published an article on the Reservoir-Modeling Course taught by Annett Hufe (WINZ) and Bastian Koehrer (WIDE) together with RWTH Reservoir-Petrology on campus, entitled "Reservoir modeling course at RWTH Aachen - the collaboration continued". This hands-on best practice course received an excellent feedback from our Master students in their final year, giving them a first-hand insight into excellent subsurface data and future work. We were happy to host Annett and Bastian and hope to see them back at RPR in March 2016.
Reservoir modeling course 2015
Annett Hufe and Bastian Koehrer from Wintershall are running a short course on reservoir modeling with Petrel. Emphasis is the geological hard data from cores and analogs, which enables geologists to develop 3D reservoir models of the subsurface. The course is integrated in the module's first part on core description of siliciclastics being integrated in WellCad, followed by an microscope course on diagenesis. In this final course of the module reservoir geology, students are requested to integrate such data in a Petrel model. Starting with a structural- and facies model, they finally come up with a poro-perm and saturation model. We thank our lecturers Annett and Bastian for delivering such a well designed state-of the art course to our students.
First field trips 2015
This and coming week we start our first field season, which covers tight gas sandstone analogs (Ivy), red bed reservoir analogs (Tina), and fractured carbonates (Marius, Simon). Reservoir analogs well constrain the conditions of reservoirs in the subsurface. However, careful studies are required to indentify aspects which are not reflected at depth.
Geotag 2015 in Aachen
Super C, Ford-Saal & Foyer (6.OG), RWTH Aachen University, Templergraben 57
Der Aachener Tag der Geowissenschaften ist ein Tag von der Fachgruppe Geowissenschaften und Geographie (GuG) für und mit Studierenden und Alumni. Der Aachener Geotag mit thematisch jährlich wechselnden Themen gibt dabei Einblicke in aktuelle Forschungsarbeiten und Anwendungen. Alle Studierenden und Alumni der Fachgruppe GuG, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/-innen, nichtwissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/-innen, Professoren und Professorinnen herzlich eingeladen, damit auch der diesjährige Geotag mit dem Rahmenthema ‚Energie-Reservoire Untertage‘ wieder zu einem interessanten Austausch führt.
Convenors: Reservoir-Petrologie, Prof. Dr. Christoph Hilgers & SPE RWTH Aachen Student Chapter
09:00 – 09:15 Eröffnung und Begrüßung
09:15 – 09:45 Dieter Kaufmann, Wintershall
Re-development alter Ölfelder
09:45 – 10:00 Johannes Böcker, RWTH, Geologie,
Geochemie und Lagerstätten des Erdöls und der Kohle Kohlenwasserstoffsysteme im zentralen Oberrheingraben
10:00 – 10:15 Jan Niederau, RWTH, Angewandte Geophysik & geothermische Energie
Untersuchung des thermischen Regimes in Sedimentbecken: Einfluss von Unsicherheiten und freier Konvektion
10:15 – 10:30 Bianca Biehl, RWTH, Geologisches Institut
Reservoir-Eigenschaften des Zechstein 2 Karbonates im Niedersächsischen Becken
10:30 – 11:00 Kaffeepause
11:00 – 11:30 Dr. Christian Bücker, DEA Deutsche Erdöl AG
Gashydrate als zukünftige Energieversorgung?
11:30 – 12:00 Dr. Axel Gillhaus, RWE Gasspeicher GmbH
Die Rolle von Druckluft-, Gas- und Wasserstoffspeichern für konventionelle und grüne Energie
12:00 – 12:15 Song Jie, RWTH, Ingenieurgeologie und Hydrogeologie
Hydromechanik beim Betrieb von Pumpspeicherkraftwerken
12:15 – 12:30 Benjamin Busch, RWTH, Reservoir-Petrologie
Reservoir-Heterogenitäten und deren Modellierungen zur RQ-Vorhersage
12:30 – 14:00 Mittagspause
14:00 – 14:30 Dr. Georg Bresser, Wintershall
Exploration Portfolio-Management und Decision Making im E&P Geschäft
14:30 – 15:00 Timo Anders, Trianel
Kommunale Energieversorgung: Marktnahe Bewirtschaftung von Erdgasspeichern
15:00 – 15:30 Verleihung Lehrpreises der Fachschaft
15:30 – 16:30 Posterpräsentation & SPE Tombola
sowie Abstimmung der Besucher über den Posterpreis
16:30 – 17:00 Verleihung des Posterpreises der VAG e.V.
17:00 – 18:00 VAG e.V. Festvortrag
Prof. Dr. Martin Melles, Universität zu Köln
Das El´gygytgyn-Tiefbohrprojekt: 3,6 Millionen Jahre Klimageschichte der Arktis
18:00 – 20:00 VAG e.V. Mitgliederversammlung *
Ab 20:00 Fest der Fachschaft Geowissenschaften & Ressourcenmanagement
Parkplatz Wüllnerstr. 2
ab 10:00 VAG e.V. Exkursion
Geologischer Spaziergang bei Mützenich durch das Brack-Venn zu Kaiser Karls Bettstatt (Führung: Prof. em. Dr. Roland Walter)
Treffpunkt: wird über das VAG e.V. Sekretariat Fr Jennissen mitgeteilt.
* Veranstaltung der Studierenden während der Mitgliederversammlung am Freitag, 19.6.2015
18:00 – 19:30 Meet and Greet – Georessourcenmanager – Raum Be326
Studierende treffen Alumni
Programmleitung durch GRM Studierende: Lisa Gödde, Martin Reith,
Fabian Stamm, Moriz Trautmann
18:00 – 19:30 Meet and Greet – Geowissenschaftler – Raum Be318
Studierende treffen Alumni
Programmleitung durch SPE Student Chapter: Daniel Bücken
Fluid inclusion facility running
We are happy to have the fluid inclusion facility running. With our new Leica microscope the fluid inclusion stage of the neighboring department of mineralogy is back to operation and we hope to contribute to further innovation in our the joint investment.
BMBF fact finding mission
Together with Professors Edda Pulst and Abdel Kassem Chris filled the academic part of a two-week trip to Tunesia and Morocco, jointly with representatives from the ministry and industry. The fact finding mission funded be the German ministry of Higher Education (BMBF) explored the potential of academic-industry collaboration, resulting in better employability of young local graduates. The pleasant welcome and fruitful discussions with local representitives of any sector in both countries ended with a heartly welcome by the Moroccan minister of higher education, HE Lahcen Daoudi.
DGMK 2015 conference
We will present a poster on Upper Carboniferous tight gas and a presentation on reservoir quality prediction of red bed sediments at the annual DGMK conference in Celle, April 22nd to 23rd.
The Geotag 2015 hosted by the School of Geosciences at RWTH on June 19th 2015 is entitled "Energy reservoirs subsurface - exploration, storage, economics" ("Energiereservoir untertage - Exploration, Speicher, Ökonomie").
Paper on energy storage out
Our paper on the "Economic feasabilty of pipe storage and underground reservoir storage options for power-to-gas load balancing by Christoph Budny, Reinhard Madlener and Christoph Hilgers is now published in Energy Procedia, 61, 2201-2205.
The RPR-Team wishes merry christmas and all the best for 2015.
Today Nadja will be awarded the Heitfeld prize at RWTH main campus. Nadja's Master thesis at RPR jointly with BBK I delt with the risk analysis of a new machine from Caterpillar to be installed in an Indian hard coal mine. Congratulations! Since her work was for DMT and Caterpillar, Nadja was not able to present detailed results. The work was co-supervised by BBK I at RWTH Aachen.
Presentation on ongoing research
Today Chris presented RPR's onging applied research at the German University of Tecchnology in Muscat, Oman.
Rotliegend reservoir heterogeneity
Today Chris, Benni and Tina visited red bed outcrops jointly with representatives from a German E&P company to kick-off joint reserach. Exposures and sampling strategy enables to better quanitify reseroivr heterogeneity in Rotliegend rocks.
Today Chris and Jan Schwarzbauer (EMR-LEK) received guest from Socar Azerbaijan and discussed the onset of collaboration in reserach related to oil recovery and analyses.
Permian Fractured Carbonates
Today Chris, Marius, Ivy jointly with Bastian and Wolf-Dieter visited some quarries for a fracture network study on Permian carbonate rocks in the Harz region. Numerous active and dismantled quarries will provide valuable data on fracture pattern, lateral heterogeneties and cementation patterns. The project carried out by Marius Waldvogel will integrated reservoir engineering- and geological aspects and enhance the understanding of fractured carbonate reservoirs.
Presentation at Geological Society Oman
Today Chris gives a presentation at the Geologial Society, Muscat, Oman on "Approaches on reservoir heterogeneities in conventional and tight gas sandstones". The exploration of unconventional rocks will be of prime importance for future exploration of energy resources in the Gulf region. The talk takes place at the Oil & as Exhibition near PDO at 5 pm.
Fracturing of rocks, study work of Julia
Together with Tobias Vraetz, IME and coworkers Julia Schneider will establish the conditions of rocks when fracturing. Selected samples from Upper Carboniferous rocks will serve as base parameters, and fundamental rock mechanical parameters will be established for rock mechanical calculations.
Visit of Rheinkalk quarry, Wuelfrath
Today we visited the Rheinkalk quarry to quality check the results of our joint research focusing on igitally derived data versus real rocks exposed in the quarry. The limestones and shales exposed in the quarry may act as good analogs for reservoirs.
Presentation Upper Carboniferous Kuelpmann at Geological Survvey NRW
Today Chris, Jan and Patrick visited the Geological Survey NRW. Here, Jan Melchert presented the results of his BSc work on the quarry Kuelpmann to the Geological Survey, NRW, which involved diagenetic and structural aspects. It was followed by a discussion on the importance of the quarry as a natural heritage site, and a discussion of the Lidar technology.
SPE Student Technical Conference (STC) in Wietze
Chris together with our Master students from RWTH's Applied Geoscience attended the SPE STC Annual Meeting in Wietze. The conference invites a selected group of students to present the research performed during their Master study in front of a audience with mainly industry background. Dieter Krott (RPR) presented the results of research performed with Christian Buecker, RWE DEA on Facies Delineation by using a Statistical Model with Downhole and Core Data from Onshore Wells in the Nile Delta. Yasar Manss (RPR) presented his research on porosity variations in tight gas rocks, a reserach project performed with Bastian Koehrer, Wintershall.
Zoltan's PhD defense
Today Zoltan Komoroczi, supervised by Janos Urai, defended his PhD thesis in front a a plenum. Zoltan is now with Baker, Abederdeen.
Welcome trip for MSc Applied Geophysics Students
Chrisoph Clasuer, Florian Welmann, Jan van der Kruk and Chris welcomed our MSc Applied Geophysics students in Aachen. With their previous semsters in Delft and Zurich, they now study their final semester at RWTH before completing their Master thesis. Chris guided the group to some exposures around Stolberg-Vicht, some of them analogs for source- and reservoir rocks.
Annual Meeting Tight and Conventional Gas, Barnstorf
Benjmin, Patrick and Yasar presented their research on the meeting and discussed future research with representatives from Germany, Netherland and the UK. Palynology data established by Duncan and David provided important information for the correlation of the Upper Carboniferous in the region. The meeting was followed by a visit of exposures along the Osning inversion structure.
GeoFrankfurt Conference, Frankfurt
Ulrike, Garri Gaus, Max Hallenberger and Chris will present their results on unconformities and hiatal surfaces from the Buntsandstein, Germany and Upper Carboniferous, Ireland, Co Clare at the GeoFrankfurt Conference from 21.-24.9.2014.
AAPG Conference, Istanbul
Patrick will give an oral presentation on tight gas rocks at the AAPG International Conference & Exhibition 2014.
7th Mid-European Clay Conference, Dresden
Yasar and Patrick will present their results on Upper Carboniferous Tight Gas Sandstone in NW-Germany at the MECC14 conference in Dresden, Germany.
VAG Student Award to Ivy, Aachen
This year's VAG Student Prize for the best student performance was awarded to Ivy Becker. Ivy did her Bachelor on the geology of county Clare, Ireland, entitled Geological mapping of an Upper Carboniferous delta area. Congratulations!
VAG Best Poster Award to Markus and Simon, Aachen
This year's first prize VAG Best Poster Award was granted to Simon Schreur and Markus Koenig for their poster on „Geological mapping and diagenesis of unconventional Upper Carboniferous tight gas rocks, Germany“, a Bachelor thesis unravelling the tight gas reservoirs.
VAG Geotag, Aachen
This year's VAG Geotag will be on „GeoMaterials in Industry and Reserach“, held at RWTH's Super C. The program (in German) organised by the institutes of crystallography and mineralogy is as follows:
09:15 – 14:15 Uhr Vorträge zu GeoMaterialien in Industrie und Forschung Ford-Saal, 6.OG
14:30 – 15:00 Uhr Verleihung des Lehrpreises der Fachschaft GeoRes Ford-Saal, 6.OG
15:00 – 17:00 Uhr Posterpräsentation mit Abstimmung durch die Besucher und Preisverleihung, Generali-Saal, 6.OG
17:00 Uhr Festvortrag der VAG, Prof. Clauser Ford-Saal, 6.OG
18:00 Uhr Mitgliederversammlung der VAG Ford-Saal, 6.OG
anschließend Sommerfest der Fachschaft. Wir freuen uns, auch in diesem Jahr wieder den Posterpreis der Vereinigung Aachener Geowissenschaftler (VAG e. V.) verleihen zu können. Alle Studierenden der Fachgruppe werden ermutigt, ihre Ergebnisse aus aktuellen Forschungsarbeiten in Postern zu präsentieren.
SPE Student Award to Yasar
We congratulate Yasar Manss who today was awarded SPE's student prize by the SPE's German Section President Ingo Forstner. Yasar is currently completing his Master project on Variations in Reservoir Quality of an Upper Carboniferous Tight Gas Sandstone in NW-Germany.
SPE German Section Annual Meeting
We are happy to host the Society of Petroleum of Engineers Annual Meeting at RWTH Aachen, organized by the newly established SPE RWTH Aachen Student Chapter. SPE representatives and students from our SPE chapters in Clausthal, Freiberg and started with a barbeque Thursday evening, followed by the annual meeting Friday morning. SPE Student prizes for Master students will be awarded after lunchbreack on Friday at 14.30h at room LIH504. The event includes a overview of RWTH's E&P related institutes within the School of Applied Geosciences and will end with a field trip on the geology of Aachen Friday evening.
Flyer of current MSc courses on Geosciences
Our School of Geosciences currently runs three internationally re-accredited MSc courses in Geosciences. Applied Geophysics is a joint MSc with TU Delft and ETH Zurich. Students enroll at TU Delft and study one semester in Delft, Zurich and Aachen before completing their 6 months Master thesis. Language of instruction is English. The MSc in Applied Geosciences offers different streams, one in Energy & Mineral Resources (language of instruction is English), one in Geophysik-Ingenieurgeologie-Hydrogeologie (language of instruction is mainly German), and one in GeoMaterials. Our MSc in GeoresourcesMangement offers two different streams in Resources Management and Evironmental Management (language of instruction is English and German). Further details can be obtained here.
Brainstorm about MENA region
Today we brainstormed in Bonn with several stakeholders from governmental and industry representatives about a joint project in the MENA region, focusing on tertiary higher education. The initiative headed by Prof. Edda Pulst discussed options of knowledge transfer of mutual interest.
Field Seminar in Scotland
We returned home safely from our one week field seminar around Glen Coe, Scotland. Despite midges factor 4 to 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, all students coped well with harsh conditions. Physically and mentally strong, we climbed some mountains even when within clouds. As always, temperature dropped upon arrival but 15 deg C and slight showers showed to be excellent conditions for field work. Dalradian rocks along the Great Glen strike slip faults were intensly deformed during Caledonian orogenesis, metamorphosed during subduction and penetrated by plutons and covered by Devonian volcanics. Old Red sediments in W-Scotland were compared to the Devonian Aachen rocks, and the location of paleo-continents were discussed.
Presentation at Burlington House, London
Benni gave a talk on his research of flow heterogeneities Rotliegend sandstones. The conference on Reservoir Quality of Clastic and Carbonate Rocks: Analysis, Modelling and Prediction at the Geological Society, Burlington House, London. The conference seeks to address the factors and processes controlling rock properties of clastic and carbonate rocks as well as showcase novel analytical techniques and demonstrate diagenetic modelling capability. He is invited to submit a peer reviewed paper.
our students on WDR TV
Today we were on air with our students on WDR TV, promoting the Lehmjoeres hike around Stolberg-Vicht. The village Vicht is located 2 km south of Stolberg and 5 km ESE Aachen and stretches along the river Vicht. It not only displays the strong relation of geology and industrial development, but is the origin of Germany’s industrial culture, which from the Aachen-Stolberg region later moved to the Rur area and established the Ruhr district, Europe’s largest industrial center. A brief overview of the geology and industrial devlopment can be found here.
New Senior Researcher Ulrike Hilse at RPR
We welcome Ulrike as our new senior researcher at Reservoir-Petrology. Ulrike obtained her profound knowledge on variious analytical technqiues of siliciclastic rocks at Jena University. We are happy to have her on board and look forward on her contributions to structural diagenesis.
Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell from Geocosm, Colorado, run a Basic- and Advanced Course in Resevoir Quality Prediction Modeling at our department for our students doing a petrography based final thesis and industry representatives. Knowing the mineralogical compositon of rocks, their thermal exposure and facies distribution, the software predicts scenarios of reservoir quality based on the kinetics of reaction rates. We are happy that Geocosm provides licenses to carry out research at Reservoir-Petrology.
Rotliegend Convential Reservoir Analog, England
Benni is out with two Bachelor students to study Rotliegend sandstones in the UK. We study the variation of sedimentary units deposited in an eolian setting and the impact of grain coats on pore space cemenation and implement data in reservoir-quality prediction modeling.
Upper Carboniferous Tight Gas Rocks
Patrick is out with three Bachelor students to study Upper Carboniferous sandstones near Albringhausen and Piesberg, northwest Germany. We study the variation of sedimentary units deposited in a river system, pore space cemenation, the spatial fracture distribution and the cementation of of fractures and faults.
Presentation at SPE meeting, Vienna
Patrick presented his first results at the SPE/EAGE European Unconventional Conference and Exhibition held in Vienna, Austria. His associated 10-pages paper number SPE 167793 by Wuestefeld et al. is entitled "Reservoir Heterogeneity in Upper Carboniferous Tight Gas Sandstones: Lessons Learned From an Analog Study".
GoEast DAAD scholarships for Azerbaijan
Please note that the DAAD Go East program will fund 10 scholarships for German students attending the winter oil summerschool in Baku, Azerbaijan. The winter oil school will be held in Baku from March 3-15, 2014. Application deadline is Februrary 10, 2014. Please check the DAAD website and www.daadwss.com for further details.
SPE - Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter kicked-off
Today our EMR-Students kicked off their RWTH SPE-student chapter, supported by SPE's German Section and our faculty, and submitted their proposal to SPE's headquarter. SPE with it's app 100,000 members provides a worldwide network with peers and industry professionals and supports student chapters at Universities with Upstream-related Master courses. Our MSc Applied Geosciences - Energy & Mineral Resources Stream and our joint MSc Applied Geophysics with TU Delft and ETH Zurich fullfill the requirements and we are looking forward for the RWTH chapter to be accrediated by SPE's headquarter. Christoph Hilgers initated the establishment of a student chapter at RWTH when he took EMR-MSc students to the SPE-STC 2013 meeting.
Mudlogging student interns needed
A deep well planned for April & May 2014 needs mudloggers, that is you, our MSc students with microscopy skills. The deep well is drilled into a salt dome in Northern Germany. Such drilling is required for either energy exploration or energy storage, both key aspects driving the country's economy. On-site shifts allow you to validate the lithologies drilled and test the subsurface model. If you are interested in some hands-on experience, please contact us at RPR or get in touch with our SPE student chapter.
Kick-off meeting in Azerbaijan
We recently were awarded a grant by the VolkswagenStiftung to further discuss our interdisciplinary transnational project with Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, which is hosted under the scheme "Environment, natural resources and renewable energies - Interdisciplinary transboundary research on human-envirnmental interactions". Our proposal entitled "Geological and geochemical aspects of natural hydrocarbon seepage from mud volcanoes and its socio-economic impact on anthropogenic spills" addresses the full sequence from natural sciences to socio-economic reserach. Christoph Hilgers had very fruitfrul discussions with our partners from ADA University and Kazakhstan in beautiful Baku, Azerbaijan, an old city next to the Caspian Sea and located on the silk way.
Panel discussion at the EME Research Area, School of Business and Economics
Today Chris attends a panel discussion at EON ERC, RWTH Aachen University. Together with Prof. de Donker, Prof. Schüttrumpf, OI Randaxhe and Dr. Vogt, chaired by Prof. Madlener, selected real world ultra-long infrastructure investments are exposed from an electrical-engineering, civil-engineering, mining-engineering, geophysical and geological perspective, and discussed with the audience.
Our RWTH Applied Geoscience students on air
Today our students will be on air at WDR TV, entitled Excursions to the crater rim of Stromboli, talking about their field trip exploring Italy's active volcanoes and studying rocks and slabbed see-through rock sections under the microscope. "Die Exkursionen mit Professor Hilgers, die sind nichts für Unsportliche, denn es geht immer ganz hoch hinaus .. so wie bei der letzten Exkursion, da kletterten sie auf die kleinen Vulkaninseln oberhalb von Sizilien - ein Ort an dem die Erde Feuer spuckt (from WDR TV)". Earth's life wouldn't been there without volcanoes, whose gas eruptions provided the water of the sea as well as sulphur- and carbon dioxide protecting earth from cooling. The evolution of plants consumed CO2 and provides oxygen we breathe. Although sometimes devasting, the movement of plate tectonics causing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is an integral part to enable life on earth. A long-lasting global gas cycle of temporarilly increased CO2 expulsion causes a change of climate and leads to increased rock weathering, which in turn ties more CO2 into the sediment. The eruption frequency of our intracontinental Eifel volcanoes, generally dormant for 10s of thousands of years before the next devasting eruption, luckily this is much longer than the hourly erupting Stromboli and decade erupting Etna volcanoes in southern Italy (Link to TV Website).
presentation at TU Delft
Today Chris gave a presentation on oinging RPR research at the SPARKS colloqium at Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences at TU Delft on "Subseismic to microscale poro-perm reservoir heterogeneities from field- and experimental studies", followed by disucssions on future collaborations. Collaboration between TU Delft and RWTH Aachen has been established via the joint MSc Applied Geophysics between TU Delft, ETH Zurich and RWTH Aachen, to which RPR contributes.
We will join the two-day SPE Society of Petroleum Engineers conference held in Germany. Besides an overview of ongoing applied research of different institutions, three of our Master students will explore the potential job opportunities in the E&P industry.
Upper Carboniferous Quarry, Rhenish Massif
We will meet with the Geological Survey GD and representatives of the University of Bochum in the field to study a quarry of Upper Carboniferous unconventional reservoir rocks and discuss further collaborative research.
Kick-off meeting at Wintershall
Today we kick-off two long-term research projects with our colleages at Winterhsall, focusing on the tighs reservoir rocks and the implications of coating on reservoir quality. The projects are settled in a bundle of projects on integrated low perm systems (ilops). Further projects by the EMR group will contribute to a better understanding of future reservoir rocks.
Active Volcanoes field Trip
Today we returned from our one-week field trip climbing the volcanoes of the Aeolian Islands Vulcano, Lipari and Stromboli and Mt. Etna. We measured the temperatures and gas emissions of CO2, H2S and SO2 in the field, and discussed the formation of of volcanoes related to plate tectonics and geochemistry, as well as mineral dissolutions and precipitations.
Visit of CEMEX quarry
We are delighted to present our results on rock alterations and rock parameters at CEMEX near Osnabrueck. Data can be used for the improvement of reservoir exploarations, as well as mining aspects. We are looking forward for continuing collaboration.
Presentation at Geofluids Conference
Today Reservoir-Petrology RPR contributed with two oral presentations and one poster to the Geologische Vereinigung GV & Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft DMG Annual Meeting "Geofluids: Lubricants of the Earth" in Tuebingen. Patrick Wuestefeld (RPR) presented ongoing work on "Structural Diagenesis in an Upper Carboniferous Tight Gas Sands Reservoir Analogue, Piesberg Quarry, NW-Germany", with co-authors M. Höhne, P. Steindorf, B. Koehrer, P. Bertier, K. Schurk, C. Hilgers. Stephan Becker (RPR) followed with research on "Reservoir Quality in the A2C-Stringer interval of the late Neoproterozoic Ara-Group of the South Oman Salt Basin: Diagenetic relationships in space and time" with co-authors Lars Reuning, Peter A. Kukla, Steffen Abe, Shiyuan Li, Janos L. Urai, Suleiman Farqani, Gideon Lopes Cardozo, Zuwena Rawahi. Benjamin Busch (RPR) presented the poster by Annett Hufe (now with Wintershall), Benjamin Busch, Helge Stanjek, Christoph Hilgers on "Diffusion-controlled cementation experiments of salts in porous rock analogs using transparent microreactors".
SW-England Reservoir-Geology Field Seminar
Today all students returned home from our Reservoir-Geology field seminar in SW-England. Starting eastwards along the Bristol Channel, and crossing England westwards along the Bristish Channel, we studied and correlated siliciclastic Rotliegend and fractured carbonate reservoir rocks, Kimmeridge and other oil shales, as well as Cretaceous at Lulworth. Oil sands and and oil dripping from the cliffs were sampled for further analyses of our Organic Geochemistry course with Prof. Jan Schwarzbauer. Many thanks to Benni and Gunnar for bringing students home safely and the continuous support during the field classes.
15. Aachener Altlasten- und Berschadenkundliches Kolloqium ABK
A colloqium will be presented on July 16th 2013 at RWTH Aachen University on "Fracking and no end" in the frame of the 15. Aachener Altlasten- und Berschadenkundliches Kolloqium ABK. Various experts from different disciplines will present aspects such as: authorities view, different techniques, legal challenges, dialog process, and implications for research. Registration until 1.7.2013 per fax at GDMB Gesellschaft für Metallurgen und Bergleute e.V., more informations at www.abk.gdmb.de Reservoir-Petrology contributes with colleagues on the Directions of future research on fracking
Am 16. Juli 2013 findet das 15. Aachener Altlasten- und Berschadenkundliches Kolloqium ABK zum Thema "Fracking und kein Ende" an der RWTH Aachen statt. Dabei werden von Referenten unterschiedlichster Fachdisziplinen folgende Aspekte präsentiert: Behördliche Sicht, die unterschiedlichen Verfahren, rechtliche Herausforderungen, der Dialogprozess und Implikationen für die Forschung. Die Anmeldung erfolgt per Fax bei der GDMB Gesellschaft für Metallurgen und Bergleute e.V. bis zum 1.7.2013 entgegen genommen, weitere Informationen unter www.abk.gdmb.de. Die Reservoir-Petrologie trägt mit dem Thema Beitrag zukünftiger Forschung zum Thema Fracking bei.
Faculty's teaching award to Christoph Hilgers
Today the faculty's teaching award was granted to Christoph Hilgers for his excellence of his lectures and field seminars. In his laudatio, the Dean educ. Prof. Dr. Christoph Schneider cited from the student council's recommendation letter and students comments on the evaluation sheets: "... he puts a high workload on us and expects a lot ... due to the integrated approach, I had to apply all what I learned before ... I never learned more in such short time .. he thinks that there's only Reservoir-Geology .... when we repeated the course content in the field, I understood ... field trips are quite different compared to others, visiting not more than 3 exposures a day, students are splitted up in teams and guided to discover and explore ...". Chris likes to thank the nomination committee of the Faculty for Georesrouces and Materials Engineering for being granted the award, and the students for their support.
Geological Survey NRW
Today we discuss and exchange ideas on Upper Carboniferous rocks with the state's geological survey in Krefeld, NRW. Siliciclastic Upper Carboniferous rocks comprise hard coal and organic rich shales, as well as tight sandstones, and thus a huge potential of unconventional reservoirs. The Aachen-Wurm Revier is one of the world's oldest subsurface coal mine areas, with first records dated more than 900 years ago.
visit of Harun at RPR
Today Harun Cekir, currently at Wintershall, visited RPR, comparing with Mareen the alteration and diagenesis of Upper Carboniferous siliciclastic rocks from surface exposures near Osnabrück and subsurface well data. Exposed rocks a generally alterated and expose a higher porosity than those located at depth. Thus, core data from wells are required to better predict subsurface processes.
Our 2nd year EMR BSc students went on their compulsory field trip to Scotland. After a short introduction to the Glen Coe Caldera, fault intrusion and volcanism, Ballachulish pluton and contact metamorphism, as well as Kerrera Island's Dalaradian rocks, we mapped the area around Kinlochleven. Our trip started with a stormy night in Glen Coe, followed by sunshine at 15 deg C and a first sunstroke. Overnight the munros (3000 ft = 914 m) and the smaller mountains in the regions were covered with snow, and camping was frosty. However, we climbed up and down the mountains, followed by late evenings of follow-up lectures and discussions. After some hail and horizontal rain conditions became better and everyone returned home safely a tan and nice geological map. Luckily, there were hardly any midgies this year.
Following Azerbaijan's state oil company visiting our EMR group at RWTH Aachen University, Chris visited Azerbaijan's capital Baku and gave a presentation at the National Academy of Sciences, followed by talks with representatives of the National Academy, as well as the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy and the oil industry. Located on the silk way, the thriving country on the Caspian sea is the oldest place of hydrocarbon usage, where Zoroastrians worshipped fire and used gas seeps as sacred places. Active mudvolcanoes form impressive hills and produce enormous volumes of liquified muds from depth.
We kindly thank Kris Piessens, Belgian Geological Survey in Brussels,for his invitation and discussions on joint research in the Euregio on shale gas. Shales are quite complex rocks and their structural diagenesis is yet poorly understood. By joining up expertise we aim to better understand these interesting rocks.
Presentation on Structural Diagenesis
Chris presented the outcome of Mareen's and Philipp's excellent work today at Wintershall. Upper Carboniferous siliciclastic rocks expose a significant heterogeneity of the pore space in fluvial sedimentary bodies, which were studied in detail from pore- to reservoir scale.
Presentation on flow barriers in reservoir rocks
We presented our first results on sedimentary and structural flow barriers in Mesozoic eolian sandstones in Hamburg today. Fluid flow in sedimentary rocks might be affected by sedimentary settings and structural phenomena, leading to sealing of the rock fabric. Thanks to Rebecca's and Benni's excellent work and presentation we contribute to the predictibility of reservoir compartments.
19.3.2013 lecture on pump storage plants - PSPs
Today at 7pm Prof. Dr. Holger Schüttrumpf, RWTH Aachen University - Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft will give a presentation on pump storage plants PSP “Pumpspeicherwerke in der Region Niederrhein - Grundlagen, Stand, Potentiale” within the lecture series of Energy Hills e.V.. The interim storage of "green" energy is among the main issues to be addressed in the near future.
21.2.2013 upcoming DRT conference in Leuven, Belgium
Please note the 18th DRT conference Deformation, Rheology, Tectonics in Leuven, Belgium from September 16th-18th 2013 in Leuven, Belgium, and the relating website here. We are happy to support the conference manager Manuel Sintubin.
Abstract submission – 31 May 2013, Early bird registration – 30 June 2013, conference - 16-18 September 2013
7.2.2013 RPR at DGMK conference 2013
RPR contributions were accepted as oral and poster presentations at the annual DGMK conference (Deutsche Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Erdöl, Erdgas und Kohle e.V.) in Celle in April 2013. The conference's topic is on Best Practices - Erwartungen an neue E&P Technologien .
20.2.2013 Invited talk in Bochum on Oman
Chris presented some insight on beautiful Oman, entitled "Weihrauch, Wüste, Wadis - Oman: Ein geologisches Wunderland auf dem Weg in die Neuzeit" at the Gesellschaft für Geographie und Geologie in Bochum e.V.. Cultural as well as geological aspects were addressed, exposing the beauty of the country. Oman exposes the Jabal Akdhar anticline and Jabal Shams mountains, an almost 3000m peak formed during Alpine orogeny and closure of the Thetys ocean. Carbonate reservoirs in Meszoic rocks, carbonate stringers, piercing salt domes, the Wahiba Sands desert and the obducted Semail ophilithe are just a few of many geological wonders of the Sultante.
21.1.2013 We now have WLan
We now can provide WLan to our students on the 5th floor with kind support of the Center for Computing and Communication of RWTH Aachen University.
23.12.2012 Merry Christmas
The EMR-Group wishes a merry christmas to our partners, colleagues and friends, and a happy and successful 2013.
23.12.2012 Merry Christmas
The RPR team thanks our partners, colleagues and friends for our excellent and fruitful collaboration and wishes a merry xmas, and a happy and successful 2013.
18.-19.12.2012 Workshop Hydrocarbon Resevoirs
The EMR-Group is running a workshop on the "Petrophysics and Geochemistry of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Reservoirs", organized by Yves Gensterblum from the Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Petroleum and Coal. We host guests from Australia, Netherlands and the UK here in Aachen, both from academia and industry. Chris gives a presentation on Structural Diagenesis – some insights from field analogs and see-through experiments.
08.12.2012 First Graduation Ceremony at GUtech in Muscat, Oman
Today the first graduation ceremony was held at the new campus of German University of Technology in Halban near Muscat, Oman. Professor Burkhard Rauhut, Rector of GUtech since 2008, and Dr. Dorothea Rüland, Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD gave the words of greetings. The graduates were addressed RWTH Aachen's Rector Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg. 30 Bachelor graduates dressed in an black academic gown, among them five geoscientists, received their final certificate. GUtech is a limited liable establishment owned by local investors (see interview in Spiegel Special 5/2008 with Prof. Rauhut), and was designed in 2006 and put into operation by Barbara Stäuble and Christoph Hilgers in 2007. We are happy to see the first graduates in Urban Planning, IT, Sustainable Tourism and Geosciences leaving the university and wish them all success.
28.11.2012 Stephan Becker's PhD defended
Today Stephan Becker successfully defended his PhD in front of a committee by Prof. Peter Kukla, Prof. Janos Urai and chaired by Prof. Klaus Reicherter. We congratulate Dr. Becker and are happy to keep him at RWTH!
28.11.2012 Lecture honoured
Today our lecture Reservoir-Petrology II (12ss-33528) was honoured among the top faculty's courses, based on student evaluation. We have to admit that we were surprised, since student's workload is quite high. RPR thanks our students for the positive evaluation.
16.11.2012 Foot unscrewed
After a nasty graben-like fracture of Chris' foot and its rearrangement with bolts and a plate last year, diagenesis cemented the fractures well. Today the metal pieces were taken out, and this unwanted and hopefully first and last self-study on structural diagenesis came to an end. Thanks to the hospital's expertise back home the same day, many thanks!
13.11.2012 Professor awarded
Today Christoph Hilgers, Institute of Reservoir-Petrology, received the apl. professor certificate from the faculty's dean Professor Ralf Littke. In a small ceremony in the deanery, Chris' academic contributions were acknowledged. Chris expressed his gratitude to the faculty, the student board and all others who supported the award.
13.11.2012 Klaus Vogel presents his MSc GRM to businessmen
Klaus Vogel, MSc, presented his Master Project at the Energy Center in Willich to local businessmen, municipality and local energy suppliers. After a short introduction by Willich's major Josef Heyes, Klaus outlined the questionary he developed for the business park in Willich. He described the needs, economic potential and requirements for the local industry to move towards geothemal energy. After his presentation, the stimulating discussion urged the need for further projects.
4.-7.11.2012 Stephen Laubach, Christoph Hilgers and Mark Evans organize a GSA Special Session on Structural Diagenesis
Stephen Laubach, Christoph Hilgers and Mark Evans organized a GSA Special Session on Structural Diagenesis at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nov 4th – 7th 2012, 4.-7.11.2012. Their session T171 The Role of Structure and Diagenesis in Governing Fluid Storage and Flow in Deep Sedimentary Basins with Applications to Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs (GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Geophysics Division) on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday had a very good response, with Peter Hennings from ConocoPhillips Subsurface Technology addressing the keynote.
18.10.2012 Rob and Linda visit RPR
We welcome Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell at RPR for an exchange of ideas and extended collaboration. Rob and Linda develop the Reservoir Quality Prediction software Touchstone and the crystal growth program Prism2D, which will complement our current and future research. More can be found on their company's website http://geocosm.net/
17.-22.9.2012 Field trip: Climb active volcanoes
This week we are off to Sicily and the Eolian Islands with our Bachelor students. We will study some of the active Mediterranean volcanoes and get a better insight into our dynamic planet and its underlying processes. We will climb the active volcanoes Vulcano, Stromboli and Etna and study the rocks of Lipari island.
16.9.2012 Farewell Omani students
Today our Omani geology students from GUtech in Muscat are heading home. We wish a save journey, a warm welcome at home and hope to see you soon back in Germany or in Oman.
10.-15.9.2012 Field Seminar S-England
This week we run our field seminar for Master Students in S-England. We will study cliff exposures of Triassic and Jurassic porous siliciclastic reservoirs, Jurassic fractured carbonate reservoirs and source rocks of the Blue Lias and Kimmeridigian along the Bristol Channel and British Channel. We will analyze and discuss depositional environments, facies, diagenesis and structures, and will take rocks samples for organic geochemistry analyses (MSc course Organic Geochemistry by Jan Schwarzbauer).
27.8.-9.9.2012 Omani students at RPR
We welcome Omani students from the German University of Technology in Aachen, who will stay with us for a language course and geology classes on petrography. Our continuous exchange of Omani students to RWTH Aachen and RWTH students to Oman is now in its 3rd year.
21.8.2012 GSA Session accepted
We are happy to announce that our GSA session T171. The Role of Structure and Diagenesis in Governing Fluid Storage and Flow in Deep Sedimentary Basins with Applications to Unconventional Oil and Gas Reservoirs was accepted by the Geological Society of America GSAat Charlotte, North Carolina, Nov 4th – 7th 2012, 4.-7.11.2012
23.7.2012 Subseismic flow barriers
We will now start a funded project on flow barriers in the Rotliegend. The German Rotliegend is an important hydrocarbon reservoir in sandstone, whose structural diagenesis is not yet fully resolved. We'll try to contribute, addressing different cementation patterns and the flow behavior.
15.7.2012 Field trip for Industry
We will guide a field trip to an unconventional tight gas reservoir analogue for geologists and reservoir engineers from industry on Sunday. Rock exposures similar to those explored in the deep subsurface - thus neither accessible nor visible unless using wells and seismics - are important to understand the reservoir's complexity.
9.7.2012 New Paper out
A new paper on "A Procedure for Integrating Geologic Concepts into History Matching" in Society of Petroleum Engineers, SPE 159885-PP has been published by Sofie and co-authors.
We examined some phantastic outcrops on Mesozoic Posidonienschiefer and Paleozoic Alaunschiefer across Germany, and checked whether and how these unconventional reservoir rocks can be studied in more detail.
22.06.2012 Poster Award Geotag
Congratulation to our Master Students Rabea Viße and Annett Hufe who won a poster award at the Geotag 2012 conference. Master projects at RPR cover coupled field- and thin section work, experimental work and reservoir-related outreach.
22.06.2012 Geotag 2012
Please note our annual Geotag meeting, which brings together Industry and students with interesting presentations from Geoscientists working in different applied fields. Our RPR-students Annett, Klaus, Philipp and Rabea will present their first poster on their ongoing projects. This year's Geotag will start at 9.30 am at RWTH Aachen, Couvenhalle (opposite RWTH's central building). Please have a look at the LIH website for further details.
03.06.2012 Scotland field seminar retuned home safely
Today all eighteen Bachelor students returned home safely from the one-week field seminar in Scotland. Starting with 25+ weather conditions, some snow on the munroes and beautiful sceneries, we studied some world-class exposures in Glen Coe, Ballachulish, Appin and on Kerrera island. Unconformities, volcanoes, plutons, regional and contact metamorphism, sedimentary and deformation structures in sedimentary and crystalline rocks are not anymore nice textbook pictures but real. A drop in temperatures to +12 kicked-off the standard Scottish weather period with some drizzle and wind. Some could even experience horizontal rain. Midges were a bit nasty this year. We started to work on indivudual areas in the Mamore mountain ridge, and successfully created a map of our field area. Combined with theory sessions we developed a good understanding of the underlying processes, and after some physical training everyone returned home safely and well tanned. Click on Galleries for some photos.
Our young Geoscientists (geosciences being the youngest of the natural science subjects) are guided to well exposed world-class case studies to get a profound understanding of earth system processes in space and time.
26.05.2012 Scotland field class
Our education in the field start end of May, running a field seminar in the Scottish Highlands. Weather conditions are as usual, don't forget warm clothing and a good sleeping bag.
10.-11.05.2012 Unconventional Shale Gas
Chris participates in AAPG's Unconvential Shale Gas Conference in Warsaw, Poland. Shale gas offers a huge additional energy resource.
5.5.2012 Field Seminar
Please note today's Wurmtal field seminar, starting 8.30h in front of the Bergbaugebäude / miners building. Expected return 18h. Please bring your bicycle.
4.5.2012 Development of image analysis tools
Today we discuss the potentials of modern image analyses with the Deparment of Life Science Informatics at the Fraunhofer Institute at Bonn Sankt Augustin, since automated analyses of of digitized rock data contains huge potentials.
Today we visited Cemex and are happy that we can carry out some geological studies in their Upper Carboniferous quarry.
19.-20.4.2012 Energy conference
Chris and Prof. Kukla attend the DGMK conference in Celle on primary energy resources and energy storage.
17.4.2012 Press article
Newspaper release: "Den Geopfad punktuell reaktivieren, Egon Keller traf sich mit Wissenschaftlern und Erich Schell in Blankenheim" in Kölnische Rundschau, Nr. 90, p. 35 highlights the need of geological awareness in public, which was initiated in the Eifel region by Prof Werner Kasig, who visited the lovely village of Blankenheim together with Chris
16.4.2012 McKinsey at Department of Geosciences
Chris welcomes McKinsey at the School of Geoscience to present the company's profile and discuss career opportunities.
12.4.2012 Contact-free geochemical visualisation tool
Chris explores the potential of new contact-free image tool used in biology on the chemical alteration and porosity of rocks and outcrops at another university... successfully!
30.3.2012 RPR at TSK conference
Francesco presents his research on fractures and fracture cements of carbonate reservoir rocks at the TSK14 conference in Kiel in an oral presentation. Dennis and Stefan have a poster presentation on their laser scan of a carbonate reservoir analogue and Upper Carboniferous unconventional rocks, respectively.
21.3.2012 Geopfad Blankenheim
We explore the status quo of the Geopfad in Blankenheim and work out if and how we may contribute to improve the quality of this geology-hike.
3.3.2012 Paper online
Sofie's paper on Localization patterns in sandbox-scale numerical experiments above a normal fault in basement is now in press with the Journal of Structural Geology.