3D geomodelling for Europe (3DGEO-EU)

Harmonization of geological data across geological, topographical, but especially across national borders is one of the most important work steps to create a base for trans-European assessments of resource potentials and possible conflicts of use of European subsurface. In the last decades a variety of different thematic maps were developed, but often not on a similar and consistent data base. Differences in the geological & geophysical interpretation (e.g. stratigraphy, velocity-model, structural interpretation, different methods of assessments) across the borders remain unchanged and were masked by generalizations in an overview scale. In the last years these “border-discontinuities” have become obvious by a variety of 3D-modeling projects. But workflows for harmonization of different geological 3D models are yet not established and proofed. In the proposed project we will show on the example of cross-border pilot areas how harmonization across the borders can be established and maintained with the progress of the national models. To support this harmonization, three work packages which focuses on method development aspects in regard of uncertainties of geological 3D models and their visualization, cross-border modeling of fault data, and 3D model consistency accompany the work in the pilot areas. The latter aspect will be demonstrated on the basis of case studies to show how 3D model consistency can be proofed. The methodologic advantages (agreements on best practices, optimized workflows, etc.) and the gain in experience on cross-border 3D harmonization work will be a keystone for further transnational harmonization projects.

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Project website

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D1.1, Inventory report (border area Netherlands – Lower Saxony)
D1.2, NLSD Supporting Document, Harmonized 3D model ESRI ASCII and ZMAP
D1.3, Cenzoic layers. Depth map and Thickness map
D1.4, Map of hydraulic barrier. ESRI ASCII and ZMAP
D1.5, Final Report, incl. lessons learned
D2.1, State of the Art (border area Germany – Poland)
D2.2, Documentation of harmonization methods, workflows and results
D2.3, Final joint model with supporting documents
D2.4, Final Report Including Lessons Learned
D3.1, State of the art report (North Sea: Netherlands – Germany – Denmark)
D3.2, Generalized cross-border 3D depth model of (a part of) the Entenschnabel region. Grids (CPS) and Grids (ZMAP)
D3.3, Harmonized stratigraphic chart for the North Sea area NL-DE-DK
D3.4, Correlation profiles through the study area (North Sea)
D3.5, Harmonized seismic stratigraphic concepts
D3.6, Harmonized time model of the Entenschnabel region and data
D3.7, A harmonized cross-border velocity model
D3.8, Appendix, High Resolution
D3.8, Harmonized depth models and structural framework of the NL-GER-DK North Sea
D3.8, Harmonized models and structural framework
D3.9, Final Report incl. Lessons Learnt
D4.1, State of the art in uncertainty visualization
D4.2, Sources of uncertainty in 3D geomodels
D4.3, Uncertainty visualization requirements of EGDI
D5.1, Report on methods, bottlenecks, best practices (Faults)
D6.1, Report on harmonization in western Pyrenees
D6.2, 3D model of the South western Pyrenees
D6.3, Harmonization procedure with gravmag in POL-GER border
D6.4, Optimized 3D reconstruction workflow
D7.1, Technical requirements for project data and results
D7.2, Data exchange report
D8.2, Project Data Management Plan
D8.5, Summary of project work and results

Work packages
WP1Cenozoic geothermal reservoirs in the northern onshore Dutch-German cross-border region
WP2Cross-border harmonization of selected horizons and structures in the Polish-German border region
WP3North Sea area NL-DE-DK
WP4Uncertainty in geomodels
WP6Optimizing reconstructions of the subsurface to reduce structural uncertainty in 3D models
WP7Information Platform Interface
WP8Project Management and Coordination
Budget and participants

The total budget for the project is 3,649,302 € of which the participants contribute 2,565,459 € and the EC contributes 1,083,843 €.

The Participants and their contributions in terms of Person Months are:

Partner (Short name)Partner NameCountry/RegionPerson Months
BGR (Project Lead)Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und RohstoffeGermany100
CGSCeska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological SurveyCzech Republic3
GEUSGeological Survey of Denmark and GreenlandDenmark47
LBGRLandesamt für Bergbau, Geologie und Rohstoffe BrandenburgGermany/Brandenburg33
LUNGLandesamt für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Geologie Mecklenburg-VorpommernGermany/ Mecklenburg Western Pomerania42
LBEGLandesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie NiedersachsenGermany/Lower Saxony72
LAGBLandesamt für Geologie und Bergwesen Sachsen-AnhaltGermany/Saxony-Anhalt36
TNONederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk OnderzoekThe Netherlands30.25
PGIPolish Geological Institute – National Research InstitutePoland40
IGMEInstituto Geológico y Minero de EspañaSpain38
GEOINFORMState Research and Development Enterprise State Information Geological Fund of UkraineUkraine1.21