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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Work packages

WP1: Cenozoic geothermal reservoirs in the northern onshore Dutch-German cross-border region
WP2: Cross-border harmonization of selected horizons and structures in the Polish-German border region
WP3: North Sea area NL-DE-DK
WP4: Uncertainty in geomodels
WP5: Faults
WP6: Optimizing reconstructions of the subsurface to reduce structural uncertainty in 3D models
WP7: Information Platform Interface
WP8: Project 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 Name Country/Region Person Months
BGR (Project Lead) Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe Germany


CGS Ceska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological Survey Czech Republic


GEUS Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland Denmark


LBGR Landesamt für Bergbau, Geologie und Rohstoffe Brandenburg Germany/Brandenburg


LUNG Landesamt für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Geologie Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Germany/ Mecklenburg Western Pomerania


LBEG Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie Niedersachsen Germany/Lower Saxony


LAGB Landesamt für Geologie und Bergwesen Sachsen-Anhalt Germany/Saxony-Anhalt


TNO Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek The Netherlands


PGI Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute Poland


IGME Instituto Geológico y Minero de España Spain


GEOINFORM State Research and Development Enterprise State Information Geological Fund of Ukraine Ukraine