Background information about the project


The GeoConnect³d project developed and tested a new methodological approach to prepare and disclose geological information for policy support and subsurface management. The methodology was developed using the Roer-to-Rhine region and the Pannonian Basin, two areas extending over many countries in which geological settings and degree of implementation of subsurface exploitation and management differ greatly. The approach was also tested in two smaller one-country pilot areas in Germany and Ireland, and in a broader pan-European context. The resulting integrated model brings together results from all different case studies and is composed of spatial data, available in the EGDI viewer, and linked vocabulary with definitions and relations between all elements and databases with further relevant geological information. These results were critically evaluated by project partners, both involved or not in the construction of the structural framework and geomanifestation databases. It has been concluded that the GeoConnect³d approach allows the integration of complex cross-thematic research, and is beneficial to achieve cross-border harmonisation. The novel elements of geomanifestations and the use of semantic relations facilitate the communication of geological features of the subsurface. The GeoConnect³d methodology is successful to gather, harmonise and disclose geological knowledge, and it is ready to be used by a wide range of stakeholders.

Contact information

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the project coordinator Renata Barros, or check the contact information of the dedicated work package pages.

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Work packages
WP1Project Management Plan
WP2Interface package & Methodology
WP4Pannonian Basin
WP5Sharing the case studies

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Budget and participants

The total budget for the project is 1,827,753.07 € of which the participants contribute 1,284,910.41 € and the EC contributes 542,842.66 €.

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

#Participant Legal NameInstitutionCountryPerson Months
Funded partners
1Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences – Geological Survey of Belgium (Project Coordinator)RBINS-GSBBelgium47.92
2Vlaams Planbureau voor OmgevingVPOBelgium8.5
3Vlaams Instituut voor Technologisch Onderzoek. VITO will act as a third party of VPOVITOBelgium25.8
4Federalni zavod za geologiju – Geological Survey of Federation of Bosnia and HerzegovinaFZZGBosnia and Herzegovina23.1
5Hrvatski Geološki Institut – Croatian Geological SurveyHGI-CGSCroatia23.55
6Ceska Geologicka Sluzba – Czech Geological SurveyCGSCzech Republic3.0
7Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et MinièresBRGMFrance12.0
8Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und RohstoffeBGRGermany1.5
9Bayerisches Landesamt für UmweltLfUGermany12.0
10Magyar Bányászati és Földtani Szolgálat – Mining and Geological Survey of HungaryMBFSZHungary63.0
11Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment – Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI)GSIIreland12.0
12Service Géologique du LuxembourgSGLLuxemburg3.0
13Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk OnderzoekTNONetherlands13.0
14Państwowy Instytut Geologiczny – Państwowy Instytut BadawczyPIG-PIBPoland12.0
15Institutul Geologic al RomânieiIGRRomania24.0
16Geological Survey of SerbiaGSSSerbia21.0
17State Geological Institute of Dionyz SturSGIDSSlovakia6.0
18Geološki zavod SlovenijeGeoZSSlovenia18.9
19State Research and Development Enterprise “State Information Geological Fund of Ukraine”GeoInformUkraine2.6
Non-funded partner
20Geologischer Dienst Nordrhein-WestfalenGD NRWGermany2.0