Task 1.4: Data infrastructure

Research partners: Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo), University of Bern, University of Geneva

Research objectives
A wide variety of 3D subsurface data must be compiled to quantify the potential for geothermal energy production and CO2 storage within Switzerland, and to guide exploration and efficient exploitation. Moreover, the subsurface data need to be linked to diverse 2D surface information on groundwater protection, land use, conflicting resources, etc., to facilitate planning, licensing and monitoring. The objective of this task is to incorporate new subsurface data produced in WP1 into a digital archive in a sustainable form that is permanently accessible to institutions and industry, and that allows for modern 3D imaging and data-mining.

During the 2013-2016 project period the Swiss Geological Survey of swisstopo will continue building its Geological Information and Production System (GIPS). This will involve: developing recommendations and standards for structuring, storing and exchanging borehole data and seismic lines; digitizing existing analog maps, sections and other analog information; feeding new subsurface data from WP1 into geospatial databases; expanding the 3D GeoMol model of the subsurface of the Swiss Molasse Basin; reinterpreting existing seismic lines to expand resolution of the Swiss Geophysical Atlas; constructing web-services that allow full interoperability of 3D geological information as well as visualization of 2D data and 3D models via web portal; integrating geological information of various kinds into the national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI); expanding computer storage capacity at swisstopo.

A professionally managed, web-based platform for the sustainable storage and exchange of geological data and models among SCCER partners, industry and institutions will be delivered, and the work will be integrated with the InterReg project GeoMol, presently conducted by swisstopo in collaboration with the geological surveys in neighboring countries.

Current projects

GeoTherm is an internet-based information platform. It is designed for supplying easy access to data and information relevant for geothermal energy related projects. Target groups are project planners and administrative bodies for the federal and cantonal level.

Source of funding: Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo)

Research partners: Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo)

Duration: 2015 to 2018

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Relevant geothermal data from the environment of the SCCER-SoE shall be collected and stored on a swisstopo IT infrastructure for public interest. The database is developed in the project “GeoTherm” from swisstopo. The following raw data will be described and recorded: borehole log files, 2D / 3D active seismic surveys and passive seismic measurement for geothermal applications.

Source of funding: Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo)

Research partners: Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo)

Duration: August 2016 to July 2018

The Swiss Geology Data Model Suite (SGDMS) defines the structure of data of various spatial dimensions, e.g. points (boreholes), lines (geol. cross sections), 2D surfaces (geol. vector and raster maps), 3D surfaces and volumes (geological 3D-models) as well as purely semantic data (harmonised stratigraphy). The SGDMS is a work in progress, existing data models are continuously updated and new models added.

Source of funding: Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo)

Research partners: Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo), Swiss Cantons

Duration: Continuous Task of swisstopo

3D structural model of the Swiss Molasse Basin with 12 geological horizons and simplified major fault zones. The model is based on subsurface data (seismics and wells) as well as surface geology.

Source of funding: Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo), Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE), Cantons of ZH, FR, AG, VD, GE, SO, LU

Research partners: Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo), Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE), Cantons of ZH, VD, GE, SO, Abteilung Angewandte & Umweltgeologie (AUG) at the University of Basel, University of Bern, University of Fribourg, Musée cantonale de VD

Duration: 2013 to 2016

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