TCS Geological Information and Modeling Consortium



Julie Hollis

Consortium governance and coordination

BRGM (France)

Organizations in the consortium

  • GFZ (Germany)
  • GSI (Ireland)  
  • UKRI (UK) 
  • Uppsala University (Sweden) 
  • BRGM (France) 
  • GEUS (Denmark)
  • ISPRA (Italy)
  • EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), 
  • GeoZS (Slovenia)
  • CGS (Czech Republic) 



The TCS "Geological information and Modeling" workpackage is composed of 6 partners, representative of the geological survey, research center and academic communities.

BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières (the French Geological Survey) is the WP 15 leader. The other member organisations are:

  • 3 Geological surveys:
    GSI (Department of Communications, Energy and Natural resources - Ireland)
    GEUS (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland - Denmark)
    ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale - Italy)
  • 1 Research center: GFZ (GEOFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM - Germany),
  • 1 University: UU-SE (UPPSALA UNIVERSITET - Sweden)

Together, they bring their own vision and expertise in their specific areas to contribute to the WP outputs and the whole EPOS project achievements.

Practically, the WP tasks have been assigned to the WP partners. They are designed and broken down as follows:

Strategic activities & governance

Coordination and interaction with the community

Task 15.1 - Strategic activities and governance
Leader: GSI
Participants: all

The overarching goal of this task is to coordinate the strategic activities necessary to establish the governance structure for guaranteeing the long-term sustainability of the involved Research Innsfrastructures (Ris) for the data provision through EPOS.

The task aims at establishing communication channels for the interaction with the whole TCS community and, working in close cooperation with WP2, to contribute in supporting EPOS communication strategy, targeting in particular the external communities and geological information providers not involved in the WP.

Task 15.2 - Coordination and Interaction with the community
Leader: BRGM
Participant: GSI


Task 15.3 - Interoperability with EPOS ICS and testing.
Leader: BRGM
Participants: GFZ, GEUS, ISPRA

This task implies work in close cooperation with WPs 6 and 7. Interoperability is a major issue. It is of utmost importance to develop interoperability mechanisms between EPOS ICS and the Geological TCS standards. Besides activities must be coordinated in order to guarantee the interoperability between the involved infrastructures and the ICS.

Geological data, product & services

Task 15.4 - Development of geological thematic services
Leader: GEUS
Participants: BRGM, GSI, ISPRA, GFZ and UU-SE

This task involves the provision of a number of services that will make geological data available for use in appropriate forms together with other EPOS data.

Drilling is the only way to obtain information about the subsurface, but in-situ subsurface information is usually exceptional (because very costly) and of unique scientific value. While these data are public, they are also scattered in many databases, files - or worse - scientist’s office drawers. As a result they are not easily accessible to the geoscientific community. The aim of Task 15.6 is to provide functional and operational service making access to existing and future digital scientific drilling data and metadata easy and efficient via the EPOS Core Services.

Task 15.6 - Scientific Drilling Data
Leader: UU-SE
Participants: GFZ, GEUS

Task 15.5 - Geosurveys’ Data
Leader: ISPRA
Participants: BRGM, GEUS, GSI, UU-SE

National Geological Survey organisations in Europe accumulated large amounts of geological data. These data are essential for the assessment of mineral and energy resources as well as for the identification and characterization of geohazard associated with natural phenomena (e.g. landslides, earthquakes, floods, etc.). They also are an important baseline for research. The Geological Surveys are currently working on building a common data infrastructure called EGDI (European Geological Data Infrastructure). Through several data harmonisation projects most of these data have been brought to a common form. The task will explore the data and make available pre-elaborated layers in order to select those that are relevant for EPOS.
3D | 4D  modeling

Task 15.7 - Scientific Subsurface Data
Leader: GFZ
Participants: UU-SE; GEUS.

The objective of Task 15.7 is the provision of an efficient and easy access to scientific subsurface data sets obtained from scientific observatories and by geological 3D-modeling. 3D and 4D datasets include structural geology models as well as numerical models, e.g., temperature, aquifers and velocity. This also includes the validated raw data, e.g. seismic profiles, from which the models are derived.