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Flyer of current MSc courses on Geosciences

Our School of Geosciences currently runs three internationally re-accredited MSc courses in Geosciences. Applied Geophysics is a joint MSc with TU Delft and ETH Zurich. Students enroll at TU Delft and study one semester in Delft, Zurich and Aachen before completing their 6 months Master thesis. Language of instruction is English. The MSc in Applied Geosciences offers different streams, one in Energy & Mineral Resources (language of instruction is English), one in Geophysik-Ingenieurgeologie-Hydrogeologie (language of instruction is mainly German), and one in GeoMaterials. Our MSc in GeoresourcesMangement offers two different streams in Resources Management and Evironmental Management (language of instruction is English and German). Further details can be obtained here.




Brainstorm about MENA region

Today we brainstormed in Bonn with several stakeholders from governmental and industry representatives about a joint project in the MENA region, focusing on tertiary higher education. The initiative headed by Prof. Edda Pulst discussed options of knowledge transfer of mutual interest.



Field Seminar in Scotland

We returned home safely from our one week field seminar around Glen Coe, Scotland. Despite midges factor 4 to 5 on a scale of 1 to 5, all students coped well with harsh conditions. Physically and mentally strong, we climbed some mountains even when within clouds. As always, temperature dropped upon arrival but 15 deg C and slight showers showed to be excellent conditions for field work. Dalradian rocks along the Great Glen strike slip faults were intensly deformed during Caledonian orogenesis, metamorphosed during subduction and penetrated by plutons and covered by Devonian volcanics. Old Red sediments in W-Scotland were compared to the Devonian Aachen rocks, and the location of paleo-continents were discussed.



Presentation at Burlington House, London

Benni gave a talk on his research of flow heterogeneities Rotliegend sandstones. The conference on Reservoir Quality of Clastic and Carbonate Rocks: Analysis, Modelling and Prediction at the Geological Society, Burlington House, London. The conference seeks to address the factors and processes controlling rock properties of clastic and carbonate rocks as well as showcase novel analytical techniques and demonstrate diagenetic modelling capability. He is invited to submit a peer reviewed paper.




our students on WDR TV

Today we were on air with our students on WDR TV, promoting the Lehmjoeres hike around Stolberg-Vicht. The village Vicht is located 2 km south of Stolberg and 5 km ESE Aachen and stretches along the river Vicht. It not only displays the strong relation of geology and industrial development, but is the origin of Germany’s industrial culture, which from the Aachen-Stolberg region later moved to the Rur area and established the Ruhr district, Europe’s largest industrial center. A brief overview of the geology and industrial devlopment can be found here.



New Senior Researcher Ulrike Hilse at RPR

We welcome Ulrike as our new senior researcher at Reservoir-Petrology. Ulrike obtained her profound knowledge on variious analytical technqiues of siliciclastic rocks at Jena University. We are happy to have her on board and look forward on her contributions to structural diagenesis.



Touchstone Shortcourse

Rob Lander and Linda Bonnell from Geocosm, Colorado, run a Basic- and Advanced Course in Resevoir Quality Prediction Modeling at our department for our students doing a petrography based final thesis and industry representatives. Knowing the mineralogical compositon of rocks, their thermal exposure and facies distribution, the software predicts scenarios of reservoir quality based on the kinetics of reaction rates. We are happy that Geocosm provides licenses to carry out research at Reservoir-Petrology.



Rotliegend Convential Reservoir Analog, England

Benni is out with two Bachelor students to study Rotliegend sandstones in the UK. We study the variation of sedimentary units deposited in an eolian setting and the impact of grain coats on pore space cemenation and implement data in reservoir-quality prediction modeling.



Upper Carboniferous Tight Gas Rocks

Patrick is out with three Bachelor students to study Upper Carboniferous sandstones near Albringhausen and Piesberg, northwest Germany. We study the variation of sedimentary units deposited in a river system, pore space cemenation, the spatial fracture distribution and the cementation of of fractures and faults.



Presentation at SPE meeting, Vienna

Patrick presented his first results at the SPE/EAGE European Unconventional Conference and Exhibition held in Vienna, Austria. His associated 10-pages paper number SPE 167793 by Wuestefeld et al. is entitled "Reservoir Heterogeneity in Upper Carboniferous Tight Gas Sandstones: Lessons Learned From an Analog Study".



GoEast DAAD scholarships for Azerbaijan

Please note that the DAAD Go East program will fund 10 scholarships for German students attending the winter oil summerschool in Baku, Azerbaijan. The winter oil school will be held in Baku from March 3-15, 2014. Application deadline is Februrary 10, 2014. Please check the DAAD website and for further details.



SPE - Society of Petroleum Engineers Student Chapter kicked-off

Today our EMR-Students kicked off their RWTH SPE-student chapter, supported by SPE's German Section and our faculty, and submitted their proposal to SPE's headquarter. SPE with it's app 100,000 members provides a worldwide network with peers and industry professionals and supports student chapters at Universities with Upstream-related Master courses. Our MSc Applied Geosciences - Energy & Mineral Resources Stream and our joint MSc Applied Geophysics with TU Delft and ETH Zurich fullfill the requirements and we are looking forward for the RWTH chapter to be accrediated by SPE's headquarter. Christoph Hilgers initated the establishment of a student chapter at RWTH when he took EMR-MSc students to the SPE-STC 2013 meeting.



Mudlogging student interns needed

A deep well planned for April & May 2014 needs mudloggers, that is you, our MSc students with microscopy skills. The deep well is drilled into a salt dome in Northern Germany. Such drilling is required for either energy exploration or energy storage, both key aspects driving the country's economy. On-site shifts allow you to validate the lithologies drilled and test the subsurface model. If you are interested in some hands-on experience, please contact us at RPR or get in touch with our SPE student chapter.



Kick-off meeting in Azerbaijan

We recently were awarded a grant by the VolkswagenStiftung to further discuss our interdisciplinary transnational project with Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, which is hosted under the scheme "Environment, natural resources and renewable energies - Interdisciplinary transboundary research on human-envirnmental interactions". Our proposal entitled "Geological and geochemical aspects of natural hydrocarbon seepage from mud volcanoes and its socio-economic impact on anthropogenic spills" addresses the full sequence from natural sciences to socio-economic reserach. Christoph Hilgers had very fruitfrul discussions with our partners from ADA University and Kazakhstan in beautiful Baku, Azerbaijan, an old city next to the Caspian Sea and located on the silk way. 



Panel discussion at the EME Research Area, School of Business and Economics

Today Chris attends a panel discussion at EON ERC, RWTH Aachen University. Together with Prof. de Donker, Prof. Schüttrumpf, OI Randaxhe and Dr. Vogt, chaired by Prof. Madlener, selected real world ultra-long infrastructure investments are exposed from an electrical-engineering, civil-engineering, mining-engineering, geophysical and geological perspective, and discussed with the audience.




Our RWTH Applied Geoscience students on air

Today our students will be on air at WDR TV, entitled Excursions to the crater rim of Stromboli, talking about their field trip exploring Italy's active volcanoes and studying rocks and slabbed see-through rock sections under the microscope. "Die Exkursionen mit Professor Hilgers, die sind nichts für Unsportliche, denn es geht immer ganz hoch hinaus .. so wie bei der letzten Exkursion, da kletterten sie auf die kleinen Vulkaninseln oberhalb von Sizilien - ein Ort an dem die Erde Feuer spuckt (from WDR TV)". Earth's life wouldn't been there without volcanoes, whose gas eruptions provided the water of the sea as well as sulphur- and carbon dioxide protecting earth from cooling. The evolution of plants consumed CO2 and provides oxygen we breathe. Although sometimes devasting, the movement of plate tectonics causing earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is an integral part to enable life on earth. A long-lasting global gas cycle of temporarilly increased CO2 expulsion causes a change of climate and leads to increased rock weathering, which in turn ties more CO2 into the sediment. The eruption frequency of our intracontinental Eifel volcanoes, generally dormant for 10s of thousands of years before the next devasting eruption, luckily this is much longer than the hourly erupting Stromboli and decade erupting Etna volcanoes in southern Italy (Link to TV Website).



presentation at TU Delft

Today Chris gave a presentation on oinging RPR research at the SPARKS colloqium at Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences at TU Delft on "Subseismic to microscale poro-perm reservoir heterogeneities from field- and experimental studies", followed by disucssions on future collaborations. Collaboration between TU Delft and RWTH Aachen has been established via the joint MSc Applied Geophysics between TU Delft, ETH Zurich and RWTH Aachen, to which RPR contributes.



SPE conference

We will join the two-day SPE Society of Petroleum Engineers conference held in Germany. Besides an overview of ongoing applied research of different institutions, three of our Master students will explore the potential job opportunities in the E&P industry.



Upper Carboniferous Quarry, Rhenish Massif

We will meet with the Geological Survey GD and representatives of the University of Bochum in the field to study a quarry of Upper Carboniferous unconventional reservoir rocks and discuss further collaborative research.



Kick-off meeting at Wintershall

Today we kick-off two long-term research projects with our colleages at Winterhsall, focusing on the tighs reservoir rocks and the implications of coating on reservoir quality. The projects are settled in a bundle of projects on integrated low perm systems (ilops). Further projects by the EMR group will contribute to a better understanding of future reservoir rocks.