Project Partners


TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek) is the largest fully independent Research, Development and Consultancy organization in the Netherlands, with a staff of over 5.000 and a total annual turnover of close to 600 million Euros. TNO’s primary tasks are to assist and support trade and industry including SME’s, governments and other sin technological innovation and solving problems by rendering services and transferring knowledge ad expertise. TNO participates in many EU programs aiming at technological development.


Geological Survey of Slovenia (GeoZS) is a public research institute established by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. The Survey carries out fundamental, applied, developmental and object research within all geological branches and related fields of work. It consists of research – programme groups and geological expert services. The research programs cover all the fields of geology that are of national importance. The main goals are contributing to the knowledge about geological composition of the national territory, production of geological maps, assessment of geological hazards, natural and anthropogenic, to living environments, assessment of threats to geological environment due to pollution and other anthropogenic factors, assessment of groundwater, mineral resources and geothermal energy resources, assessment of natural geological heritage, and development of geological knowledge and research methods. The geological expert services carry out the collection, verification, storage and distribution of geological data, the maintenance of geological data bases and expert as well as material archive of all geological research activities carried out within the national territory, the geological supervision, and the expert geological basis needed by the governmental administration and legislation.


The Bulgarian Geological Survey is a division of the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism (MEET) under the name of “Natural Resources and Concessions Directorate”. The Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism is responsible for the State policy and strategy in the field of geology and prospecting, exploration and mining of the underground resources, and the environmental protection on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea.


The Geological Institute of Romania (IGR) is a national institute for research and development, functioning with Geological Survey attributions under the coordination of the Romanian National Authority for Research and Development. IGR has a long tradition in production of national geological, geophysical and geochemical maps, in setting the basis for prospecting, exploration and territory management planning; assessing, monitoring and managing mineral resources; mining wastes management and recycling; assessing risks; and settling mitigation norms of natural hazard effects. This background allows IGR to be the main repository of mineral resources data concerning the Romanian territory. IGR is working in close co-operation with the National Agency for Mineral Resources and the Geological-Mining Department of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. In this way it contributes to the policy of these public entities oriented to improve the state of general knowledge of mineral resources and their regional distribution, the mineral resource management, the mining license procedures, the recycling of mining wastes, and to diminish the environmental impact of mining works.


The Polish Geological Institute (PGI), founded in 1919, is involved in comprehensive studies of geological structure of the country for practical use in national economy and environmental protection. In addition to its scientific activities in all fields of modern geology the Institute has been entrusted with the tasks of the Polish Geological Survey and the Polish Hydrogeological Survey and is responsible for the country's safety in geo-energy and mineral resources and groundwater management, monitoring of the geological environment and warning against natural hazards.


Geological Survey of Estonia (EGK) is a government-owned enterprise and is responsible to the Ministry of the Environment. The major goal of EGK is providing geological base information for the government, local authorities and the public. According to its Statutes, EGK performs: geological mapping of land and shelf; general geophysical and geological investigations; compiling thematic maps (e.g. radon risk, mineral deposits etc.) for all Estonia; exploration of mineral resources and groundwater; keeping geological archives (depositories), storing rock samples and drill cores; seismic, coastal and groundwater monitoring; environmental impact assessment of geological processes and related research.


The Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary (MFGI), founded in 2012 after concentration of Geological Institute of Hungary (MÁFI) and Geophysical Institute of Hungary (ELGI). It is a public sector research institute, whose mission is to support Hungary’s economic competitiveness, the effectiveness of public services and policy by providing up-to-date geo-scientific information for the government and the society. As a national geological survey, it is responsible to advance geo-scientific knowledge of Hungary’s landmass by systematic acquisition, interpretation, management and dissemination of geo-scientific data. By the systematic surveying of Hungary, MFGI provides comprehensive and impartial geo-scientific information and advice to decision makers, enabling sustainable and efficient choices to be made in utilizing and managing the environment and its resources. MFGI has a wide experience in participating in international projects, especially related to trans-boundary cooperation.


The Geological Survey of Belgium, department of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (GSB-RBINS), is a geo-scientific documentation centre and a central player in national and international research and development projects. Modern and historical data that become available through research and exploration are digitally processed in databases and geographical information systems, where information and materials dealing with the subsoil can be consulted. On request, this information is processed into specific end-user products or advice. Various scientific disciplines are needed for this, e.g. cartography, sedimentology, mineralogy, stratigraphy, geophysics and building materials. As a part of the service providing mission, also basic social issues are dealt with, like how to use and process the subsoil in a sustainable way, and how to cope with problems caused by inappropriate use. Special attention goes to urban geology, water resources, climate change, mineral resources, environment and geo-hazards. The GeoEnergy group of the Geological Survey of Belgium originated with the exploration campaigns for coal in the Flanders and the Walloon region. The expertise was extended with projects including exploration for hydrocarbons, geothermal energy, heat-cold storage, subsoil gasification of coal, storage of natural gas and reutilizing mining infrastructure.


Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P (LNEG) is a government-owned institute and is responsible to the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation. One of the major goals of LNEG is providing geological base information for the government, local authorities and the public. According to its Statutes, LNEG performs: developing projects in the domains of geological survey, inventory, exploration and characterisation of mineral resources and subsequent application to geological hazards, land use managing, environmental management and geological heritage.


The Geological, Seismic and Soil survey of Emilia Romagna Region (SGSS) is part of the Department for Soil and Coastal Defense, Civil Defense – Head Office Environmental affairs of Emilia Romagna Region. The SGSS has the task of building and organizing a territorial knowledge framework. Its remit encompasses the sectors of geology, soil, hydrogeology, landslides, seismic, geothermal energy, quarries, coast, surveying and monitoring. It manages and organizes the relative databases, web-GIS applications, establishing thematic and application databases and carrying out specific analyses.


The University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR) is the unique public university in the Aragón Region in Spain and it is the main centre of technological innovation in the Ebro Valley. The Advanced Information Systems Group (IAAA) within the Department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering and the Aragón Institute for Engineering Research of the University of Zaragoza, is a multidisciplinary R&D unit specialized on the informatics aspects of geospatial information. The activity of IAAA is focused on open, distributed and interoperable software technologies, mainly through web services and geospatial information systems, in areas such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing, Location Based Services (LBS) and, with a special emphasis, Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs).


Geodan Software Development & Technology (Geodan) was founded in 1985 and since then has grown into an independent group of companies, giving form and contents to all the aspects of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Geodan has been successful for 20 years following a vision on the development of geo-ICT, and know-how in the use of geo-information technology. Geodan develops specific software products for geo-information applications, ranging from a toolbox for location services to a knowledge management system. The company develops applications using standard GIS, but also utilizes software products developed at Geodan for metadata, land registry data, internet services and Location Based Services. Geodan offers internet services varying from simple locater maps to multidiscipline geo-information services for inter-governmental applications or telecom operators.

Geodan Systems & Research, which is the autonomous section of Geodan Holding BV dedicated to research and innovative development in the area of GI, has experience in implementing various technologies such as mobile information supply, spatial data infrastructures, virtual reality and voice recognition in relation to geo-information. Such implementations are usually done in cooperation with academic researchers.


GeoSpatiumLab s.l. is a software engineering enterprise devoted to the development and implementation of technology focused on the management and broadcasting of geographic information and spatial data and based on a new paradigm called Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). The company was created in January 2007 as a spin-off of the University of Zaragoza, to profit the experience of more than 10 years achieved by The Advanced Information Systems R& D Group of this university. GeoSpatiumLab has participated in a substantial form in the deployment of several Spatial Data Infrastructures which are in operative phase and that constitute infrastructures of reference in their different contexts: Spanish SDI, IDEZar (SDI of the City council of Zaragoza) and IDEEbro (SDI for the Ebro river basin authority). The company is involved in several Spanish national and regional R&D projects, one of the most relevant being “España Virtual”, a four-year research project that is under development by a consortium of 7 companies and 12 Universities.


The Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), founded in 1888, is a scientific research institute and serves advisory role for the Danish Ministry of the Environment, but operating also in the private sector. GEUS' main tasks are geological mapping, data collection and storage, carrying out research projects, giving advice, and disseminating geo-scientific knowledge. GEUS co-operates with numerous scientific institutions and networks, and other organizations around including EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) and European Environmental Agency (EEA). GEUS participates in research and aid programmes in Europe and a number of developing countries in Africa, South America, and Asia. GEUS has worked intensively with databases and exchange-formats for geological, geophysical and environmental data for more than 20 years. The institution runs nationwide databases for boreholes, groundwater chemistry, shallow geophysical data and geological models. GEUS has also participated in two EU-projects (EUMARSIN and EUROSEISMICS) and through this gained experience with data exchange and formats.