For a better understanding of dynamic processes in geologic systems, the understanding of the underground should be as precise as possible. In many cases we have to gain an idea of complex structures with the available, often patchy data. The comparison of known geometrical situations with those described by the given data is essential during the interpretative data analysis.

With the aid of this knowledge we can finally construct two- and three-dimensional approaches, as maps, sections and structural models. Based on a conceptual outline those can be realized with software solutions as QGis, MATLAB®, Surfer® or RockWorks®. The model then can be, dependent on the problem, modified and verified. Our interdisciplinary networking helps us to cross check from different points of view.

The generated structural models and geometric reproductions of reservoirs are used later on as settings for numerical simulation models of fluid flow with coupled mass and heat transfer.

The map shown below is the result of a structural mapping project in the Ligurian Alps.