14 February 2019
On Sunday 25 November 2018 15 students from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg set out for Vienna
to visit OMV in Austria. Most of them are upcoming geophysicists in the Bachelor or Master
programme. The excursion had been planned by the EAGE Student Chapter Freiberg with and was made possible through the EAGE Student Fund. The
ESF is therefore happy to share the experiences of the students through this
The main purpose of getting profound insights into seismic hydrocarbon
and geothermal exploration
by means of vibrator trucks. In addition, the excursion also provided students the chance to experience the dimensions of industry
surveys and furthermore, to establish personal contacts to OMV and ask specific
A company presentation was given next and while enjoying some coffee and sweets
we found out more about the project: To ensure the security of gas supply in the future,
OMV performs seismic measurements north of Vienna as an extension of the survey
it represents the largest seismic exploration in Austria so far.
Following the presentation, we moved out into the field by car to a geophone
which are connected to a flash drive. In total, 720,000 geophones are placed around a
by the fleet of
The most fascinating part of the field trip was witnessing the power such a vehicle can release
into the earth. Standing close by, it felt like an earthquake was rattling the ground
time delay of
The target of this measurement
which are located at a depth between 4 and 6 km. At the same time, Peak Particle
Generally, OMV values Health, Safety, Security
After lunch, we stopped by at the Recording Truck. Each vibrator transmits its exact position
to the truck, so the coordinators know where the exploration crew is located and can
can be monitored.
The trip was concluded by a visit
record the noise triggered for example by a storm. These geophones transmit the
noise exceeds a certain level.
could ask specific questions and got an
As a part of our course of study in Freiberg, we regularly participate in smaller
scale. It allowed us to get insights into the industry’s ways of handling such a large project.
Many thanks to OMV for this interesting excursion and to our sponsors: EAGE Student Fund,
Verein Freunde und Förderer der TU Bergakademie (VFF) and TU Freiberg’s Institute of Geophysics!
Throughout the course of the year, the EAGE Student Fund supports a
work projects. The fund is looking for new initiatives where a limited donation