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Peter Achtziger

Fraunhofer IEG

Guest Scientist


Building: 1540

Room: 401

Lochnerstraße 4-20

52056 Aachen


Research Interests

Many underground constructions and large-scale drilling campaigns in pristine environments suffer from sufficient knowledge of thermo-hydro-mechanical properties of the rock mass and inherited discontinuities. Thus, my research as an interdisciplinary hydrogeologist aims for improved predictions of hydro-mechanical (-thermal) properties and associated uncertainties on a site-scale. This included the compilation of a comprehensive database of worldwide hydraulic properties of crystalline rock which will be expanded to other rock masses and new proxies in the future.

Additionally, I am particularly interested in the influence of tectonic processes on the architecture of geological discontinuities over geological times and the induced distribution of hydro-mechanical properties within these zones of weaknesses. Further research topics include probabilistic 3D geological modeling, improvement of hydro-mechanical field tests and hydrogeological site characterization, especially for geothermal, tunneling, mining and hazardous waste disposal applications. Or in a nutshell, where should we drill or construct and what must we expect.

Current Projects

FEAR | 2020-2026 | ERC | PIs: Florian Amann, Domenico Giardini (ETH Zurich), Stefan Wiemer (ETH Zurich), Massimo Cocco (INGV) | ERC-Grant | More Information

NFDI4Earth and Global In-Situ Permeability Data Base | since 2018 | no funding agency| More Information

Professional Experience

03/2020 Senior Scientists, Chair for Engineering and Hydrogeology RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany
09/2019-08/2020 Scientist, Experimental Geophysics – RU Bochum, Bochum, Germany
07/2019-01/2020 Project engineer, Solexperts GmbH, Bochum, Germany
11/2017-04/2019 Junior Scientist, Stanford Center for Earth Resources Forecasting – Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
06-07/2017 Junior Scientist, Chair for Engineering Geology ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
11/2012-03/2017 Teaching and Research Assistant, Chair for Engineering Geology ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
11/2008-10/2012 Project Manager/-engineer, Intern at Solexperts AG, Mönchaltorf, Zurich, Switzerland
12/2006-09/2008 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Chair for Soil Protection, TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany


2017 Dr. sc. ETH (PhD), ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2008/10 Dipl-Ing. Hydrogeology (MSc equivalent), TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Academic Activities


American Geophysical Union (AGU)
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Fachsektion Hydrogeologie in der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft e.V. (FH-DGGV)

Review Services for International Journals

Hydrogeology Journal
Journal of Hydrology


10/2018-04/2019 Basecourse – Teaching Certificate at the Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
09/2013, 2014, 2015 Introductory and advanced courses for geological modeling with SKUA-GOCAD, GOCAD/RING Meetings, EPSG Nancy, Nancy, France
05/2012 Short course of Innovative Measurement Devices at the FH-DGG Meeting, Dresden, Germany
10/2011 Advanced course in Hard Rock Hydrogeology, FH-DGG Courses, Freiburg (Brsg.), Germany
06/2010 Bronckhorst High-Tech Product Training, Bronckhorst High-Tech B.V., Ruurlo, Netherlands

Publications and Networks

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