GeoData & Information Management

Sustainable subsurface

Our expertise group is active in the field of collecting, processing, storing, quality control and distributing high-quality data of the subsurface of the Netherlands. This includes the Dutch part of the North Sea and the Caribbean part of the kingdom. The data comes from various sources, such as oil and gas drilling, soundings, seismic surveys, field recordings, groundwater measurement data and more.

Digitally accessible

This data is digitally accessible for a variety of purposes, including the development of spatial plans, policy-making and scientific research. This helps governments, companies and other stakeholders with their spatial plans and decisions. Information from the Geological Survey of the Netherlands is frequently consulted by central government, provinces, municipalities, water boards, universities, schools, engineering firms and interested citizens.

Legal tasks

Our activities have a legal basis. According to the Subsurface Key Register Act and the Mining Act, we have the task of storing, processing and monitoring the quality of subsurface data. The expertise group focuses on data management, data and information modelling and data science. We maintain the content of the central storage of all available subsurface data. We also deal with information analysis, information management, data modelling and standardisation.

Artificial intelligence

We use artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and algorithm development to keep the data permanently up to date. This allows us to update the large amounts of data in a fully automated way.

Impression of the GeoTOP model of North Brabant and North & Central Limburg with geological units and their main soil types.

Subsurface samples

Subsurface data are not only available digitally. In the Central Core Storage tens of thousands of samples from the subsurface of the Netherlands are stored, collected at sea and on land over a period of more than 100 years. It is a unique archive of the subsurface that is mainly used by other research institutes and companies.

IT infrastructure and applications

Together with our colleagues from the Geo-Information Technology expertise group, we are responsible for the IT of Geological Survey of the Netherlands and all applications within it. GeoData & Information Management focuses mainly on managing the information, while Geo-Information Technology takes care of the IT infrastructure and applications. Our expertise group also includes the service desk and the (external) communication team supporting the Geological Survey of the Netherlands.

We make our subsurface knowledge available through various digital channels. The main ones are:

  • BROloket (portal of the Basic Registration of the Subsurface
  • DINOloket (data and information portal of the Netherlands Geological Survey)
  • NLOG (Dutch oil and gas portal)
  • GeoTOP (3D model of the subsurface up to a maximum of 50 metres below sea level)

Behind the scenes

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Open doors to Dutch subsurface research labs and data

11 December 2023
The research project EPOS-eNLarge opens its own scientific laboratories and large-scale geophysical facilities to the outside world in order to gain valuable insights into the subsurface of the Netherlands.

GEMINI: intelligent decision support system for geothermal assets

30 November 2023

TNO studies on geothermal energy potential find their way to art gallery in Turin

21 September 2023

Supporting municipalities to achieve heat transition

13 September 2023

Domestic gas production remains below expectations

7 September 2023