3D earthquake and noise wave propagation

Technological Challenge

3D geomodelling of fault zones in the E-Test area with uncertainty representation and full 3D large-scale numerical model of the target region, down to a depth of 2 km for ambient noise and seismic wave propagation simulation.

Full 3D dynamic numerical models exist for smaller regions, sites (up to 5*5*1km); here, the model shall include the whole final E.T. structure, being far from boundary effects, thus with a size of 20*20*2 km. Wave propagation is simulated from a  point or fault rupture aerial source within the model.

Relation to the Einstein Telescope

Relation to the Einstein Telescope

Understand wave propagation, and related regional attenuation/local amplification near the surface and at depth, from natural and anthropic sources.


  • Such large scale simulations require enormous computational power – once a 3D base model has been completed, considering that fault zone location and geometry at depth is uncertain in many places, especially at depth.
  • Related uncertainties need to be taken into account through multiple scenario simulations.
  • Related computations are very time-consuming but may help design damping systems for the ET infrastructure.

Industrial relevance and further application fields

We are open to any companies’ proposals.


For further information and more details about this technology field, please check the following Einstein Telescope Design Reports.

E-TEST Conceptual Design Report:

Einstein Telescope Conceptual Design Report:
Site and Infrastructure: Pages 161-192

Contact to the Einstein Telescope ecosystem

Are you active in this field of technology? Do you have an innovative approach to meet the requirements for High-resolution 3D seismic reflection imaging ? Then take note of our tenders, join our challenges or simply get in contact with us. Furthermore, you can take a look at the mapping displaying the ET-relevant cempetencies in the EMR-Region. If you would like to be part of this mappink, please contact the business development managers.

Business development contacts

Peter Gier
AGIT DE – p.gier@agit.de

Matthias Grosch
NMWP.NRW DE – matthias.grosch@nmwp.de

Michel Stassart
Skywin BE – michel.stassart@skywin.be

Annick Pierrard
ULiège RISE BE – a.pierrard@uliege.be

Maxime Corvilain
POM Limburg BE – maxime.corvilain@pomlimburg.be

René Kessen
LIOF NL – rene.kessen@liof.nl

Scientific contacts

Hans-Balder Havenith

ULiège BE – hb.havenith@uliege.be