Partner Description

geomecon GmbH is a private consultancy located in Berlin, Germany. geomecon provides specific geomechanical solutions that satisfy the challenges set by their customers in the geothermal, mineral extraction, hydrocarbon, radioactive waste disposal, and rock engineering industries. The multi-disciplinary testing and consulting approach combines sound fracture mechanics principles with empirically derived relationships.

The core business areas include:

  • stress field determination
  • wellbore stability
  • mud window planning
  • structural geology modeling
  • hydraulic fracture network optimization
  • hydraulic fracturing integrity assessment
  • reservoir geomechanics.

The research and development activities comprise:

  • constitutive fracture mechanics model development
  • code development for a fracture mechanics code that is based on latest XFEM

Role in the project

geomecon expertise in simulation of the geomechanical reservoir performance will be included to the project with a special focus on the simulation of induced seismicity at the St Gallen site through fully hydro-mechanically coupled numerical codes based on the finite element method (FEM). Furthermore, geomecon will implement a software package based on the eXtended FEM (XFEM), i.e., roxol™ to simulate the propagation, initiation and reactivation of fractures; the software offers the unique possibility to understand the fracturing process during hydraulic fracturing campaigns applied in the extraction of unconventional oil and gas, which will enable the safe deployment of geo-energy operations in Europe. geomecon will compare the effect of a poroelastic stress transfer through the formation with the effect of a fast pore pressure transfer through newly created or existing fractures. Both effects can contribute to the reactivation of distal faults from the injection point, i.e. well, and thereby trigger induced seismicity.


Tobias Meier



Tobias Meier, PhD, project lead

Tobias studied Applied Geoscience with a focus on Engineering Geology at Technical University of Berlin, where he graduated in 2008. Subsequently he was a research fellow at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Center for Geoscience, where he investigated the development of borehole breakouts in unconventional shales. He obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Potsdam in 2017.

Tobias Backers, PhD, CEO

Tobias studied engineering geology and deep drilling technology at Technical University Berlin. Subsequently he was research fellow at Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Center for Geoscience Center. There he developed a laboratory setup to determine the key fracture mechanics parameter Mode II fracture toughness of rock material. The proposed setup became an ISRM Suggested Method in 2012. He obtained a doctorate degree from University of Potsdam in 2005. In 2004 he funded the geomechanical consultancy firm geomecon GmbH.

Carina Grühser

Carina studied Computational Engineering at Technical University Berlin and is now working as a software engineer for more than nine years in various fields. In her thesis, she developed a surgical simulator for the ENT surgery. This was followed by an employment, where she developed image recognition systems for quality control in manufacturing. For more than eight years she now works at geomecon developing a fracture network evolution simulator, roxol™.