Geological Survey North Rhine-Westphalia

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Geological Service North Rhine-Westphalia - State Office -

DG NRW Logo.svg
State level country
position State company
Supervisory authority Ministry for Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
founding January 2, 2001
March 12, 1957 (as the State Geological Office of North Rhine-Westphalia)
Headquarters Krefeld , North Rhine-Westphalia
Authority management Ulrich-Wilhelm Pahlke, director
Servants 200
Web presence
Building of the Geological Service NRW in Krefeld (De-Greiff-Straße 195)

The Geological Service of North Rhine-Westphalia (GD NRW) is the central geoscientific institution of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia under the responsibility of the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (formerly the Ministry of Economics, Energy, Building, Housing and Transport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia ).


The Geological Service NRW examines the geo-resources of the state and evaluates them for sustainable use and protection. It records and evaluates the geodata for issues relating to the development of raw materials , groundwater and geothermal energy , the evaluation of geohazards and soil protection . Furthermore, it provides analog maps and digital geographic information systems and maintains archives of the geological and pedological data of the state, including over 20,000 drill cores that have been extracted from exploratory drilling in NRW, stored and processed in its own drill core archive. The Geological Service NRW maintains its own network of stations to monitor earthquakes in the Lower Rhine Bay .


After 1945 the State Geological Services (SGD) in Germany were reorganized. In 1950, for example, the Office for Soil Research of the states of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia was founded as an institution under public law . From it emerged in 1957 the Geological State Office of North Rhine-Westphalia as an independent higher regional authority for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The reorganization of the SGD in the old federal states was completed in 1958 with the establishment of today's Federal Institute for Geosciences and Raw Materials in Hanover .

From 1990 state geological services were also set up in the new federal states . The SGD are predominantly assigned to the economic departments, and from 1990 to some extent also to the environmental departments. However, they only remained as independent authorities in a few federal states. In the course of administrative reforms , there were many mergers with the mountain or environmental administration. On April 13, 2000, the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament passed the second law on the modernization of government and administration. The aim was to streamline the administrative structure in order to create greater efficiency and transparency as well as clearer allocation of competencies within the state administration in the interests of the citizens in the state. In the course of this law, the Geological State Office was transformed into the State Geological Service North Rhine-Westphalia (GD NRW). The GD NRW is still assigned to the Ministry of Economics of North Rhine-Westphalia . This business- oriented reorganization brought many changes: organizational streamlining, staff reductions , job compression, commercial finance, accounting and controlling . In 2017 the Geological Service NRW celebrated its 60th anniversary.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. About us - website of GD NRW ( Memento of the original of December 13, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ; Retrieved July 29, 2013  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. New drill core repository for the North Rhine-Westphalia geological service , accessed on November 13, 2012
  3. Rolf Pelzing: Earthquake in North Rhine-Westphalia , Krefeld 2008, ISBN 3-86029-971-9
  4. Hugo Bolsenkötter, Hans Colin, Charles Fricke: 100 years Geological civil service in England 1873-1973. Krefeld 1973, ISBN 3-86029-823-2
  5. At that time, the Clement I cabinet ruled under Wolfgang Clement , a red-green coalition.
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Coordinates: 51 ° 20 ′ 25.6 ″  N , 6 ° 32 ′ 12.1 ″  E