Carsten Vahle

Eriksfiord GmbH, Germany, managing director
Eriksfiord AS, Norway, structural geology and geomechanics from borehole images
Research assistant (Postdoc) at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany
PhD thesis "Structure and development of the Mauna Kea volcano based on cores from the Hawaii Scientific Drilling Project (HSDP-2)"

The directional statistics used in rock magnetism are similar to those we use in the analysis of subsurface structures, be they of deformational or depositional origin. At Eriksfiord, I work with deformation of rocks, a) in the form of visibly accomplished geological structures and b) as structural geology waiting to happen, also known as geomechanics.

For the Central Europe representation of Eriksfiord, I have chosen a location close to Heidelberg, for good contact to the world of academic geoscience, and to Frankfurt, for efficient communication to oilcompany and wellsite locations around the world.

Subsurface geologists never get to see the rocks we work on, and are every day forced to accept multiple possible explanations of our observations, ever more complex as data acquisition technology develops. Quoting Douglas Adams: "There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."