Dr.-Ing. Thomas Reinsch

Thomas Reinsch is Head of Laboratories at Fraunhofer IEG since August 2020. After studying physics and geology at the University of Cologne, he worked at the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ in Potsdam and earned a PhD degree from Clausthal University of Technology in Petroleum Engineering studying the well integrity of high-temperature geothermal wells. At GFZ, he started as doctoral student, continued as a research assistant and afterwards as group leader in the section »Geothermal Energy Systems«. He worked at the Delft University of Technology in section »Reservoir Engineering« in the Department »Geoscience & Engineering« in 2018 before he continued as a group leader in sections »Geoenergy« and later »Near-Surface geophysics« at GFZ. The main focus of Thomas’ work is related to fiber optic sensing technologies for downhole and surface applications ranging from well integrity to seismic exploration studies.

    • Reinsch, T; Aldaz, S.R.C.; Raab, T.; Lipus, M.; Jousset, P.; Henninges, J. (2018):Verfahren und System zur Überwachung eines Materials und/oder einer Vorrichtung in einem Bohrloch unter Verwendung eines faseroptischen Messkabels; Deutsche Patentanmeldung Nr. 10 2018 105 703.2
    • Reinsch, T., Bremer, K., Lewis, E., Leen, G., Lochmann, S. (2015):1 4 A sensor for combined temperature, pressure, and refractive index detection, WO2013139783 A1; EP2828622A1, US20150077736.
    • Geckeis, O.; Norden, W.; Henninges, J.; Zimmer, M.; Reinsch, T. (2011): Verfahren zum Betreiben eines Bohrlochkabels und Bohrlochkabel.
  • YearTitle/AuthorDocument Type
    2022Dynamic motion monitoring of a 3.6 km long steel rod in a borehole during cold-water injection with distributed fiber-optic sensing
    Lipus, Martin P.; Schölderle, Felix; Reinsch, Thomas; Wollin, Christopher; Krawczyk, Charlotte M.; Pfrang, Daniela; Zosseder, Kai
    Journal Article
    2021A fibre-optical method for monitoring barite precipitation at high pressure/high temperature conditions
    Zotzmann, Jörg; Hastreiter, Nele; Mayanna, Sathish; Reinsch, Thomas; Regenspurg, Simona
    Journal Article
    2021Imaging high-temperature geothermal reservoirs with ambient seismic noise tomography, a case study of the Hengill geothermal field, SW Iceland
    Sanchez-Pastor, P.; Obermann, A.; Reinsch, Thomas; Agustsdottir, T.; Gunnarsson, G.; Tomasdottir, S.; Hjörleifsdottir, V.; Hersir, G.P.; Agustsson, K.; Wiemer, S.
    Journal Article
    2021Monitoring cold water injections for reservoir characterization using a permanent fiber optic installation in a geothermal production well in the Southern German Molasse Basin
    Schölderle, Felix; Lipus, Martin P.; Pfrang, Daniela; Reinsch, Thomas; Haberer, Sven M.; Einsiedl, Florian; Zosseder, Kai
    Journal Article
    2021Monitoring of a reverse cement job in a high-temperature geothermal environment
    Lipus, Martin C.; Reinsch, Thomas; Weisenberger, Tobias G.; Kragsted, Steinar; Stefánsson, Ari; Bogason, Sigurdur B.
    Journal Article
    2020The PetroPhysical Property Database (P3) - a global compilation of lab-measured rock properties
    Bär, Kristian; Reinsch, Thomas; Bott, Judith
    Journal Article
    This publication list has been generated from the publication database Fraunhofer-Publica.
  • Publication   

    • Bär, K., Reinsch, T., Bott [Sippel], J. (2020 online): P3 – PetroPhysical Property Database – a global compilation of lab measured rock properties. - Earth System Science Data, 12, 2485–2515, 2020 https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-2485-2020
    • Blöcher, G., Reinsch, T., Regenspurg, S., Henninges, J., Brehme, M., Saadat, A., Kranz, S., Frick, M., Spalek, A., Huenges, E. (2019): Geothermie in urbanen Räumen: thermische Untergrundspeicherung und Tiefe Geothermie in Deutschland. - System Erde, 9, 1, 6-13. https://doi.org/10.2312/GFZ.syserde.09.01.1  Volltext (PDF)
    • Raab, T., Reinsch, T., Aldaz Cifuentes, S. R., Henninges, J. (2019): Real-Time Well-Integrity Monitoring Using Fiber-Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing. - SPE Journal, 24, 05, 1997-2009. https://doi.org/10.2118/195678-PA Volltext (PDF)
    • Götz, J., Lueth, S., Henninges, J., Reinsch, T. (2018): Vertical seismic profiling using a daisy-chained deployment of fibre-optic cables in four wells simultaneously - Case study at the Ketzin carbon dioxide storage site. - Geophysical Prospecting, 66, 6, 1201-1214. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2478.12638  Volltext (PDF)
    • Jousset, P., Reinsch, T., Ryberg, T., Blanck, H., Clarke, A., Aghayev, R., Hersir, G. P., Henninges, J., Weber, M., Krawczyk, C. (2018): Dynamic strain determination using fibre-optic cables allows imaging of seismological and structural features. - Nature Communications, 9, 2509.
      https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-04860-y Volltext (PDF)
    • Reinsch, T., Paap, B., Hahn, S., Wittig, V., van den Berg, S. (2018): Insights into the Radial Water Jet Drilling Technology - Application in a Quarry. - Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 10 (4), 236-248.
    • Reinsch, T.; Thurley, T.; Jousset, P. (2017): On the mechanical coupling of a fiber optic cable used for distributed acoustic/vibration sensing applications—a theoretical consideration. Measurement Science and Technology, 28, 12.
    • Reinsch, T., Dobson, P., Asanuma, H., Huenges, E., Poletto, F., Sanjuan, B. (2017): Utilizing supercritical geothermal systems: a review of past ventures and ongoing research activities. - Geothermal Energy, 5, 16.
    • Bremer, K., Reinsch, T., Leen, G., Roth, B., Lochmann, S., Lewis, E. (2017): Pressure, temperature and refractive index determination of fluids using a single fibre optic point sensor. - Sensors and Actuators A - Physical, 256, p. 84-88.
    • Reinsch, T., Kranz, S., Saadat, A., Huenges, E., Rinke, M., Brandt, W., Schulz, P. (2017): Balanced Reverse-Cleanout Operation: Removing Large and Heavy Particles From a Geothermal Well. - SPE Production & Operations, 32, 3.
    • Blöcher, G., Reinsch, T., Henninges, J., Milsch, H., Regenspurg, S., Kummerow, J., Francke, H., Kranz, S., Saadat, A., Zimmermann, G., Huenges, E. (2016): Hydraulic history and current state of the deep geothermal reservoir Groß Schönebeck. - Geothermics, 63, p. 27-43.
    • Hassanzadegan, A., Guerizec, R., Reinsch, T., Blöcher, G., Zimmermann, G., Milsch, H. (2016): Static and Dynamic Moduli of Malm Carbonate: A Poroelastic Correlation. - Pure and Applied Geophysics, 173, 8, p. 2841-2855.
    • Blöcher, G., Cacace, M., Reinsch, T., Watanabe, N. (2015): Evaluation of three exploitation concepts for a deep geothermal system in the North German Basin. - Computers and Geosciences, 82, p. 120-129.
    • Reinsch, T., Regenspurg, S., Feldbusch, E., Saadat, A., Huenges, E., Erbas, K., Zimmermann, G., Henninges, J. (2015): Reverse Cleanout in a Geothermal Well: Analysis of a Failed Coiled-Tubing Operation. - SPE Production & Operations, 30, 4, p. 312-320.
    • Regenspurg, S., Feldbusch, E., Byrne, J., Deon, F., Driba, D. L., Henninges, J., Kappler, A., Naumann, R., Reinsch, T., Schubert, C. (2015): Mineral precipitation during production of geothermal fluid from a Permian Rotliegend reservoir. - Geothermics, 54, p. 122-135.
    • Blöcher, G., Reinsch, T., Hassanzadegan, A., Milsch, H., Zimmermann, G. (2014): Direct and indirect laboratory measurements of poroelastic properties of two consolidated sandstones. - International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 67, p. 191-201.
    • Ásmundsson, R., Pezard, P., Sanjuan, B., Henninges, J., Deltombe, J.-L., Halladay, N., Lebert, F., Gadalia, A., Millot, R., Gibert, B., Violay, M., Reinsch, T., Naisse, J.-M., Massiot, C., Azaïs, P., Mainprice, D., Karytsas, C., Johnston, C. (2014): High temperature instruments and methods developed for supercritical geothermal reservoir characterisation and exploitation - The HiTI project. - Geothermics, 49, p. 90-98.
    • Reinsch, T., Henninges, J., Asmundsson, R. (2013): Thermal, mechanical and chemical influences on the performance of optical fibres for distributed temperature sensing in a hot geothermal well. - Environmental Earth Sciences, 70, 8, 3465-3480.
    • Reinsch, T.; Cunow, C.; Schrötter, J.; Giese, R. (2013): Simple feed-through for coupling optical fibres into high pressure and temperature systems. Measurement Science and Technology, 24, 3, 037001-037003
    • Reinsch, T.; Blöcher, G.; Milsch, H.; Bremer, K.; Lewis, E.; Leen, G.; Lochmann, S. (2012): A fibre optic sensor for the in situ determination of rock physical properties. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 55, 55-62.
    • Reinsch, T.; Henninges, J. (2010): Temperature-dependent characterization of optical fibres for distributed temperature sensing in hot geothermal wells. Measurement Science and Technology, 21, 9.
    • Weber, M. E.; Tougiannidis, N.; Kleineder, M.; Bertram, N.; Ricken, W.; Rolf, C.; Reinsch, T.; Antoniadis, P. (2010): Lacustrine sediments document millenial-scale climate variability in northern Greece prior to the onset of the northern hemisphere glaciation. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 291, 3-4, 360-370.

    Book Chapter

    • Thomas Reinsch, Philippe Jousset, Charlotte M. Krawczyk, Fiber Optic Distributed Strain Sensing for Seismic Applications, Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics, 10.1007/978-3-030-10475-7_284-1, (1-5), (2020).



    • Jousset, P., Hersir, G. P., Krawczyk, C., Wollin, C., Lipus, M. P., Reinsch, T. (2020): MAGIC (Magma Iceland). https://doi.org/10.14470/0W7575244885
    • Bär, K., Reinsch, T., Bott [Sippel], J. (2019): P³: PetroPhysical Property Database. - GFZ Data Services. https://doi.org/10.5880/GFZ.4.8.2019.P3
    • Raab, T., Reinsch, T., Aldaz Cifuentes, S. R., Henninges, J. (2019): Fiber-optic and conventional logging data for integrity investigations in Well RN-34, Iceland. https://doi.org/10.5880/GFZ.4.8.2019.003
    • Jousset, Philippe; Reinsch, Thomas; Ryberg, Trond; Blanck, Hanna; Clarke, Andy; Aghayev, Rufat; Hersir, Gylfi Páll; Henninges, Jan; Weber, Michael; Krawczyk, Charlotte (2018): Fibre-optic data set from Reykjanes Iceland. V. 1.0. GFZ Data Services. http://doi.org/10.5880/GFZ.6.2.2018.003
    • Reinsch, T., Blöcher, G., Kranz, S. (2015): Data from the Groß Schönebeck Research Platform 2011-06-01 - 2013-12-31 (Report), (Scientific Technical Report – Data; 15/02), Potsdam: Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, 71p.
    • Reinsch, T., Henninges, J. (2013): Fibre optic distributed temperature sensing behind casing: data from geothermal well HE-53, Hellisheiði Geothermal Field, SW Iceland, (Scientific Technical Report - Data, 12/12), Potsdam, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum GFZ, v, 27.