Engineering Geology

Prof. Dr. Tomas Fernandez-Steeger

Prof. Dr.

Tomas Manuel Fernandez-Steeger

Head of Department

+49 30 314-72605

Organization name Department of Engineering Geology
Office BH 3-1
Room BH-N 317
Address Ernst-Reuter-Platz 1
10587 Berlin

Research interests

  • geohazards (landslides and earthquakes)
  • geomonitoring with wireless sensor networks (WSN)
  • virtual outcrop models and joint analysis with LiDAR and SFM
  • geodata science and data mining
  • clay mineralogy and geotechnical properties of soils

Academic career

2002: Dissertation in Engineering Geology Dr. rer. nat, Technical University of Karlsruhe
1998: Diploma in geology, Technical University of Karlsruhe
1994: Pre-diploma in geology and palaeontology, Clausthal University of Technology


Since 2016Full professor for Engineeing Geology at the Technische Universität Berlin.
2004-2016Assistant professor and senior lecturer at the Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, RWTH Aachen
2002-2004Data mining manager at the staff division data mining, Bauer Publishing Group
1998-2002Doctoral fellow in the DFG Research Training Group “Natural Disasters” 450, Technical University of Karlsruhe

Selected publications

Djukem, W. D. L., Braun, A., Wouatong, A. S. L., Guedjeo, C., Dohmen, K., Wotchoko, P., Fernandez-Steeger, T. M., Havenith, H. B. (2020). Effect of soil geomechanical properties and geo-environmental factors on landslide predisposition at Mount Oku, Cameroon. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(18), 6795. (open access).

Marsch, K., Wujanz, D., Fernandez-Steeger, T.M., 2020. On the usability of different optical measuring techniques for joint roughness evaluation. B Eng Geol Environ 79, 811–830.

Adrian, Y. F.; Schneidewind, U.; Bradford, S. A.; Simunek, J.; Fernandez-Steeger, T. M., Azzam, R., 2018. Transport and retention of surfactant- and polymer-stabilized engineered silver nanoparticles in silicate-dominated aquifer material. Environmental Pollution 236, 195–207. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.01.011

Klebingat, S., Kempka, T., Schulten, M., Azzam, R., Fernandez-Steeger, T. M., 2018. Optimization of synthesis gas heating values and tar by-product yield in underground coal gasification. Fuel 229, 248–261. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2018.02.039.

Koltuk, S., Song, J., Fernandez-Steeger, T.M., Azzam, R., 2018. Einfluss der Korngrößenverteilungen nichtbindiger homogener Böden auf hydraulischen Grundbruch. Grundwasser (), 1-12. DOI: 10.1007/s00767-018-0395-2

Chen, Y-L., Wang, S-R., Ni, J., Azzam, R. Fernandez-Steeger, T. M., 2017. An experimental study of the mechanical properties of granite after high temperature exposure based on mineral characteristics. Engineering Geology 220, 234-242. DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2017.02.010.

Klebingat, S., Kempka, T., Schulten, M., Azzam, R., Fernandez-Steeger, T. M., 2016. Innovative thermodynamic underground coal gasification model for coupled synthesis gas quality and tar production analyses. Fuel 183, 680-686. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2016.06.092.

Koltuk, S., Fernandez-Steeger, T. M., Azzam, R., 2016. Untersuchungen zum hydraulischen Grundbruch in Baugruben in homogenen Böden. Grundwasser 21, 3, 203-215. DOI: 10.1007/s00767-015-0309-5.

Wiatr, T., Papanikolaou, I., Fernández-Steeger, T., Reicherter, K., 2015. Bedrock fault scarp history: Insight from t-LiDAR backscatter behaviour and analysis of structure changes. Geomorphology 228, 421-431. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.09.021.

Havenith, H-B., Torgoev, I., Torgoev, A., Strom, A., Xu, Y., Fernández-Steeger, T. M., 2015. The Kambarata 2 blast-fill dam, Kyrgyz Republic: blast event, geophysical monitoring and dam structure modelling. Geoenvironmental Disasters 2:11. DOI: 10.1186/s40677-015-0021-x.

Becker, S., Nguyen, H.T., Nollet, S., Fernandez-Steeger, T. M., Laux D., Hilgers, C., 2014. Methods to analyse fracture orientation patterns in a Lower Carboniferous carbonate reservoir analogue in the Voreifel, Germany. Z. Dt. Ges. Geowiss. 165, 3, 319-330. DOI: 10.1127/1860-1804/2014/0078.

Li, C., Fernandez-Steeger, T.M., Bitsch Link, J.A., May, M., Azzam, R., 2014. Use of MEMS accelerometers/inclinometers as a geotechnical monitoring method for ground subsidence. Acta Geodyn. Geomater. 11, 4 , 337-348. DOI: 10.13168/AGG.2014.0015.

Nguyen, H.T., Wiatr, T., Fernández-Steeger, T.M., Reicherter, K., Rodrigues, D., 2013. Landslide hazard and cascading effects following the extreme rainfall event on Madeira Island (February 2010). Natural Hazards 65, 1, 635-652. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-012-0387-y.

Fernández-Steeger, T.M., Ceriotti, M., Bitsch Link, J.A:, May, M., Hentschel, K., Wehrle, K., 2013. 'And Then, the Weekend Started': Story of a WSN Deployment on a Construction Site. Journal of sensor and actuator networks 2, 1, 156-171. DOI: 10.3390/jsan2010156.