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Prof. Dr. Michael Drews

Technical University of Munich

  • Phone: +49 (89) 289 - 25864
  • michael.c.drews(at)tum.de

CV

Michael graduated as Diplom Geologist from the University of Mainz in 2008. He received a doctoral degree (PhD) from Newcastle University (UK) for his thesis about the stress and pressure-dependent behavior of fine-grained sediments in 2012. In the following Prof. Drews worked as a global subject matter expert for pore pressure prediction in the petroleum industry in Houston (US) and as a senior researcher in geomechanics at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. In 2019, Prof. Drews accepted his current position at TUM.

Research Interest

Michael's research focusses on deep geothermal energy; in particular on the analysis, prediction and monitoring of pressures and stresses in the upper 6 km of the Earth’s crust. Thereby, he combines techniques from various disciplines (e.g. drilling and geophysics) to minimize drilling, exploration and production related risks of deep geothermal energy projects. The current regional focus is on the Bavarian part of the North Alpine Foreland Basin, Germany’s most active deep geothermal province. 

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Drews, M.C. and Duschl, F. (2022): Overpressure, vertical stress, compaction and horizontal loading along the North Alpine Thrust Front, SE Germany. Marine and Petroleum Geology (IF: 4.3), 143, 105806, doi.org/10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2022.105806
  • Freitag, S., Drews, M., Bauer, W., Duschl, F., Misch, D., Stollhofen, H. (2022): Reconstructing post-Jurassic overburden in central Europe: new insights from mudstone compaction and thermal history analyses of the Franconian Alb, SE Germany. Solid Earth (IF: 3.4), 13, 1003–1026, doi.org/10.5194/se-13-1003-2022
  • Molar-Cruz, A., Keim, M.F., Schifflechner, C., Loewer, M., Zosseder, K., Drews, M., Wieland, C., Hamacher, T. (2022): Techno-economic optimization of large-scale deep geothermal district heating systems with long-distance heat transport. Energy Conversion and Management (IF: 9.7), 267, 115906, doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2022.115906
  • Drews, M., Shatyrbayeva, I., Bohnsack, D., Duschl, F., Obermeier, P., Loewer, M., Flechtner, F., Keim, M., (2022): The role of pore pressure and its prediction in deep geothermal energy drilling – examples from the North Alpine Foreland Basin, SE Germany. Petroleum Geoscience, 28, https://doi.org/10.1144/petgeo2021-060
  • Misch, D., Siedl, W., Drews, M., Liu, B., Klaver, J., Pupp, M., Sachsenhofer, R.F. (2021): MINERALOGICAL, BIB-SEM AND PETROPHYSICAL DATA IN SEAL ROCK ANALYSIS: A CASE STUDY FROM THE VIENNA BASIN, AUSTRIA. Journal of Petroleum Geology, 44(1), 25-46. 
  • Drews, M.C., Hofstetter, P., Zosseder, K., Shipilin, V., Stollhofen, H. (2020): Predictability and controlling factors of overpressure in the North Alpine Foreland Basin, SE Germany: an interdisciplinary post-drill analysis of the Geretsried GEN-1 deep geothermal well. Geothermal Energy, 8:20.
  • Drews, M.C., Seithel, R., Savvattis, A., Kohl, T., Stollhofen, H. (2019): A normal-faulting stress regime in the Bavarian Foreland Molasse Basin? New evidence from detailed analysis of leak-off and formation integrity tests in the greater Munich area, SE-Germany. Tectonophysics, 755, 1-9. 
  • Drews, M.C., Bauer, W., Stollhofen, H. (2018): Porenüberdruck im Bayerischen Molassebecken. Erdoel Erdgas Kohle/EKEP, 134(7/8), 308-310
  • Drews, M.C., Bauer W., Caracciolo L., Stollhofen H. (2018): Disequilibrium compaction overpressure in shales of the Bavarian Foreland Molasse Basin: Results and geographical distribution from velocity-based analyses. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 92, 37-50, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.02.017
  • Driessen, J., Schoettler, M., Enzmann, F., Lakdawala, Z., Steiner, K., Popov, P., Iliev, O., Drews, M., Wieber, G., Kersten, M. (2015): PHREASIM – a computer aided expert system to characterize horizontal fluid flow in and around wells. Grundwasser, 20(3), 181-195.
  • Drews, M. (2012): Modelling Stress-Dependent Effective Porosity-Permeability Relationships of Metre-Scale Heterogeneous Mudstones. Newcastle University, United Kingdom, PhD Thesis, hdl.handle.net/10443/1672

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers

  • Drews, M., Shatyrbayeva, I., Duschl. F. (2020): Influence of overburden pressure and stress on reservoir temperature and productivity, North Alpine Foreland Basin, Germany. Third EAGE Workshop on Pore Pressure Prediction.
  • Shatyrbayeva, I., Drews, M.C. (2020): Resistivity-based pore pressure investigation using the Waxman-Smits equation in the North Alpine Foreland Basin, SE Germany. Third EAGE Workshop on Pore Pressure Prediction.
  • Drews, M.C., Stollhofen, H. (2019): PPFG prediction in complex tectonic settings: The North Alpine thrust front and foreland basin, SE Germany. Second EAGE Workshop on Pore Pressure Prediction.
  • Drews, M., Bauer, W., Stollhofen, H. (2017): Reentering of an Overpressured Basin - The South German Molasse. First EAGE Workshop on Pore Pressure Prediction, DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.201700049.
  • Drews, M., Kurtev, K., Ma, J., Boeker, U., Aplin, A. (2013): Influence of Shale and Mudstone Heterogeneity on Permeability-driven Fluid Flow - Sample to Geophysical Well Log Scale. 75th EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013, DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20130109
  • Kurtev, K.D., Böker, U., Drews, M., Abrakasa, S., Aplin, A.C. (2012): Leaky Top Seals - Evidence, Rates and Mechanisms. 3rd EAGE International Conference on Fault and Top Seals, DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20143001
  • Drews, M., Deckert, H. (2011): Digital Outcrop Models as Input for Geostatistical Fracture Network Simulations. 73rd EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2011, DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20149598
  • Deckert, H., Drews, M., Fremgen, D., Wellmann, J. F. (2010): Analysis of fracture patterns and local stress field variations in fractured reservoirs. Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol.12.
  • Kurtev, K. D., Drews, M., Ma, J., Aplin, A. C. (2010): Metre-scale Effective Flow Properties of Heterogeneous Fine-Grained Sediments. Second EAGE Workshop on Shales, DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20145396
  • Drews, M., Kurtev, K. D., Ma, J., Aplin, A. C. (2009): Sub Log-scale Heterogeneity of Fine-grained Sediments – Implications for Effective Permeability and Top Seal Risking. 2nd EAGE International Conference on Fault and Top Seals - From Pore to Basin Scale 2009, DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20147212
  • Gessner, K., Deckert, H., Drews, M. (2009): 3D visualization and analysis of fractured rock using digital photogrammetry, Journal of Geochemical Exploration 101, p. 38.
  • Deckert, H., Gessner, K., Drews, M., Wellmann, J. F. (2009): Spatial analysis of fractured rock around fault zones based on photogrammetric data. Geophysical Research Abstracts, vol.11.

Invited Contributions

  • Drews, M.C. (2019): Das Bayerische Molassebecken als gesamt-geothermisches System - Was die Forschung für die Praxis leisten kann. Key Note, Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern
  • Drews, M.C., Bauer W. (2017): Overpressure Prediction and its implications for well planning in the Bavarian Foreland Molasse Basin. Praxisforum Geothermie.Bayern 2017, Munich, September 2017.
  • Drews, M., Lupa, J., Heppard, P. (2015): Seal Capacity – Workflow and Example. Invited Speaker at Operator’s Pore Pressure Forum, Noble Energy, Houston, November 2015.

Other Contributions

  • Duschl, F., Drews, M.C., Stollhofen, H. (2020) Tectonic styles and stress fields in the Bavarian Molasse Basin and the Franconian Basin and their importance for deep geothermal exploration. Der Digital Geothermie Kongress 2020.
  • Shatyrbayeva, I., Drews, M.C. (2020) Resistivity-based pore pressure prediction in the North Alpine Foreland Basin, SE Germany. Der Digital Geothermie Kongress 2020.
  • Drews, M.C., Shatyrbayeva, I., Duschl, F. (2020) Distribution of pore pressure and stress in the vicinity of the North Alpine Thrust Front (South German Molasse Basin)Tectonic styles and stress fields in the Bavarian Molasse Basin and the Franconian Basin and their importance for deep geothermal exploration. Der Digital Geothermie Kongress 2020.
  • Drews, M.C. (2020): Die neue Professur für Geothermal Technologies an der TU München. Wissenstransfer der Geothermie-Allianz Bayern, 20. Mai 2020
  • Loewer, M., Keim, M., Molar-Cruz, A., Schifflechner, C., Zosseder, K., Drews, M. (2020): Ausbau der Tiefengeothermie in Bayern: Optimierung durch Wärmeverbundleitungen. Zeitschrift Geothermische Energie, 97, 6-9.
  • Drews, M.C. (2020): Stand der Forschung und Technik bei der Erschließung tiefer Thermalwasservorkommen. Bürgerdialog Geothermie, Palling. Energie Agentur Südostbayern. 19. Februar 2020
  • Drews, M.C., Zosseder, K., Stollhofen, H. (2019): Geothermal-Alliance Bavaria: Prediction of minimum and maximum drilling mud weights from integrated geological analysis of geophysical, production and drilling data in the Bavarian Molasse Basin. Der Geothermiekongress DGK, Munich, November 2019.
  • Drews, M.C., Bauer, W., Fazlikhani, H., Eberts, A., Potten, M., de Wall, H., Thuro, K., Stollhofen, H. (2019): PetroTherm (GAB): Towards a regional geomechanical model of the Franconian Basin, SE Germany. Der Geothermiekongress DGK, Munich, November 2019.
  • Drews, M.C. (2019): Stress regime(s) of the North Alpine Thrust Front and Foreland Basin in SE Germany: Considerations based on direct and indirect measurements. Gastvortrag im Rahmen des PetroTherm-Seminars am Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
  • Drews, M.C. (2019): Overpressure and stress configuration of the North Alpine Thrust Front and Foreland Basin, SE-Germany. AAPG European Regional Conference, Vienna.
  • Drews, M., Bauer, W., Stollhofen, H. (2018): Porenüberdruck im Bayerischen Molassebecken. DGMK/ÖGEW-Frühjahrstagung 2018, Fachbereich Aufsuchung und Gewinnung, Celle, 18./19. April 2018. ISBN: 978-3-941721-86-9
  • Freitag, S., Drews, M., Bauer, W., Stollhofen, H. (2018): "Franconian Jura-Malm": History of subsidence for the calibration of a molasse basin-outcrop analogue. DGMK/ÖGEW-Frühjahrstagung 2018, Fachbereich Aufsuchung und Gewinnung, Celle, 18./19. April 2018.
  • Drews M., Bauer W., Stollhofen H. (2017): Feasibility Study of Future (Hypothetical) Scientific and Geothermal Wells in Franconia, Germany. Der Geothermie Kongress DGK, Munich, September 2017.
  • Drews, M., Jokanola, F., D'Onfro, P., Heppard, P. (2014): Considering Lithological Variability in Top Seal Analysis. AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition.
  • Drews, M., Kurtev, K. D., Boeker, U., Ma, J., Aplin, A. C. (2010): Enhancing seal quality prediction by modelling spatial permeability distributions of meter-scale fine-grained sediments. Geological Society Meeting: Modelling Sedimentary Basins and their Petroleum Systems.
  • Drews, M., Deckert, H. (2010): Quantitative Fracture Set Characterization. Geotectonic Research 96/01 – Special Issue TSK 13 Abstracts.
  • Drews, M., Kurtev, K. D., Ma, J., Aplin, A. C. (2010): Modelling spatial permeability distributions in fine-grained sediments on a meter scale. 6th IMA Conference on Modelling Permeable Rocks.
  • Kurtev, K. D., Drews, M., Aplin, A. C. (2010): Critical Capillary Entry Pressure Upscaling in Heterogeneous Mudstones: A Scale-Invariant Stochastic Approach. 6th IMA Conference on Modelling Permeable Rocks.
  • Boeker, U., Aplin, A. C., Georgiopoulou, A., Cartwright, J., Drews, M., Kurtev, K. D., Dodd, T. (2010): Evaluation of Gas Migration History in the Western Nile Delta Fan - Integration of Multidisciplinary Laboratory and Field Based Measurements. Geological Society Meeting: Modelling Sedimentary Basins and their Petroleum Systems.
  • Drews, M., Deckert, H. (2008): 3D Joint Density Mapping. TSK Leoben, Conference Proceedings. 
  • Drews, M. (2008): The 'Plane Scanner' - Development, Testing and Application of an Algorithm for Processing of Photogrammetric 3D Geological Surface Models. Diploma/MSc Thesis. University of Mainz, Germany.
  • Drews, M., Deckert, H., Gessner, K. (2007): Spatially referenced 3D-Characterisation of Fracture Networks. SGTSG Alice Springs, Conference Proceedings.