GFZ employee spin-offs

The GFZ promotes company spin-offs for its employees with the aim of transferring research and development results into commercial practice.


DiGOS Potsdam GmbH

Geophysical & Geodetic Observation Systems

DiGOS is a spin-off closely connected to GFZ. Its portfolio includes engineering, development, sales and distribution of a broad range of geophysical & geodetic observation systems for seismic measurements, tsunami early warning systems and satellite laser ranging stations. The DiGOS team has a long-standing heritage for prototype engineering as well as delivery of turnkey solutions in these fields.

Successor to Omnirecs:
The production and distribution rights of the seismic recorders (cubes) are with DiGOS. The former company owner, Mr Schulze, is still available as an advisor and employee of DiGOS.

Link to DiGOS


Omnirecs UG

Production and distribution of independent geodata recorders

The company Omnirecs is a spin-off from the GFZ, founded in 2011. Fields of business include the production and sale of seismic recorders and complete sensor cable recorder solutions, as well as seismic sources (falling weight).


geomecon GmbH

Consulting and software development in rock mechanics and geomodelling

The determination of rock properties and the complex stress field modelling complement the geomechanical consulting, which runs from geophysical foundations, to stability analysis, to comprehensive system evaluation for drilling planning and activities.

The focus is users from the geothermal, mineral extraction, hydrocarbon and mechanical engineering industry. geomecon GmbH was founded in 2004 by senior staff from the GFZ.


gempa GmbH

Consulting and software development for geomonitoring and early natural disaster warnings.

gempa develops tailor-made solutions for the monitoring of critical infrastructures and developed the seismological monitoring software seiscomp3.


GEOS4 GmbH

Consulation for hydrocarbon deposits and reservoir modelling

Founded in the year 2006, GEOS4 offers consulting services for the upstream sector of the oil industry. GEOS4 is specialized in the prediction of the chemical composition and the physical properties of oil during the exploration and production phase.


WIPS.consulting GmbH

Advice for better predictions of oil and natural gas deposits

Founded in the year 2013 and sponsored by the Helmholtz Association, this company specializes in processes between pore water, rocks and gases in oil and natural gas deposits. Processes influence the formation and quality, as well as the possible behaviour of fossil fuels during the extraction.