Workshop on implementation of tectonic database for general purposes


G. Albert 1 (HU), Á. Halmai 2 (HU), Gy. Maros 3 (HU), K. Sebe 4 (HU)


The tectonic features and movements are well-known phenomena in the field of geology since the beginning of the “scientifically aided” mining and architectural constructions. They help us to recognize and determine the spatial and temporal distribution of the lithological formations. Despite these facts, the tectonism is somehow secondary content on the geological maps and also in the geological knowledge. Some fields of tectonism, such as the active faults or some distinguished geographical areas have their specialized and adequate techniques and computerized databases to describe the significant characteristics of a given fault.
So far there haven’t been either a tectonic database of general purposes or a registration procedure for standardized data, with the help of which we are able to describe all of the observed tectonic faults internationally. A tectonic database of general purposes would help us to identify all features uniquely (and on this basis to cite each of them in the literature unambiguously). Empirical geological research would be able to become more exact if the mappable tectonic data and tectonic features could be displayed on maps and the sections were incorporated into a uniform database, ruled by a uniform system of criteria. It is quite common that the descriptions of the fractures contain some omissions that are so serious that the reader cant “recreate” the thoughts and the decisions of the describer. This way we lose important facts.
We are investigating the possible database solutions of the connection between the observed and the deducted fault lines as well.
Our workshop would like to address these problems with the implementation of a general purpose tectonic database, and try to find the minimal system of criteria of data registration.
Based on the outcome of the workshop we intend to propose a European Union project guided by the rules delineated by the Inspire program for collecting and standard featuring of the main Alpine-Carpathian-Dinaridic brittle fault zones and major faults.


1. Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics, 1117 Budapest, Pázmány Péter promenade 1/A , Hungary

2. Doctoral School of Earth Sciences, University of Pécs H-7624 Pécs, Ifjúság u. 6., Hungary

3. Geological and Geophysical Institute of Hungary, H-1143 Budapest Stefánia út 14, Hungary

4. Department of Geology and Meteorology, University of Pécs H-7624 Pécs, Ifjúság u. 6., Hungary



Preliminary Program

8.30–8.45: Fodor, L.: Opening of the workshop

8.45–09.15: Halmai, Á.: Proposal for a tectonic database in the light of the existing solutions

9:15-9:45: Albert, G: Inventorizing tectonic elements in geological maps and 3D models - Problems, Concepts, Solutions

9:45-10:15: Schmid, S.: A compilation of tectonic units of the Alpine collision zone between Alps and Western Turkey

10:15-10:45: Ustaszevski, K.: Observations from the Skutari-Pec Fault

10:45-11.00: Coffee break

11:00-11:30: Sebe, K., Konrád, Gy.: Problems of integrating data of a complex fault zone into a database

11:30-12:00: Maros, Gy.: Fault vs database considerations at different scales, case studies from Hungary

12:00-12:15: Maros, Gy., Halmai Á., Konrád, Gy.: Proposal for a correlation and tectonic database program

12:15-13:00: Comments, discussion, conclusions



Contact persons:

Á. Halmai: halmaia@gamma.ttk.pte.
Gy. Maros: