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Niederleithinger, Ernst |en

Dr. rer. nat. Ernst Niederleithinger

Senior scientist and deputy of division head, division 8.2

BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
Unter den Eichen 87, 12205 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 8104-1443
Fax: +49 30 8104-1447

E-Mail: Ernst

research areas

  • non-destructive testing in civil engineering, focus on geotechnics
  • engineering geophysics
  • pile testing
  • spectral induced polarisation
  • coda wave interferometry
  • RTM imaging
  • mathematical methods in geophysics and NDT


curriculum vitae

* 21. 8. 1963 in Berlin, two kids

1982 – 1990 diploma on geophysics,  Technical University of Berlin

  • 1984, 1988 research trips to Egypt, Sudan
  • 1985 internship at Preussag AG
  • 1985 – 1987 student teacher
  • 1988 – 1990 assisstant at Büro für Geophysik Lorenz
  • diploma thesis on 2D-FD resistivity modeling

1990 – 2001 at  Büro für Geophysik Lorenz (environmental and engineering geophysics)

  • several projects for the new government quarter in Berlin
  • introduction of new devices, interpretation methods, programming
  • 1996-1997 research project on  2D-SIP modeling
  • deputy of company owner: responsible for acquisition and organisation

since 2001 at BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing

  • Division 8.2 „Non-Destructive Damage Assessment and Environmental Measurement Methods“
  • introduction of new measurement methods ( e. g. SIP, pile testing, coda wave interferometry)
  • since 2003 head of working group
  • since 2004 development of a test and validation center for NDT in civil engineering at BAM-TTS Horstwalde
  • 2010 Ph. D. (Dr. rer. nat.) at University of Potsdam on “parallel seismics

2013: Visiting research professor at Colorado School of Mines

May 2014: Visiting professor at University of Ljubljana

Nov/Dec 2016: Visiting researcher at University of Technology, Sydney

important research projects

  • 2003-2006 TAILSAFE (EU FP5) safety of tailings facilities
  • 2003-2006 RUFUS (EU FP5) re-use of foundations
  • 2004-2007 Sustainable Bridges (EU FP6) assessment and strengthening of railway bridges
  • 2005-2008 DEISTRUKT (BMBF) evaluation of geophysical methods for river embankments/levees
  • 2007-2009 electrical/acoustical properties of wood (ProInno II)
  • 2010-2013 MIIC (BMBF Geotechnologien) interferometric tomography
  • 2013-2015 Jetseis (ZIM): Diameter of jet grouting columns
  • 2013-2016 PileInspect (EU FP7): Improvement of pile integrity testing
  • 2014-2016 REFUND (BBSR): re-use of foundations
  • 2016-2019 Infrastar (EU H2020, ITN):  fatigue of concrete constructions
  • 2016-2017 Monitoring load tests on bridge girders by ultrasound (BASt, RWTH)
  • 2017-2018 Ultrasonic methods for QA of sealing plugs in nuclear waste storage sites (BGE, DBE).


  • member of DGG, DGGT, EAGE, EEGS, ISSMGE
  • 2007-2009 founder and chairman of DGG working group on induced polarisation
  • since 2009 chaiman of DGZfP subcomittee on subsoil inspection
  • since 2009 member of DGGT subcomittee 2.1 dynamic pile testing

standards, recommendations

  • DGZfP B7 “GPR” (co-author)
  • DGZfP B8 “Seismic methods for Geotechnical Engineering” (chair, in preparation)
  • DGGT EA Pfähle ( co-author)
  • Handbooks for foundation re-use and geophysical investigation of river embankments


  • since 2012 RWTH Aachen, “Engineering Geophysics”, “Petrophysics”
  • 2012-2015 HTW Berlin,  “Environmental Physics”
  • BAM: mentoring of bachelor-, master-, and ph.-d. students, internal teaching
  • TU Berlin: “non-destructive building diagnosis”,  WS 2009/10  (with colleagues)
  • U Potsdam: mentoring of practical trainings (SS 2009)

Geschrieben von Ernst Niederleithinger

31.03.2011 um 12:48

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