About Mertl Research

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Mertl Research GbmH is an engineering consultants company (member of the Austrian Association of Consulting Engineer) providing services in seismic monitoring and geoscience software development.

I, Stefan Mertl, founded the company in 2012. I’m specialized in seismic monitoring of mass movements and local earthquakes, near real-time data acquisition and processing, free software development with a focus on scientific computing using Python and the design of measurement systems for seismic monitoring projects.

About me

During my work at the research group Geophysics of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation at the Vienna University of Technology I gained substantiated knowledge in seismic monitoring and computer coding. My main focus lies in small scale monitoring networks for weak event detection. I had main responsibilities in many seismic monitoring projects (e.g. monitoring of landslides and glacier, local seismicity or a geothermal drilling site).

The many years working at the Vienna University of Technology I used the varying and challenging demands of several research projects to improve my coding skills in the programming languages C, Matlab and Python as well as micro-controller programming in C and Assembler. The usually non-trivial problems I had to solve during my research work helped me to develop my creativity in coding and to gain a certain skill of improvisation to quickly react to changing requirements.

Education

Doctor of Science, Characterization of local seismic events on the deep-seated gravitational slope deformation Gradenbach, Vienna University of Technology, 2015

Magister rer.nat., Geophysics, University of Vienna, 1994 – 2003

fotoK Diploma, Artistic Photography, fotoK Vienna, 2002 – 2003

Employment
Managing Partner, Mertl Research GmbH, Vienna, Austria, April 2012 – present
In spring 2012 I started my own business as an engineering consultant. The focus of my company is research and development in seismic monitoring and free software development.
Lector, Vienna University of Technology, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation, Vienna, Austria, February 2014 – present
I’m holding a combined lecture and lab on Seismic Monitoring.
Research Assistant, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Vienna, Austria, October 2011 – September 2013
I worked as a part of Emeritus Professor Ewald Brückls research group within the project “Monitoring and Predicting Acceleration and Deceleration of Large Landslides” funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. My work involved the operation of a seismic monitoring network at a deep-seated mass-movement, the processing of the seismic data and the software development for seismological processing algorithms.
Research Associate, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Vienna, Austria, October 2008 – October 2011
My research work covered a large variety of seismic monitoring applications. My main focus lied in weak event monitoring using small scale networks (e.g. monitoring of deep-seated mass-movements or geothermal drilling sites) but also extended to local area networks like the ALPAACT project of the Austrian Academy of Sciences monitoring the Vienna Basin area. The publication of software developed within the framework of my research as an open source software was another important point of my scientific work.
Junior Scientist, alpS – GmbH, Innsbruck, Austria, 2005 – 2006
I worked within the alpS Project A 2.4 „Integrated monitoring of large mass-movements based on geodynamic models“ in the research group of Christian Zangerl and Ewald Brückl in the field of seismic studies of large mass-movements. My work involved an active seismic 3D-survey and the planning and accomplishment of a passive seismic monitoring study at a deep-seated mass-movement.
Research Assistant, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, Vienna, Austria, 2003 – 2008
I worked as a part of Professor Ewald Brückls research group within the project „Hazard Estimation of Deep Seated Mass Movements by Microseismic Monitoring“ funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. My work involved the planning and installation of seismic monitoring networks at deep-seated mass-movements and the processing (event detection, classification, localization) of the data gathered with these networks.Within this project, I have developed the Matlab Sotware Seismon for processing continuous seismic data and published it as an open source software (http://www.stefanmertl.com/science).