Check out the Winning Teams!

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in partnership with the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), invited both high school and university (undergraduate & graduate) teams to explore the future of geothermal energy and visualize the world of geothermal energy by participating in the 2019 Geothermal Design Challenge™.

Teams of 2 or 3 members researched data, interpreted information and created a data visualization portfolio that tells a compelling story about geothermal energy. Take a look at the winning portfolios.

Read the DOE GTO announcement of winning teams.

First place winner: DePaul University/Georgia Institute of Technology

View the portfolio here.

“EGS Site Selection Using GIS and Machine Learning”

The suitability map and proposed well location in this portfolio were based upon robust analyses using Python and ESRI’s ArcMap, ArcScene and a strong understanding of the FORGE data. View the portfolio here.


Second place winner: Colorado School of Mines

View the portfolio here.

“Open-Source Approach to 3-D Communication”

A suite of open-source Python packages, enabling available data sets to be incrementally integrated into a 3-D scene, was used in this submission. Tools used include The Open Mining Format, ParaView, SGeMS, and SimPEG, along with additional tools made by the team itself. 3-D visualizations such as this submission could enable researchers and scientists to rapidly explore data, communicate findings, and facilitate the reproducibility of results. View the portfolio here.


Third place winner: Stanford University

View the dashboard here.

“Want to Explore FORGE Data?

This submission lays out the basic concepts of geothermal exploration and well siting using lithology and subsurface temperatures. The visualization portfolio was created in Tableau, and can be easily integrated into a classroom curriculum. View the dashboard here.


Return to the 2019 Geothermal Design Challenge Student Competition™ page.