GeoResources Journal 3-2019

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GeoResources - German Journal for Mining, Tunnelling, Geotechnics and EquipmentGeoResources Journal for Resources, Mining, Tunnelling, Geotechnics and Equipment.

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Christoph Müller

Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is not as easy as it seems. It has to start in our brains with fresh and lateral thinking. Thinking function and integration of the software development from the beginning are key success factors.

Digitalisation • Automation • Lateral thinking • Mining• Software development • Cooperation


Eckart Pasche

Safety stems from Hard Coal Mining

The Essen Company DMT GmbH & Co. KG demonstrates with engineering performance that methods derived from mining are extremely versatile.

Mining • Safety • Knowledge transfer • Lateral thinking • Companies • Services


Stefan Jäger

New Diaphragm Cut-off Wall for the ­Rosshaupten Dam

The Bavarian Rosshaupten Dam was modernised. A diaphragm cut-off wall was built as a new sealing element in the existing dam. The difficult construction tasks could be solved using modern machinery and measurement technology.

Geotechnics • Remediation • Dam • Specialist foundation engineering • Diaphragm wall • Construction machinery


Matthias Nimmesgern and Wolfgang Schmauser

Eyelet Gabion System with National Technical Approval

Gabion structures are becoming ever more popular in practice for retaining purposes. The Hoy Geokunststoffe GmbH has further developed its gabion system Quicky Forte 2000. As a result, it has received a National Technical Approval (abZ) from Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt). This article deals with the development work that has been tackled as well as tests and verifications attaining during the approval procedure.

Geotechnics • Retaining structures • Gabions • R&D • Regulations • Approval


Armin Roduner

Significance and Advantage of EAD and CE Marking of Geohazard Products

In a globalised world, the standardisation of products is essential to make sure that they perform as expected. This article describes how standardisation in the European Union helps to achieve a certain quality standard and what users must be aware of to compare different geohazard products.

Geotechnics • Geohazard • Standard • Products • Quality • Safety


Roland Herr

Swiss Tunnel Congress STC 2019

Read about the Swiss Tunnel Congress STC 2019, the development of tunnelling in Switzerland and the importance of the young members for the Swiss Tunnelling Society.

Tunnelling • Switzerland • Conference • Youth development


Jürgen Schmitt, Alexenader Kilian and Klaus Hönisch

Analysing Cases of Damage and Risks for mechanised Tunnel Drives in Hard Rock

At the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, tunnelling projects were analysed, in the case of which damage was registered during the construction process. This report contains the results that were established on the basis of 31 tunnelling projects driven by tunnel boring machines.

Tunnelling • Mechanised driving • Hard rock • Risk • Cases of damage


Susanne Kalmar Pedersen

Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link – The Special Tunnel Element

The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel possesses record-breaking dimensions. The length of the immersed tunnel is around 18 km. This article focuses on the challenges facing concrete tunnel element production and immersion.

Tunnelling • Major project • Immersed tunnel • Concrete • Construction operation • Denmark


Antonio Nieto

The Mine of the Future: The 5S Innovation Model for the Minerals Industry

This article introduces an innovation model based on defining ultimate operational conditions that the mining industry will face in the near future. The model is designed to be adaptable to any type of mining. Five innovation drivers are defined that are essential to stay competitive during the decades ahead. The model can serve as a road map to develop technologies and methods for the “mine of the future”.

Mining • Technology • Innovation • Roadmap • Future ­mining


Eric Gourley

The changing Salt Mining

The Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke AG mines and produces rock salt and evaporated salt. Conventional drill+blast was used to mine the salt for all of 120 years. Since 2006, continuous mining using Continuous Miners has taken over. Conventional methods are now only applied to cope with peaks when demand fluctuates.

Mining • Salt • Mining machinery • Drill and blast • Continuous mining


Jonas Kothy

Heavy Industry 4.0: proactive Maintenance of Conveyor Belt Systems through digital Sensor Technology

At the bauma the Rema Tip Top AG presented a new monitoring system for conveyor belt systems. This article hones in its manner of functioning and capabilities – and a special try-out in India.

Mining • Tunnelling • Conveying technology • Monitoring • Maintenance • Digitalisation


Alexej Zich, Vladimir Yakushev, Moh’d M. Amro and Irisha Trubacheva

The Potential for Development of Underwater Natural Gas Storage in Europe

Underground gas storage (UGS) facilities cannot be located in all European gas-consuming countries due to unsuitable geological conditions. Underwater gas storage in impermeable spheres could provide an alternative solution. This article explains the UGS situation in Europe and an unimplemented underwater project idea in Russia.

Energy supply • Storage • Gas • Strategy • Research • Russia • Europe

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