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Projects at the Department of Geo-Resources and Process Engineering

At THGA, a whole range of researchers investigates the sustainable extraction and processing of mineral resources such as rocks and soils in deposits close to the surface, e.g. granite, limestone and sand which are indispensable in industrial manufacturing. The principle of sustainability includes the entire process of value creation, from exploring deposits to extraction methods protecting the environment to mastering the impact of post-mining. Our study programmes Geo-Technology and Applied Geology, Civil and Environmental Geo-Engineering; Mineral Resource Engineering and Sustainable Resource Management; Process Engineering; Surveying Engineering; Geo-Engineering and Post-Mining, and Mineral Resource and Process Engineering allow students to explore these issues and to develop exciting research projects – often as early as their final theses. Moreover, THGA cooperates with partners of the industry and develops innovative solutions for the perpetual tasks of our mining legacy in its globally unique Research Center of Post-Mining.

Managing the mining impact responsibly Research Center of Post-Mining

This research centre is the only one of its kind worldwide. Here, a team of experts addresses the urgent issues posed by mining and its legacy. Across disciplines they investigate how to manage and design the complex tasks of mine closures and subsequent use. And of course, THGA in Bochum is the perfect starting point to explore the impact mining has left.

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Sustainable extraction of gravel and sand Mapping boat - a ZIM project

To achieve a more sustainable method for extracting gravel and sand: that is why the mapping boat is being developed - the design of a autonomously driving boat by THGA in collaboration with Carplounge Tackle.

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