The teaching and research work of the institute led by Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Niemann-Delius includes the entire process of raw material mining in pit mining ranging from the storage examination and modeling through to excavation planning, operation and technology to aspects of environmental protection and follow-up handling of mining projects.
Importance of open-pit mining of raw materials
A large share of all raw materials mined is excavated in open-pit mining. This especially applies for the raw materials of rocks and earth which are gained almost exclusively via open-pit mining. One of the main tasks of the mining engineer is to optimize the technical and economic system of open-pit mining under the conditions of operations linked to storage facilities and a global market. There is also a social and ecological commitment of ensuring sustainable design of processed of open-pit mining of raw materials by minimizing resource consumption and impact on the environment.
Based on these facts, at the Institute for Raw Materials Open-pit Mining and Drilling Engineering (BBK 3) , for example, a complete digital system for pit mining planning and checking as well as for the design of mining follow-up landscape has been developed. It enables both integration of current operating data for optimization of use of equipment and quality control as well as the visualization of pit mining development in the form of chart material or three-dimensional displays. This ensures that the advantages and disadvantages of various planning alternatives can be evaluated.