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Ground Support 2016

Published: 12 September 2016

Stable and secure environment in deep mines, secure tunneling and secure tunnels are the focus of an international research conference arranged by Luleå University of Technology.

"The conference has 200 participants from 35 countries and all continents. At the conference the results of recent research in the theme will be presented. Preferred treats including tunneling in weak rock and ore mining at great depths. Specifically, the presentations will be about developing, testing and simulation of rock support in tunnels and mines", says Erling Nordlund, Professor of Mining and Rock Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.

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Photo: Richard Renberg

Many of the underground mines in Europe with the highest production, are deep, such Kiirunavaara and Malmberget (iron ore, LKAB), Kristineberg, Renström and Garpenberg (sulphide ore, Boliden AB) Zinc Mine (zinc and copper, Lundin Mining), Lubina, Rudna and Polkowice (copper, KGHM) and Pyhäsalmi (copper, First Quantum). All these mines breaks at depths in the range of 800-1500 m and has all the problems that are characteristic of deep mines, with large deformations of the weak parts of the rock mass, for example in the contact between the ore and waste rock and earthquakes caused by mining.

The main sponsor of the conference, Ground Support 2016 Rut & Sten Brand Foundation. Sten Brand, 95 years, was in place and celebrated.

Jenny Greberg, Program Manager of the SIP | STRIM, presented opportunities for the funding of international research.

Erling Nordlund

Nordlund, Erling - Professor

Organisation: Mining and Rock Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Jenny Greberg

Greberg, Jenny - Associate Professor

Organisation: Mining and Rock Engineering, Mining and Geotechnical Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 492840

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