Underground surveying and monitoring is essential for the success of high-performance underground mining operations to improve economic efficiency, lower environmental impact and increase safety. Modern systems offer new ways to acquire spatial information and to create realistic and accurate 3D models in high temporal and spatial resolution. These systems have become very popular, mainly due to their inherent flexibility compared to traditional surveying solutions, especially when combined with autonomous carrier platforms like mobile robots or unmanned systems.
The course has the following objectives and outcomes:
The course is combining both classroom lectures and demonstrations, as well as practical workshop sessions.
Professor Jörg Benndorf is chair of Geomonitoring and Mine Surveying at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. From 2001 to 2012 he worked as project engineer and project manager in various international mining companies, ia. in Australia, Germany, USA and Jamaica, for the different commodities iron ore, lignite and hard coal, bauxite and copper. Between 2012 and 2016 he worked as a junior professor at the TU Delft, The Netherlands. There he initiated several large-scale European research projects, including the H2020 Real-Time Mining project and the RFCS-funded RTRO-Coal project. His research focuses on modern Geomonitoring concepts, geostatistical modelling and operations research for decision support in mining.
Paul O’Leary was born in 1960 in Limerick, Ireland. He studied at Trinity College Dublin where he received a B.A. in mathematics and a B.A.I. in Electronic Engineering.Then, he studied at Philips International Institute, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, where he received an M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering in 1984.He performed his Ph.D. studies with Prof. Maloberti at the University of Pavia, Italy.He worked as a designer of integrated circuits at ITT Intermetall, Freiburg, Germany from 1984 to 1987.After, he moved to Austria where he was in charge of analog integrated circuit development at Austria Micro Systems.In 1990 he founded the Institute for Chemical and Optical Sensors at Joanneum research, Graz, Austria. In 1995, he received the Chair of Automation at the Montan-University in Leoben.In 1996, he founded the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sensor and Measurement Systems.His current research is primarily on discrete basis functions and their application to the solution of inverse problems associated with data analytics. Currently, his research is focusing on phenomenology, in particular Yogachara phenomenology, the emergence of natural language and its relevance for mining sensor data.
Alexander Tscharf is a research associate at the Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. He has completed his bachelor studies in Mineral Resources Engineering at Montanuniversitaet Leoben and studied “Mine Surveying and Applied Geodesy” at the Technical University of Freiberg in Saxony (TU Bergakademie Freiberg) thereafter. He succesfully completed in 2013 as a graduate engineer and is currently a PhD student at the Chair of Mining Engineering in Leoben. His research focus lies on UAV-based surveying (UAV = (unmanned aerial vehicle) especially in open pit mining but he is also participating in several projects related to the usage of modern surveying equipment (especially cameras) in underground mining applications.