Visit to Titania Mine

This week geology and geotechnology students at NTNU visited Titania AS to learn about mineral production in the subject TGB4227 Mineral Production, Basic Course. There they received a tour of the mine and mineral processing plant.

They also got a good introduction to how mining the ilmenite takes place, and learn about the challenges they face in the various stages of production.

The students were very pleased with the visit and now have a good starting point for the rest of the course and further studies.

9 students and Associate Professor Kurt Aasly participated in the tour 17-18 September.

Photo: Kurt Aasly

Highest Number of Geoscience Applicants to NTNU

Applicant numbers from The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service are now published. Bachelor in Geology at NTNU received the most first-choice applicants within geosciences. On the third place comes our Geotechnology-programme. The largest percentage increase (17%) in the number of applicants received Petroleum Sciences and Engineering at NTNU.

The head of department Egil Tjåland states the following: I am pleased that our study programs have an increase in applicants. We also see that for the first time since 2013 there is an increase in the number of petroleum science applicants.

Visit to Verdalskalk/ Franzefoss Minerals

In the subject of Norway’s geology and Georesources, the students learn about Norway’s bedrock geology, tectonic development and georesources both on land and offshore. Geological resources are summarized: such as fossil and renewable energy, CO2 storage, groundwater, minerals, gravel, etc., the value chain from mineral to mineral product, and environmental aspects.

Last week, the students were on a visit to Verdalskalk AS/Franzefoss Minerals, where they saw how the company operates in an active Limestone Quarry.

Visit from the hydropower industry

The Norwegian Research Center for Hydropower Technology (HydroCen) arranged a visit for 100 participants from PTK2018-Production Technical Conference to our Department Monday 5 March. The participants received a demonstration of the Engineering Geological Laboratory, such as swell test, tests for rock mechanical properties and drillability and cutting life index tests, as well as the equipment our researchers use in the latest hydropower research

Headrace tunnel inspection at Suldal I Hydropower Project

Headrace tunnel inspection at Suldal I Hydropower Project

Movie inside the headrace tunnel of Suldal I HPP_5292

On 16th January, Associate Professor Krishna Panthi and PhD fellow Bibek Neupane have inspected the waterway system of 160 MW Suldal I hydropower project located in Nesflaten of South-West Norway. The hydropower plant is a series of many other hydropower projects and is owned and operated by Norsk Hydro Energi. The inspection survey is linked to FME HydroCen within the work package one (WP1) dealing with tunnels and caverns. The research issue that is being looked in this case is related to the long-term stability of water tunnels subjected to frequent start and stop sequences. The aim of the inspection was to map the tunnel conditions after more than 55 years of operation. The tunnel is about 11 km long and that video was picked up after about 5 km from the intake. The condition inside the tunnel was found to be good with some block falls from the tunnel wall and the roof, which is normal in the unlined water tunnels. After the inspection Krishna concludes that this tunnel is one of the best tunnel conditions that has observed so far. The team of inspection included one each representative from Norsk Hydro Energi and Norconsult.