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

Ocean Space Race

During Ocean Space Race, a national competition in engineering for all students who have the subject “Technology and Research” at upper secondary school, the Department received visits from the schools Lørenskog, Elvebakken, Vestby and St.Olavs at March 8th. The pupils were allowed to try microscopy under expert guidance from Postdoctoral fellow Kristian Drivenes, and given a tour of flotation lab by Senior Engineer Håkon Havskjold.

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.

Geology Day 2017 (Geologiens Dag) was a great success!

The Department of Geosciences and Petroleum was represented at the Geology Day 2017 (Geologiens Dag) in Trondheim this year. Eight IGP students organized four events held at Akron-building on Kalvskinnet Sunday, September 10th. Both virtual sandbox, gold digging, information about geology and plate tectonics puzzles could the approximately 350 visitors who came by try out.


Text and photo:

Terje Solbakk

p.hd candidate


Geology Day!

September 10th is GEOLOGIENS DAG, a day organised by Norsk Geologisk Forening – Norways geological association. The idea of the day is to get young people interested in geology. Enthusiastic students from geology, geotechnology and petroleum science at NTNU aim to create an event that awakens the curiosity of both young and old.

The event takes place at NTNU Akrinn-building on Kalvskinnet, entrance from Sverre gate between Sverres gate 10 and 14 (there are no 12 on the map).



10 September 2017

From 11:00 – 16:00