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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The magazine Samferdsel&Infrastruktur has interviewed Professor II Eivind Grøv about increased focus on injection work while driving tunnels. Grøv believes there is a need for increased competence in this area. Read more about the article here.