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Playing Dangerously with Fire

The protective devices of a machine are intended to protect the persons working there from hazards. Nevertheless, these devices are repeatedly dismantled, bypassed or otherwise rendered inoperative. Occupational safety experts assume that around a quarter of all occupational accidents on stationary machines occur solely because of this. The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Berlin, provides information and asks for assistance ...

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Do You Actually Know … the BAUZ Info Cards?

Many tasks in the company are actually pure routine. Things like the regular inspection of work equipment, cleaning work on machines and systems or the use of forklift trucks are part of everyday work. To ensure that daily work is carried out safely and smoothly and that accidents do not result from carelessness, ignorance, convenience or time pressure, the German ...

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The German Lignite Industry in 2021

Germany’s domestic lignite output increased by 18.9 Mt, which equals 17.6 %, from 107.4 Mt to 126.3 Mt between 2020 and 2021. The lignite extracted in 2021 had a net calorific value of 39.3 Mtce. Of that output 111.5 Mt, or about 88.3 %, were used in utility power plants supplying the general public. This translates into an increase of 19.8 % compared to the previous year. ...

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Digital Media in Mining Education

Digital technologies are taking over university teaching and changing the ways in which academic knowledge is disseminated. At the Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering (MRE) of RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany, the transfer of knowledge and principles of professional practice in mining is enriched by using innovative, digital communication media. 1  Digitalisation of mining education Currently, universities are exploring, trying and ...

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Corona Pandemic and Teaching in Mining

With the beginning of the corona pandemic, contacts were restricted and events were banned. The teaching had to adapt. Online lectures replaced face-to-face events. The Institute for Mining and Special Civil Engineering at TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg/Germany, was able to implement corresponding courses immediately and also found regulations for internships and excursions. Discrepancy between the imperatives of science and the ...

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Traineeship at the Mining Authority of North-Rhine Westphalia: More than just Mining … Mineral Resource Supply, Post-Mining, Future of Energy

Are studies in the fields of mineral resource and energy supply worth the effort? Is there even still any mining in North-Rhine Westphalia? What are the mining authority’s tasks if hard coal is no longer won? These are questions many young people, especially future students who are interested in studies in mining and energy, are asking themselves. The answer, according ...

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Julius Weisbach and Non-Academic Geo-Montane Education in Freiberg/Saxony

The small university town of Freiberg offers even more educational opportunities in the geo-montane sector. The Vocational School Centre (BSZ), Freiberg/Germany, named after Freiberg’s famous scientist Julius Weisbach, bundles non-university education in Freiberg. With the newly installed technical school training to become a mining technician, it is now possible to pursue a complete professional career as a miner in Freiberg ...

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Special Qualification-Courses for Technicians

Each summer when the vacations/holidays come to an end, the Fachschule für Wirtschaft und Technik (FWT) in Clausthal-Zellerfeld/Germany, offers new courses in which students can attain the qualification of a “State Certified Technician”. These courses can serve as a stepping-stone towards interesting and demanding jobs especially for those who are ambitious to face tasks with higher responsibility – and higher ...

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Mine Water Rebound in the Former Hard Coal Mining Area of the Ruhr District – Hydrogeochemical Monitoring for a Sustainable, Ecological and Economical Feasible Post-Mining Approach

Mine water rebound including mine water management and water treatment are key perpetual tasks for the operating mine company RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, and associated foundation RAG-Stiftung, Essen/Germany, since hard coal mining in the Ruhr District ceased at the end of 2018. The scientific support of the mine water rebound process includes a robust risk management and associated hydrogeochemical monitoring to ...

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Intelligent Search Engine Makes Expert Knowledge Usable

Hard coal mining in Germany is history, but the expert knowledge from 150 years should remain. But how can information that is hidden in millions of documents on numerous servers be made efficiently usable? To solve this problem, RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, relies on technical innovation and artificial intelligence (AI), which unlocks valuable knowledge for employees and makes it easily accessible. ...

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