Sensor Technology for Automation in Mining and Tunneling

RWTH takes on Chairposition for EUREG

The Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) at RWTH Aachen University was selected to chair the European Rock Extraction Research Group. EUREG for short, this group constitutes an informal reserch network currently consisting of four universities: RWTH Aachen University, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, TU Clausthal und Montanuniversität Leoben. The objective for the research group is to intensify collaborative research in the area of rock extraction in mining and tunneling. “Automation in Mining is one of the pressing goals for an efficient and secure supply of raw materials in the future. And sensors form the basis for automation processes” says Dr. Thomas Bartnitzki, Head Engineer at AMT. The „RockCutting“ research grup at RWTH Aachen University is developing sensor technologies that enable autonomous rock extraction machines to recognize and decide in real time which material is currently being cut. The most important “sensory organ” of  a machine is its “ear”. It can “hear” which types of rock are in the ground. “We integrate those findings directly into the EUREG research group” says Dr. Bartnitzki.

The Chairposition is rotating on an annual basis. the AMT is currently focusing on establishing the research-blog and on planning the first „International Conference on High Performance Mining“ (, which will take place on December 4 and 5, 2018, in Aachen.The conference provides a platform for industry, research institutions and industry associations. Leading mining companies and technology providers provide insights into success factors for the mines of the future based on real-life best-practice examples for KPI improvements.

Full article available here:

Bartnitzki, T. (2018): Sensorik für Automatisierung im Berg- und Tunnelbau. GeoResources Zeitschrift (2-2018), S. 50. Online:

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