The Central Mining Institute (Główny Instytut Górnictwa, GIG) is a Polish public scientific and development organisation, working not only for the benefit of the mining industry, but also for enterprises representing different branches, including small and medium enterprises, state and local administration, institutions, offices and foreign partners.

Since 1945, GIG has been connected with the mining industry and with the Upper Silesia region. The Experimental Mine “Barbara” in Mikołów, established 20 years before, is a part of the Institute. The Institute’s activity concentrates on the problems concerning work safety, modern technologies and mining techniques as well as environmental protection against the effects of industrial activity, in particular mining. GIG disposes unique databases, research fields and specialist laboratories. The Institute uses its experience to develop new scientific specialties and to take up the world’s most important research topics in the range of clean coal technologies. GIG has completed and still is involved in many international projects, e.g. HUGE, HUGE2, CARBOLAB, GASDRAIN, GEOSOFT, MAPROCK, PAHMET, MANAGER, MISSTER, TAB, KIC-SYNCON and MERIDA.
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DMT GmbH & Co. KG


With currently 30 offices around the world, DMT is a global corporate group of 14 engineering and consulting firms, providing interdisciplinary services in the four markets Mining, Oil & Gas, Civil Engineering & Infrastructure and Plant Engineering.

Earth. Insight. Values. This “trilogy” best sums up the DMT group and its philosophy. Earth represents the responsible manner in which we handle our resources and the continual protection and development of our living space, Insight stands for our way of thinking and doing business and Values for the benefit to our customers and the ethics at the heart of DMT. We pride ourselves not only on bringing together knowledge and principles, but also people and markets – and above all profound services and practical, sustainable and economic solutions.

DMT’s roots extend back as far as 1737, when the first organisation for mining safety was founded in Germany. Nowadays, as a division of TÜV NORD GROUP, our aim is the further development of our long-standing technical and scientific experience and continual quality enhancement.

Our wide-ranging service portfolio covers the fields of Exploration, Engineering, Consulting and Geotechnics, in which we apply professional know-how and innovative strength to create tailor-made solutions for the long-term benefit of our customers. Our product line includes diverse measuring systems as well as specially developed test products for a variety of industries, all developed and built by our in-house experts. To ensure that the standard of our products and services always meets the high expectations of DMT and our customers, we maintain a quality management system in line with the requirements of EN ISO 9001:2008.

Alongside our primary focus on sustainable customer value and quality, DMT is equally committed to creating a safe environment for man and machine, and therefore uses the environmental management system ISO 14001. Moreover, we make every effort to reward the men and women in our workforce with challenging projects and manifold career prospects.

DMT has participated in several research projects such as GMES4Mining to monitor the impact of mining, as well as in the EU projects EOMD Mining and GMES-Terrafirma (both ESA funded projects) to develop solutions for project-related tasks. DMT is in particular involved in the area of early detection and monitoring of geohazards in international research projects, like in the BMBF project Yangtze Geo at the 3-Gorges Dam in China.
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Founded in 1990, INERIS (French Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks) is a public research body with an industrial and commercial character, under the supervision of the French Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development. The main role of INERIS is to assess and mitigate risks to both people and the environment, linked to industrial installations, chemical substances and underground operations. Hence the Institute owns physical-chemical analysis laboratories, develops testing and computing facilities that rank among the best in France, and develops risk assessment methods.

INERIS has a historic competence in risk assessment for mining and after-mining activities, as well as industrial processes. On this basis, the Institute developed over the years a strong expertise in the field of underground gas storage, coal gasification, waste repositories, natural hazards. This expertise is notably based on in situ monitoring, laboratory experiments, numerical modelling of geochemistry or underground thermal-mechanical effects. This know-how is continuously improved through field studies led with industrial operators and through national and international research programms.
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The Strata Mechanics Research Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences (IMG-PAN - Instytut Mechaniki Górotworu Polskiej Akademii Nauk) is a state scientific institution founded in 1954. It has become a major scientific advisory body through its scientific committees and research institutes. It successfully combines theory, modeling, laboratory and in situ experiments together with practical applications mainly in the fields of mining safety engineering and the impact of mining activity on the natural environment.

The scope of research include rock mechanics, mining subsidence and its impact of the structures on the surface, fluid dynamics, flow metrology, hot wire and vane anemometry, transients of flow in mine ventilation networks, physical properties of rocks with fluid-filled pores including sorption phenomena and flow in porous media, rock and gas outbursts, image analysis for rocks. The scientific research conducted at the Institute encompasses complex and sometimes long term experiments, aiming at verifying the developed theories and methods concerning the physical phenomena and processes being the subject of analysis. The Institute is constantly developing measurement methods dedicated equipment and software, is also carrying out experimental research both in laboratories and on real objects, as well as numerical experiments. This activity has been supported by numerous Polish and international research projects, state and industrial founding. For this purpose IMG-PAN has participated in several consortia.
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The University of Oviedo is a public institution of higher education and research in the Principality of Asturias (Spain). With over 400 years of history, it offers a full range of undergraduate degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in all branches of knowledge and postgraduate degree programmes in collaboration with national and international universities and more than 250 companies.

The Oviedo School of Mining, Energy and Materials serves as a centre of excellence for mineral resources, energy and environmental research. For more than five decades, the School has maintained a substantial coal research and consulting program. Within this School, the Applied Mathematical Modeling in Engineering, Economy and Health Sciences (MOMA) Research Group, and the Hydrogeophysics and Non Destructive Testing Modeling Unit, will be responsible for the development of the project.
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Czech Republic

VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava is a university offering tertiary education having public legal status. VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava is a technical and economic institution of higher education, the principal task of which is the provision of higher education based on free and internationally oriented research. It is an integral part of the higher education structure in the Czech Republic providing for the highest education in the province of its specialization. The predecessor of the Mining University of Ostrava was the Mining School in Příbram which came into existence by the emperor’s decree in 1849. The VŠB-TUO has the right of conferring academic and scientific degrees, and doctor honorary degrees. The scientific and teaching staffs collaborate with research and academic institutions and specialists on national and international levels.

The University has more than 20 thousand students who study at seven University Faculties. From that number, over 1400 students are from abroad. Equipped with a wide range of sports and cultural facilities, the modern university campus provides students with excellent conditions for studying.

R&D represents an integral constituent of activities of the VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava that are crucial for the success of the restructuring process in the region of North Moravia and Silesia. VŠB-TUO ranks among top technical universities in the Czech Republic. Their R&D potential represents an important factor of the innovative process in the region and all of Czech Republic. The latest results in the field of R&D activities attest to the strength of human and research potential that the University has at its disposal.

VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava has a long tradition of collaboration with European universities and research institutions. In recent years the collaboration has expanded to Canada, USA, Japan, China and Taiwan. The collaboration has been based on international grant research programmes, exchange of doctoral students and teachers, organization of international science conferences and publishing.

A quality teaching, which would produce graduates fit for their future jobs, represents a principal task for any university. Therefore VŠB-TUO cooperates with industrial partners at developing curricula that incorporates the latest trends.

Structure of the institution

The university has more than 20 thousand students who study at seven university faculties:

  • Faculty of Mining and Geology
  • Faculty of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Safety Engineering
  • University Study Programmes

Besides the faculties, the University includes All-university departments and specialised work centres under the rector’s office.
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United Kingdom

Imperial College is a technological university having a strong international reputation in teaching and research across the main areas of science and technology. The College has around 3,200 full-time academic and research members of staff. The Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College is a multi-disciplinary department, integrating fundamental earth science research with related petroleum, environmental, mining and minerals engineering. In the 2008 Higher Education Funding Council Research Assessment Exercise, covering all UK universities, the department's research was evaluated as excellent and of international significance.
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The Camborne School of Mines (CSM) is one of the World’s most famous mining schools. Founded in 1888, CSM now has a unique combination of scientific and engineering expertise in geology, mining and minerals processing and applies theses to world-leading research and teaching.
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Hulleras del Norte, S.A. (HUNOSA) is a State owned coal mining company based in Asturias, in the north of Spain, owning currently 7 underground coal mines and having around 3,000 employees. The company has been dealing with mining and extraction of coal in the central Asturias basin since 1967. HUNOSA has also been involved since the 80´s in policies to regenerate the industrial framework of mining districts.

HUNOSA’s Technical Department will be the responsible for the project. They have participated in several RFCS projects and have long standing expertise in mine water management. The mines selected for the project, namely the Mosquitera and Pumarabule plants, provide the perfect opportunity to develop and validate the methodologies proposed in MERIDA under real conditions and with interaction between different closed plants.
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Polska Grupa Górnicza


Polska Grupa Górnicza, from Poland, has the greatest hard coal resources in the European Union with an extraction capacity of 30 million tonnes of hard coal per year. All its coal production is coming from deep underground mines. PGG owns currently 5 mines and employs over 30,000 people. The mining areas of PGG mines are located in 42 communes of Silesia province and 3 communes of Małopolskie province. The areas of mining activities cover over 600 square km, and the mining areas cover 665 square km. PGG constantly takes actions to protect and improve the environment in the areas of mining activities by designing mining operations including reducing the negative impact on the environment, limiting the amount of extracted waste and reducing the harmful effects of saline mining groundwater to surface water.
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