Our research focuses

We investigate post-mining from all angles - in the field, the lab and even from outerspace.

Perpetual tasks and minewater management

Through our investigations, we establish a comprehensive understanding of the hydrological system of former mining environments to facilitate the sustainable management of mine water, groundwater and surface waters.

Geomonitoring in post-mining

We develop technology and methods perfectly tailored for monitoring post-mining activities. Therefore we combine a diverse range of geoinformation by using drones, satellites, sensors and robotics.

Material sciences for the preservation of cultural heritage

For the preservation of industrial culture, we investigate the aging processes of materials. In the best case, the decay can not merely retarded, but completely stopped. So new chances arise from old shafts.

Reactivation and transition

We analyse the political, economic and legal frameworks needed to successfully reactivate former industrial locations and their infrastructures. By that we consider regional and municipal objectives, as well as the involvement of the general public.

Current Projects

Effects of mine water rebound on methane outgassing

New analytical methods for examining PCBs

Projects of the Forum Bergbau und Wasser

Monitoring system for underground storage caverns

PostMinQuake: Monitoring of microseismic tremors

Proof of concept: detecting ground movements

Post-mining monitoring of urban infrastructures

Digital Twin: Geomonitoring meets Industrie 4.0

MuSE: Multisensor geomonitoring for polder areas

MuM|Indukult Ruhr: Preserving industrial culture

KoKo Zollverein: Copter flights on the coking plant

Research cooperation Monitoring Epe

POMHAZ: Risk management for mining regions

OCT project for non-destructive material testing

Non-destructive monitoring of historic steel winding towers

hcc.ruhr - Heritage conservation center Ruhr

POTENTIALS: New ideas for old industries

USAMIN: Use of Abandoned Mines (education course)

TRIM4Post-Mining: Transition Information Modelling System

WINTER: Management tool for coal regions in transition

GreenJOBS: Smart reuse creates new jobs

Mine water monitoring with probes from the deep sea

Evaluation of mine water rebound processes

Prototype development: Mineberry shaft monitoring system

Density stratification in mine water of the Ruhr area

RE-ACTIVATE: Reactivation of former mining areas

Analysis of the water-bearing adits in the southern Ruhr valley

Severability of harmful substances from minewater

Joint monitoring in the post-mining setting

Our publications

Active knowledge management is one of the most important parts of our remit. Here is a list of our publications in the exciting field of post-mining.

List of publications