TU Freiberg Students Participate in World Mining Competition in Canada for Fifth Time

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Four students from TU Freiberg took part in a worldwide mining competition in Canada from October 22 to November 6.

The two mining students Kai Burisch and Daniil Popov from the Institute of Mining Engineering and Special Civil Engineering joined forces with two students from the Faculty of Business Administration and the International Resource Industry, Andreas Hutterer (Energy and Resource Management) and Dirk Schönfelder (Institute of Mineral Processing Machines), to form the German delegation to the World Mining Competition (WMC). The competition was organized by the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon for the seventh time, and students from twelve universities on three continents took part in the competition. As in previous years, the students from TU Freiberg were supported in planning and implementing the educational trip by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Mischo (Professor of Underground Mining Methods) and Prof. Dr. Carsten Felden (Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and the International Resource Industry).

A Group in front of a company.This year, TU Freiberg took part in the World Mining Competition for the fifth time. The student's participation was made possible by generous donations from well-known mining companies such as K+S Potash Canada, Deilmann-Haniel GmbH and LEAG. The entry fee for the competition was paid by TU Bergakademie Freiberg's Association of Friends.

The aim of the Mining Competition was to process a case study on a mining project within 36 hours. In this study, the technical feasibility of the geology, the mining tasks, the processing and the delivery to the customer was examined. At the same time, the potential profitability of the entire project had to be assessed, and a "business case" was subsequently drawn up. After the calculation period had expired, the results had to be presented to a jury consisting of high-ranking representatives of the Canadian mining industry. The entire competition lasted four days and, in addition to the case study, also included programs that helped the students to get to know each other and to network with participants from various other countries (including the USA, Chile and the UK).

After their successful participation at the WMC, the group from TU Freiberg went on an excursion from Saskatoon to Toronto to visit companies in the Canadian mining and ancillary industries. Companies such as Canadian Light Source, Hatch Ltd., and Haver & Boecker were visited while the group also availed of excursions to Nutrien's Lanigan mine and K+S's Bethune mine. Universities and various institutes in Saskatchewan, Winnipeg and Toronto were also visited as was the Canadian-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Toronto.

Contact persons: Prof. Helmut Mischo Tel +49 (0)3731 / 39-2044, Prof. Carsten Felden Tel +49 (0)3731 / 39-2090