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Geo Resources

SINTEF contributes to sustainable and effective development, production and utilization of ores, industrial minerals, natural stone and aggregates for various purposes

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We perform research and research-based consultancy for effective and correct utilization of primary geo resources and surplus materials from the mining, building and infrastructure sector.

SINTEF has assisted the Norwegian mining industry for over 35 years with research based collaboration and specialist advice within mining and rock mechanics, including numerical analyses and modelling related to open pit and underground excavation of metals, industrial minerals, aggregates and natural stones.

We work in the following fields:

We combine geology and mineralogy expertise with

  • Engineering geology
  • Rock engineering
  • Mining technology
  • Construction
  • Engineering geology
  • Geotechnics

Typical projects include:

  • Dimensioning and stability monitoring of open pits, mines and other underground constructions, see Tunnel and underground technology.
  • Production and utilization of natural stone and aggregates .
  • Utilization of surplus materials from the rock and mineral industry, from various industry processes and from construction and infrastructure projects for application within the building and construction sector.

The natural stone lab:

SINTEF has a Natural Stone Lab, and we assist material manufacturers and suppliers, builders, municipalities, contractors and consultants with specialized expertise in:

  • Product documentation and testing, including method development as well as testing and documentation for CE certification and for specific development projects.
  • Specialist advice and independent control aimed at new development projects utilizing geo-resources.
  • Research aimed at new solutions, material combinations and durability and longevity for projects with geo-resources.
  • Use of new and alternative materials, including utilization of surplus stock.
  • Sustainability, energy efficiency and the environment, including environmental declarations (EPD) and life cycle assesments (LCA).