The Chair of Subsurface Engineering at Montanuniversität recently received two prizes for outstanding research.

Dr. Martin Entacher (r.) bekam den Leopold Müller Preis von ÖGG-Vorstandsvorsitzendem O.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wulf Schubert überreicht.

v.l.n.r. Dr. Martin Entacher (Montanuni), Dr. Klaus Chmelina (Geodata), Prof. Dr. Günther Meschke (Ruhr-Universität Bochum); Foto: SIF 2014

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont. Martin Entacher was awarded the Austrian Society for Geomechanics‘  Leopold Müller Prize 2014  for his PhD dissertation. “Measurement and interpretation of disc cutting forces in mechanized tunnelling - A contribution to the understanding of rock failure mechanisms and the advancement of TBM performance prediction” is the title of his dissertation, which was supervised by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Robert Galler. The Leopold Müller Prize is endowed with 3000 Euro, and is awarded on a yearly basis for excellent research work which goes hand in hand with the goals of the Austrian Society for Geomechanics and Leopold Müller’s life’s work, a pioneer in the field of rock mechanics, tunnelling, and  engineering geology.

The Chair of Subsurface Engineering and the company Geodata worked together on the research project EMSAT- Enhanced Monitoring and Simulation Assisted Tunnelling, which was carried out at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The project won the EUREKA Innovation Award in the category “Innovators of tomorrow”, winning the third overall prize of the award.

The project was supported by Eurostar, and developed a simulation system which continually produces predictions on the basis or current measurements, therefore improving the economic efficiency and security of tunnel-projects.