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Founded in May 1990 by mining and geotechnical engineering companies in the new federal states as an Industry Association of Mining Geology eV, developed in 1993 as the Association of Mining, Geology and Environment eV, statutory restructured organization nationwide as effective stakeholders of its member companies.


Annual Conference 2014 of the VBGU - Dr.-Eng. Stefan Mann elected as President
At the Annual Conference of the Association of Mining, Geology and Environment eV (VBGU) in Leipzig, Dr.-Eng. Stefan Mann (Wismut GmbH) was elected as new President of the VBGU by the General Assembly in the inaugural session on September 19, 2014. He will be supported by Dr.-Eng. Roger Tynior as Vice President and Mr. Thomas Ahlbrecht, who was re-elected as treasurer.
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125 years of Raw Materials Competence
K+S Anniversary and World Nutrition Conference in October
Kassel, August 25, 2014. Nutrients for plants and animals, de-icing salt for snowed-up roads, mineral raw materials for trade, industry and the pharmaceutical industry – the company well known worldwide for these and many other applications is turning 125 on 3 October: K+S, the resources stock on the German DAX stock index.
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Wismut GmbH with new Board of Management

Chemnitz, June 19, 2014. On June 17, 2014, the new Board of Management of the Wismut GmbH has constituted as scheduled in Bad Schlema. In its meeting, the Supervisory Board elected Dr. Wolfgang Meissner as its Chairman and Mr. Stefan Hohenhausen as his deputy. The nine-member panel of the federal government-owned enterprise is composed of five representatives of the shareholders and four employee representatives.

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Farewell of Dr. Hagen and Mr. Leupold of their responsible positions

120 participants of politics, institutions and business partner followed the invitation of the Wismut GmbH on May 13, 2014 for a reception on the occasion of the farewell of Dr. Hagen and Mr. Leupold of their responsible positions.

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40 years BSI

On April 30, 2014 the company Bergsicherung Ilfeld GmbH celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

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Colloquium of honor for Prof. Dr.-Eng. Dietmar Grießl

On April 25, 2014 the colloquium of honor for our president Prof. Dr.-Eng. Dietmar Grießl, who died in March 2014, was taking place in the hall of the senate of the Technical University Freiberg/Saxony.

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Kick-off for the Stone of the Year

On April 4, the kick-off for the stone of the year 2014, the phonolite, was taking place in the phonolite quarry of the company Fanz Carl Nüdling (FCN).

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Obituary about the Demise of Prof. Dr. Eng. Dietmar Grießl

On March 19, 2014, we received the inconceivable message about the demise of our board member,
longstanding VBGU President and colleague Prof. Dr. Eng. Dietmar Grießl.


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Phonolite - A Sonorous Name

The phonolite, in English clink stone (Greek: phon-clink, lithos-stone), was chosen to the stone of the year 2014 from a brain trust under the special direction of the Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler (BDG) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (DGG).

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Approved test extraction of the bore of Barth 11

On March 10, 2014 the Stralsund Mining Authority has approved the special operating plan for the test extraction of the bore of Barth 11 near the local authority Saal.

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VBGU New Year's Reception on January 16, 2014

The New Year's Reception took place in the Humboldt-Box in the immediate vicinity of the Berlin Cathedral. The participants of the event could inform themselves about the ongoing works of the Berlin Castle. The Humboldt-Box which is directly located on the spot of the castle construction site has a very good view over the whole construction works.

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VBGU-President resigns for health reasons

The president of the Association of Mining, Geology and Environment eV, Prof. Dr.-Eng. Dietmar Grießl, resigned his honorary function by December 31, 2013 because of health reasons.

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Raw Material Efficiency Award 2013 handed over

On November 28, 2013 the winners of the German Raw Material Efficiency award 2013 have been awarded at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

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GEC Geotechnik - expo & congress

The Geotechnik - expo & congress was taking place in Offenburg (Baden-Württemberg) on October 17 and 18, 2013.

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MPES 2013 conference in Dresden/Freiberg

The "22nd International Conference on Mine Planning and Equipment Selection" of the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (Institute of Mining and Civil Engineering) was taking place from October 14 - 19, 2013 in Dresden and Freiberg.

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VBGU President celebrates its 60th birthday

Our President, Professor Dr.-Eng. Dietmar Grießl, will turn 60 years!
We are sending him congratulations to his anniversary.

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VBGU-Annual Conference within the ISM Congress

The annual conference of the VBGU was involved in the International Mine Surveyor Congress (ISM Congress) and took place from September 16 - 20, 2013 in Aachen. 12 participants of our member companies followed the invitation to the general meeting of our association in Aachen.

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CEP suspects large conventional mineral oil deposit in Lower Lusatia (Niederlausitz)

- First prospecting results indicate resource potential of European importance
- Possible macroeconomic effect of about 2.25 billion euros over the next 25 years
- Further studies to confirm the find necessary

Potsdam / Berlin, July 31, 2013 - The analysis of the preliminary results from the oil drilling in Guhlen in Lower Lusatia (Niederlausitz) indicates a conventional oil potential of significant proportions.
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"Saint Barbara" protects Subway construction in Berlin

The Subway line 5 experiences with the gap closing between Alexanderplatz Station and Central Station an extension by three new stations which will become the second longest Subway line in Berlin. The construction of the Subway line 5 is Berlin's largest inner-city infrastructure project. Construction is estimated by the year 2019.

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Parliamentary Evening with CEP in Schwerin Castle

The business associations of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and CEP Central European Petroleum GmbH held a parliamentary evening with the topic "Mineral oil in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - economic opportunities and challenges for the country." in the Schwerin Castle, the seat of the state parliament of Mecklenburg.

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Adoption of the VRB chief executive Dr. Schächter

On May 13 was the adoption of the long-standing chief executive of the association mining and raw materials, Dr. Schächter, who is going to retire by the end of May.

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Geotechnical Symposium in Cottbus

An geotechnical symposium focused on the topic "Stability of dumps of the brown coal mining" has taken place on March 22 and 23, 2013 in Cottbus.

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Wismut takes a leave of last apprentices

Chemnitz, January 31, 2013. The Wismut GmbH completed the vocational training within the company. 13 young skilled workers who had started the last initial training as last age-group 2009, receive their their professional certificates today. Since 1993, the Wismut GmbH has been training 1422 adolescents. About half of them remained in the company according to their apprenticeship.

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New Year's reception of VBGU eV on January 16, 2013
The opening event of the Association of Mining, Geology and Environment eV (VBGU), the New Year's reception, this year took place in the representation of the Saarland at the Federal German government, held in the Ministergärten in Berlin. The choice for this place of reception was partly based on the representation of the Saarland, as the mining of the coal in the Saar region on June 30, 2012 was completed.