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The research activity of the faculty focuses on the application of information technologies in the aspect of processing spatial information and the use of modern measurement techniques, as well as improving the methods of the evaluation of the natural environment, the optimisation of the influence of industry on its condition, and the restoration of biological functions to contaminated areas.

Geodesy and cartography
- forensic expertises on surveying procedures while deciding on the ownership of real estates;
- designing of testing bases for checking electronic range finders, comparison and certification of precise levelling staffs, providing surveying instruments with precision class;
- measurements and computations of displacements of services objects, buildings and area under deformation caused by mining activities;
- designing of surveying detailed bases;
- performance of atypical surveying tasks with application of modern measurement technologies, non-standard elaboration of results from GPS signal measurement results;
- special surveying calculations: re-calculation of coordinates, transformations;
- automatic generalisation of linear and surface objects included in cartographic data bases used for map making.

Photogrammetry and remotes sensing informatics
  • Image classification, including using ML (Machine Learning)
  • Validation of GPS devices and orthoimages for control in the IACS agricultural subsidy system, EU JRC certification
  • Low-level raids using multispectral, hyperspectral and thermal cameras
  • Ground-based spectrometric measurements and laser scanning, data acquisition and processing
  • Performing orthophoto maps and NMT from all ceilings, from photos SfM (Structure from Motion) and laser scanning
  • Automation of measurement processes on images (e.g., cavitation, matching)
  • Analysis of the quality of spatial data, analysis of risk-based decision making and spatial analysis
  • More information can be found on the GEOINFORMATION, PHOTOGRAMMETRY AND REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT WORKING GROUP team webpage. Detailed information on specific skills can be found on the subpages of this team:

Environmental management and protection of mining areas
- evaluation of atmospheric air, quantitative assessment of emissions of pollutions from all types of sources,
- measurements of concentrations of pollutions in exhaust gases and in atmospheric air;
- designing and verification of protective zones demarcations around industrial plants and monitoring systems;
- evaluations of effects exerted by the objects and investitions on the environment;
- studies on the development of mining areas and of post-mining headings;
- problems of dumping of industrial and municipal wastes;
- quantitative and qualitative evaluation of soil contaminations, forecasts of hydrological and soil transformations;
- projects of rehabilitation of the transformed areas;
- designing of technologies for treatment of sewage and landfill effluents, wastes composting, elimination of heavy metals from waste waters;
- use of laser photostimulation on selected plant seedlings and cuttings to increase their resistance to contaminations and force their growth;
- investigations on transformations of the rockmass and area surface caused by undeground mining;
- evaluation of effects of mining activity upon construction developments and infrastructure of the area and natural environment;
- files of area and development transformations with updated forecasts of effects caused by further mining activities;
- evaluation of possibilities and procedures for verifying the existing protective pillars;
- elaboration of scientific and engineering studies on the effects of mining activity upon the environment;
- scientific and engineering study on the effects caused by mining activity upon the area development;
- computer programs for stock-taking and forecasting transformations in the natural environment caused by mining activities.

Environmental chemistry
- elaboration of a system for collecting, selecting and neutralisation of chemical wastes generated in large research units;
- elaboration of a construction and study on possible applications of different versions of an ammeter sensor for NO determinations in biomedical sciences;
- use of UV radiation for mineralisation of samples of flotation wastes in voltammeter determinations of heavy metals;
- control of combustion processes in power boilers;
- measurement of contents of selected heavy metals in soils and plants;
- investigations of physico-chemical processes occurring in solidified wastes aimed at attaining the minimum risk to the natural environment.

 

The following projects are arried out in cooperation:
  • Application of GPS satellite technology for establishing of an experimental network of photo-points in Ukraine (Polytechnic of Lvov);
  • A system of description of the spatial field of rockmass displacements with an evaluation of the hazards resulting from the effects of mining works);
  • Development of geoinformatics systems for mining enterprises (University of Mining in Sankt-Petersburg);
  • Grounds and development of new methods of forecasting movements and deformations of the area surface and rational minning methods of minerals in hard mining and geological conditions to avoid harmful effects of mining upon buildings (University of Mining in Sankt-Petersburg);
  • Development of control methods of movements and deformations on area surfaces, buildings and constructions with application of contemporary satellite systems and electronic devices (University of Mining in Sankt Petersburg);
  • Development of measurement inertia systems (University of Mining in Sankt-Petersburg);
  • Ecological problems of industrial and mining areas (State Byelorussian University in Minsk);
  • Development of methods of control of movements and deformations of area surface, buildings and constructions by means of GIS technology (Higher School of Mining in Ostrava);
  • Development of the subsiding through theory, verification of its parameters, checking of forecast computational models (Higher School of Mining in Ostrava); investigations on area surface movements in the zone of North Anatolia with application of the GPS technology (University of Zonguldak, Turkey).

 

Every year the Faculty staff participate in about 25 international symposiums and scientific conferences, presenting about 50 papers, and in the preparation of international scientific events. Every year about 10 Faculty staff members have internships in foreign centres. The Faculty staff members take active part in the activities of international and foreign scientific associations holding posts in their boards.