Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics

Sustainable Use of Mining Waste Dumps (SUMAD)

Project Progress and Achievements


The SUMAD project will disseminate the work and progress in several ways. These include public deliverable reports, journal publications, and engagement workshops

Deliverable                                                        Deliverables description
D1.1 D1.1.1: Report on opportunities and limitations to sustainable revitalisation of spoil waste dumps within Europe
D1.2 D1.1.2: Site selection criteria for the installation of solar power plants
D1.4 D1.3.1: Report on the identification and viability assessment of sustainable revitalisation activities
D1.5 D1.3.2: Requirements for the SUMAD Risk Management Tool
D2.1 D2.1.1: Interim experimental data report: Spoil characterisation
D2.2 D2.1.2: Final experimental data report: Spoil characterisation
D2.3 D2.2.1: Interim report on design and centrifuge testing of foundation systems for sustainable revitalisation techniques
D2.4 D2.2.2: Final report on design and centrifuge testing of foundation systems for sustainable revitalisation techniques
D2.5 D2.3.1: Experimental data report: Centrifuge testing of foundation systems and index testing of remediated spoil material
D3.1 D3.1.1: Report on validation of numerical simulation tool and interface behaviour modelling
D3.2 D3.2.1: Experimental data report: Interface testing with spoil material
D3.3 D3.3.1: Report on numerical simulation of alternative design scenarios
D3.4 D3.3.2: Comparison of experimental physical modelling, numerical modelling and site monitoring including specific case study site
D3.5 D3.4.1: Report on application of numerical tools to specific case study site
D4.3 D4.2.1: Report on viability of ground improvement techniques
D4.6 D4.4.1: Geotechnical probabilistic reliability assessment and application to specific design case study
D5.1 D5.1.1: Project overview
D5.2 D5.2.1: Minutes of kick-off meeting
D5.3 D5.2.2: Minutes of second progress meeting
D5.4 D5.2.3: Minutes of third progress meeting
D5.5 D5.2.4: Minutes of fourth progress meeting
D5.6 D5.2.5: Minutes of fifth progress meeting
D5.7 D5.2.6: Minutes of sixth progress meeting
D5.8 D5.4.1: Case study paper published in industrial journal – social and logistical aspects
D5.9 D5.4.2: Case study paper(s) published in industrial journal – technical design and implementation aspects
D5.10 D5.4.3: Stakeholder workshop – focus on authorities, policy, developers & design
D5.11 D5.4.4: Sustainable use of mining waste dumps handbook for post-mining land developers and managers
D5.12 D5.5.1: First presentation to TGC1
D5.13 D5.5.2: Midterm presentation to TGC1
D5.14 D5.5.3: Third presentation to TGC1

Project Progress Meetings 

    • Kick off meeting/ Progress meeting 1 – October 2nd, 2019
    • Progress meeting 2 – March 31st, 2020
    • Progress meeting 3 – October 8th, 2020
    • Progress meeting 4 – April 15th, 2021
    • TGK1 meeting – April 22nd, 2021
    • Progress meeting 5 – November 4th, 2021
1st SUMAD meeting
Meeting 5Progress Meeting 5
Engagement WorkshopEngegement Workshop

Research Outcomes/Publications

Bednarczyk. Z., 2020. Wstępna analiza zakresu badań geologicznoinżynierskich i problemów związanych z posadawianiem turbin wiatrowych na zwałowiskach nadkładu kopalń odkrywkowych węgla brunatnego- przegląd literatury. Preliminary analysis of the scope of geological-engineering investigations and problems connected with wind turbines foundation on the spoil dumps in lignite open-pit mines- literature review, Górnictwo Odkrywkowe, 3, p. 17-25. 

Bialas, A., 2020. Risk Management Approach for Revitalization of Post-Mining Areas. In: Zamojski W.; Mazurkiewicz J.; Sugier J.; Walkowiak T.; Kacprzyk J. (Eds.) Theory and Applications of Dependable Computer Systems: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Dependability of Computer Systems DepCoS-RELCOMEX, Brunów, Poland, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 1173. 

Rogosz, B., Szczepiński, J. and Bajcar, A., 2020 Projekt SUMAD „Zrównoważone wykorzystanie zwałowisk górniczych”- cele i założenia/ Project SUMAD „Sustainable use of mining waste dumps”- goals and objectives. Article submitted for the The 11th International Brown Coal Mining Congress.

Szczepiński, J., Bajcar, A. And Rogosz. B., 2020. Projekty badawczo-rozwojowe realizowane przez Poltegor-Instytut w ramach Funduszu Badawczego Węgla i Stali/ Research and development projects realized by Poltegor-Institute within the Research Found for Coal and Steel, Górnictwo Odkrywkowe, p. 4-11

Szczepiński, J., Rogosz. B. and Bajcar, A., 2019. Projekt badawczy: Zrównoważone wykorzystanie zwałowisk górniczych” (SUMAD)/ Research project: Sustainable use of mining waste  dumps "(SUMAD), Węgiel Brunatny, 4(109), p. 32-34.

Theocharis, A. I., Zevgolis, I. E. and Koukouzas, N.C., 2020a. Validation of constitutive models for spoil material of brown coal mines, Proceedings of the 3rd Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences.

Theocharis, A. I., Zevgolis, I. E. and Koukouzas, N.C., 2020b. Probability distributions of geotechnical parameters of a silty spoil material, Proceedings of the 3rd Conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences.

Zevgolis, I., Theocharis, A., Deliveris, A., Koukouzas, N., Roumpos, C. and Marshal, A., 20XX. Geotechnical characterisation of fine-grained spoil material from surface coal mines. Submitted for publication


Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics

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