With the completion of the ZaB – Zentrum am Berg, Austria is signalling a forward strategy with unquestionably positive effects for both the scientific and the economic sectors.
The photo shows ( from the left): Provincial Governor Hermann Schützenhöfer; former Montanuni-University Council Chairwoman LH Waltraud Klasnic; Department Head of the “Zentrum am Berg” Univ.-Prof. Dr. Robert Galler; Montanuni Vice Rector Martha Mühlburger; former Vice Chancellor Dr. Hannes Androsch; Federal Minister for Education, Science and Research Heinz Faßmann; State Councillor Barbara Eibinger-Miedl; State Councillor Ursula Lackner; Montanuni Rector Wilfried Eichlseder
Credit/Quelle: Armin Russold
The Research@ZaB opens up a wide range of possible uses and thus creates space to combine research and development from a wide variety of disciplines. These include in summary: Research and development, education and training as well as seminars and events under real underground conditions.
With a total of five drifts and tunnel tubes, the new infrastructure has created a hub for international researchers and companies for the construction and operation of tunnels and other underground facilities.
The ZaB has, with other facilities, two parallel motorway tunnels and two railway tunnels, as well as a fifth tube that serves entirely as a test section: the motorway and railway tunnels meet after about 400 m with the disused “Presserstollen” drift, which has been developed over a length of about one kilometre.
The Zentrum am Berg is a unique facility in Europe for research and development as well as education and training for geotechnics, tunnelling and all underground infrastructure construction.
The objective is to be able to carry out an interdisciplinary scientific examination of underground construction in such an innovation centre for applied research on a scale of 1:1, up to and including the training of all persons working in underground construction, including the emergency and disaster control organisations.