Alfred Maier

Title: Dipl.Ing. Dr. mont 
Faculty: Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics
Department: RIC ESEE
Phone: +43-3842-402-7600
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Alfred Maier graduated from 1983 the Montanuniversitaet in Leoben (Dipl.-Ing.) and in 2007 he completed his Dissertation. In 1988 he graduated Master of Laws.

From 1977 – 1996 he was in the Austrian military (last position: company commander). Dr. Maier worked at the Berghauptmannschaft for 11 years from 1983. From 1994 – 2006 he worked in the Ministry of Economics as the head of the division Mining Technology and Safety. He also worked as a government representative for the safety and occupational health in coal mining and other mineral producing industries, moreover he was the government representative in the Raw Materials Supply Group for the EU. From 1999 – 2007 he worked as a lecturer at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben for occupational safety and law for blasting practice. 2002-2006 he was the deputy of the Head of department for mining in the Ministry of Economics. Afterwards Dr. Maier worked as the head of department for energy and mining for 5 years. He was the president of the Bergmännischer Verband Österreichs. Since 1999 he has been working at Montanuniversitaet Leoben for Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics as a lecturer for protective regulations and since 2014 Dr. Maier is the head of EIP on Raw Materials, Knowledge & Innovation Community EIT RawMaterials with focus on East- and Southeast Europe.

During his career Dr. Maier was also a member of various organisations. For example: Steering Committee of the Verband der Sprengbefugten, disciplinary panel and employment examination office in the Ministry of Economincs, directorate energy institute of the Wirtschaft GmbH

Finn Ouchterlony

Title: Sr.scientist, Dr.mont.h.c., Dr.techn.
Faculty: Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Resources
Phone: +43-3842-402-2009 or +43-664-80898-2009
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Finn Ouchterlony graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 1980 (Tekn.Doktor) and received his honorary degree from Montan-universität Leoben (Dr.mont.h.c.) in 2007. His skills include fracture mechanics, blast damage and blast fragmentation
From 1967 to 1984 he was employed by Atlas Copco and worked mainly at the Swedish Detonic Research (SveDeFo) labs in Vinterviken. During 1987-1993 he was head of the SveDeFo labs, during 1993-2003 head of the blasting research at SveBeFo and 2003-2010 head of the Swedish Blasting Research Centre, Swebrec. He has held academic positions at Luleå Univ. Technology (1985-88), Yamaguchi Univ., Ube, Japan (1991-92), Luleå Univ. Techn. (2003-2010) and Montanuniversität Leoben (2011-2014).
Finn Ouchterlony was co-author of the EU funded projects “Downhole Abrasive Jet Cutting Operations in Quarrying, Mining and Civil Engineering” (BE-1671; 1996-99) and together with Prof Peter Moser of “Less Fines Production in Aggregate and Industrial Minerals Industry “ (GRD-2000-00438; 2001-2004).
He has a long experience of working with industry related explosives and blasting projects. He was the co-ordinator of the ISRM working group WG on Fracture Toughness Testing of rock, which led to suggested methods in 1988. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journals: i) Blasting and Fragmentation (ISEE), ii) Int. J. Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences and iii) Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. He is a member of the int. organizing committee of the triennial Fragblast symposia. He discovered the Swebrec distribution during the Less Fines project. This led to the Douglas Hay award in 2005.

Mario Dobrilović

Associate professor
Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering
Department of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering
Pierottijeva 6,
10002 Zagreb, Croatia
GSM: +385 91 6195859
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Date of birth: 28 January 1972. Married, Father of one child. Associate professor at the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Vice Dean. Subjects: “Drilling“, “Blasting I“, ”Blasting II”, “Underground Chambers and Tunnels“ - graduate study and “Methods for Civil Blasting“, “Excavation of Underground Chambers and Tunnels“ - postgraduate study. Head of Laboratory for Testing Explosives. Associate of Croatian NB for explosives for civil uses and pyrotechnics, Head of Laboratory for Seismograph Calibration. Field of science activity: civil blasting technologies, industrial application of explosives, demolition by blasting and environmental influence of blasting. Field of work and interest: surface, underground and industrial blasting technologies, demolition by blasting, civil explosives and initiating devices performance and environmental influence of blasting.

Mark Ganster

Phone: +43 699 13585280
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Mark Ganster was born in Leoben / Austria and is now 41 years old. First he received a multidisciplinary education at a higher technical college in Mechanical Engineering. After obtaining a MSc. Diploma in Applied Geosciences from the Mining University of Leoben/Austria he joined RHI-company as a mine geologist. During his time at University he was working for several tunnelling companies in foreign countries as a blasting engineer. He also supported seismic projects for geophysical exploration of gas and water. Since 2004 Mark Ganster is with Austin Powder International. Until 2014 he was responsible for the Drilling and Blasting Operations in Austria as well as for global technical assistance. From 2015 till now he is in the role of “manager blasting technology Europe” for Austin Europe. At the moment he is finishing his MBA study in “International Business” at the Danube University Krems.


  • Winner of Innovations Award 2012 of the International Tunneling Association
  • Board Member of the Austrian Blasters Association
  • Member of the Austrian Open-Pit-Mining Association
  • Member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers


  • M. Ganster, H. Krenn: ISEE 2013: Controlled Blast induced Liquefaction of water saturated sands using 250 m long horizontal holes and electronic detonators, Dallas, TX, USA
  • R. Ivanova, M. Ganster, P. Moser, F. Bauer: ISEE 2012: Development of a new Contour blasting system using bulk emulsions, Nashville, TN, USA
  • M. Ganster: XXIX Conferencia International de Mineria Acapulco, Mexico 2011: Experience with the use of site sensitized emulsion explosives in underground mining operations in Austria
  • M. Ganster: ISEE 2010: Controlled hard rock trench blasting close to a buried gas pipeline under pressure, Orlando, FL, USA
  • P. Moser, M.Ganster, A. Gaich: ISEE 2007: Experience with and benefits from the use of 3D Stereophotogrammetry for blast design and control, Nashvile, TN, USA
  • M.Ganster: EFEE 2007: Economical aspects on contamination levels in blasted material with SSE in tunnel operations, Vienna, Austria

Muhamed Suceska

Principal Research Scientist
Brodarski institute
Av. V. Holjevca 20,
10002 Zagreb, Croatia
GSM: +385 91 6195859
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Dr. Muhamed Suceska, born in 1954, studied Chemical Technology at the Technical Military Academy and Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Zagreb, Croatia and received his PhD in 1991. After graduation he worked as a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Technical Military Academy (1982-1991). He has been the Head of Laboratory for Thermal Analysis at Brodarski Institute, Zagreb since 1993. He also holds the positions of President of Scientific Council (1998-2009), and Scientific Advisor (1999-present). He was invited as a Principal Research Scientist to the Energetics Research Institute (EnRI), Singapore in 2009 to help build capability in Modeling and Simulation. His research interests cover thermal analysis and characterization of explosives, reaction kinetics, thermal initiation, and combustion and detonation chemistry and physics, with a current focus on numerical modeling of thermal initiation and detonation of explosives. Dr Suceska is a member of several scientific bodies and organizations. He is also a member of the scientific and organizing committees of several international conferences (IPS, NTREM, IPO Conference, ESHP, CEEC-TAC, etc.). He is the Subject Editor of the Central European Journal of Energetic Materials (CEJEM) and an editorial board member of Global Journal of Analytical Chemistry and High-Energetic Materials. He has been invited to speak at international conferences and has conducted guest lectures at several research institutions and universities worldwide including Germany, China, India, South Africa, Turkey, etc. Dr Suceska has published 4 books and 90 papers in international peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He developed several computer programs for modeling combustion and detonation. His program EXPLO5, for theoretical prediction of performance of explosives, is now used in more than 35 research laboratories worldwide.

Peter Moser

Title: Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.mont.
Faculty: Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics
Phone: +43-3842-402-2000  or + 43 664 52 67 929
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Peter Moser graduated with a doctorate from Montanuniversitaet Leoben in 1989 (Dipl.-Ing. 1983) and completed his Habilitation for Mining Engineering in 1998 (Ao.Univ.-Prof.).

From 1983 to 1989 he worked Junior Researcher and from 1989 to 1995 as Senior Researcher at the Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics of Montanuniversitaet Leoben. In the latter period he was the head of the working “Measurement and testing in mining operations”, worldwide research on the development and design of underground hard rock mines; research in rock blasting and breakage (3rd – 4th FP programs (Brite Euram)). In the years 1996 to 1998 he was Assistant Professor with a focus on underground mining and rock excavation and was teaching in mining and mineral economics (Brite Euram, Growth, Tacis and Amadeus). From 1998 to 2006 he was Associate Professor for Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics at Montanuniversitaet Leoben and involved in the development and implementation of new research programs in blasting and rock fragmentation, partner and coordinator in EU research projects (5th – 6th FP programs). From 2006 to 2010 he was Head of the Department of Mineral Resources and Petroleum Engineering at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. Since 2008 he is full professor at the Chair of Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. He has held a visiting professorship at “Centre de Géotechnique et d’exploitation du sous-sol Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, Fontainebleau, in 1998/1999.

He is currently in his second period as Vice Rector for International Relations and Infrastructure at Montanuniversitaet Leoben (since 2011). Since 2013 he is also a high level steering group member of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials.

Valerii Soboliev

Title: Professor
Faculty: Faculty of Construction
Department of Construction, Geotechnics and Geomechanics
Karl Marx Av., 19
49600 Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
GSM: +380503426198
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was born in 1947. Mining engineer, Dr.Sci.Tech., Professor, Academician of Academy of Sciences of the Higher School of Ukraine. Beginning of labor activity – 1965. He has the underground work experience. In 1969-1974 he was the student of National Mining University. Postgraduate study – 1977-1980; has defended the master's thesis in 1983, doctor's – in 1990 on a specialty "Solid-state physics". He was the director of the la-boratory of geology and physics of minerals, the chief research officer. He is the professor since 1993, has the academic and state awards.

The chairman of scientific council in a direction "High-energy processing of materials" of general technical branches of Academy of Sciences of the Higher School of Ukraine, a member of the ASM International, the European association of experts in dynamic processing of materials "DYMAT", a member of three specialized councils about defense candidate and doctor's, the supervisor of studies of post-graduate students and doc-toral candidates.

He is the expert in the field of shock-wave treatment of solids, phase and structural transformations in materi-als. Circle of scientific interests: experimental and theoretical mineralogy, cumulative action of energy of hy-drodynamic currents, physics and chemistry of surface, gas and dynamic effects in rocks.

He teaches the physics of explosion, the technology and safety of blasting, the physics of rocks, etc in the National Mining University.

He has published more than 650 scientific papers, 90 inventions (copyright certificates of the USSR, patents of Ukraine and Germany), 18 monographies and textbooks.

He has established new physical effects in the field of fundamental sciences such as: "Property of natural crystals of diamond to keep the genetic canter during the growth", "The Phenomenon of the solid-phase epi-taxy of diamond", "Property of the abnormal high sensitivity of complex salts of metals to detonation trans-formation at action of laser radiation", "Property of the outburst-prone gas-coal substances to keep unstable equilibrium of a chemical condition of mobile components (gas, radicals) with motionless components of coal organic mass in the conditions of hydrostatic compression", "The Phenomenon of formation of a spirally-vortical current of substance behind front of a curvilinear shock wave", etc.

Vječislav Bohanek

Senior  assistant
Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering
Department of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering
Pierottijeva 6,
10002 Zagreb, Croatia
GSM: +385 91 3113456
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was born in 1978. In 2005 he graduated in mining engineering and in 2013 he obtained his PhD in mining engineering, both at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering. He started to work as a Research Assistant in 2006, since 2010 as a Teaching Assistant, and since 2018 as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering in Zagreb, at the Department of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering. He teaches the following courses:
Blasting, Drilling, Surface Mining and Tunnels, and Underground Chambers. As an author or co-author he published a number of articles in journals and international conferences. He is a quality manager at the Laboratory for testing of explosives and the Laboratory for the Calibration of Equipment for Monitoring Blasting Effect on the Environment. He has worked on many projects in the field of drilling and blasting, demolition blasting, and expert reports on the influence of blasting on the surrounding structures.
He is a member of:
European Federation of Explosives Engineers.
European Forum of Notify Body for explosives and pyrotechnic article.
Member of the Croatian Association of Mining Engineers.
Member of the Croatian technical committee 511, Explosives for civil use.
Member of the Croatian technical committee108, Mechanical vibration and shock.

Zvonimir Ester

Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering
Department of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering
Pierottijeva 6,
10002 Zagreb, Croatia
GSM: +385 91 1945214
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Born in Crvenka on 21st of April 1945. Attended Primary school and Gymnasium in Zagreb where enters Mining department of the Faculty in 1964, graduates on 1972.

  • 1972.-1973.; Manager of surface mine - Kordun Mines
  • 1973.-1976.; Manager of “Očura” Quarry, IGM Lepoglava
  • 1976-2010.; Assistant, assistant professor, associate professor  on “Blasting” and “ Underground construction and tunnels” course
  • Author of “Blasting I – explosives, characteristics and testing methods” Compulsory Literature
  • Co-author, with M. Dobrilović “Blasting I – Lab Exercise Manual to Works and Safety”
  • Mentor to , Master` thesis and Member of committee for Master` thesis (6) and doctors (4) dissertations,
  • Active in Scientific Projects, Head of  Project on “Emulsion Explosives and Initiating Components Testing”,
  • Completed Lab plans, Technical schematic of procedures, Equipment Manifest and Technical & Safety Parameters of Laboratory (unique in Croatia), according to EN 45001 Standard, where equipment is imported or built to own specifications (prototypes),
  • Laboratory of Mining department of faculty of Mining, geology and Petroleum engineering was built under HRN EN 45001 standard and was awarded with licence No. 511-01-90-UP/I19-1998-2/3 (issued from State Commission on Norms and Measurement) for testing and appraising of explosives (attests),
  • Attended international congresses, with Papers presented, on tunnels (London, Basel), blasting (Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, Pardubice, Podbanski, Munich, Prague  and Brighton) and several in Croatia,
  • Member of Croatian Mining Engineers Association, Croatian Tunnel Society and International Society of Explosives Engineers. Member of  European Federation of Explosives Engineers.
  • Member  of TO 511 Technical Board “Explosives for Civil Usage”,
  • Member of TO 82 Technical Board “Mining” in State Commission on Norm and Measurement,
  • Head of Oversight on blasting in “Sv. Rok”, “Mala Kapela” and “Grič” tunnels, and Head of 200 projects in mining and blasting,