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2020 Life and work

EurGeol Dr. rer. nat. Lutz Krakow (married, 2 children) studied Geology and Palaeontology at the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen. With his team he supplies the brick industry with raw materials and is a reliable partner for numerous companies. He also offers services such as the geological exploration of clay deposits and product development. Dr. Krakow is an author of the journal ‘Ziegelindustrie International’; the official organ of the federal association of the German brick industry ‘Bundesverband der Deutschen Ziegelindustrie e.V.’.

Lutz Krakow born October 23rd 1959 in Osnabrück, Germany
Lutz Krakow born October 23rd 1959 in Osnabrück, Germany
Southern Europe Excursion/Highest active volcano in Europe (2018)
Southern Europe Excursion/Highest active volcano in Europe (2018)
Jordan Excursion/The Seven Pillars of Wisdom - Wadi Rum (2019)
Jordan Excursion/The Seven Pillars of Wisdom - Wadi Rum (2019)
‚author * employer * geologist * managing director * company owner * raw material supplier’

2020 Renewal

Expansion of office space and laboratory capacities in Göttingen. Creation of new jobs for geologists. First partial renovation of a rundown building built in the early nineties. Geological explorations of numerous areas in the western Harz foreland and in the Lower Rhine area for roof tile factories. Exciting development work in the laboratory.

New conference room (2020)
New conference room (2020)
New office rooms (2020)
New office rooms (2020)
New sample storage room (2020)
New sample storage room (2020)
‘Let go of the old and create space for the new’

2019 Clay Pit in Poland

Exploration of a weathered and re-plasticized Rotliegend claystone in the untouched wilder-ness of Lower Silesia. Early sintering and with brilliant red firing colour for the clinker and roof tile industry. A forest route of 2.2 km has to be turned into a road for tipping semi-trailers in advance. An expensive project. Overall a risky business.

Access road to the clay pit near Lauban, Poland (2019)
Access road to the clay pit near Lauban, Poland (2019)
First trial delivery off summer 2018 (2018)
First trial delivery off summer 2018 (2018)
Large-area outcrop under minor till cover (2019)
Large-area outcrop under minor till cover (2019)
‘Deliveries to the largest Polish brick producer’

2018/20 Stuttgart 21 for the brick industry

First deliveries of processed tunnel excavation material from the building site of Stuttgart 21 to the brick industry within Baden-Wuerttemberg. Exemplary cooperation with the Oberrhein-Handels-Union GmbH & Co. KG, which organized the logistics. Scheduled project completion is July 2020. Then the big pile of material from the railroad tunnel will be gone.

Fractionation of tunnel excavation material in the gravel plant Durmersheim (2019)
Fractionation of tunnel excavation material in the gravel plant Durmersheim (2019)
Construction of the chamber filter press on the factory site (2019)
Construction of the chamber filter press on the factory site (2019)
Mixed grain size tailings become filter cakes (2019)
Mixed grain size tailings become filter cakes (2019)
‚An amazing contribution to preservation of primary resources‘

2017 Thinking about tomorrow, today

Customers from the brick and clinker industry with entrepreneurial foresight commission geo-logical explorations in the North German Geest area and the Egge Mountains. All involved parties had  realized that the permission of excavation requests can easily take 10 years.

Exploration drilling in the Upper Buntsandstein/Röt up to a final depth of 30 m (2017)
Exploration drilling in the Upper Buntsandstein/Röt up to a final depth of 30 m (2017)
Rotary cable core drilling (2017)
Rotary cable core drilling (2017)
Recording and sampling of drill cores according to DIN 4022 (2017)
Recording and sampling of drill cores according to DIN 4022 (2017)
‘At least the exploration results are promising’

2016/17 Saving the day

The raw material of the biggest brick producer in Brandenburg is threatening to run out be-cause of legal permission problems. Spontaneous substitution of large amounts of clay by locally processed marly claystone from the claystone open pit mine Peißen South. Great co-operation with the Jaeger-Group in Bernburg which is responsible for extraction and pro-cessing. Logistics are carried out by the companies Troitzsch Trans GmbH and Contex GmbH & Co. KG.

Sedimentary sequences of the Bernburg formation in the claystone open pit mine Peißen South (2016)
Sedimentary sequences of the Bernburg formation in the claystone open pit mine Peißen South (2016)
Delivery of more than 500 tons marly claystone a day (2016)
Delivery of more than 500 tons marly claystone a day (2016)
Production in the brick plant is safely guaranteed while quality is increased (2016)
Production in the brick plant is safely guaranteed while quality is increased (2016)
‘Luck is when preparation meets opportunity’

2015 Rock fillers become respectable

More and more quarries of the Deutsche Basalt AG including the West German Grauwacke Union GmbH up-grade. Rock fillers, previously unusable residual materials, can be homoge-neously moistened with tubing screws. This technique makes the transportation of rock fillers with conventional trucks and dust-free processing in brickworks possible. We are happy to help with marketing.

Loading of moistened greywacke filler near Meschede (2015)
Loading of moistened greywacke filler near Meschede (2015)
More than 50 000 tons of andesite filler are available in Kirchheimbolanden (2019)
More than 50 000 tons of andesite filler are available in Kirchheimbolanden (2019)
Moistened white rock filler is available now in Henau (2020)
Moistened white rock filler is available now in Henau (2020)
‘Continuous delivery to Westphalian and Rhenish brickworks’

2014 Breakthrough on the European market

Technical specialization on paleozoic as well as magmatic and metamorphic rocks as brick raw materials. A new geological challenge. Successful raw material exploration in Poland. Supplier for the biggest roof tile plant in Europe. Further activities in Belgium, France, Austria and Romania. Awarded with the German Raw Material Efficiency price in Berlin.

Middle Devonian phyllite slate pit near Jarnoltowek / Poland (2016)
Middle Devonian phyllite slate pit near Jarnoltowek / Poland (2016)
Delivery of phyllite slate flour every few minutes (2018)
Delivery of phyllite slate flour every few minutes (2018)
Amicable cooperation with Moldovan-Bentonite / Romania (2015)
Amicable cooperation with Moldovan-Bentonite / Romania (2015)
Red raw kaolin as universal brick raw material / Austria (2019)
Red raw kaolin as universal brick raw material / Austria (2019)
White firing filter cake from kaolin washing / Austria (2019)
White firing filter cake from kaolin washing / Austria (2019)
Ceramic clay from a gravel pond / France (2018)
Ceramic clay from a gravel pond / France (2018)
‘A combination of fortunate circumstances and excellent business contacts’

2007/16 Resource efficiency becomes a hot topic

Lutz Krakow has defined resource efficiency as a hot topic of the future at expert conferences and international congresses since 2007. While at the time wearily dismissed, today every University of applied sciences and institute has recognized the topic as an research interest. At the same time, we already practically realized the concept with top clients.

International Conference 13. CERAMITEC in Munich (21st October 2015)
International Conference 13. CERAMITEC in Munich (21st October 2015)
Conference 11. CONSILOX by the Polytechnische Universität in Bukarest (10th October 2012)
Conference 11. CONSILOX by the Polytechnische Universität in Bukarest (10th October 2012)
International Conference 12. CERAMITEC in Munich (23rd May 2012)
International Conference 12. CERAMITEC in Munich (23rd May 2012)
Research Community of the Brick Industry in Berlin (19th April 2012)
Research Community of the Brick Industry in Berlin (19th April 2012)
Technical University in Freiberg (29th February 2012)
Technical University in Freiberg (29th February 2012)
Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Berlin (30th November 2011)
Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in Berlin (30th November 2011)
‘The spirit is the precursor of all things’

2007/09 From Timișoara to Bukarest

A Belgian building material company plans the construction of a new roofing tile plant in Romania. We are commissioned with the geological search for a location. After visiting and inspecting numerous clay pits in Transylvania and tough negotiations with the Romanian pub-lic authorities to authorize sample drillings, the drill cores were transferred to Germany. The laboratory analyses were summarized in a final report.

Transylvania is characterized by a culture of historical roofing tiles (2007)
Transylvania is characterized by a culture of historical roofing tiles (2007)
Prospection around the Hollywood of the East/Brasov (2008)
Prospection around the Hollywood of the East/Brasov (2008)
The undeveloped clay prospect near Turia/Covasna (2008) was also tested
The undeveloped clay prospect near Turia/Covasna (2008) was also tested
Exploration using the rotary drilling method with shell and without drilling fluid (2008)
Exploration using the rotary drilling method with shell and without drilling fluid (2008)
Our customer with the Romanian contact person and driver (2008)
Our customer with the Romanian contact person and driver (2008)
After successful completion: wine tasting in the old town of Bucharest (2008)
After successful completion: wine tasting in the old town of Bucharest (2008)
‚Largest exploration job in the company’s history until 2007‘

2006 BGR-order Sumatra

On the 26th of December 2004 a seaquake in the subduction zone of the Sunda trench causes a Tsunami, which leads to large destructions in the Region of Banda Aceh on Sumatra, Re-public of Indonesia. In conjunction with the reconstruction of building fabric the Bundesan-stalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe assigned us to characterize selected brick clay pits and to optimize ceramtechnological parameters.

Extensive loam mining in the river basin of the Krueng Aceh, photo: Walter (2006)
Extensive loam mining in the river basin of the Krueng Aceh, photo: Walter (2006)
Extraction of recent alluvial clay on Sumatra near Banda Aceh, photo: Walter (2006)
Extraction of recent alluvial clay on Sumatra near Banda Aceh, photo: Walter (2006)
Traditional air drying of crack-sensitive green bodies, photo: Walter (2006)
Traditional air drying of crack-sensitive green bodies, photo: Walter (2006)
‘More than 200 000 people die because of the world’s most devastating Tsunami.’

2000 Establishment of ceramic raw materials trading

With the foundation of ClayServer GmbH long-term raw material trading in northwest Germany began. Main specializations were clay slates and chamottes. The transportation of material is carried out by trucks and ships. Long-time cooperation with Hollweg, Kümpers & Comp. in Rheine. The geoceramic laboratory was established.

Merger with Christian Herde (2004)
Merger with Christian Herde (2004)
Vehicle fleet in Osterkappeln-Venne (2006)
Vehicle fleet in Osterkappeln-Venne (2006)
Troitzsch Trans in Bad Schmiedeberg (2010)
Troitzsch Trans in Bad Schmiedeberg (2010)
‘Raw materials and logistics under one roof’

1990/07 Technical Consultant for landfill seals

A new chapter began as a project leader and expert reviewer in landfill seals. The performance of suitability tests, self-monitoring and inspection, clay mineral analysis and writing up to 200 expert reports a year belonged to the task areas. Dr. Krakow was nominated as managing director in 1993. In 1995 the first contracts were made with the brick industry. Two years later (1997) the company of Dr. Krakow RohstoffConsult today Dr. Krakow Rohstoffe GmbH was founded.

 

25th Anniversary of the Earthworks Laboratory Göttingen (1996)
25th Anniversary of the Earthworks Laboratory Göttingen (1996)
Geotechnische Fremdüberwachung des Deponiebaus im Winterzelt (1998)
Geotechnische Fremdüberwachung des Deponiebaus im Winterzelt (1998)
Dr. Krakow presents the permeability test with 64 measuring cells (2002)
Dr. Krakow presents the permeability test with 64 measuring cells (2002)
‘A time of incredible market opportunities after the German reunification. But today anyone could do it.’

1988/90 PhD / doctoral research

With the beginning of his doctoral studies at the Georg-August University Göttingen Dr. Krakow focussed on rocks from Mesozoic layers. He studied the connections of clay mineralogy and landfill construction. He made first business contacts with the well-known companies Jacobi and Wienerberger, supported by his doctoral supervisor Dr. Siegfried Ritzkowski.

Brick clay pit Schöningen/ lower keuper (1989)
Brick clay pit Schöningen/ lower keuper (1989)
Brick clay pit Hölle / Upper Buntsandstein (1989)
Brick clay pit Hölle / Upper Buntsandstein (1989)
Tradition for doctoral graduates of the University Göttingen (1990)
Tradition for doctoral graduates of the University Göttingen (1990)
‘Unplanned basis for the entry into the brick industry’

1987/88 Diploma in Geology

Diploma student in the Erdbaulabor in Göttingen. Numerous projects about construction ground. Among other things hydrogeological evaluation of 13 tunnel constructions for the Deutsche Bahn on the new railway line Hannover/Würzburg. South of Hildesheim the line leaves the North German Basin and crosses the highlands of the Hildesheim forest and the Leinebergland.

South portal of the Sohlberg tunnel (1,729 m) near Ahlshausen (1988)
South portal of the Sohlberg tunnel (1,729 m) near Ahlshausen (1988)
Auetal bridge and southern portal of the Hopfenbergtunnel (728 m) near Billerbeck (1988)
Auetal bridge and southern portal of the Hopfenbergtunnel (728 m) near Billerbeck (1988)
North portal of the Mündener tunnel (10,525 m) with Werratal bridge (1988)
North portal of the Mündener tunnel (10,525 m) with Werratal bridge (1988)
‘Monthly traffic on all tunnels from Hildesheim to Hann. Münden’

1981/86 Studies and Student Assistant

Already before his university studies Lutz Krakow was fascinated by the idea to make money with Geology. His mentor was Dr. Eckard Gauglitz, laboratory director of the ‘Erdbaulabor’ in Göttingen where Lutz Krakow worked as a student assistant. During the job he gained experiences with core drillings in quaternary unconsolidated rocks. His diploma thesis was focussed on engineering geology supervised by Dr. Norbert Wilczewski. His chemistry teacher Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Herbert W. Roesky had a profound an inspiring influence on  the studies of Lutz Krakow.

Core drillings for the diploma thesis (1985)
Core drillings for the diploma thesis (1985)
Former brick clay pit ‘Levin’ in Göttingen (1985)
Former brick clay pit ‘Levin’ in Göttingen (1985)
Excursion with Rolf Heinrich Meyer and Dr. Norbert Wilczewski (1984)
Excursion with Rolf Heinrich Meyer and Dr. Norbert Wilczewski (1984)
‘First fascinating insights into the geological underground’

1961/80 Parents and School Time

Lutz Krakow spent his early childhood close to the clay pits of Rosdorf in southern Lower Saxony. It may be part of the game of life, that his first customers in the brick industry were the local brickworks HENTE & SPIESS and MEURER. After primary school Krakow attend-ed the Otto-Hahn High School in Göttingen.

Fritz Krakow: 25 years Manager from the Allianz-Versicherungs-AG (*1922 †1997)
Fritz Krakow: 25 years Manager from the Allianz-Versicherungs-AG (*1922 †1997)
Eva Krakow, neé Schneider: chemical laboratory assistant at Klöckner (*1928 †2020)
Eva Krakow, neé Schneider: chemical laboratory assistant at Klöckner (*1928 †2020)
Lutz Krakow: the success in school was at times only moderate (1965)
Lutz Krakow: the success in school was at times only moderate (1965)

Mihaela Krakow, née Stamatide is born in Bucharest as the second child of Mihai Stamatide, a geologist, and Clemanta Stamatide, a bank employee. She has three siblings. After graduating from the Liceul Mihail Sadoveanu, she trained as a managerial assistant and became chief secretary at the Romanian Ministry of the Interior.

Mihai Stamatide: geologist and film actor (*1946 †2020)
Mihai Stamatide: geologist and film actor (*1946 †2020)
Mihai and Clemanta Stamatide, née Stiubei (1973)
Mihai and Clemanta Stamatide, née Stiubei (1973)
Exploratory drilling according to Romanian state of the art (1972)
Exploratory drilling according to Romanian state of the art (1972)
Stamatide on geological excursion in the Carpathians (1972)
Stamatide on geological excursion in the Carpathians (1972)
Status symbol Trabant in times of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1977)
Status symbol Trabant in times of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1977)
Mihaela Stamatide: Secretariat of the Romanian Minister of the Interior in Bucharest (1999)
Mihaela Stamatide: Secretariat of the Romanian Minister of the Interior in Bucharest (1999)
‘Nothing is past like the past’