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A.A. Tvalchrelidze
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Alexander Tvalchrelidze
 About Institute
A. Tvalchrelidze Caucasian Institute of Mineral Resources was founded  in February 1, 1929.  
The creation of institute was connected with the necessity of country development - the particular, discovery, study and exploitation of deposits.
  The cradle of the CIMR was the Department of Mineralogy and Petrography at the Tbilisi State University headed by Professor Alexander Tvalchrelidze (later Academician of the Georgian Academy of Sciences), who, together with A.I. Janelidze and K.E. Gabunia, created  the Georgian geological school.
 Earlier, an Institute of applied mineralogy, which came to be known as the All-Union Institute of Mineral Raw Materials, was formed in Moscow. A.A.Tvalchrelidze's work fully coincided with the interests of the All-Union Institute of Applied Mineralogy. In 1929, two study rooms in the Department of Mineralogy and Petrography of the Tbilisi University were provided for the Transcaucasian branch of the Institute.
The work of the institute began in an atmosphere of fruitful search, enthusiasm and the true devotion of its first staff. This period left its imprint on the whole of the institute’s further development.
 
The institute staff has always put every effort into their work and has preserved their image at times of depression and of particular creative activity.
With the passage of time the institute has naturally been growing and expanding steadily. This growth was particularly rapid in the postwar years, when it changed its status as the Georgian branch of the All-Union institute of Mineral Raw Materials to become the Caucasian Institute of Mineral Resources. The new 4-storey building of the Institute was built in Paliashvili Street.
 
Throughout the latest years of its existence A.A.Tvalchrelidze continuously occupied the post of director right to the end of his life (July, 1957). His successors were G.A.Kometiani (1957-1970), N.G.Gomelauri (1970-1977), T.V.Janelidze (1977-2001), T.D.Sparsiashvili (2001-2003) and D.V.Arevadze(2003-2005).
 
 
Dr. Geol.-Min. Sc. Revaz Kvatashidze is director today and Dr. Geol.-Min. Sc. Nanuli Aslanikashvili is Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute.
 
Some of the departments, sectors and laboratories indicated, developed from those organized back in 1929, while others were born of new research policies.
 
Priorities
 
Priorities for 2009-2012, set by the Government of Georgia – welfare of population – elimination of poverty and national security, are directly linked with economic independence of the country. Creation of adequate living conditions for population and new vacancies and improvement of social background is possible only in the environment economic independence.
 
This goal can be achieved on the basis of evaluation of potential of the country's raw materials base and its maximum utilization.
Researches of the Caucasian Institute of Mineral Raw Materials are defined on the basis of the following priorities:
  • Determination of regularities of distribution of showings and mines of metal and non-metal mineral wealth and geological- economical evaluation of their industrial potential and development of investment proposals;
  • Establishment of regularities of distribution of beds of fuel deposits, evaluation of heir industrial potential and development of investment proposals;
  • Technological evaluation of mineral raw materials, selection of enrichment schemes and determination of the spheres of utilization of raw minerals;
  • Studying of raw minerals and products obtained from them and establishment of their appropriateness in regard to the existing standards;
  • Engineering-geological researches includes, on the one hand, studying of modern geodynamic processes (landslips, mudflows, avalanches, blockages, erosion of coast of the rivers and grounds) and, on the other hand, solving of specific engineering-geological problems for the purpose of designing of reconstruction and building of civil and industrial buildings, transport communications and hydraulic engineering constructions.
  • The performance of geological-geophysical researches give the chance to obtain informative material about a geological structure and tectonics of the studied territory that is necessary condition for successful performance of engineering-geological researches, geological planning, and survey of mineral wealth, including ground waters.
  • Chemical analysis of raw minerals and products of their processing – mineral fertilizers, soils,natural, influent and irrigation waters, etc.
  • Environmental monitoring – studying of ecological status of geological environment in the process of mining of raw minerals and evaluation of man-caused pollution; ecological monitoring of superficial and ground waters.
A. A. Tvalchrelidze’s Caucasian Institute of Mineral Resources (CIMR) is staffed by highly trained specialists-geologists, having great experience of conducting the geological prospecting in Asian, North African and Latin American countries. Our specialists have done primary services to these regions in discovery and further study of a number of large ore deposits of nonferrous, rare and noble metals. We are ready to offer our assistance and to contribute our direct share to the work of your country’s geological services on mutually beneficial terms for both parties according to the trends of your interest.