Name: Dr. Hans-Dieter Hensel
Company or Organization: Hensel Geosciences
Position: Principal Investigative Geoscientist
Dr. Hensel is a stone scientist and stone specialist with in-depth knowledge and experience in many fields of science.
Since graduating with first class Honours and a Ph.D he has worked exclusively as a consultant domestically and internationally providing expert geoscientific advice on geological, petrographic, engineering, scientific, and mining problems to numerous entities.
Having the necessary, highly trained scientific and geotechnical background is essential to a better understanding of the performance characteristics and behaviour of stone. So too, is the experience gained in working with stone, especially its quarrying and processing. Owning several quarries he still makes time to physically quarry granite.
Much of his work now involves stone selection and testing of stone for construction. Large projects require careful documentation of stone characteristics, starting with quarry assessments, extractability, processing capacity, quality control and timely supply. Architects require meaningful specifications as they relate to stone and clients require maintenance manuals for the end products.
A large portion of his work involves the investigation of problems with stone and implementation of repair or replacement procedures. Many aspects of stone performance demand exacting research using sophisticated scientific equipment.
Over the many years he has been involved in numerous prestigious projects and is a regular contributor to stone magazines.