Associated Events

Ensuring High Quality Seismic Data for the Mining Industry Workshop  |  Developments in Rock Stress Measurements and Monitoring Seminar


IMS Seismological Course

Sunday 26 March 2017 | Novotel Perth Langley, Perth, Western Australia

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Mira Geoscience Workshop: Data Integration Strategies for Deep Mining Hazard Assessment

Sunday 26 March 2017 | Novotel Perth Langley, Perth, Western Australia

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Ensuring High Quality Seismic Data for the Mining Industry Workshop

Monday 27 March 2017  |  Silver Room, Novotel Perth Langley, Perth, Western Australia


Hardrock mines in deep and high stress environments often require the use of seismic systems to enable operators to manage seismic risk posed to the workforce, the mining investment and environment. Seismic data is also used in assessing the rock mass response to mining activities where source parameters are used in the interpretation of rock mass failure mechanisms, the calibration of numerical modelling, and the interpretation of failure mechanics of the rock mass.

High quality seismic databases are of the utmost importance. In rock engineering the transfer of empirical knowledge from one site to another, or between different time periods at the same site, is crucial for good decision making in complex situations. The complexities involved in the design, installation and maintenance of seismic systems and the challenges imposed on processing the data can result in noise and poor quality data contaminating the databases; adversely impacting on decision-making.


The workshop will provide a forum to discuss the different aspects that impact on data quality with the following aims:

  • To provide mine site rock engineers and seismologists with practical knowledge to ensure the highest quality data for the site
  • To identify problems impacting on the industry which need to be addressed with focussed R&D

Due to the wide range of aspects that contribute to seismic risk in mines, the workshop will cover the following:

  • Global case studies, including data quality issues
  • Best practice for system design, maintenance and data QA/QC
  • Dealing with noise (orepass or crusher noise and blasts etc.)
  • System auditing
  • System effect, assumptions and algorithms
Who should attend

All users of mine site seismic data.

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Workshop Presenters


DINEVA_Savka_WebProfessor Savka Dineva Lulea University of Technology, Sweden

Professor, PhD

‘Routine seismic source parameters in underground mines in Sweden – limitations and problems’

Savka is a Professor in the mining and geotechnical engineering division of the Lulea University of Technology, Sweden and an Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University, Canada. In 1978, Savka completed her Masters Degree in physics at Sofia University, Bulgaria, and her PhD in physics/mathematics (seismology) in 1986 at the O.Yu Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences. Savka was a research associate at the Geophysical Institute of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences from 1986 to 2000 before becoming a research associate and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario from 200 to 2007. She was an Assistant Professor at Queens University until 2010 before taking on her current roles. Savka undertakes research in mining and rock engineering and has authored or co-authored 44 publications.


MALOVICHKO_DimitriyDr Dmitriy Malovichko Institute of Mine Seismology

Director and Head of Applied Seismology

‘Detecting problems in the configuration of the seismic system (misorientation and mislocation of sensors, wrong site responses and local site effects, inappropriate velocity model) and their effect to the interpretation of seismic data’

Dmitriy has a degree of candidate of phys.-math. sciences (PhD) from the Institute of Physics of the Earth (Moscow, Russia). Between 2000 and 2009 he worked in the Mining Institute (Perm, Russia) and was involved in regional seismic monitoring, local seismic observations in potash mines and karst caves, and engineering seismology projects. In 2009 he joined ISS International (South Africa) which later transformed into the Institute of Mine Seismology (Australia, South Africa and Canada). There he is responsible for seismological services for mines (processing and interpretation of seismicity, investigation of large seismic events) and is involved in research projects in mine seismology. Dmitriy enjoys inferring information about seismic sources and properties of the rock mass from seismic signals. He is also interested in integration of seismic monitoring data with stress modelling.


Peter_Mikula2016Dr Peter Mikula Mikula Geotechnics

Director – Mikula Geotechnics

‘Geotechnical engineers can have their seismic data cake and eat it too’

A graduate of the University of NSW in Sydney Australia in 1980, Dr Peter Mikula worked for ACIRL Ltd, Coffey Partners International, and Mt Charlotte Gold Mine, Kalgoorlie. At Mt Charlotte for 12 years, Peter became very conversant with various issues including seismicity and large underground stope stability.  He was also a key player in mine safety, accident investigation, and risk management. In 2005 Peter formed Mikula Geotechnics Pty Ltd, a geotechnical consultancy working in underground hard rock mines, with increasing emphasis on seismicity, dynamic capable ground support, and the need for data to support engineering design. He has authored or co-authored over 50 professional papers.


Gerhard MorkelGerhard Morkel Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Research Engineer

‘Case studies investigating the seismic data quality at mines’

Gerhard joined the ACG in 2014 as a research engineer for the ACG’s Mine Seismicity and Rockburst Risk Management Project. Gerhard graduated from the North-West University with an MSc in Physics in 2008. After finishing his studies Gerhard joined IMS, working in the operational aspects of mine seismology. In 2009 he joined Anglogold Ashanti, where he was involved with the seismological aspects of their Western Deep level mines. During this time, Gerhard completed his Chamber of Mines, (South Africa) certificates in Strata Control and Rock Mechanics (metalliferous). In 2012 Gerhard relocated to Australia where he worked as a seismologist/ geotechnical engineer for Kanowna Belle Barrick. Gerhard has  more than five years of experience in the seismological and geotechnical aspects of high seismically active underground mines.


URBANCIC_TedDr Ted Urbancic ESG Solutions, Canada

“Uncertainty, precision and errors in microseismic event locations and their interpretation”

Dr. Ted Urbancic, a founder and current Chief Technology Officer at ESG Solutions, has over 30 years of experience examining and interpreting microseismicity associated with mining and petroleum applications. He is a pioneer in the development of microseismic monitoring in industrial applications, authoring over 150 publications ranging from understanding the fundamental aspects of microseismicity to characterizing rock and reservoir behavior by integrating microseismic data with numerical modeling, engineering and geomechanical data. Over the past 15 years, Ted has been integral in building ESG’s microseismic hydraulic fracture monitoring capabilities and in promoting microseismic tools for enhanced reservoir characterization. Currently, Ted oversees work by ESG’s Innovation and Technology Group, which spearheads all R&D related to microseismic analysis in the mining and oil & gas sectors. Ted holds a Ph.D. in Seismology from Queen’s University, Kingston Canada. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including SPE, SEG, AGU, SSA, and EAGE and was recently on the organizing committees for the 2014 and 2016 EAGE Passive Seismic Workshop.


Johan-Wesseloo_webDr Johan Wesseloo Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Senior Research Fellow – Rock Engineering Project Leader – mXrap development

‘Simple and practical tools to investigate seismic data quality’

Johan has been involved in geotechnical engineering in the mining industry since 1998 with project experience that includes both underground and open pit environments. Johan obtained a BEng (Civil), MEng (Geotechnical) and PhD (Geotechnical) from The University of Pretoria, South Africa and is Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He started his career as a geotechnical engineer with SRK Consulting, South Africa, where he worked on open pit and underground projects in many different countries. In 2007, Johan joined the ACG, where he lead and completed the ACG’s High Resolution Seismic Monitoring in Open Pit Mines project. In 2009, he became the project leader of the ACG’s Mine Seismicity and Rockburst Risk Management project and has lead the project to its completion in February 2015. Johan has an interest in the rock engineering aspects of mine induced seismicity and developed several procedures and methods for seismic analysis for rock engineering purposes and mining seismic hazard assessment methods, which are implemented into the software mXrap. Johan has also contributed to the field of risk-based design in mining rock slope engineering and underground environments and works together with William Joughin, SRK South Africa, on the GSSO sub-project on probabilistic design of ground support.


Developments in Rock Stress Measurements and Monitoring Seminar

Friday, 31 March 2017  |  Silver Room, Novotel Perth Langley, Perth, Western Australia



This seminar will address the latest technology, applications and ideas in rock stress measurements and monitoring, through case studies and discussions with those in the industry.

Who should attend

The seminar aims to target those involved in stress fracturing and stress monitoring in all underground excavations.

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Seminar Facilitator


PMD_web_smallProfessor Phil Dight Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Phil has been involved with the development and design of ground support for mining applications since 1975. He was a partner in BFP Consultants until BFP was acquired by Coffey Mining. Phil has extensive consulting experience in the geotechnical aspects of the mining industry, and has worked on open pit and underground metalliferous mining problems. In 1985 he was awarded the Manuel Rocha Medal by the International Society of Rock Mechanics for his work in open pit mining and use of ground support to improve pit stability. His ground support algorithm has been adopted by Rocscience in its evaluation of ground support in Phases®, and a variation had been adopted by ITASCA in the Bonded Block Model. In the 1980s with Dr Peter Fuller, he undertook research into ground support work in a number of AMIRA sponsored projects based on open stope mining. Much of that early research work has now been formalised in the literature by others. Phil joined the ACG in 2008 and has since been working on stress memory effects in rocks, ground support applications, slope stability problems (including the use of microseismicity to understand failure mechanisms), and 3D rock properties. Most recently, Phil commenced a four year MRIWA project aimed at investigating the issues of strainburst vulnerability in underground mines.