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Objectives of the introductory course to mine seismology
© 2008 by SiM Mining Consultants

  1. Explain the basic methods and technology used to gather seismic data in a mining environment.
  2. Describe the common assumptions applied in mine seismology and the limitations arising from these assumptions. Discuss aspects of network operation and data management and how these can impact on data quality.
  3. Describe common, specialized tools used in seismic data analysis, e.g. short and long-term trend analysis, hazard maps and large event back analysis. Introduce methods of seismic hazard quantification.
  4. Raise an awareness for the complexity of ‘real’ seismic sources and the propagation of elastic waves in natural layered media as opposed to the simplified models commonly used.
  5. Demonstrate with the help of case studies how the analysis and evaluation of seismic data contributes to a safer mining environment. Assist in formulating questions regarding mine layout, seismic hazard quantification, support design etc. that can be answered with the help of seismic information.

Courses are offered as a 1-day short course, standard 3-day course, or extended course with assignments, examinations and project guidance. Topics covered in the standard course:

DAY 1 Sensors - Seismic Systems - Seismic Data Processing - Source Parameters

DAY 2 Sources & Waves - Seismological Tools - Interpretation (Single events) - Seismicity Parameters

DAY 3 Interpretation (Event groups) - Applications - Procedures - Legal background

Each course is concluded with a feedback and review session where participants are given the opportunity to evaluate the course format and venue, learning materials and the facilitator's skills.

Mine seismology competencies for rock engineers were outlined by F.Essrich at the RaSiM6 conference (download, © 2004 ACG).