SME Short Course: Seismic Analysis & Interpretation for Mining

Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 12:00am to Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:45pm

Technical experts from ESG Solutions will be delivering the following short course at the 2013 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Denver, Colorado in February.

Seismic Analysis and Interpretation for Mining
Member: $395 • Nonmember: $495 • Student Member: $250


Today many underground mines and some open pit mines install and use seismic monitoring systems to track seismic activity on a daily basis. However the information in seismic data, often, is not used to its best capacity. Recent advances in technology and seismology techniques have enabled the extraction of more detailed information from full-waveform seismic data that can better explain the rockmass behavior. This additional information can be used in a variety of geotechnical tools and analysis. This workshop discusses techniques for standard and advanced seismic analysis and their application covering topic such as: Ray tracing and event location for simple and complex media such as
block caves, backfilled areas and open pits, identifying trends in seismicity and their potential sources (which can be used in the identification of geological structures in inaccessible areas of the mine), advances in re-entry protocols following larger magnitude events and stress distribution analysis using seismic source mechanisms.

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate how standard and advanced seismological techniques and the history of seismic data can be used to take the most value out of a seismic system and gather more information from the recorded mine signals. Seismic results such as more accurate relocations and source mechanisms (moment tensors) determined from full waveform data can be used to better interpret the rockmass reaction to mining, and use this additional database in geotechnical models and analysis.

This workshop targets geotechnical and mine design engineers, ground control specialists, researchers, or anyone who has some knowledge about basic seismic monitoring and is interested in learning about the seismic analysis techniques and how the results can be used in mining operations to assess hazard and improve safety.

Course Content:

  • Introduction: The Basics of Seismology and Source Parameters
  • Event Locations Around Voids an in Complex Media
  • Source Parameter Analysis and Re- entry Protocol
  • Source Mechanism and Stress Model Calibration
  • Identification and Characterization of Trends in Seismicity
  • Advances in Seismic Technology – State of the Art
  • Conclusions and Discussion


Dr. Cezar Trifu
Dr. Cezar Trifu co-founded ESG in 1993 and is currently executive vice president of mining and geotechnical applications. Cezar has 30 years of experience in seismology and has published over 80 articles on seismic source interpretation and microseismic applications. He is an adjunct professor with Queen’s department of mining engineering and an associated editor with the bulletin of the seismological society of America.

Dr. Dave Collins
Dr. Dave Collins received his PhD in Applied Seismology from Keele University UK in 1998. Dave joined ESG in 2008 and is currently the Manager Consulting Services for Mining and Geotechnical Applications. Before this, Dave worked at the University of Toronto managing and performing research at the Rock Fracture Dynamics Laboratory.

For more information about this course or to register, please visit the SME Website.