At UNSW, we’re leading research in the interpretation of mining-induced stress, fracture, and hazard assessment through real-time microseismic monitoring.  

We’re committed to investing in facilities to support our research staff and students. Our 16-channel AE and active ultrasonic monitoring enables waveform analysis, location, and source mechanism interpretation for rock failure under uniaxial and triaxial loading. 

Our Competitive Advantage 

  • Comprehensive analysis from field seismic data for imaging, attributes investigation and interpretation 
  • Interpret seismic source mechanisms and fault plane solutions to inspect mining impact on aquifer connectivity and fault reactivation 
  • Next generation real-time seismic monitoring for rock bursts and gas outbursts hazard assessment.  

Recent Research Projects 

  • Integrated analysis of seismic location, energy, magnitude and source mechanism to interpret fracture distribution along with mineral extraction 
  • AE and permeability response for Hawkesbury sandstone under uniaxial and triaxial loading tests 

Successful Applications 

  • Seismic hazard assessment for rock burst and gas outburst prediction in coal mines in China, Australia and Europe 

Facilities & Infrastructure 

  • 16 channel high speed data acquisition PCI card with AE sensors to be used in high pressure and high temperature conditions 
  • Seismic data analysis software AE Win (MISTRAS) and Insite-Geo (ITASCA). 
  • Other industry benchmark geomechanics simulation packages including PFC, UDEC, FLAC, 3DEC, COMSOL Multiphysics 

Research Partners  

  • CSIRO 
  • Imperial College London 
  • China University of Mining and Technology 
  • China Coal Technology & Engineering Group 

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