Why Research with Wits Mining?
Recent Research Involvement
Why Research with Wits Mining ?
- Highly qualified and motivated staff
- Personnel at Wits possess specific areas of expertise and are trained in research methodology.
- Staff understand the Southern African mining environment.
- Cost effectiveness
- Research bursaries cost less than salaries of engineers employed at research institutions.
- Postgraduate students are required to complete research tasks within prescribed time limits in order to graduate.
- Focused research
- Staff are encouraged to develop their areas of expertise.
- Involvement with industry ensures that staff are aware of pertinent issues.
- Modern facilities
- First class resources enable Wits Mining to carry out fundamental research.
- Continual upgrading of facilities ensures that Wits Mining remains in the forefront of technology.
- Research programmes are constructed to meet the needs, schedules and budgets of clients.
Recent Research Involvement
- Determining the optimal rent for South African mineral resources.
- Shaped charges in mining.
- A geostatistical evaluation on the impact of mining on coal qualities and power plant performance with particular reference to emission levels.
- The analysis of the mine call factor in gold mining with specific reference to Western Holdings Mine.
- An investigation into the effects of adjacent mines and fault character upon the stability of a fault and its related seismic behavior.
- An investigation into the limitation development and morphology of fracturing ahead of tunnel faces in highly depressed rock in South African gold mines.
- Investigation of coal damage during blasting in open cast mining.
- Identification of inelastic deformation mechanisms around deep level mining stopes and their application to improvement in mining.
- An integrated environmental impact assessment of mining in the Zambian Copperbelt.
- Application of risk analysis.
- A mineral economic study into quarry closure in the Durban metropolitan area.
- An investigation into the behavior of Merensk and ug2 pillars in order to develop rock-engineering criteria for the design of mining layouts at present and future depths at Impala Platinum Mines.
- The future development of the mining engineering profession in South Africa.
- The application of non-linear geostatistical techniques to skewed data sets with particular attention to disjunctive kriging using isofactorial models based on guassion and non guassion distribution.
- Investigation into the explosive effect on rock for designing preconditioning blast in deep level gold mines.
- Environmental legislation and South Africa's coal reserves.
- Cost effective strategies for dust control in an open cast coal mine.
- Application of geostatical ore reserve evaluation techniques to optimise valuation of mining blocks at Beatrix Mine.
- A policy framework to promote small-scale mining in South Africa.
- A comparative coal mining method-productivity and accounting analysis.
- Dry drilling kimberlite ore bodies.
- Assessment of applicability of current minerals act, legislation pertaining to the prevention of rock related accidents occurring at metalliferous mines.
- The use of direct reduced iron (dri) and other substitutes of scrap for the production of steel.
- The rock mass behavior of the strata associated with the ventersdorp contact reef & the implications for the design of support systems.
- Holistic approach to stope support measurement in the South African gold mining industry.
- Geostatistical evaluation of ore reserves.
- Determination of mode 1 fracture toughness of the brittle rock types encountered in the South African environment.
- Economic feasibility of a deep level mine.
- Determination of pillar strength from kamoto room and pillar collapse by numerical approach.
- An optimal ore reserve management system for Northam Platinum Limited.
- The evaluation and design of tunnel support by means of non-linear improving.
- Study of the behavior of strike stabilising pillars with a view to improving their design criteria for mining at great depths.
- Management of underground horizontal transport.
- An optimum mining method for Finsch Diamond Mine.
- Rock mechanics considerations for the application of sequential grid mining methods at great depths.
- The financial viability of the scattered mining above 23 level on Leeudoorn Gold Mine, a division of Kloof Gold Mining Company Limited.
- Design of yield pillars in collieries.
- Gold sector reform in Turkey.
- Application of GIS to a South African gold mine.
- The coloured gemstone industries in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Seismic monitoring of fault slip behavior and adjacent pillar mining in a deep level gold mine.
- Hangingwall stability and support requirements for panels of shallow tabular underground mines.
- Development and implementation of a strategy to extract gold, at shallow depth in a geologically disturbed area by trackless mining methods.
- The physical and numerical modeling of fracture growth in underground excavations.
All correspondence and enquiries relating to research should be addressed to the relevant staff members or:
School of Mining Engineering
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Private Bag 3
Tel: 27 11 717-7403
Fax: 27 11 339-8295