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3D can make mining safer

- By Wits University

The Creamer Media magazine, Mining Weekly, recently featured articles on research being conducted by geophysicist, Dr Musa Manzi, into how new 3D-technologies can help to reduce the risk posed by rock bursts in mining.

Manzi is one of the first two black South Africans to obtain a PhD in geophysics and is a lecturer in the Wits School of Geosciences.

Wits lecturer aiming to establish seismic reflection laboratory

The mining industry has taken heed of the need to develop and nurture a constant stream of graduates that can develop solutions in problem areas and has, as a result, contributed significantly to research at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) School of Geosciences, says Wits geophysics lecturer Dr Musa Manzi. Read the full article.

Technology initially developed for oil and gas industry enables visualisation of subsurface of entire mining area

Using only traditional exploration techniques, such as drilling boreholes, does not enable an accurate perspective of the structural complexity of the earth’s subsurface at depth. However, using new three-dimensional (3D) seismic reflection interpretation technology, initially developed for the oil and gas industry, can enable 3D visualisation of the subsurface of an entire mining area. Read the full article.