We are the Institute of Mine Seismology
We study the Seismic Rock Mass Response to Mining
The Institute of Mine Seismology (IMS) is the largest
independent research organisation focused on developing methodologies, technologies and services for monitoring and modelling the seismic rock mass response to mining.
Based in offices in Australia, South Africa and Canada, the 45 staff of the IMS have qualifications that include 8 PhD, 10 MSc and 17 Bachelor degrees with a collective 300 years of experience in this field. IMS currently supports 204 customers in 28 countries. There are 60 active IMS seismic monitoring systems in Australia, 43 in South Africa and 101 in the rest of the world. In 2010, the IMS bought the businesses and assets of ISS International and ISS Pacific.
- To understand the difference between the observed and expected seismic rock mass response to mining.
- To confirm the rock mass stability related assumptions made during mine planning.
- To quantify and to monitor seismic hazard.
- To detect strong and unexpected changes in seismic rock mass behaviour.
- Use of geophysical techniques to monitor the rock mass.
- Numerical Stress Modelling.