We are the Institute of Mine Seismology
We study the Seismic Rock Mass Response to Mining
The Institute of Mine Seismology (IMS) is the leading provider of microseismic monitoring technology to mines world wide. We are an independent private research organization 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 56 staff of the IMS have qualifications that include 11 PhD, 14 MSc and 16 Bachelor degrees with a collective 300 years of experience in this field. In 2010, the IMS bought the businesses and assets of ISS International and ISS Pacific.
IMS currently supports 256 customers in 36 countries. There are 57 active IMS seismic monitoring systems in Australia, 52 in South Africa, 40 in China and 107 in the rest of the world.
- 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.