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 57 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 223 customers in 31 countries. There are 51 active IMS seismic monitoring systems in Australia, 53 in South Africa, 28 in China and 91 in the rest of the world.


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Fundamental Research
Unlike earthquakes, the seismic rock mass response to mining can be controlled. The main objective of our fundamental research programme is to understand these control parameters and their limitations.
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Applied Research
Applied research focuses on the following areas of seismic monitoring in mines:
- 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.
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Forensic Seismology
Forensic mine seismology involves a detailed back analysis of relevant data, in particular seismological records, to confront different plausible scenarios leading to a particular outcome, e.g: increase in seismic activity, rock mass instability and/or damage to the underground or surface structures.
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Routine Services
Seismological processing, seismic system administration, routine reporting on seismic activity, integration with numerical modelling and seismic hazard assessment.
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Monitoring Technology
IMS is the leading micro-seismic monitoring technology provider to mines world wide. We also provide technical services associated with installation, maintenance and 24/7 technical support.