Faculty Development Competitive Research Grant Program 2021-2023
Managing mining-induced seismicity and rockburst is vital to the profitability of seismically active underground mines. In different parts of the world, many mines become seismically active as the mine depth increases. With the depletion of shallow mineral resources, the tendency towards operating deep underground mines in high and complex geo-stress environments increases, often along with high production rates. This means, mining induced seismicity remains a huge concern for the mining industry. The project aims to develop a reliable rockburst damage potential system capable of determining the likelihood of rockburst damage to underground excavations in seismically active mines.This will allow for an objective quantification of the rockburst damage around underground excavations subjected to seismic events. The results of this project will have significant impact on the industry. The rockburst damage potential index will contribute to a better managment of rockburst events. This will improve safety and productivity by reducing downtimes in mines prone to rockburst around the world; enhance public opinion ameliorating widespread misconceptions about rockbursts and seismicity; and reduce bad publicity for the mining industry.