What SMI-BRC Does

Established in 1991, the W.H.Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre (SMI-BRC), is named after the late Professor Walter Heywood Bryan, a former Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Queensland.

Today, the mining resources of the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) are centrally located within SMI-BRC, bringing together significant intellectual and operational skills that offer integrated thinking across the mining value chain with expertise in geoscience, mass mining, blasting fundamentals, geotechnical engineering, orebody and numerical modelling, and geostatistics, mine operation optimisation and software design as well as applied blast engineering.

The SMI-BRC has three complimentary applied research programmes that draw upon expertise in geoscience, mine engineering, geostatistics and valuation and the support available from other SMI centres.

Collaboration is at the heart of SMI's operations.This means strong internal collaboration between SMI centres, research associations within the University of Queensland and external groups in Australia and overseas.

SMI's mission to be a world leader in providing knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry relies on this collaboration.

With around 350 staff across seven inter-related research centres and it's commercialisation company JKTech, SMI has a global presence and is developing rapidly - integrating research disciplines, generating new ideas, engaging stakeholders and delivering relevant outcomes.

  

Research Partners and Linkages

Industry

Direct links with the industry through collaborative and one on one project remains the core mechanism for identifying short term and strategic research opportunities for the industry. These links include major international companies operating in major mining regions around the world.

Our Advisory Board is comprised of senior executives from the Australian and international mining industry. As such, the Board of Directors represents a wide range of mining interests and research entities, thus providing a forum for technical innovation as well as broad industry focus and international perspective.

 

2013-2014

Journal Papers

  • Artem Golev.,Margaretha Scot.,Peter D. Erskine., Saleem H. Al and Grant R. Ballantyne (2014) Rare earths supply chains: Current status, constraints and opportunities, Resources Policy, Volume 41, September 2014, Pages 52–59
  • Aderounmu, Adebayo and Wolff, Rodney (2014) Modelling dependence of price spikes in Australian electricity markets. Energy Risk, February: 60-65
  • Liu. Shen, Anh. Vo, McGree, James, Kozan, Erhan and Wolff, Rodney C. (2014) A new approach to spatial data interpolation using higher-order statistics. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, . doi:10.1007/s00477-014-0985-1
  • Bahaaddini, M., Sharrock, G.B., Hebblewhite, B.K. (2014) Combined photogrammetry and numerical modelling to predict the shear behaviour of rock, J. Engineering Geology (submitted under review).
  • Akram, S., Sharrock, G.B. (2014) Mechanics of conglomeratic rocks, Int. J. Numer. Anal. Meth. Geomech (submitted under review).
  • Lisitsin, V., Porwal, A.* & McCuaig, T.   (2014) Probabilistic fuzzy logic modeling: quantifying uncertainty of mineral prospectivity models using Monte Carlo simulations. Mathematical Geosciences, 46(6): 747-769
  • Middleton, A., Uysal, I.Bryan, S.* Hall, C. & Golding, S. (2014) Integrating 40Ar–39Ar, 87Rb– 87Sr and 147Sm–143Nd geochronology of authigenic illite to evaluate tectonic reactivation in an intraplate setting, central Australia. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 134: 155-174.
  • Wood, D., 2014, Creating Wealth and Avoiding Gambler's Ruin - Newcrest Mining Exploration, 199-2006: SEG Newsletter No. 96, p. 1, 12-17.

Conference Papers

  • Singer, D.A., 2014, Base and precious metal resources in seafloor massive sulfide deposits: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 59, p. 66–72. 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2013.11.008
  • Parra,H (2014) Effect of blast induced fragment conditioning on impact breakage strength". Mining Technology (TIMM A)
  • Webster, Anthony (2014). A character set in stone: landscape, geology and the 1788 Settlement at Sydney Cove. In: Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2014. Abstracts. AESC 2014: 22nd Australian Geological Convention, Newcastle, NSW, Australia, (44-45). 7-10 June, 2014
  • Puscasu, R.*   (2014). Integration of artificial neural networks into operational ocean wave prediction models for fast and accurate emulation of exact nonlinear interactions. In David Abramson, Michael Lees, Valeria Krzhizhanovskaya, Jack Dongarra, Peter M. A. Sloot (Eds.), Procedia Computer Science. 14th Annual International Conference on Computational Science, ICCS 2014, Cairns, QLD, Australia, (1156-1170). 10-12 June 2014
  • Singer, D.A., 2014, Zinc production and geologic settings as exploration guides for major deposits: Talk at Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada 2014 International Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 4, 2014
  • Singer, D.A., and Kouda, Ryoichi, 2014, A systems approach to mineral exploration planning: Proceedings of 13th International Symposium on Mineral Exploration (ISME XIII): Hanoi, Vietnam, 22023, 2014, p. 25-30. 
     

 

2013

Conference Papers

  • Onederra, I.Catalan, A and Chitombo, C (2013) A case study of large scale rock mass preconditioning by confined blasting.The 2013 ISRM International Symposium 21-26 September 2013, Wrocław, Poland
  • Onederra I, Furtney J, Sellers E and Iverson S. (2013) Modelling blast induced damage from a fully coupled explosive charge. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 58 : 73-84.
  • Janczura J, Trück S, Weron R and Wolff R. (2013) Identifying spikes and seasonal components in electricity spot price data: a guide to robust modeling. Energy Economics, 38 : 96-110.
  • Musafer G, Thompson M, Kozan C and Wolff R. (2013) Copula-based spatial modelling of geometallurgical variables. In: Simon Dominy, Proceedings: The Second AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference (GeoMet) 2013. GeoMet 2013: The Second AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference, Brisbane, Australia (239-246). 30 September-2 October, 2013.
  • Singer, D.A., 2013, The lognormal distribution of metal resources in mineral deposits: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 55, November, p. 80–86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2013.04.009
  • Singer, D.A., 2013, How should mineral exploration risks be evaluated? Keynote talk at Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada 2013 International Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 4, 2013http://resourceinvestingnews.com/52051-inn-video-risk-mineral-exploration-pdac-2013.html
  • Wood, D., 2013, Discovering deeper porphyry ore bodies - is there a role for geophysics?: Keynote Address Extended Abstract, 23rd International Geophysical Conference and Exhibition, 11-14 August 2013, paper 346, p1-6.http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/ASEG2013ab346.htm
  • Bahaaddini, M., Sharrock, G.B., Hebblewhite, B.K. (2013) Numerical investigation of the effect of joint geometrical parameters on the mechanical properties of a jointed rock mass under uniaxial compression, J. Computers and Geotechnics http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266352X12002108
  • Cornah, Alastair, Vann, John and Driver, Ian (2013) Comparison of three geostatistical approaches to quantify the impact of drill spacing on resource confidence for a coal seam (with a case example from Moranbah North, Queensland, Australia). International Journal of Coal Geology, 112 : 114-12
  • Langer, Sebastian, Weatherley, Dion, Olsen-Kettle, Louise and Finzi, Yaron (2013) Stress heterogeneities in earthquake rupture experiments with material contrasts. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 61 3: 742-761.     
  • Weatherley, Dion K. and Henley, Richard W. (2013) Flash vaporization during earthquakes evidenced by gold deposits. Nature Geoscience, 6 4: 294-298.
  • Modelling fracturing, disturbed and interaction zones around fully confined detonation charges by I Onederra, A Catalan, G Chitombo, Mining Technology Volume 122 Issue 1 (March 2013), pp. 20-32.
  • Richmond, A.J. 2013. Conditional simulation of nickel laterite deposit using unfolding. APCOM 2013, Porto Alegre, Brasil, 110-114.
  • Richmond, A.J. 2013. Multivariate conditional simulation using self-healing based on cloud distributions. APCOM 2013, Porto Alegre, Brasil, 115-122.

Confidential Project Technical Report

  • Puscasu, R. M. (2013) Computational Cave Propagation Modelling, Confidential Technical Report to GMM Sponsors, October (38 pages)
  • Chitombo, G.(2013) Towards a Generational Transformation in Cave Mining, Final Report, The Supercaves Project  2011-2013
  • Gideon, C; Webster, T; Murphy, T;   Puscasu, R and Pope, P. (2013) All tasks, Preliminary findings and first ideas generated, First Technical Report, Geology and Mass Mining (GMM) project.
  • Margaretha, S. (2013) Developing Effective Mineral Resource Policy for Sustainable Livelihoods through Geoscience, Project report on Zambia Geological Survey,  International Mining for Development Centre (IM4DC) project.

2011-2012

Journal Papers

Conference papers

  • D Tuazon, G D Corder, M Powell and M Ziemski (2012) A Practical and Rigorous Approach for Integrating Sustainability Principles into Decision-Making Processes at Minerals Processing Operations, Life-of-Mine Conference 2012
  • Cornah, Alastair and Vann, John (2012).Non-multi-Gaussian multivariate simulations with guaranteed reproduction of inter-variable correlations. In: Petter Abrahamsen, Ragnar Hauge and Odd Kolbjørnsen, Proceedings: Ninth International Geostatistics Congress. Geostatistics Oslo 2012: Ninth International Geostatistics Congress, Oslo, Norway, (371-382). 11 - 15 June 2012  
  • Parra, Hector, Onate, Barbara and Tuazon, Daniel (2012). A novel approach to assess sustainable performance of blasting operations. In: , 5th International Conference on Innovation in Mine Operations – MININ 2012. MININ2012 V International Conference on Innovation in Mine Operations, Santiago, Chile, (). 20-22 June 2012.
  • Lechner, Alex, Clarke, Daniel, Weatherley, Dion, Fletcher, Andrew, Erskine, Peter and Comber, Alexis (2012). The application of the virtual ecologist approach to evaluating the effects of uncertainty in plot based monitoring schemes due to landscape spatial and temporal heterogeneity. In: R. Seppelt, A. A. Voinov, S. Lange and D. Bankamp, iEMSs 2012 proceedings: 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software. 6th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs 2012), Leipzig, Germany, (). 1 - 5 July 2012.
  • Chitombo,G.,Catalan,A.,Onederra,I.(2012)Preconditioning by blasting at the Cadia East panel cave mine.MassMin 2012 - International Conference
  • Chitombo,G.,Onederra,I.,Furtney,J.,Sellers,E.(2012) Improved understanding of explosive – rock interactions using the Hybrid Stress Blasting Model. SHIRMS 2012 - International Conference
  • Onederra,I.,Parra,H.,Michaux,S.,McFarlane,A.,Chapman,N.,Kuhar,L.(2012)Blast induced fragment conditioning to improve leaching performance.MININ 2012 - 5th International Conference
  • Haidar, I; Wolff, R C (2012). Forecasting crude oil price using soft-computing methods and Google Insight for Search. In Proceedings of the 35th Annual IAEE International Conference, Perth, WA, 24-27 June 2012.
  • Wolff, R C; Haidar, I; Weatherley, D (2012) Improving geological estimation using soft-computing models. In Proceedings of the 34 International Geological Congress (IGC), Brisbane, 5-10 August 2012.
  • Vann, J; Jackson, S; Bye, A; Coward, S; Moayer, S; Nicholas, G; and Wolff, R C (2012), Scenario thinking – a powerful tool for strategic planning and evaluation of mining projects and operations.  In Project Evaluation Conference, 24-26 May 2012, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Hashim, M. H. M. and Sharrock, G. B. (2012) Dimensionless percolation rate of particles in block caving mines.In: MassMIN 2012 Conference Proceedings. MassMin 2012: 6th International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. 10-14 June 2012.
  • Capes, G. W., Sharrock, G. B. and Lowther, R. J. (2012) Methodology for Understanding Drive Deformation and Damage in Variable Rock Types in a High Stress, Advanced Undercut. In: MassMIN 2012 Conference Proceedings. MassMin 2012: 6th International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining, Sudbury, Ontario,Canada. 10-14 June 2012.
  • Sharrock, G. B., Beck, D., Capes, G. W. and Brunton, I. (2012) Applying coupled Newtonian Cellular Automata -Discontinuum Finite Element models to simulate propagation of Ridgeway Deeps Block Cave. In: MassMin 2012: 6th International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. 10-14 June 2012.
  • Brunton, I., Sharrock, G. and Lett, J. (2012) Full scale near field flow behaviour at the Ridgeway Deeps Block Cave operation. In: MassMIN 2012 Conference Proceedings. MassMIN 2012: 6th International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. 10-14 June 2012.
  • Hancock, W., Weatherley, D. and Chitombo, G. (2012) Modeling the Gravity Flow of rock using the Discrete Element Method. In: MassMIN 2012 Conference Proceedings. MassMIN 2012: 6th International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. 10-14 June 2012
  • Catalan, A., Dunstan, G., Morgan, M., Green, S., Jorquera, M., Thornhill, T., Onederra, I. and Chitombo, G.(2012) How can an intensive preconditioning concept be implemented as mass mining method. In: 46th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2012 Proceedings. 46th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium, Chicago, Ill, United States. 24-27 June 2012
  • Rogers, W., Kanchibotla, S. S., Tordoir, A., Ako, S., Engmann, E. and Bisiaux, B. (2012) Solutions to reduce blast-induced ore loss and dilution at Ahafo Gold Mine in Ghana. In: 2012 SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit 2012, SME 2012, Meeting Preprints. 2012 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit (SME 2012), Seattle, Washington, USA, (6-10). 19 - 22 February 2012
  • Catalan, A., Onederra, I. and Chitombo, G. (2012) A proposed methodology for evaluation of the preconditioning by blasting at the Cadia East panel cave mine. In: MassMIN 2012 Conference Proceedings.MassMIN 2012: 6th International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, 10-14 June 2012.
  • Bryan, S. E., Cook, A. G., Evans, J. P., Hebden, K., Hurrey, L., Colls, P., Jell, J. S., Weatherley, D. and Firn,J.(2012) Rapid, long-distance dispersal by pumice rafting. PLoS One, 7: e40583.1-e40583.7. 
  • Mosier, D.L., Singer, D.A., Moring, B.C., and Galloway, J.P., 2012, Podiform chromite deposits; database and grade and tonnage models: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012-5157, 45 p. and database.  http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2012/5157/.
  • Singer, D.A., 2012, Do we still need experts to make estimates of undiscovered mineral deposits?: Proceedings of the 34th International Geologic Congress 2012: 5–10 August 2012 – Brisbane, Australia.
  • Singer, D.A., and Kouda, Ryoichi, 2012, Exploration under cover—Part 1, sparse information: Proceedings of the 34th International Geologic Congress 2012: 5–10 August 2012 – Brisbane, Australia.
  • Shen, Leo and Elliott, R.J., Backward Stochastic Differential Equations With A Single Jump Process, Stochastic Analysis and Applications 29(4)(2011), 654–673.
  • Shen, Leo and Elliott, R.J., How To Measure Risk, Expert Systems With Applications 39(5)(2012), 6111–6115.
  • Shen, Leo and Elliott, R.J., The more you expect, the more you have to pay, Expert Systems With Applications, submitted.


     

2011

Journal Papers

Conference Papers

  • J.K. Furtney & P.A. Cundall, I. Onederra and E. Sellers (2011). Numerical modeling of rock blasting: Validation tests for Blo-Up 2.5. In: the 2nd International FLAC/DEM Symposium, Melbourne, Australia., (). 14-16 February 2011. 
  • I, Onederra; G, Cavanough; A, Torrance A Prototype gauges for measuring detonation temperature and pressure of commercial explosives
  • G. Cavanough and I. Onederra (2011-02-02) Development of pressure and temperature gauges to monitor the in situ performance of commercial explosives : Technical note in Mining Technology (TIMM A).
  • Berger, V.I., Singer, D.A., Bliss, J.D., and Moring, B.C., 2011, Ni-Co laterite deposits of the world; database and grade and tonnage models: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1058 http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1058/
  • Shen, Leo and Elliott, R.J., Backward Stochastic Difference Equations For A Single Jump Process, Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability, to appear. Published online Feb, 2011: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11009-011-9217-z.

 

Research Theses

2009 - 2010

Journal Papers

  • Brunton, I D, Fraser, S J, Hodgkinson, J H, Stewart, P C, (2010) Parameters influencing full scale sublevel caving material recovery at the Ridgeway gold mine. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 47(4) 647-656
  • Bryan SE, Peate DW, Ukstins Peate I, Self S, Mawby M, Jerram D, Marsh JS, The largest volcanic eruptions on Earth, Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 12, Vienna Austria, May 2010.
  • Ramos Rosique A, Bryan SE, Ferrari L, Allen C, López M, Rankin A, Timing and evolution of Late Oligocene to Miocene magmatism in the southern Sierra Madre Occidental silicic large igneous province: insights from zircon chronochemistry and Ar/Ar geochronology, Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 12, Vienna Austria, May 2010.
  • Ferrari L, Bryan SE, Ramos Rosique A, Allen C, López M, Rankin A, Relationships between rates of silicic magma generation, eruption and extensional tectonics: Insights from the Bolanos Graben, Southern Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico, Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 12, Vienna Austria, May 2010.
  • Chitombo, G.P., Cave mining – 16 years after Laubscher‟s 1994 paper Cave mining – state of the art,‟ Potvin, Y. (ed.), Caving 2010, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth
  • Onederra. I., Mardones, F. and Scherpenisse, C. (2010-10-04) Application of stochastic approach to blast fragmentation modelling. Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy, Section A: Mining Technology, 119 4: 221-232. 

Conference Papers

  • D.K. Weatherley, V.E. Boros, W. Hancock and S. Abe (2010) Scaling benchmark of ESyS-Particle for elastic wave propagation simulations, In: Sixth IEEE International Conference on eScience, Brisbane, Australia, 7-10 December 2010.
  • C. Altinay, M. Binsteiner, L. Gross and D. Weatherley (2010) High-Performance Scientific Computing for the Masses: Developing Secure Grid Portals for Scientific Workflows, In: Sixth IEEE International Conference on eScience, Brisbane, Australia, 7-10 December 2010.
  • W.R. Hancock, D.K. Weatherley and G.P. Chitombo (2010) Large-scale simulations of gravity flow in block caving, In Y. Potvin (Ed.): Caving 2010 - Proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Block and Sublevel Caving, Perth, Australia, 20-22 April 2010, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, 553-566.
  • S. Langer, Y. Finzi and D. Weatherley (2010) Event size distribution in simple multi-fault systems, Proceedings of the 7th ACES International Workshop, 3-8 October 2010, Otaru, Japan.
  • M. Pierce, D.K Weatherley and T. Kojovic (2010) A hybrid methodology for secondary fragmentation prediction in cave mines, In Y. Potvin (Ed.): Caving 2010 - Proceedings of the Second International Seminar on Block and Sublevel Caving, Perth, Australia, 20-22 April 2010, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, 567- 581.
  • Ziemski, M. (2010). Ultra High Intensity Blasting. In: Jacques Wiertz,Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Energy Management in the Mining Industry - Enermin 2010. Enermin 2010, Santiago, Chile, (). November 2010.

2009

Journal Papers

  • Ukstins Peate, I. and Bryan, S. (2009) Pre-eruptive uplift in the Emeishan?. Nature Geoscience, 2 : 531-532.( J.A)
  • White, J.D.L., Bryan, S.E., Ross, P.S., Self, S. and Thordarson, T. (2009). Physical volcanology of continental large igneous provinces: update and review. In Thordarson, T., Self, S., Larsen, G., Rowland, S.K. and Hoskuldsson, A. (Ed.), Studies in Volcanology: The Legacy of George Walker (pp. 291-321) London: Geological Society.(Book. Chapter) 

Conference Papers

  • Onederra, I., Chitombo, G. P., Cundall, P. A. and Furtney, J. K. (2009). Towards a complete validation of the lattice scheme in the Hybrid Stress Blasting Model (HSBM). In: Jose A. Sanchidrian, Fragblast 9: Rock Fragmentation by Blasting. Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting. Fragblast 9: 9th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting, Granada, Spain, (343-351). 13-17 September 2009.(C.P)
  • Brunton, I. D. and Chitombo, G. P. (2009). Modelling the impact of sublevel caving blast design and performance on material recovery. In: Jose A. Sanchidrian, Rock Fragmentation by Blasting: Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting - Fragblast 9. 9th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting - Fragblast 9, Granada, Spain, (353-362). 13-17 September 2009(C.P)
  • Tordoir, A., Weatherley, D., Onederra, I. and Bye, A. (2009). A new 3D simulation framework to model blast induced rock mass displacement using physics engines. In: Jose A. Sanchidrian, Rock Fragmentation by Blasting: Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting - Fragblast 9. 9th International Symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting - Fragblast 9, Granada, Spain, (381-388). 13-17 September 2009. (C.P)t

 

Research Theses

  • G. Cavanough, I. Onederra and A. Torrance (2011-02-09) Prototype gauges for measuring detonation temperature and pressure of commercial explosives : 2011 San Diego, CA USA. International society of explosives Engineers.

MMT General Publications

  1. Halim, A., Trueman, R., Castro, R., 2008. Quantifying the effect of concurrent draw on extraction zone in block caving mines using a large scale 3D physical model, Transactions of Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Section A: Mining Technology, vol 117, no 3, pp 128-135. (ICS 2 and MMT)
  2. Trueman, R., Castro, R., Halim, A., 2008. Study of multiple draw zone interaction in block caving mines by means of a large 3D physical model, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, vol 45, issue 7, pp 1044-1051. (MMT)
  3. Castro, R., Trueman, R., Halim, A., 2007. A study of isolated draw zones in block caving mines by means of a large 3D physical model, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, vol 44, issue 6, pp 860-870. (MMT)
  4. Halim, A., 2006. Study of the influence of interactive draw upon drawpoint spacing in block and sublevel caving mines, PhD thesis, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. (ICS 2 and MMT)
  5. Halim, A., 2004. 3D large scale physical modelling for studying interactive drawing and drawpoint spacing in block caving mines, in Proceedings of JKMRC International Student Conference 2004, Brisbane, pp 123-144, JKMRC, The University of Queensland, Brisbane. (ICS 2)
  6. Castro R, Trueman, R. 2008. An experimental review of gravity flow for block and panel caving applications In Proceedings of Massmin2008, 9-11 of June, Lulea, Sweden, pp. 1043-1051.
  7. Castro, R., 2004. The scaling of physical model flow results for full scale mine design in block caving. Thirteenth Annual JKMRC Postgraduate Conference and First JKMRC International Student Conference, Brisbane: 231-244. Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre.
  8. Castro, R., 2006. Study of the Mechanisms of Gravity Flow For Block Caving. PhD Thesis, Julius Kruttschnitt Minerals Research Centre (JKMRC), The University of Queensland, Australia. 
  9. Reyes-Montes, J.M., Pettitt, W.S. and R.P. Young (2008) Enhanced spatial resolution of caving-induced microseismicity. In Schunnesson, H. and Norlund, E. (eds.). MassMin 2008: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining, Luleå, Sweden, 9-11 June 2008.
  10. Reyes-Montes, J.M., Pettitt, W.S. and R.P. Young (2007) Validation of a synthetic rock mass model using excavation induced microseismicity. In Eberhardt, E. Stead, D. Morrison, T. (eds) Rock mechanics: meeting society’s challenges and demands. Vol 1: fundamentals, new technologies and new ideas. Proc. 1st Canada-US Rock Mechanics symp. Vancouver, Canada 27-31 May 2007. Taylor & Francis, London.
  11. Hazzard, J.F. and Young, R.P. (2004), “Numerical investigation of induced cracking and seismic velocity changes in brittle rock”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L01604, doi:10.1029/2003GL019190.
  12. Mas Ivars, D., Pierce, M., DeGagné, D. and Darcel, C. (2008, in press) “Anisotropy and scale dependency in jointed rock mass strength – A synthetic rock mass study,” in Proceedings of the First International FLAC/DEM Symposium on Numerical Modelling (Minneapolis, August 2008). R. Hart et al., Eds. Minneapolis, MN USA. Minneapolis: Itasca.
  13. Pierce, M., Mas Ivars, D., Cundall, P. and Potyondy, D. (2007) “A Synthetic Rock Mass model for jointed rock,” in Rock Mechanics: Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands (1st Canada-U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, Vancouver, May 2007), Vol. 1: Fundamentals, New Technologies & New Ideas, pp. 341-349, E. Eberhardt et al., Ed. London: Taylor & Francis Group.
  14. Reyes-Montes, J.M., Pettitt, W.S. and Young, R.P. (2007) “Validation of a Synthetic Rock Mass model using excavation Induced microseismicity,” in Rock Mechanics: Meeting Society's Challenges and Demands (1st Canada-U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, Vancouver, May 2007), Vol. 1: Fundamentals, New Technologies & New Ideas, pp. 365-369, E. Eberhardt et al., Ed. London: Taylor & Francis Group.
  15. Cundall P.A., P. Gómez, L. Lorig, M. Pierce, D. Sainsbury, R. P. Young and J. Napier. (2005) “Caving mechanics scoping study”. Itasca Consulting Group, Inc., Report to Mass Mining Technology Project, ICG06-2292-1-8D, Caving Mechanics Research Area, 2004-2007.
  16. Power 2004 Full scale SLC draw trials at Ridgeway Gold Mine. In Massmin 2004, University of Santiago, Santiago, Chile, pp 225 – 230.
  17. Mas Ivars D, Pierce M, Deisman N, Potyondy DO, Cundall PA. The Synthetic Rock Mass Approach for Jointed Rock Mass modeling. To be published in the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences.
  18. Deisman N., Chalaturnyk R.J., Mas Ivars D. And Darcel C. Hydromechanical characterization of CBM reservoirs: empirical and numerical approaches. To be published in the International Journal of Coal Geology.
  19. Tawadrous, A. S., DeGagne, D., Pierce M. and Mas Ivars, D. Prediction of Uniaxial Compression PFC Model Micro-Properties Using Neural Networks. International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics 2009;33:15-25.
  20. Pierce, M., Mas Ivars, D and Sainsbury, B.L. “Use of Synthetic Rock Masses (SRM) to Investigate Jointed Rock Mass Strength and Deformation Behavior”. In: Proc of the Int Conf on Rock Joints and Jointed Rock Masses, 7-8 Jan, 2009, Kulatilake PHSW, ed. Tucson, Arizona, USA, special paper.
  21. Deisman, N., Mas Ivars, D. and Pierce, M. “PFC2D Smooth joint contact model numerical experiments”. In: proceedings of GeoEdmonton ’08, 2008: Paper 83, Edmonton, Canada. 2008.
  22. Deisman, N. Chalaturny, R.J., Mas Ivars, D and Darcel, C. “Geomechanical characterization of coalseam reservoirs: the SRM approach”. In Proc of the Asia Pacific Coalbed Methane Symposium, 22-24 Sept, 2008, Massarotto P, Golding SD, Fu X, Wei C, Wang GX and Randolph V,eds. Paper No 003, Brisbane, Australia, 2008.
  23. Cundall, P.A., Pierce, M. and Mas Ivars, D. (2008). “Quantifying the size effect of rock mass strength”. Keynote Lecture at the 1st Southern Hemisphere International Rock Mechanics Symposium, Vol. 2, pp.3-15.  Perth, Australia, 2008.
  24. Sainsbury, B.L., Pierce, M. and Mas Ivars, D. “Analysis of Caving Behavior Using a Synthetic Rock Mass (SRM) – Ubiquitous Joint Rock Mass (UJRM) Modelling Technique”. In: Y. Potvin, Carter J, Dyskin A and Jeffrey R (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st Southern Hemisphere International Rock Mechanics Symposium. Vol. 1, pp.243-253.  Perth, Australia, 2008.
  25. Sainsbury, B.L., Pierce, M. & Mas Ivars, D. “Simulation of Rock Mass Strength Anisotropy and Scale Effects Using A Ubiquitous Joint Rock Mass (UJRM) Model”. In R. Hart, C. Detournay & P. Cundall (eds), Proceedings of the First International FLAC/DEM Symposium on Numerical Modeling, (Continuum and Distinct Element Numerical Modeling in Geo-Enginnering), August 25-27, 2008, Paper no. 06-02, pp. 241-250, Itasca Consulting Group Inc., Minneapolis, MN USA.
  26. Mas Ivars, D, Potyondy, D.O., Pierce, M. and Cundall, P.A. “The Smooth-Joint Contact Model”. In: BA Schrefler and U Perego (eds.) Proceedings of the 8th World Congress on Computational Mechanics and 5th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering, Venice, Italy 2008. Paper No. a2735.
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