Matthias specialises in rock mechanics, 3D point cloud visualisation and automated geological drill core logging

Research

Matthias is an early career researcher specialising in the development of aspects of automated logging of geological drill core. The research is focused on recognising distinctive patterns of the multi-element geochemistry and visual pattern recognition of high-resolution imagery and 3D point clouds of the drill core. The project is part of the UQ strategic initiative called “complex orebodies” and supported by Glencore, who provide the data for the research.

Matthias commenced his research career with UQ in 2014 as a PhD Candidate with the BRC. His research was focused on natural collapsed caved systems as potential analogues to the subsidence mechanisms associated with gravity induced caving. During his candidature he was awarded the SMI RHD Student Spirited Award and won the award for the best student poster at the 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining conference in Sydney, Australia.

Collaborations

During his PhD Matthias engaged with the School of Environmental and Earth Science (UQ) and collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Arizona, USA.

Key Publications

Klawitter, M., Pistellato, D., Webster, A., Esterle, J. 2017. Application of photogrammetry for mapping of solution collapse breccia pipes on the Colorado Plateau, USA. The Photogrammetric Record (32) 160, pp. 443-458

Klawitter, M., Esterle, J., Collins, S. 2015. A study of hardness and fracture propagation in coal. Int. J. Rock Mech. Min. Sci. 76, pp. 237-242

Researcher biography

Matthias commenced his research career with UQ in 2014 as a PhD Candidate with SMI-BRC. His research was focused on natural collapsed caved systems as potential analogues to the subsidence mechanisms associated with gravity induced caving. During his candidature he was awarded the 'SMI RHD Student Spirited Award' for demonstrating initiative, perseverance and the ability to overcome significant obstacles on the path to attaining his degree. Furthermore, in May 2016, he won the best student poster award at the 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Mass Mining conference in Sydney, Australia. In June 2016 he was awarded the GSAQ student travel award to attend the Australian Earth Science Convention 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. In September Mr Klawitter presented his research at the 2nd Virtual Geoscience Conference in Bergen, Norway, and subsequently was invited to publish his results in the Photogrammetric Record.

Matthias holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Georesources Management from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and additionally achieved a Business Administration Qualification from the School of Business and Economics at the RWTH Aachen University. In 2013 Mr Klawitter was employed as an occupational trainee at the University of Queensland working on a coal seam gas (CSG) project from Arrow Energy, which was supported by the UQ-Vale Geoscience Program. Along this he published two scientific abstracts at the 10th Australian Coal Conference (2013) in Brisbane, and subsequently published the results in the International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences.