Natural caving systems as potential analogues to mining induced caving

His current research project focuses on the formation of solution collapse breccia pipes and sinkholes on the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, USA, to identify analogues to the subsidence mechanisms associated with gravity induced caving. The findings will assist in determining the rock failure mechanisms, fragmentation processes and subsidence of these features, which could be applied to underground mass mining operations to enhance the understanding of the formation and behaviour of caving systems in mining induced caving.

In December 2015 Mr Klawitter was awarded the SMI RHD Student Award: Spirited Award for demonstrating initiative, perseverance and the ability to overcome significant obstacles on the path to attaining his degree. 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. His manuscript has been accepted, but is currently under review.

Mr Matthias Klawitter is a PhD Candidate in his final year within the WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre (BRC) at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland (UQ). He 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.

Matthais is currently studying his PhD under the supervision of Dr Anthony Webster, Prof Joan Esterle and Prof Gideon Chitombo

Key Publications

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