The University of the Witwatersrand – Wits School of Mines Research Project

Partnering with the Wits School of Mines, GeoSonics/Vibra-Tech installed Re:mote Monitoring equipment to help the school improve technology and enhance safety at mines.

As part of the Digital Mine Research program for Wits School of Mines at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, the school built a mock stope and mock tunnel. These simulated facilities form part of the digital mine environment which is providing invaluable tools for learning and research, bringing a real mine experience to mining engineering students at Wits. Wits School of Mines reached out to GeoSonics/Vibra-Tech to install vibration, geotechnical and environmental monitoring instruments in the mock stope and tunnel facilities. The goal was to have these instruments communicate using wifi technology. The same technology will be applied to an underground cavern that the University owns.

It is critical to identify the right partners with the skills and supporting infrastructure when embarking on an ambitious project like the Digital Mining Project at Wits. In this regard we have identified Vibra-Tech’s system as an international leading practice on which we can build our research. We are very pleased with Vibra-Tech’s commitment to work with us to research, develop and install smart decision-making technologies for optimised mining.

Fred Cawood
Professor of Mine Surveying and Coordinator
Wits Digital Mining Project