Dr Tony Webster
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Tony is now a Senior Research Fellow - Mining Geology at the W.H. Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre (BRC), within the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland (UQ).
Over 25 years in the mining industry working in and around complexly deformed base metal, gold and iron ore deposits.
The Geology and Mass Mining Project
Working with Gideon Chitombo, a leading expert on underground 'mass mining' (block and sub-level caving), to better-define the geoscientific inputs required for the successful planning, design and operation of such mines. The geology of a mineralised system underpins every aspect of the design and operation of very-large underground mines. Geoscientists collecting the key information required need to look 'both ways': inwards to the ore and outwards to the wall rocks. Grade- and geotechnical (rock mass property)-data can be of almost equal importance in planning such mines.
Ongoing research interest in the development of remote structural mapping, data generation and analysis for geotechnical management and mine geological model calibration of giant open pits. The applications of photogrammetric and laser scanner imagery is a key focus.
Litho-structural architecture of some historic mining fields of Tasmania
The project involves the compilation and interpretation of the mine- and near-mine geological data recorded from some of the most historic Tasmanian fields. Information being used dates from the late 19th century to the present.
Understanding the details of the in- and near-mine geology of these fields is leading to the recognition of the key controls on mineralisation and a context for efficient exploration targeting.
Fields examined include: Zeehan, Mt Farrell, Mt Lyell (Iron Blow, North and South Lyell Mines) Rosebery (Hercules) and Mt Bischoff. The Balfour copper and northeast goldfields have also been looked at to a preliminary level.
2012/13 PhD Supervision
- Victoria Braniff