Martin Brandt is a seismologist from Pretoria, South Africa, and has been working at the South African National Seismograph Network (SANSN) at the Council for Geoscience (CGS) since 1993. He has more than 20 years of experience in regional- and local seismic monitoring of tectonic- and deep mine related events; earthquake data analysis and interpretation; seismotectonics; earth structure modelling; seismic source modelling; and seismic catalogues. This pertains to the SANSN as well as micro seismic networks at various large southern African dams (reservoir triggered seismicity); at future nuclear power plant sites; and possible future hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo. Martin is also involved in evaluating warnings from the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System (IOTWS) for the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC).
He completed a PhD in seismology with the University of the Witwatersrand/University of Texas at Austin, USA in 2012; and an MSc with the University of Bergen, Norway in 2000. He attended post-graduate training courses in seismology at the University of Munich, Germany; and the International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering in Tsukuba, Japan. Martin is in possession of an ISO9001 – Quality Management Systems certificate with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS); and strategic-, financial- and first line management certificates with the University of South Africa (UNISA).
He co-authored a CGS Seismological series book on the seismic history of South Africa; authored or co-authored 16 peer reviewed publications in national and international journals on specific aspects of southern African seismicity; completed various reports for engineers, insurance companies, para state organizations and consultants; presented at numerous symposiums and workshops including two peer reviewed conference publications; and is a contributor of earthquake- and tsunami information to news interviews on TV and a number of radio stations.
Martin is currently training to become an on-site inspector (seismic aftershocks) for the Comprehensive Nuclear-test-ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) after being nominated to represent South Africa by the country’s ambassador to United Nations organizations in Vienna.
He was an invited presenter in 2012 at the Senior Seismic Hazard Analysis Committee Workshop on Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis for the Thyspunt Nuclear Power Plant. He is a reviewer for the international journals: Seismological Research Letters from 2012; Journal of Seismology from 2013; Pure and Applied Geophysics from 2014; and the South African Journal of Geology from 2015. He is also a reviewer for the National Research Foundation’s (NRF’s) Human and Institutional Capacity Development Grants; Blue Skies Program; and THRIP industry program from 2012 onward.
Martin is professionally registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and is a member of the South African Geophysical Association (SAGA).