Workshop title:

Seismics for mineral exploration and geo-engineering applications

  • About the workshop

The Near-Surface Geoscience Division of EAGE and Smart Exploration project team present state-of-the-art seismic technologies for mineral exploration and engineering applications. The workshop will cover the basics of the methods and take a step further to showcase successful surveys and experiments that have led to discoveries or a better understanding of the subsurface geology. The potential of legacy data will also be highlighted.

  • Who is it for?

Geologists, geo-engineers and mineral explorers.

  • Details

Sunday 6th October 2019

8am to 5pm

  • Cost:

R1 000 per person (full day)

Student cost: R630 (full day)

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea included


Alireza Malehmir, Uppsala University (chair and presenter)
Musa Manzi, Wits University (co-chair and presenter)

Dan Hollis, Sisprobe (Presenter)
Bojan Brodic, Uppsala University (Presenter)
Valentina Socco, Polito (presenter)
Gilles Bellefleur, Geological Survey of Canada (presenter)
Ramon Carbonell, ICTJA-CSIC (presenter)
Lindsay Linzer, SRK (presenter)
Calin Cosma, Vibrometric (presenter)
Joe Dwyer, Hiseis (presenter)
Milovan Urosevic, Curtin University, WASM (presenter)


Alireza Malehmir obtained his BSc (2000) and MSc (2002) degrees in Mining Engineering-Exploration from Polytechnic of Tehran-Iran and PhD degree (2007) in Geophysics from Uppsala University-Sweden. After about one year of post-doctoral experience (2008) at the Geological Survey of Canada-Ottawa working on 3D seismic imaging of deep-seated massive sulphide deposits, he returned back to Uppsala as an assistant professor first and later (2012) as a senior lecturer in reflection seismology. Alireza was promoted to a professor of applied geophysics in 2016. His research interests include 2D/3D geophysical modeling using integration of reflection seismic with potential field data and available geologic information, 2D/3D-3C seismic imaging in hard rock and urban environments, and instrumentations for near-surface applications. He has been leading or involved in several research-industry projects in countries such as Sweden, Finland, Canada, Iran, South Africa, Spain, Zambia and Norway. He is the scientific coordinator of the H2020 funded Smart Exploration where 27 partners, including EAGE, from 9 EU countries are participating. He is an active member of EAGE, SEG, and EGU, serves on the editorial boards of Geophysical Prospecting, Nature Scientific Reports and Journal of Applied Geophysics and has acted as a guest editor/associate editor for several journals. Alireza is currently vice-chair of the Near Surface Geoscience Division of EAGE.

Alireza has organized several technical workshops and sessions, been in the past three technical committees of NSG-EAGE conferences and has given over 20 keynote and invited talks at various major international events.

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Manzi holds a BSc degree (2007) in physics and maths, BSc honours degree (2008) and PhD degree (2013) in geophysics (all from the University of the Witwatersrand). After completing his PhD, he joined Wits University where he currently holds a geophysics-lectureship position in the School of Geosciences. In addition, he is actively involved in research projects using 3D reflection seismic technology aimed at the exploration of platinum, gold, oil and gas. His high competency in computer literacy enables him to rapidly compile, integrate and extract critical information from a range of data sets at a range of scales for the robust definition of fault networks. He has collected a host of local and global awards for his internationally ground-breaking work on 3D seismic reflection technique, which is central to South African gold and platinum mining. His research is published in leading international geophysics journals. In 2012, he won an international award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for the Best Paper published in Geophysics; this award was presented in Houston, Texas, USA. His research paper is entitled “3D edge detection seismic attributes used to map potential conduits for water and methane in deep gold mines in the Witwatersrand basin, South Africa”. In 2016, he won the Africa Award for Research Excellence in Earth and Ocean Science, in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Honours Programme.