Geotechnical & Geological Engineering

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 163–184 | Cite as

Practical application of an innovative microseismic source location procedure

  • Maochen Ge
  • P. K. Kaiser


A detailed case study conducted at a Canadian gold mine is presented to demonstrate the practical usefulness of the source location data analysis theory developed by Ge and Kaiser (1990). The basic concept of the theory and the interpretation of the physical status of wave arrival picks is explained through a step-by-step analysis of several microseismic events. The effectiveness of the theory is illustrated by statistical data analysis. It is demonstrated that the theory enhances MP250 systems by providing an automatic microseismic source location technique.


Statistical Data Basic Concept Source Location Location Data Analysis Theory 
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© Chapman & Hall 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maochen Ge
    • 1
  • P. K. Kaiser
    • 1
  1. 1.Geomechanics Research CentreLaurentian UniversitySudburyCanada

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