Professor Iain Mason

F09 - Madsen Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Iain Mason is a Fellow of St Johns College Oxford and an Adjunct Professor of Geophysics at Sydney University. He is interested in underground imaging and guided wave propagation. He designed the in-seam seismic coal seam mapping system which received the UK Queen's Award for Technological Innovation in 1988 for its part in halving the number of UK coal longwalls without affecting output.

Research interests

Iain Mason is a Fellow of St Johns College Oxford and an Adjunct Professor of Geophysics at Sydney University. He is interested in underground imaging and guided wave propagation. He designed the in-seam seismic coal seam mapping system which received the UK Queen┬┐s Award for Technological Innovation in 1988 for its part in halving the number of UK coal longwalls without affecting output. In 1992, working with David Campbell of ARCO British and Chuck Mosher of ARCO EPRC, he developed the Fault Proximity Survey system for mapping gas reservoir sealing faults at the base of the Zechstein in the Southern North Sea. Slimline borehole radars developed in his group received the 1994 British Aerospace Award for Excellence in Engineering Design. These radars are being used to map deep nickel sulphide ore bodies at Kambalda, W.A., and are also being developed into a tactical tool to guide workings safely past faults and paleo-stressed areas in deep South African mines. A description of this work with CSIR Mtek received the Outstanding Presentation Award at a 1999 joint meeting of the South African Geophysical Association and the S.E.G.

Selected grants

2005

  • Co-operative Research Centre in Mining Technology and Equipment; Mason I; Cooperative Research Centre Mining/Default scheme.

2002

  • Oxford University - ARCO Geophysics Research - Project Ongoing; Mason I; Cooperative Research Centre Mining/Cooperative Research Centres.

2000

  • Geosciences; Mason I; Western Mining Corporation Pty Ltd/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Mason, I., Cloete, J. (2004). Vhf Band Slimline Borehole Radar Experiences In The South African Mining Industry. In Dr N. Stewart & Prof H. Griffiths (Series editors) (Eds.), Ground Penetrating Radar [IEE Radar, Sonar, Navigation & Avionics Series], (pp. 489-500). London: The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Journals

  • Mason, I., Bray, A., Sindle, T., Simmat, C., Cloete, J. (2008). The effect of conduction on VHF radar images shot in water-filled boreholes. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 5(2), 304-307.
  • Rutschlin, M., Cloete, J., Mason, I., Palmer, K. (2007). The radio frequency dielectric properties of the stratified UG1-UG2 geological unit in the Bushveld Complex. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 62(4), 354-360. [More Information]
  • Zhou, B., Mason, I., Hatherly, P. (2007). Tuning seismic resolution by heterodyning. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 4(2), 214-223.
  • Mason, I., Cloete, J., Van Brakel, W., Hargreaves, J. (2006). Electromagnetic reverberation at VHF on wires in uncased water-filled boreholes. Electronics Letters, 42(5), 306-307.
  • Simmat, C., Herselman, P., Rutschlin, M., Mason, I., Cloete, J. (2006). Remotely sensing the thickness of the Bushveld Complex UG2 platinum reef using borehole radar. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 3(1), 43-49.
  • Greenhalgh, S., Mason, I., Zhou, B. (2005). An analytical treatment of single station triaxial seismic direction finding. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 2, 8-15.
  • Mason, I., Simmat, C., Cloete, J., Ekkerd,, J. (2005). Borehole radar application to Kimerlite delineation at Finsch Diamond Mine. Exploration Geophysics, 36(3), 310-316.
  • Osman, N., Mason, I., Turner, G., Wedepohl, E. (2003). Sparse borehole radar array imaging of orebodies in three dimensions. Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 8(2), 87-95.
  • Osman, N., Simmat, C., Hargreaves, J., Mason, I. (2003). Three-dimensional kinematic imaging of borehole radar data. Exploration Geophysics, 34, 103-109.
  • Mason, I., Osman, N., Liu, Q., Simmat, C., Li, M. (2001). Broadband synthetic aperture borehole radar interferometry. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 47, 299-308.
  • Mason, I., Hargreaves, J., Turner, G., Wellington, A. (2001). Detailed orebody mapping using borehole radar. Exploration Geophysics, 32 (1), 56-63.

Conferences

  • Sindle, T., Mason, I., Hargreaves, J., Cloete, J. (2006). Adding Value to Exploration Boreholes by Improving Trajectory Survey Accuracy. 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Carlton, Vic, Australia: The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
  • Mason, I., Simmat, C., Cloete, J. (2005). Borehole Radar Complementing Drillhole Results to improve orebody delineation resource estimation. 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Fremantle, WA: The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
  • Sindle, T., Mason, I., Van, B., Cloete, J. (2005). The effect of Magnetometer and accelerometer errors on the predicted trajectories of boreholes surveyed by EMS instruments. South African Geophysical Association 2005, : AGU.
  • Simmat, C., Osman, N., Hargreaves, J., Mason, I. (2002). Borehole radar imaging from deviating boreholes. Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, PO Box 10 Bellingham, Washington 98227-0010, USA: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering.
  • Osman, N., Mason, I., Turner, G., Wedepohl, E. (2002). Borehole radar imaging in three dimensions. Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, PO Box 10 Bellingham, Washington 98227-0010, USA: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering.
  • Mason, I., Herselman, P., Cloete, J. (2002). Borehole Radar System Analysis In Stratified Geological Systems. Tenth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar. (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Mason, I. (2002). VHF Borehole Radar Studies of the Ventersdorp Contact Reef. International codes, technology and sustainability for the minerals industry, Carlton South, Victoria, AUS.: AusIMM.

2008

  • Mason, I., Bray, A., Sindle, T., Simmat, C., Cloete, J. (2008). The effect of conduction on VHF radar images shot in water-filled boreholes. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 5(2), 304-307.

2007

  • Rutschlin, M., Cloete, J., Mason, I., Palmer, K. (2007). The radio frequency dielectric properties of the stratified UG1-UG2 geological unit in the Bushveld Complex. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 62(4), 354-360. [More Information]
  • Zhou, B., Mason, I., Hatherly, P. (2007). Tuning seismic resolution by heterodyning. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 4(2), 214-223.

2006

  • Sindle, T., Mason, I., Hargreaves, J., Cloete, J. (2006). Adding Value to Exploration Boreholes by Improving Trajectory Survey Accuracy. 2006 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Carlton, Vic, Australia: The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
  • Mason, I., Cloete, J., Van Brakel, W., Hargreaves, J. (2006). Electromagnetic reverberation at VHF on wires in uncased water-filled boreholes. Electronics Letters, 42(5), 306-307.
  • Simmat, C., Herselman, P., Rutschlin, M., Mason, I., Cloete, J. (2006). Remotely sensing the thickness of the Bushveld Complex UG2 platinum reef using borehole radar. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 3(1), 43-49.

2005

  • Greenhalgh, S., Mason, I., Zhou, B. (2005). An analytical treatment of single station triaxial seismic direction finding. Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, 2, 8-15.
  • Mason, I., Simmat, C., Cloete, J., Ekkerd,, J. (2005). Borehole radar application to Kimerlite delineation at Finsch Diamond Mine. Exploration Geophysics, 36(3), 310-316.
  • Mason, I., Simmat, C., Cloete, J. (2005). Borehole Radar Complementing Drillhole Results to improve orebody delineation resource estimation. 2005 Australian Mining Technology Conference, Fremantle, WA: The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
  • Sindle, T., Mason, I., Van, B., Cloete, J. (2005). The effect of Magnetometer and accelerometer errors on the predicted trajectories of boreholes surveyed by EMS instruments. South African Geophysical Association 2005, : AGU.

2004

  • Mason, I., Cloete, J. (2004). Vhf Band Slimline Borehole Radar Experiences In The South African Mining Industry. In Dr N. Stewart & Prof H. Griffiths (Series editors) (Eds.), Ground Penetrating Radar [IEE Radar, Sonar, Navigation & Avionics Series], (pp. 489-500). London: The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

2003

  • Osman, N., Mason, I., Turner, G., Wedepohl, E. (2003). Sparse borehole radar array imaging of orebodies in three dimensions. Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 8(2), 87-95.
  • Osman, N., Simmat, C., Hargreaves, J., Mason, I. (2003). Three-dimensional kinematic imaging of borehole radar data. Exploration Geophysics, 34, 103-109.

2002

  • Simmat, C., Osman, N., Hargreaves, J., Mason, I. (2002). Borehole radar imaging from deviating boreholes. Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, PO Box 10 Bellingham, Washington 98227-0010, USA: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering.
  • Osman, N., Mason, I., Turner, G., Wedepohl, E. (2002). Borehole radar imaging in three dimensions. Ninth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, PO Box 10 Bellingham, Washington 98227-0010, USA: SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering.
  • Mason, I., Herselman, P., Cloete, J. (2002). Borehole Radar System Analysis In Stratified Geological Systems. Tenth International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar. (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
  • Mason, I. (2002). VHF Borehole Radar Studies of the Ventersdorp Contact Reef. International codes, technology and sustainability for the minerals industry, Carlton South, Victoria, AUS.: AusIMM.

2001

  • Mason, I., Osman, N., Liu, Q., Simmat, C., Li, M. (2001). Broadband synthetic aperture borehole radar interferometry. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 47, 299-308.
  • Mason, I., Hargreaves, J., Turner, G., Wellington, A. (2001). Detailed orebody mapping using borehole radar. Exploration Geophysics, 32 (1), 56-63.

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