WA invests in cost-effective seismic detection technology

By Anna Macdonald

April 19, 2022

Minister for mines and petroleum and energy Bill Johnston said 80 public housing properties have now had solar installed as part of the trial.
Minister for mines and petroleum and energy Bill Johnston (r). (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright)

Curtin University has developed a new mining technology supported by the WA state government through the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia, to better detect seismic waves.

The technology uses laser light to measure the distortion of a buried glass fibre to detect any commodity, recording seismic waves more cheaply and effectively than existing methods.

Minister for mines and petroleum Bill Johnston flagged this technology as having the potential to find the next ‘big discovery’ in the state, leading then to the opening of new mines and the creation of new jobs.

“The government is committed to investing in scientific research that supports our mining sector in unlocking our state’s mineral potential,” Johnston said. 

“The world-leading work of Western Australian researchers provides a competitive edge to our State’s mining industry.”

According to the government, the technology is also more suited to the harsh West Australian environment.

“This new technology will create new exploration opportunities in Western Australia where seismic surveying was previously either too expensive or challenging for mineral companies,” the minister said.

The announcement comes as today the Liberal Party outlined its campaign vision to tap into WA’s resources


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