IMAT Workshop

IMAT Workshop

During the ITASCA Symposium, we are launching ITASCA’s Mining Analysis Toolbox (IMAT), which is a FLAC3D v9 pre- and post-processor developed explicitly for underground and open pit mine-scale applications.


  • Provides a structured modeling workflow via an intuitive user interface with simplicity as the guiding principle.
  • Incorporates the concept of time for mining sequences to track events like seismicity.
  • Developed by ITASCA engineers and seismologists who perform modeling for the world’s largest mines with the most challenging problems — every day.

In parallel to the Symposium, ITASCA is offering a two-day immersive, hands-on workshop to enable you to start working with IMAT.


The registration fee for this workshop is CND$200 + 13% GST, which includes coffee breaks and lunch. Registrants will be provided with free FLAC3D and IMAT web licenses valid for one-week prior to the workshop and two-weeks afterwards.



Gys Basson (Numerical Modeler, Software Engineer, and Seismologist) with ITASCA Australia has over 15 years of experience in the research and development of computational tools for modelling rock mass behavior in deep hard rock underground mines.

He has implemented several numerical solvers involving the Boundary Element Method, Finite Element Method, Discrete Element Method, Material Point Method and successfully used these tools to address a wide range of real 3D mining-related research projects. These include examples of simple stress-strain modelling to more advanced coupled hydro-mechanical problems such as hydraulic fracturing preconditioning. He is also an experienced mine seismologist and understands the inner details of a mine's seismic system, network design, waveform processing, source mechanism analysis, hazard assessment, blast reentry, TARPs, and ground motion analysis.


What Sets IMAT Apart?

Modern & Intuitive Interface: No scripting required! IMAT boasts a sleek, user-friendly design that simplifies the process of building, solving, and post-processing large-scale mining problems.

Bridging the Gap: IMAT pioneers the fusion of advanced seismic data integration and numerical modeling. We've seamlessly combined the robust FLAC3D solver with a state-of-the-art seismic data analysis tool.

Everyday User-Friendly: Our software was meticulously designed with "simplicity" as the guiding principle. IMAT effortlessly introduces advanced geotechnical and seismological concepts, making it accessible to everyone.

Key Features at a Glance

  • Streamlined Interface: Say goodbye to complexity and hello to efficiency!
  • Powerful Integration: Witness the synergy between the FLAC3D solver and advanced seismic data analysis.
  • User-Centric Design: Unlock the potential of advanced concepts with ease.

Unlock the full potential of IMAT during our exclusive hands-on training workshop running parallel to the conference. Here's a sneak peek into what awaits you on each day:


Day 1: June 3 - Introduction to IMAT: Combining Seismology and Numerical Modeling

The integration of Seismology and Numerical Modelling presents a synergistic approach for acquiring a comprehensive understanding of subsurface geological conditions. Presently, mining operations frequently necessitate the expertise of external consultants to navigate the interface between these two disciplines. During this session, our objective is to dispel this prevailing misconception by elucidating seismological principles in a straightforward manner.

Agenda Highlights:

  • Introduction to IMAT: Your gateway to revolutionary mining analysis.
  • Seismic Systems Unveiled: Explore how they become your mining allies.
  • Visualizing and Interpreting Seismic Data: Demystifying complexities.
  • Local Magnitude vs Richter Magnitude: A simplified breakdown.
  • Seismic Source Mechanisms: Mastering interpretation and calibration.
  • Seismic Parameters for Rock Mass Insight: Mitigate risks with knowledge.
  • Extracting Seismic Data from Numerical Models: Bridging theory with practice.

Day 2: June 4 - Using IMAT to Build and Post-process Mine Scale Models

Hands-on Experience

  • CAD Magic: Transforming surveyed data into an automated mine scale model.
  • MAP3D to FLAC3D Conversion: Streamlining the process for efficiency for existing users.
  • Solving Models in FLAC3D through IMAT: Witness the power in action.
  • Post-Processing Brilliance: Unveiling stress/strain results with ease.
  • Post-Processing Large Mining Sequences: Generating Movies for Entire Mining Sequences.

Why Attend?

  • Learn directly from experts.
  • Hands-on application of IMAT concepts.
  • Network with industry professionals.
  • Stay at the forefront of mining technology.



Raptor Room (Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Course Details

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Jun 5, 2024 - Jun 6, 2024

Language: English

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