Ansie Smit

     

Assistant

University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa

Office: 4-35

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: +27 (0)12 420 2282

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Numerical and computational techniques
  • Applied statistical methods
  • Statistical seismology

EDUCATION

2010 MSc Mathematical Statistics, University of Pretoria
2003 Bsc(Hons) Mathematical Statistics, University of Pretoria
2002 BSc Financial Mathematics, University of Pretoria


EMPLOYMENT

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  • 2013 – current: University of Pretoria Natural Hazard Centre, Africa, University of Pretoria
  • 2008-2013: Aon Benfield Natural Hazard Centre Africa, University of Pretoria
  • 2006-Jan 2008 :Munnik Basson Dagama Attorney, Business Analyst
  • 2005-Aug 2006: AC Nielsen Marketing and Media Pty Ltd, Research Statistician
  • 2004: Junior Lecture, Department of Statistics, University of Pretoria

 


CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS



2013

  • 8th Annual AfricaArray Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa, 17-18 January 2013.  Professor A Kijko hosted the half-day training course on seismic hazard.
  • Colloquium on Data Integration Technologies for Earth System Modelling and Resource
  • Management, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 April 2013. 
2012
 
  • GFZ Potsdam International Training Course on Seismology, Seismic Data Analysis, Hazard Assessment and Risk Mitigation, Morocco, 17 September to  21 October 2012
  • ICSU ROA Hazard and Disasters Projects Workshop, Centurion, South Africa, 22-23 March 2012.
  • Fluid-Induced Seismicity Workshop, Boksburg, South Africa, 30 March 2012
  • Aon Benfield Research Conference, London, England, 4-5 July 2012
2011 
  • 4th Annual Seismology Workshop on Fluid-Induced Seismicity, Pretoria, South Africa, 16 August 2011. 
  • 7th Annual AfricaArray Workshop,  Johannesburg, South Africa, 17-22 November 2011.
  • 23rd Colloquium of African Geology, Johannesburg, South Africa, 8-14 January 2011.
  • Hosted: Extreme Natural Hazard and Societal Implications Workshop (ENHANS), Pretoria, South Africa, 17-20 January 2011
  • First Scientific Seminar of the Japan-SA Collaborative Research Project, Johannesburg, Pretoria, 20 April 2011
  • 53rd Annual Conference of the South African Statistical Association, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 October – 4 November 2011.

 

2009
  • Earthquake Model (GEM) International Workshop, Germany, 8-10 June 2009
  • 57th Session of the International Statistics Institute (ISI), Durban, South Africa 16-22 August 2009
  • AfricaArray held their 5th annual workshop on 6-7 July 2009 at the University of the Witwatersrand. ABNHCA gave a presentation on Natural and Induced Seismic Hazards in Africa.
  • AfricaArray held their 5th annual workshop on 6-7 July 2009 at the University of the Witwatersrand. ABNHCA gave a presentation on Natural and Induced Seismic Hazards in Africa.
  • The 57th Session of the International Statistics Institute (ISI) is to be held during the week of the 16-22 August 2009 in Durban. ABNHCA was invited by the Department of Statistics (University of Pretoria) to participate in the STCPM session ‘Fitting Families of Generalized Statistical Distributions’

AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the South African Statistical Association

PUBLICATIONS
Kijko, A., Smit, A., (2012). Extension of the b-value Estimator for Incomplete Catalogs. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am, 102, Number 3, 1283–1287. DOI: 10.1785/0120110226.


CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

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Research into the expansion and adjustment of mathematical methods used to accommodate poor and incomplete data in natural hazards, especially seismology and tsunamis. Further development of these mathematical methods is aimed to become create formulisms that are useful for a wide variety of implementations where not enough is know to use methods which require complete data. In many instances, when considering natural hazards, there is a trove of datasets that consist of good but incomplete measurements.  These datasets are meaningful but can not be analysed using first-world methodologies. This syndrome is endemic to the third world where more sophisticated mathematics is required to compensate for the lack of data, skill shortages and lack of funds. The same approach used in seismology to overcome the lack of data can also be applied to hailstorms, tsunami, floods as well as terror related catastrophe.


SOME USEFUL LINKS

http://web.up.ac.za/hazard.asp?ipkCategoryID=8431

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