Assoc. Prof. Michael Affam

ACADEMIC DEGREES EARNED

  1. PhD, Geological Engineering-(Rock Mechanics) 2012
  2. MSc, Mineral Exploration, 2002
  3. BSc, Geological Engineering, 1996

 

INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED

  1. Queens University, Canada
  2. University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa
  3. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi

 

PROFESSIONAL BODY MEMBERSHIP

  1. Member: Ghana Institution of Engineers, (05922)
  2. Ghana Institution of Geoscientist (462)
  3. Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (146053)
  4. International Research and Development Network (10-12-01-06)

 

ACADEMIC RANKS HELD

  1. Associate Proffessor (2015 - Till Date)
  2. Senior Lecturer ( 2010 - 2015 )
  3. Lecturer (2003 - 2010)

 

SUBJECTS TAUGHT

  1. Introductory Geology GL 261, (2013 to Date)
  2. Industrial Minerals GL 554,( 2013 to Date)
  3. Rock Mechanics GL357, (2003- Date)
  4. Soil Mechanics GL254, (2003- Date)
  5. Eengineering Geology GL471, (2003- 2007)
  6. Foundation Engineering GL472, (2003- 2007)
  7. Applied Geotechnics GL474, (2003- 2007)
  8. Physical Geology GL171, (2011- 2013)
  9. Environmental Geology GL372, (2011- 2013)
  10. Mineralogy and Petrology, GL126, (2013- 2014)
  11. Physical and Structural Geology, GL 123, (2013- Date)
  12. Orientation Drilling, GL224, (2013- Date)
  13. Maths 1 & 2 GDM 1, 2, (2006- 2007

 

SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS PROJECT WORK/THESIS/RESEARCH

  1. 10 Postgraduate Project Thesis, (MSc)
  2. 85 Undergraduate Project works, (BSc)
  3. 12 Undergraduate Project Works , (Dip)

 

OTHER PROFESSIONALLY RELATED EXPERIENCE

(i) Geotechnical Engineering

1. 2014- 2015        Munro & Robert/ Desimone Limited: Quality control Rock Testing.

 This project involved testing of stabilized rock foundation for the Takoradi Harbour Slipway Reclamation project under World Bank/Ghana Ports and Harbours.

2. 2013- 2015     China Harbourss and Engineering Company (CHEC): Geotechnical determination of various rock strength parameters.

This study was carried out to establish bench marks of rock characteristics suitable for the Tema Harbour Expansion Project and Atuabo Free Port (AFP) Project.

3. 2013- 2015       West Africa Quarry: Rock Testworks

This involved testing and characterisation of boulders and rock aggregates for the Takoradi Harbour Expansion project.

4. 2012- 2014       Ghana Manganese Company

In-situ determination of bulk and dry densities of manganese carbonates well as gangue greenstone and tuffaceous rock units.

This was a bench by beach quality control exercise as part of the mine expansion programme to establish the tonnage factor for their reserve

5. 2012- 2014       Anglogold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine (AAIL)

Sampling and lithological determination of in-situ bulk and loose densities.

This was carried out as part of routine estimation of tonnage and swell factors for contractors involved in mining and haulage for the mine’s operations.

6. 2012- 2014       Golden Star Resource- Wassa Mine: Geotechnical soil test and foundation design.

This study involved both in-situ soil testworks and foundation design for thickener construction at the Plant site

7. 2013 Jan      De Nul Group ( Romania): Determination of various rock strength parameters.

This study was carried out to establish bench marks of rock characteristics suitable for the Takoradi Harbour Expansion Project.

8. 2013       GHACEM Group, Ghana: Ensuring quality of concrete and finalization of mix-design.

This is an on-going job directly requested by GHECEM Group, Ghana to assist in ensuring quality of both concrete and mix –design as well as quality of course aggregates from their quarry.

9. 2013        Newmont Ghana Limited: In-situ determination of bulk and dry densities.

This exercise was performed to ascertain rock strength parameters for underground mining project.

10. 2011- 2012   Top International Engineering Company (TIEC, China)

                                Determination of Concrete Strength.

This job was carried out to monitor concrete strength  and mix-design for the company towards provision of small water project for four communities in Western Region namely, Bogoso, Aboso, Preastea andAxim

11. 2011- 2014    Drilling Technology Short Courses: Competency training in drilling technology.

This is an on-going manpower competency exercise to train rig supervisors, drillers and drill assistants in mining, oil and allied companies on modern rigs and drilling of all categories.

12. 2011         Adamus Resources Limited: In-situ determination of bulk and dry densities.

This assignment was performed to ascertain rock strength parameters for tonnage estimation and slope failure remediation exercise.

 

(ii) Others

  1. Lecturer Civil Engineering, Kumasi Polytechnics, Kumasi, (May 2000-Sept. 2003)
  2. Senior Geologist, Obenemase/ Resolute Mines Ltd, (August 1996-July 1999)
  3. Geologist, International Gold Resources Ltd, (Feb 1995-Nov 1995)

 

RESEARCH CONDUCTED

  1. Determination of Optimum Libration Size of Gold in Paleo-Placer Deposits of Ghana, (2013-2014)
  2. Coarse Aggregate suitability for the Wearing Course, (2013-2014)
  3. Assessing the Contribution of Small Scale Mining of Gold to Poverty Reduction in Ghana, (2012-2014)
  4. Heterogeneity Study on the Prestea Underground West Reef, (2013-2014)
  5. Lack of Exploration Success in Northern Ghana: Problems and Solutions, (2012-2013)
  6. In-Situ Stress Determination at the Ashanti Mine, (2012-2013)
  7. Statistical Evaluation of Geochemical Au Sample Quality, (2012-2013)
  8. Source of Endemic Fluorosis in Northern Ghana, (2012-2013)
  9. Small Scale Mining in Ghana: Past, Present and Future, (2011-2012)
  10. Failure Mode Characteristics on Strength of Rock Sample, (2011-2012)
  11. Economic Potential of Salt Mining in Ghana towards the Oil Find, (2011)
  12. Fracture Behaviour of Fresh Bamboo Under Uniaxial Compressive Loading Condition, (2010-2011)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/ CONSULTANCY SERVICES

Date

Location

Company & Reference Person

Position

Description

2018-till date

Keta Basin

(Volta Region)

Volta River Authority

Partner Consultant

Ground investigation for Wind Mill Project

2017-2018

Tarkwa

Genser Energy

Principal

Consultant

Geotechnical ground investigation for  power infrastructure

2017-2018

Obuasi

AnglogoldAshanti Obuasi Mines

Principal

Consultant

Determination of rock litho. units for underground mining

2016-2017

Takoradi

MTK Surveys/ENI

Partner Consultant

Ground exploration for oil infrastructure

2016-2017

Tamale

Green Electric Ltd (Canadian Subsidiary)

Partner

Consultant

Ground investigation for solar farm

2015-2018

Takoradi

Desimone Ltd

Principal

Consultant

Geotechnical works for BoG Facility

2014-2016

Takoradi

Munro & Robert /

Desimone Ltd

Principal

Consultant

GPHA Slipway Reclamation Projects (Quality control Rock Testing.)

 

2013-2015

Tema

China Harbour and Engineering Company (CHEC of China):

Principal

Consultant

Concrete monitoring and testworks

2013-2015

Takoradi

West Africa Quarry

Principal

Consultant

Det. of rock

parameters

2013-2014

Takoradi

Heidelbergcement Group (Ghacem)

Principal

Consultant

Evaluation of concrete and finalization of mix-design.

 

2012-2016

Tarkwa

Ghana Manganese Company

Principal

Consultant

In-situ determination of bulk and dry densities.

 

2013-2014

Takoradi

Jan De Nul Group (of Romania):

Principal

Consultant

 

2013-2014

Kenyasi

Newmont Ghana Limited

Principal

Consultant

Geotechnical det. of  rock parameters for pit design

 

2012-2014

Tarkwa

Anglogold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine (AAIL)

 

Principal

Consultant

In-situ det. of lithological densities

2011-2014

 

Top International Engineering Company (TIEC, China)

Principal

Consultant

Determination of Concrete Strength.

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE RESEARCH UNDERTAKEN

 

1. 2013-2014       Determination of Optimum Libration Size of Gold in Paleo-Placer Deposits of   Ghana

Variable pebbles and size fraction of mineralised grains occur within Banket Paleoplacer gold deposits. The Tarkwaian Banket series of Ghana is essentially an accumulation of coarse clastic sediments, having undergone low-grade metamorphism and producing chloritic schist assemblages. The matrix consists principally of quartz pebbles within fine grained grandmass. Gold is hosted in the quartz and black sand matrix of the conglomerate. The gold characteristic is such that it is fine-grained, particulate and free milling. This wide range of particle size necessitated the need for enhanced knowledge about precise optimum size of gold within the matrix to aid comminution processes and ensure efficiency of recovery.

 

2. 2013- 2014       Assessing Coarse Aggregate Suitability for Wearing Course

It is required that any aggregate for road pavement construction be durable, abrasion resistant and be able to withstand seasonal changes as well as perform well under traffic loading. This research therefore aimed at comparing the performance of coarse aggregates used for wearing course in the construction of road pavement particularly in Ghana The source rocks for the aggregate were obtained from granitic (located in Apam, Kumasi and Puwalugu); gneissic (Shai-Hills) and Meta-volcanics (Nsuta Wassa) formations. The methods employed included mineralogical and petrological characteristics of the aggregates as well as determination of geo-mechanical properties of to assess the aggregates.

 

3. 2013- 2014       Heterogeneity Studies of Prestea Underground West Reef

The purpose of sampling could often be defeated because of the heterogeneity of the material. This inherent problem is unfortunately given little attention in most mining and allied industries in their rigorous quality control and quality assurance programmes. The principal focus of the Gy’s theory of sampling is to establish a correlation between the sample variance and parameters as well as maintain integrity in sampling processes. Thus, the West Reef mineralisation of Prestea Underground Mine, Ghana, being laminated quartz-carbonate fault-fill vein type which lies within a graphitic gouge. It is a high grade reef well which is known to contain substantial quantities of coarse gold with high nugget effect cause inhomogeneity and pose sampling problems.

 

4. 2012- 2014       Assessing the Contribution of Small Scale Mining of Gold to Poverty Reduction in Ghana

This study assessed the role of Small Scale Mining (SSM) of gold in poverty reduction. It evaluated and compared the impact SSMs has had on poverty reduction strategy as against farming. Challenges confronting SSMs were highlight and how sufficient SSM's incomes are meeting their basic human needs considered to be on the increase.

 

5. 2012- 2013       Lack of Exploration Success in Northern Ghana: Problems and Solutions

The lack of exploration successes in the savannah regions of Ghana may be attributed to the lack of understanding the regolith distribution and characteristics, exploration issues, the characteristics of gold deposits and the current exploration practices. This can be seen from scores of unsuccessful or abandoned grassroots explorations programmes since 1935. More recently the discontinuous exploration activities in Northern Ghana, even in the midst of the gold has been regrettable some and needed some assessment.

 

6. 2012- 2013       In-Situ Stress Determination at the Ashanti Mine

The ground stresses in Ashanti’s multiple-level Mine in Obuasi, Ghana, were evaluated to provide inputs for an on-going mine expansion project, code-named the Obuasi Deeps Project. Stress information is required for stability analysis in mine design, for numerical modeling and for mine planning. Apart from its immediate need, the stress tensor data could also provides reference information to verify future stress determinations on the whole of the Ashanti Belt.

 

7. 2012-2013       Statistical Evaluation of Geochemical Au Sample Quality

Exploration and mining activities are based on anomalous occurrence of minerals. The basic concept governing this high risk venture is ‘no ore, no mining’. Hence, the quality of anomalous sample or its accurate determination is of great concern to exploration and mining operations. Regarding erratic mineralisation such as gold (Au), anomalous pattern of no significance whatsoever may appear in geochemical sample data as a result of poor sampling, improper sample handling or error in analytical techniques among other causes. To prevent the frequency of these occurrences, quality control checks coupled with classical statistical probe can form an integral part of the checklist to eliminate these errors.

 

8. 2012- 2013       Source of Endemic Fluorosis in Northern Ghana

Skeletal and dental fluorosis are the established manifestations of fluoride toxicity. Endemic fluorosis is a chronic metabolic bone, dental and joint diseases caused by intake of large concentrations of fluoride (F-) generally through water but can also be contracted from food and air. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) acceptable range is 0.5-1.5 mg/L. Depending on the geological conditions groundwater has a greater likelihood of having contact with large amounts of the fluoride. Ironically, the main source of drinking water in Bongo District in northern Ghana is groundwater, hosted in crystalline rocks of the Birimian metavolcanics and metasedimentary beds intruded by igneous granitoids of both the belt and the basin type which is pose health problems upon the water in-take.

 

9. 2011- 2012       Small Scale Mining in Ghana: Past, Present and Future

Small-scale mining of gold produces between 15-30 % of Ghana’s gold output but have no proper recognition in the state. At best they are treated as an informal industrial sector.

This sector provides some thousands of Ghanaians with employment and raises considerable foreign exchange for the country but features largely rudimentary and hazardous practices.  Despite this they face serious environmental and safety challenges sometimes leading to fatalities.

 

10. 2011    Economic Potential of Salt Mining in Ghana towards the Oil Find

The objective of this research is to give an overview of Ghana’s salt industry and how the industry can maximize from the oil find through increased salt production and value addition. Ghana is endowed with commercial quantities of common salt, which have not been fully exploited to effectively contribute to the country's economic growth. With the discovery of oil in commercial quantities, currently in excess of 300 million barrels of recoverable crude oil, the prospect for the salt industry to grow is keener.

 

11. 2010- 211      Fracture Behaviour of Fresh Bamboo Under Uniaxial Compressive Loading Condition

Bamboo is observed to have a low shear strength, however, it tensile strength remains the same throughout the age of the plant (Hidalgo, 1998), but has high variable compressive strength. Concrete on the other hand has a low tensile strength but high compressive strength. This research aiming at comparing the behaviour of bamboo and concrete under uniaxial compressive loading, performed crushing test on bamboo species, Bambusa Vulgaris and concrete cubes.

 

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

 

1          Baffoe, P.E., Boah, F.N., and Affam, M. (2018), “Mapping 3D Geological Structures and Predicting the Kinematics of the Pitwalls using Photogrametric Techniques – A case study” American Journal of Engineering Research (AJER), Vol. 7 (Issue7), pp. 64-76.

 

2          Ahenkorah, I., Awuah, E. M, Ewusi, A, Affam, M (2018), “Geotechnical and Petrographic Characterisation of the Birimian Granitoids in Southern Ghana as an Aggregates for Sustainable Road Construction”, International Journal of Advanced Engineering Research and Science, Vol-5, pp 40

 

3          Affam, M. and  Ofosu B. (2018),Improving the Engineering Properties of Spent

Ore with Laterite for Road Base and Subbase Construction5th Biennial UMaT

International Mining and Mineral Conference, pp GLM 1-9

 

4          Balegha, M. M. S. and Affam, M. (2018),Design of Optimal Slope Parameters for Polymetic Pit West of the Tarkwian Geosyncline5th Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, GLM, 63-68

 

5          Gyenin P. A. Asare, N.A., Ankomah P, C. and Affam, M,   (2018), “Stability Challenges with Pits of Increasing Depth to width ratio5th Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, GLM 30-39

 

6          Asenso-Gyambibi, D., Affam, M., Amoafo, E.Y. and  Acquah,S.B. (2017), "Improving Land Tenure Security Through Customary Boundary Demarcation – A Case Study", Ghana Mining Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 1-8

 

7          Affam, M. (2016), "Evaluation of Destructive Concrete Cube Test Results: Significance and Limitations4th Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference

 

8          Affam, M. and Vog Enga, C. (2016), “Some Geotechnical Design Considerations of Super Pit Slopes: A Case Study4th Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference

 

9          Affam, F., Affam, M. and Amankwa R.K.. (2014). 'Assessing the Contribution

of Small Scale Mining of Gold to Poverty Reduction in Ghana'. 3rd Biennal UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference. Ghana pp  623-634

 

10        Affam, M., Yendaw, J. and Debrah, R. (2014), 'Course Aggregate Suitability for Wearing Course:A Comparative Study'. 3rd Biennal UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference.Ghana, pp 24-33

 

11        Affam, M. (2014), 'Determination of Optimum Libration Size of Gold in Paleo-Placer Deposit of Ghana'3rd Biennal UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference. Ghana, pp 34-41.

 

12        Ofori-Amoah, P. and Amankwah, R. K., Affam, M., Nartey, R. S. and Acquah,  J. (2014). 'Heterogeneity Studies of Prestea Underground West Reef'. 3rd Biennal UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference. Ghana, pp 16-23

 

13        Affam, M. and Arhin, E. (2013). 'Lack of exploration Success in Northern Ghana: Problems and Solutions'. Research Journal of Environment and Earth Sciences Vol. 5, No. 8, pp. 440-448.

 

14        Affam, M. and Akayuli, C.F.A (2012) 'Failure Mode Characteristic on Strength of Rock Sample'. International Jounal of Mining and Mineral Processing, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp 28-36.

 

15        Affam, M. Al-Hassan, S. and Arhin E., (2012) 'Statistical Evaluation of Geochemical Au Sample Quality'.  Ghana Mining Journal, Vol 13, pp 7-14.

 

16        Affam, M. and Archibald, J. (2012), 'In-Situ Stress Determination at the Ashanti

Mine'.  International Jounal of Mining and Mineral Processing, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp

1-12.

 

17        Affam, M, Arhin, E and Asamoah D.N. (2012) 'Source of Endemic Fluorosis Attributed to Igneous Granitoids in Northern Ghana A case Study', 2nd Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, Ghana, pp 242-248.

 

18        Asamoah, D. N. and Affam M (2012) ‘Impact of Anthropogenic Activities on the Birim River of Ghana' 2nd Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, Ghana pp 44-55.

 

19        Asamoah, D. N. and Affam M. (2012) 'Assessment of Water Quality of the Volta Lake at Kong, Southern Ghana' 2nd Biennial UMaT International Mining and Mineral Conference, Ghana, pp 227-240.

 

20        Asamoah, D. N and Affam, M. (2011) 'Small Scale Mining in Ghana: Past, Present and Future” African Journal of  Management and Administration  Vol 4(1), pp 46-54

 

21        Affam, M, Archibald, J and Akayuli CFA (2011), ' Elevated Stress Regime within Birimian Metallurgenic Province of Ghana-Implications to Deep Level  Mining' Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Vol 3 (8) , pp 713-719.

 

22        Affam, M. and Asamoah, D. N. (2011), “ Economic Potential of Salt Mining in Ghana Towards the Oil Find” Journal of Environment and Earth Sciences” Vol 3 No. 5, pp 448-456

 

23        Affam, M. and Asamoah, D. N. (2010). 'Evaluation of Asokwa Clay Deposit'.      

Proceedings of the First Biennial UMaT International Conference on Mining & Mineral Processing, ‘Expanding the Frontiers of Mining Technology” Tarkwa, Ghana 4th-7th August, 2010, pp 396-411.

 

24        Eduful, A. and Affam, M. (2010).  'Environmental Effects and Controls of Physical Development in Wetland Areas: A Case Study'. Proceedings of the First biennial UMaT International Conference on Mining & Mineral Processing, ‘Expanding the Frontiers of Mining Technology” Tarkwa, Ghana 4th-7th August, 2010, pp 603-620.    

 

25        Affam, M and Archibald, J (2010). ‘Assessment of Rockburst Potential in Ashanti Deep Mine - An Introduction to a New Research’. International Journal of Mining and Mineral Processing, New Delhi, India. Vol 1, pp.55-69.

26        Gyansah, L. Akinwonmi A. S. and Affam M. (2010) 'Fracture Behaviour of Fresh Bamboo Under Uniaxial Compressive Loading Condition' Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Vol 2 (8) , pp 720-726.

 

27        Affam, M. and Oteng-Mensah, E. (2010) 'Assessment of Process Design and Performance of Waste Treatment Units: A Case Study'. Proceedings of International Conference on Research and Development, Accra, Ghana 23rd -26th 2010 , Vol. 3 No. 13, pp 36-47.

 

28        Affam M and Allen, K. J.(2009). ‘Pitwall Stability Analysis-Case Studies’ Ghana Mining Journal Vol 11, pp 31-36.

 

29        Arhin, E and Affam, M (2009) 'Fluoride in Groundwater and associated Implications in West Gonja District of Ghana'. Ghana Mining Journal Vol 11, pp. 47-52.

 

30        Abgeno S.K and Affam M. (2008). ‘Establishing Ground Vibration Threshold Level for open Pit Mining Environment - A Case Study’ Ghana Mining Journal, Vol 10, pp 19-24.

 

31        Affam, M and Arhin E (2005). 'Termite Mound-A Supplimentary Geochemical Gold Sampling Medium in Complex Regolith Terrains’, Ghana Mining Journa,l Vol. 8. pp 10-15.

 

CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS

  1. International Conference and Exhibition of the Geological Survey Dept. of Ghana, Accra, 27th -29th Feb. 2004
  2. Canadian Institude of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum conference & Exhibition. Toronto, Canada. 10-14th , May 2009
  3. 5th Sunyani Polytechnic Series, Sunyani, 13th-15 December, 2009
  4. First biennial UMaT International Conference on Mining & Mineral Processing, ‘Expanding the Frontiers of Mining Technology” Tarkwa, Ghana 4th-7th August, 2010
  5. International Conference on Research and Development, Port Harcourt, Nigeria. 9th-12th February, 2010
  6. Second biennial UMaT International Conference on Mining & Mineral Processing, ‘Expanding the Frontiers of Mining Technology” Tarkwa, Ghana 1st-4th August, 2012
  7. Senior Academic Leadership Training (SALT IV) for Senior University Managers. Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD),Legon, Accra, Ghana, 14th -19th July, 2013
  8. Third biennial UMaT International Conference on Mining & Mineral Processing, ‘Expanding the Frontiers of Mining Technology” Tarkwa, Ghana 30thJuly -2nd August, 2014
  9. Workshop/Training in Environmental Laboratory for West Africa,  Denmark / Germany, Arhus/Duisburg, 7th-21st October, 2017, (Participant)

 

RECORD OF SERVICE

  1. Vice Dean -SPS,( 2017 - 2019)
  2. Dean of Students, (2014-2015) Academic Years
  3. Head, Department of Geological Engineering, Academic Years, (2013-2015; 2017-2019)
  4. Senior Hall Tutor (Chamber of Mines Hall), Academic Year, (2010-2012)
  5. Departmental Examinations Officer, Academic Years (2010-2012)
  6. Departmental Training Officer, Academic Years (2006-2008)
  7. Member: Convocation Advisory Committee
  8. Member: Editorial Board, Ghana Mining Journal
  9. Member: Academic Board (Head, Department of Geological Engineering
  10. Member: Chamber of Mines Programme Development Committee: Member
  11. Member: Small Scale Mining Committee: Member
  12. Member: Committee on Modelling of Examination Scores
  13. Member: Committee on Bluecrest University Undergraduate Programme in Oil and Gas Marketing and Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  14. Member: Planning Committee of the 16th Interuniversity Cross Country Competition
  15. Member: Committee on the future of General Drilling Programme: (Geological Engineering Dept.)2009/2010 Academic year
  16. Member (Finance Sub-Committee: First UMaT International Conference, Aug. 2010)
  17. Ex Officio member : UTAG-UMaT for 2005/2006, 2006/2007 Academic Years
  18. Special Assignment:    Responsibility of organizing seminars
  19. Special Assignment: Re-assignment of course MN 357 (Rock Mechanics)  and GD01 (Math: General Drilling)
  20. Mobilizing Geological/Mining software for the University, Type of software: ROCSCIENCE-Phase2, Dips, RocFall, RocPlane, Slide,Swedge, Rocsupport, Settle3D and Examine3D, (2009-2011)