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Declan Vogt

Dr Declan Vogt is an electronics engineer who has specialised in the design of geophysical tools, particularly tools that use radio waves to image the earth, such as radio tomography and borehole radar.

Current activities and research interests

  • Borehole radar, particularly directional and analytical techniques
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Electromagnetic geophysics
  • Radio propagation in rock
  • Finite-difference time-domain electromagnetic modelling
  • Embedded system design
  • Engineering and science communication and policy

Formal education

BSc Eng (Elec), University of the Witwatersrand, 1989 MSc Eng (Elec), University of the Witwatersrand, 1992 DPhil Electronics, University of York, 2001


Dr Vogt worked at the CSIR since 1992. He has been involved in a number of geophysical tool developments, including the system design of the Pluto Radio Tomography System and the system design of the Aardwolf BR40 borehole radar. He has expertise in radio propagation in rock, and in the design of antennas for subsurface applications. In 2005, he was appointed as the competency area manager for mining at the CSIR, and subsequently his interests have turned towards research policy and the innovation chain in the domain of mining. He strives to understand why some developments succeed and others fail, when applied underground.

Vogt is registered with ECSA as a professional engineer, is a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and is a past president of the South African Geophysical Association (SAGA).

Organisational details
PO Box 91375
Auckland Park
South Africa

Tel: +27 11 358 0213
Fax: +27 11 726 5405
Email: dvogt@csir.co.za


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