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APRIL 29

Reshaping Tailings Dam Stability with Satellite Imagery

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Satellite Insights for Tailings Dam Stability 

In mining, tailings dam stability is a critical issue that affects operational safety and environmental sustainability. Innovative solutions are required to monitor and analyze underground soil moisture, which is a key indicator of potential infrastructure failure. SkyFi analytics offers a satellite-based solution designed for the mining industry, improving the way tailings dam stability is monitored with efficiency and precision.

Satellite Technology and Risk Assessment

SkyFi's Tailing Dam Stability Analyzer employs synthetic aperture radar (SAR) technology to provide a detailed view of tailings dam stability. Operating from a 390-mile orbit, this technology can penetrate up to 10 feet below the surface, offering a comprehensive analysis of soil moisture over large areas. It can assess areas up to 40 linear miles and 1400 square miles in a single pass, significantly enhancing the ability to maintain the integrity of critical mining infrastructure.

This approach removes the need for ground crews, sensors, and laboratory procedures, thereby simplifying the risk assessment process. It allows for regular and repeatable assessments, enabling mining operators to monitor soil moisture changes over time. This capability supports proactive measures to mitigate risks, enhancing safety and operational efficiency.

Environmental Sustainability and Safety

The resilience of tailings dams is increasingly important due to the extreme weather conditions associated with climate change. The satellite-based system equips mining operators with necessary information to address environmental challenges, from preventing water seepage to predicting slope failures. By providing insights into underground soil moisture levels, it assists stakeholders in maintaining safety standards, protecting the environment, and ensuring operational continuity.

The satellite solution offered by SkyFi analytics represents a significant advancement in monitoring and managing the stability of tailings dams. By utilizing SAR technology, it provides the mining industry with a powerful tool for risk assessment and disaster prevention. This approach not only aids in maintaining safety standards but also contributes to environmental protection and the sustainability of mining operations.

Monitoring Mining from Space

The application of satellite technology to tailings dam stability is a vital development in the mining industry. It offers a precise, efficient method for monitoring critical infrastructure, ensuring the safety of operations, and mitigating environmental impact.

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