When Sleeping Giants Awaken
Tailings dam failures bring sudden catastrophe.
- Problem: Infrequent monitoring of tailings infrastructure adds risk.
- Solution: Monitor more frequently from your office with geospatial analytics.
- Benefit: Decrease costs, risks, and public black eyes.
Like the giants of folklore and fairy tales, tailings holding facilities have the potential to unleash great destruction, often with little warning. Tailings dams, created to exist indefinitely, quickly become burdens. Much time and energy go into inspecting and monitoring these sleeping giants, ensuring conditions are indicative of them remaining at rest. The awakening of one of these giants — the failure of a tailings dam — means nothing less than disaster.
Whether due to human error or extreme natural events, some tailings dams do not stand the test of time. Poor design, infrequent inspections, and heavy rains can all play a role in the demise of a tailings dam’s integrity. And the likelihood of failure only increases with the dam’s age.
With an increase in major tailings dam failures over the last decade pressing from one side and mounting pressures to increase production of materials to produce EVs, solar panels, and other sources of clean energy on the other, how do you manage your resources wisely? Where do you direct your employees’ focus? You have a bottom line to meet, but you also have responsibilities to prevent disasters like the 2019 Brumadinho dam failure, which killed 270 people.
Let Satelytics be your eyes in the sky. Our AI-powered algorithms can detect and measure signs of change in tailings infrastructure that could lead to failures — such as leaks and land movement — and alert you to the potential threat within hours of data capture. Rest easy knowing your assets are under Constant Vigilance™, saving countless hours of manual inspection and allowing your resources to be directed to help meet demand instead.