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Inmarsat and Knight Piésold collaborate to deliver remote tailings dam monitoring with real-time analysis

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Global Mining Review,


Inmarsat has announced it will be joining forces with Knight Piésold UK to deliver accurate tailings dam monitoring, analysis and real-time management capabilities for the mining industry.

The collaboration agreement with Knight Piésold UK, a member of the international geotechnical, tailings management and engineering consulting group, will combine Inmarsat’s satellite-enabled IoT (Internet of Things) solution, with Knight Piésold’s consultancy. This will enable smarter decision making, improved safety standards and will support regulatory compliance, thereby offering a new approach to the way tailings dams are currently audited and managed.

Mine tailing audits are typically carried out at infrequent intervals, with employees and third-party consultants making long distance trips to collect data and audit the status of the dam. The solution makes data available between site visits to any accredited users, anywhere in the world. This means that current, on-site auditing practices can now be supplemented with a remote, customisable, ‘daily management cycle’, with auditor recommendations and real-time decision-making now available to on-site engineers.

Richard Elmer, Knight Piésold UK regional manager, said: “The current tailings auditing and management business consists of semi-annual or annual site visits with recommendations based on these visits. Instrumentation data is often collected on-site and mining companies are largely reliant on human activity for the collection, storage and analysis of the data. Our collaboration with Inmarsat provides our clients access to the latest and best available technology for real time data collection and analysis.”

Commenting on the new solution and partnership, Inmarsat Enterprise president Paul Gudonis said: “We have been working with Knight Piésold’s UK practice since 2017 to develop an approach to tailings dam monitoring that supports smarter, safer and more regulated mining practices […] We know that the industry is committed to zero-harm and by teaming with Knight Piésold to launch this tailings dam solution, this is another step towards achieving complete health, safety and operational success in the mining sector.”

Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/mining/05032019/inmarsat-and-knight-pisold-collaborate-to-deliver-remote-tailings-dam-monitoring-with-real-time-analysis/

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