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Manage Tailings Dams Better with Drone Surveying
Tailings dams are some of the biggest man-made structures in the world. But they are plagued by too-high failure rates and a shortage of available data. Their size and their potential for environmental hazards make them difficult to survey and monitor—if they’re monitored at all.
Tailings dams are a common sight on mines, especially metallurgic or coal mines. These giants are made from earth and can cover entire square miles. They serve as waste storage for all the contaminated liquid used during the material refining process. This means that, depending on what you’re mining, tailings dams can contain dangerous poisons, like cyanide in the case of gold mining. They’re dusty, large, and unpopular on the worksite.
Surveying tailings dams with traditional methods
When such dams break it can spell catastrophe for the surrounding environment, not to mention site operations itself. But due to their layout and inherent danger, it’s almost impossible to survey them with traditional base-and-rover methods, where you have personnel physically walking the area.
Depending on how much evaporation has occurred, it’s risky, but you can get a very loose

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