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Mines by nature have limited life spans. Companies are continuously competing for fewer mineral deposits, of lower grades, which are more difficult to reach and more complex to mine. This, in addition to high operating costs, high shareholder expectations, uncertainty regarding mining rights and infrastructure constraints, means that the mining industry must constantly develop, acquire or adapt innovative “Smart Mining” technologies to ensure their sustainability.
The objective of this Catalyst is to explore and identify technologies that offer solutions to step-change the management monitoring and surveillance of tailings dams (earth-filled embankment dams used to store byproducts of mining operations after separating the ore from the gangue), leveraging devices already installed plus deployment of new ground-based sensors and devices, together with ground based uplinks to satellite connectivity, geo-surveillance, cloud services and Artificial Intelligence.
The catalyst will also explore and prototype how it can use the DBM “repeatable patterns” to package, offer, sell, deliver and monetize the specialist “Smart Mining” technologies required to deliver highly configurable “Tailings as a service” for the 100’s of tailings sites across the world, and importantly, orchestrating and monetizing for the right mix of global and local partner companies leveraging DBM’s frictionless trading, secure and in-life managed deployment capabilities.
A globally connected world reduces the cost of collaboration, increases efficiency and enables resilient business performance through breakthrough digital innovation.
The smart mining team is applying a design-led thinking approach to co-create a high-impact digital tailings operational and risk management framework, in collaboration with resource industry associations and blue-chip mining companies.
Read more about tailings dams:
Tailings Management Industry Demand: Industry Association Church of England Digital Portal confirms that from a sample of 1700-Tailings Dams-Representing to Top 15 Mining Companies Globally 687-Dams are classified as High Risk. Material Risk – Tailings Dam Failure – Environmental Disaster in Brazil