Visiting Peru

A team from HR Wallingford and the Fundación visited several of our stakeholders in Lima and Cajamarca in February 2019.

Preview of DAMSAT

We showed them the first version of DAMSAT, our monitoring tool for dams and other tailings deposits. Feedback was very positive and useful. We will implement suggestions in the second release of the tool.

Screenshot of DAMSAT tool
At ANA (National Water Authority) offices in Cajamarca, ready to start the presentation

Site visits in the pilot area

We also had the opportunity to visit some of our sites in the pilot area. All is ready to  install the GNSS equipment. This equipment will measure in-situ possible movements of tailings dams in two of our pilot sites.

Under the rain, checking the works for the installation of the GNSS equipment at Colquirrumi
Cerro Corona tailings dam, one of the sites in our pilot area
Hualgayoc (Silver necklace in Quechua) is one of the villages located in our pilot area

UKSA networking event

We were at the UK Space Applications networking event that took place on the 30th of January 2019 in London.

Gregor Petkovsek from HR Wallingford presented DAMSAT and how satellite applications can help to monitor tailings dams.

It was an excellent opportunity to share experiences with other space application developers , some of them also developing products for Peru, our pilot country.

A review of tailings dams risks

We published a review of the risks posed by the failure of tailings dams in a report, available from our resources section.

This report provides

  • an overview of risks associated to tailings dams,
  • monitoring regulatory frameworks worldwide,
  • current monitoring methods and techniques,
  • examples of tailings dams failures, ranging from Val di Stava in Italy that occurred in 1985 until the most recent one in Sulliden Shauindo, Peru in 2018. 

The report has a special section dedicated to Peru, where our product DAMSAT will be tested and applied.

Download the report

To download the report free of charge as a pdf document, visit our resources page.