Thank you!

Yesterday we held the final DAMSAT event where we presented the project’s achievements and outlined potential ways of future collaboration.

During the event we had the participation of Colin Gray, Deputy Head of Mission of the UK Embassy in Peru, Liz Cox from the UK Space Agency and numerous institutions from Peru and other countries.

Thank you all for your participation and support during the development of DAMSAT.

Final online event

After three years of work, DAMSAT comes to an end. On the occasion of the closure of the project we would like to invite you to the Final online event that will take place on Thursday 25 March at 9:00 am (Peru time). Please contact info.damsat@hrwallingford.com if you would like to participate. Please note that the event will be in Spanish.

During the development of the project we reached important milestones, overcame significant obstacles and achieved the objectives we set at the beginning of DAMSAT. Some of the milestones we reached throughout the project were:

  • We developed specialised methodologies to monitor water dams, tailings dams and tailings storage facilites with the application of satellite technology;
  • We helped to reduce the risks posed by the failure of such structures and their associated consequences;
  • We delivered training courses for specialised professionals and project beneficiaries;
  • We engaged in knowledge sharing activities with the various institutions involved in the project;
  • We participated in more than 25 conferences around the world;
  • We published technical papers in industry-leading scientific journals,

None of this would have been possible without the unconditional support of the Peruvian and International Institutions involved in the project. On behalf of the entire DAMSAT team, we would like to reiterate our thanks to all the people and institutions that made the development of the project possible.

We look forward to working together again in the future. Thank you very much!

Latest publications

We are pleased to announce that our most recent article: “A Two-Fluid Simulation of Tailings Dam Breaching” has been published in the Water Mining and the Environment Journal. This work presents the development and application of a dam breach model, EMBREA-MUD, which is able to simulate the failure of tailings dams and the behavior of liquefied fluids. It is worth mentioning that this one of models used in DAMSAT to estimate the potential risks and consequences associated to the failure of the tailings dams.

Also, last month a group of HR Wallingford published an article in the Special Edition of Tailings Dams of the Water Mining and the Environment Journal called: “DAMSAT: an eye in the sky for monitoring tailings dams“. This publication explains how the methods developed in DAMSAT can help government authorities, owners and mine operators to reduce the risks and increase the sustainability of the mining industry.

Furthermore, a group of HR Wallingford in collaboration with the University of Oxford wrote an article titled: “The potential to reduce the risks posed by tailings dams using satellite-based information“, published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction in August 2019.

This paper describes how an EO-based service allows the cost effective monitoring of tailings dams, and also helps to forecast any potentially risk associated to these structures several weeks in advance. The article also examines, how these systems could help low income countries to adequately monitor mining operations, whilst allowing timely preventative interventions to be made where the probability of failure is found to be high.

The three publications can be downloaded from our Resources page