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!

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.

Spreading the word in Peru and Bolivia

Dr Marta Roca from HR Wallingford presented an overview of the project at CONEIC 2018, the national congress of civil engineering students that took place in August at Cusco, Peru. She also provided training on Earth Observations Techniques and presented an overview of the project in Bolivia at a module of the Master of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering organised by the Technical University of Oruro in both Oruro and La Paz sites. Oruro, the fifth largest city in Bolivia and in the Altiplano, at 3,700 m above sea level, is the capital of the Oruro department, which is heavily dependent on the mining industry (tin, copper, silver and gold among others).

Presentation of the project at CONEIC 2018

Mining site near Oruro

Uru Uru lake at the outskirts of Oruro, part of the largest Titicaca Lake basin system

Team partners meet up

A general meeting with team members and representatives of UKSA took place at HR Wallingford on 22nd of August. The meeting was very useful facilitating the exchange of experiences and visions of all participants.

General meeting at HR Wallingford

Before and after the general meeting, the Peruvian parties also visited some of the facilities of the UK partners to know more about their different capabilities. In Telespazio they were greeted by

Chaz Dixon, Remon Annes and Alex Farman and they also visited UKSA and Satellite Applications Catapult at Harwell Campus.

At Telespazio

At UKSA

At Satellite Applications Catapult