Reconciling Inconsistent Survey Datasets

We often hear from our clients that one of their biggest challenges with existing survey data is the lack of consistency between datasets. On oil and gas projects there is often hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in survey data that the engineers have little confidence in. The Drilling, Completions, and Facilities Engineers often find mismatches and different accuracies amongst location datasets. [...]

February 16th, 2016|Product Applications, Product Information|

Canadian Mining Association Adopts New Tailings Recommendations

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] The Canadian Mining Association has agreed to implement a new set of guidelines aimed at improving tailings storage practices. In the wake of the Mount Polley incident, Canada’s principal mining industry group has agreed to adopt a raft of new waste management policies. Tailings have been in the news recently following several major spillages, and the industry is responding [...]

January 26th, 2016|Industry news, Product Applications|

Monitoring Tailings Dykes with Satellite Elevation Data

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] In both the oil sands and mining industries, the integrity of tailings dykes is extremely important. Recent tailings incidents demonstrate this. Mapping the tailings dykes and beaches can be challenging with hazardous conditions restricting access for ground surveyors. Using satellite-based elevation mapping allows for data to be collected remotely, with no risk for ground personnel and no permits needed. [...]

January 5th, 2016|Product Applications, Product Information|

ASPRS Releases New Accuracy Standards for Geospatial Data

The ASPRS has released new accuracy standards for geospatial data, taking into account the techniques and accuracies of modern mapping tools. In a press release, the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) observed that the previous standard was unchanged since 1947 when totally different surveying techniques were in use. ‘The new ASPRS standards,’ the organization said, ‘address recent innovations  in [...]

December 17th, 2015|Industry news|

The Challenge of Mine Tailings Beaches and Elevation Mapping

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] Mine tailings beaches are notoriously difficult to monitor. They’re the hardest surveying task at a mine. Data needs to be up to date, but tailings ponds can be huge: Suncor’s tailings ponds cover over 30 square kilometers. Ground survey teams can’t get close enough for safety reasons, and aerial LiDAR data delivery can be frustratingly slow. Low-flying drones are [...]

December 15th, 2015|Case Studies, Product Applications|

Alberta to Ease Tailings Regulations

[mp_row] [mp_span col="12"] Alberta has announced that it is easing up on tailings regulations, as several mine operators in the region are asking for reduced regulatory pressure. It’s a move away from the regulations, known as Directive 74, that have governed Alberta oil sands for the last six years. Directive 74 required mining companies to ‘reduce tailings and provide target dates for [...]

December 11th, 2015|Industry news, Product Applications|