Globally, more than 12,000 tailings facilities exist. These are massive earthworks structures that require constant monitoring and maintenance to keep communities safe and prevent harm to the environment. Tailings engineers are faced with unique challenges in managing TSFs, both active and inactive.
About Tailings Facilities
Tailings facilities are difficult to survey by conventional means. Often large or remote, TSFs are challenging to survey by drones, and the material is too soft underfoot for ground surveying. To properly manage tailings, engineers need accurate data without delays.
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Whether active or inactive, all tailings facilities require monitoring and careful management. Tailings engineers need current survey data alongside historical survey data on construction and deposition.