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Benefits of Automated Drones for Tailings Dams 

Collect valuable information for informed risk management and control over tailings dams management.

Proper-management of tailings dams pose several challenges due to the high risks and potentially hazardous contaminants involved. Typically, tailings dams represent the most significant environmental liability associated with a mine. Due to the heterogeneity of the dam’s composition, monitoring of a tailings dams’ structural stability is critical to establish a safe and stable dam. Mining engineers and professionals face several challenges when supporting tailings dams and rely on historical data, as well as professional experience, when making business decisions and overseeing processes.

Drones have emerged as a valuable worksite tool for engineers responsible for building and monitoring the complex structural integrity of tailings dams. The use of drones for tailings dams enables routine data-collection to assist in evaluations, which can assist in early detection and prevention. By leveraging aerial data collected by a drone, engineers can actively monitor the strength of dams by combining historical and real-time data, hence greatly improving engineering, management and safety & control of tailings dams. Data-driven automated drones can assist with efficient maintenance of tailings dams, as well as reduce risk of dam failure. Additionally, using industrial drones for tailings dams allows mining engineers to focus on analyses for informed risk management and clear decision making.

Airobotics’ pilotless drone system equips mining engineers with an industrial tool for monitoring tailings dams. The system enables data-collection to assist in identifying surface cracking and locating erosion and delivers data to engineers, surveying and maintenance teams for informed decision-making and actions. Undoubtedly, this process will improve the dams’ planning and maintenance. Leveraging drones for tailings dams provides mining professionals with access to frequent, high-quality data of site tailings dams’ boundaries to inspect unsafe or hard-to-reach areas without exposing personnel to hazards and ensuring operational efficiency.


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To find out how Airobotics’ can be used in tailings dams, download the mining paper below.

Tailings dams and deposits are difficult to manage, because oftentimes they contain toxic materials and are in a semi-solid phase. Using automated drones to capture aerial data can help ensure the strength of these dams, and reduce risk of dam failure.

By creating a completely automatic platform, Airobotics eliminates the logistics of drone operators, and provides on-demand aerial data.

How can Airobotics be used in tailings dams? 

  • Identify and detect beginnings of erosion in external tailings dam wall
  • Locate surface cracking from evaporation
  • Frequent, general oversight of slope and gradient