Shopping Cart

Tailings Dam Monitoring – Drone Use Case

Josh Spires | View more use cases

Featured image for Tailings Dam Monitoring

Tailings dams are used to store byproducts from mining operations. These dams are often constructed using some of the byproduct itself as a structural component and are built to hold more material as needed.

What is Tailings Dam Monitoring?

As the materials in a tailings dam are often hazardous to humans and the environment, they are considered a safety hazard and must be checked regularly. Drones are used to quickly get into the air and monitor the tailings dam for any leaks or potential fault points. A drone can also be used to check the level of the tailings dam.

How does Tailings Dam Monitoring work?

  1. A drone is sent up by the safety team and flown manually or autonomously.
  2. The drone will then monitor the dam for a period picking up any sign of shifting or points of weakness with photos and videos.
  3. The image data is then looked over and a next step is decided by the team.

Benefits of using drones

  • Monitoring frequency and length can be increased thanks to the use of rechargeable batteries and tethered drone systems.
  • The cost of monitoring the dam is less compared to helicopters and surveying planes.
  • The higher point of reference will allow the team to see more than possible on foot or in a vehicle.

Image: InQLD

Want to know more?

Ask your questions below and our team will get in touch with you.

You might like

Australian Turf Club

The ATC was seeking to develop a drone division to provide (Australia-first) on-going aerial footage to live broadcast of both...

Agriculture Victoria

Agriculture Victoria as part of their ‘SmartFarms’ project, had a requirement for a fleet of application specific, high-technology drones to...

Surf Life Saving NSW

Surf Life Saving NSW needed to find an asset tracking, registration and identification solution for their rapidly expanding drone Surf...

Coal assets indoor inspection with Elios 2 – Case study

Reflecting on 2019, the Sphere Drones operations team worked all over Australia with a wide range of our clients in...

Sphere Drones becomes a member of Robotics Australia Group (RAG)

Sydney, Australia – April 5th, 2022 – Sphere Drones is pleased to announce that it is now a member of the Robotics...

Sphere Drones acquires Rise Above Custom Drones & Robotics

SYDNEY, 17th March, 2022 - Sphere Drones, Australia's leading drone, landborne robot, and subsea ROV solutions provider has today announced its...

YellowScan announces a partner in Australia, Sphere Drones

YellowScan Global Support Community adds first Aussie Organization to Growing List Montpellier, France and Sydney, Australia – March 9th, 2022...

Sphere Drones partners with Skydio to distribute Skydio 2 and X2 autonomous drones in Australia

SYDNEY, November 3, 2021 - Sphere Drones, Australia's leading drone solutions provider is pleased to announce a distribution partnership with American...

Sphere Drones partners with Boston Dynamics to bring Spot to Australia

SYDNEY, October 27, 2021 - Sphere Drones, Australia's leading drone solutions provider is excited to announce a partnership with Boston...