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Tailings Management, Meet Science Fiction

December 15, 2021

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Stantec experts imagine a futuristic tool for tailings storage facility monitoring with Global Mining Review

By Amanda Adams, Debra Johnson, Kwestan Salimi 

What if we had a simpler way to assess the safety and stability of a tailings dam? Stantec’s Amanda Adams, Debra Johnson, and Kwestan Salimi describe a futuristic tool. This tool would provide a full picture of conditions at a tailings storage facility. Systems exist for monitoring individual components of a storage facility - like changes in the characteristics of the tailings, or how changes in weather patterns could affect the facility. But one comprehensive tool that can simultaneously check all aspects of a facility does not exist… yet. 

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