Latest publications

We are pleased to announce that our most recent article: “A Two-Fluid Simulation of Tailings Dam Breaching” has been published in the Water Mining and the Environment Journal. This work presents the development and application of a dam breach model, EMBREA-MUD, which is able to simulate the failure of tailings dams and the behavior of liquefied fluids. It is worth mentioning that this one of models used in DAMSAT to estimate the potential risks and consequences associated to the failure of the tailings dams.

Also, last month a group of HR Wallingford published an article in the Special Edition of Tailings Dams of the Water Mining and the Environment Journal called: “DAMSAT: an eye in the sky for monitoring tailings dams“. This publication explains how the methods developed in DAMSAT can help government authorities, owners and mine operators to reduce the risks and increase the sustainability of the mining industry.

Furthermore, a group of HR Wallingford in collaboration with the University of Oxford wrote an article titled: “The potential to reduce the risks posed by tailings dams using satellite-based information“, published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction in August 2019.

This paper describes how an EO-based service allows the cost effective monitoring of tailings dams, and also helps to forecast any potentially risk associated to these structures several weeks in advance. The article also examines, how these systems could help low income countries to adequately monitor mining operations, whilst allowing timely preventative interventions to be made where the probability of failure is found to be high.

The three publications can be downloaded from our Resources page

International Virtual Exhibition – San Juan, key province for Argentina mining development

Anastasia Bolton from CATAPULT, one of the project partners, will be presenting DAMSAT in an International Virtual Exhibition organised by Panorama Minero. It’s a free virtual event and you only need to register your participation in the following link. After you’ve registered, you can access the conference through the Virtual Exhibition platform.

The details of the event are as follows:

For more information about the event, please visit the following link.

Nuevo Estándar Global de Gestión de Relaves para la Industria Minera

La Revisión Global de Relaves (GTR, por sus siglas en inglés), proyecto liderado por el Consejo Internacional de Minería y Metales (ICMM, por sus siglas en inglés) junto con la colaboración del Programa de la ONU para el Medio Ambiente (UNEP, por sus siglas en inglés) y Principios para la Inversión Responsable (PRI, por sus siglas en inglés), han publicado oficialmente el Estándar Global de Gestión de Relaves para la Industria Minera.

Este documento es un estándar internacional para el manejo de las instalaciones de relaves. Su principal objetivo es el de garantizar “cero daños a personas y al ambiente y cero tolerancia ante la pérdida de vidas humanas” durante el ciclo de operación de los desechos mineros, incluyendo las etapas de cierre y post-cierre.

El estándar plantea una serie de principios y requisitos para la operación de depósitos de relaves basados en los siguientes aspectos:

  1. Comunidades afectadas
  2. Base de conocimientos integrada
  3. Diseño, construcción, operación y monitoreo de las instalaciones de relaves
  4. Gestión y gobernanza
  5. Respuesta ante emergencias y recuperación a largo plazo
  6. Divulgación pública y acceso a la información

El Estándar Global de Gestión de Relaves para la Industria Minera ha sido desarrollado por la Revisión Global de Relaves y fue sometido a consulta pública, la cual permitió obtener comentarios y sugerencias de parte de profesionales de la industria, autoridades públicas, comunidades locales e inversores. La normativa final también puede ser descargada desde nuestra página de Recursos.

New Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management

The Global Tailings Review, a project led by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has officially launched the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management.

This document is the first international standard on the operation of tailings facilities. It has the main objective of “zero harm to people and the environment with zero tolerance for human fatality” throughout the complete lifecycle of these structures. The Standard provides a framework for creating safe tailings facilities while leaving some room to operators on how to achieve it.

The framework sets out a series of principles and requirements for the managing of tailings facilities considering the following aspects:

  1. Affected Communities
  2. Integrated Knowledge Base
  3. Design, Construction, Operation and Monitoring of the Tailings Facility
  4. Management and Governance
  5. Emergency Response and Long-Term Recovery
  6. Public Disclosure and Access to Information

The Global Standard for Tailings Management was developed by the Global Tailings Review and undertook a public consultation where it collected feedback from professionals, public authorities, local communities and investors. The final document can be downloaded from our Resources page.