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//Extractive Industries

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"Hello and welcome to the Extractive Industries page where you will find information on what we’re working on with regards to the monitoring and management of the Earth’s resources. We’re supporting the uptake of satellite data within the mining industry in order to improve efficiencies, reduce environmental issues and building stakeholder relationships for local communities. See below for more detail on our focus areas within the extractive industry sector and get in touch if you’d like to know more about working with us on this topic!"

Estel Blay, Business Manager – Extractive Industries

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Why Extractive Industries?

Why Extractive Industries?

Monitoring the Earth's natural and man-made processes has never been more crucial. There is an urgent and immediate need to protect our invaluable ecosystems whilst ensuring local communities and stakeholders have access to stable employment and economic growth.

To reflect these needs, the mining industry is undergoing transformational changes. The global nature of satellites makes them perfect tool to provide timely and relevant insights about the world around us. The Catapult uses state of the art satellite technologies to create operational efficiencies within the mining sector whilst empowering local communities and reducing, even eliminating where possible, environmental degradation.

We are currently focusing on 3 main areas within this industry, which are further detailed below:

  • Environmental Baseline and Monitoring
  • Facilitating Social Engagement
  • Creating Operational Efficiency

Our Focus Areas

Our activities are currently focused around these areas

Environmental Baseline and Monitoring

Along with the organisations we work with, we are providing satellite enabled assessments of the pre-mining environment and using imagery to provide environmental insights and risk modelling.

Facilitating Social Engagement

We are developing next generation visualisation tools generating stakeholder trust, and directing and monitoring local community impacts.

Creating Operational Efficiency

We are using near real time information to drive evidence-based decision making and provide geological insight both on a local and national scale.

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Estel Blay
Head of Extractive Industries
ExtractiveIndustries@sa.catapult.org.uk +44 (0)1235 567999
Estel Blay is leading Extractive Industries Activities at the Satellite Applications Catapult. She completed her BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain and the University of Wales in the UK. She obtained an MSc (Aerospace Science and Technology), and a PhD (Aerospace Science and Technology) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. In her position at the Satellite Applications Catapult she helps to create and maintain meaningful partnerships, establish presence in new markets and to increase the co-operation with existing clients. The role is a mix of sales, networking and project management. Estel has seven years of research and business development experience in Aerospace sector. She has a strong background on data analysis, project planning and management, and technical and science communication.
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Cristian Rossi
Principal Earth Observation Specialist
ExtractiveIndustries@sa.catapult.org.uk +44 (0)1235 567999
Steve Spittle
Satellite Solutions Architect
Steve Spittle is a Satellite Solutions Architect, using state of the art satellite and terrestrial technologies to create meaningful user driven solutions across the global extractive industry. Prior to this role Mr Spittle was the Emerging Technology Lead in Digital at the Catapult where he facilitated close engagement in leading-edge geospatial development projects. As part of the Emerging Technology Group, Steve focuses on activities, including smart analytics (both vision and natural language focused), next generation visualisations, new computing architectures and IoT technologies. In addition to his work at the Catapult, Steve mentors innovative space start-up companies across Europe as part of the EC funded Copernicus Accelerator Programme.
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