Who we are
The Satellite Applications Catapult, European Space Agency, and United Nations Crime Institute (UNICRI) together established the MineSense group to provide a platform for stakeholders of the mining and space industries to collaborate and discuss new technologies, opportunities, and solutions to solve challenges of mining industry using space technology.
Satellite capabilities are key in supporting the mining industry to move towards more intelligent mines and creating efficiencies across the mining life-cycle. Satellites, combined with additional datasets, enable evidence-based decision-making in many areas; from monitoring tailings dams, to quantifying stockpiles and assets, and mapping out the surface geology of an area of exploration.
Building and maintaining trust with local communities is fundamental for mining companies, especially for obtaining Social Licences to Operate (SLO). Satellite technology, coupled with innovation in visualisation, can provide vital platforms to effectively communicate social, operational, and environmental information to all stakeholders. Satellites and associated remote sensing technologies are well positioned to provide monitoring and predictive analytics to highlight the areas of various activities on the ground.
There is a pressing need to protect Earth’s environmental ecosystems, while ensuring access to stable employment and economic growth. The use of satellite data is a critical tool to provide meaningful and qualitative information looking back and over time; it can be used to create an environmental baseline and feed into an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The cost of an EIA can be greatly reduced by prioritising and targeting key areas, minimising the amount of time required for in-field surveys.
Illegal mining and the illicit trafficking of precious metals is a growing phenomenon. Often, it is organised by transnational organised crime groups and involves illegal miners operating in dangerous conditions, like abandoned mines. Satellite applications can help to detect these illicit activities, and can also help to monitor legal mining activity and to track legitimate goods remotely.
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Water management is integral for mining success and for building sustainable businesses, and as such, investors, communities, governments and other industries are demanding that mining companies become more efficient at water reuse and water management.
The space sector has an opportunity to validate and demonstrate the benefit of using satellite technologies to monitor local water bodies.
This webinar set a series of challenges mining industry facing today in monitoring and managing water and highlight solutions which space already offering.
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The workshop presented the main challenges faced today by mining sector stakeholders. During the workshop space industry showcased the potential of space technologies and assets to address those challenges and develop new solutions using space.
Most mining companies and operations would agree that social challenges and maintaining the social license to operate are one of the biggest and very important issues facing the industry today. Mining companies have the responsibility to manage and solve social and human challenges everywhere they operate around the world.
Space technology continues to develop and improve with raising the potential to use satellite data to help solve these important issues. Building and maintaining trust with local communities and government is fundamental for mining companies, especially for obtaining and retaining a social licence to operate.
In collaboration with Satellite Applications Catapult and MineSense on 1st of December South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications held a webinar where social specialists from academia, space and the mining industries discussed the social challenges and potential of space technology to tackle these incredibly important and universal challenges.
While it is true that all mining environments could be considered extreme with heavy machinery, loud environments, what makes a mining environment ‘extreme’? If you work on mining projects that are remote, have poor communication, are partially explored or mapped, in politically unstable areas, on contaminated land, in extreme climates, with social or environmental issues, in locations with inferior infrastructure, then you will likely have experienced issues associated with extreme mining environments.
In collaboration with Satellite Applications Catapult, MineSense and Exeter Extreme Environments on 8th of September South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications held a webinar on how space technology and satellite data can help to solve some of the most common issues faced by mining in extreme environments.