The safety issues surrounding tailings dams has been a hot topic over the past few years, with numerous failings causing catastrophic property and environmental damages. To minimise the occurrence of disastrous collapses in the future, there is a pressing need to understand the stability of these infrastructures and implement more efficient monitoring solutions.
In the aftermath of COP26, global leaders and their nations set to work to meet historic pledges to significantly reduce emissions and reduce fossil fuel reliance. The UK has previously committed to reducing emissions by at least 78% by 2035 and be net-zero by 2050 – so how can we ensure these targets are achieved?
The satellite Earth Observation (EO) industry is evolving incredibly quickly, as new satellites are being planned and launched, and leading-edge ML-based analytics developed and applied to open up new capabilities and markets. Nothing exemplifies this trend better than the partnership between Geospatial Insight and BlackSky, which creates a step-change in the potential for our customers to receive near real-time geospatial intelligence. This partnership has not happened overnight – we have been working alongside BlackSky for the last 7 years as both companies’ capabilities have developed and matured. With the growing capabilities of the BlackSky constellation, this close partnership has now crystallised as we become part of their reseller network, enabling Geospatial Insight to distribute their imagery to our clients worldwide in the insurance, finance, utilities and defence sectors.
After the collapse of Brumadinho Dam, the mining industry has been under intense scrutiny. Although the safety and infrastructure stability of tailings dams has always been extremely important, now, with the world watching, it is more crucial than ever that dam monitoring programmes are put in place.
MotionMonitor-TSF, our latest service specifically designed to monitor ground movements in and around mine tailing dams, enables Tailing Storage Facility (TSF) managers and ESG compliance officers to monitor key TSF locations and provides an early warning of potential failure, therefore minimising financial and environmental impact as a direct consequence.
The European Space Agency (ESA) launched their ‘Port of the Future’ initiative to address a number ecosystem challenges within ports across the world, whilst also utilising space-based data and services. ESA funded a total of nine studies, providing a solution to one of four key themes: environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, digitalisation, infrastructure improvement and safety and security services.
The new Hexagon Geospatial CHEST Agreement for academic and research institutions in the UK and Ireland is ready for renewal and due to be in place this month. It has been great working with Hexagon and the CHEST teams again to review the offering and to work out how we can tailor the bundles to meet the changing needs of universities, colleges and research institutions across our region.
With over a decade’s experience in developing bespoke solutions for clients in the insurance, investment, and finance sectors, we were ideally placed when a South American banking group asked how remotely sensed data may enhance their risk management processes and improve their credit lending decision-making for agricultural customers.
Atlantic Hurricane Season 2021 is now very much underway, with the official season kicking off on June 1st. Predictions across the board are anticipating another above-normal season, and similarities with last year’s activity can already been seen with the first named storm, Ana, forming before-schedule, on May 22nd.