Managing Tailings Through Satellite-Based Technology


This webinar will provide an overview of the application of satellite-based elevation surveying for active and legacy (decommissioned) tailings facilities. We will discuss the:

  • Qualities/deficiencies to look out for in your survey data
  • Capacity of PhotoSat’s Satellite Surveying as it relates to on-going survey monitoring, exploration and development
  • Availability of potential of utilizing archive SatellitePhoto imagery to rebuild the construction and depositional history of Tailing Storage Facilities

Join us for this free webinar and learn:

  • Challenges of obtaining consistent and accurate survey data over large scale Mine Sites and Earthworks Projects.
  • Impacts of low quality data
  • Applications of satellite archive data
  • Case history: Mufulira mine tailings history
  • Applications of newly collected satellite data for monitoring and management of tailings facilities



Sam Rivet (P.Eng.), Account Executive , PhotoSat

Sam Rivet graduated from Queen’s University in 2008 where he completed his B.Eng. in Mining and Mineral Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Mining Engineer in the Province of Alberta.

At a technical level, Sam’s experience spans both the mining and civil construction industry. He has industry experience as a tailings engineer, mine project engineer, mine efficiency engineer, and engineering consultant for open pit mines.

In his last position before joining PhotoSat, Sam worked as a project manager for Kidco Construction. In this role, he supervised the earthworks portion of a major highway construction project near Calgary.

In 2020, Sam joined the PhotoSat team as a Sales Engineer. In this role, he lends his extensive experience in surveying, operating mines, tailings management, and earthworks construction to the organization.

In Partnership with

Based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, PhotoSat was founded in 1993 to provide “better data for better decisions”. PhotoSat has invented a new geophysical processing technology to produce the world’s most accurate satellite survey data.

They specialize in elevation surveying for civil engineering infrastructure projects, tailings storage facility surveying, and the planning and design of resource development projects.

They deliver services to clients in the oil, gas and mining industries, to governmental agencies, and to engineering and environmental companies. Their team is comprised of geophysicists, engineers, and associated geoscientists with the expertise and experience to create reliable, time-saving solutions for the operation, planning, and development of resource projects.

Their expertise in geophysical data processing methods combined with extensive experience enables them to provide satellite surveying with unparalleled accuracy. PhotoSat has delivered thousands of quality engineering satellite surveys which shorten project timelines, eliminate survey delays, improve data reliability, and reduce risk. They produce data with better than 15cm elevation accuracy.

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