MDA delivers a suite of information products that include Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) analysis to detect and measure surface movement, surface change detection, vegetation monitoring, and weather services.
MDA’s Surface Asset Monitoring services provide enhanced geotechnical risk hazard assessment with ongoing surveillance to identify areas of surface movement. Identifying these areas assists in site production optimization and helps reduce risks from mining related activities.
InSAR image showing full mine site coverage with a focus on open pit and tailings storage facility (TSF) ground movement
MDA’s Surface Asset Monitoring service delivers wide-area ground movement information derived from satellite radar images. Our propriety Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR
) processing techniques are capable of detecting and accurately locating surface movement to millimeter level accuracy. MDA’s InSAR products enable operators to understand how mining operations impact the ground surface, and are used to better target the deployment of on-site geotechnical resources. This strategic view of movement across the site allows for early warning of critical movement without the need for people or in-situ tools to cover the entire mine site.
Information from MDA’s Surface Asset Monitoring programs are integrated with other geotechnical data and modeling results to assist mining decision makers in their development of safe and efficient mineral extraction. For operating mines, this information is used to support geotechnical activity on the site. For mines in closure or legacy phases, satellite based Surface Asset Monitoring – both radar and optical – allows operators to maintain a site-wide view of geotechnical risks while minimizing the need for on-site teams.