Data Management and Insights for Effective Tailings Storage Facility Management

Data Management and Insights for Effective Tailings Storage Facility Management

Authors: Daniel Harvey
Conference: SAIMM Hybrid Conference: Next Generation Tailings - Opportunity or Risk?
Date: October 24-25, 2023

ABSTRACT

Collecting and processing data play a pivotal role in the efficient management of a Tailings Storage Facility (TSF). This paper presents a framework and methodology for effectively collecting, processing, and utilizing data to gain valuable insights into the performance of the facility. With an effective data management system, potential risks to the facility can be identified and mitigated, ensuring its safe and sustainable operation. As TSFs are subject to increased scrutiny, the need for effective data management is more critical than ever, requiring the utilization of all available resources to develop a system that benefits all stakeholders. Additionally, methodologies for comparing incoming data to control limits and trigger levels, such as piezometer levels, slurry densities, underdrain flows, pool depth, and position, are outlined. The paper also describes the methodology for establishing user-friendly dashboards that allow stakeholders to easily identify increased risk to the facility. This essential communication tool ensures all stakeholders gain clear insights into the TSF's performance, facilitating resource allocation and risk mitigation measures.

 

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