El Soldado Mine Geotechnical Monitoring

A comprehensive data management platform to continuously monitor, validate, transform and visualize critical infrastructure data

About the customer
Anglo American is one of the world’s leading global mining companies whose products are the essential ingredients in almost every aspect of modern life.
Project summary
The Insight Platform processes and transforms in near real-time the data from a wide range of leading-edge geotechnical sensor and instrumentation technologies for a Hydraulic Dewatered Stacking (HDS) facility at the El Soldado mine in Chile, providing actionable insight to Anglo American.
Monitoring of mine tailings storage facilities
Nogales, Chile
Mining & Minerals

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The customer's need

Anglo American’s objective is to develop a comprehensive data management platform for the Hydraulic Dewatered Stacking (HDS) facility at the El Soldado mine, deploying a range of leading-edge sensor and instrumentation technologies managed by the Tailings Insight solution on the Insight Platform. This initiative is part of Anglo American’s FutureSmart MiningTM programme and will serve as a proof of concept for a broader tailings monitoring solution.

Our solution

Insight Terra provides a resilient and secure edge- and cloud-based data management and monitoring platform for the Anglo American mine at El Soldado. The edge-based compute node integrates with all nine different sensor types, totalling 108 separate instruments monitoring 500 data monitoring points in, under, around and on the tailings storage facility. All this raw monitoring data is transformed, validated, processed, stored and displayed, supporting analytics and decision making.

A key element of the Insight Terra solution is the combination of Amazon Web Services (AWS) services that support the Insight data management platform - within the AWS Virtual Private Cloud, Insight Terra utilises the AWS Elastic Compute Cloud, Container Service for Kubernetes, Relational Database Service, Key Management Service and a number of other specialised services to enable Insight Terra to provide an agile, secure and trustworthy data management service to Anglo American.

To address the need for reliable communications at this remote location, the solution also incorporates a resilient telecommunications component. An all-weather container houses the edge compute node, power storage/management, LoRaWAN gateway and Inmarsat satellite terminal, and is supported by PV solar arrays for totally independent remote operation.

How is Anglo American benefiting from the solution?

Anglo American needed a reliable platform to collect, collate and report on the data generated during the trial to support their hypothesis on HDS.  It also provides a total monitoring approach that will deliver greater visibility, enhanced management reporting and better control over one of the company’s greatest risks.

The Insight Platform has delivered efficient, secure and resilient near real-time monitoring of the tailings storage facility in accordance with the requirements of its design engineers, Golder and in compliance with the new Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM).

Project Partners

Golder Associates

A global independent consulting, design and construction services company with particular specialism in earth, environment and energy. Golder is the Engineer of Record for the Anglo American El Soldado mine tailings storage facilities.

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A Chilean geotechnical and structural health monitoring specialist, with expertise in the installation, integration and commissioning of geotechnical sensors, instrumentation and local networks.

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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosts the Insight Platform in its Virtual Private Cloud infrastructure.  AWS is the world’s most comprehensively and broadly adopted cloud computing service provider, offering compute, storage, databases, machine learning and AI, data lakes and analytics, and IoT services.  AWS core infrastructure is flexible and secure, built to satisfy government, military and banking requirements.

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