Digital Twins 4 Tailings Dams
Digital Twins 4 Tailings Dams is a satellite-based early warning system to monitor the stability of tailings storage facilities (TSFs), preventing potential catastrophic failures. The World Bank highlights a need for 3 billion tons of metals for the energy transition, intensifying challenges for the mining sector. Remarkably, over 98% of materials like copper end up as waste, stored in TSFs. With over 30,000 TSFs globally, a quarter are abandoned and unmonitored. By integrating geotechnical engineering, satellite remote sensing, and machine learning, Digital Twins 4 Tailings Dams aspire to establish a Digital Twin system to monitor these critical infrastructures.
Maral is an engineering DPhil researcher at the University of Oxford, a Keeley Scholar of Wadham college, supported by an Industrial Fellowship from the 1851 Royal Commission. Her research is on making mining more sustainable through creating a remote, satellite based early warning system for the monitoring of mine waste. Maral is also a senior Earth Observation Consultant at the Satellite Applications Catapult, the UK government-backed innovation and technology hub. Previously, she worked as a Remote Sensing Analyst at Airbus Defence and Space, and holds an MSci in Geology from the University of Bristol. moreLinkedIn
Brian is a Laing O’Rourke Associate Professor at the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Visiting Fellowship at University of Oxford, where he was a Royal Academy of Engineering Ressearch Fellow (2018). He is the PI of several large national and international research programs for the development of novel sensors and algorithms for the construction industry. Brian is an editor of several journals, including ‘Data-Centric Engineering’, ‘Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering’ and ‘Tunnelling & Underground Space Technology’ and ‘Underground Space’. He recently received the ‘Young Researcher Award 2022’ from the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland. morePortfolio
Cristian Rossi is the Geospatial Science Lead at the Satellite Applications Catapult, UK, where he is leading several research projects. In parallel, he is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford, and an Associate Research Fellow at the UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment (CGFI). His research interests are focused on remote sensing for sustainability applications and climate change adaptation. morePortfolio LinkedIn