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Pinkmatter Branch Presentation

Date Thu 18 February 2021, 17:00
- Thu 18 February 2021, 18:30

Pinkmatter Branch Presentation
Date: 18 February 2021
Time: 17:00 – 18:30
Venue :Zoom
Speaker: Dr Nicolaas C Steenkamp



The recent travel bans, and restrictions required alternative methods of monitoring mining sites, that produce fast, high quality output data, ready for interpretation. Satellite technology has stepped in to meet these requirements, with the true worth of satellite data now being realised for application by the mining sector.

Pinkmatter Solutions offer a wide range of services to the mining industry. Ranging from high resolution imagery to the creation of detailed digital elevation models (DEM), surface models (DSM) and terrain models (DTM).

Optical imagery is used in surface change monitoring and detection platforms, with diverse applications such as vegetation monitoring for rehabilitation projects to meet ESG requirements to near real time fire detection. The use case for volume calculation products, with increasing accuracy, is becoming more popular for measuring excavations, stockpiles and rock dump volume changes.

It is also applied in conjunction with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically delineate new dwelling structures and monitor encroachment. Hyperspectral imagery is used in exploration to delineate mineralised targets. Surface movement monitoring (SMM), both natural and mining induced, is performed through interferometry synthetic aperture radar (InSAR).

SAR has also been indicated to be a suitable method of monitoring tailing storage sites as part of the global risk mitigation process.

About the speaker:

Nicolaas obtained his PhD in Geology at the University of Pretoria and is a registered professional scientist with SACNASP, a fellow of the GSSA and associate of SAIMM.

He has nearly two decades of industry experience throughout Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Nicolaas has been involved in projects throughout the value chain, from greenfields exploration, operational mine production and expansion, to mine closure.

He was also involved in ethical sourcing studies and project development. This equipped him to take on his current role as Earth Observation Manager at Pinkmatter Solutions, where he manages the FarEarth Services and FarEarth Systems product development and antenna hosting project.

The Johannesburg Branch thanks Pinkmatter Solutions and Farearth for sponsoring this event.