Mining & Metals

Optimize industry operations across the entire mining life cycle with geospatial data
Enhancing mineral targeting and mine safety

Leverage the Descartes Labs geoprocessing platform to enhance operations throughout the mining lifecycle with global-scale data products and processing workflows that put interpretation tools directly in the hands of exploration geologists.

Our products empower our customers to:

  • Increase efficiency during exploration using enhanced mineral mapping
  • Mitigate risks associated with tailings storage facilities using advanced radar satellite remote sensing methods
  • Verify and quantify environmental impact or remediation
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The technology
Our platform contains over 15 petabytes of analysis-ready geospatial data, and is designed to answer some of the world's toughest questions at planetary scale. We offer two mining-specific packages built on top of our platform that enhance the mineral targeting cycle and improve tailings dam monitoring.

Case Study

Monitor ground stability across mine infrastructure

Operating large and geographically dispersed physical assets presents significant challenges for global mining and metals companies. Diverse assets with aging infrastructure, including unstable pit walls and insecure tailings dams, can quickly generate “tail-risk” that has the potential to change the economics of modern-day materials supply chains.


With the world's first automated, global subsidence and deformation monitoring system, we help mining and metals companies mitigate ground stability risks. Our high-frequency and weather-independent InSAR models and methodologies implement the latest deformation research at scale. A phased approach then combines satellite and ground-level techniques to detect and verify physical movement in remote locations globally.


Our automated processes and continuous access to data decreases costs, resulting in 60% savings compared to traditional orbital radar programs.
Customer spotlight

Rio Tinto Exploration is working with Descartes Labs to advance usage of remote sensing data and to support early stage exploration activities.

Art of the Possible
With the Descartes Labs Platform, business and data science teams can rapidly hypothesize, test, and deploy predictive analytics. These examples showcase some of our customers’ success, but the possibilities are endless.
Surface deformation on tailings dams or their embankments can indicate instability and risk of failure.
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Get in touch with us to discuss how our technology can enhance your mining operations. We're eager to help maximize your ability to make new discoveries and build a better understanding of physical risk across your mine site.
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