Canadian Manufacturing

MDA wins $1M in contracts to monitor surface changes in mines

Company's RADARSAT-2 will be used to detect surface deformation in and around mining operations

February 19, 2014  by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

RICHMOND, B.C.—MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) has won contracts worth more than $1-million to implement its satellite radar technology to detect surface changes around mines.

The contracts, awarded by a pair of undisclosed international mining firms, will see MDA apply its RADARSAT-2 geospatial technology to monitor surface deformation in and around mining operations.

According to MDA, the RADARSAT-2 technology can detect even the most subtle surface changes, allowing remedial action to take place before safety issues arise.

MDA said it will also provide analytical reports that will give a historical snapshot of mine site.


The RADARSAT-2 satellite collects data regardless of light or weather condition, provides frequent re-visit imaging options and is supported by ground receiving stations that provide near real-time information delivery services.

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