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Press conference in Cajamarca

On the 14th of May 2019, representatives of the UK Space Agency, HR Wallingford (the project lead), the Fundación Nacional de Ingeniería Hidráulica, the project’s international technical supervisors and representatives of some of the project stakeholders will hold a press conference at the National Institute of Culture of Cajamarca, Peru.

This press conference is one of the events organised in Lima and Cajamarca between the 13th and the 16th of May during the visit in Peru of representatives of the UK Space Agency. The goal of the visit is to strengthen relationships between the UK Space Agency, the project team and the stakeholders in Peru supporting the development of DAMSAT. Keep an eye on this blog, we will be updating you on further events.

For your diary

  • 14th May 2019, 10:00am to 11:30am (local time)
  • Kazu Terada Room of the National Institute of Culture of Cajamarca , Jr. Belén, Cajamarca, Peru
  • To attend the conference please contact Jean Carlo Tirado at +51 918 814 410 or jean.tirado@fundacionhidraulica.com

 

At the EGU conference

The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held every year in April in Vienna, Austria. This year DAMSAT was also there along with more than 16,000 scientists from 113 different countries.

General view of one of the sessions at the EGU conference

Dr Marta Roca presented DAMSAT in a session dedicated to “Earth observations for sustainable development”, chaired by the UK Space Agency and HR Wallingford. The presentation was well received and generated interesting conversations afterwards. You can find it in our Resources page.

Presentation of DAMSAT at the EGU conference

GNSS equipment installed

In March, Ricardo Noguera and Maria de Farago from Telespazio Vega UK visited Colquirrumi with our partners from CIEMAM and installed the SUMMIT System: 3 SUMMIT Sensors (Global Navigation Satellite System) and their wifi antennas as well as the SUMMIT Box.

Maria and Ricardo in Colquirrumi with the GNSS equipment

Weather was not the best but everything went well and all the equipment is connected and starting to record.

Heavy rain during the installation of equipment

Visiting Peru

A team from HR Wallingford and the Fundación visited several of our stakeholders in Lima and Cajamarca in February 2019.

Preview of DAMSAT

We showed them the first version of DAMSAT, our monitoring tool for dams and other tailings deposits. Feedback was very positive and useful. We will implement suggestions in the second release of the tool.

Screenshot of DAMSAT tool
At ANA (National Water Authority) offices in Cajamarca, ready to start the presentation

Site visits in the pilot area

We also had the opportunity to visit some of our sites in the pilot area. All is ready to  install the GNSS equipment. This equipment will measure in-situ possible movements of tailings dams in two of our pilot sites.

Under the rain, checking the works for the installation of the GNSS equipment at Colquirrumi
Cerro Corona tailings dam, one of the sites in our pilot area
Hualgayoc (Silver necklace in Quechua) is one of the villages located in our pilot area