View of conveyors in open cast mine

Sarcheshmeh Copper Mine

This Project is located in 30Km from Sarcheshmeh Kerman Province. It is phase II of the copper mine.

Because of electrical towers that were on top of the slope and the construction of structures, monitoring of the slope was essential.

Sarcheshmeh Tailings dam was constructed to reserve 1,000,000,000 tons of tailing materials resulted copper mine concentration process. It is an earth fill dam with a clay core,1500 m length and 75 m high, and reservoir volume is 123,000,000 m³.

Project Summary

  • Name
  • Sarcheshmeh Copper Mine
  • Location
  • Iran
  • Date
  • 2011-2013
  • Client
  • National Iranian Copper Industries Co
  • Contractor
  • Tanavob Co
  • Instrumentation Specialist
  • Larzeh Sakht Savalan
  • Consultant
  • MEWE


Monitoring is required as part of Asset Protection as well as design validation and construction safety.

Instrumentation installed includes In Place Inclinometers (IPI) to monitor deformation, In Place Tilt meters to monitor tilt of electric towers and excavation surface and a data logger for remote monitoring.

Automatic monitoring of seepage was required to ensure the long-term integrity of the dam and to allow water quality measurements to be made. Changes in seepage volumes and water quality could be quickly identified and checked with changes in reservoir level and filling activities.