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10 unmanned systems inside December 2016/January 2017 AIR MINING To perform certain aspects of his job he also had to work in yards where dangerous, heavy equipment was operating. But for the last year and a half his job has become less time con- suming and much less dangerous because he's been using a Kespry drone to perform stock- pile measurements as well as various moni- toring tasks. "Before it used to take me three days per quarry to actually gather the field data. Then it would take me a couple days to crunch the numbers and put together the reports. Within a week I could have numbers for one of the quarries. In a little over two weeks I'd have all my numbers. We'd do that once a year," Daven- port said. "But the time savings the drone of- fers is so phenomenal it's allowed us to get that snap shot so much faster and so much easier. We're now doing our complete inventory every month. That's a huge statement. I can't tell you how big that is." The Kespry automated drone f lies a pre- planned route, simplifying operations, then automatically uploads its data to the cloud. Within hours the team has processed, usable data in the form of a 3-D model, Shearer said. They can rotate the model to see different as- pects of the topography and get a true reading of the stockpile's volume. Davenport also uses his drone to moni- tor construction sites and to plan other sites where he takes high-resolution images that can be used for a variety of purposes includ- ing site models. His customers love the fact he can link them in during the f light—saving everyone valuable time and money. He said he will soon receive the newest model, the Kespry Drone 2.0, which is lighter, faster and features more advanced technology. "Because I'm the guy walking the stock- pile I'd say the biggest benefit is safety, but with regard to the company I'm also going to say cost savings is a big benefit," Davenport said. "And productivity. Everything it does it does better than I could do and faster than I could do. And it takes me out of harm's way. It has changed my working life a great deal. I've reached an age where the physicality of it was about to get beyond me. The drone al- lows me to continue doing something I love to do." Shearer has worked with several clients who are equally enthusiastic about the ben- ef its drones bring to stockpile measure- ment, with one saying a job that once took about two days now takes about 10 minutes. Moreover, making it easier to take inven- tor y makes it possible to more fully track changes. Typically, stockpile measurements are only taken once a quarter or just a few times a year. With a drone, these measure- ments can be taken as often as once a week Photo courtesy of Airobotics "BUT THE TIME SAVINGS the drone offers is so phenomenal it's allowed us to get that snap shot so much faster and so much easier. We're now doing our complete inventory every month. That's a huge statement. I can't tell you how big that is." John Davenport of Madison Materials and Whitaker Contracting Many of AIROBOTICS' CLIENTS, including those in the mining industry, wanted a drone with the ABILITY TO EASILY SWAP SENSORS, CEO and co-founder Ran Krauss said during the Commercial UAV Expo in November. To meet that need, the team created a UAS with a robotic arm. This weather-proof, industrial grade drone uses the arm to automatically swap out batteries and sensors, saving time while equipping the UAS with sensors that provide mine operators with the different types of information they need to run their sites more efficiently. AIROBOTICS INDUSTRIAL DRONE