Terra Drone invests in Canada’s Unmanned Aerial Services Inc.; establishes local corporation Terra Drone Mining
Terra Drone’s newest group company in Canada specializes in providing mapping and inspection services for underground mines
From left to right, Matt MacKinnon, CEO, UAS Inc.; Teppei Seki, Director, Terra Drone; and Steve McNeil, General Manager, UAS Inc.
Ontario, Canada – Dec 10, 2019 – Japan’s Terra Drone Corporation, the worldleader in industrial drone solutions, has signed an investment agreement with Unmanned Aerial Services Incorporated (UAS Inc.), an Ontario, Canada-based inspection service provider for indoor industrial confined spaces and underground mine locations. With this agreement, Terra Drone will form a new subsidiary in Canada, Terra Drone Mining, to provide cutting-edge unmanned mapping and inspection services to underground mines across the world
Established in 2017, UAS Inc. counts among its clients some of the world’s leading mining companies including Vale, Newmont Goldcorp, Barrick Gold, and Glencore. The fresh infusion of investment by Terra Drone will allow the newly-formed Terra Drone Mining to expand UAS Inc.’s business beyond North America, and cater to areas of thriving underground operations such as South/Central America, South Africa, Central Asia, Russia and Australia.
This ramp system was captured quickly and efficiently to provide cost-effective reporting on state and condition. (Montana, US)
Accidents in underground mines have remained a serious issue around the world throughout the last century. Workers not only suffer from health issues caused by working in dark and narrow tunnels day after day, but they are also prone to accidents caused by falling material, flooding, and underground fires and explosions. According to the United States Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), there have been more than 20 fatalities in US mines this year alone.
The risk of such incidents can be minimized by using unmanned inspection solutions, aka drones. Terra Drone utilizes a mapping technology called SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) to create highly detailed maps of underground areas. Since a drone can reach areas that are not easily or safely accessible to humans or traditional CMS scanners, mine operators can use drones to obtain 3D models of the mines, and prevent workers from entering hazardous locations.
Terra Drone Mining will be able to leverage both this advanced UAV technology as well as the underground mining inspection know-how that UAS Inc. has cultivated over time to create a robust local service network.
To see details of our underground mining services, visit here: https://www.terra-drone.net/global/solution-mining/
This complicated cavity was scanned in three flights. Human access was limited due to unstable ground. (Manitoba, Canada)
Complicated underground environments such as this crusher station can be easily captured in a single scan, to validate as-built conditions, and for clash detection for new engineering. (Sudbury, Canada)
Scans are used to check clearances between rock surfaces, and existing infrastructure.
About Terra Drone Corporation
Established in 2016, Terra Drone Corporation has quickly become one of the world’s largest industrial drone solution companies employing over 550 drone industry professionals. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, and more than 25 branches are spread globally throughout Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa, and Oceania. Terra Drone provides innovative enterprise drone services for oil and gas, utilities, renewables, mining, construction, and GIS sectors, among others.
Previous investments include Unifly, which specializes in unmanned traffic management (UTM); C-Astral, which develops high-endurance fixed-wing UAVs; RoNik Inspectioneering, which provides wireless inspection services for confined spaces; Ventus Geospatial, which has patented gas leak detection technology; and Inkonova, which has developed SLAM technology for underground mines. Going forward, we will continue to invest in technology companies with cutting-edge solutions for drones.
For more information, contact:
Terra Drone Co.
Email: [email protected]
Terra Drone Website: https://www.terra-drone.net/global/