Rock Products

OCT 2016

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26 • ROCK products • October 2016 • Equipment – The annual cost of the Kespry Drone System was $25,000 for all the integrated hardware and software components, including unlimited flights, data analysis, data storage communications, online stor- age, maintenance and support. •  Third Party – After using Kespry's Drone System, Whitaker no longer has the need to hire third-party surveyors. Clear ROI Combined, the new annual cost to Whitaker is $29,320, which is 22 per- cent less than before, and Whitaker is now able to measure their stockpiles twice as frequently, while spending four times less time overall. The Kespry Automated Drone System has clearly paid for itself on just stockpile mea- surement efficiency and savings, the company said. Other Benefits The leader at Whitaker on this drone project has been John Davenport, who in a short amount of time has become an industry expert on drones, advis- ing not only peer companies about his experiences, but sharing valuable information back to Kespry to improve their product. Along the way, Davenport has uncov- ered some other real and exciting benefits from drones, well beyond the initial cost savings. •  Safety and Inspection – Aggregate stockpiles and cliff faces are danger- ous to climb and inspect, so Whitaker is much happier to have Davenport safe on the ground while the drone flies overhead. It's safer, faster and easier for everyone – especially in Alabama's heat and rain. •  New Opportunities – Davenport is flying the Kespry drone more than 24 times per year, with only half of those flights being for stockpile mea- surement. The team at Whitaker is also using the Kespry Drone System for quarry inspection, mine planning and mine operations. Additionally, they're finding the Kespry drone to be a great tool for construction and road projects, to verify aggregate and excavation amounts. Whitaker also includes the Kespry aerial images and 3D models in their customer propos- als and project updates. In summary, Whitaker is extremely satisfied with the Kespry drone costs savings for stockpile measurement, but the company is even more excited about the new opportunities that Kespry drones are helping create for their business. Other Producers Weigh In "With the drone we can get a cost effi- cient and accurate measurement of our stockpiles every month, versus the quarterly measurements we were get- ting before," said Mike Moy of Lehigh Hanson. In addition to measuring stock- piles, Moy next plans to use the Kespry drone system for mine planning and reclamation projects. "The Kespry Cloud, fueled by efficient, repeatable Kespry UAV flights, allows us to quickly collect site information, process it, and deliver results to our customers," said Mark Power, survey team leader at infrastructure-manage- ment firm Woolpert. "We use the Kespry Drone System to measure stockpiles, manage inventory and for pit planning, as well as survey- ing new and existing quarry locations for construction projects across Alberta Canada," said Chris Hends- bee, crushing operations manager for Wapiti Gravel Suppliers. Accurate measurement of inventory ensures that you never have to write down thousands of dollars in losses, or reconcile end-of-quarter discrepan- cies, according to the experts at Krespy. And that is something worth thinking about. This article is adapted from a presen- tation made in March 2016 at AGG1 in Nashville by David Reed of Whitaker Contracting and Adam Rice of Kespry. Drones

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