Words By: Ahmed Alnomany - Inkonova
On the 7th of August 2018, Inkonova received a purchase order for an underground aerial survey (flying scan) in Golden Sunlight Mine in Montana, U.S. The mission is likely to demonstrate both Inkonova’s units, the TILT Ranger and the Batonomous. The mine is owned and operated by Barrick Gold, the largest the largest gold mining company in the world, with its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Funded by Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, via a grant to Montana Tech, the mission is scheduled for the last week of August 2018, set to include several inaccessible stopes underground where several technical deliverables including 3D laser point clouds, visual footage and photogrammetry will be tried out, and is co-liaised and supported by Montana Tech University as a part of Barrick’s Underground Autonomous Drone project.
This is the first service mission for the Batonomous in North America, and the second overall. The first was in June in LKAB Sweden. For more background info on our technology and company, read below.
Inkonova is a Swedish company that develops aerial robotic solutions to survey, map and navigate subterranean or constricted zones deemed difficult or impossible with the previous state of technology, this includes inaccessible zones in underground mines, but also tanks, vessels, penstocks, emergency services and other natural and artificial structures.
The inclination, the terrain of the shaft, the danger of collapse and falling rocks, the absence of light, GPS, vision and prior knowledge, all make it a challenge to survey and map these areas. Nevertheless, the lack of data from these zones cause weeks of delay, and a multitude of errors, and thus millions in monetary loss.
The Batonomous technology, along with our other systems; TILT Ranger and TILT Scout, specialize in enabling autonomous aerial robotics in spaces where no other survey platforms can be used, particularly in autonomous navigation where all infrastructure (such as GPS, light, beacons, etc..) is absent, no prior map exists, and the environment is challenging .
Inkonova’s aerial robotics solutions have been since 2016 catering in North America, South America, Africa and Europe.