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, advising not only peer companies about his experiences, but sharing valuable information back to Kespry to improve their product.
Along the way, John has uncovered some other real and exciting benefits from drones, well beyond the initial cost savings…
- Safety & Inspection – Aggregate stockpiles and cliff-faces are dangerous to climb and inspect, so Whitaker is much happier to have John 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 – John is flying the Kespry drone over 24 times per year, with only half of those flights being for stockpile measurement. The team at Whitaker is using the Kespry Drone System for quarry inspection, mine planning and mine operations. They’re also 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 proposals and project updates.
In summary, Whitaker is convinced with the Kespry drone costs savings for stockpile measurement, but are even more excited about the new opportunities that Kespry drones are helping create for their business.