Major aggregates producer deploys Kespry drone platform

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Midsouth Aggregates, part of North America’s largest aggregate materials producer CRH, has deployed Kespry drone-based aerial intelligence.

The platform has been deployed for inventory management and mine planning.

With granite and limestone reserves located throughout Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, Midsouth Aggregates produces a variety of aggregate products destined for the concrete, asphalt, block, and precast industries, as well as base course material, fill products and general construction aggregates.

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The company also supplies concrete and asphalt sand, general construction sand and gravel.

Some of its key clients include the Alabama Department of Transportation, Georgia Department of Transportation, Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Aviation Authority.

Jerry Adkins, senior production manager for Midsouth Aggregates, commented: “Kespry’s drones and software really sped up inventory management. Kespry gave us a consistent measuring tool, whereas in the past we’d use other vendors who would do LIDAR and ground surveys. They would come on site, do the flights and it would usually take a couple of weeks to get the data.

“Then we’d have a different vendor come in later in the year using a different method for measuring. With Kespry, we brought it all in house and inventory management became something we could do monthly with more consistency and control. Now, we get real-time status of our sales yards and pits. We can calculate forecasted blast tonnages in Kespry and verify this with a flight of the muck pile once the shot is on the ground.

Adding: “This gives us an accurate read on our daily production. Kespry is the best innovation I’ve encountered in my 19-year career. It really makes our lives easier. I would recommend it to anyone. Everyone I’ve introduced it to has been blown away.”

Midsouth Aggregates also uses Kespry for comprehensive short-term and long-term mine planning, including granular analysis of pits across its operations.

Alex Douglas

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