Cool partnership alert: Grays Ferry-based drone startup Exyn Technologies announced this week that it recently worked with a Toronto-based company to map a historic Finnish gold mine.
Exyn is a spinout of University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Lab and uses drones and ground-based robots to collect data from places where maps and GPS don’t exist. The company’s autonomous drones use its exynAI Platform to fly without a human pilot.
Last year the company raised a $16 million Series A to expand its commercial growth and global reach.
The company worked with Rupert Resources, a Canadian gold exploration and development company, to explore a historic gold mine in Central Lapland of Northern Finland. Rupert Resources needed a plan for a potential restart of operations by “estimating tonnage previously removed from the mine, as well as calculating the remaining ore in heavily restricted areas,” Exyn said.
An Exyn drone mapped 30 stopes, or excavations made in the mine, across three days.
“Our mission with Rupert presented some of the most difficult and seemingly impossible challenges to navigating, analyzing, and assessing a mine,” said Raffi Jabrayan, director of markets and industries for Exyn, in a statement.
The company also mounted a version of its robot to a car that scanned access drifts to complete a map of the mine in under four days. The result was a highly detailed 3D model of the mine, the companies said.
“Exyn achieved accurate assessment of the volume of remaining stopes at Pahtavaara with an unprecedented level of detail, and obviously the use of remote technologies means that this was achieved with a greatly reduced degree of risk,” said Jukka Nieminen, managing director of Rupert Finland.
Take a look at the project and its mapping images below:
Psst, the company is hiring a DevOps engineer:
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— Exyn Technologies (@ExynTech) March 4, 2020
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