3D mining software firm Maptek Pty Ltd. said Wednesday it now owns 50 percent of startup DroneMetrex Pty Ltd., maker of the TopoDrone-100, an aerial mapping system that captures digital imagery with an elevation accuracy of 25 millimeters to use as survey data for creating digital terrain models (DTM).

Glenside, South Australia-based Maptek, a developer of the Vulcan, Eureka, and Perfect Dig software platforms, among others, said it made a "significant investment" in DroneMetrex, headquartered in nearby Adelaide, giving it the ability to offer customers rapid, repetitive aerial mapping, which is required for open-pit, or open-cut, mining operations. Maptek General Manager, Australia, Peter Johnson, told SPAR terms of the deal were confidential, but that Maptek now owned half the equity of DroneMetrex.

"Maptek and Dronemetrex can see many new and expanding opportunities by coupling the Topodrone mapping capability with Maptek software," Johnson told SPAR. "Solutions in industries such as agriculture, GIS, civil infrastructure mapping and many more can now be delivered and we will of course be delivering the Topodrone-100 to the mining industry globally."

The TopoDrone-100 is a small, unmanned aerial system (sUAS) integrating a 24- or 39-megapixel, calibrated RGB or NIR (optional) digital camera with 24 mm focal length, modified for aerial mapping with raw image format, and a proprietary Flight Management System, including a 100Hz dual-frequency GNSS receiver and antenna.

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