We collect mission critical data from the worlds harshest environments 

Copperstone Technologies is a Canadian-based engineering firm specializing in design, production and operation of HELIX, an amphibious robot developed for environmental monitoring. Inspired by space robotics and advance remote sensing, Copperstone envisions developing innovative tools and exploratory methods to earth’s most challenging environments. HELIX is used for site investigation services which may include measuring geotechnical parameters of mine waste tailings ponds, collecting samples and conducting bathymetric surveys.

What sets us apart? Our technical professionals excel at problem solving and applying our cutting edge technology to your unique challenges and presenting solutions that work for you.

Award-winning engineering team, bringing technology and innovation to the mining industry

Our Story

Copperstone grew out of the hard work and dedication of three graduate students from the University of Alberta. After a successful Mitacs internship together, Nicolas Olmedo, Stephen Dwyer, and Jamie Yuen joined forces to deliver solutions in industries that posed the most difficult problems. The team was focused on solving the challenge of traffic-ability and health and safety on oil sands tailings. With the support of their graduate studies supervisor, Dr. Mike Lipsett, the team designed a robot that was capable of remote movement in the hardest, most difficult to access terrain they could imagine.

The original Amphibious Rover 1 (AR1) was transformed into a second version capable of performing industry-standard testing such as cone penetrometer, vane shear, and sampling on regular bitumen tailings to support the large manned barges currently used in the industry.

Since these early days, Copperstone has grown a talented team of professionals capable of engineering solutions to your toughest problems.


Industry – leading robotic services for hazardous site investigations and water surveys