Our Mission

YieldPoint Inc. will continue to design, manufacture and support geotechnical monitoring solutions of the highest quality and reliability and at the best possible price for the civil and mining industries. We will help our customers worldwide to implement geotechnical monitoring programs that will give them the best possible insight into the behaviour of their structures, be they natural or engineered. Our back-end interpretation tools will multiply the value of the data collected in mining, civil and construction projects. This in turn will allow for a better understanding and promote better anticipation of future changes in the structures.

Our product offering for geotechnical monitoring will help enhance safety and productivity, and we will strive for total customer satisfaction through superior and responsive customer service. We provide leading-edge technology by cultivating innovation focused on our customers' needs. We are committed to sustained growth through continued investment in product development and manufacturing methods.

YieldPoint wishes to be recognized collectively and individually as leaders and contributors in the geotechnical monitoring field. We will encourage our employees to publish papers and attend conferences. We will fulfill our goals using a straight-forward, direct, open and honest approach with our customers, partners, sub-contractors and suppliers. YieldPoint is an environmentally conscious and responsible company and we will ensure that all aspects of our business have the least harmful effect on the environment, as we provide technological advances that help our customers minimize their environmental footprint through geotechnical monitoring.

The YieldPoint Story

YieldPoint Inc. was incorporated in 2001 as a geotechnical monitoring instrumentation company with the goal of designing and manufacturing a 'smarter' and more robust generation of geotechnical instruments. We used an digital architecture by embedding into every instrument a microcontroller with Flash memory. Digital Signal Processing allowed YieldPoint to begin manufacturing highly accurate instruments at low cost.

Following 15 years of incremental improvement, YieldPoint is now positioned to offer a digital product line that intersects with a major new idea: the Internet of Things (IoT), leveraging its benefits for better geotechnical monitoring purposes. Our efforts and inventiveness result in user-friendly geotechnical monitoring solutions with improved accuracy and reliability in even the harshest environments.

Most recently we have adopted Distributed Optical Strain sensing technologies to create the highest resolution geotechnical instruments in the world. We are currently manufacturing probes with 10,000 strain measurements along a 10m length for applications in both mining and civil engineering. For the first time this technology is capable of monitoring shear failure, possibly the most prevalent failure mechanism in geomechanics. Our growing expertise in this field will result in fundamental research breakthroughs in the field of rock mechanics. We can now solve geotechnical monitoring problems that we couldn't have imagined existed 15 years ago.

The Team

YieldPoint Inc has assembled a highly qualified team that provides both world class research expertise as well as exceptional customer support.

Andrew Hyett PhD.


Dr Andrew Hyett received his PhD in 1990 from the Royal School of Mines Imperial College, London. While at Queens University, Kingston, he invented the SMART cable bolt and co-founded Mine Design Tech- nologies Inc. On leaving MDT in 2000 he founded YieldPoint Inc to offer 'smarter' and more reliable geotechnical instruments. 15 years later he is still motivated by the opportunities for innovation in geotechnical monitoring.

Pierre Ballester

Director of Business Development

Pierre Ballester has been working in business development for Canadian technologies since 1995 after studying at the University of Poitiers in France. Once in Canada he was instrumental in developing sales for ESI in Victoria, BC and he started working at YieldPoint in 2012 . Pierre is driven by a desire to offer excellence in service and by his confidence in YieldPoint's solutions. Contact him with all your questions!

Brad Forbes

Optical and Geotechnical Engineer

Brad has 5 years experience building geotechnical instruments at YP. Currently he is a PhD student at Queen's University in the GeoMechanics Group taking a MITACS internship at YP. His research is focused on the development of new geotechnical tools for monitoring the performance of reinforcement elements and discontinuity deformations.

Oliver Blake

Chief Technology Officer

Oliver Blake is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Queen's University. While in his undergrad he raced on the Queen's Sailing Team, researched fuel cells and founded his own company. Oliver heads up the Data Solutions and Telemetry at YieldPoint designing and building the Internet of Mining

Reza Basirian

Production and electronics engineer

Reza is an Electronics Engineer and has 10 years of experience in Instrumentation and Control in a 2000MW power plant. Before that he worked as a technical manager in electronic manufacturing for more than 6 years. He joind the YieldPoint team in July 2017. His professional Ontario Engineer status is currently undergoing an application review of his International Education by the POE.

Daniel Bolivar

Production Supervisor

Daniel got his education as a Control Engineering Technician at St. Lawrence College here in Kingston. After working for several companies including Bombardier and Canadian Milk Manufacturing, he came to us at YieldPoint. Since then he has been key to manufacturing our instruments with a strong sense of ownership and a unique emphasis on quality.

Peter Brittain

Software and Web Developer

Peter graduated from St. Lawrence College as a Computer Programmer Analyst. After which he worked for DND and Calian developing software tools and applications. With many talents in software development Peter is currently developing and enhancing the companies core software, the Geotechnical Data Platform, as well as managing their website.