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 Technologies Inc. On leaving MDT in 2000 he founded YieldPoint  to offer ‘smarter’ and more reliable geotechnical instruments. 15 years later he is still motivated by the opportunities for innovation in geotechnical monitoring. His interests include bass fishing, F1 and sadly Leeds United.

Pierre Ballester

Director of Business Development

Pierre Ballester joined YieldPoint in 2012 and has been singularly instrumental in the successful growth of the company. He has elevated YieldPoint to a serious player competing for large civil engineering contracts, 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! LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Skype, email, phone, Meets, Teams or other means of your choice.

Rachelle LaBossiere

Operations Controller

Rachelle is YieldPoint’s Operational Controller. She is the point-of-contact for Procurement, AR, AP and Payroll. Rachelle came to YieldPoint in 2023 with a College Diploma in Accounting and Payroll,  and also has experience running her own Fitness Center business.

Rachelle’s puppy is awfully cute.

Steven Fu

Backend Engineer and Android Developer

Steven arrived to YieldPoint with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics from The University of Toronto. He will be working on the back-end of VantagePoint and BluPoint App.

YieldPoint aims to use Steven’s mathematical skills as we build out the AI module for VantagePoint. Steven may be your point-of-contact for BluPoint App and VantagePoint assistance.

Jason Lu

Software and Firmware Engineer

Jason is a skilled software and firmware engineer with experience in C & C++ and previous experience developing firmware for ARM devices. He is currently developing new and updated firmwares for much of our IoT hardware. Jason’s latest projects include the Blu900 telemetry system and BluVibe.

Jason has caught some bigger fish since he joined YieldPoint.

Jose Rubens Dos Santos

Mechatronics Engineer

Jose joined us with over 20 years of manufacturing experience. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Control and Automation Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil, his expertise  and creativity are a critical for  our company. Jose works tirelessly to improve YieldPoint’s instruments and the processes for making them.  He has been central in developing the new dPPC. His hobbies include archery and diving.

Daniel Bolivar

Production Supervisor

Daniel got his education as a Control Engineering Technician at St. Lawrence College here in Kingston. After working for several high-end manufacturing companies, 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.
Although a Red Bull fan, Daniel feels 2023 has been a dull F1 season.

James Kellway

Production Technologist

James spent 3 years at St. Lawrence College to become a Civil Engineering Technologist. In his final year he became involved with YieldPoint during his Co-op learning program. Now a graduate, he works for YieldPoint in the production team building the instruments used by companies around the world. In his off time, James enjoys boating and fishing like many here at YieldPoint.
Sensibly, he has yet to out fish the CEO on one of their trips.

Cameron Hoekstra

Production Technologist

Cameron graduated from Control Engineering Technology at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. As a graduate, he joined the Yieldpoint team. With skills in both the production and telemetry side, Cameron provides hard work and flexibility in different areas at Yieldpoint.

Cameron has the misfortune of being a Leicester City Fan.

Brody Riddle

Production Technologist

Brody joins us with 15 years of construction experience. His most recent job was as a supervisor for Coda Exteriors. His accolades include several construction-related certifications. Brody is a hard worker and hasn’t met a challenge yet that he couldn’t succeed at.

Brody brings energy and good humor to work every day.