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In May 2012, the Nuclear Energy Institute awarded Fermi 2 the U.S. nuclear energy industry’s top honor, the TIP (Top Industry Practice) award. Mid-American Group’s innovative, safety-focused solution garnered the award for Fermi 2 by providing resolve using a robotic dry ice system.

Fermi 2 was faced with the challenge of cleaning contamination from the difficult-to-reach HVAC ductwork. We presented them with the technology and man-power to complete the job safely and efficiently.

Drone Inspection

Phantom 3

Phantom 3

  • Fly time: Approx. 23 minutes
  • Max. Operating Range: FCC Compliant: 3.1 mi (5 km)
  • Video: 4K, HD(1080p), MP4/MOV
  • Still photos: 12MP JPEG/DNG, time-lapse
  • X3 Camera / 20mm lens
  • Operating Temperature Range: 32° to 104°F
  • Max Service Above Sea Level: 19,685 feet

Inpsire 1

Phantom 3

  • Fly time: Approx. 18 minutes
  • Max. Operating Range: FCC Compliant: 3.1 mi (5 km)
  • Video: 4K, HD(1080p), MP4/MOV
  • Still photos: 12MP JPEG/DNG, time-lapse
  • X3 Camera / 20mm lens
  • Operating Temperature Range: 14° to 104°F
  • Max Wind Resistance: 10m/s

FLIR 19mm / FLIR 9mm

FLIR 19mm / FLIR 9mm

  • 640×512 pixels
  • 7.5Hz

The FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras can be mounted to existing Drones in order to capture and analyze Thermal Imaging Data

Drone Experience

  • DTE Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant Stack Inspection
  • Consumers Energy
  • Stack Inspection for cracks
  • Internal Boiler Inspection
  • Detroit Thermal at GM Hamtramck Pipe Lift Inspection
  • ABB Filming of Robotic Assembly line for Ford Motor Company
  • Floor Monitoring for the city of Dundee, MI
  • Farm crop growth coverage inspections, Newport, MI

Drone Capabilities

  • FAA waiver for commercial operation
  • FAA certified Pilots
  • FAA qualified technicians
  • Infrastructure Management / Inspection
  • Assessment Monitoring
  • Infrared thermal imaging
  • Videography
  • Disaster support
  • Perimeter inspection
  • Stack / tank / bridge / pipline / rail / tower / roof
  • Cracks / liner / wear inspection
  • Security monitoring

Drone Images

Lawrence Masserant founded Mid-American Group (MAG) in 1983 when he already had a well-established, successful and lauded construction career. Now operated jointly with his sons Keith and Larry, this industrial construction contracting firm features a staff of over 550 professional and technical support personnel and has four subsidiary organizations targeting specific customer needs. Headquartered in Newport, Michigan, MAG has offices throughout the eastern United States and clients from coast to coast, as well as Canada, Mexico, Europe and South Africa; clearly establishing a reputation for quality work and expertise in all areas of construction services.


Stepped Ultra Wideband Pulses combine the advantages of pulse radar and stepped frequency radar to offer unsurpassed resolution & depth. New Direct RF sampling technology creates clearer, easier to understand images than previously possible with older radar technologies.


  • Hardware and Software: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit or Windows 7
  • Third-generation Intel® Core™ i5vPro™ Processor
  • Durability: MIL-STD-810G, 4-foot drop and all-weather IP65 dust and water resistant design
  • Display: 10.1-inch, HD daylight-readable, ten-point multi touch + digitizer
  • Interface and Expansion: USB 3.0 + HDMI ports; optional dedicated GPS; Serial, Ethernet, MicroSD or second USB port
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and optional 4G LTE or 3G Gobi™





A slice can be taken from the 3-D data to show the exact depth and travel path of an underground Obstruction.

This shows an 8″ HDPE pipe buried at a depth starting of about 2.7′ below the surface.


The GRP is equipped with radar that ties in the Global Positioning Satellites. This data can be transferred directly into Google Earth and the location and results of a GPR analysis can be stored and plotted on Google Earth to verify the exact location and depth of Underground Obstructions, and kept as a record for making drawings or documenting what is underground.

Best Tank Location for excavation identified (Circle).

Locations chose to minimize the potential for encountering obstructions within the given design space (Rectangle).