Stockpile Reports Lite is now available in Australia.

Measuring stockpiles on your iPhone

 Innovative technology is enabling builders to measure stockpiles more quickly and easily than ever, saving significant time and costs, explains URC Ventures CEO David Boardman.

Measuring stockpiles of material has traditionally taken considerable time, money and effort. Accurate measurement reports are crucial to finance and accounting – and getting it wrong can mean money lost, unaccounted for or written off. It can even lead to disputes and a long, costly road to resolution.

Traditional surveying and measurement teams, which can take time and cost to secure and transport to site, use techniques such as drilling into stockpiles and LiDAR laser measurement equipment to gauge the volume of material. However, innovative technology has delivered a game changing solution for builders and the wider aggregate industry.

Any stockpile can now be quantified by using the new Stockpile Reports Lite iPhone app. It allows professionals to measure piled material themselves by simply pointing an iPhone at the material and walking around it. The measurement results are accessible right away, for a small fraction of the typical cost and well before the time it would take a measurement crew to even show up.

 

For more details visit: http://www.stockpilereportslite.com/
When you purchase one measurement we’ll give you 5 free measurements.  Simply add UPGADD5 into the promo code at the checkout.

 

Sub-millimetre maintenance

The Wivenhoe Power Station, located on Wivenhoe Dam, about 90 kilometres from Brisbane, contains the largest hydromachines in Australasia. These machines consist of a turbine and pump set, weighing 1 450 tonnes each, and are housed inside a concrete silo. They have an impressive spin rate of 120 rpm.

Vibration in the power station can move the thrust bearings out of position which must be corrected by Wivenhoe engineers. An important part of maintenance for each turbine is checking the bearings are exactly perpendicular to the turbine’s shafts. A surveyor then needs to verify the bearing’s position and shape. This is a task made difficult by the cramped space inside the machine’s housing. As well as the fact that shutting down the turbines is very costly.

Surveyor for the Wivenhoe Power Station, F.R. Daniel, Huston and Associates, have upgraded their solution for measuring the thrust bearing levels. See how the Trimble DiNi digital level has reduced the survey time taken from two days to five hours while also producing higher quality results in this case study.

Quarry Keeps Finding New Savings with Drone Data

Getting stockpiles surveyed for volume to complete Vista’s month-end reconciliations was a time-consuming routine. Surveyors could deliver data on the quarry’s 40 or more acres of stockpiles in about five days.

The company bought their fixed-wing UAV in 2015 to save time and surveying costs on monthly stockpile volumetrics. They quickly discovered production efficiencies can be gained by measuring stockpile volumes weekly, started laying out more efficient roads and loading floors and saving up to 30% on dryer fuel.

“Having the data in real time, or near real time, has opened up the way we think,” says Joe Drew, Vista’s director of technical services. “As we’ve brought this UAV into our arsenal of tools, it’s allowed people on the production teams to say, ‘Hey, I’d like to have data on a weekly basis or a daily basis, if you can provide it.’ And we absolutely can with the UAV. That allows them to make decisions more rapidly, which ultimately lowers our cost per ton.”

See their full story and other improvements the UAV is providing on the For Construction Pros.com blog.

Real-Time QA on the Job Site

Georgiou Group is an Australian building and civil construction company that delivers a wide range of engineering services across industries such as urban development, oil and gas, transport, precast, water infrastructure and ports and marine. Jason Carolan, a quality representative for Georgiou, is currently overseeing a road upgrade project in the suburb of Narellan in Western Sydney.

To ensure excellent outcomes, Georgiou maintains sound project management systems for safety, quality, the environment, and risk mitigation. However, until recently their paper-based systems for quality assurance, while thorough, were slow and labour intensive.

“Georgiou is striving to be a paperless company, but you’re not really paperless if you’re photocopying and scanning spreadsheets,” said Carolan.

See how the Civil Pro QA module is saving Georgiou time and making communication with stakeholders quick and simple.

Read the case study.