Data, Not Distractions

The construction, agricultural, transportation and mining industries have welcomed the idea of using a drone for multiple business applications. Image of iPhone, drone, airplane data collection methods.

Stockpile Reports has been to several conferences and events during the recent months, and have noticed how many new drone exhibitors are appearing. In fact, it is very difficult for anyone NOT to notice how the interest in using drones is rapidly expanding.

We enjoy seeing technology change, and grow. During these conferences, we often ask attendees how their companies currently measure stockpile inventory, and if there is a drone strategy in place.

Some businesses already have a drone, or are in the process of purchasing one.

A few have already tried to utilize a drone, but decided that it was not a good return on their investment, in terms of both the cash spent, and the time needed to obtain accurate stockpile reporting. So they stopped using a drone.

Distractions

Some companies and managers have told us that they don’t wish to make an investment in a drone just yet. A few reasons include:

  • Avoiding the need for instructional training
  • Don’t wish to make an investment in accompanying software
  • Their site location is not conducive to drones; such as being near an airport or in a windy area
  • Their stockpiles are messy: vegetation covers the piles, the pile materials touch, there are stackers and obstructions
  • They have multiple sites, spread out so far away from the other so travel becomes a factor
  • Not a clear, compelling ‘need’ to either purchase or lease a drone yet
  • Don’t want to buy more than one drone in case one becomes damaged or flies away
  • Not certain they will get a good ROI on a drone purchase in terms of labor savings vs. other survey methods over a period of time
  • Wary about FAA regulations

Generally, Stockpile Reports has found that the construction, transportation and mining industries prefer to avoid new investments that require massive training. Companies are interested in results that are accurate, safe, simple, legal, and of course, cost-effective.

Data

To drone or not to drone? We aren’t able to answer that question. Every company has different needs and concerns. Drones can be a very good way to gather data for stockpile volumetric reporting!

We can, however, authoritatively state that our clients really want answers. They want accurate perpetual inventory, and want to avoid write-offs.

Stockpile Reports has a patented platform that processes data gathered from a drone, from an airplane or via iPhone. It also doesn’t matter what type of drone is flown. Clients have the choice to use one image collection method, or all three!

In other words, BYOD. Bring your own drone, we’ll process the data. Don’t want to do that? No problem, we’ll provide the most cost effective flight survey solution in the market— we’ll fly your site and process the data. Or you can use an iPhone and we’ll process the data from your smartphone.

As you can see, it doesn’t matter what solution you choose. If you want to invest in a drone in the future, we’re here for you. Your company won’t need to also invest in a system to process the data, or to warehouse it. Our subscribers already receive those benefits. And even better— our clients receive accurate reports in hours with minimal training, no extra hidden fees, and no other distractions.

 

 

 

2016: Stockpile Reports Predicts It Will Be The Year of the Drone

Did you know that the FAA predicted there would be at least 1 million drones gifted during 2015’s holiday season? Drones were the must-have toy for 2015. If you live near a park, parking lot or open space, chances are high that someone is probably flying, or trying to fly a new drone there right now.

Stockpile Reports predicts that 2016 will be The Year of the Drone for businesses. Stockpile measurement by UAV will assist site inventory for mining, aggregates and construction companies in 2016.

Recreational drones arrived in many sizes, from big to small, this Christmas. This is a micro drone quadcopter.
Recreational drones arrived in many sizes, from large to small, this Christmas. This is a micro drone quadcopter.

Soaring Sales

The demand for recreational drones made them the a very popular toy for 2015. They are easily available, come in multiple shapes and sizes, and are relatively inexpensive. For example, you can even buy one at Macy’s. Recreational drones use sophisticated technology, requiring little to no training to operate.

It is much easier to buy a drone than it is to fly it. Here are some of the steps new drone users need to take before flying their drone:

1. Read the guide

2. Charge the batteries for the drone and controller

3. Install the app if it is a camera drone

4. Get the app to work with the drone. You might need to install an update.

5. You may want to register the drone with the manufacturer

6. Register your drone with the FAA

The FAA recently required that drones weighing more than .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds must be registered. That includes adding the weight of a camera to it. The FAA points out if your drone weighs more than two sticks of butter, you should register it.

Images: Drones are rapidly becoming an accepted stockpile measurement tool for mining, aggregates and construction companies.
Drones are rapidly becoming an accepted stockpile measurement tool for mining, aggregates and construction companies.

Soaring Interest in Flying for Business Purposes

Stockpile Reports  has observed a huge industry interest in stockpile measurements via Unassisted Aerial Vehicles (also known as drones). We’ve had many questions from our clients, asking our advice about measuring stockpiles with a drone. It’s not uncommon for an aggregates, mining or construction company to have a drone on-site, piloted by an internal resource. Similar to recreational models, purchasers have the ability to purchase whatever drone configuration and model that works best for their locations and needs, while purchase prices continue to drop.

However, companies that wish to fly a drone for business use are required to register with the FAA, and get a Section 333 Exemption. Here is the most recent list provided by the FAA of authorizations granted.

UAVs can be considered as a low-cost alternative to manned aerial photogrammetry, and can be advantageous to use for inspection, surveillance, mapping, and 3D modeling. Stockpile Reports has been measuring stockpiles by drone since 2013, in countries where the practice is already accepted and regulated.

From Your Drone to the CFO

Are you completing site inventory measurements with a drone? You fly the drone, and we’ll provide the report results. Business can process drone imagery with a StockpileReports.com subscription at no extra cost. It is your choice: fly an eBee, Phantom, or other drone type. Upload the data, and we’ll circle the piles for you. It only takes minutes to tag your materials. Measurement results are ready for the CFO, auditors and managers in hours.

Our patented platform provides accurate measurements from airplanes, drones or iPhone images. Stockpile Reports is easy to use, provides quick results in hours, and reduces write-offs. We have more than 120 companies in 14 countries who have measured over 200 million tons of materials utilizing our measurement methods.

If you are also excited about technology and how it can benefit your business, please contact us. We’re happy to talk about our success stories via drone measurement, and our experiences utilizing UAVs around the world.

What is Accuracy?

When someone asks you if your watch is accurate, what do they mean?

wrist-watch image
Is this watch keeping time accurately, or precisely?

Let’s first compare accuracy and precisionA measurement can be accurate without being precise.

Now that might sound confusing. That’s because many people use the words ‘accuracy’ and ‘precision’ interchangeably.

Those words are actually different from the other. Accuracy is the degree of conformity of a measured or calculated quantity to its actual (true) value. Precision is the degree to which further measurements or calculations show the same or similar results.

Let’s go back to the watch comparison: Accuracy is usually meant as the ability of a watch to keep time, as measured against a certain reliable external standard, or the “degree of conformity.” If a watch matches the time signal reasonably closely to an atomic clock, (for example, within 10-20 seconds of variance every month) most watch owners conclude that their watch is “accurate.”

Scientists usually refer to precision when they say a clock, or watch is precise if it will gain or lose a second over millions of years compared to an atomic clock. In fact, an atomic clock itself keeps time so precisely that it will neither gain nor lose a second for the next 15 billion years.

Image of salt pile.
Measure physical inventory accurately and consistently to reduce write-offs.

Our customers tell us that conducting precise stockpile measurements is both expensive and time-consuming. This often involves working with a third party with related expertise. It is not only expensive to hire surveyors or a measurement team, but the logistics can be difficult. Hiring an outside firm takes preparation time, and even causes sites to temporarily shut down production for safety reasons. This makes it difficult to take precise measurements more than a few times a year.

We certainly appreciate precision, but a lot of changes can happen to stockpiles in between precise measurements, if measurements are only made every six months, or once a year! Yet, that’s what often happens.

True inventory management and control arrives through frequent measurements, performed consistently. Measuring by plane, UAV (drone) and iPhone enables our subscribers to accurately and safely measure stockpiles weekly, monthly or quarterly.

We are proud that there is no need to hire a third-party to perform physical inventory. Our service is push-button simple: a load operator or a VP can measure the same stockpile, at the same time, and receive consistent report results.

Not only is it easy, but our patent-pending platform also returns highly accurate results. Our accuracy rate ranges cluster to within a few degrees of a precise measurement. This makes keeping track of physical inventory reliable and predictable.

Accuracy and Consistency

Consistent, frequent, physical inventory measurements reduce inventory discrepancies. Company financials require less adjustments. Our patent-pending platform also reduces labor costs, and improves worker safety.

Intrigued? Contact us to find out how your business can benefit from utilizing our service today.

 

New Clients and How We Help Them

StockpileReports.com reached a new milestone recently: We have over 100 international clients, measuring over 200,000,000 tons of material with our patent-pending platform!

We are extremely proud to assist clients with the challenge of gathering, measuring, and maintaining accurate inventory of stockpiled materials. We’ve helped our customers measure stockpiles at over 1200 locations. Although stockpiles come in a vast variety of shapes, sizes, materials, locations and challenges, we’ve found that companies all over the world aren’t hiring us to just solve measurements.

To be frank, clients are hiring us because they don’t want write-offs. They want the quarterly inventory arguments to end.

Businesses want to measure smarter, and manage their inventory confidently.

Stockpile Reports is the only company providing accurate inventory results and performance insights for materials management companies that is scaleable and push-button simple. We enable our clients to end the uncertainly and large write-offs. 

As 2015 draws to a close, clients all over the world are measuring thousands of stockpiles and preparing for year-end inventory.  Our clients are getting consistent results using an iPhone, plane, or drone— with a minimum use of their resources. They’re making rock instead of counting it, and feeling confident in their report results.

We greatly enjoy meeting and training clients in person, and helping them solve their stockpile challenges at each site. After we leave, we’re confident that we’ve also assisted them in solving the challenge of inventory management.

Contact us, and find out how we can assist you. We’ll also be exhibiting at the World of Concrete Show in February in Booth N3247, and at AGG1/World of Asphalt in March, Booth 2851. We look forward to meeting you, and demonstrating how our solution provides consistent, bankable results.

Client stockpile challenges from our training visits around the US this week.
Individual stockpile challenges from recent training visits around the US this week.
We're not ashamed to strap a GoPro to our helmet while training. This helps us to remember questions and site challenges.
We’re not ashamed to strap a GoPro to our helmet while training. This helps us to remember questions and site challenges.
Our team is always interested in what our clients say, and what problems they wish to solve.
Our team is always interested in what our clients say, and what problems they wish to solve.
Every site also has varying geographical and weather-related challenges, too.
Every site also has varying geographical and weather-related challenges, too.
Don't forget to visit our booths at World of Concrete and Agg1/World of Asphalt.
Don’t forget to visit our booths at World of Concrete and Agg1/World of Asphalt.

Photogrammetry and UAVs

Technology can sometimes seem too abstract to completely appreciate. Clients often don’t know what to expect after their first stockpile measurements, even after we explain it to them. That’s why the Stockpile Reports Sales and Support team often gives new clients a peek behind the scenes about what happens after their data is uploaded to our system. They are usually very delighted when they view their first 3D stockpile model online, and see the results of photogrammetry. As the saying goes: Seeing is believing!

What is Photogrammetry?

Photogrammetry is the art and science of obtaining precise mathematical measurements and three-dimensional (3D) data from two or more photographs. The term “photogrammetry” is derived from three Greek words: ‘photos’ meaning ‘light’, ‘gramma’ meaning ‘which is drawn’, and ‘metron’ meaning ‘to measure’. It is the science and technology of generating 3D information from 2D measurements.

It is astonishing to think that this science has existed since the 1860’s! Employing photogrammetry for commercial usage has become much more popular recently.

Current Usage

Who hasn’t heard or read about drones? It is difficult to avoid news about UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), commonly referred to as ‘drones’. Although the use of drones in photogrammetry and lidar mapping is still in the very early stages, interest in utilizing drones for various applications has exploded.

An example of a site point cloud, images taken by UAV. The data was processed by Stockpile Reports, and resulting stockpile volume results provided the client with measurement details and corresponding contour line drawing.
An example of a reconstructed site point cloud, using images taken by UAV. The data was processed by Stockpile Reports, and resulting stockpile volume results (click for details) provided the client with measurement details and corresponding contour line drawing.

The broad definition of a UAV covers balloons, kites, gliders, airships, rotary and fixed wing types. These have the capability for photogrammetric data acquisition in manual, semi-automated and automated flight mode.

Aerial photogrammetry is achieved by drone and by plane. This is done by mounting a camera either to, or inside an aircraft and is usually pointed vertically towards the ground. Multiple overlapping photos of the ground are taken as the aircraft flies along a flight path.

However, it isn’t just the flight path that matters to obtain a good photogrammatic result. If the photo imagery isn’t sharp, then the quality of a rendered 3D model suffers. Small features would be blurry if you were to zoom in on an aerial photo.

There is also close-range photogrammetry, where the camera is close to the subject, with an object-to-camera distance of less than 300 meters. Traditionally, this has applied to photographs using hand-held cameras, on a tripod, or on a vehicle.

The maximum flying height by commercial drones with a Section 333 license above populated areas, as required by the FAA is below 300 meters, so measuring by UAV would also be an example of close-range photogrammetry as well.

The same basic principles apply to photographs taken from a camera mounted on a tripod (terrestrial) and also to UAVs and cameras suspended from light sport aircraft (low level aerial). The photo imagery must be sharp to provide the basis for a good 3D output.

As of October 22, 2015, there are currently 2020 petitions for Section 333 Exemptions that have been granted by the FAA.

Applications for UAV photogrammetry

The most common use is for mapping. Examples include:

  • Orthophoto’s (geospatially corrected aerial images)
  • 3D Building Models
  • Contour Maps
  • Planemetric features such as road edges and heights, signs, building footprints, etc.
  • 3D vegetation modelling
  • Volumetric Surveys

Industries that benefit from having 3D models include:

  • Forestry Management and Planning
  • Flood Modelling
  • Pollution Modelling
  • Mapping and Cartography
  • Urban Planning
  • Coastline Management
  • Transport Planning
  • Oil and Gas Exploration
  • Quarries and Minerals
  • Archaeology
  • Cellular Network Planning

Stockpile Reports is experienced at processing the data collected from flying an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle).  We’ve been measuring stockpiles by UAV since 2013, in countries where this method is already accepted and regulated.

We are happy to assist clients with stockpile measurements taken via UAV, ensuring that the data captures optimal imagery, generating excellent results. We are also very experienced at piloting and operating various UAS models.

Contact us for more information about our reporting using UAVs. If you’d like to read more about photogrammetry in everyday life, check out another blog post.

 

Aggregates Production and Physical Inventory

Rock Products recently published the news: Aggregates Production Rises in Second Quarter, stating “An estimated 607 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of 3 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2014, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).”

However, further down into the article was some less-than-good news: “The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the second quarter of 2015 decreased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2014. The largest decreases in percentages were recorded in the West South Central and the Mountain divisions.”Sales Meeting Cartoon

Notice that the word used to describe both the positive and negative production measurements is “estimated“.

How many aggregates producers do you think estimate their production and sales every quarter? How many do you think were either pleasantly, or unpleasantly surprised when they recorded inventory numbers?

Aggregate Research states that the 2015 Q2 production numbers were gained by the USGS via state surveys, with the USGS Mineral Industry Surveys providing more detail.

Estimation and surprises (good and bad) are not new in the aggregates industry. Tracking the quantity of goods on hand has traditionally been difficult to do in dynamic or remote quarries and sites.

There are two types of inventory methods: a periodic inventory method, and a perpetual inventory system.

In a periodic, or physical inventory method, there is no cost of goods sold in an accounting period until there is a physical count.

Challenges with this method include:

  • Estimation errors. You must estimate the cost of goods sold during interim periods, which will likely result in a significant adjustment to the actual cost of goods whenever you eventually complete a physical inventory count.
  • Large adjustments. There is no way to adjust for obsolete inventory or scrap losses during interim periods, so there tends to be a significant (and expensive) adjustment for these issues when a physical inventory count is eventually completed.

If your company physically measures stockpiles weekly, monthly, quarterly, every six months, or by year, you use the periodic (or physical) inventory method. The more often you measure, and record the results, the more accurate your accounting will be.

Discrepancies or errors in accounting are difficult to investigate, if physical measurements are not completed often and accurately, as there are not enough physical inventory records to track through. Write-offs happen. Less accurate record-keeping makes it extremely difficult to set future performance expectations.

Aggregate producers assume degrees of  inaccuracy in measurements (such as density variations and belt calibrations.) For enterprises with multiple sites and locations, any variation could multiply into the millions of dollars.

Walmart knows exactly what is on their shoe shelves. McDonalds knows how many Big Macs a store sells every day, and management at Target has accurate numbers as to how many candy bars are available for events such as Halloween. They know this by constant physical inventory methods.

Perpetual inventory enables site owners and businesses to obtain real-time knowledge and confidence about existing inventory on hand, if measurements are made and recorded often and regularly.

Frequent, accurate measurements provides feedback into the success of production modes, and helps Senior Management team evaluate performance. The results are highly auditable too, because there are continual updates to either the general ledger or inventory journal.

Every stockpile is cash sitting on the ground.

Survey costs, production downtime, labor costs, tool accuracy, site locations and turn-around times have been barriers to achieving a state of accurate inventory.

Isn’t it time for Aggregates producers to finally update measurement processes to enable rapid physical inventory?

Stockpile Reports is the only measurement platform enabling large enterprises to have accurate inventory. We have the lowest costs, our results are highly auditable and available in hours, giving companies the fastest accurate physical inventory measurements available. Getting those measurements performed often, regularly, and accurately is the key to inventory control.

Think about it: if your inventory numbers were better, would it change your business? How would if affect decision-making?

Contact our team for more details about how we are currently solving accurate inventory problems for enterprises, and how we can help you.

 

*From AccountingTools.com

Plans for 2016

Senior members of the Stockpile Reports team converged this week at the Redmond, WA office.

The agenda? Making plans for 2016.

We shared what we’ve learned from our large and small business clients, brainstormed new ideas, and planned for upcoming events and exhibitions. Coming up in the first quarter of 2016, Stockpile Reports will have a booth inside the Technology for Construction pavilion at the World of Concrete in February. We’ll also be attending and exhibiting at AGG1/World of Asphalt in March, with CEO David Boardman as a featured speaker, presenting “Transforming Big Data into Big Results.”

It wasn’t all work. We also had fun working with the new iPhone 6s, and went onsite to measure piles. It was very muddy and slippery, so we were extra careful planning our walks around each stockpile.

Have you begun making plans for 2016? Are you confident that you’ve managed and tracked material inventory throughout 2015 accurately, avoiding a big write-off?

If inventory management was better than it is now, would it change your business? How would improved inventory management affect business decisions, if you were more confident in your data?

2015 is almost over, but there is still time to make changes so that enterprises can feel more confident about their Q4 numbers. It doesn’t matter if you manage 30, 100 or 1000 sites. We provide national coverage so you can do large-scale inventory efficiently, accurately and frequently.

Stockpile Reports is gearing up for a great 2016. We’d like to help you plan ahead for a successful 2016, too. Give us a call at 425-285-4303 or email us if you’d like more information. We’re here to help.

Left: Coffee, donuts and discussions off-site. Right: Maury and Richard on a client call.
Left: Coffee, donuts and discussions off-site.                                                                 Right: Maury and Richard on a client call.
Left: Signing into the site office. Right: A quick pose before measuring stockpiles.
Left: Signing into the site office.                       Right: A quick pose before measuring stockpiles.
Left: Measuring a stockpile using an iPhone. Right: David shows a client his new iPhone 6s and an older model.
Left: Measuring a stockpile using an iPhone.                                                                                Right: David shows a client his new iPhone 6s and an older model.
Left: A brainstorming session idea.                                                                 Right: Marking a control target.

 

Thinking Big

Our customers like to think big. By that, we mean BIG.

Rock Products Sept 2015 magazine issue features the Top 100 Crushed Stone Producers. We do business with over 25% of the major producers on that list.

The contour lines from a washed sand stockpile recently measured by drone. The pile's tonnage total was over half a million tons: 585,165.
The contour lines from a washed sand stockpile recently measured by drone. The pile’s tonnage total was over half a million tons: 585,165.

Those clients aren’t satisfied with what is the ‘norm’. Business as usual isn’t providing the data needed fast enough, with report accuracy that the CFO can count on.

They looked for new measurement solutions and discovered us.

Stockpile Reports’ continued success is due to our accuracy, fast reporting and also for the flexibility it gives clients such as the Texas Department of Transportation. The TxDOT utilizes Stockpile Reports’ platform state-wide for measurements. The platform supports measurements using  iPhone, drone and plane data.

The demand for fast results and measurements in a myriad of configurations has certainly kept us on our toes! There are some BIG stockpiles out there, in many various configurations. Our team has literally viewed thousands of different stockpiles now, and unsurprisingly many present big challenges for measurement.

Some of those piles are too large to measure with an iPhone. Some are next to water. Some are in very busy environments with lots of truck traffic.

The reconstructed point cloud made from the drone's flight data.
The reconstructed point cloud made from the drone’s flight data.

And some clients not only want one site measured, they want their entire enterprise measured at once, across states. We’re talking thousands of piles. That’s big.

That’s a reason why we are excited that clients are beginning to utilize UAVs (drones) for measurement, and also why we offer site measurements by aerial. The average labor time for clients who utilize aerials for measurements is 20 minutes. That’s not big at all— but the time saved, and the reporting data resulting from using aerials IS big.

Here’s a stat that keeps getting bigger: so far, iPhone measurements have been performed by 967 unique users from 264 companies.

Do you want to think big, and try new methods of stockpile measurements for your company? Contact us. If you do, you’ll also discover another reason why our business is growing. We’re nice people, too.

Weather Your Seasonal Measurements

rainysite

This time of year is shoulder season, when temps and weather conditions are extremely changeable. Rain, wind, snow, sleet, storms, sunshine, dust, fog, heat and hail happen!

It doesn’t matter what is happening outside, though. Companies throughout the world still need to track inventory. Our clients in Europe, North America, South America, Australia and South Africa all share the same inventory challenges, despite how different the weather is at those locations.

Frequency, Safety, Efficiency

Make a measurement plan and be prepared for the weather.rainbow

Monthly: Utilize aerial measurements for site-wide inventory purposes each month.

Keep your boots off the ground. Measuring a site, or multiple sites, by plane is the fastest and safest method to gather data of all uncovered stockpiles. Here is how easy and fast the process is:

Step One: Client requests an aerial flight.
Step Two: Client tags the piles with material.
Step Three: Client view the results online.

Our customers typically spend 20 minutes of internal labor time per flight.

Online access to site and stockpile reports are available within hours after the flight. There is no action needed from clients other than tagging the outlined stockpiles online after the flight.

Daily: Go outside and make spot-checks onsite during operations. Simply use the iPhone in your measurement mix.

It only takes minutes for one of your team to measure an individual stockpile. You can also use the iPhone for inside and outside bunker measurements. If you’ve got a break in the weather, go outside and measure. There’s no need to wait for a third party to arrive and pay them to do the measurements.

Complement your ground-based imagery by drone. If you’ve got one and are certified to fly it, go for it! This might be a great solution if you have a few hours available to measure a smaller site, or very large stockpiles. Upload the data to us and we will process it and provide reporting.

The Best of Ground and Air

Whatever method you choose for measuring the piles on your site(s), the report results will be ready online in hours.

Your quarry will have the information needed to make operational business decisions on a weekly or monthly basis, and the CFO will have the numbers to manage inventory.

Client Training and Activity

The end of every month is always exciting for our team. Our customers measure their stockpile inventory by plane, drone and iPhone, and the number of measurement activity always increases at month’s end.

242 TxDOT employees measured stockpiles for June's inventory.
242 TxDOT employees measured stockpiles for June’s inventory.

1 Month + 1 State + 242 Employees = 2000 Stockpile Reports

The TxDOT measured almost 2000 stockpiles for their statewide inventory in June. They did it all in-house, with 242 state DOT employees across 25 Texas districts. This week our team assisted them with measuring material in bins. Richard and Galen trained team members on how to use our iPhone app to measure bunkers onsite, adding to a more complete inventory total for the state.

It is officially the Fall season now, but this week, the weather across the US has been favorable for client training. Our Sales and Support team have been racking up the frequent flier miles by training clients from the east to the west coasts. This is a great way for us to hear first-hand about business’s stockpile measurement challenges and assist clients personally with advanced training.

If you’re interested in seeing what Stockpile Reports can do for your business, please connect with us. We’re here to help you manage your inventory.

Bunker measurement training at the Texas Department of Transportation.
Bunker measurement training at the Texas Department of Transportation.
Reviewing a bunker stockpile report in the classroom.
Reviewing a bunker stockpile report in the classroom.
As the weather begins to change, regular inventory of road salt (stored in bunkers) is essential for state and local DOTs.
As the weather begins to change, regular inventory of road salt (stored in bunkers) is essential for state and local DOTs.
It only took 65 seconds to measure the contents of this bunker.
It only took 65 seconds to measure the contents of this bunker, after the cones and wall dimensions were entered into the app.
This client is clearing the area around a stockpile prior to measurement.
This client is clearing the area around a stockpile prior to measurement.
A customer is getting ready to measure stockpile inventory.
A customer is getting ready to measure stockpile inventory, with measuring tape, 2 construction cones and an iPhone.
Placing the construction cones in front of the pile.
Placing the construction cones in front of the pile.