The Dirty Secrets of Stockpile Inventory Management – Part One

A Two-Part Series on What Stockpile Measurement Services Are Not Telling You

Drone companies are announcing new hardware advancements on a monthly basis with technical terms such as RTK, PPK, Megapixel, etc. All of these advancements promise improved absolute point cloud accuracy at an increasingly smaller fraction of a foot. Our clients are constantly asking if they should upgrade to the latest drone. While the new drone hardware will measure more precise surface data, no one talks about a set of two factors that can easily erase any accuracy claims on stockpile measurements. In this two-part series, we are going to deep dive into the two major factors that can derail any stockpile inventory management program.

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Airspace Issues? No Problem with Stockpile Reports

At Stockpile Reports, we believe measuring inventory should be easy for any organization, big or small. A challenge for many of our clients who fly their own drones is navigating the FAA’s airspace regulations. In this article, we guide you through the process of determining if you are in controlled airspace, break down your options for measuring stockpiles near an airport, teach you what to do if you need a waiver, and guide you through DJI’s newest Fly Safe update, GEO System 2.0.

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Top 3 Trends in The Bulk Materials Industries

The AGG1 / World of Asphalt conference set record attendance this year and Stockpile Reports took had a front row seat to gauge the pulse of the bulk materials industries. Read on to find out what top three trends emerged from the show. Also, learn how Stockpockpile Reports is revolutionizing bulk material logistics and how we are solving client’s inventory problems…

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Tips for Measuring Stockpile Inventory in the Winter

Winter time in the northern hemisphere always means less construction and paving activity, however, keeping an ongoing stockpile inventory is still crucial. Our clients often ask whether it is too cold, snowy, etc. to measure their inventory with our iPhone app or a drone. Read on for all the answers to your winter related stockpile measurement and management questions…

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What Our Customers Have Learned About Launching a Drone Inventory Platform

Drones are more affordable than ever. Drones costing $30,000 or more just 3 years ago are now available for $1,500. What does it really cost to fly a drone or start an in-house drone program? Wouldn’t it be great to know what you don’t know before you make the decision? Continue reading to gain valuable insight into the pros and cons of flying a drone.

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Billions of Dollars in Inventory — Your Story From 2018

In 2018, by using Stockpile Reports, as an industry you have saved 224,000 man hours worth $11.2 million dollars. We are seeing a growing number of you going all in using Stockpile Report across your whole company. Find out how you measured inventory at a greater frequency, with more efficiency, and was ultimately able to spend more time on what higher value activities.

Let’s look at what we accomplished together in 2018

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Why the iPhone XS is the Perfect Smartphone for Measuring Stockpiles

Apple just released their new flagship iPhone XS and XS Max on September 21st. The phone looks nearly identical to last year’s iPhone X, however, under the hood it is a completely different story. We spent the past couple months visiting rock quarries, bark mulch producers, and paper mills testing the new iPhone and here is why we love the new iPhone XS.

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We Tested the New Mavic 2 Pro. A Great Drone But…

Updated November 26th, 2018

The long awaited update to DJI’s popular Mavic series drones have finally arrived. On August 23rd, DJI announced two new version of the Mavic: the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom. DJI managed to make large improvements with the camera, battery life, and obstacle sensing capabilities. Within days, our clients were calling and emailing us asking if we were going to support the new drones. We got our hands on the Mavic 2 Pro and put it through our extensive tests. Before you read on, we believe the Mavic 2 Pro is a great drone but has one big deal breaker that prevents us from supporting the drone for the time being. Continue on to find out more about…

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