How Does the iPhone X Work on Stockpiles?

Thinking About Getting an iPhone X?
The iPhone X is the new flagship model of the iPhone that just came out last month. It sports a new improved camera, facial recognition, a faster, more powerful processor, and a new OLED edge-to-edge screen. That all sounds great, but how does it work in the field, in real-world conditions? Continue reading “How Does the iPhone X Work on Stockpiles?”

Monthly Inventory at 100 Sites for $200,000

On November 13, 2013 at the Washington Aggregates Association our CEO, David Boardman made a claim that the attendees couldn’t believe.

“Within 10 years every square centimeter of every construction and aggregates operation would be modeled, indexed, and analyzed in 3d – every minute, of every day, 365 days a year.”

That was almost 4 years ago. Will we get there by 2023? We will.
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2017, The First Half of the Year In Review

You make the world a better place. You build things, you create the raw materials that allow all of us to have a better life. For that, we thank you.

We’d like to take a look back and see what you’ve accomplished in 2017. It was a fascinating year and lots of things happened. Here’s a look at some interesting data of how the first half of the year went.
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One of Our Ph.D.’s, Jared Heinly, Presenting This Week at the CVPR Conference

Sneak Peek of the Presentation by Jared Heinly, Ph.D. at the CVPR Conference

Your chance to learn the ins and outs of large-scale 3D reconstruction from a massive volume of images is almost here. For the first time, Dr. Jared Heinly, along with his team, will be presenting a full day tutorial at the CVPR conference that you won’t want to miss.
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2016 In Review, 44 Billion Dollars and 7 Million Images

You make the world a better place. You build things, you create the raw materials that allow all of us to have a better life. For that, we thank you.

We’d like to take a look back and see what you’ve accomplished in 2016. It was a fascinating year and lots of things happened. Here’s a look at some interesting data of how the year went.

Our first customer measured their first stockpile back in September of 2012. Since then thousands of people, in hundreds of companies, across 24 countries, have performed stockpile measurements, and as the close of 2016, forty-four billion dollars of materials have been measured.


dollars worth of material measured as of the end of 2016

As you’re dialing things in, striving to be as productive and efficient as possible, we’ve seen three top business objectives across our customer base:

Top 3 Use Cases in 2016

Eliminating Write-offs
Write-offs hurt, and everyone has a write-off story. One of the primary reasons people use Stockpile Reports is to manage their inventory, enabling easier, faster, more consistent physical inventory counts. More frequent counts equals catching discrepancies before they can cause any serious problems, making everyone happy and successful.


Verification of Material Purchases
Ordering materials for the job site or bolstering your inventory levels with outside orders can introduce a lot of risk. More and more, customers have been using the patented Stockpile Reports iPhone to do quick spot checks of deliveries, ensuring the amounts are correct and guaranteeing they have what they need to get things done.


Cutting Costs & Improving Safety
Customers are experiencing a 10x boost in time-savings when using Stockpile Reports over traditional methods. Quicker inventory means less man-hours spent. Even when considering other new drone-based offerings, Stockpile Reports automates all the back-office work, allowing you to get inventory done faster.

Keeping people off piles improves safety. Whether using the Stockpile Reports iPhone app or your own drone, you’ll be able to stay on flat ground, out of harm's way, avoiding the risks associated with climbing on piles.




How Do Our Top 20 Customers Use Stockpile Reports?



Usage by Industry



Usage Growth


Since the beginning of 2015 we’ve seen almost 500% growth. Measurements surging 261% in 2016 alone, everyone is moving toward more frequent inventory counts. Companies are adopting drones quickly and balancing out to a full measurement toolkit with iPhone and airplane measurements.



Frequency Patterns by Industry


On Demand
More and more companies are using spot-check measurements to handle production calibration and delivery verification.





Top 3 Storage Risks Identified Across Our Customer Base


Since Stockpile Reports automatically identifies site condition risk, we have been able to see general trends in site conditions across the entire customer base. In addition to equipment, debris, standing water, and buried bases, we’ve seen the above three risks surface as the most common issues that generate inventory risk.

Stockpile Reports scores your measurement performance and auto-identifies storage condition risks.





Nearly 7 Million Images Processed

If your full-time job was to go out and take a photo every 5 seconds of your work-day, it would take you nearly 4.86 years to take 7,000,000 photos. Now imagine having to compare every pixel with every other pixel, calculating those pixel's position in 3d space, generating a visual model and statistics on the volume and tonnage of those image sets. You wouldn’t be able to finish before you retired from your job. Our system is infinitely scalable and handles that process every day.



In the Future...

In the not too distant future we see the emergence of real-time data captured from cameras and sensors on hard-hats, vehicles, front-loaders, stationary poles, phones and drones, creating a real-time flow of production stats, site conditions, and equipment status. Imagine having your safety glasses with real-time stats floating above your crusher, belts, and each pile. You’ll always be in the know.



Summary

The Stockpile Reports Inventory Management System is the only solution where you can truly scale your inventory to your entire team. Whether you’re using your own drone, our patented iPhone app, or our network of airplane pilots, you’ll be able to get your inventory done much more quickly and consistently. Your entire team can work from the same set of data: measurers, managers, and finance, all working together in our web portal. Stockpile Reports is the only solution in the marketplace that gives you a full toolkit for inventory management at scale.

We’re here to help
If you’d like to discuss how to scale up your inventory management and eliminate write-offs we’d be happy to discuss.

Feel free to give us a ring at:
+1 (425) 285-4303




What We Think of the new DJI Phantom 4 Pro

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Poised to take the market by storm, with its drastically improved camera and loads of new features, the new DJI Phantom 4 Pro has just started shipping. We were able to get our hands on one last week and here are our first impressions:

DJI Phantom 4 Pro with iPhone Bundle

Higher Image Resolution

The light gathering capability, with a much larger image sensor, gives the DJI Phantom 4 Pro a major boost in capturing details and giving clearer imagery. This greatly increases performance in low-light conditions as well. Your stockpiles have never looked so good!

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Image Sensor


Sharper Images

Upgraded with a mechanical shutter and mechanical aperture, the Phantom 4 Pro will give crisper shots, and do a much better job at controlling the amount of light. You’re much less likely to get overexposed images or distortion on the finer details.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Has Sharper Images Than Phantom 4

Obstacle Avoidance

With three sets of dual vision sensors, the Phantom 4 Pro enjoys a 6-camera navigation system (two front-facing, two rear-facing, two down-facing), and includes infrared sensors, one on each side, protecting from the left and right directions. This is up from only a front-facing and down-facing set on the Phantom 4. What this means is, with the Phantom 4, you're only getting obstacle avoidance when flying forward. With the Phantom 4 Pro you're covered in all directions.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Has 6-Camera Obstacle Avoidance System

30-minute Flight Time

Longer flight times mean less battery changes, resulting in quicker inventories. Adding an additional 2 minutes over its predecessor, the Phantom 4 Pro becomes more of a productive workhorse for your inventory management. Two minutes might not sound like a lot, but it can make a good time savings when you’re able to eke out those last few piles before changing batteries.

In Summary
While some of the improvements are moderately better, the factor that makes the biggest difference for you and your stockpile measurement considerations is the camera. Better imagery makes for the increased likelihood of clear and consistent results—especially in less than favorable conditions like low light or wind. The Phantom 4 Pro is an exciting machine and we’re glad to officially include it in our list of approved drones for Stockpile Reports Inventory Management.

You Can Have the Phantom 4 Pro for Free!
We’re offering a free DJI Phantom 4 Pro and free iPhone 7 with our Inventory Management Starter Pack.
End Of Year Special Promotion With Free Phantom 4 Pro & iPhone 7
If you don’t yet have a Stockpile Reports subscription click here to take advantage of this end-of-year special. If you’re already a customer and you’d like to see how you can take advantage of this promo with your existing plan feel free to get in touch and we can discuss a modification to accommodate this benefit.

Sincerely,
Stockpile Reports
info@stockpilereports.com
+1 (425) 285-4303