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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Our Exhibit at 2016’s AGG1 Academy and Expo in Nashville

The 2016 AGG1 Academy & Expo broke records for attendance, exhibit and education numbers, according to show organizers the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). The event was held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., March 22-24, in conjunction with the World of Asphalt.

The sold-out show floor covered a record 157,000-plus net square feet of exhibit space – a 16-percent increase over the 2015 shows, with a record 500-plus exhibitors, including 150 new to the shows.Registered attendance of more than 9,000 beat the 2015 record set in Baltimore by 18 percent.

Stockpile Reports exhibited in 2015 as well as this year. We were so busy last year that we doubled the size of our booth in 2016, and are glad we did! We announced our new initiative to the press, “Project Acumen” with the industry’s only Verified Report results and Verified StampTM.

Verified Reports has added these features to our stockpile measurement reporting: New patent-pending Base and Surface Confidence Scores in stockpile measurement reports. The Base Confidence score quantifies how much of the stockpile toe was visible during the measurement process. The Surface Confidence score quantifies how much of the pile’s surface was visible during the measurement process. Every score’s result is derived using algorithms that compute visibility issues related to obstructions, including vegetation, stackers, machinery, debris, water, material from neighboring piles, and more.

David Boardman, our CEO, gave a presentation titled ‘Transforming Big Data into Big Results’ about advances in technology, drones and large-scale image capture to attendees. Mark Crain of Lane Construction was his guest.

Downtown Nashville as the sun begins to set.
An early arrival to attend Pit and Quarry’s 2016 Hall of Fame Induction.
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Mark Crain and David Boardman talk about how Big Data is transforming how business gets accomplished for aggregates producers.
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Busy nightlife activity with live music in Nashville. Phil Vassar headlined the NSSGA opening celebration, sponsored by Aggregates Manager.
BBQ and Museums in Nashville
Nashville has become a hub for pop, rock, bluegrass, Americana, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues, and soul music. And don’t forget they also have LOTS of great BBQ.
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A busy day at the Stockpile Reports booth. David and Galen are standing behind 3D printed models of stockpiles measured by our clients.
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The Music City Center has 350,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, and is virtually column-free.
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The booth has been open for 15 minutes, and attendees are beginning to visit us– and the other exhibits.
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Here’s what attendees don’t see– the booth being taken down, and the heavy machinery are driven out of the event space. It’s very noisy once the doors close.

Are Your Inventory Numbers Tracking to Your 2016 Plan?

How are your inventory numbers tracking to your 2016 plan? Q1 is almost over. Are you feeling confident?

Maybe you are assuming that this year will be “different”, and inventory numbers will come close to reconciling, without making changes in current stockpile measurement methods.

Stockpile inventory management is often a real source of ongoing frustration for the companies that have approached Stockpile Reports for help. We met with, and spoke with dozens of people about their challenges at the recent AGG1 conference in Nashville, Tennessee. They outlined many reasons for infrequent measurements.

CEO David Boardman discusses inventory challenges with booth visitors at 2016 AGG1 conference.
CEO David Boardman discusses inventory challenges with booth visitors at 2016 AGG1 conference.

Accessibility, safety, costs, schedules and competing priorities make it difficult for the quarry manager to measure stockpiles as often as the accounting department would prefer. We hear managers say, “Do they want me to make rock— or measure rock?”

The CFOs who spoke with us wants production levels to remain in alignment with 2016’s accounting plan. Accounting departments often struggle with various data entry sources from multiple people. Measurement information comes in from voice, email, paper and spreadsheets. Too often there are data error issues.

Is it unreasonable to want stockpile inventory tracking available on a real-time basis?

No. Our clients have discovered that utilizing a combination of iPhone and aerial (airplane or drone) imagery provides a complete solution. Mark Crain, of Lane Construction, gave a testimonial at AGG1 describing the company’s success using many sources of imagery for accurate perpetual inventory.

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Lane Construction’s Mark Crain speaks about success using iPhones, drones and airplanes for company-wide inventory management at AGG1.

The business benefits of using an iPhone and drone/airplane combination include:

  • Measuring with an iPhone is easy enough to use that anyone can measure stockpiles with minimal training, reducing outsourcing costs
  • Using an iPhone on the ground enables frequent spot-checks
  • Using aerial data by plane or drone provides ongoing quarterly, or monthly measurements
  • Aerial stockpile measurements provides material information for hard-to-reach, large, or dangerous stockpiles
  • Airplane flyovers are the fastest and easiest method to measure multiple sites across a wide geographical area
  • Stockpile Reports arranges flyovers and schedules them for your company
  • Stockpile Reports has the platform to process your data, regardless of aerial, drone or iPhone collection methods
  • Measurement results are automatically processed and available to corporate with no data entry
  • The measurement results meets the consistency and accuracy requirements of your company’s third-party requirements
  • iPhone and aerial measurement methods meet safety requirements
  • Competitive subscription pricing gives the company the freedom to measure year-round

Learn from what hasn’t worked before: don’t assume that this time things will be “different” when it comes to your monthly inventory results. Start now.  Make an action plan that will get you to your 2016 target. Contact us today for more information and ask about a demonstration— we can help.

 

 

 

Visit Us in Nashville at 2016 World of Asphalt and AGG1 Academy and Expo

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NSSGA’s 2016 AGG1 Academy and Expo in Nashville is shaping up to be the biggest and most diverse aggregates-focused education program yet.

Nearly 60 sessions will cover everything from aggregates basics, like Crushing 101 and Screening 101, to deep-dive case studies of new processes and technologies. Experts from NSSGA member companies will share their knowledge of techniques and best practices to help industry peers operate more safely, efficiently and profitably.

David Boardman, CEO of Stockpile Reports will be presenting at the AGG1 Academy, Nashville NSSGA AGG1 logoWednesday March 23 in Room 106A from 2:00-3:30. The topic is “Transforming Big Data into Big Results“. He’s showing real-world case studies, and has an industry-respected guest client who will be speaking about his company’s transformation and success.

Accompanying the education sessions is NSSGA’s 2016 AGG1 Expo. Stockpile Reports will be exhibiting at AGG1 for our second year, in Booth 2851. We are very upbeat about attending. Our booth has doubled in size! We have some exciting news to share during this event as well, so stay tuned to this blog, or come visit us if you are attending. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, as we will be posting timely photos of the event all during the week.

This year’s Expo showcase has over 45,000 square feet of the latest in aggregates processing equipment, technologies and solutions. From drones to dredges and everything in between, attendees will get a sneak peek into the future of the industry. AGG1 is the go-to show for the aggregates industry, over 6,000 key decision makers from companies around the globe will be attending.

The digital version of the World of Asphalt 2016 Show and Conference Directory is available online. Stockpile Reports is in the inside back cover. http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/NAPG/NAPG0016/index.php#/150

Skip the line at the booth! You may schedule a personal appointment during the event by email.

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville at the show!

 

 

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.

A Successful AGG1 Exhibit

The team at Stockpile Reports had a great time ‘working the booth’ during last week’s Aggregates Academy & Expo and World of Asphalt Shows in Baltimore, Maryland. AGG1 Academy & Expo is owned by the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA).

This year’s event featured industry-focused educational programming and exhibits showcasing new technologies and innovations in equipment, products and services. So, of course we were there!

This year’s convention was the most successful to date with more than 7,500 attendees from 50 countries, 10,000 educational session tickets purchased, and 135,000 square feet of space taken by 450 exhibitors.

In addition to making new contacts, the team in Stockpile Reports’ booth used this opportunity to strengthen existing relationships with customers and announce our new monthly aerial subscription offering. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! We’ve already signed up for the 2016 show in Nashville.

Baltimore rolled out the welcome mat for the conference, with signage at the convention center and through-out the cite.
Baltimore rolled out the welcome mat for the conference, with signage at the convention center and through-out the city.
Setting up the booth before the show opened. This was a great time to meet our neighboring exhibitors and learn about their offerings.
Setting up the booth before the show opened. This was a great time to meet our neighboring exhibitors and learn about their offerings.
There was some impressive machinery for view on AGG1's exhibition floor!
There was some impressive machinery for view on the exhibition floor!
Leaders from five road and bridge building-related trade associations held a rally for World of Apshalt and AGG1 attendees pushing for more support and activism for a long-term highway funding bill.
Leaders from five road and bridge building-related trade associations held a rally for World of Apshalt and AGG1 attendees pushing for more support and activism for a long-term highway funding bill.
Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The waterfront has been transformed with award-winning parks and plazas surrounded by office buildings, hotels and leisure attractions,
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The waterfront has been transformed with award-winning parks and plazas surrounded by office buildings, hotels and leisure attractions.
Stockpile Reports' booth was busy from when the exhibition opened until the floor closed. Our team demonstrated our stockpile measurement service and reporting.
Stockpile Reports’ booth was busy from when the exhibition opened until the floor closed. Our team demonstrated our stockpile measurement service and reporting.
Thank you to our visitors, we'll be back for AGG1's 2016 event in Nashville.
Our CEO was interviewed on Day 2 by World of Asphalt’s TV team. We’ll be returning to exhibit in AGG1’s 2016 event in Nashville.

Preparing for the AGG1 Expo

Stockpile Reports will be exhibiting next week, March 17-19, at this year’s AGG1 2015 Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. We’ll be in Booth #1288. AGG1 2015 Exhibitor Logo

The AGG1 exposition features a wide range of aggregate-related equipment, products and services, with exhibits that incorporate demonstrations and technology.

Of course, we are very excited to be part of this event! Although we are relative new-comers to the aggregate-related services scene, Stockpile Reports has been working with, and following, many of the companies that are also exhibiting. More than 400 exhibitors combined have already signed on at the event, taking more than 128,000 net square feet of exhibit space at World of Asphalt and AGG1. That’s a LOT of technology and expertise, all in one place. This will be a great opportunity to network with industry experts, visit colleagues and explore new technologies.

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Photo taken from the floor of Agg1 2013 event. Click on photo to view other images from Agg1 and World of Asphalt 2013.

Here is the current exhibitor list and where the Stockpile Reports Booth #1288 is located in the Exhibit Hall. We will be updating our Facebook and Twitter pages, also posting AGG1 photos  during the week. If you aren’t going to be in Baltimore but want to virtually be there, make sure you follow us. And if you are in Baltimore, please stop by our booth and say hello.

Where will we be next? Here’s a listing of events where you will be able to find Stockpile Reports.