Yes, You Can Still Be More Productive in 2015!

Have you kept your 2015 resolutions? It isn’t too late. verticalmeasurements

A common theme that we heard from our clients this year, is that they want to increase their productivity.

We understand, because we do, too!

Stockpile Reports put into motion several strategies beginning before January 2015, to increase productivity in 2015.

A Redesigned Stockpiles App

This past year we released a redesigned Stockpiles App for the iPhone, with more tools that makes ground-based stockpile measuring faster and more intuitive for users.

The updated App, in turn, reduced the amount of questions from our clients. The new tools and ease of use gave clients and executives higher confidence in successfully completing a stockpile measurement, time after time after time. That enabled them to be even more productive while measuring piles, in smaller sites and also across a large enterprise.

For example, the Texas Department of Transportation measured thousands of stockpiles during the month of June as part of their annual inventory. The people who performed the measurements weren’t surveyors. They ranged from front-loaders to executives. They were not only very productive (one team measured 185 stockpiles in an hour) but they were also confident in the quality of their report results.

Aerial Offering Takes Off

Stockpile Reports also launched our aerial capability for the US in early 2015. Our aerial offering has become quite successful since then! Subscribers are receiving monthly measurements for the typical price of only one fly-over by other services. This gives them an opportunity to review how a site changes over time, and make future planning easier.

Clients receive the fastest results in the industry — online access to site and stockpile reports are available within hours after the flight. There is no action needed from clients other than tagging materials to the already outlined stockpiles online after the flight. Labor time from clients is reduced drastically— to as low as 20 minutes after an aerial flight.

Debunking Difficult Bunker Measurements

A big source of frustration for our customers was trying to figure out how to get the volume of material stored in their bunkers and bins.

We listened to them, and put our engineers and team members on many different sites across the US, examining various bunker configurations and materials, both indoors and outside.

Typical material stored in bunkers includes:

  • DOT Approved Salt and Sand
  • Recycling- Utilized in the Scrap Metal Industry
  • Aggregates such as Gravel
  • Landscaping/ Nursery Mulches
  • Animal Food
  • Granular Fertilizer- Urea, Ash
  • Livestock Manure Storage
  • Scrap Metal storage
  • Grain

We released another new capability in 2015: bunker and bin measurements using an iPhone. Bunkers containing bulk materials can be located indoors, or outside. Material to be measured may be bounded by 1, 2, or 3 walls in bay areas of varying widths at a typical site.

BYOD: Bring Your Own Drone

All of us saw the explosion of drone usage and interest in 2015. UAVs are now playing an increasing role in company’s strategy for providing rapid turn production and inventory measurements.

Our engineering team has been working closely with drones and remotely piloted vehicles for nearly a decade.  We have seen the ease of use and capabilities increase – while the size and price has dropped dramatically during that time.

Stockpile Reports has been supporting Australian clients by providing stockpile reporting from drone/UAV flights in Australia for 2 years now.

Our US clients can process drone imagery using our company. We are experienced at piloting and operating various models and are also available for consultations. This includes helping you with flight patterns and camera angles.

StockpileReports.com is the only solution to enable enterprise inventory measurements of thousands of geographically disparate stockpiles in hours.  Our support for phones, drones, and planes provides your company the ability to develop a Stockpile Measurement Strategy to meet your business goals and improve your productivity.

Connect with us today. 2016 is almost here. You still have time to achieve your 2015 goal to measure and manage your stockpile inventory more productively!

Difficult Bunker Measurements— Debunked

Customers make the best of the tools they have, to measure their stockpiles. Many don’t have access to, or regularly use, third-party surveyors. Some customers utilize the walking wheel or make estimations based on truckload or barge sizes. We’ve also heard of the thumb method, and unfortunately the WAG method (‘Wild A** Guess’).

a 2-sided bunker configuration, where the pile is touching both sides of bunker, and does not overflow the containing walls.
A typical 2-sided bunker configuration, where the pile is touching both sides of bunker, and does not overflow the containing walls.

A big source of frustration for customers is trying to figure out how to get the volume of material stored in bunkers.

Bunkers are constructed out of varying materials: from precast walls, concrete blocks, Jersey Barriers, T or L shaped barrier walls, Ontario tall walls, and Bremer walls, for example.

Bunker shapes and sizes are unique— similar to free-standing stockpiles. Often the bunkers are piled high, bunkers can be very long or wide, some are located inside a structure, and most bunkers have either 1, 2 or 3-sides.

When our customers told us that it is difficult to measure bunkered material, we began to ponder the problem. We put our engineers and team members on-site, examining various bunker configurations.

The engineering team meets with a client to discuss bunker challenges and configurations.
The engineering team meets with a client to discuss bunker challenges and configurations.

We worked on various ideas, tested, and retested them until the ideas became solutions.

Stockpile Reports is proud to offer bunker measurements in 1, 2 and 3-wall configurations, via our Stockpiles app for the iPhone. Our subscribers now have the ability to quickly measure bunkers without any special equipment, simply by using an iPhone, 2 construction cones and long measuring tape. It isn’t difficult at all, and bunker measurements can be conducted in minutes.

After bunker data is uploaded, the resulting stockpile reports are completed in under 24-hours. Subscribers may then login and access the results. There is no additional fee for the bunker reporting.

Typical Material stored in bunkers include:

A stockpiles is contained inside this bunker. Material is well-lit and stacked against the back wall.
A stockpile is contained inside this bunker. The material is well-lit and stacked against the back wall.

DOT Approved Salt and Sand
Recycling- utilized in the scrap metal industry
Aggregates such as gravel
Landscaping/ Nursery mulches
Animal Food
Granular Fertilizer- Urea, Ash, and other commodities
Livestock Manure Storage
Scrap Metal storage
Grain
Silage

Click here for more information and a sample bunker measurement result.

Get the Stockpile Reports service and receive your own customized reports. Simply contact us to get more information.

Measuring Bunker Materials with an iPhone

Customers have collected over 15,000 stockpile measurements using an iPhone!Image of bunker measurement

That’s a lot of stockpile reports, especially considering that our company is new to the stockpile measurement industry. Our patent-pending application and platform is now being utilized by top aggregate producers, construction and mining companies around the globe.

Stockpile Reports continues to grow and develop new business applications based on our computing platform.

We provide stockpile measurements via imagery collected by aerial and drone photography. This is a great option for monthly, or quarterly site-wide inventory measurements.

Now, after months of development testing, we’re offering measurements of material that is stored in bunkers for customers. This capability was rolled out as part of our newly updated Stockpiles App.

Bunkers can be located either indoors, or outside. Material to be measured may be bounded by 1, 2, or 3 walls, in bay areas of varying widths.

Measurement report results are ready within 24-hours of data upload, and can be viewed directly from our iPhone App or online.

Read more about bunker measurements and reports, or contact us for more detail.