It All Adds Up: World Coal Magazine

World Coal’s March magazine was published this week, with an article from Stockpile Reports that states World Coal Magazine Articlethe case for more frequent physical inventory counts as the best way to control inventory swings.

Companies in the mining, construction, and aggregate industries strive to achieve and maintain an inventory +/-5%. However, the actual variation might realistically skew over/under in the range of 20 – 30% vs actual. For national or global companies with multiple sites and locations, any variation could easily multiply into the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.

Unlike retailers and manufacturing companies, which perform physical inventory counts once or twice a year, materials companies must perform more frequent counts to reduce errors that build up over time. Historically, companies have performed annual inventory counts with quarterly or monthly estimates to help manage write-off risk. Some companies have now advanced to twice-yearly, or even quarterly counts.

The article has a brief overview of technological advances in photogrammetry, Software as a Service (Saas), and drones.

A case study includes information about a multinational materials company that manufactures and distributes cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates and materials including coal, recently approached Stockpile Reports searching for a solution to reduce time and costs associated with inventory measurements across multiple sites.

Read the online article here:

Note: This article first appeared in the printed March issue of World Coal.

 

 

Stockpile Reports on Cover of xyHt Magazine

Wow! We’re thrilled to be on the cover of, and a featured story in July’s xyHt magazine. Stockpile Reports photo on the cover of xyHt magazine.By the way, that’s a photo of our CEO David Boardman, at a client site in Redmond, WA.

XyHt is an evolving resource for professionals in the fields of positioning and measurement. Some of the topics the magazine and website writes about include engineering surveying, construction surveying, machine control, Satellite imagining/photogrammetry, and more.

If you are wondering how Stockpile Reports got started, this is a great article to read. It goes into depth about our parent company URCV and how we partnered with our very first client.

The xyHt article has a great overview about the engineering brains, titled ‘The Vision Team,’ behind our patent-pending software platform. Dr. Jan- Michael Frahm, Dr. Brian Clipp, and Dr. Charles Erignac have fascinating backgrounds. You’ll also get a peek at some of their other world-class 3D work and projects.

You may want to find out even more about Stockpile Reports after reading the article. We’re able to personally answer inquiries— just send us an email.

Machine Control Online Reviews Stockpile Reports

Marco Cecala recently tested the Stockpile Reports System and published his experience on Machine Control Online.

Machine Control Article
Machine Control Article

His bio states “Marco literally started out in the trenches, as a laborer on residential infrastructure projects for a developer. Increased knowledge and promotions brought him into the office, where the personal computer was just beginning to be used as a tool for estimating and job tracking. As software became more advanced, he was often the first in the office to make new products work, and even developed enhancements for software vendors to incorporate into new releases.

As GPS started to be used in surveying, Marco was building data for robotic total stations for heavy highway and airport grading. He was on the leading edge of the use of GPS for construction staking and machine control.

Marco is versed in the use of all major CAD platforms, and conducted training classes in data preparation in the past. Over the years, the mission of Take-off Professionals has focused on the production and use of digital data for layout, machine control, bidding, as builts, and site network integration.

His years of experience and insight will allow readers to get real answers to everyday situations they face in their businesses.”

He did not get ‘special treatment’, nor was he coached on what to review, or what to expect when he was finished measuring with the iPhone Stockpiles App. Marco received the same training we give customers, and his results were posted within a typical time-frame– approximately 18 hours from measurement upload.

His parameters for testing software such as the Stockpile Reports System include:

 • What is the maturity of the product? 
 • Ease of use. 
 • Overall Cost.

Please read his entire review, which includes the process of getting set up, the software, varying measurement methods (including LIDAR) that was tested, his experience and the ‘bad’ news.

Marco’s Summary

“The product does what it is supposed to, accurate stockpile measurement from your iPhone. The price varies depending on how many piles you plan on doing, you will need to contact Stockpile Reports to get specifics. Take my word, it’s low cost. You can sign up for a demo and go out and try for yourself. I did and I think it’s a great tool.”

If you are excited about getting accurate measurements and want to find out how our system enables your business to become more productive and save money, please contact us. You may qualify for a no-cost trial of our service. We proudly stand behind our measurement results and are ready to assist you.