67 Million Milestone

Stockpile Reports is extremely proud to announce that our customers have measured over 67 million tons of material— a new milestone! Since we are in the holiday season, we thought we’d take a more light-hearted approach to this number and see what else measures up to 67 million in the industry and in the world. Take a look at our infographic. We think you’ll agree that 67 million is an impressive number.

[infographic] 67 million tons comparisons

Stockpile Measurement Speeds

Our current clients, and companies who try out our platform all say the same thing the first time they measure their stockpiles with an iPhone: “This is so fast!”

The team at Stockpile Reports love to hear that. We also love data! The Sales and Support team constantly monitor the performance of our service, both in terms of accuracy and also for speed.

How fast is it to measure piles with an iPhone? We compiled data from our customers’ stockpile measurements, and here are the average speeds to measure in minutes with an iPhone, by varying tonnage.

Stockpile Measurement Times
in Minutes and SecondsStockpile speeds: Minutes per ton when measuring stockpiles onsite with an iPhone

Tonnage                     Time 
0-1000 ……………… 2:14 Minutes
1000-3000 ………… 3:04 Minutes
3000-6000 ………… 3:50 Minutes
6000-10,000 ……… 4:36 Minutes
10,000-15,000 ……. 5:08 Minutes
15,000-20,000 ……. 5:28 Minutes
20,000-25,000 …… 5:54 Minutes
25,000-30,000 …… 5:48 Minutes
30,000-40,000 ……. 6:49 Minutes
40,000-50,000 ……. 7:14 Minutes
50,000-60,000 ……. 7:27 Minutes
60,000-70,000 ……. 6:17 Minutes
70,000-80,000 ……. 7:30 Minutes
80,000-90,000 …….. 9:16 Minutes
90,000-ALL ………… 8:08 Minutes

Faster Stockpile Measurement
Speeds Enable Your Company to:

  • Calculate stockpile tonnage and calculations monthly or every week
  • React quickly to daily or monthly inventory needs
  • Promote safety, with less exposure to traffic and on-site hazards
  • Increase productivity, with less down-time
  • Quickly verify delivery of bulk materials from third-parties

Does someone in your team have 5 minutes available to measure a stockpile? Think about how many piles you’ll be able to measure in a day using the Stockpiles App!

As you can see, it only takes minutes for users to measure stockpiles with our patent-pending technology, and training is easy. Plus, there isn’t expensive equipment needed or to be ordered.

Wondering how accurate our measurements are? We’ve got accuracy tests and data we’d be pleased to personally share with you.

Try it for yourself. Save time and make more money. Simply contact us.

24-Hours of Stockpiles

Our Support team has been traveling around the world again this week, meeting with, and training new clients from all over the US to India.

Stockpile Reports is pleased to share a few photos taken Tuesday, August 12th. Our team members are excited to be able to look at new sites and help solve our customer’s volume measurement challenges. Our customers measure large variety materials, from coal to gravel. They are interested in measuring piles in bunkers and how to measure their really BIG piles, too.

We are dedicated to making sure that each and every measurement is not only fast and safe, but also accurate. It doesn’t matter if we are assisting with small, accessible stockpiles or more complex, large piles– it’s all in a day’s work for the Support team.

Here's a big pile waiting to be reclaimed.
Here’s a big pile waiting to be reclaimed.
Walking onsite in India, preparing to measure coal stockpiles.
Walking onsite in India, preparing to measure coal stockpiles.
Demonstrating to management on iPhone handling, where to place the cones, and how to walk the pile.
Demonstrating where to place the cones, and how to walk the pile. Measurement goal results positively verified Stockpile Reports volume numbers compared to actual reported volume.
A Sr. Manager of Sales Audit, previews his measurement video before uploading it.
A Sr. Manager of Sales Audit previews his stockpile measurement video before uploading it.
A conversation is being had regarding belt scales and calibration challenges.
A conversation is being had regarding belt scales and calibration challenges.
Measuring different materials located in bunkers.
Measuring different materials located in bunkers.
Putting into process daily stockpile measurements for these high-value piles.
Putting into process daily stockpile measurements for these high-value piles.
No hardhats needed from these site visitors!
No hardhats needed from these site visitors!
Here's a good example of how close to place the construction cones next to a stockpile for measurement.
Here’s a good example of how close to place the construction cones next to a stockpile for measurement.
Explaining how to use the Stockpiles iPhone App, step by step.
Explaining how to use the Stockpiles iPhone App, step by step.

30 Million Ton Milestone

We’re pleased to announce that our customers have measured over 30 million tons of material, from 9 countries!

Magnesite2
A stockpile of magnesite.

To put this into perspective, the estimated TOTAL annual output of construction sand and gravel produced for consumption in 2013 was 848 million tons. 30 million tons represents over 3.5 percent of 2013’s annual output of construction sand and gravel.

Our customers’ stockpile tonnage was measured by more than our patented Stockpiles Apple® iPhone® App. The Stockpile Reports system also works with GPS, Walking Wheel, Laser, Aerial and even by UAV (in Australia, Mexico and Canada.)

Stockpiles are not uniform in size, shape, by material, nor uniformly easy to access. We support various measurement methods, enabling our customers to reduce risk, save time and money.

Here’s a small sampling of the materials our customers have measured:

  •  Asphalt chip rock
  • Asphalt Sand
  • Basemix
  • Barite
  • Boulders
  • Building Sand
  • Butter-Rock
  • Chicken Manure
  • Chips
  • Coal
    A pile of ecycled concrete
    A pile of recycled concrete
  • Concrete Sand
  • Cow Manure
  • Compost
  • Crushed Rock (various sizes)
  • Feed Stone
  • Fill Dirt
  • Filter Sand
  • Granite
  • Gravel
  • Gypsum
  • Horse Manure
  • Iron Ore
  • Iron Sand
  • Kaolin Clay
  • Koosharem Clay
  • Jaw Run
  • Lava
  • Lignite
  • Loam
  • Magnesite
  • Mason Sand
  • Oil rock
  • Organic Planter
  • Mulch
  • Pea Gravel
  • Petcoke
  • Pit Loam
  • Recycled Concrete
  • Red Mortar Sand
  • Rip Rap
  • Root Zone Sand
  • Sandstone
  • Shale
  • Silica
  • Coal
  • Utility Sand

If you are excited about getting accurate measurements and want to find out how our system will benefit your business, please contact us and discover what our service can do for you.

Our Customers have Measured Over 25 Million Tons!

Stockpile Reports is proud to announce that our customers have measured over 25 million tons of aggregate material, using our system!

You may remember that our customers measured over 1 million tons in just one week very recently. Clearly, customer usage hasn’t slowed and we expect stockpile measurements to continue apace while weather permits. 25 million illustration

To put this into perspective, the estimated TOTAL annual output of construction sand and gravel produced for consumption in 2013 was 848 million tons25 million tons represents roughly 3 percent of 2013’s annual output of construction sand and gravel.

However, the U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in Q4 of 2013 was 212 million tons. Our customers would have measured almost 8.5 percent of that amount!

Did you know that sand and gravel is the only mineral commodity produced in all 50 states? The leading producing states for sand and gravel are: Texas, California, Minnesota, Michigan, Arizona, Washington, Colorado, North Dakota, Ohio, and New York.

The ‘Lone Star State’ is #1 on the list. It is a BIG state. But– if you review every state’s production by quarter (available here) you would see that the total of stockpile tons that our customers measured is just slightly less than Texas’s Q3 numbers— 25.4 million tons! (No insult is meant to the ‘Buckeye State’, but customers measured twice the size of Ohio’s Q3 output of 10,400 million tons.)

25 million tons is more than the 2012 production totals for construction sand and gravel by many states. This includes Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Our customers’ stockpile tonnage was measured by more than our patented Stockpiles Apple® iPhone® App. The Stockpile Reports system also works with GPS, Walking Wheel, Laser and even by UAV (in Australia, Mexico and Canada.)

Stockpiles are not uniform in size, shape, by material, nor uniformly easy to access. Enabling various measurement methods is not only sensible, but business-friendly. This enables our customers to reduce risk, save money and make more money.

If you are excited about getting accurate measurements and want to find out how our system will benefit your business, please contact us and discover what our service can do for you.

 

How Winter Weather Affected Q1 Stockpile Measurements

Stockpile Reports reviewed our stockpile data for the Winter months in 2014 to see how our customer usage varied from week to week. We strongly suspected that the unusually cold weather during Q1 affected measurements, and our data proved that to be true. Take a look at the results we have for aggregates stockpile measurements by our clients in the US, and how usage correlates to weekly average temperatures published via the National Climatic Data Center at NOAA.

2014 Winter Weather and Aggregate Stockpile Measurements

The Q1 timeline (above) shows that over half of the country experienced freezing temperatures from 30 degrees and below through early March. Stockpile measurements rebounded on warmer weeks. Happily, the weather warmed at the end of March, just in time for the end of Q1.

Below are details for the weeks that our customers had the lowest amounts of measured piles: January 5-11, early February and early March.

Weather Data January 5-11, 2014

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Weather Map for March 1, 2014

Lastly, here is an overview of the extreme weather that affected business everywhere. The average US temperature for February was 32.2 degrees, and for Winter overall it was 31.3 degrees.

Now that the weather has warmed and it is Q2, it is time to go outside and measure your piles if you have not already done so. If you are a Quarry Manager, an Aggregates Manager, a Construction Sales Managers or a CFO and want information about the Stockpile Reports system please connect with us.

Significant Weather Events for Winter 2014

How Precisely Accurate is that Measurement?

Some of you might wear a pedometer, or some sort of activity tracker that measures steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. Those devices are imperfect— even when calibrated. Target Accuracy and Precision

Yet, many of those devices claim to be accurate– even when the simple act of flipping a pancake is measured as exercise. Activity trackers motivate users to become more active, but how can those results be marketed as accurate?

Let’s talk about accuracy and precision. A measurement can be accurate without being precise; a measurement can be precise without being accurate.

Many people use the words ‘accuracy’ and ‘precision’ interchangeably.  Those words are different. Accuracy is the degree of conformity of a measured or calculated quantity to its actual (true) value.

Precision is the degree to which further measurements or calculations show the same or similar results. In other words, the precision of an experiment/object/value is a measure of the reliability of the experiment, or how reproducible the experiment is. The accuracy of an experiment/object/value is a measure of how closely the experimental results agree with a true or accepted value.

Accuracy vs Precision Comparison Chart

There are various degrees, or levels of accuracy. One can calculate to almost infinite degrees of accuracy and to many decimal places.

Ideally a measurement device is both accurate and precise, with measurements all close to and tightly clustered around a known value. The accuracy and precision of a measurement process is usually established by repeatedly measuring to a reference standard. 

Our customers tell us that conducting precise stockpile measurements is both expensive and time-consuming. This often involves working with a third party to to arrange hours of availability on-site for measuring– and then paying for the expertise and results. This makes it difficult to take precise measurements more than a few times a year.

The Stockpile Reports system provides highly accurate measurements. Our accuracy rate ranges cluster to within a few degrees of a precise measurement. We regularly test–and retest– so you can be confident about the resulting volume numbers from your stockpile reports. Our measurements are consistent and predictable.

Customers are also excited that our system is also convenient and affordable. It only takes minutes to accurately collect stockpile data with an Apple® iPhone® . Measurement results are available in hours.

Intrigued? Contact us to find out how your business can benefit from utilizing our service today.

Stockpile Density: How Much is that Water Worth?

Jonathan enjoys a rare sunbreak in the Pacific Northwest.
Jonathan enjoys a rare sunbreak in the Pacific Northwest.

Empowering monthly stockpile measurements is a hot topic of discussion here at Stockpile Reports. Our goal is to enable our customers to take monthly inventory measurements.

We also know that financial teams are very interested in having the ability to evaluate a stockpile’s tonnage from month to month, or even weekly by our on-line reporting.

Even though most of the East Coast is still experiencing snow and ice, springtime will be arriving. Seasonal changes include rain showers. Warming weather will melt snow and ice. Expect muddy conditions at uncovered stockpile sites!

As we anticipate the coming changes in weather, the Stockpile Reports team has been brainstorming ideas for measurement improvements on outdoor sites.

Aggregates are porous (to some extent) and absorb moisture, thus affecting overall weight and valuation. When stockpiles dry they become lighter. This change in weight causes the associated financial valuation  of that material to fluctuate.

A wet stockpile with a high moisture content would  –if measured by weight alone— be worth more money than a lighter, dry pile.

To complicate matters of determining density, different parts of the country obviously have different weather conditions throughout the year, with varying materials and average moisture contents. For example, sites with stockpiles on unsloped, unpaved surfaces can also expect higher moisture averages in materials.

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Measurement test methods range from compaction testing to Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy.

ASTM now has a variety of videos that explain moisture and density test procedures here.

Here are a couple of interesting videos about density measurements.

 

Do you know how often your company calculates the density values of materials? If you could calculate your stockpile density values every month, would you do it?

We are always listening to our customers, and are are very interested in hearing from you about your stockpile density fluctuations and challenges. Drop us a note.