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.

Bloopers, Fun and Unexpected Events

Our team takes a lot of photos, and of course our customers do, too. Often we shoot images while on-site with customers, and while training new customers, visiting new places, or when we test a new version of our Stockpiles app. We have hundreds of thousands of images. Our QA and Support team manages to view many of them— and some are quite surprising!

It isn’t all work and no play around here. We like to have fun just as much as you do, especially during the summer months when the weather is nice. Sometimes a little levity goes a long way on-site. And of course, sometimes things happen that are not expected and a little scary.

Take a look at some of our unexpected events and bloopers in these photos from the past couple of years.

Birds appear in the most unexpected places. Here is a hawk that we found while reviewing an aerial measurement of a site. Another bird regularly visits the weight house in an Australian quarry.
Birds appear in the most unexpected places. Here is a hawk that we found while reviewing an aerial measurement of a site. Another bird regularly visits the scale house at an Australian quarry.
A helicopter, a dog standing on a stockpile, and an elephant being transported to a temple in Bangalore.
A helicopter, a dog standing on a stockpile, and elephants being transported to a temple in Bangalore.
Spirits were high during AGG1 2015. David and Maury were happy to make silly poses.
Spirits were high during AGG1 2015. David and Maury were happy to make silly poses.
Maury, David, Jonathan and Galen hams it up for the camera. Of course, we had to laugh at the construction cone we discovered at the top of a tall pole. We have no idea why it was placed there.
Maury and David pose for a selfie. Jonathan and Galen ham it up as Super Stockpilers. Of course, we all had to laugh at the construction cone we discovered at the top of a tall pole. We have no idea why it was placed there!
We don't sit in our offices. Our boots are on the ground...but sometimes they get very wet and muddy in the field.
We don’t sit in our offices and just work on computers all day. Our boots are on the ground…but sometimes our boots get very wet and muddy in the field.
Sometimes on Friday afternoons we play Goat Simulator, a video game. Charles got his goat on a boat.
Sometimes on Friday afternoons we play Goat Simulator, a video game. Charles got his goat on a boat.
We also spend time sitting in our trucks, waiting for downpours to stop raining before resuming measurements. A rainbow is always welcome.
We also spend time sitting in our trucks, waiting for downpours and thunderstorms to stop before resuming measurements. A rainbow is always appreciated!
Plan your steps! Circle the stockpile before beginning measurement-- you might find a surprise standing in front of you, or a patch of ice underfoot.
An unexpected hazard: a bull standing it’s ground during the summer. During winter, watch out for patches of ice.
You always have to stay alert for hazards. This tree fell down in front of our truck en route to a location. A dust devil appeared out of the blue sky.
You always have to stay alert. This tree fell down in front of our truck en route to a location. A dust devil appeared instantly from the sky.

 

10,000 iPhone Measurements by Customers

Our team values data very highly. We strive to provide excellent customer service, and also take great pride in the data and processes that generate our customers’ stockpile reports.

Although many of our customers know who their Support team members are, Stockpile Reports also has a Quality Assurance team working quietly behind the scenes. They are monitoring the system constantly. They review the quality of the source data and various sources used for measurements, review the upload speeds, audit the processing times, and are in constant communication with the Support team. Our QA team does this to ensure that every stockpile report is accurate, and ready for download in under 24-hours.

Customers can have confidence not only in the results of their measurements— but also at the point of measurement. Once a client begins taking measurements, every member of Stockpile Reports is prepared to deliver results that we stand behind.

We are delighted to announce that our customers passed a new measurement milestone! They have measured over 10,000 stockpiles with an iPhone.

Here are a few photos showing our customers and team around the world, training and taking iPhone measurements of stockpiles.

In summer of 2014, Stockpile Reports traveled to Australia to train a class of clients on iPhone measurement. We also had a crew in the US working with clients-- in one of the hottest summers this decade.
In September of 2014, Stockpile Reports traveled to Australia to train a class of clients on iPhone measurements. We also had a crew in the US working with domestic clients– in one of the hottest summers this decade.
It might be surprising to know that large stockpiles can be measured with an iPhone.
It might be surprising to know that large stockpiles can be measured with an iPhone. Here’s a great example of a big pile.
Stockpile Reports has clients all over the world. On-line training is easy and time-effective for businesses, but we admit that we did enjoy traveling to Hawaii for a visit in 2013.
Stockpile Reports has clients all over the world. On-line training is easy and time-effective for businesses, but we admit that we did enjoy traveling to Hawaii for a visit in 2013.
Not only is measuring stockpiles with an iPhone fast and easy, but many of our clients find it to also be fun to do.
Not only is measuring stockpiles with an iPhone fast and easy, but many of our clients find it fun, too!
We've been training users in various states and facilities, with varying dress codes.
We’ve been training users in various states and facilities, with varying dress codes.
Once the items are products have been entered administratively, the iPhone user just needs to set up and cones and make a selection before measuring.
Once the items have been entered administratively, the iPhone user just needs to set up the cones, and make a product selection via the Stockpiles App before measuring.
Safety first— the speed of using an iPhone means less time in a busy site measuring piles.
Safety first— the speed of using an iPhone means less time in a busy site measuring piles.
Reduce third party expenses related to measurements, and capital expenses. Items needed are an iPhone, 2 orange cones and a measuring tape.
Reduce third party expenses related to measurements, and capital expenses. Items needed are an iPhone, 2 orange cones and a measuring tape.

 

A Team Meeting

Stockpile Reports was on the move again this week.

As many of you have noticed via this blog, we travel a lot. The team enjoys sharing our technology and demonstrating the iPhone’s measurement results with businesses. We’ve also been extremely busy training clients on the best utilization from all the measurement options available with our system.

However, we carved time from our divergent US travels to converge as a team in our Redmond, WA office. We were able to share what we’ve learned from our large and small business clients, brainstorm new ideas, work with engineers on optimizing our existing (and future) measurement applications, shoot training videos, and plan for upcoming events and exhibitions.

The weather in Redmond was beautiful. Maury, our head of Business Development, commented that the weather was better than in Atlanta, Georgia. He expressed new skepticism about the ‘supposed raininess’ of the Pacific Northwest.

We have great plans for 2015! Clients should look forward to expanded offerings from Stockpile Reports that will continue to help businesses reduce risk, save or make more money.

An early morning technology review with our engineering team.
An early morning technology review with our engineering team.
On-site and in the sun, preparing for a video and photo shoot.
On-site and in the sun, preparing for a video and photo shoot.
Smiling for the camera, Jonathan, Galen and Maury show off their iPhones.
Smiling for the camera, Jonathan, Galen and Maury show off their iPhones.
Maury is demonstrating the speed of our iPhone measurements to a new client.
Maury is demonstrating the speed of our iPhone measurements to a new client.

Don’t Let Winter Stop Stockpile Measurements

An early blast of cold air has hit much of the USA this past week, and will be moving to the east. Winter has arrived early this year— even in states like Minnesota and Montana that are accustomed to cold weather.

The return of the Polar Vortex means that only a few states will escape the arctic blast– those in the Southwest, Hawaii, a few areas in Alaska and South Florida. We have customers from all over the USA and they have business to do, rain or shine, snowy or sunny! Some of our clients have asked us if our iPhone App will work measuring their snowy piles.

As long as the snow is not fresh and perfectly white, and the temps aren’t below -4º F you will get accurate measurements outside. Ideally iPhones are designed for usage in temperatures between 32º to 95º F. If the temperature drops below 32º, Apple recommends keeping your phone turned off and stored somewhere warmer until you need to use it. To keep your iPhone warm keep it close to your body when you are outside.

A lot of us are thinking (wistfully) about Summer. Stockpile Reports pulled several photos from this past year in many different weather temperatures that generated accurate stockpile reports– from snowy sites in the upper Midwest, desert areas, the Pacific Northwest and stockpiles on the East Coast. Take a look!

Stockpiles from Winter, Summer and Fall.
Stockpiles measured in cool, chilly and sizzling temps.
Measuring salt pile inventory on the East coast.
Measuring salt pile inventory on the East coast.
Red rock in North Dakota.
Red rock stockpiles in North Dakota.
Coal, a California stockpile and one in the Pacific Northwest.
Coal, a California stockpile and one in the Pacific Northwest.
A mixture of rock, asphalt and limestone.
A mixture of rock, asphalt and limestone.
A larger stockpile that was measured during this past Summer in Montana.
A larger stockpile that was measured during this past Summer in Montana.
Recycled concrete that was measured in the Fall.
Recycled concrete that was measured in the Fall.
A dog jumped on a stockpile while it was being measured in February of 2014, and a pile in the desert.
A dog jumped on a stockpile while it was being measured in February of 2014, and a different pile in the Midwest.
A rock and asphalt mixture that was measured during the Spring-- look how green the countryside is!
A rock and asphalt mixture that was measured during the Spring– look how green the countryside is!

Dress warmly and don’t let the weather stop your company from measuring your stockpiles this month.

If you are a Quarry Manager, an Aggregates Manager, a Construction Sales Managers or a CFO and want easy, accurate measurements please connect with us.

Stockpile Measurements in India

We often post photos of our team visiting clients in the United States, although customers utilize our services in 9 other countries around the globe. We recently measured stockpiles using the iPhone in India.

Most of these stockpiles were of coal, with varying sizes. There was a light wind in the coal yard, so you will notice the dust masks being used.

India is currently the world’s third-largest consumer of coal, behind China. Recent news states that India may surpass China as the world’s largest coal importer for power plant usage. Coal is also used in steel production– in fact, 70% of the steel produced today uses coal.

Are you located outside the US? Please don’t hesitate to connect with us. You may qualify for a no-cost trial of our system– this offer also extends outside the US (excluding Australia).

India Stockpiles