Stockpile Reports adds Richard McKay to our Business Development Team

Stockpile Reports is very pleased to announce that Richard McKay has joined our company’srichard2 Business Development team to further support our growing portfolio of national and international accounts.

Richard McKay will be leveraging his leadership skills and business acumen for Stockpile Reports, in Sales & Marketing Management, Business Development, Market Growth and Consultative Technical Sales.

Richard comes with a wide range of experience within the Geospatial Industry, having spent the most recent five years as Senior Vice President at TerraGo Technologies and eight years at Leica Geosystems GIS and Mapping, where he was instrumental in supporting major international commercial and noncommercial accounts. Prior to that, Richard worked as VP in Sales and Marketing for Plus 3 Software (Trimble.)

We are very excited to have Richard as part of our team. Not only does he bring a wealth of knowledge and industry experience to our organization, but will also be an excellent industry resource for our clients.

He is a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the Geospatial Information and Technology Association (2011 Board Member) and authored Geospatial Intelligence for the Warfighter, Geospatial Intelligence, January 2011.

 

Trimble Dimensions 2014

Stockpile Reports traveled to Las Vegas this week for the Trimble Dimensions 2014 international event as an attendee and as a presenter. The conference facilitated attendees to network with industry colleagues and also discover new developments in technology.

Our presentation was held Tuesday afternoon by David Boardman, our CEO: 5,000 Stockpile Measurements from the Field to the CFO in 24 hours – with an iPhone. His presentation touched on how reality indexing will help solve major business challenges on and offsite. The discussion and demonstration covered current 3D computer generation, customer-use cases, and solving inventory measurement challenges in the construction, mining and aggregates industry. Pit & Quarry Magazine was in attendance during the entire Trimble event. They were there for David’s presentation and published an overview online.

There were several sessions held daily for three days at the Mirage Hotel and Conference Center, with many companies showcasing their products on the exhibition floor. When the sessions were done during the day, the networking officially began at night!

Welcome to Trimble Dimensions 2014!
Welcome to Trimble Dimensions 2014!
A full house, waiting for the Keynote presentation Monday morning.
A full house, waiting for the Keynote presentation Monday morning.
Photo of Keynote speaker Greg 'Boss' Wooldridge
Keynote speaker Greg ‘Boss’ Wooldridge,
former Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels talks about the need for high performance and effective leadership.
photo of truck at Trimble Dimensions
From the exhibition floor.
Photo of lunch attendees.
Breakout time for lunch before the afternoon sessions begin.

boat

photo of attendees at Trimble Dimensions
Networking with attendees from all around the world.
Photo of reception
Monday night’s Pavilion Reception– terrific entertainment, food and a chance to mingle.
Entertainment and impersonators kept the party rockin'!
Entertainment and impersonators kept the party rockin’ Monday night!
A view from the airport. The conference adjourns following the Gala Dinner Wednesday evening.
A view from the airport. The conference adjourns following the Gala Dinner Wednesday evening.

A Day of Accuracy Testing

We regularly conduct accuracy testing with the same types of measurement tools that our customers utilize. This past week we tested a variety of stockpiles with GPS, Laser, by Aerial and with an iPhone.

The stockpiles measured at the site ranged in size—some looked to be over 100 tons each— with varying shapes, steepness and material types.

Faro Laser Scanner and Trimble GPS, and iPhone 5S
Testing equipment: A Faro Laser Scanner, a Trimble GPS, an iPhone 5S and of course two construction traffic cones.

Planning for this type of accuracy testing can be challenging. First one has to ensure that safe access is available onsite. Next the equipment needs to be available—including having flight plans in place. Then there are the logistics of getting equipment and everyone ready (we used a Faro Laser Scanner, a Trimble GPS, a flyover from Skytech Aerial, and iPhone 5S.)

However, the most important challenge is usually the weather. Stockpile Reports often conducts testing in the Pacific Northwest. Last week’s weather was more unpredictable than usual. There were a few days of heavy rain and wind—and yet the forecast predicted there would also be sunshine and warming temps.

We made our plans, crossed our fingers and waited.

Luckily, we were able to test on a sunny day. The pilot was able to fly multiple altitudes. There were many puddles on the ground, but no high winds or rain, so we were good to go!

Here are a few photos we took at site during testing. If you are also 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. We are also happy to talk about the results of our testing!

Site Panorama View
Site Panorama View
Puddles, mud and wet boots, but that's ok-- no rain predicted  for the day!
Puddles, mud and wet boots, but that’s ok– no rain predicted for the day!
One of the more challenging steep piles that we measured.
One of the more challenging steep piles that we measured.
If you look closely you'll see the Skytech flyover to the right of the photo's center.
If you look closely you’ll see the Skytech flyover to the right of the photo’s center.