Use Data to Gain Consensus

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “consensus” as the judgment arrived at by most of those concerned. This creates what is referred to as “High agreement.” When we as a group of people have high agreement, we can accomplish amazing things. The seemingly impossible becomes possible. Collective intelligence will usually outperform individual intelligence by a large margin. As an example; …

Wilco Contractors: An Equipment Management Case Study

Executive Summary Wilco Contractors specializes in open-space site development in Canada and has been a leader in the industry for nearly three decades. Wilco excels at project management, the construction of parks, sports facilities, environmentally sensitive site developments, as well as civil infrastructure developments. Business Challenges Although Wilco has seen success over many years in a competitive industry, there had been …

Tracking Material Hauling through Mobile Data Collection

Wilco Contractors NW Inc. is based out of Edmonton, Alberta, and is one of four separate companies that comprise the Wilco Group of Companies. The Wilco Group specializes in open-space site development in Canada, and has been a leader in the industry for over three decades. These four individually owned and operated companies excel in project management, construction of parks, …

Is it Time to Upgrade your Construction Data Management Process?

Are you considering upgrading from an excel spreadsheet based process to a mobile software management system? It might be time to drop your spreadsheets for something more tailored to the construction industry. According to a study from Carnegie Mellon University, spreadsheets have an “overall error rate of 94%.” The study also found that a majority of respondents could cite a …

Can Having a Mobile Workforce in Construction Increase Productivity?

“In the construction industry, 70% of professionals already view mobile devices as an important factor to the success of their businesses. These advocates use mobile devices to access and share information such as customer and job data, drawings, schedules, photos, and plans” says Sage Construction Industry Technology Trends survey. This rising adoption of mobile devices on-site is a positive trend …

How Real-Time Tool Crib Management Can Improve Your Business

The tool crib is an essential part of managing your tools. If managed correctly, it will allow a company to know where their materials are, and who has them. This includes materials such as shovels and rakes, to more expensive assets such as surveying equipment and generators. As with all expanding companies, the amount of tools needed grows correspondingly; and …

How to Prepare and Maintain your Equipment for a Winter Workout

To ensure heavy equipment stays in peak operating condition and to minimize breakdowns, equipment managers must begin thinking about winterizing their fleet as soon as temperatures begin to drop. asp_resize_edit For heavy equipment operators, special attention has to be paid to their equipment before they start work. In some cases, extreme overnight conditions can be detrimental to their equipment. It …

How one Mobile App is Improving and Expediting Pipeline Inspections

Inspections and assessments are vital to the long-term useful life of oil and gas pipelines. In such a highly regulated industry, work performed on pipelines must be properly documented and tracked to ensure the highest levels of transparency and compliance. With so many parties involved in the upkeep of pipelines, it can be exceptionally difficult to make sure that the …