6 Benefits of Tracking Construction Assets Electronically

Takeaway:  Tracking assets is a useful process in all types of industry, but tracking construction assets is especially vital. How many times have you misplaced you phone or remote control and wished you had some kind of tracking device that could help you locate it right away? Now just imagine the same frustration, but amplified. Instead of missing the first …

6 Ways Data Collection Tools Can Help Improve Workplace Safety

Takeaway:  Data collection tools will help you to better organize what seems like endless paperwork. Between training, audits, and preventing incidents, it is easy to become overwhelmed with safety-related data. By inputting everything into a system, you not only will save time and energy, but you will be able to get a better picture of safety in your workplace.   …

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Takeaway: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a process that maximizes the productivity of equipment for its entire life cycle and will extend the life of the equipment.   Evolution of Maintenance How we approach equipment maintenance has evolved. TPM provides a framework for extending the life of equipment and improving reliability. It does this through the participation of all employees …

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; …

What Gets Measured Gets Done

Takeaway: Measurement is at the heart of all improvement and sustainment. Imagine you’re hiking in a vast forest. A thick canopy of trees blocks much of the sun as you search out trails leading to a campsite where you plan on spending the night. You know the campsite is two miles North of where you parked your car. You proceed …

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 …

What is Mobile Data Collection? Is it Important for your Business?

When we think of data collection, often the first things that come to our minds are the NSA or surveys. The reason that data is used in these examples, however, is the same reason that businesses record data, and that is to extract information in order to achieve a greater goal. Information and data are two different things, although they …

Using Mobile Data Collection to Manage Contractors

Managing Third Party Contractors While prime contractors understand that proper third party contractor management leads to an increase in the value of the services received, most companies do not broadly manage their sub-contractors’ performances due to the labour and resources it would seemingly involve. Across a large project, this lost value can work out to a few percentage points of …

How Equipment Managers Can Improve Communication and Response Time

Construction management is the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to completion. It is aimed at meeting a client’s requirement in order to produce a functionally and financially worthwhile project. An ever-increasing role in construction management is that of the equipment manager. Their responsibilities include making sure that equipment investments are being maximized through the use …