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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to make your team more productive

If your business relies on a team that does their work in the field, you are probably interested in how to make your workers more productive. One sure-fire way is to stop using paper! How to make your team more productive in the field Productive work teams can be the result of a combination of factors, such as effective operational …

Proper Preventive Maintenance and Record Keeping Increase Resale Value

For companies whose operations rely on the health of a fleet of vehicles and equipment, continual preventive and scheduled maintenance, and repairs are needed in order to ensure that the revenue generating operations are continuously progressing as needed, without unscheduled downtime. A key part of any preventive maintenance program is proper documentation of the work completed, ideally recorded directly into …

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 …

Top Ten Heavy Equipment Safety Tips for Incident Prevention

Heavy equipment or earth moving machines have been recently reported due to multiple accidents and fatalities. It is a must that all operators have identifiable and verifiable training on the equipment before operating. Accidents can happen to both the newly trained and seasoned veterans.  Tips to Avoid Equipment Accidents For everyone’s safety especially those of the operators, here are ten …

RDM Enterprises Success with Mobile Data Collection App

Mobile Data Collection for Contractors RDM Enterprises Ltd. is a contracting company and equipment provider, offering excavation, demolition, site preparation to final grade, and snow clearing services, as well as supplying rental equipment. The company was founded by Ron Madsen in 1977 and continues to be a family-owned operation run out of Langley, BC. Even having run for decades as …