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 …

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 Avoid Equipment Failure Through Preventative Maintenance

The dictionary defines maintenance as follows: ?the work of keeping something in proper condition; upkeep.? In the equipment world, this would suggest that maintenance should be the steps taken to prevent equipment from failing. The problem is a majority of companies wait for equipment failure to occur and then take whatever steps are necessary to repair or replace the equipment. …

How Mobile Data Collection Can Predict Scheduled Maintenance

One of our favourite features in our data collection and asset tracking solution is the Next-Service-Due Report. This little beauty provides true visibility and transparency into the status of individual pieces of equipment and asset life cycles. Understanding the Maintenance History of an Asset Once an asset has been tagged with a uniquely identifying QR tag, all the information pertaining …

Proper Maintenance Programs and Electronic Record Keeping

It has already been well established that proper record keeping of preventive maintenance and repairs is crucial to any maintenance program. There are many benefits that were discussed in a preceding post. (Click here if you have not yet read that post). Without a good maintenance program, including regular inspections and documentation, companies are missing out on a number of …

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 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 …