Construction equipment telematics is revolutionising the construction industry, powering visibility and efficiency beyond expectation.
Table of contents
- Introduction to equipment telematics
- What is telematics for construction
- Monitoring heavy equipment with telematics
- Construction equipment utilization
- Construction site safety
Equipment telematics is all about data. When a piece of construction equipment or asset is being called into service, it can be monitored by our software solutions and provide a whole host of information. Being able to break down information into readable chunks will allow construction jobsites to function smoothly, stay profitable, and increase safety. With equipment telematics, companies can:
- See exactly where construction assets are at all times
- Manage multiple job sites and projects
- Monitor asset utilization to maximise output
- Monitor usage hours to determine when a piece of equipment is up for maintenance
Teletrac Navman Equipment Telematics Solutions
The power of GPS
GPS-enabled telematics is essential for keeping a construction site operating by locating and tracking construction equipment and assets. Being able to see all assets associated with one jobsite is essential to keeping a project on its predetermined timeline and under budget. The ability to see it all in real-time without having to check with foremen or operators leaves them free to do their job and keep the project progressing.
In order to keep a foothold in the competitive construction market, a company must have multiple jobs running at the same time. Multiple jobsites can be quickly and easily monitored using on- screen locations to make sure sites are stocked with the equipment they need, geofencing to keep assets in the areas they should be, engine hours data for preventive maintenance, as well as keeping the whole operation as safe and fuel efficient as possible.
Using Big Data to your benefit
Knowing how and when to deploy a piece of construction equipment is a valuable piece of data to maximise utilization. Assets sitting idle do not make progress on a site and downtime can be very expensive and wasteful. Knowing when heavy machinery is operating is vital and knowing when an asset is operating can determine if any unauthorised usage is occurring and put a stop to it.
Heavy construction requires a unique set of metrics to ensure plant and other construction equipment receives proper maintenance. When it comes to wear and tear, engine hours, idle time and fuel use are far more important than an odometer reading.
A crane or another piece of equipment may not move around very much, but its engine is working overtime to accomplish its roles on a project and needs proper maintenance to prevent downtime.
Top Uses of Equipment Telematics
Equipment telematics can help streamline your day-to-day operations, especially when it comes to managing raw materials, vehicles and equipment, safety and compliance, and your work force.
Having valuable, real-time insights into the information most important to you and your business is a game-changer for the construction industry and offers a competitive advantage over those still using paper-based processes.
Equipment telematics can also increase your equipment lifespan and reduce costs by eliminating the need to buy or rent unnecessary construction equipment or determining when it might be cheaper to replace older, higher maintenance equipment with new equipment.
Here’s a look at what equipment telematics can do and how it can help your business thrive:
PREVENTING COSTLY EQUIPMENT DOWNTIME WITH TELEMATICS
Using customs forms also enables equipment to be placed onto a preventative maintenance schedule based on engine hours or time usage, as well as keeping track of inspections and if any defects or faults are identified. If an asset is properly inspected and maintained, it not only prevents downtime due to unexpected breakdowns, but it also keeps equipment operators safe.
Ensuring that equipment on a jobsite is operating correctly, tracked for security purposes, and is not sitting idle means nothing if all those carefully calculated gains are lost due to inefficient delivery routing. All heavy machinery cannot move themselves from site to site and therefore must be transported with careful consideration being payed to road conditions, traffic, and time spent on the road.
The monitoring of fuel and equipment usage are essential to keeping a jobsite running efficiently, and data-driven solutions can give real-time accounting. Holding drivers and operators accountable for their behaviour behind the wheel or in the cab can amount to real savings in both fuel usage and operating costs, with positive incentives put into place.
Teletrac Navman offers a software platform that provides data-driven solutions to construction site management and fundamentally changes the way jobsites operate. Allowing for the management of multiple jobsites in an easy to read interface, equipment telematics can give your operation a measurable ROI.
A fully integrated GPS-enabled monitoring system allows for a complete overview of all aspects of a jobsite, with the ability to manage multiple projects from the office or in the field. Keeping costs under control is essential for any business, and the construction industry is no different. Equipment telematics software can monitor fuel usage, driver behaviour, asset location and engine hours, predict maintenance schedules, and so much more to provide real-time cost analysis.
The construction industry is changing in leaps and bounds to reflect the technological improvements that telematics can provide with sensor-driven data taken directly from the field. Using up-to-date information can help fleet managers overcome delays, efficiently allocate jobsite equipment and operators, as well as communicate with customers to provide accurate completion timelines.
Unexpected downtime can be virtually eliminated using predictive maintenance cycles and preventing breakdowns by monitoring inspections schedules. Proper maintenance can increase jobsite safety as well by keeping drivers and operators out of harms way due to a failing piece of machinery or asset.
Budget and cost overruns, unfortunately, do drive decision making on a jobsite and equipment telematics software can provide accurate jobsite cost tracking by identifying areas of improvement and unneeded expenditures. Real-time cost tracking capabilities can allow for biding on future projects with accurate timeline predictions and budget needs to stay competitive in today’s market.