So you’ve got a pile of dirt or stone on your site, but do you know how much volume you actually have? Not only do you have thousands of dollars of material waiting to be used, but you have potential project delays if you don’t have enough. Hand recording stockpile volume can be extremely time consuming, so someone decided to go ahead and make an app that will do all that work for you.
Through the use of 3d technology, Stockpile Reports can automatically calculate the volume of any stockpile on your job site. Measurements can be pulled directly from video using 3 different methods: iPhone, aerial photos, or drone. Once loaded in the app, the video will be used to calculate the tonnage and volume of the stockpile. It will also create a “site report,” which embeds your stockpiles into Google Maps, so you can track and plan your stockpile movement and usage.
The great thing about this app is that it doesn’t require any special equipment or training, just an iPhone, 2 orange traffic cones and a tape measure. Simply position the cones 25 feet (10m) apart and in front of the stockpile, select the stockpile material in the Stockpiles app, and walk around the pile while taking a video. The iPhone app can be downloaded by clicking here.
Customers of Stockpile Reports can request an aerial flight directly through the company and will receive their stockpile data within hours of the flight. The only other thing the users need to do is tag the stockpile and view the results.
For those contractors that are partaking in the drone craze, you can even use your own drone to take aerial images of your stockpiles, upload them to the program, and get your results.
According to the company website, the accuracy of the data is between 2-4%. More importantly you gain valuable historical data with a few clicks of a button. Pricing for the service is unfortunate unpublished, but you can fill out this form to inquire about pricing for your job site.
Whether you’re looking to begin using software for the first time or update your current system, here are some ways that software can help improve your company in 2018:
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