As a new generation of construction managers joins the leadership ranks, technology use is increasing dramatically. Overall, the construction industry’s adoption of technology and software for day-to-day use is growing daily. Construction managers are realizing that technology can be used to improve safety and communication on construction sites, manage operation hours and machine output more accurately, and create a more cohesive operation with integrated solutions.
Integrated Systems and Mobile Applications
Telematics, the integrated use of telecommunications and infomatics, was once seen as just a tool to help identify potential problems while managing equipment location and operating hours. However, today’s telematics solutions can help drive operator performance and jobsite productivity to improve overall operation efficiency.
Telematics solutions, like ProductLink™, provide assistance with overall operations management complete with accurate data history. For example, maintenance scheduling is predetermined based on data input unique to each asset, so downtime is planned and scheduled to maximize productivity. Cost control methods, like tracking idle time and fuel burn, target opportunities for operator training and provide alerts for early maintenance detection. Construction professionals can also monitor fuel cost, working time and other information to more accurately bid other jobs. In addition, asset performance can be measured to indicate underutilization to identify machines for relocation.
Using a mobile website provides instant access to equipment location at any time, and allows fleet managers to proactively manage preventative maintenance intervals. Alerts can be quickly configured to notify those who need to know about upcoming service schedules through SMS text or email. Construction managers are easily able to communicate and manage equipment for multiple sites, which can help increase overall efficiency.
The Savings Add Up
If the improved operation efficiency and simplified management processes aren’t enough reason to explore integrated technology solutions, then let’s look at the return on investment. While we often think about downtime savings from avoided failures and accurate data keeping, it’s important to remember efficiency gains when calculating return.
Telematics systems help minimize idling, reduce fuel costs and improve operator efficiency. Adding the savings from increased hardware capabilities, declining technology costs and improved efficiency, it’s expected that an integrated software solution will pay for itself within a year! Now, that’s something to get excited about.
- Do you use an integrated technology solution for your construction operation? If so, what has been your experience with it?
- If you don’t already use telematics, would you consider it in the future?
- How can Caterpillar help you find the best use of technology for your operation?