Construction is one of the most important industries in the world with a global revenue of more than 183 billion euros (Statista). In spite of this, its productivity does not follow this evolution, stagnating or even decreasing (Batiactu).
The question of digitization as a means of restoring productivity growth is becoming increasingly important in this sector. A study by the CECE (Committee for European Construction Equipment) shows that digitalization allows for greater efficiency, better use of resources, and improved internal communication. However, it reveals that the major challenge this transformation is the way in which data is used (collection, analysis, restitution).
Digitizing your processes is a step in the right direction, but you still need to know how to manage this data, and how using it. Let’s take the example of fleet management. It is common that the benefits of data exploitation are not clear to companies. Why?
First of all, because the data is not always of sufficient quality to provide useful information. Secondly, it’s not always processed in an appropriate way for efficient usage by operational staff. Then, the stacking of different layers of IT solutions with poor interoperability is a real obstacle to the availability of data and its efficient use.
Connecting your equipment for real-time monitoring using IoT solutions can allow you to manage your daily operations better and rationalize your investments. Let’s see how.
Better daily management
Real-time rationalise visibility gives granular information of glocalisation without operator’s intervention the associated risks of errors or lack of knowledge. Access to this type of data can directly impact the management of its equipment fleet and the steering of its activity.
Increase the speed of execution: Access to the geographical positions of equipment in real-time saves precious time on the operational aspect. Informing, coordinating teams, and distributing the data leads to faster decisions and rationalising the allocation of resources (equipment).
Anticipation in the organisation: Having a daily status of the fleet and equipment movements lets you know when the equipment arrives on-site, the time of their next availability, etc. This type of data collected automatically and shared with everyone allows us to anticipate and synchronise actions. On a construction site, knowing the truck’s arrival transporting the raw material makes it possible to better organise everyone’s schedules and prepare the teams for unloading.
Guarantee the availability of equipment: Geolocation allows you to know the precise use of machines (in the field, in motion, parked) and, therefore, their availability.
Better manage your maintenance cycle
Measuring the usage time of the equipment: The time of use of the equipment gives a daily status of the park, the state of the battery etc. and allows the teams to identify the machines that require maintenance operations quickly. This makes it easier to avoid breakages and breakdowns, leading to downtime and extend the equipment’s life.
Measuring the shocks received: One of the functionalities of a monitoring and data capture tool, especially IoT, is measuring the conditions of use. It is possible to know the shocks received and their amplitude. We configure thresholds (high and low) of shock, and when they are exceeded, we receive an alert to be informed in real-time of the event. This information allows us to know the damage caused to the equipment and its possible degradation. In a second step, the data history will enable one to see the exact time of the shock and identify the person responsible.
Rationalise investments in its fleet
One of the main problems is being able to analyse the need to invest in new equipment. Measuring the utilisation rate allows knowing if there is under or over-utilization of some equipment compared to others. This allows for a better distribution of the usage before additional investments. Some equipment sometimes moves empty; others are never used. The objective is to gain visibility to optimise the use of its fleet, identify material under-capacity and rationalise investment decisions.
To conclude this article, we can say that data can transform the production processes for construction actors. However, the process itself of retrieving this data will define the success of this transformation.
A real-time IoT tracking solution can automate this process and provide quickly usable information. Safecube’s LocaTrack answer is in line with this objective expected by the market.
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