For example, a low boy driver who mobilizes construction equipment from one site to the next now uses a mobile device to document when and where each piece of equipment in the fleet was moved. A fuel driver is equipped with a mobile device and can scan the equipment and record how much fuel goes into each piece of that equipment.
The system also tracks meter readings on heavy equipment which is used to generate work orders in the ERP automatically to ensure timely maintenance intervals. By knowing actual production rates, fuel usage rates and maintenance costs, more accurate estimates can be prepared on projects.
The Results are In: Integrated Technology Delivers ROI
Scott Contracting had the foresight to integrate its mobile computing technology with its ERP system and estimating software. As a result, just in labor savings alone, the Equential system paid for itself in the first six months. The company now saves 6% - 10% of labor costs by using real-time scanning to track actual clock-in/out times. Adds Kuehn, "Not only have we eliminated redundant manual processes, we now know exactly what it costs to install 4" , 8" or 12" pipe or what our production rate is for main-line concrete paving. That's a tremendous competitive advantage for us." Other significant results they have realized include:
- Real-time data on how they are performing against estimate and cost.
- The ability to provide supervisors with daily feedback as to their production and profitability.
- The information to make decisions on active ?eld projects to improve efficiency and pro?t performance.
Technology has enabled Scott Contracting to better align management goals with crew goals through immediate information and feedback. The executive team at Scott Contracting views it as a great advantage to be able to track production as it occurs and know early in the project if they will meet their production and pro?t objectives. More timely repairs, more accurate detail on equipment and fuel usage means lower risk for the company and more accurate estimates on new projects/for new projects. Concludes Kuehn, "Having better estimates are absolutely critical, especially in this hyper-competitive environment. Equential has provided us with this crucial advantage."