Telematics satisfies in a demanding environment
Gore Earthmoving is an Australian family owned and operated earthmoving business with more than 30 years’ experience in delivery and support services to the agricultural, civil and mining construction sectors in Queensland and New South Wales.
Based in Goondiwindi, Gore Earthmoving’s modern and extensive fleet of late model equipment includes scrapers, dozers, excavator, graders, water trucks, rollers, and compactors, as well as a comprehensive heavy haulage fleet.
With more than 30 sta across the operation, including experienced project managers, skilled certified operators, experienced maintenance sta and supervisors, Gore Earthmoving’s client base spans local and state government authorities, small and large private enterprises in the agricultural sector and companies in the resource sector supply chain.
The company undertakes work across a variety of projects including irrigation development and maintenance, road construction, pipe laying, water supply and delivery, vegetation control, large earthworks, feedlot developments and stock dams.
Given the diverse work and vast areas of projects, Director Mick Gore says his company was looking for a tracking system that would enable increased driver and machine productivity, as well as something that would help better manage servicing scheduling and maintenance planning. “We previously used the old rocker clocks to measure work versus idle time but as our vehicles are often working in remote locations it could take ve or six days to get information back to head office.
“With such a comprehensive eet of vehicles we wanted to ensure that our assets were being fully utilised and required more detailed and accurate reporting of vehicle movements,” says Gore.
“Our servicing team was also spending a lot of unproductive time travelling to and from remote worksites to service vehicles, and managing work ows had become an issue. We were relying on machine operators and eet drivers to relay information about servicing and maintenance requirements and we needed a reliable and e ective system to manage those processes.”
Gore Earthmoving has implemented Teletrac Navman to track and monitor their eet and equipment under the most demanding conditions that remote, construction or mine sites often present. At the core of the system is Teletrac Navman’s Qtanium 350 with satellite communications.
They have also set up work versus idle to show the amount of time a vehicle or asset is running-idle and running-working which enables Gore Earthmoving to better manage and monitor their productivity.
“We immediately noted changes to company efficiency with significant increases in productive hours with drivers, workshop technicians and mechanics and office staff.”
Teletrac Navman’s solution specialist Jim French says in order to measure idle time accurately, Gore Earthmoving has deployed additional connections to the system that monitor the park brake, the hydraulic lockout and the transmission. “These monitors are fully integrated back into the system and show when the engine is running but the machine is not working,” says French.
With full integration into the Teletrac Navman software set, Qtanium 350 is ideal for organisations operating in the construction and mining sectors and those seeking a tracking system to reliably monitor their off- road assets, from the largest earthmover to the smallest bobcat.
The Qtanium 350 lets organisations know how their most valuable assets are being used through detailed asset reporting and dynamic dashboard.
“Understanding how your equipment is being used so you can be sure it’s working optimally at all times is crucial in the construction and mining industries,” says French. “We’ve done a lot of ground work and have developed new reports specifically targeted at off road assets that help businesses obtain that invaluable knowledge.”
“The Qtanium 350 has been specifically designed for the construction and mining industries. Its IP67 rating means it can be submerged in water and it’s also shock tested and can endure harsh vibrations and extreme environments. The unit is tamperproof and affixed with industrial strength magnets. There is no other solution like it in the market,” says French.
Gore says in just six months the installation of the new system has resulted in higher levels of productivity in all areas of his business, particularly in work versus idle, maintenance scheduling, load tracking through sites and driver productivity.
“We immediately noted changes to company efficiency with significant increases in productive hours with drivers, workshop technicians and mechanics and office staff. Teletrac Navman is helping us to trace production hours daily and enhancing our ability to have accurate and timely accounts issued. We are in an industry where every hour is important to us, and the capacity to trace our equipment’s activity is paramount.
“The fact that the data from Teletrac Navman system is transmitted via satellite means we now have instant access to information from vehicles working in remote worksites. We can track the work versus idle time much more efficiently which has enabled us to better manage work flows and down times without having to rely on reports from machine operators,” said Gore.
He says Gore Earthmoving can also track and verify load counts in and out of quarries or other worksites. “The loads are monitored through site tracking which eliminates the need to rely on drivers tracking their own progress. The Teletrac Navman system does all the reporting for us.”
Workshop foreman Adrian Norman says Teletrac Navman has also made significant differences to monitoring maintenance and servicing schedules. “We can now easily track and trace vehicles requiring repairs or those due for servicing or maintenance checks. I can e ciently plan production time in our workshop and depot at Goondiwindi, and effectively schedule travel out to remote sites for servicing. It has saved the company a lot of time and money,” says Norman. In addition to tracking vehicles, the Teletrac Navman driver ID system allows Gore Earthmoving to monitor the movements of individual sta , enabling the development and execution of e cient shift work planning and managing driver productivity.
“Each sta member logs in at the beginning of the day’s work and we can track their productivity and hours spent on the job. Like most industry sectors, time equals money and in the earthmoving business idle machinery and idle sta were costing us. We often have many different jobs on the go at once and the Teletrac Navman Driver ID system has allowed us to efficiently and effectively develop work plans and staff rosters,” says Gore.
Monitoring work versus idle time
- Alerts for over-speed and over-idles for all vehicles
- Monitor productivity through reporting
- Alerts delivered instantly via satellite to PC, email or mobile phone
- Understand and monitor driver productivity
- Monitor staff movements
- Develop and execute efficient shift work
- Improve and control the accuracy of their preventative maintenance for the entire fleet
- Ensure up-to-date maintenance is a high priority for vehicles
- Send reminders and set up time or distance related maintenance schedules for vehicles
- Report on current state of vehicle maintenance
- Log any costs associated to assist in isolating ongoing problems with vehicles
Site load tracking
- Understand and monitor the loading levels in and out of site to track productivity
- Site areas trigger events for entry and exit of speci c areas such as yards, offices, out-of-bounds districts
- Define speed limits within a site so if speeds are exceeded an alert is pushed out (via pop up email, SMS)