3 Hidden Costs Construction Companies Can Prevent

There are a lot of articles that talk about the hidden costs in construction. Many of these are associated with the building of the project and are out of a contractor’s control: fees associated with the state or municipality, environmental delays, incomplete designs, unanticipated site conditions and others. Most companies now anticipate these unknowns and attempt to mitigate them by building buffers into their schedule and budget. (more…)

How RFID Works

Radio frequency identification, or RFID, is a nifty technology with a multitude of applications in commerce and everyday life. First used in World War II by the British to track enemy aircraft, RFID has since integrated itself into our world in ways most people aren’t even aware of.

For example, every time you drive through an automatic highway toll booth without having to wait for change, you can thank RFID. If you scan a badge to gain entry to your workplace or some other restricted area, chances are you’re using RFID. If you’ve ever exited a retail store to the unwanted sound of a loud security beep, that’s also RFID. (more…)

5 Tips to Keep Your Drivers Safe

At the job site or on the road, safety should be priority #1. Keep your drivers out of harm’s way by practicing these 5 tips.

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  1. Practice safe driving behaviors.

 

  • Connect a GPS tracking device to each vehicle’s onboard diagnostic system
  • Track speeding, hard braking and other unsafe behaviors
  • Properly connect trailers or tow-behind equipment before disembarking
  • Always be aware of your surroundings,
  • Use mirrors and signals at all times
  • Observe stop signs and stop lights; watch for pedestrians
  • Wear sunglasses for morning and evening glares
  • Stay alert and awake, stop for coffee breaks
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescription)
  • Don’t park in front of driveways or fire hydrants
  • Don’t impair driver visibility or drive in blind spots

 

  1. Always wear your seatbelt.

 

  • Seatbelts save lives and reduce injuries.
  • Ensure all passengers have their seatbelts on at all times.
  • Use a seatbelt monitoring system tied to your fleet/asset management system to ensure compliance

 

  1. Keep up with routine maintenance.

 

  • Check tires for balding, bubbles and cracking
  • Rotate tires every 6,000 miles
  • Frequently check oil change, brake fluid and antifreeze levels
  • Check engine and brake lights
  • Conduct regular safety inspections
  • Install the latest safety features on all vehicles

 

  1. Never text and drive.

 

  • Most dangerous use of cell phone while driving
  • Takes your eyes off the road for at least 5 seconds
  • Causes 1.6 million auto accidents in the U.S. each year
  • Six times more likely to cause an accident than drunk driving

 

  1. Make safety a team effort.

 

  • Conduct weekly huddles to reinforce driver safety
  • Regularly review driver performance vs. company policies (see Tenna’s driver safety module)
  • Identify unsafe driving behaviors and clearly communicate steps for improvement
  • Use Tenna’s pre-planned, hands-free routing system
  • Set safety goals and reward drivers for maintaining safe habits

 

Be smart. Be alert. Stay safe.

 

Construction Industry Challenges and Trends for 2018

Between the current economic factors impacting the construction landscape and the continuing advances in tools, materials and technologies, 2018 promises to be a very interesting year for the construction industry. As we peer into our crystal ball, here’s a quick look at the top three economic challenges facing construction companies in the year ahead.

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Tracking Sites and Yards

Tracking tools, equipment and other assets in laydown yards and job sites used to be an inefficient and time-consuming task for construction and other large industrial companies. Manual processes for checking equipment in and out of sites made it difficult to determine their location and status. Yard inventories were often inaccurate and out of date. Misidentification, loss and theft of assets increased operational costs in addition to making it difficult to complete projects on time. Plus, the lack of real-time data forced managers to constantly work behind the curve rather than ahead of it. With the advent of digital tracking technologies over the past decade, today’s asset managers have it much easier. (more…)

The Value of Fleet Tracking for Construction Companies

Companies rely on their fleet of vehicles to get equipment and materials to job sites, finish projects on time & stay within budget. From heavy civil contractors to utility contractors and more, construction companies rely on their fleet of vehicles, trucks and trailers to get equipment and materials to job sites, finish projects on time and stay within budget. That’s why more and more construction firms are employing digital asset management systems like Tenna to capture the data they need to efficiently manage their fleets. (more…)

How Asset Tracking Can Help with Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

When working hard to complete projects on schedule and within budget, preventive maintenance of your fleet equipment and vehicles can easily get overlooked or delayed. Yet, few things are more important for the growth of your business and your bottom line than taking good care of your capital-intensive assets.

Keeping your assets well-maintained improves safety on the road and at the job site, and helps complete jobs on time by reducing downtime for equipment and employees. Timely maintenance lowers fuel and operational costs because your assets work more efficiently. It also lowers repair costs (which average five times more than maintenance costs), while making it easier to comply with OSHA safety regulations. (more…)

How Growing Construction Companies Can Build Their Business And Protect Their Bottom Line Through Cloud-Based Asset Management

For the past two decades, digital asset management has enabled construction companies to track their assets anywhere at any time with a minimum of manual involvement. This has produced significant improvements in operational efficiencies, lower costs and healthier bottom lines for construction companies of all types and sizes. (more…)