Telematics for the construction industry provides a number of benefits:
In addition to the obvious features, like determining a vehicle’s location, locating machines and obtaining fuel consumption reports, fleet managers also benefit by being able to create geo-fences. These limit vehicles and machinery to certain pre-defined areas within certain time periods – features that are guaranteed to boost fleet efficiency, safety and security levels.
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Fleet management for a construction company has many unique challenges. While the task shares some of the same challenges as any other fleet, it also has challenges such as tracking non-vehicle assets, diverse fleet vehicles, and many moving parts across numerous job sites. MiX Telematics solutions for construction fleets provide real-time location information and status data for all assets. In order to remain competitive, construction managers must implement construction equipment fleet management software.
Construction fleet vehicles run the gamut from vehicles that run on gasoline or diesel as well as pickup trucks to medium-duty chassis. They must also know where and how the vehicles will be used and match the right drivers to the right vehicles and the right equipment to the right job sites. In addition, changing regulations can impact construction fleets, such as HOS and logging regulations.
In order to keep all the moving parts of a construction fleet going, a fleet manager’s duties include:
Increasingly, construction fleet managers are moving to telematics solutions. Understanding how trucks are used, what they tow or carry, and how to make their fleet operations more efficient are key issues for construction fleet managers. Continuous communication and insight into fleet activity is an important part of this equation. Embracing construction fleet telematics helps fleet managers meet the challenges they face every day.
MiX Telematics construction equipment fleet management software offers technical features that let you monitor the critical data points and functions that help a busy construction fleet manager do their job better. You’ll know which drivers and employees are operating what vehicles and where non-vehicle assets are.
Construction fleet management helps you efficiently manage fleet operations and increase productivity, as well as improve budgeting, invoicing, forecasting, and regulatory compliance. Here are four main benefits of using telematics in the construction industry.
Collecting, storing, and analyzing data is a big part of effective and efficient fleet management. Reliable data on purchase history, accident history, mileage, mechanical diagnostics, repair and maintenance records, routes, and previous drivers is essential.
This data gives you a deep understanding of each vehicle, operator history, and overall performance. They can then use it to make informed decisions and better strategies that can increase fleet productivity, improve daily operations and drive the growth of the business.
Vehicle repair and maintenance is a significant cost for fleets in the construction industry. Making sure fleet vehicles avoid expensive, unnecessary repairs requires sticking to a regular, preventative maintenance schedule. Keeping track of repair schedules in a large fleet can be complex and time-consuming. You need accurate documentation of previous maintenance repairs and recommendations to ensure that all the right steps are taken to keep the fleet in good repair while also avoiding excess spend. Well-maintained vehicles and heavy equipment work better and longer, saving fleets time and money in the long run. Keeping fleet vehicles well-maintained not only helps keep vehicles running longer but also helps them run better.
Making sure the tire pressure is at the right level helps vehicles work at peak capability, travel efficiently, and make good time while on the road without using excess fuel to do so. This is just one example of how regular maintenance can help a fleet run more efficiently. In addition, regular, preventive maintenance offers a higher level of safety, which can lead to better job satisfaction and less turnover.
MiX Telematics solutions for construction fleets can help minimize delays, errors, and other issues that disrupt workflow. This gives you an overarching, all-encompassing understanding of the location and use of all assets and equipment, project requirements, and more. For instance, you can access and use historical project information to plan faster and more efficient routes that are shorter and use less fuel. Planning more efficient routes are better for a business’ budget and the environment.
You can also use construction fleet telematics software to assign the right people to the right routes so that jobs can get done more efficiently and on time.
When important information about projects is organized, stored, and readily available with construction equipment fleet management software, fleet managers and others involved in the project can get the information they need to finish the job. With accurate data, jobs can be assigned to the right people and completed on time.
Construction fleet telematics helps you keep data organized, hold employees accountable and focused on the tasks that need to completed, and ensure that projects move forward on time. When data is better and more easily accessible, it increases productivity and streamlines workflows, ensuring that everyone has what they need to do the jobs they are assigned and that they work at maximum efficiency.
Construction fleet management software helps ensure accurate handling of invoicing, which helps build trust with customers. Tasks such as billing, payments, time tracking, and route logging that were handled manually in the past can be done digitally, saving time and preserving accuracy. This paperless approach improves invoicing as well as maintaining data safety and security.
When records are maintained electronically, it makes it faster and easier to access information records by drivers and sub-contractors and helps speed up payments. In addition, digital records help minimize payment errors, making both payroll and invoicing more accurate.
Information about projects, such as expenses and timelines, can improve future budgeting and forecasting throughout the fleet. Telematics for fleet construction can provide important insight into where projects are losing money or making money.
With this information, operational expenses such as vehicle maintenance and fuel can be reduced. Using the software to maximize routes based on data, you can reduce wear and tear on tires and engines, reducing tire replacement cycles and catching engine issues before they become big problems.
You can also use the data collected with construction fleet telematics to create better schedules for your drivers. Understanding how to maximize schedules and routes can speed up projects and improve operational efficiency. Valuable data captured from past workflows lets you optimize routes and equipment utilization.
In addition to improved efficiency, safety, and compliance, MiX Telematics' solutions for the construction industry can help you cut operational costs & save money.
Construction equipment is expensive, so it is important that all equipment be properly utilized. Tracking and analyzing your assets' movement lets you know how many hours each piece of equipment is being used and which, if any, are not being used enough. Knowing the utilization ratio of each piece of equipment helps you make decisions about when to purchase or rent equipment and sell off any that are not necessary.
Tracking fleet equipment ensures the right equipment is at the right location, and not standing unused on a job where it is not needed. You can also track and analyze for overutilization and make decisions about purchasing an additional asset. This helps reduce wear and tear on an overworked asset and reduces how often maintenance needs to be scheduled.
By improving security measures and reducing theft risks, you may be able to reduce their deductibles and lower insurance premiums. Some insurance providers will reduce deductibles and insurance premiums because of the increased security asset tracking and geofencing offers.
The ability to track assets also reduces the potential for theft and increases safety at the worksite, which improves the risk profile in the eyes of the insurance company. In addition, with construction equipment telematics, you can regularly review the equipment covered by insurance and use that information to lower their premiums. Construction fleet telematics software keeps a record of what is owned and what is rented, which helps you keep your policies up-to-date – either by adding or removing equipment as needed.
Another great benefit construction fleet management software offers is keeping track of inventory, no matter where and what type of asset. The software can store all the details about assets, including the brand, type, when purchased, current location, and movements as well as servicing and licensing information. This automated data capturing process removes the need for manual entry of details, which not only saves time but also reduces the likelihood of errors.
When auditing season approaches, you have all the information you need for the auditors, making the process easier for everyone. This information can be made available online so that those who need it have instant access. It can also be placed into automated reports for analysis after the fact.
Construction fleets of any size can benefit from a MiX Telematics solution to help keep track of all their assets, reduce overtime and improve payroll, improve safety, and more. We offer a variety of options so that you get a telematics solution tailored to your needs.