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JUN 2013

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LOADOUT TRANSPORTATION Technology Beyond Measure CHALLENGE Measuring stockpile volume accurately and efficiently. SOLUTION The Stockpile Reports System from New System for Calculating Stockpile Volume Via Smartphone May be a Game-Changer. By Mark S. Kuhar You know the drill. It is time to measure all of your stockpiles for inventory manage‐ ment, production monitoring, taxes, busi‐ ness evaluation or some other reason. In the past, you had to order a fly‐over; crawl up and down the stockpile with a tape measure; or drive around the quarry with that bulky laser apparatus in the back of a pick‐up. Now, you can just pull out your smart‐ phone. TIP You won't need special equipment such as LiDAR or GPS; advanced training; or an internet connection. The Stockpile Reports system from Red‐ mond, Wash.‐based, calculates timely and accurate aggregates stockpile volumes, tonnage and locations, using data collected with a mobile phone. It's that easy. According to Galen Kovak‐Lewis of Stockpil‐, who conducted an exclusive in‐the‐field demonstration for Rock Products, the new system just may be a game changer for aggregates producers. "We've created a system that allows aggre‐ gates producers to collect and use stockpile 36 ROCKproducts • JUNE 2013 data easily and efficiently, and it provides them with timely information they can use to better analyze and manage their prod‐ ucts and business," he said. Aggregates producers that have seen and used the new system are giving it a big thumbs up. "I like the system because it is a simple and easy way to measure and report production," said Brian Gray, president of Knife River Corp.'s Northwest Region. "And more importantly, it gives our top‐line man‐ agers ownership of inventory." Gray also points out two benefits that are a big plus for his company's operations: sim‐ plicity and accuracy. "A measuring system that provides data you can trust is a big selling point for us," he said. Stockpile Reports uses a three‐step process to calculate aggregates stockpile tonnage, volume and location: 1. Collect stockpile data. 2. Synch the data with the Stockpile Reports website at 3. View the results online.

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