By RAM Tracking on 24 Oct 2022

Valuable Benefits of Construction Fleet Tracking

From the explosion of urban housing to the emergence of smart buildings, the construction industry is at an all-time high and on the brink of exponential growth.

There are plenty of specific challenges that construction companies face such as:

  • Labour shortages
  • Rising material costs,
  • Tight margins and budgets, 

 If we talk about daily operations, project managers have to juggle managing:

  • Equipment and tools
  • Vehicles
  • Raw materials
  • Safety of labour,
  • Projects delivered on time.

Indeed, running and delivering a project in construction on a budget can be a difficult task, so efficiency becomes the utmost priority.

For example, the job can be delayed if the materials truck arrives late. Instead of overlooking each aspect manually, builders can use construction fleet tracking systems to monitor all operations digitally and improve overall efficiencies with ongoing jobs within the projects.

While logistics and transportation are the most notable industries to leverage the benefits of a telematics system, construction companies can also capitalise and ensure the highest productivity, reduce costs, and boost profitability.

Asset and equipment tracking

Construction sites are loaded with several types of equipment and tools. In the case of multiple projects running concurrently, it can be difficult tracking construction equipment. If any equipment is stolen or goes missing, the job site comes to a standstill and hampers the productivity of labourers. Builders have to spend extra money to buy or hire equipment, increasing expenses and affecting margins.

However, with construction asset tracking, project managers can monitor and keep track of equipment and vehicles in real-time.

  • Location tracking can save time and costs as it offers high visibility into where the equipment is and when it is available to use.
  • The geo-fence feature enables project managers to put a digital fence around a location on the map.
  • The construction time tracking system instantly notifies if machinery or equipment leaves the fenced area, preventing theft, moonlighting and recovering lost or stolen items.
  • This way, firms can better track their inventory and gain accurate insights into each tool or machinery at multiple sites.

Monitoring hours of service

Along with tracking the location of machines and equipment, construction companies also have to ensure that they’re performing to their fullest and complying with the standard HOS regulations. With so many types of machinery and drivers working together, manually monitoring hours of service is exhausting.

Construction time tracking automatically punches in the start and stop times of the shift and provides tracking data to uncover any discrepancies. It is also possible with driver ID to have a system in place to monitor specific drivers when construction vehicles are used by multiple users.

Managers can be notified if the vehicles and equipment are being moved or being used. In the case of construction vehicles, one can then quickly spot poor habits such as:

  • Long idle times.
  • Poor driving.
  • Badly optimised route planning.

Drivers can be educated and told how to improve which leads to:

  • Fuel efficiencies.
  • Equipment longevity.
  • Less likely to need maintenance.

The exact whereabouts of equipment and specific tools can mean increased productivity and reduced time and running costs. Construction cost tracking provides detailed reports on fuel consumption, workforce costs, etc., allowing companies to understand where to cut back expenses.

This helps project managers to wisely allocate resources, ensure seamless operations, and improve the efficiency of the business.

Preventive Maintenance

Another benefit of knowing how the equipment performs is that it helps project managers schedule preventive maintenance. With material trucks, for example, you can determine maintenance based on mileage, but for machinery, maintenance can be planned based on hours of service. If a machine operates below its maximum capacity, it may indicate that a component is failing and needs replacement.

Site managers can perform repairs sooner and at a time when the item is not required. This increases the equipment’s lifespan and minimises repair costs as well as minimises equipment being out of action. Long term it cuts down high replacement costs, and ensures operations go without a hitch. Additionally, construction plant tracking can notify about the right time to service machinery and equipment. Running machinery at peak performance gets work done faster, allowing companies to stick to maintenance budgets and deliver projects on time.

Ensuring the safety of workers

You might often hear about electric shocks, trench collapses, or accidents at construction sites. Since working at construction sites is hazardous, it is critical for companies to ensure the highest level of safety.

Construction vehicle tracking in vehicles provides details about where every worker is and any discrepancy if noticed. Monitoring truck driving behaviour such as excessive speeding, hard braking, etc., helping site managers to pinpoint such poor habits and improve their skills. This way, companies can avert potential dangers and create a safe and secure working environment.

Construction productivity tracking

Timely delivery of projects is critical for construction companies as even minor delays can increase expenses and cause loss of revenue. Eventually, keeping customers satisfied and happy is crucial for the success of any business. With construction fleet tracking systems, companies can run streamlined operations, achieve an edge over others, and function at the highest efficiency possible. Our job management for construction projects can sit alongside other tracking solutions and is a great way to assign work based on where equipment is, which worker is onsite to complete the jobs in hand and reassign to workers via their app logins to update and prioritise job-based on conditions or presence of the qualified individuals.


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