You can see them every day. Whether you are driving on the widened A10 or through an energy conserving new housing neighbourhood in Rijswijk, the bright characteristic green-yellow materials of Dura Vermeer catch your eye. The over 160 year old construction company with more than 2600 employees is among the top 10 largest construction firms in the Netherlands. The company that is active in housing and utility construction and infrastructure is well known within the construction sector as innovative and sustainable. The employees of Dura Vermeer are busy day and night to help elevate living, working and mobility in our country to a higher level. Dura Vermeer has its own material service for materials and machines used in their construction projects. These range from construction fencing, construction elevators, construction chains and tower cranes to freight trucks, asphalt machines, jetting cleaners and service buses. The assortment consists of approximately 9000 pieces of unique materials. It’s quite a job to organise that efficiently for the projects. The GPS-Buddy solutions really contribute to the efficient organisational use of these materials.
Simple ordering process
Marco Tieleman, branch manager at Dura Vermeer, explains how his people utilise the GPS-Buddy solutions in their every day operations. “All of the works that are assigned to us as an organisation order their materials with us. Put simply, it means that the executors of the work will login to our web portal and order what they need. Material can be a broad concept, by the way, as with us; it ranges from coffee to housing and from wheelbarrows to faucets.” This diversity of material means that Dura Vermeer must implement various forms of cross charging. Such consumables as mortar and cut-backs are sold as articles. Such consumables as wheelbarrows are charged on the basis of ‘sell and buy-back’ and there is another category of goods and materials that are rented.
Overview and insight
“We use the GPS-Buddy solutions for a large number of rented items, such as the service buses and freight trucks. The applications vary from the registration of operational hours, monitoring client assignments to being able to respond quickly to failure or defects. Keeping track of the number of operational hours is essential because this is also linked to the maintenance. We also utilise GPS-Buddy to monitor client assignments. When we rent certain machines to a work project and it is indicated that a machine is not used on specific day, we then set that particular machine in park mode. By generating an I/O report in GPS-Buddy, we can see whether a machine was actually used or not.”
If a machine is at a project and it must be certified, then the colleagues of the material service will be able to see the location of that machine in real-time in the Studio web environment or via the planner app. The colleagues of the service department and the certifying authority can therefore go directly to the actual location. This results in working efficiently and limits the amount of time that a machine stands still to a minimum. If a machine is unexpectedly defective, we can also quickly see where the nearest replacement machine can be found. This kind of information is invaluable to us in order to be able to ensure that no delays in construction occur.
Besides all the possibilities in preventing machines from standing still and being able to respond quickly during emergencies, the GPS-Buddy solutions offer another advantage. To register for projects, it is important to be able to clearly demonstrate what the influence of the work will be on man and the environment. What’s more, in tender demands, we are increasingly asked which means and materials will be used so that, for example, the CO2 emissions will be limited as much as possible. In addition to the transparent overview of the materials used, the actual distances to the work projects, it is even possible to register the drive information of every very vehicle that enters a site via the GPS-Buddy systems. This conveniently makes all the information that influences CO2 emissions transparent and accessible.