Getting a project back on track or accelerating a schedule requires more than just throwing some more people at it. Adding extra subs won’t make a difference if you don’t have the equipment or materials needed to get the job done.
But calculating the right amount of anything — people, equipment and materials — isn’t an easy equation, especially if the plan is to move forward with an aggressive schedule to make up for lost time. Finding the answer is a labor-intensive activity and often relies on educated guesses.
That’s why Triax and Atlas RFID Solutions have teamed up to offer an integrated tool using machine learning and AI to do the math for you.
The integration takes advantage of Triax’s Spot-r solution, which monitors the location of people and equipment on a jobsite, and Atlas RFID’s Jovix®, a construction materials RFID tracking solution. Both tools are focused on creating safer and more efficient work environments.
The Spot-r platform includes a wearable device that tracks the time, attendance and real-time location of workers and monitors where equipment is on a jobsite.
Jovix focuses on materials management, offering users a digital supply chain to follow shipped materials, locate items once they arrive on a jobsite and manage them in the field.
Through each system’s open API, users can now leverage the capabilities of both of these tools and understand where people, equipment and materials are on a site.
Together, the solutions streamline the process of distributing materials to the right people at the right time. In five steps, here’s how the integration works:
- With Jovix, determine if the materials required are on site or will be soon and locate them on a site map once they get there.
- With Spot-r, find out how close workers are to those materials.
- Have the assigned worker select the material needed using the GPS or RFID capabilities in Jovix and have the items issued directly to the worker by simply scanning their Spot-r badge.
- Through Spot-r, get alerts when the worker enters the construction zone with the materials.
The integration also provides critical insights into the activity on a jobsite as managers look to accelerate work. It uses machine learning to identify the theoretical output of material given the input of people and equipment to complete a job on time.
“It really helps you plan in a predictive and proactive manner to ensure you have the appropriate amount of resources to reach the outcome you drafted up,” said Ian Ouellette, vice president, products, at Triax, in a recent webinar with Atlas RFID.
Said John Walker, vice president of strategic services at Atlas RFID, during the webinar: “These two combined solutions provide insights at a very predictable calculator to determine the right amount of equipment, people and tools based on the in-bound supply chain and the demand from construction. It’s no longer taking a stab in the dark.”
Triax and Atlas RFID teamed up for another virtual session about the integration during last week’s Jovix Executive Forum, a virtual event that ran Oct. 19 to Oct. 21. The event catered to professionals focused specifically on materials management and innovation within their own companies. During the event, participants learned how proper supply chain visibility affects time on tools, redundancies, delays, materials availability predictions and real-time, actionable reporting.
Want to learn more about the integration between Jovix and Triax? Contact us.