Case Studies

Combining a cloud-based software platform with rugged GPS tracking devices and global satellite and cellular networks, Geoforce’s Track and Trace solutions provide visibility and control over our customers’ field operations.

American Colloid improves mine production, operational logistics, and equipment maintenance

American Colloid improves mine production, operational logistics, and equipment maintenance

American Colloid Company is one of the world’s leading producers of bentonite clay. Bentonite’s unique chemical structure gives it a diverse range of capabilities, enabling it to act as a thickener, sealant, binder, lubricant or absorption agent. The company’s principle markets include metalcasting, pet products, oil and gas well drilling, industrial specialties and agriculture. With mining operations throughout North America and a sister subsidiary with mining operations throughout the world, American Colloid’s trademark Additrol line is an industry standard in the metalcasting industry.

On any given day American Colloid may have 7 to 12 active locations within 60 miles of each other. For operational efficiency, they must have asset visibility to track equipment cycle times, run times, idle time and movement. Additionally, American Colloid needed to track a fleet of heavy and light-duty service trucks that travel over highways and mines haul-road to do fueling, oil changes and repairs. During the winter months, portable generators are used to keep earth scrapers and dozer engines warm. Monitoring these generators for preventative maintenance and other parameters is just one more advantage American Colloid gained using Geoforce.

After researching and evaluating various GPS-based asset management solutions, Rodney Raber, American Colloid’s Mining Superintendent, chose Geoforce for its end to end solutions that include purpose-built, rugged GPS tracking devices, industry-focused software applications, and world-class customer support and service.

American Colloid employs Geoforce solutions to improve operational logistics, mine production and equipment maintenance by tracking geo-positions, engine runtime and location for their powered mining equipment and vehicles, both on and off mine sites.

Enviro Vat lowers disputed invoices by over 97%

Enviro Vat lowers disputed invoices by over 97%

Enviro Vat is a leading provider of fluid containment systems designed to close the loop in drilling, work over and well servicing applications.

Enviro Vat is a leading provider of fluid containment systems designed to close the loop in drilling, work over and well servicing applications.3

Challenge

Exceeding the customer’s expectation requires Enviro Vat to constantly find solutions that improve responsiveness and support.

Solution

Enviro Vat began using Geoforce’s GPS-based Track and Trace application to manage equipment dispatch and retrieval, verify service and streamline information flow from the field to the office.

Results

Using Geoforce’s Service Verification module, Enviro Vat has lowered service response times and dramatically reduced the number of disputed invoices from 33% to less than 1%, leading to a better customer experience, faster collections and more business.

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Interstate delivers dependable service through improved vehicle health and reduced idling

Interstate delivers dependable service through improved vehicle health and reduced idling

Interstate Batteries, a leading supplier of batteries to thousands of garages, retail outlets, repair facilities, and vehicle dealerships across North America, has earned a reputation for reliable, timely service. Their company slogan of “Outrageously Dependable® service” shows their strong commitment to customers.

Challenge

Delivering the right product at the right time means Interstate Batteries needs to keep its vehicles in top shape. An unplanned truck breakdown or repair can impact both customer service and profitability. Obtaining regular information of the state of the vehicles was a challenge, said DJ Harrison, Interstate’s National Fleet Manager. “We’d have to rely on the driver or reach out to the local manager.” Unfortunately, as each local manager spent time collecting mileage data or inspecting trucks, they were taken away from their regular duties. Harrison says, “Instead of selling batteries, he was trying to take care of his trucks.”

Solution

Interstate chose to implement Geotab’s vehicle tracking solution through Geoforce. To date, Geoforce has provided installation, training and configuration services through its in-house network of field service technicians to nearly 40 Interstate distributors across the US and Canada. Geoforce’s ability to provide local “boots on the ground” throughout North America has simplified and sped up the installation process, which has proven critical to the roll out to Interstate’s entire distributor network. In addition, Geoforce continues to provide support and services to help distributors streamline operations. This support has included providing critical vehicle and driver behavior data to regional managers and centralized management in order for them to proactively manage their fleets.

Results

Interstate Batteries has removed about an hour of idling per day per truck which translates to fuel savings, lower vehicle maintenance costs, and fewer emissions. Multiply one less hour of idling per day by 600+ trucks and you have significant savings over time. Maintenance costs were cut approximately 10%. All of this has led to greater revenue and less cost, as well as minimized risk of accidents and potential legal consequences.

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ProPetro minimizes human error and performs preventative maintenance proactively

ProPetro minimizes human error and performs preventative maintenance proactively

ProPetro Services is an oil and gas services company headquartered in Midland, Texas. ProPetro provides independent services for drilling, fracturing, cementing and coil tubing.

ProPetro Services is an oil and gas services company headquartered in Midland, Texas. ProPetro provides independent services for drilling, fracturing, cementing and coil tubing.

Challenge

ProPetro needed to better understand and manage asset utilization and the overall location of their assets. In addition, they wanted a central location to track maintenance records.

Solution

Geoforce provides ProPetro with a single application to manage their powered and non-powered assets, as well as, light vehicles and tractors. The Geoforce Track and Trace application provides ProPetro with reliable logistics and transparency.

Results

ProPetro can now anticipate market movement from one resource play to another. By keeping maintenance records in the Geoforce application, ProPetro minimizes human error and is able to perform preventative maintenance proactively. In addition, ProPetro can locate vehicles, and update registration stickers, DOT compliance and state inspections in the Geoforce system. Geoforce solutions allow ProPetro to set up geo-fences to alert a group when an asset needing maintenance enters the yard. With a key business goal of increased utilization, the Geoforce application provides critical reporting on assets with low utilization, so management can take action when needed.

“Geoforce provided our team with an easy to use solution that erased the worry that comes along with not knowing for certain where your equipment is located.” – Hayes Penland, PROPETRO

Crux Subsurface tracks engine runtime and location

Crux Subsurface tracks engine runtime and location

Crux Subsurface is a geotechnical exploration and construction firm headquartered in Spokane, WA. The company provides contract drilling and related services to the geotechnical industry. Crux specializes in difficult-access and environmentally sensitive drill sites, providing innovative technologies and specialty drill equipment to complete projects in logistically challenging environments.

Gary Ramsey, Crux’s Specialty Asset Manager, chose Geoforce for its end to end solutions that include purpose-built, rugged GPS tracking devices, industry-focused software applications, and world-class customer support and service. Crux Subsurface is utilizing Geoforce solutions to improve operational logistics and maintenance by tracking engine runtime and location for their powered portable equipment and non-powered mobile assets like drill masts, mobile drills, and trailers.

Geoforce helps Chilean mining leader Mine Bridges reduce risk of relocation loss

Geoforce helps Chilean mining leader Mine Bridges reduce risk of relocation loss

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Based in Santiago, Chile, Mine Bridges is a technology provider for the mining industry. The company improves and optimizes processes through the development and integration of new software and hardware, which respond disruptively to the specific needs of each client.

According to Mine Bridges’ project manager Roberto González Gazmuri, Geoforce was chosen because of its local support team in South America, rugged, intrinsically safe GPS tracking devices, industry focused software application, and easy to use and rapidly deployable equipment.

“Geoforce’s global traceability solutions allow us to know the location of our dispersed assets at all times,” said Mr. Gazmuri. “This reduces the risk of loss due to relocation during shifts that are not reported to incoming mining operations teams. As such, Geoforce helps our customers reduce time and cost, and, ultimately, improve their operations.”

Mine Bridges is currently utilizing Geoforce in luminaries that are constantly being moved according to the development of mines. This frequent movement increases the probability of misplaced or lost equipment, a problem that is solved with Geoforce’s GPS tracking system.

Prometheus Construction improves employee efficiency and theft recovery

Prometheus Construction improves employee efficiency and theft recovery

Prometheus Construction works to protect public and private property owners by stabilizing the earth and mitigating hazards from potentially devastating erosion and rockfall situations. Their core competencies include erosion control, rockfall mitigation, rock scaling, boulder demolition,retaining wall construction and repair, shotcrete, as well as extensive expertise in drilling, anchoring, and micropile installations.

Brian Mahnken, Prometheus’ Constructions Operations Manager, selected Geoforce for its field operations-focused software applications that combine visibility into fleet vehicles and equipment in a single platform, and the extreme reliability of its GPS tracking devices that are purpose-built for the rugged environments Prometheus often encounters. In addition, Mr. Mahnken appreciated the unparalleled hands-ons service and support he has experienced from Geoforce’s global customer operations team. Prometheus is utilizing Geoforce solutions to improve employee efficiency, increase the likelihood of theft recovery, and manage the maintenance and location of powered portable equipment as they progress from project to project.

C.D. Lyon Construction improves operational logistics and maintenance

C.D. Lyon Construction improves operational logistics and maintenance

C.D. Lyon, Inc. is a full-service general contractor capable of many types of construction both in and out of energy-related fields. Owner owned and operated, the company mission is to develop long term relationships, empower safety, unity, commitment and productivity within the work force.

Vincent Torres, C.D. Lyon’s Operations Manager, chose Geoforce for its field operations focused solutions and software applications, and the reliability of its cutting edge GPS tracking devices that are purpose-built for rugged environments. C.D. Lyon is utilizing Geoforce solutions to improve operational logistics and maintenance by tracking engine runtime and location for their powered portable equipment and fleet trucks.

Track and Trace aids Big D in timely recovery of stolen assets

Track and Trace aids Big D in timely recovery of stolen assets

Big D Equipment Company was established in the 1970s, primarily to line reserve pits for the energy industry. Big D has grown in size and capability to service a 200-mile area reaching through Texas and New Mexico.

Big D Equipment Company was established in the 1970s, primarily to line reserve pits for the energy industry. Big D has grown in size and capability to service a 200-mile area reaching through Texas and New Mexico.

Challenge

Maximize asset utilization by tracking equipment that is both owned and on rent.

Solution

Geoforce provides Big D with a single web-based application for managing all their equipment and vehicle tracking needs. Big D maximizes asset utilization by tracking both owned and rented equipment.

Results

Big D has expanded from tracking non-powered to powered assets and now has more than 1,000 assets tracked using Geoforce solutions. On multiple occasions, the Geoforce application has aided Big D in the timely recovery of stolen assets.