September 30, 2015
At ICUEE this year, Vermeer debuted a cool new program called InSite Productivity Tools that should streamline and simplify things for horizontal directional drill (HDD) contractors. By combining documentation, bore planning, data collection and remote monitoring components, InSite Productivity Tools can help a contractor better manage his business from planning to mapping and producing to invoicing. The tools can be used individually or work together seamlessly and can be accessed by multiple parties, making collaborative work and real-time information sharing possible.
InSite Productivity Tools include the following components, which can be used individually or bundled together:
InSite Fleet and InSite Fleet Edge — Provides fleet and operations managers with the GPS location of machines to better locate and route equipment and crews to the jobsite. It captures planned maintenance and completed services and categorizes both machine idle times and fuel consumed.
InSite Projects — This planning tool is used to map a jobsite and plan a bore using an application that can be accessed via a computer, tablet or smartphone. All project data can reside in one repository and be shared electronically with project owners and inspectors to speed up approvals. Once the job is complete, the user can export a professional report on all aspects of the project, helping to expedite invoicing.
InSite Mapping — A GPS-enabled mapping application is used to white-line or mark a proposed bore path accurately and help document the position of existing utilities. Data is entered into InSite Projects to generate a visual map (bird’s-eye view) of proposed and existing utility lines or landmarks. The mapping application is compatible with a variety of GPS devices.
InSite BoreAid Design Tool — A planning and design software package that guides the user through a bore planning process using soil information, product type and properties, physical obstacles and other key elements to provide a comprehensive understanding of feasibility and identify issues that may arise during a drilling operation.
InSite BoreAssist — Developed in collaboration with Digital Control Incorporated (DCI), this on-rig application allows a bore plan to be viewed on the DCI AuroraTM display, eliminating the need for paper plans.
All this really just scratches the surface. Be sure to watch the video above for a more in-depth look at InSite’s robust features.