Le Moniteur – The right equipment, in the right place, at the right time

Le 3 February 2017

Crédit : Jacques Rolland, LeMoniteur. Discover the original article here.

 

The right equipment, in the right place, at the right time

How do you optimise the use of your site equipment? A scalable mobile app to help dispatchers.

DISPATCHER – Accessible on tablet and smartphone, Dispatcher helps save 10%-15% on site machinery management.

Reduce the cost of equipment in a few clicks, without having to change your fleet of equipment. This is the helping hand that Julien Fournier and Maxime Guesné, two Supélec engineers, have designed, on behalf of dispatchers. Responsible for coordinating and optimising site resources, this trade often still has to operate with a mobile phone, fax and a spreadsheet. Thanks to the Dispatcher app developed by this pair, they will now be able to smooth out and speed up rotations, as well as rely on under-used resources, simply with a smartphone.

“At a time when budgets are tight and a return on investment is required quickly, having the right logistics in place, at the right location, at the right time is strategic”, says Julien Fournier. “Using the right digital tools has become indispensable to getting the very best out of your equipment on the ground,” adds Maxime Guesné. It took a whole year to design and test the app. Accessible online and on a tablet or smartphone, on or off-line, this uses data hosted in the cloud. Downloadable, the equipment-management function is already accessible for a price ranging between €15 and €50 per month and per user.

Getting started can be time-consuming

The first company to test it, Spac (a subsidiary of the Colas group) was satisfied: while plant costs generally represented a fifth of site costs, they noted a saving of 10%-15% on this item. This doesn’t sound like much, but it enables site supervisors and dispatchers to avoid leasing a piece of machinery when there is one available on a site nearby.  That’s because the system also compares the costs required to transport it with the cost of hiring one. Other companies with a large fleet, such as GTM Bâtiment and Cardem/Eurovia (Vinci Group), or even the Italian company Impresa Bianchi, have already adopted Dispatcher.

But, as a site supervisor who tested the app points out, its operational implementation takes time and energy. That’s because, in order for it to be effective, it’s necessary to enter various data on the characteristics and location of the company’s equipment and that of the listed plant hire agencies, their availability and hourly cost, consumption, transport costs etc. The management dashboards fine-tune themselves the more you use them.

On the back of this success, Julien Fournier and Maxime Guesné created an additional function to manage human resources, particularly for machine operators. In the longer term, they’re considering planning for the supply of materials, the third largest cost item for sites in construction and public works.

Article published by Le Moniteur on 01/02/2017 at 12:14

Dispatcher press release,

03/02/2017.