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11 July 2017

New app to measure stockpiles using iPhone

First published10/07/2017

Whether it is a delivery of aggregate or a mound of spoil, any stockpile can now be quantified by pointing an iPhone at it and walking around using the Stockpile Reports Lite iPhone app.

The company says the app has been produced to enable construction professionals to measure piled material themselves for a small fraction of the typical cost, getting measurement results quickly.

“We’ve been serving the large enterprise construction materials industry around the world since 2012, with our inventory management platform,” says David Boardman, CEO of Stockpile Reports.

“Now we’re making our patented measurement technology available to everyone.”

After downloading the app (search ‘Stockpiles Lite’ in the app store), users point the iPhone camera at the surface of the pile and walk around its perimeter. The app captures high resolution imagery that is then uploaded to the cloud and processed to generate a report.

According to the company, independent tests are said to have shown the measurements to be within 1% to 2% of LiDAR (laser measurement) surveys.

“We’ve rolled out the app out to the United Kingdom (UK), Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, and will be expanding it to a worldwide audience throughout the year,” says Tony Jacobson, VP of Product at Stockpile Reports.

“The app was designed to work with free-standing stockpiles up to 3,000 cubic metres.”