GCI’s "Ultra Stone Slinger" accurately places material such as dirt, sand, and topsoil up to 90 feet from the end of a truck.
 - Photo courtesy of GCI

GCI’s "Ultra Stone Slinger" accurately places material such as dirt, sand, and topsoil up to 90 feet from the end of a truck.

Photo courtesy of GCI

Indianapolis-based Gravel Conveyors, Inc. (GCI) has seen positive business results from its implementation of Verizon Connect's Reveal fleet management software platform, including $90,000 in tax rebates for off-road fuel use, according to the telematics provider.

GCI, which manages a fleet of 15 to 20 dump trucks and shop vehicles, uses Reveal to track the location of its fleet and identify maintenance issues more easily.

“Using Verizon Connect’s fleet management software, we can seamlessly track our trucks and job costs as well as anticipate maintenance problems before they occur. Using the combination of The Ultra Stone Slinger and Verizon Connect, jobs that used to take us two weeks to complete, such as underground detention and retention filling, can now be completed in a day, saving our customers valuable time and money,” said Travis Pettijohn, owner of GCI. “The software also helps us save money on parts and preserve the longevity of our trucks through routine maintenance. Regularly scheduled maintenance allows us to see problems before they get to the point of breakdown and order only necessary replacements.” 

Overall, the company had needs in four major areas: PTO tracking, maintenance, truck tracking, and driver performance. 

“My trucks spend most of their time off-road working with their PTOs running,” Pettijohn said. That off-road fuel consumption qualifies for a significant tax rebate, but they had difficulty getting it approved by the IRS when they calculated it manually. Reveal tracks it automatically. 

Reveal also tracks regular maintenance on GCI’s fleet to pre-order needed parts, minimize downtime and prolong trucks’ useful lives. “If we don't do consistent oil changes, grease jobs, and things like that the trucks just aren't going to last as long,” said GCI Shop Manager Bill Blake.

Reveal also tracks regular maintenance on GCI’s fleet to pre-order needed parts, minimize downtime and prolong trucks’ useful lives.
 - Photo courtesy of Verizon Connect

Reveal also tracks regular maintenance on GCI’s fleet to pre-order needed parts, minimize downtime and prolong trucks’ useful lives.

Photo courtesy of Verizon Connect

With Verizon Connect Reveal, GCI receives actionable metrics that promote driver safety and accountability, improve fleet longevity, and better control job costs and profits. Additional benefits include:

  • Increased transparency: Additional communication between drivers and managers. Instead of needing to make phone calls, the platform provides near real-time data to see where trucks and drivers are on their routes, monitor harsh driving through mobile alerts and review historical reports in the case of an incident.
  • Receiving tax rebates: Ability to track time when drivers are off the road working on a job and driving on the road. After sharing this data with accountants, GCI was able to save $90,000 last tax season through tax rebates for off-road fuel.
  • Protecting investments: Identify fleet maintenance issues and order necessary parts needed to repair trucks. This allows vehicles to be repaired quickly and according to the trucks’ scheduled maintenance repairs. Doing so extends the life of the vehicle and eliminates unnecessary spending.

In 1987, GCI became the first mobile material placement business in the U.S. GCI’s "Ultra Stone Slinger" accurately places material such as dirt, sand, and topsoil up to 90 feet from the end of a truck with a 220-degree pivot radius and an increased angulation of 23 degrees above and below the horizontal, which helps reduce construction time.

Originally posted on Work Truck Online

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