Hanson has appointed data mapping and location intelligence specialist Esri Australia to develop and implement a geographic information system (GIS) to manage its transport fleet internationally.
For the past decade, Esri Australia has partnered with Hanson Australia to deliver GIS solutions that provide input into its advanced fleet allocation processes, reducing costs and time spent on the road, and increasing fuel efficiencies across Hanson’s 1,000-strong Australian metropolitan fleet.
Eighteen months ago, Hanson Australia was requested by parent company HeidelbergCement to upgrade the system to the latest Esri technology and deliver a GIS solution that could be used as the blueprint for an international roll-out starting with pilot programs in the United Kingdom and with a joint-venture company in Hong Kong.
“In Australia we have a highly-effective GIS that set the standard for the rest of our operations worldwide,” says Andrew Warde, Project Manager, Hanson.
“It is a critical component of the logistics process and integrates seamlessly into our other corporate systems and processes.
“Developing a single GIS, that can be easily customised for individual country requirements, will potentially save Heidelberg Cement hundreds of thousands of dollars on each additional country installation, shortening project delivery periods from 18 months to as little as just three months.”
Esri Australia’s GIS solution is used by Hanson’s order processing and truck allocation teams to co-ordinate building materials deliveries. It enables staff to select the most efficient dispatch point in relation to the customer’s address.
Trucks often need to come from many different depots and the GIS calculates duration and travel time for the most-efficient routes, taking into consideration road restrictions, such as no right-hand turns or smaller roads that cannot be accessed by large trucks.