Tracking Infrastructure

How Precast is Addressing the Labor Shortage

Posted by Caitlyn Knezevic

May 3, 2023 3:02:30 PM

The labor shortage across the United States is well known and affects multiple industries including construction manufacturing and the precast concrete industry. This shortage affects entire chains of companies needed to accomplish a single job, including engineering, materials fabrication, distribution, freight and construction. Ultimately, according to McKinsey & Company, “…there are too few workers for the jobs currently available, and certainly not enough for the jobs expected to be created in the years ahead.” 

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Topics: Market Insights

Confessions of a QC Manager

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 8, 2022 11:45:00 AM

The Idencia data tracking system is being used in more than 90 precast concrete plants, almost every one of which is doing so to track QC data. There is a simple reason for this: Idencia solves problems that are plaguing the QC department!

The process of working with prospective customers has been an interesting study in human nature because people typically don't want to admit that they have problems.

The irony is that most have the exact same problems!

So, we thought it would be a good idea to share the QC-related problems we have observed in the industry so that you can:

1) Know your problems aren't unique; and

2) Find good company in others using our solution.

WIth that, here are the top 5 problems that prompted our customers to use Idencia (ranked in order of impact not prevalence):

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Topics: Idencia Use Cases

Lean Maintenance: Good for Agriculture & Precast

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Aug 19, 2022 5:41:30 PM

Each week I publish an email that offers stories about the precast industry or personal anecdotes that relate to my passion for continual improvement. This week's subject line was: Precast, John Deere & The Family Farm. It recounted my very positive impressions of both Deere and a nationally recognized farm for the importance they place on data collection and analysis to sustain continued productivity growth.

So, perhaps its fitting that I just came across an article in Planet Lean entitled Lean Maintenance in Agriculture. As you might guess, there are some good lessons for the precast community in observing how leading farms are applying lean manufacturing principals to maintenance practices.

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Topics: Idencia Tips, Productivity

Does your plant have an Area 51 of inventory waste?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Jul 15, 2022 4:30:07 PM

I was touring a precast plant about a month ago and my host pointed over to a clump of trees in the distance. 

"Do you know what that is?", he asked.

"We call it Area 51 because we can't explain the inventory that is located there."

A year or so ago, I had a similar conversation with another precaster who had just purchased a precast plant. The acquired plant had a place in its yard that was called Inventory Mountain.

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Topics: Connected Concrete, Productivity

DOTs Are Innovating Too

Posted by Jeff Pollock

May 25, 2022 12:13:35 PM

Seems like everyone is talking about the need for innovation in construction. How the supply chain needs to work together to become more efficient. How the industry needs to move from the age-old model of working in silos to a more collaborative approach. How records need to be centralized so that all parties to a project are working with the same information.

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Topics: Idencia Use Cases, Innovation

Innovation Series: Flavors of Innovation

Posted by Jillian Guthrie

Apr 15, 2022 11:44:00 AM

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Hi. Welcome back to the Idencia Innovation Vlog Series. I’m Jillian. And this week we’re going to be talking about different types of innovation.

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Tips, Innovation

Innovation Series: What Does Innovation Mean to You?

Posted by Jillian Guthrie

Apr 8, 2022 11:15:00 AM

Hi I’m Jillian, I am the solution specialist here at Idencia. And what do you think of when you hear the word innovation? 

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Topics: Innovation

Digital Twins, the Metaverse for Construction?

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 11, 2021 5:03:43 PM


Since Facebook changed its company name to Meta, there has been a lot written lately about the metaverse. As a combination of augmented reality and video that people can experience virtually, it creates a lot of consumer excitement for the potential that it can offer by bridging the virtual and physical worlds. There has been a parallel movement in B2B markets (some argue that it's part of the same movement) in the form of Digital Twins. As is often the pattern in technology, it is likely that the surge in consumer interest will be followed with business adaptation. Get ready for Digital Twins.

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Topics: Smart Infrastructure, Connected Concrete

DOTs Are Mandating Digital Records

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Nov 18, 2021 7:03:36 PM

There has been a lot of talk about 3D modeling and BIM in recent years. Both have experienced acceptance and application in commercial construction.... but very little in the civil construction market. However, it seems that the FHWA's push for e-Construction practices over the past 5-6 years is bearing fruit. Now, all of a sudden, DOTs are starting to require e-ticketing and Digital As-Builts from their suppliers.

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Topics: Infrastructure News, Market Insights, Productivity

Stubbe's Precast Goes Digital in QC

Posted by Jeff Pollock

Dec 28, 2020 4:10:50 PM


Stubbe's Precast, based in Harley, Ontario, is a big precast producer with a great reputation. They serve eastern Canada with two state-of-the-art manufacturing plants specializing in structural and architectural precast. Speak to any precaster in Canada or in the northeast United States and they will speak of Stubbe's with high regard. The reason for this is found in Stubbe's values: quality, innovation and, as they state on their website, "forward thinking solutions". 

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Topics: Market Insights, Idencia Use Cases, Connected Concrete, Productivity

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