Fluidintel Case Study - We helped an international mining company cut its fuel waste
For a particular Canadian mining company, lack of insight into their fuel usage was becoming a significant problem. Under Canadian tax rules, licensed vehicles are not permitted to use marked fuel on site, which is tax exempt. However, as the client lacked sufficient data regarding when and where their fuel was being used, ensuring compliance with the tax rules and the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative was becoming an issue. The client was also unable to accurately measure its fuel use to meet its internal sustainability goals, and also couldn’t determine whether fuel was being wasted or, potentially, used in an unauthorised way.
FluidIntel were engaged to provide the client with a reliable and efficient means of tracking fuel use across their business. This involved installing our field computer, AdaptMAC, at all light vehicle refuelling points, as well as installing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags on all site vehicles and on all fuel pump nozzles. Authorised vehicle user records were entered into the system via our web application, AdaptIQ, which meant our field computer could access this data, in real-time, during the refuelling process. As a result, fuel is only now dispensed if the system recognises that the site vehicle is an authorised user, by using and comparing data from our software AdaptIQ, the nozzle RFID, and the site vehicles RFID. The system can now control the flow pump in the bowser, meaning fuel is only dispensed to authorised vehicles.
For the client, the benefits have been considerable. Most importantly, they now have access to verified data regarding exactly how much fuel is used onsite, meaning they thoroughly comply with the TSM and provincial tax regulations. The usage reports are quick and easy to generate, and they can also lodge their claims with confidence, knowing the data is completely accurate. The system has also reduced overall fuel costs for the company, by ensuring that only authorised vehicles and users are able to access fuel. In addition, data analysis of refuelling rates has enabled the client to change their preventative maintenance schedule from a time-based schedule to one based on real-time fuel consumption. This has the potential to eliminate unnecessary preventative maintenance servicing, and also to reduce the costs associated with additional oil and parts. The implementation of the FluidIntel solution has to date resulted in an overall reduction in light vehicle gasoline and diesel consumption of an average of 7,000 litres per week.