Construction Equipment Executive Institute

Learn the fundamentals of fleet management from our collection of articles and videos. The best in asset management for the construction equipment professional.

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Equipment managers have commenced planning for 2021 as business activity slows and their organizations close out 2020. Most will find that the pandemic upended their organizations to significantly alter, or in some cases completely abandon, their strategic business plans. They developed and…
Field services support a fleet’s ability to keep equipment on location and productive throughout the project duration. On-site services such as fueling, lubrication, cleaning, scheduled preventive maintenance (PM), unscheduled diagnostics, and repairs are vital to maximize equipment productivity…
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The equipment rate—the estimated cost to own and operate a given machine for a given period of time—is not a simple number. It is a complex, high-risk estimate that plays a major role in many aspects of the business.

There are three things to understand about equipment rate: the risks…

Job costing can be described simply as charging each job or each phase code for the resources they used to produce work, and crediting the job or job-phase code with the budgeted value of the work done.

The labor portion of a given job phase code is accurately and quickly known through…

Every dollar received in a capital expenditures (capex) budget must be returned to the company treasury one way or another. In “The Depreciation Cycle,” we described that process.

Above: This table shows…

Equipment fleets represent a large and special kind of capital investment that does not last forever. Machines wear away in the production of work, so there is a constant need for replacement—of both the unit itself and of the capital investment it represents. Maintaining a well-capitalized…

Everyone agrees that downtime costs money in terms of lost productivity, impacts on other operations, and the cost of returning the machine to work. There is, however, little agreement on how to quantify the impacts and include them in the equipment cost calculation. It is a controversial…

Last month, we introduced lifecycle cost as a subject that many people talk about but few people really understand. We devoted Part I to two things: the calculation of the hourly operating cost for an example…

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