News Archive


The PODFather

PODFather and McGee have automated the waste ticketing process at Heathrow T2B to combat the mountain of paper tickets associated with large scale earthworks projects.

We have deployed the specialist PODFather Earthworks system to replace traditional paper conveyance notes.

PODFather Earthworks provides a real-time ticketing system by utilising rugged mobile handhelds and printers.  Data accuracy is improved and entry time reduced by using barcode technology to track vehicles and material types within the system.

When a vehicle collects a load from the site, all data is captured on the handheld and a uniquely barcoded conveyance note is produced instantly from the mobile printer and given to the driver.  The tickets have been customised to suit our requirements, with all information displayed to ensure all duty of care requirements are met for the transfer of material and waste management.

The driver presents the ticket at the intended tip site, where its barcode is scanned to confirm the movement has been completed, and the ticket data is verified to ensure the material details were accurately entered upon collection.  The tickets are then received real-time into a central ticket database, where they are permanently archived and accessible online by both office and site staff.  A reporting system is included which allows McGee to analyse the data according to site, material types, haulier and vehicle utilisation.

John McGee, McGee Director, commented: “The results of the PODFather Earthworks system are compelling.  Heathrow T2B is one of the largest earthworks contract in the history of McGee, so we need to know whatever system we deployed would work.  From the first demonstration of the system we knew it would suit our needs with little customisation, and within four weeks we were running live.”

In comparison to the paper-based processes, replaced with the PODFather system, the benefits are huge.  Time savings are in the region of 60% less than it takes to produce a waste ticket, and additionally a reduction of 25% manpower with similar savings in the office for data entry.

This, combined with a huge improvement in ticket accuracy, means real-time reports can be generated out of the system within minutes of the work being completed on site – this would have otherwise taken days to produce.