January 17, 2022
Mother Nature doesn’t always consider your inventory measurement plans when formulating disruptive weather such as snow and wind. Yet monthly inventory counts must go on. Lets dive into how we respond.
Snow is like any other measurement risk. Stockpile Reports identifies the risks in each measurement, independently evaluating more than a dozen common problems corrupting the accuracy of a stockpile measurement. If a measurement is not sufficient because of snow cover, we will tell you. We require manual verification and resolution of problematic conditions when risks such as snow are detected before we issue a report.
Heavy snow cover on stockpiles, especially fresh or windblown snow, leads to texture-less surfaces, a modeling challenge for any photo-based 3D technology. Stockpiles need unique visual features to be converted into a measurable 3D model. Fresh, white snow is completely devoid of unique features, leading to gaps in the measurement data (we mark these risk areas on stockpiles in red on measurement reports). In some cases, when no texture is captured over an entire stockpile, we are unable to produce a measurement report.
The first option is to wait for snow to melt and pile surface to become visible. If you can’t wait for the snow to melt, assess whether the snow surface is fresh, dirty, or partially covering the stockpile. If you have fresh snow without any visible surface texture you following options are:
Snow on stockpiles comes in two forms: complete coverage of a stockpile or partial coverage due to snow drifts or areas that have completely melted. Each situation has similar effects on the accuracy of a measurement.
The days are shorter during winter months, meaning you have less light. Also, the angle of the sun in the sky is low during most of the day. These two factors can affect your management plan in two ways:
The best practice is to have a plan and policy in place so that the decisions are clear when snow falls. This will bring greater consistency, precision and reliability to your financial statements and reduce the risk that a snow event disrupts your business reporting or becomes a resource drain trying to explain out of range results. Let us help you take control back from Mother Nature.
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