Case Studies

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Field Operations - Wind Farm

Western New York - July-August 2013

Logisticus Group® operated on a wind turbine project in Western New York assisting our customer with Risk Mitigation and Delivery Coordination of major wind turbine components. Field Operatives (FO’s) were first stationed at a storage facility roughly 60 miles from the site for the purpose of receiving, inspecting and inventorying the major components, which arrived by rail and truck. At this location, our FO’s also assisted the customer with tracking and managing all damaged components, coordinating with the manufacturer to ensure that all repairs were made prior to transit to the project site. Once outbound activities started, Logisticus created and maintained the schedule and issued Bills of Lading on behalf of our customer, controlling outbound flow so that a pre-determined sequential number of components arrived at each turbine site on a daily basis. At that point we also deployed FO’s to the project site, where, in addition to closing out BOL’s, they performed secondary inspections to ensure the components received no additional damage in transit.
 

On this project, all FO’s utilized the Logisticus Transportation Management System (LTMS) to build a comprehensive inventory and track transit, loading and offloading times as they happened. This provided our customer a real-time view to the handling of all components, and related shipping data.


By using LTMS, we were able provide our customer 100% visibility to all potential demurrage charges, which could then be mitigated on a daily, real-time basis.
 

New Product Integration

June 2013

Logisticus Group® was engaged to investigate transportation of a newly re-designed Wind Tower to be launched in the North American market. We performed detailed Route Feasibility Assessments in two regions of the US and Canada, working with multiple State DOT’s, Canadian Provinces, Trailer Manufactures, Carriers, and other vested parties to determine which routes, equipment and means of transportation would be most feasible for the new tower design. We delivered a 77-page report detailing the areas of risk, and recommending potential changes to the product design to safely and efficiently transport this new component over the road. The study was so comprehensive that many of DOT’s involved are using it as a baseline when working on similar requests. Additionally, the customer’s engineers are incorporating our recommendations into their upcoming revisions to the tower design.

Blade Mold Project

July 2013

Logisticus Group® was contracted to deliver 2 Wind Blade Molds - door to door from Northeastern United States to Eastern Europe. Our team conducted a multitude of cost/benefit analyses, determining the most cost effective logistics strategy to optimize transit time. We provided the customer multiple options with varying price points allowing them to make the best decision for their business unit and the end customer. Since these molds are used for serial Wind Blade production, precise timing for delivery is crucial and Logisticus Group delivered both Blade Molds on time, on budget, and with no damage.


As part of the pre-planning activity, Logisticus Group took the initiative to develop Transportation and Handling Guidelines for the Blade Mold Components. Each Component is uniquely configured and requires specific handling in order to properly lift, secure and transport. These guidelines were utilized by US and European trucking companies, ports, terminal stevedores, the Port Captains, as well as the end customer’s offloading team.


Logisticus Group’s full-scope logistics solution for the international transport of this high-visibility, high-value freight exceeded our customer’s expectations and provided the proven baseline procedure for subsequent moves.
 

Bridge Beam Project

Texas - April 2013

Logisticus Group® has been awarded the scope of Truckload Transportation of Pre-cast Bridge Beams for a Texas project containing 20 miles of elevated Express Toll-Way. This project has been described by state transportation leaders as the most comprehensive and complex project of its type in the country. We first specified a unique equipment solution for hauling these over-dimensional bridge beams, increasing maneuverability and site delivery efficiency. Next we developed an extensive full project execution guideline, which included: Loading and Securement Procedures, Site Loading Layout, Operational Communication Process, Comprehensive Route Feasibility Assessments, Permit Application Process, and Site Delivery and Offload Procedures.


Leveraging our Logisticus Transportation Management System (LTMS), we can provide the customer with daily Performance Efficiency Metrics. These provide the customer with loading times, crane load/offload efficiency, and overall delivery performance. In addition to these reporting capabilities LTMS also provides a Cost per Beam Delivered, effectively showing the customer how the suppliers performance is impacting their bottom line.


Because this project spans several years, our efforts to continually control cost and drive efficiency will be crucial to its overall success. Logisticus Group is dedicated to providing our customers all the tools necessary to track and report project status and supplier performance, as well as identifying and developing any additional capabilities required.
 

Project Planning: Permit & Route Feasibility Studies

Northwestern MA

For a wind turbine project located in northwestern Massachusetts, all routes leading to the project site were on narrow, secondary roads that consisted of old, diminishing infrastructure. The team carried out very detailed and careful pre-planning meetings and assessments with all vested parties (MASS DOT, state police, counties, townships, and local towns) to create a solution that would work for all parties to ensure an efficient and on-time delivery of components to the project site. This project was delivered on time with zero delays in the customer's schedule. With 152 oversized, overweight truckloads this was the largest wind project in Massachusetts and the largest heavy-haul movement in Massachusetts. As a result of this project the MASS DOT and Mass. State Police are utilizing these best practices as a baseline for future projects.

Project Planning: Origin & Project Site Readiness Evaluation

Wyoming

For a wind turbine project located in Wyoming, the customer could not access a deployment site with the wind turbine components due to the local municipality's request to first upgrade a 15-mile stretch of road at a exorbitant cost. Our site assessment identified an abandoned rail line running parallel to the deficient road and detailed what modifications could be done to provide access to the site through the rail line. This saved the customer millions of dollars on road upgrades while creating a solution that was out of sight, out of mind for local civilians despite the 2,000 heavy haul components that needed to be delivered to the site.

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