How Kennecott Utah Copper achieved 1,500% ROI by utilizing GPS Insight

Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper Profile
  • Company: Kennecott Utah Copper
  • Industry: Copper Mining
  • Fleet Size: 400+
  • Contact: Kenny Harvey, Senior Coordinator Mobile Fleet

Customer Success Summary

Kennecott Utah Copper is the site of the largest copper mine in the world and they received a 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award in Pollution Prevention from the Utah Pollution Prevention Association in September, 2009. They were nominated for an EPA award as well, as a result of their continuous improvement in pollution prevention. See how Kennecott Utah Copper reduced idling through GPS Insight vehicle tracking solutions.

Kennecott Copper Mine
Kennecott Copper Mine


Kennecott Utah Copper mines essential elements for modern technologies. From medicine, food and shampoo, to cell phones, computers, CAT scans and hybrid electric cars, nearly everything in use today relies on materials produced through Kennecott Utah Copper.

Business Challenge

Kennecott Utah Copper’s (KUC) operation is unique in that its vehicles don’t traverse great distances but are spread out across a 25 mile stretch of land, which made it difficult to manage their large fleet of vehicles. The most significant issue they were having was in monitoring and policing their idle activity. Equipment would be left idling for hours on end, and managers knew they were producing large amounts of Green House Gas (GHG) as a result. The excessive idling was also leading to warranty issues. Kenny Harvey added, “As our equipment idled we lost valuable warranty coverage due to the fact that the manufacturers of our Light and Heavy Equipment were basing warranty coverage off of hours run, not miles driven.” Equipment utilization was also an issue. They needed to find a way to track equipment utilization in order to improve efficiency and vehicle availability by right-sizing their fleet. These issues needed to be addressed to ensure vehicles were operating efficiently throughout and completing their contractual or operational lifecycle.

We have saved over 1 million dollars in fuel costs alone in the last 12 months, and have saved thousands of dollars in other projects using the GPS Insight toolset.

Kenny Harvey

Mobile Maintenance Planner/Reliability for the Kennecott Operational Services Department, Kennecott Utah Copper

How it was solved

KUC implemented GPS Insight in late 2008 when it began to monitor idle time and GHG emissions on 28 trucks. Since that time, the GPS Insight solution has enabled KUC to far exceed their original expectations. They have now implemented multiple programs and business improvement projects as a result of, and through the use of, the GPS Insight data. They are currently monitoring over 400 trucks, and are using GPS Insight to keep track of preventative maintenance intervals, ensure proper routing of service vehicles, increase fuel savings focusing, reduce GHG emissions, and also monitor fleet utilization and availability. Kenny Harvey states, “We have saved over 1 million dollars in fuel costs alone in the last 12 months, and have saved thousands of dollars in other projects using the GPS Insight toolset.”

Kennecott Copper Utah knows very well that there are significant benefits to using the GPS Insight product. It is not trivial to extract all the ROI which is possible, but with its rich feature set, “mining” ROI from their investment in GPS Insight has proven to be extremely valuable.

How Kennecott believes GPS Insight can help other companies like yours:

  • Exceptional Customer Service and Support
  • Responsiveness to custom requirements
  • The wide variety of management tools that GPS Insight provides is invaluable, but only if it is utilized. There are many variants of reporting that a company can use to bring about huge gains in productivity and fuel savings, as well as large reductions in maintenance costs. GPS Insight will help your organization customize these tools to ensure they’re relevant to your operation.
  • If the solution is fully utilized the ROI is almost instantaneous. The manner in which KUC chose to roll out the solution resulted in a full ROI within 30 days of implementing the pilot program.