Minneapolis-based Meteorlogix, which provides commercial weather services, introduced the latest version of MxVision WeatherSentry for the construction market at the Con-Expo-Con/Agg show held this week in Las Vegas. The program is designed to help construction companies increase productivity, efficiently schedule crews, increase employee safety, manage customer expectations, decrease payroll spending and reduce costs that result from ruined materials.

If severe weather in the form of storms, strong wind or lightning occurs, supervisors can move crew and materials to nearby locations that aren’t affected. This not only keeps crew members safe and productive, but job site materials and equipment protected – all of which can impact the bottom line. Also, because idle equipment doesn’t make money, ready-mix companies stand to significantly increase revenue and profitability, said MeteorLogix.

That’s why the latest version of MxVision WeatherSentry includes historical weather information for over 2,200 locations nationwide, the company said. Construction companies can use this data to defend late work schedules or to justify why work may not have been performed on a certain day due to poor weather conditions. Historical weather information can be accessed for a single day or an entire month, and can be printed in a report style format. The system retains its archived historical weather information for up to one year, Meteorlogix added. Another new feature is “MetCast” -- enhanced weather forecasting that uses cutting-edge, computer modeled weather data, coupled with meteorologist expertise to produce accurate, location-specific forecasts, the company said.