TruckScience at Brisbane Truck Show 2019

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We’ve just returned from a very busy few days at The Brisbane Truck Show 2019.  Having partnered with Laws of Motion, to offer our cutting-edge Axle Weight Calculator solution to the Australian market, we were keen to get to the show, to meet truck salespeople, body builders, trailer manufacturers and transport operators from Australia and New Zealand, to hear about what they need in a Weight Calculator.

Weight Calculator Demos

From sun up to sun down, the TruckScience stand was buzzing with visitors taking the opportunity to get a tailored live demo of the Axle Weight Calculator. With up to 30 demos per day, and at least half of them involving B-Double applications, it was nice to see that our work on adding axle weight distribution calculations for B-Doubles, just in time for the show, had not been in vain.

TruckScience, TrailerWIN, Spreadsheets, Nothing at all…

It was great to have many of our customers stop by the stand to say hello.  It was also interesting to hear that many other visitors to the stand are currently using TrailerWIN, a software program which has been around since the 1980s, or had used it in the past.  They told us they were looking for a cashflow-friendly solution, a modern interface, or an app that could be integrated into other cloud-based solutions they have.  Some are currently doing calculations ‘manually’, using Excel spreadsheets, and for still more, they are looking to start doing weight distribution calculations for the first time.

Visitor Profiles

Visitors to the stand included CEOs of the major truck brands in Australia and New Zealand, Business Development Managers, Sales Managers and Sales Executives. There were operators with up to 6500 trucks on the road, who need a tool for day-to-day loading operations, and want to be able to show that they have tried their best when they get pulled over.  Others have Equipment Hire businesses.  More were Licensed VSCCS Certifiers, PBS Assessors, Trailer Manufacturers, Body Builders, Consultants responsible for Procurement wanting to design legal rigs, and Engineering Managers.

Feature Requests

The demos were a fantastic opportunity for us to engage with show visitors, to hear first-hand what they want to see more of in the app, and what would make it more relevant to them.  We took lots of notes, and the features they requested will inform what we do next in the app.  Some of the features that came up repeatedly included more body templates, the ability to calculate swept path, road train configurations, steerable trailer axles, crane stability, tanker compartments, the ability to import drawings in .dxf format, the ability to drag payload from one payload deck to another, and many more.  We release new features on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, and our developers are already working on including these features in a future release.

Relaxed Atmosphere

Brisbane’s subtropical climate (with a whopping 2,800 hours of sunshine annually!) lends itself to a notably relaxed atmosphere at the show.  With lots of informal ‘meetings’ taking place in restaurants and bars in the city over the course of the show, and show visitors spilling out on to the outdoor dining areas during the day, many visitors took the opportunity to shoot the breeze over a beer in the Autumn sunshine.

37,000 Visitors

Attendance was well up on the previous show, with HVIA Chief Executive, Todd Hacking, announcing that 36,921 visitors were recorded coming through the doors across the four days of the show.

We had visitors to the stand from every state and territory in Australia, as well as from New Zealand, China, Japan, Scotland, Thailand, Canada and United States.

Brisbane Truck Show 2021

The show, recognized internationally amongst the world’s leading industry business events, is owned and run by national industry association, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), who have produced the Brisbane Truck Show for over fifty years.

HVIA has developed a comprehensive strategy to ensure the continued growth of the Australian heavy vehicle sector’s major biennial event into the future. The Brisbane Truck Show will return to The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th May 2021. Save the date!

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Read more about The Brisbane Truck Show here.  Images contained in this post are courtesy of TruckScience and Laws of Motion.

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