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John Deere Adds SmartGrade™ Capabilities to the 650K Crawler Dozer

John Deere Adds SmartGrade™ Capabilities to the 650K Crawler Dozer

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MOLINE, Ill. (Oct. 12, 2017) — John Deere SmartGrade™ is now available on the 650K crawler dozer, joining the 700K, 750K, and 850K models equipped with the technology. The integrated Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System improves job site accuracy and work quality—delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable external masts  … Read More

Optimizing Maintenance Management Software

Optimizing Maintenance Management Software

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Switching from a fragmented mix of spreadsheets and paper-based processes to specialized software to manage construction equipment maintenance and repairs can have a big impact on profitability for heavy civil construction companies. The most effective companies leverage software, sometimes referred to as a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), to hold  … Read More

Call it “Machine Intelligence” – Totally Not Scary

Call it “Machine Intelligence” – Totally Not Scary

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“Listen and understand. That terminator is out there, it can’t be bargained with, it can’t be reasoned with, it doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop…EVER, until you are dead!” –Kyle Reese

That line is from the movie The Terminator. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic  … Read More

Estimating Earthwork Volumes

Estimating Earthwork Volumes

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Formulas and methods for determining the volumes and areas of regular shapes and surfaces go back at least as far as ancient Greece. Pythagoras and other mathematicians determined those formulas that are still used to calculate the volumes of spheres and pyramids, as well as the areas of curve conic  … Read More



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