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House, Senate Move Toward Short-Term Highway Bill

House, Senate Move Toward Short-Term Highway Bill

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From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate are moving toward passage of a three-month patch to keep federal highway and transit aid flowing to states while lawmakers seek the right mix of policy and revenue to achieve a long-term transportation deal.

The House is expected to take up  … Read More

How Construction Telematics Save Money

How Construction Telematics Save Money

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The best way to promote the benefits of construction telematics? Manufacturers need to make the clear argument that telematics can save grading and excavation contractors a significant amount of money.

When contractors realize this, it all but guarantees that they will continue to embrace construction telematics until the technology becomes all but  … Read More

Mind Your Ps

Mind Your Ps

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When I first read about P3s, I immediately and mistakenly thought of PS3s. PlayStation 3, the video game console with which my son played endless hours of Mario Kart. As you know, P3s are public-private partnerships. It’s a growing trend in financing transportation infrastructure projects while the construction industry and  … Read More

Whole Building Control – From Concept to Reality

Whole Building Control – From Concept to Reality

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Building control systems have come a long way. Today’s advanced control systems not only make whole building control a reality, they also improve facility energy efficiency, lower operations’ costs, AND offer users an intuitive experience. How did we get from individual controls to today’s advanced systems? And, what’s next in  … Read More

When Is Compact Equipment Right for Your Job?

When Is Compact Equipment Right for Your Job?

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The rapid growth of the compact equipment industry over the last 15–20 years indicates that contractors realize the significance of the smaller machines. “Small equipment is sophisticated,” says John Comrie, product manager for compact equipment at Volvo Construction Equipment. “There are so many options and features that make the machines so versatile.” He likens  … Read More

How Operators Can Help Save on Service

How Operators Can Help Save on Service

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O for Operator
A good operator can increase the life of a machine by 50%, Comrie calculates. In addition to prolonging the life of the machine, a good operator will deliver better performance and higher production.

Conversely, an inexperienced operator can do a lot of damage by abusing the machines. “Tight circles and  … Read More

Vermeer D40x55 S3 Drill Offers Increased Drilling Force, Speed, and Versatility

Vermeer D40x55 S3 Drill Offers Increased Drilling Force, Speed, and Versatility

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PELLA, Iowa — The Vermeer D40x55 S3 Navigator® horizontal directional drill (HDD) adds more punch and drilling force over its predecessor — the D36x50 Series II Navigator HDD — to offer contractors premium performance, class-leading cycle times and flexible rod options.

“Contractors considered the D36x50 Series II as one of the  … Read More

The Show(s) Must Go On

The Show(s) Must Go On

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For a number of weeks now I’ve been blogging either about telematics or the nation’s infrastructure or the cloud or robotic masons or fixing the Highway Trust Fund. I’m going to take a break from all of that this week. Mainly because we here at Forester Media are getting ready  … Read More

Tony Stewart: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tony Stewart: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 7, 2015) – Northern Kentucky is, in all likelihood, not the setting William Shakespeare had in mind when penning his classic, “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Intent aside, this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta is replete with Shakespearean implications.

At the heart of the  … Read More



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