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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

Here’s to a Speedy Recovery

Here’s to a Speedy Recovery

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I’ve had a quadcopter drone for a couple of years now. I’ve used it exclusively as a hobby to get aerial video of my house and neighborhood, visits to the beach, and even once to get footage of my golf drive. It’s quite pedestrian, especially when I know it can  … Read More

GX—Reader Favorites

GX—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

How the Latest Technology Improves the Industry’s Biggest Excavators

How the Latest Technology Improves the Industry’s Biggest Excavators

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Since the mid-1950s, the Highway Trust Fund has been financing road construction and surface transportation projects, both new construction, and expansion and refurbishment of our aging highway infrastructure, its coffers filled by a federal fuel tax and other monetary transfers. The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 established the Highway  … Read More

Who Will Rebuild?

Who Will Rebuild?

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In my days as a news reporter, I had to learn how to deal with stories that involved the tragic loss of life. I didn’t ignore or refuse to feel or acknowledge what had happened. Quite the opposite: I chose to embrace my empathy and compassion, which helped me identify  … Read More

Advanced Compaction Machines for Intelligent Compaction

Advanced Compaction Machines for Intelligent Compaction

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Temperature mapping provides the operator with a temperature “map” showing the path of the compactor overlaid with the last recorded surface temperature.

The Density Direct system’s calibration screen enables the user to set the project’s target density. Once fully calibrated with data specific to the application, the Volvo Intelligent Compaction with  … 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

The Numbers Are Staggering

The Numbers Are Staggering

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Hurricane Harvey hit Texas as a category 4 storm in late August and caused approximately $180 billion in damage. The number of people affected from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky is in the neighborhood of 13 million. 39,000 people were forced into shelters after their homes were invaded  … Read More

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

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People have an amazing ability to adapt to and even become blasé about technological wonders. Things that we take for granted (flying, television, cell phones, the Internet) would seem like something out of science fiction to anyone 100 years ago. Now we can’t imagine what life was like without them.  … Read More

Making Dozers More Versitile

Making Dozers More Versitile

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Kansas farmer James Cummings and draftsman J. Earl McLeod designed the first bulldozer in 1923. When they filed for a US patent, they described it as an “attachment for tractors” used to plow fields. Large, powerful, and on tracks that gave it mobility through rugged terrain and grip in muddy  … Read More

A Big Thing in a Small Package

A Big Thing in a Small Package

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For years I’ve been fascinated with the progression and evolution of telematics packages in heavy equipment. First in individual pieces of iron, and then to include fleets and job sites. The bigger and more expansive the telematics, the better. Now another telematics device has captured my attention. But this isn’t  … Read More

Preventing Electric Shock Requires the Right Procedures to Identify Hazards

Preventing Electric Shock Requires the Right Procedures to Identify Hazards

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Hitting gas or electric lines scares us more than anything, because they can bring the noises and flashes of death or serious injury. With electricity, preventing electric shock by avoiding underground electric lines is especially important because death can be instantaneous.
“Striking an electric line presents hazards to the drill operator,  … 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



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