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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

We’re All Victims of This

We’re All Victims of This

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This week I’ll be brief. All I require is a few minutes of your time. Sometimes I worry about the men and women who have labored in building and/or maintaining the nation’s roads, highways, and bridges. I worry because the fruits of their labors are often abused, thus negating the  … Read More

It Sounds Drug Induced, But It Isn’t

It Sounds Drug Induced, But It Isn’t

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We have recently published an article in Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine on Building Information Modeling, or BIM, by Daniel P. Duffy. It was basically a primer on the emerging 3D digital technology that maps the physical and structural systems of a construction project. It offers digital X-ray type views  … 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

It’s Alive! It’s Alive! Not Quite

It’s Alive! It’s Alive! Not Quite

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Many countless blogs ago I wrote about researchers at Cardiff University in Wales who were creating a “self-healing” concrete. This is cement that would be able to repair itself as cracks and other types of erosion or deformation occur.  … Read More

Avoiding Hazards in Directional Drilling

Avoiding Hazards in Directional Drilling

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the November/December 2004 edition of Grading and Excavation Contractor.

Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has dramatically changed the way underground contractors place underground utility lines, from gas and electricity to water and television cable. Relative to trenching, HDD often offers greater productivity, less surface disruption,  … 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

Rigid Frame Versus Articulated Trucks

Rigid Frame Versus Articulated Trucks

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Rigid frame trucks are designed to haul large, abrasive, rocky materials on well maintained haul roads, says Scott Knoblauch, senior consultant with Caterpillar Inc. “Grades under 15% and long-haul road distances have minimal effect on rigid frame truck performance,” he says. “They also are designed to run well on long  … Read More

Key Advantages of Using Laser and/or GPS Equipment Guidance

Key Advantages of Using Laser and/or GPS Equipment Guidance

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The advantages of using laser and/or GPS equipment guidance systems are many. With an advanced system, contractors can increase productivity up to 50% compared to traditional methods. This is accomplished by removing expensive reworking of the site and the need for most operational surveying. In doing so, material use is optimized, and the  … Read More

Hanes Geo Components Announces Hill Country Site Supply Acquisition

Hanes Geo Components Announces Hill Country Site Supply Acquisition

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Hanes Geo Components, of Winston Salem, NC, announces they have reached an agreement to acquire Hill Country Site Supply. John Dowdell, President of Hanes Geo Components, commented that “under the leadership of Clay Cashatt, Chris McCormick and Jennifer Ryan, Hill Country Site Supply has developed an outstanding reputation as a  … Read More

Tools for Compaction

Tools for Compaction

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Soil compaction is the removal of air voids from soil by applied force in such a way that it conditions or compacts soil beneath or next to the construction, resulting in a denser soil with the ability to hold greater weight, points out Fred Paul, Wacker Neuson sales engineer and application manager.

Air voids are  … Read More

Finding Balance in Construction Lending and Debt Structure

Finding Balance in Construction Lending and Debt Structure

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Almost every contractor with a significant equipment fleet knows the company must balance working capital and cash flow requirements with the need to invest in a new and more efficient construction fleet. The contractor is often caught in a tug-of-war between their surety and their bank on one side, and  … Read More

The Vibe Is “Electric”

The Vibe Is “Electric”

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Christina Lampe-Önnerud is called “the Queen of Batteries.” The Swedish inventor and entrepreneur founded the battery company, Boston Power, in 2005. She sold the company in 2012 and founded Cadenza Innovation. After four years, Lampe-Önnerud and Cadenza are now unveiling to the world a new kind of lithium-ion battery.  … Read More



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