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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

You Didn’t Hear It from Me

You Didn’t Hear It from Me

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I’ve mentioned to you that American infrastructure is ranked number 11 in the world. I have said many times over that the state of our infrastructure impacts not only our industry, but also the ability of our industry to do business and compete with the companies and countries around the  … Read More

Industry Praise for President Trump

Industry Praise for President Trump

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25 to 3. That was the score of my Sunday night league softball game. My team scored the 3 runs. For the last few years we’ve been in or near the basement when it came to the final standings. It’s frustrating because I know the reason for this endless mediocrity.  … 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

Dos and Don’ts of Online Training

Dos and Don’ts of Online Training

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I was sitting with a couple of friends over drinks a week or so ago listening to their complaints about the new company email system, which from their point of view was more complicated than it needed to be. Most of all, they were irritated that they were expected to  … Read More

Concrete Pavement Construction Techniques

Concrete Pavement Construction Techniques

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When the design is completed and approved, actual construction can begin. As with most things, concrete pavement construction starts at the bottom with its subgrade and base layers. A well compacted subgrade is essential to provide adequate density, moisture content, durability, stability, resistance strength, and modulus. Poor and poorly prepared  … Read More

How to Control Sediment Erosion on Construction Sites

How to Control Sediment Erosion on Construction Sites

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Work on the average construction site disrupts many cubic yards of dirt. All of that disrupted soil poses a big sediment control challenge. Given the unpredictability of storms and rainfall, controlling sediment requires vigilance. It also adds to the cost of construction projects. But if sedimentation is not controlled, the  … Read More

Machine Control and GPS—Key to Efficient Site Operations

Machine Control and GPS—Key to Efficient Site Operations

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Modern earthmoving operations require a contradictory balance. They must combine the brute force of massive earthmoving in order to maximize productivity, with the finesse of accurate control so as to minimize the cost of unnecessary soil removal. The brute force part is easy to visualize in any piece of heavy equipment  … Read More

We’re Number Eleven!

We’re Number Eleven!

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“We’re number one! We’re number one!” It’s a chant that I’ve heard forever in sports, in the workplace, and basically anywhere and anytime a competitive edge had been won.

Unfortunately when it comes to infrastructure, we can only chant, “We’re number eleven.” If we even want to chant anything at all.  … 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

The Expanding Role of Compact Equipment

The Expanding Role of Compact Equipment

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Compact equipment is in greater demand today, and more widely used than ever before, particularly in the North American market. “It’s following in the footsteps of the skid steer,” believes John Comrie, product manager, mini excavators and compact wheel loaders, Volvo Construction Equipment. “It has become the ‘Swiss Army Knife’  … Read More

This Preview is Suitable for All Audiences

This Preview is Suitable for All Audiences

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I took my daughter to see the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Back when she was a teenager, I revealed to her my extensive comic book collection and ever since, whenever a superhero movie comes out, we see it together just the two of us. Among our favorite  … Read More

Tools and Techniques to Find Underground Utilities

Tools and Techniques to Find Underground Utilities

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Searching for underground utilities has been transformed from educated guesswork, to space-age perfection in the last few decades. But the fact that anything exists underground in the first place offers an interesting backstory.  … Read More

When to Use Hydro or Air Excavation

When to Use Hydro or Air Excavation

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A good piece of vacuum excavation equipment in the fleet can make jobs easier, safer, faster, and more efficient. It can help a company cast a wider net for project opportunities.  … Read More



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