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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

It’s Everything We Could Hope For…No Thanks

It’s Everything We Could Hope For…No Thanks

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I’m in New York City writing this blog. I left the Central Coast of California at 6:30 a.m. local time, and stepped of the plane at LaGuardia airport at 7:30 p.m. EST. It was a long day that ended with me mumbling to myself as I tried to figure out  … Read More

Can Pokémon Go Revive Infrastructure Spending?

Can Pokémon Go Revive Infrastructure Spending?

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I’m hoping there are not many of you who have even heard of Pokémon, unless you’ve had children that were born in the late 1990s and they brought you into it quietly kicking and screaming in silence. If you’re not aware of what Pokémon is, the franchise started out as  … Read More

Selecting a Soil Compactor

Selecting a Soil Compactor

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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

Droning On and On: The New FAA Rules

Droning On and On: The New FAA Rules

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If man were meant to fly…drones…the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would have given him rules and regulations.

By that logic it appears that man is meant to fly drones. The FAA recently released Rule 107. It is the set of rules governing small commercial drones. Until now, the FAA had been  … 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 soil will cause differential  … Read More

This Is a Thing?

This Is a Thing?

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The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has teamed up with the Mine Safety and Health Administration to issue a “distracted driving” safety alert. The alert is urging operators to “Turn off you cell phone while operating off-road equipment.” The AEM and MSHA sent out a press release that says:

The alert  … Read More

Compact Excavators for Small- to Mid-Sized Jobs

Compact Excavators for Small- to Mid-Sized Jobs

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If you’re a contractor working on mid-size to smaller projects, there’s good news to be found in the growth of the compact excavator market. All the major manufacturers continue to provide the industry with a wide variety of choices in both size and attachment options—especially in the 2–5 ton range,  … Read More

A Market Worth $12 Billion

A Market Worth $12 Billion

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BIM is Building Information Modeling. It’s the process of designing a construction project using one coherent system of computer modeling instead of separate sets of drawings for the various parts of the project. The use of BIM in vertical construction has been growing for the past several years and has  … Read More

Slide Rail Rules

Slide Rail Rules

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Often touted as the most flexible shoring system available, the slide-rail system is a vertical sheeting and trench support system that allows an excavation to be safely and economically shored from ground level to subgrade without any soil movement. Arguably, the slide-rail system has become the preferred shoring method for  … Read More

A Tesla Co-Founder Has Turned to Garbage

A Tesla Co-Founder Has Turned to Garbage

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Earlier this month, I attended WasteExpo for MSW Management magazine. Typically, I find that the construction/dirt moving industry is quite a distance ahead of the waste management industry in terms of technology. But it may be lagging in one category, thanks to Ian Wright, the founder of Wrightspeed. He’s come up  … Read More



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