Construction

Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

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

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

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

How Much Is the Bulk of Your Data Worth?

How Much Is the Bulk of Your Data Worth?

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We are in an emerging era of digital information. It is an evolution that continues unabated for the most part. Efficiency has reached new heights because of it. But there’s also a very real downside. E-mails, digital work flows, business information models (BIM), telematics numbers, job site machine control data,  … Read More

Increasing Machine Utilization With Attachments

Increasing Machine Utilization With Attachments

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Industry experts agree: using a piece of compact ­equipment with multiple attachments turns that one machine into a multipurpose tool for road construction site preparation work that can help contractors complete their jobs more efficiently, bid on larger projects, create a more diversified portfolio, and work in all weather and ground conditions.

Having  … Read More

In the Dumps

In the Dumps

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There are two types of wheeled off-road dump trucks: rigid and articulated. The technology incorporated into each is very similar. They both followed recent tech trends by adding operator enhancements and they all meet EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards, notes Kresten Binder, executive vice president for Hydrema  … Read More



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