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Buzzed on Drones

Buzzed on Drones

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I love drones. I own a drone. Apparently, a number of industries are loving drones, and a lot more are about to. That’s why I’m urging you to check out the new series of feature articles that the website Construction Dive is publishing titled, “Drones in Construction: Everything You Need  … 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

When to Choose a Trencher

When to Choose a Trencher

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Trenchers and excavators each have their place, but, obviously, one is better suited than the other in certain circumstances. This article addresses the kind of projects or circumstances that dictate the use of trenchers.

According to Chris Lynch, sales manager, Mining and Pipeline Group for Vermeer, excavators are still prevalent on  … Read More

Construction Job Site Safety: Fear the Fine

Construction Job Site Safety: Fear the Fine

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No contractor wants to make headlines because of a trench collapse. When a collapse results in the death of a laborer? That’s tragic, and the resulting fines and lawsuits could be enough to put even large contractors out of business.

But it doesn’t take a fatality for contractors to suffer a  … Read More

The Reality of Augmented Reality

The Reality of Augmented Reality

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Back in the 1980s my mother invested in a couple dozen arcade video games and put them in a number of arcade establishments, convenience stores, and laundromats. Every other weekend I would go with her to empty the quarters out of each game. It was a phenomenal, all-cash business endeavor.  … 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  … Read More

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

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Ever since the Romans used palm fronds and other plant fiber matting to reinforce the sub-bases of their famous roads, fabrics have been used to improve road longevity and performance. Modern road construction methods rely on a family of materials called geosynthetics to achieve the same results. But these more sophisticated materials can  … Read More

VIDEO: 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

VIDEO: 2017 Infrastructure Report Card

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Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.
This year’s overall grade is a D+.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TdPpjevNSE  … Read More

Three Minutes With John Deere CEO Sam Allen

Three Minutes With John Deere CEO Sam Allen

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John Deere & Company was founded in 1837 with a polished-steel plow. In 1918, the company bought the maker of Waterloo Boy tractors, and the tractor became Deere’s basic product. Nearly 100 years later, John Deere celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2012 with net sales and revenue of more than  … Read More

Modern Scrapers—A Variety of Capabilities

Modern Scrapers—A Variety of Capabilities

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When it comes to volumes of dirt moved, the sky is the limit for scrapers, notes Shane Kroeker, vice president of marketing for K-Tec Earthmovers. And, for moving earth on a job site, the scraper serves as a versatile piece of equipment, offering the ability to move a wide range of  … Read More

Infrastructure: They’re Playing Our Song!

Infrastructure: They’re Playing Our Song!

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I was planning on holding off talking about infrastructure for a couple of months and start just before Infrastructure Week rolls around again. But with ConExpo taking place and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) about to release their Infrastructure Report Card for the nation and the new President  … Read More

Vacuum Excavators: Preventing Damage

Vacuum Excavators: Preventing Damage

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For Jason Proctor, product manager for vacuum excavation for Ditch Witch, contractors who invest in vacuum excavators are buying a sort of insurance policy, one that could even save their businesses. His point is well taken. Vacuum excavators increase the odds that construction crews won’t accidently cut into gas, water, or  … Read More



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