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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

Call of Duty at ConExpo

Call of Duty at ConExpo

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For quite some time now I’ve been spending a significant amount of time trying to schedule and prepare for ConExpo 2017. Sometimes the pieces fall into place nice and easy; other times booth visits and press conferences need to be shoehorned into place. It will definitely be an extremely busy  … Read More

The Artificial Mind’s Eye

The Artificial Mind’s Eye

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I’m not sure if it’s still a “thing” but I recall last summer children, teenagers, and even some young adults ambling up and down the sidewalks of our tiny municipality with their smartphones in hand, and arms extended. To me, a long-time Star Trek fan, it looked like they were  … 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

Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers

Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers

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Workplace safety solution professionals: How many times do we see excavation and sewer workers working unprotected in trenches? Trenches are literally filled with a variety of potential safety and environmental hazards. Cave-ins are perhaps the most feared trenching hazard as one cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car. Asphyxiation due to  … Read More

Training: To Each His Own

Training: To Each His Own

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Vehicle simulators aren’t new; they’re in widespread use for teaching potential license holders how to become proficient on everything from passenger cars to trucks to well, buses. So widespread that about four years ago, I was asked to take a look at the state of the art of simulators in  … 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

Views From Across the Border

Views From Across the Border

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When it comes to the construction industry, President Trump has made headlines by issuing a number of executive orders that have an impact, ranging from his proposed wall on the US-Mexico border, to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, to fast-tracking certain infrastructure projects.

The headline that caught my eye  … Read More

Do Safety Incentive Programs Work?

Do Safety Incentive Programs Work?

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I’ve been in the garbage business for more than 50 years. I’ve never seen a safety incentive program that has worked beyond the initial phase, although there may be some out there. Safety incentive programs usually can’t sustain for a few reasons.  … Read More

“The Devil You Know is Better Than the Devil You Don’t Know”

“The Devil You Know is Better Than the Devil You Don’t Know”

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The more precise numbers that were given to me by World of Concrete Senior Marketing Director, Steven Pomerantz, are 50,770 registered professionals and 1,455 companies exhibiting in 681,196 net square feet of space at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 2017 World of Concrete.

I brought along my video camera  … Read More

Machine Control: The New Normal

Machine Control: The New Normal

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Mike Bowman, president of M & C Excavating in Fountaintown, IN, has used machine control technology in his business for some time. “If you’re going to be competitive, you will have to get into this,” he says. “I don’t think you’re going to have a choice. It’s a big player  … 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

Child Prodigies En Masse

Child Prodigies En Masse

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Have you ever seen ten year olds taking a golf lesson? So many of them are quick to develop a beautiful, fluid, picture-perfect swing. Try to each an adult that same swing, and it could take years, if it ever happens at all.

I know a few people who grew up  … Read More

Motor Graders: Machine Control, Telematics, and GPS

Motor Graders: Machine Control, Telematics, and GPS

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When you look around a job site at a group of equipment operators, usually it’s pretty easy to pick out the people who drive the motor graders … they’re the guys with the salt-and-pepper hair. Why? Because their machine requires more experience and finesse than most anything else on the  … Read More



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