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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

Your CONEXPO Checklist

Your CONEXPO Checklist

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It’s close enough now to CONEXPO that I can start marking things off of my checklist. Camera gear…check. Updated appointment schedule…check. Chargers…check. Cigars…check. (I like to enjoy a good Oliva or Romeo & Julieta at the end of a day there.) I do have some other items that are on  … Read More

10 Million Reasons Why Shorter Isn’t Always the Best Route

10 Million Reasons Why Shorter Isn’t Always the Best Route

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One of the driving forces in just about everything Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine writes about is efficiency. Whether we’re talking about fuel efficiency or time management, or operator efficiency or fleet management, it’s mostly about what can be done to save time and money—mostly money.

The drive towards greater  … 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  … Read More

Finding Balance in Construction Lending and Debt Structure

Finding Balance in Construction Lending and Debt Structure

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Grading & Excavation Contractor.

Almost every contractor with a significant equipment fleet knows the company must balance working capital and cash flow requirements with the need to invest in a new and more efficient construction fleet. The contractor is  … Read More

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

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

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

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



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