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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

Industry Praise for President Trump

Industry Praise for President Trump

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25 to 3. That was the score of my Sunday night league softball game. My team scored the 3 runs. For the last few years we’ve been in or near the basement when it came to the final standings. It’s frustrating because I know the reason for this endless mediocrity.  … Read More

We’re Number Eleven!

We’re Number Eleven!

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“We’re number one! We’re number one!” It’s a chant that I’ve heard forever in sports, in the workplace, and basically anywhere and anytime a competitive edge had been won.

Unfortunately when it comes to infrastructure, we can only chant, “We’re number eleven.” If we even want to chant anything at all.  … 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

Construction Drone Buyer’s Guide

Construction Drone Buyer’s Guide

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If you’ve had a freelancer flying drones over your construction projects, you know the advantages of regular aerial photography. As you increase the frequency of your drone flights, purchasing your own drone and having a licensed pilot on staff will make the most financial sense.

While you might think the best  … Read More

Excavators and Robotics

Excavators and Robotics

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Many owners of grading and excavation contracting companies concur: finding enough skilled employees to execute jobs continues to be difficult.

The answer to that challenge may lie in more robotic-like machines. Machines that do more on their own—without human intervention—will require fewer employees. On the other hand, robotics may even attract  … Read More

Drones for Construction Sites and Infrastructure Inspection

Drones for Construction Sites and Infrastructure Inspection

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In recent months, drones have been making their debut on such projects as asphalt production and road paving, used to track job progress and conduct site surveys. It takes less than 20 minutes to fly a 60-acre site, and less than a minute to track progress. Each three-dimensional (3D) model  … Read More

3D Revolution

3D Revolution

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There was recently some big news on the 3D printing front. NASA has awarded $100,000 to the winners of its 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Phase 2, according to the website 3D Printing Industry. Foster and Partners, which is a studio for design and architecture in the UK, won a cash  … Read More

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

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People have an amazing ability to adapt to and even become blasé about technological wonders. Things that we take for granted (flying, television, cell phones, the Internet) would seem like something out of science fiction to anyone 100 years ago. Now we can’t imagine what life was like without them.  … Read More

Benefits of Training Operators With Simulators

Benefits of Training Operators With Simulators

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Engineers don’t usually have the opportunity to actually operate the earthmoving equipment being used to turn their designs into reality. But any engineer with field experience can’t help but respect the operators of these machines. These are complicated, sophisticated pieces of equipment that make high demands on the skill and  … Read More

Squaring Off on the Right to Repair Debate

Squaring Off on the Right to Repair Debate

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As a journalist, I truly appreciate the “Right to Repair” debate. There are two sides to the story and both have strong, legitimate arguments. If you haven’t heard of it, put simply, owners feel they should be allowed to fix their equipment, and manufacturers don’t want to release company secrets.  … 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 excavators for small- to mid-sized jobs. All the major manufacturers continue to provide the industry with a wide variety of choices in both size and attachment options—especially in  … Read More

Preventing Electric Shock Requires the Right Procedures to Identify Hazards

Preventing Electric Shock Requires the Right Procedures to Identify Hazards

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Hitting gas or electric lines scares us more than anything, because they can bring the noises and flashes of death or serious injury. With electricity, preventing electric shock by avoiding underground electric lines is especially important because death can be instantaneous.
“Striking an electric line presents hazards to the drill operator,  … Read More

A Different Kind of Toy Story

A Different Kind of Toy Story

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What I’m looking for are pictures of newly repaired infrastructure, recently crumbling infrastructure, or something that just caught your eye so much that you needed to pull out your phone and capture it.

Is there that one stretch of road on your commute that tests the limits of your vehicle?  … Read More



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