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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

The One Thing that Unites our Increasingly Divided Country

The One Thing that Unites our Increasingly Divided Country

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If I remember it correctly, it goes like this: If you’re standing on your porch naked and the neighbors can’t see you, it’s rural. If you’re standing on your front porch naked and the neighbors call the cops, it’s suburban. And if you’re standing on your front porch naked and  … Read More

California Work Dreaming

California Work Dreaming

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The State of California is on track to take in an estimated $52 billion more to help pay for the state’s transportation needs for the next decade. It will come largely from a 12 cent increase in the base gasoline tax and higher vehicle registration fees that are based on vehicle  … 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

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

Do the Words “Direct Neural Control” Scare You?

Do the Words “Direct Neural Control” Scare You?

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For my money, the movie the Terminator is one of the best science fiction films ever. And I reference it again because we’ve taken another step closer to having that fictional “Skynet” take over all the machines and wage war on humankind. In Balfour Beatty’s latest paper, “Innovation 2050 –  … 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

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

A Big Thing in a Small Package

A Big Thing in a Small Package

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For years I’ve been fascinated with the progression and evolution of telematics packages in heavy equipment. First in individual pieces of iron, and then to include fleets and job sites. The bigger and more expansive the telematics, the better. Now another telematics device has captured my attention. But this isn’t  … Read More

Making Dozers More Versitile

Making Dozers More Versitile

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Kansas farmer James Cummings and draftsman J. Earl McLeod designed the first bulldozer in 1923. When they filed for a US patent, they described it as an “attachment for tractors” used to plow fields. Large, powerful, and on tracks that gave it mobility through rugged terrain and grip in muddy  … Read More

Finding Balance in Construction Lending and Debt Structure

Finding Balance in Construction Lending and Debt Structure

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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 often caught in a tug-of-war between their surety and their bank on one side, and  … Read More

You Didn’t Hear It From Me

You Didn’t Hear It From Me

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I’ve mentioned to you that American infrastructure is ranked number 11 in the world. I have said many times over that the state of our infrastructure impacts not only our industry, but also the ability of our industry to do business and compete with the companies and countries around the  … Read More

Dos and Don’ts of Online Training

Dos and Don’ts of Online Training

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I was sitting with a couple of friends over drinks a week or so ago listening to their complaints about the new company email system, which from their point of view was more complicated than it needed to be. Most of all, they were irritated that they were expected to  … 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



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