Tag: excavating contractor

Excavating contractors are part of the construction equipment industry, which employed 409,700 people as of 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. However, excavators do more than just move dirt. Excavators also are involved in preparing the site, ensuring its suitability for construction and seeing that the work meets safety and code requirements. Careful attention to details and deadlines are prerequisites for success in this industry.

Reader Profile: Trevor Scherber

Reader Profile: Trevor Scherber

Just a few years ago, Trevor Scherber was eating a lot of hot dog dinners as he was investing all of his money into his second company, T. Scherber in Rogers, MN. “He played every role,” notes his fiancé, Missy Redman. “In the morning he did sales. During the day

Strengthening Its Grip on the Industry

Strengthening Its Grip on the Industry

Telematics systems are no longer novelties. Grading and excavation contractors have long relied on these systems to provide them with important data about how much fuel their construction vehicles are consuming, how much time their machines have spent idling at job sites, and how many work hours they’ve logged.

Those contractors who operate sizable fleets of

Choosing the Right One for the Dig – Part 4

Choosing the Right One for the Dig
– Part 4

Temporary Decisions
Several manufacturers remind us that the best solution for a particular project may be rental of an excavator. If the project is something that does not occur regularly in your work schedule, renting the exact size excavator could be a perfect answer. At the Wacker Neuson Group, founded in

Choosing the Right One for the Dig

Choosing the Right One for the Dig

Excavators come in all sizes and configurations. How are we supposed to know which one will be best for us? Other than the opinions which other, experienced contractors give you, the best information probably comes from the manufacturers. Let me start with some wise, unprejudiced words from one manufacturer. “Before

Project Profile: Going Full Tilt

Project Profile: Going Full Tilt

Combine fast-moving stormwater runoff with long-term population growth in the Phoenix area, and it’s no wonder that much of the stormwater infrastructure built decades ago needs upgrading. Such is the case with the Magma Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) located in Pinal County, AZ. The Magma FRS is part of a

Project Profile: Going Full Tilt

Project Profile: Going Full Tilt

Combine fast-moving stormwater runoff with long-term population growth in the Phoenix area, and it’s no wonder that much of the stormwater infrastructure built decades ago needs upgrading. Such is the case with the Magma Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) located in Pinal County, AZ. The Magma FRS is part of a

Project Profile: Artistry in the Field

Project Profile: Artistry in the Field

BSB Development is an Illinois land improvement and excavating contractor whose equipment operators take particular pride in the quality of their work. From its base of operations in Spring Grove at the far northwest suburban reaches of the Chicago area, BSB relies on its operators’ diverse skills to survive during

Project Profile: Cutting Slopes Surgery in Progress

An Oregon excavating contractor has found that a 2D guidance system improves productivity of an excavator by 30 percent when cutting slopes to a precise grade. About a year ago, Pihl Inc., a grading and excavation contractor based in Banks, OR, bought the Power Digger Pro guidance system from Leica

Simple Control

You don’t have to be a computer genius to manage your projects thoroughly and painlessly. In recent years the software for project management has become a tool that does not require unusual qualifications for its user. If you are one of the thousands of not-so-big contractors in North America, you

Technology in Construction: Software & Teamwork

Mid-State Paving & Excavation is an 11-year-old, $3 million company that serves central Pennsylvania with 40 employees. Prior to using Maxwell Systems’s ProContractorMX, the company had been using a combination of spreadsheets and software. Doing so necessitated re-entering data in several places and didn’t allow the company to have the

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