Tag: excavating

Make (a hole or channel) by digging.

Machine Control: The New Normal

Machine Control: The New Normal

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

Project Profile: Grave Responsibilities

Project Profile: Grave Responsibilities

Digging graves is a serious business, and no one takes it more seriously than Cody Taxacher, owner of Taxacher Specialties, an excavation contracting business based in Connellsville, PA, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Project Profile: Site Sampling Tools

Project Profile: Site Sampling Tools

Geophysical surveys can be the bedrock (pardon the pun) of today’s environmental projects, from locating abandoned underground storage tanks (USTs) and utilities, to complex mapping of geology in remedial investigations, to finding landfill boundaries and other buried unknown problems. In the past few decades, a variety of non-destructive testing methods

A Solid Foundation

A Solid Foundation

Compaction is an essential part of the grading and excavating process because it is the component of the process that provides stabilization for the rest of the project, points out Ed Brenton, brand marketing manager, CASE Construction Equipment. “Without proper compaction, a job will fail in the future,” adds Brenton.

The Backhoe Tech Boost

The Backhoe Tech Boost

Contractors turn to a host of machines when they’re taking on grading and excavation projects. But few machines are as handy as the backhoe.

Brian Hennings, product marketing manager for backhoe loaders with John Deere Construction & Forestry, refers to the backhoe as the Swiss Army Knife of the construction industry. “The different attachments

Training: To Each His Own

Training: To Each His Own

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

Project  Profile: Breathing Life Back  Into Chesapeake Bay

Project Profile: Breathing Life Back Into Chesapeake Bay

Situated on the North Eastern Atlantic coastline of the United States, the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the country. Over the centuries, its bountiful rivers, lush wetlands, and thriving forests have formed a complex ecosystem that today encompasses a plethora of habitats, supporting countless species of plants, animals,

Making Dozers More Versitile

Making Dozers More Versitile

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

POWERING UP WASTE DISPOSAL

POWERING UP WASTE DISPOSAL

With the help of Volvo excavators, a waste-to-energy facility in Pennsylvania is undertaking significant site improvement efforts to lay the foundation for enhanced site safety and efficiency as well as establishing the infrastructure needed to manage increased waste capacity in the future.

On average, the United States generates 230 million tonnes

VIDEO: The Vermeer T1255III SEM

VIDEO: The Vermeer T1255III SEM

The Vermeer T1255III SEM with single-sided direct drive attachment allows the operator to cut an 80-degree high wall and produces less noise, dust and vibration – helping mines to increase production by excavating reserves they couldn’t otherwise get due to drill and blast restrictions, air quality regulations or urban encroachment.

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