Tag: grading and excavation

Grading and excavation is engineering work created through the moving or processing of parts of the earth’s surface involving quantities of soil or unformed rock. The earth may be moved to another location and formed into a desired shape for a purpose. Much of earthworks involves machine excavation and fill or backfill.

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

Concrete Pavement Construction Techniques

Concrete Pavement Construction Techniques

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

Finding the Right Trailer to Haul Your Equipment

Finding the Right Trailer to Haul Your Equipment

Grading and excavation contractors have plenty to worry about. They need to make sure that they are bidding fairly on jobs, offering a solid price but not shorting themselves needed profit at the same time. They need to offer proper training to their crewmembers and make sure that they are

Trailing Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

Trailing Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

Grading and excavation contractors have plenty to worry about. They need to make sure that they are bidding fairly on jobs, offering a solid price but not shorting themselves needed profit at the same time. They need to offer proper training to their crewmembers and make sure that they are

Selecting a Soil Compactor

Selecting a Soil Compactor

Choosing the right size compactor is critical to every compaction project, points out Tim Hoffman, rollers product manager for the Atlas Copco road construction equipment division. “Using one that’s too heavy or too light can have a huge impact on productivity and costs,” he adds. “If it doesn’t have enough

A Fresh Look at the Wheels vs. Tracks Debate in Skid-Steer vs. CTLs

A Fresh Look at the Wheels vs. Tracks Debate in Skid-Steer vs. CTLs

The skid-steer and the compact track loader (CTL): two powerful little workhorses designed to perform the same basic functions—so what’s the difference? Hint: the difference is based on the working conditions each is best suited for. “It all comes down to wheels versus tracks,” sums up Ashby Graham, product manager for JCB.

“Skid-steers are tired machines, whereas

Excavators and Robotics

Excavators and Robotics

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

Driverless Buses and the Big Stormwater Picture

Driverless Buses and the Big Stormwater Picture

There’s no doubt that technology is changing the way we work, the way we live, and, very possibly, the way we’re going to move between the two—how we literally get from place to place. Our future modes of transportation might look a bit different from what most of us expected.

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