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Grading in civil engineering and landscape architectural construction is the work of ensuring a level base, or one with a specified slope, for a construction work such as a foundation, the base course for a road or a railway, or landscape and garden improvements, or surface drainage. The earthworks created for such a purpose are often called the sub-grade or finished contouring.

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

Reader Profile: Colin Heidel

Reader Profile: Colin Heidel

The recent current strong state of the US construction industry has paved the way for skilled contractors to fill up the calendar with projects. Such is the case for Colin Heidel, who oversees all of the projects in which his company, Precision Site Development, is engaged. The company provides earthwork,

Project Profile: Reigning in Texas-Sized Challenges

Project Profile: Reigning in Texas-Sized Challenges

A real-life manifestation of the adage “everything’s bigger in Texas,” recently took place on a huge tract of farmland about 35 miles northwest of Houston. There, global air conditioning supplier Daikin Industries Ltd., has built the world’s largest tilt-wall structure to house all facets of its operation (manufacturing, distribution, and

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

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

Motor Graders: Machine Control, Telematics, and GPS

Motor Graders: Machine Control, Telematics, and GPS

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

The Art of Leak Detection and the Arithmetic of Audits

The Art of Leak Detection and the Arithmetic of Audits

According to EPA, public systems face numerous challenges, including aging infrastructure, increasing regulatory requirements, water quantity and water concerns, and inadequate resources. These challenges are amplified through changes in population and climate. It is estimated that the US will need to spend upwards of $200 billion on water systems in

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

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

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