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Soil liquefaction describes a phenomenon whereby a saturated or partially saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress, usually earthquake shaking or other sudden change in stress condition, causing it to behave like a liquid.

The Right Size for the Job

The Right Size for the Job

People often boast of the size, horsepower, and strength of the equipment they own and use. However, for many erosion control jobs, the right choice is compact equipment that has a smaller footprint. Compact excavators, track loaders, and skid steers are the best option for projects in limited space or

Taking the Measure of Methods for Estimating Earthwork Volumes

Taking the Measure of Methods for Estimating Earthwork Volumes

For earthwork contractors the key to survival is an accurate estimate of earthwork volumes. Without an accurate estimate of earthwork volumes, the contractor will be unable to properly assign construction assets or formulate a project schedule. Estimating earthwork construction requires many assumptions and unknowns.

Michelin Bibload Available for North American Backhoe Market

Michelin Bibload Available for North American Backhoe Market

Greenville, S.C. (Jan. 12, 2015) – Michelin announced that its new MICHELIN ® BibLoad Hard Surface ™ (HS) radial tires are on sale at tire dealers throughout North America. The MICHELIN Bibload Hard Surface is an expansion of the company’s product lineup in order to offer a specialized option for

The Drain Game

The Drain Game

It’s somewhat ironic: When one’s trying to remove soil from an object, it often requires surfactants, manual labor, and copious amounts of water. Yet, when loose soil is struck by rain, it hitches a ride and quickly follows the runoff wherever it may go. Hence the importance of capturing soil

Clear Water Control

Clear Water Control

Construction activities can generate 400 times more erosion than takes place on undisturbed land, according to the Planning and Zoning Division in Jefferson County, CO. Sediment, the most abundant form of water pollution, generally contains a mixture of clay, silt, and sand, with particles ranging in size from 0.004 millimeter

Rolling Out the Fabric of the Road

Rolling Out the Fabric of the Road

Now, the use of geosynthetics in paving operations may get a boost from the federal government. In late October 2011, US Reps. John Duncan (R-TN) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)-both members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee-sent a letter to the US Government Accountability Office, asking that office to conduct

Rolling Out the Fabric of the Road

Rolling Out the Fabric of the Road

Now, the use of geosynthetics in paving operations may get a boost from the federal government. In late October 2011, US Reps. John Duncan (R-TN) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)-both members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee-sent a letter to the US Government Accountability Office, asking that office to

Heavy Equipment for the Job Site

Heavy Equipment for the Job Site

Bulldozers first appeared around 1930 and typically have a tracked undercarriage, which distributes the machine’s weight over a larger area than do tires, producing less ground damage, in addition to providing better mobility in rough terrain. A number of companies manufacture bulldozers, including Caterpillar, Case, Komatsu, Bobcat, John Deere, New

Beyond Routine

Beyond Routine

T he benefits of scheduling routine maintenance are clear: longer life of wear parts, less “emergency” downtime, greater productivity, optimal performance, and improved cost-efficiency. In a tough economy with tight profit margins and competitive bidding for jobs, all costs of doing business become critical. Ensuring uptime by keeping equipment in

Landfill Operations a Recipe for Success

Though one man is in charge and ultimately responsible for the safe and profitable operation of a landfill, he needs a support staff of dozens of equipment operators, engineers, consultants, and employees to make success a reality. Each step along the way to success requires a different cast of characters.

First,

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