Construction

Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

Hold the Anchovies

Hold the Anchovies

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I like my pizza with extra cheese, mushrooms, and pepperoni. Every now and then I go for a meat lover’s pizza. Once at a birthday party that was held at a winery, they had a wood-fired pizza oven and we baked our own mini pizzas with gourmet cheeses, meats, and  … Read More

The Young and the Jobless

The Young and the Jobless

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The construction industry is booming—according to MarketWatch, spending was 1.8% higher in April than March, the fifth increase of more than 1% in the last six months. But despite that, companies continue to struggle to find the workers they need.

We’ve heard a lot about the labor shortage in construction  … Read More

Following Horizons

Following Horizons

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I was recently in Newport, RI, for one leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. If you’re not familiar with the race, some consider it to be the most grueling endurance sporting competition on the planet. The yacht race around the world is held every three years, during which sailboats and  … Read More

GX—Reader Favorites

GX—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

How to be Defense-minded With Trenching and Shoring Projects

How to be Defense-minded With Trenching and Shoring Projects

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Trenching operations are never “ordinary.” Accidents are never expected. But they can be anticipated and prevented. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Geotechnical investigation of the soil to be excavated during the trenching operation provides the first warnings that there could be a problem with trench stability. Engineering analysis  … Read More

Stuck in the Mud Again

Stuck in the Mud Again

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In response to a question during a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, “We’re going to continue to look at ways to improve the nation’s infrastructure, but in terms of a specific piece of legislation, I’m not aware that that will happen by the  … Read More

Infrastructure, Technology… Discuss

Infrastructure, Technology… Discuss

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I recently attended a press event for Topcon’s Technology Roadshow, which if you didn’t know, is a full-sized semi-truck that expands into an exhibit and displays all of their latest offerings. There’s even a small theater showing their technology in action.

Part of the press event included an excellent discussion on  … Read More

Backhoes Beyond the Everyday Construction Site

Backhoes Beyond the Everyday Construction Site

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Since 1953, backhoe loaders have been commonly found on construction projects due to their superior capability in digging, trenching, excavating, and demolition. The addition of a quick coupler for attachments increased the machine’s versatility, allowing it to use grapples, augers, breakers, and more. Their adaptability, along with their small frame  … Read More

“It’s All in Your Head”

“It’s All in Your Head”

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“The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed—would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper—the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for  … Read More

Specialized Attachments and Machines for Productivity and Safety

Specialized Attachments and Machines for Productivity and Safety

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Almost everyone has had the experience where frustration with the inefficiency of a tool or machine prompts the request to the universe: “If only someone invented a tool that could do this better I’d be done by now.” In heavy equipment when time is money this is especially true, but  … Read More

This Ain’t Your Kids’ Pokémon

This Ain’t Your Kids’ Pokémon

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Is Pokémon Go still a thing? It’s been a while since I’ve seen kids (and sometimes adults) running down little cartoon characters with their smartphones. In case you don’t know, Pokémon Go is an augmented reality (AR) game. The app is downloaded to a phone and the app uses your  … Read More

Space-Age Insulation Comes Back to Earth

Space-Age Insulation Comes Back to Earth

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I recently read about buildings from ancient Persia called yakhchāls, which were an early form of refrigeration. The yakchāls’  beehive shape encouraged hot air to leave through a hole in the top, and holes near the bottom encouraged the flow of cool air, keeping the vast underground portion of the  … Read More



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