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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

“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

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

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

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

A Finite Amount of Sand

A Finite Amount of Sand

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Did you know that there are basically two types of sand? First, there’s water-swept sand. This is the sand you find near rivers, lakes, and beaches. And there’s wind-swept sand. You’ll find wind-swept sand in deserts. For years, water-swept sand has been used to make concrete because of its grittiness.  … Read More

Preventing Electric Shock Requires the Right Procedures to Identify Hazards

Preventing Electric Shock Requires the Right Procedures to Identify Hazards

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Hitting gas or electric lines scares us more than anything, because they can bring the noises and flashes of death or serious injury. With electricity, preventing electric shock by avoiding underground electric lines is especially important because death can be instantaneous.
“Striking an electric line presents hazards to the drill operator,  … Read More

Fund Infrastructure and Stop Cone Abuse

Fund Infrastructure and Stop Cone Abuse

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This year, Infrastructure Week is from May 14 to May 21. This will be the 6th annual national week of events which, according to the website infrastructureweek.org, includes media coverage, education, and issue advocacy to highlight infrastructure as a critical issue that impacts society, the economy, and the future of  … Read More

Machine Control and Telematics for Backhoes

Machine Control and Telematics for Backhoes

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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  … Read More

School’s Not Out for the Summer

School’s Not Out for the Summer

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This is the kind of initiative that needs to be copied and implemented, and also networked with other similar programs. Here’s what I’m talking about: the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) have taken on the challenge of inspiring young people to consider careers in  … Read More



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