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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

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

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

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

Really, Really Small Packages

Really, Really Small Packages

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For the past year or so, I’ve been keeping loose track of research and development into improving the ways concrete is made. I’ve blogged about researchers at Cardiff University in Wales who were developing self-repairing cement using shape-memory polymers and bacteria. Laura Sanchez—the editor of our sister publication, Water Efficiency—blogged  … Read More

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

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People have an amazing ability to adapt to and even become blasé about technological wonders. Things that we take for granted (flying, television, cell phones, the Internet) would seem like something out of science fiction to anyone 100 years ago. Now we can’t imagine what life was like without them.  … Read More

Try to Imagine What It Was Like

Try to Imagine What It Was Like

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In early January of this year, rain hit the Santa Ynez Mountains in Santa Barbara County, CA, in areas where recent wildfires had caused massive devegetation and destabilized the soil. The tragic and devastating results were mudflows up to 15 feet high carrying debris, boulders, and trees and moving at  … Read More

Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads

Roads? Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads

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The final line from the 1985 movie Back to the Future refers to the DeLorean time machine having been converted into a flying car. In the sequel, Doc Brown, Marty, and Jennifer travel from the year 1985 to the year 2015, in which flying cars are common.

I bring this up  … Read More

Intelligent Compaction Software Solutions

Intelligent Compaction Software Solutions

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Minimizing void content is a primary goal in asphalt compaction. For many in the industry, the tool to do so is not only the machine in which they are sitting but the computer screen in the cab, combining the intelligence and skills of the operator with “intelligent” software.  … Read More



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