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Give Infrastructure Some Credit

Give Infrastructure Some Credit

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria so far have caused damages totaling in the hundreds of billions of dollars. The fires in Northern California’s wine country have, so far, racked up a $3 billion tab. And for good measure, let’s mention the more than a dozen other hurricanes this past year,  … 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

Benefits of Training Operators With Simulators

Benefits of Training Operators With Simulators

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Engineers don’t usually have the opportunity to actually operate the earthmoving equipment being used to turn their designs into reality. But any engineer with field experience can’t help but respect the operators of these machines. These are complicated, sophisticated pieces of equipment that make high demands on the skill and  … Read More

This Is Only the Beginning

This Is Only the Beginning

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When it comes to developing technologies in construction equipment, it seems that soon after I write that a developing innovation is “not far away” or “in the near future,” the moment is suddenly upon us—as it is now with autonomous construction equipment, iron that digs and moves dirt without an  … Read More

Basic Trench Safety for Excavation Contractors

Basic Trench Safety for Excavation Contractors

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Trenching and excavation are some of the most hazardous construction jobs in the industry. According to Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), trench collapses are rarely survivable, primarily due to the weight of soil. One cubic yard of soil can weigh up to 3,000 pounds—roughly equal to the weight of  … Read More

Here’s to a Speedy Recovery

Here’s to a Speedy Recovery

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I’ve had a quadcopter drone for a couple of years now. I’ve used it exclusively as a hobby to get aerial video of my house and neighborhood, visits to the beach, and even once to get footage of my golf drive. It’s quite pedestrian, especially when I know it can  … Read More

How the Latest Technology Improves the Industry’s Biggest Excavators

How the Latest Technology Improves the Industry’s Biggest Excavators

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Since the mid-1950s, the Highway Trust Fund has been financing road construction and surface transportation projects, both new construction, and expansion and refurbishment of our aging highway infrastructure, its coffers filled by a federal fuel tax and other monetary transfers. The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 established the Highway  … Read More

Who Will Rebuild?

Who Will Rebuild?

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In my days as a news reporter, I had to learn how to deal with stories that involved the tragic loss of life. I didn’t ignore or refuse to feel or acknowledge what had happened. Quite the opposite: I chose to embrace my empathy and compassion, which helped me identify  … Read More

Advanced Compaction Machines for Intelligent Compaction

Advanced Compaction Machines for Intelligent Compaction

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Temperature mapping provides the operator with a temperature “map” showing the path of the compactor overlaid with the last recorded surface temperature.

The Density Direct system’s calibration screen enables the user to set the project’s target density. Once fully calibrated with data specific to the application, the Volvo Intelligent Compaction with  … Read More

Optimizing Maintenance Management Software

Optimizing Maintenance Management Software

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Switching from a fragmented mix of spreadsheets and paper-based processes to specialized software to manage construction equipment maintenance and repairs can have a big impact on profitability for heavy civil construction companies. The most effective companies leverage software, sometimes referred to as a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), to hold  … Read More

The Numbers Are Staggering

The Numbers Are Staggering

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Hurricane Harvey hit Texas as a category 4 storm in late August and caused approximately $180 billion in damage. The number of people affected from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky is in the neighborhood of 13 million. 39,000 people were forced into shelters after their homes were invaded  … Read More



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