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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

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

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

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

One, Two, Three, Four, Who Wants to Have a Trade War?

One, Two, Three, Four, Who Wants to Have a Trade War?

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Do you remember having “thumb wars”? It’s that game in which you would lock fists with another person with your thumb sticking up and you would alternately tap from one side of the combined fist to the other counting down, “one, two, three, four, we declare a thumb war” and  … Read More

Meeting the Challenges in Vacuum and Hydro Excavation

Meeting the Challenges in Vacuum and Hydro Excavation

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Excavation for installs of underground utilities is standard procedure in nearly every country. However, concealing these services is about much more than simply hiding unsightly lines. Undergrounding can cross waterways, reduce wildlife and aviation hazards, reduce unlawful utility usage, and shrink the service footprint.  … Read More

Is 3D Printer Two Words or Three?

Is 3D Printer Two Words or Three?

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One of my favorite TV shows for the past few years has been the Big Bang Theory. In one episode, Raj and Howard mail order action figures of themselves but when the toys arrive, they turn out looking nothing like them. At that point they decide they’re going to buy  … Read More

Exploring Subsurface Detection Technologies and Methods

Exploring Subsurface Detection Technologies and Methods

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Many popular sayings are polar opposites of each other. “Look before you leap” is the exact opposite of “He who hesitates is lost.” However, a successful earthwork contractor must do both simultaneously. They must avoid the hidden dangers that can lurk below ground at any job site. They must also  … Read More

I’m Trying to Think this AI Thing Through

I’m Trying to Think this AI Thing Through

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“Leathery sheets of rain lashed at Harry’s ghost as he walked across the grounds towards the castle. Ron was standing there and doing a kind of frenzied tap dance. He saw Harry and immediately began to eat Hermione’s family.”

That’s a passage from the last time I blogged here about artificial  … Read More

Job Site Support Equipment

Job Site Support Equipment

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Grading and excavating sites typically bring to mind big iron, but it also takes a lot of support equipment to complete a job—and even to begin one. The typical job site is home to job trailers for the foreman’s office long before utilities arrive. Trailers are filled with power-hungry systems.  … Read More

Show Me the Money, All of the Money

Show Me the Money, All of the Money

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This week, the Trump Administration released its Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out from here and that’s because there are so many questions that have not been answered about funding. The proposed legislation includes much more than roads,  … Read More

When and Where Concrete Should Be Used

When and Where Concrete Should Be Used

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When it comes to paving, “there is a place for asphalt and a place for concrete,” notes Bill Davenport, vice president of communications for the American Concrete Pavement Association.  … Read More

Trenchers and Bracing Systems That Improve Efficiency and Safety

Trenchers and Bracing Systems That Improve Efficiency and Safety

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Kids building castles in the beach sand have something uniquely in common with contractors putting in sophisticated pipe networks or skyscraper foundations. Whether scraping out the dirt for King Arthur’s moat, or excavating for new municipal infrastructure, both require digging the trench and supporting that pit. The enterprising young engineers  … Read More



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