Tag: grading and excavation contractor

Excavation contractors do much more than haul dirt around; their responsibilities include site preparation, grading, trenching and many other soil-related tasks using some very large pieces of heavy equipment to finish these jobs.

Air, Water, and Soil

Air, Water, and Soil

A good piece of vacuum excavation equipment in the fleet can make jobs easier, safer, faster, and more efficient. It can help a company cast a wider net for project opportunities.

Editor’s Comments: An Alternate Future?

Editor’s Comments: An Alternate Future?

WHEN I FIRST BECAME EDITOR of Grading and Excavation Contractor magazine, I had the opportunity to meet Mike Rowe. You might remember him as the host of the TV show Dirty Jobs. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries and is currently host of the CNN TV show Somebody’s Got To Do It. When I met

Avoiding Hazards in Directional Drilling

Avoiding Hazards in Directional Drilling

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the November/December 2004 edition of Grading and Excavation Contractor.

Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has dramatically changed the way underground contractors place underground utility lines, from gas and electricity to water and television cable. Relative to trenching, HDD often offers greater productivity, less surface disruption,

Rigid Frame Versus Articulated Trucks

Rigid Frame Versus Articulated Trucks

Rigid frame trucks are designed to haul large, abrasive, rocky materials on well maintained haul roads, says Scott Knoblauch, senior consultant with Caterpillar Inc. “Grades under 15% and long-haul road distances have minimal effect on rigid frame truck performance,” he says. “They also are designed to run well on long

A Market Worth $12 Billion

A Market Worth $12 Billion

BIM is Building Information Modeling. It’s the process of designing a construction project using one coherent system of computer modeling instead of separate sets of drawings for the various parts of the project. The use of BIM in vertical construction has been growing for the past several years and has

Highways: The Downfall of the American City

Highways: The Downfall of the American City

When the 48,000 miles of the interstate Highway System were being built across the country in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, entire city neighborhoods were leveled and wealthy residents moved to the suburbs, thus draining much of the tax bases in those cities. In essence, the highways gutted American cities.

This Blog Is Not for the Faint of Heart

This Blog Is Not for the Faint of Heart

According to Wikipedia, the Carolina Reaper, originally named the “HP22B,” is a cultivar of chili pepper of the Capsicum Chinese species. It is bred in a Rock Hill, SC greenhouse by a man named Ed “Smokin’” Currie. The peppers have been rated as the world’s hottest chili peppers by Guinness

Computerized Project Management Jumps to the Internet

Computerized Project Management Jumps to the Internet

Web Editor’s note: This article originally appeared prior to September 2001, and has not been checked for accuracy.

Since the mid-1980s, project management in the construction industry has made major advances. Starting around 1985, many construction companies began to use PC, DOS-based software for construction scheduling. By the late 1980s, the

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