For the Birds

| A project in Hawaii aimed at bringing back habitat for seabirds has, at the same time, restored coastal dune habitat. It’s an effort that’s taken nearly three decades, but it’s paying off in a big way. The birds are wedge-tailed shearwaters, grey and white with a 3-foot wingspan. As this article on the restoration project ... READ MORE

The Virtues of Going Virtual

| Virtual power plants provide power by aggregating energy resources, often sited at disparate locations, into a central energy network via software that controls scheduling and dispatching. In an effort to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, in 2014 Southern California Edison (SCE) contracted with energy network project developer AMS (formerly Advanced Microgrid Solutions) to implement ... READ MORE

Resource Recovery

| As water becomes increasingly precious, the nutrients, metals, and energy contained in wastewater also become more valuable. In fact, many believe that their extraction and commoditization could provide municipalities with an additional revenue stream. Researchers are working to refine resource recovery methods while encouraging utilities to view wastewater as an asset. In the US, wastewater ... READ MORE

I Love the Rain

| A good stretch of my life was spent living in Seattle, WA, and we loved it. We moved there for my growing career. My son was born there. We loved the city and the rural beauty surrounding the city. The one thing I hated was the constant rain. Using my “inside voice” I would complain ... READ MORE

Living Daylights

| A great many rivers and streams in the US have been, over the last 150 years, confined within channels or buried altogether to keep them tame and allow development to proceed around them. In the last 20 years or so, the trend has somewhat reversed; we’ve realized that these concrete channels don’t allow for infiltration ... READ MORE

A Charging Challenge

| I learned this week that actor Daniel Craig will drive an electric Aston Martin in his final Bond film, slated for release next year. The car, a Rapide E, features a 65.0-kWh battery pack, a range of 200 miles, and two electric motors that generate more than 600 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, according ... READ MORE

The Deposit System

| Years ago when I was in my early teens, I used to take care of all the used soda bottles and cans in our house. Back then in Michigan, we used to get 10 cents for every returnable bottle or can. In the summer, there used to be a yearly golf tournament near us and ... READ MORE

Going to the Dogs

| If you own a business or manage any part of one, chances are you at least occasionally need to interview and hire employees. The erosion control, landscaping, and construction industries often have a need for seasonal help, so you might even be doing it regularly at certain times of the year. How comfortable you are ... READ MORE

Dominoes Falling

| I’m going to admit this to only you. Every now and then I like to go on YouTube and watch videos of falling dominoes. There’s something about the lengthy precision involved in setting them up and then seeing them fall. You probably know that some of these falling dominoes displays even reveal surprising pictures as ... READ MORE

Governor Cuomo Announces Selection of Developer to Install Rooftop Solar Arrays at Javits Center

| Siemens to Design and Construct 1.4 MW Renewable Energy Project on Green Roof of Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Largest Rooftop Solar Installation in New York City Advances Governor’s Nation-Leading Clean Energy and Jobs Agenda That Puts New York on a Path to Carbon Neutrality NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the selection of ... READ MORE

CASE Introduces New Vibratory Rollers

| New DV36D and DV45D Double Drum Rollers and DV45CD Combination Vibratory Rollers expand DV Series. CASE Construction Equipment has introduced the latest additions to the DV Series of vibratory rollers. With models available in both double drum and combination (front drum with rear pneumatic tires) configurations, these rollers are powerful, easy to transport and nimble enough ... READ MORE

Xylem to redefine toughness for the Mining & Construction industries with new innovative solutions at BAUMA 2019

| MUNICH, Germany, March 25, 2019 – Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, will showcase its most resilient and innovative  solutions yet at BAUMA 2019 (April 8-14, Messe München). New and improved products under Xylem’s powerful portfolio of tough dewatering and flood protection  pumps is ... READ MORE


| Increasing automation is met with excitement and fear in equal measure. But the benefits for mankind of autonomy are enormous, says Professor Paul Newman, Co-Founder of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica, and a professor based at Oxford University in the UK. Professor Paul Newman is Co-Founder of Oxbotica, the autonomous vehicles software company, as well ... READ MORE


| Increasing automation is met with excitement and fear in equal measure. But the benefits for mankind of autonomy are enormous, says Professor Paul Newman, Co-Founder of autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica, and a professor based at Oxford University in the UK. Professor Paul Newman is Co-Founder of Oxbotica, the autonomous vehicles software company, as well ... READ MORE

Statement from EPA Water Chief on World Water Day

| WASHINGTON (March 22, 2019) — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water Assistant Administrator David Ross released the following statement on World Water Day: Today we celebrate World Water Day. It is a day when people around the world take time to think about and appreciate the significance of water in our lives. ... READ MORE

Reader Profile: Rifka Malik

| The construction industry as a whole, and the civil and heavy highway sector in particular, is a challenging environment to say the least, says Rifka Malik, president of the New York-based Sitework Estimating Services. “Providing the necessary infrastructure our society is dependent upon for a good quality of life while protecting the environment—which needs to ... READ MORE

Advertiser’s Index

|   Aqua Dam Inc . Bowie Industries Inc Dietz Hydroseeding Ernst Conservation Seeds Erosion Supply Company Filtrexx International LLC FINN Corporation Genesis Nursery Inc HydroStraw LLC Invisible Structures Inc J.W. Faircloth & Son Inc Kuhn North America Maccaferri Inc . MWI Environmental ... READ MORE


|   Williams Form Williams Grade 150 KSI All-Thread Bars, Grade 75 All-Thread Bars, Geo-Drill Injection Anchors, and 270 KSI low relaxation strand have been successfully used as prestressed ground anchors for a wide variety of civil engineering applications. Bonded deep into the ground using cementitious grout, these anchors transfer necessary forces to prevent walls from ... READ MORE

Estimating Parameters for an Effective Sediment Basin/Trap

| The only best management practice (BMP) that creates optimal conditions for removing significant amounts of sediment from runoff waters is a properly designed, installed, and maintained sediment basin or trap (Figure 1). Also known as sediment containment systems (SCSs), these designed structures have the potential to remove 75% or more of the suspended solids found ... READ MORE

A Plan for Vegetation Management

| Everyone knows that established vegetation is one of the best stormwater management and erosion control tools that can be found. Nothing beats vegetation for slowing water flow, cleaning pollutants, and keeping sediment out of streams. But sometimes, the vegetation itself becomes the problem. Thick, heavy vegetation can block views along highways, clog up detention ponds ... READ MORE

Causes and Remedies for Coastal Erosion

| A Sea Change on the Bays and Beaches Carbon doesn’t exactly make the world go round, but it is what makes it all hum. For billions of years, carbon-hydrogen bonds have captured, stored, and transferred the energy radiated by the sun to be used as the basis for biological life. However, exposed to flame or ... READ MORE

Stabilizing Water Channels

| On some erosion control projects, “soft-armor” methods like willow stakes and coir logs aren’t strong enough on their own to control the forces of water. An example of such a project might be one that is undertaken to stabilize a channel. The velocity of water when it flows within the relatively narrow confines of a ... READ MORE

Containing Contaminants

| Damming for Charity For the last 37 years, the small town of DePue, IL, has been home to the DePue Men’s Club, a nonprofit organization focused on community leadership. With emphasis on helping local charitable organizations, the club is widely recognized for donating and sponsoring local events in DePue and ­surrounding cities in the Illinois ... READ MORE

Editor’s Comments: Against the Grain

| The western US has had more than its share of wildfires in the last few years. They’ve set records for sheer size and have caused unprecedented damage, virtually destroying entire towns. The aftereffects—erosion and landslides—are also expensive and deadly. A new report suggests a large-scale plan to prevent fires in 35 high-risk zones in California, ... READ MORE

Banyan Water Announces 3 Billion Gallons of Water Savings, Detected Hundreds of Leaks in 2018

| AUSTIN, Texas (March 20, 2019)— Banyan Water, the leading provider of total water management software, today released its comprehensive leak detection analysis for 2018 following a record-breaking water savings milestone. The company has saved more than 3 billion gallons of water for enterprises since its inception. Banyan Water’s total water management platform, Banyan Water Central, ... READ MORE

Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) Recognizes Excellence with Annual Awards

| March 21, 2019 – During its annual spring meeting, the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG), the leading source of global expertise for energy systems integration and operations, announced the winners of its 2019 Excellence Awards. These awards recognize energy professionals from around the world for their contributions and accomplishments toward the planning and operation of ... READ MORE

New Sinamics G120X Drive Series Specializes in Infrastructure Pump, Fan, and Compressor Applications

| With power range from 1–700 hp (0.75–630 kW), Sinamics G120X is optimized for pump, fan and compressor applications Siemens is introducing the new Sinamics G120X drive, a simple, seamless and easy-to-use drive, designed for use in pump, fan and compressor applications in industries such as water/wastewater, HVAC/R, irrigation/agriculture and in industrial environments. Sinamics G120X has ... READ MORE

UA Engineers Use $1.2M Grant to Make Drinking Water Safer

| TUCSON, Ariz. — For decades, manmade chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, were used in everything from carpets to frying pans to firefighting chemicals for their ability to repel water and oil. That was before a wide array of negative health effects ranging from cancer and low birth weights to effects on ... READ MORE

World Water Day 2019: Sensus Extends Xylem Watermark Program Invitation

| Sensus Reach 2019 conference offers attendees an opportunity to make a difference RALEIGH, N.C. (March 19, 2019) – Here are the facts. The world is facing unprecedented water challenges brought on by population growth, urbanization and shrinking fresh water supplies. Millions of people lack access to clean drinking water. As countries around the globe observe ... READ MORE

Yuba Water Agency Selects Dispersive Networks to Connect Renewable Energy Assets

| Dispersive Networks is using mission-critical programmable networking to provide ultra-secure, real-time and high-performance data transport between Yuba and the Regional ISO ALPHARETTA, Ga. and MARYSVILLE, Calif., March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Dispersive Networks, a provider of programmable networking for mission-critical solutions, was selected by Yuba Water Agency (YWA), which owns and operates the fifth-tallest dam ... READ MORE

Nevada Business Leaders: Move Quickly to Raise the RPS

| Businesses and organizations committed to advancing Nevada’s clean energy economy applaud the introduction of Senate Bill 358 by Senator Chris Brooks, which will raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50 percent by 2030. They encourage the Legislature to move quickly to pass the legislation, which Governor Sisolak has indicated he will sign. Senate Bill ... READ MORE

The Original Wind Lidar, Now Available from NRG Systems

| The Company Adds ZX 300 and ZX 300M to Its Remote Sensing Offerings March 19, 2019, Hinesburg, Vermont, USA – NRG Systems, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of smart technologies for a range of wind, solar, and meteorological applications, has announced that it will now sell and support ZX Lidars in North America. This will ... READ MORE

1-to-3 Power Source™ Generates 3-Phase Power from Single Phase Input Unique Technology available in 50, 75 and 100 HP Configurations

| (Cincinnati, OH) – Single Phase Power Solutions introduces the 1-to-3 Power Source™ features a BELLE™ Motor which uses Written-Pole® technology to deliver three-phase power from single-phase utility service.  This revolutionary approach eliminates the high fuel and maintenance costs, and the pollution of fossil-fuel-powered Gen-Sets, while delivering superior power quality to that of a conventional phase ... READ MORE

B2W Software Unveils New ONE Platform Product Capabilities at 2019 User Conference

| Materials Management Module for B2W Schedule, Offline Mode for B2W Inform and Field Log Enhancements Highlight Recent Developments Portsmouth, NH – March 18, 2019 — B2W Software, a leading provider of heavy construction management software, unveiled key product developments to extend the advantages of its unified ONE Platform during the company’s annual User Conference in San ... READ MORE

CASE Announces Fourth-Annual Dire States Equipment Grant

| CASE Construction Equipment has issued the call for entries for the 2019 Dire States Equipment Grant. Submissions can be made at The 2019 entry deadline is March 31, 2019, and the winner will be announced in April 2019. Originally launched in 2016, the Dire States Grant provides one winning community with $25,000 in free ... READ MORE

Panasonic Solar and Enphase Energy Announce Availability Date of High-Efficiency AC Modules

| Panasonic’s N330E HIT® AC Series Modules featuring the Enphase IQ 7X™ Microinverter available for solar installation companies in late March NEWARK, N.J., March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Panasonic Eco Solutions of North America and Enphase Energy, Inc.(NASDAQ: ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, today announced that the new Panasonic AC Series Photovoltaic (PV) HIT® ... READ MORE

Nestlé and Veolia Join Forces to Tackle Leakage into the Environment and Develop Recycling Schemes

| Nestlé and Veolia, the world’s leading resource management company, today announced their collaboration to work on waste collection, sorting and recycling of plastic material, with an emphasis on flexible plastic packaging. Projects will focus on eleven priority countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The partnership will also explore technologies to establish viable models of recycling ... READ MORE

Wholesale Food Distributor Composts Solid Food Waste Into Drain-Safe Waste Water on Site

| BROOKLYN, NY—Jersey Lynne Farms, a 49-year-old, family-owned wholesale food distributor in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, carries 1500-1800 items, including milk, eggs, butter, frozen foods, and other perishables. Delivering to independent supermarkets and mom-and-pop grocery stores and bodegas, Jersey Lynne serves diversified customers including Spanish, Russian, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Caribbean groceries. The company delivers ... READ MORE

Doosan Portable Power Introduces G400WCU-T4F Mobile Generator

| Doosan Portable Power has added the G400WCU-T4F mobile generator to its product line. The range-topping G400 model is the most powerful generator in the Doosan line, with a prime power rating of 402 kVA (322 kW), packaged in a compact footprint to meet a broad range of applications. Powered by a Tier 4-Final Cummins QSG12, ... READ MORE

Eaton 5P lithium-ion UPS enhances business continuity for distributed IT and edge computing environments

| RALEIGH, N.C. … Power management company Eaton today announced the North American launch of its 5P rackmount lithium-ion uninterruptible power system (UPS). Building on the best-in-class reliability of the Eaton 5P UPS platform with new lithium-ion battery technology, the 5P lithium-ion UPS provides a dependable, integrated solution with enhanced network security, extended battery life and remote management ... READ MORE

CleanSpark announces progress on leading edge Microgrid projects, products, and technology

| CleanSpark has made progress on leading edge Microgrid projects, products, and technology, recently: It’s scheduled to complete its $900,000 contract with Bethel-Webcor JV by the end of March, completing a ‘turn-key advanced microgrid system’ at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The contract has been in direct support of the United States Department of Navy’s Communication Information System (CIS) ... READ MORE


| Error in 2017 Legislation Set Timeline at 39 Years, Forcing Many Property Owners to Delay or Reconsider Planned Improvements and Putting Future Demand for Construction At Risk The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in support of the new, bipartisan, Restoring Investment in Improvements ... READ MORE

Interwoven Systems

| The water-energy nexus is often discussed relative to opportunities for efficiency that exist at the interface of energy and water systems. Energy is necessary to treat and distribute water, and water is crucial for producing energy. However, as it turns out, this interdependence can also lead to crisis if one system fails. This week, as ... READ MORE


| Can Be Powered Via Tiltrotator – Result is Improved Efficiency and Greater Safety Strömsund, Sweden, March 13, 2019 – Engcon announces that it will launch a series of entirely new low-flow compactors that can be powered by tiltrotators in 2019. Engcon is the world’s leading manufacturer of tiltrotators – a kind of tilting and rotating ... READ MORE

Peterson Manufacturing’s Cory Adams named Vice President of Engineering

| GRANDVIEW, MO (March 2019) — Peterson Manufacturing, a global leader in vehicle safety lighting technology and related equipment, is pleased to announce that Cory Adams has been named as Vice President of Engineering effective January 1, 2019. He was also elected as the newest member of Peterson’s Board of Directors. Adams heads Peterson’s 15-member engineering ... READ MORE

Bring Your Own Bottle

| My immigrant grandmother used to describe for me the little general store her father owned in their small town in the early years of the last century. Dry goods—flour, sugar, rice—and dried fruits like raisins were kept in bins or barrels. Customers scooped as much as they wanted into a paper bag, weighed it, and ... READ MORE

Lessons Learned

| I like to think of myself as the kind of person who learns certain things through actual hands-on experience. I typically make some mistakes, the memory of which prevents me from repeating those errors. But there are times in which all I need to remember a lesson is a picture or video of someone else ... READ MORE

Lessons Learned

| I like to think of myself as the kind of person who learns certain things through actual hands-on experience. I typically make some mistakes, the memory of which prevents me from repeating those errors. But there are times in which all I need to remember a lesson is a picture or video of someone else ... READ MORE

#SeeHerWork Campaign Launches Inaugural Event in Houston to Advocate for Gender Specific Safety Standards

| 150 women deaths attributed each year to performing work activities in ill-fitting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Houston, Texas – January 4, 2018 – SeeHerWork, a company that designs, manufactures and sells workwear, safety equipment, and other job-specific products for women, today announced the #SeeHerWork event series, taking place in Houston, San Francisco, Detroit and Washington, ... READ MORE

Sit! Good Dog

| Construction sites have been the inspiration for numerous technological advances. The construction site has been the driving force behind telematics, machine control, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. It apparently is now the “birthing place” for a new breed of robot dogs. Robot dogs scare me. Maybe it’s because ever since I was a little boy, ... READ MORE

Buried Alive

| Nearly two years ago in the November/December 2016 issue of Grading and Excavation Contractor, we published an article called, “Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers.” In that article is the story of Eric Giguere, a man who was buried alive in a trench collapse. “As Eric Giguere left for work on the morning of October 4, ... READ MORE

National Lift Week, Sponsored by Stertil-Koni, Kicks off October 8

| STEVENSVILLE, MD October 4, 2018 – Heavy duty vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni today announced that the fifth National Lift Week® kicks off Monday, Oct. 8 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 13. The six-day event showcases best practices in vehicle lift safety, service, and performance. As part of the occasion, Stertil-Koni distributors across North America will ... READ MORE

Leica Geosystems, GeoPal partner to add high accuracy to mobile operations

| (Heerbrugg, Switzerland, 26 July 2018) – Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, industry leader in measurement technology, today announced its new partnership with GeoPal to support high accuracy asset data capture for utility professionals within the GeoPal mobile workforce management solution.  With increased regulatory pressure on utility organisations to provide more accurate location data and asset records, the Leica ... READ MORE

This Seriously Can Kill You

| I usually try to get to this subject at the very start of summer and at this point, I feel I’m a couple of weeks late. But since it is the 4th of July, I’m assuming most of you have the day off and will be enjoying cold beverages and barbeque and this could be ... READ MORE


| Ridgeway, S.C., June, 2018 – Today’s BOMAG BPR 70/70 D reversible plate compactor boasts a specially designed comfort handle that reduces vibration feedback to the operator’s hands, reducing fatigue. Rubber vibration buffers connecting the steering rod to both the handle and the base plate drop hand-arm-vibration values to 8.2 ft/s2 (2.5 m/s2), offering enhanced operator ... READ MORE

How to be Defense-minded With Trenching and Shoring Projects

| Trenching operations are never “ordinary.” Accidents are never expected. But they can be anticipated and prevented. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Geotechnical investigation of the soil to be excavated during the trenching operation provides the first warnings that there could be a problem with trench stability. Engineering analysis is the best defense against disaster once potential problems are uncovered. Using both sources of information allows the contractor to choose the most appropriate method of protecting his crew from potentially catastrophic earth movement. And even the most diligent investigation and thorough analysis will not discover every danger. Therefore, a trenching contractor must be ready to quickly set up additional safeguards and modify his trenching operations to further ensure site safety. In order to meet this goal, both the contractor and his crew need to be thoroughly trained in the installation and use of protective measures that prevent sidewall cave-ins or protect workers should one occur. ... READ MORE