Environmental activists are always looking for newer and more innovative methods of recycling and reusing waste products. Recycled or repurposed products can be found from coast to coast, and if VolkerWessels' new design is representative of the future, we might soon see a recycled structure that actually does stretch from one coast to the other. Their latest breakthrough — although it currently only exists as a conceptualization — introduces the idea of the plastic road. As its name implies, the structure is made from 100% recycled materials, primarily plastic soda and water bottles, to provide an eco-friendly alternative to modern asphalt or concrete.
The Potential Wave of $1 Trillion in Infrastructure Projects and What It Means for the Equipment Industry
Barring the last month or so, when was the last time infrastructure was discussed regularly in the halls of Congress, not to mention on almost every cable and network news channel? "Never" would be the correct answer. Even though construction and business experts have long acknowledged the need to update America's roads, bridges, ports and other publicly-owned assets, general interest in infrastructure construction has skyrocketed since President Trump took his seat in the Oval Office.
The Construction Marketing Association (CMA) conducted a national survey of the industry to find out about its marketing plans for 2017 and revealed the results in a webinar on January 19th. The 2017 construction marketing outlook is positive and seems to reflect the overall sense of optimism in the industry. This Construction Marketing Straight Talker will analyze and dig deeper into those trends.
Imagining What's Next for the Construction and Equipment Industry
Set to be revealed at the ConExpo-Con/AGG 2017, the buzz around 3D printing industry's latest marvel, the “Project AME” or Additive Manufactured Excavator merits all the attention it is getting. Boasting of a superlative design in which the Boom is printed with smooth fluid flow passages allowing for an unprecedented integration of the Boom with the power of fluid, this piece of equipment is set to provide new insights on the untapped potential of integrating 3D printing in producing construction equipment.
811. Three Digits That Will Avoid Embarrassment or Worse
Digging without checking for underground gas or electrical lines is a no-no. I say that humbly, having planted a couple of trees last year in my back yard and discovered later that I had done so within inches of a utility line. “Oops!” would have been an inadequate response had my careless digging knocked out power to a neighbor's house. Nor does “Oops!” cut it for the contractor in Greenacres, Fla.
How a Tech-Connected Worksite Can Help You Lower Your Overhead
There was a time when the latest technological innovations were too expensive to be of any real use to the average construction company. Given the rapid advancement of software and hardware as of late, the price of next-gen systems and devices has plummeted. In fact, business owners are now using technology to cut costs from elsewhere in their operations. Cloud ComputingOne of the latest innovations in IT, cloud computing provides enhanced data security, file sharing and collaboration between remote workers and resources.
Dynamic Pavement Would Use Traffic to Help Fight Traffic
If asked to envision future transportation solutions, half of us would call up memories of the cartoon Jetsons and their little jet cars. The other half would lamely call for widening of congested throughways from 10 lanes to 14, as if that will cure anything. Thank heavens the Highways of Tomorrow don't run through our minds. Dr. Kevin S. Lu has a much better grasp of the future. Lu is a finalist in an Associated Equipment Manufacturers' exhibit at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2017 called “Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge.” Five visionary individuals and teams that took on the $100,000 AEM challenge will offer their concepts of efficient future transportation.
Reminder: CONEXPO Only Happens Once Every 3 Years
Why attend CONEXPO-CON/AGG this year? The event comes only once every three years, that's why, and three years is almost a generation in some fast-moving technologies. Consider drones. In 2014, they were just beginning to spark interest among construction industry executives. Today the unmanned aircraft system vehicle is fairly commonplace on big construction sites thanks to an FAA ruling in 2016 giving operators freer reins.
Signs That Your Surveying Equipment Isn't Calibrated
Surveying the boundaries and limits of a property is one of the first steps toward beginning any new construction project. While it's a step that's often taken lightly, errors here can cause severe repercussions during the later stages of the project. Not only is it important that you take your time when measuring and surveying, but you should also make sure your equipment is in pristine condition.
Compacts: Small Enough to Get the Job Done
Let's give a shout-out to two brothers, Louis and Cyril Keller. If those names mean nothing to you, how about this one: Bobcat. That's right, the Kellers were single-handedly responsible for reversing the bigger-is-better mantra of the heavy equipment industry by inventing, developing and popularizing a small loader that we all know today as a skid steer. The machine started a downsizing revolution that continues to sweep the heavy equipment industry.
Enough Winterizing. Time to Springize Your Company
Winter. This too shall pass. Contractors in chilly parts of the country have winterized their machinery, mothballed the parts of their fleets they can't repurpose to snow work, and are fine-tuning the art of thumb-twiddling. They need to get out of the shop! Las Vegas is a perfect destination: ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017 cranks up there March 7. Why go? Because the U.S. economy just slogged through another year with growth under 2 percent and a consensus has emerged that this year should be a turning point.