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MIT Takes a Closer Look at Wood ConstructionMIT Takes a Closer Look at Wood Construction

Boston's MIT students and researchers are doing their thing. The academic brain-trust at the Massachusetts university has contributed to society's progress in impressive ways and, perhaps, less august ways — the oxymoronic all-terrain wheelchair comes to mind. Now an MIT architecture class has come up with a design for a wood building. That's it? A building constructed of wood? That's a little underwhelming. Wood buildings have been around a while, probably including the three-bedroom bungalow you grew up in.

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Choosing the Right Work Boots for Your Job

Choosing the Right Work Boots for Your JobChoosing the right boot for your job can be tricky, especially with so many makes and models out there. However, having the right footwear so that you feel comfortable and protected while at work can certainly make your workday easier. Although there are many parts that go into making the perfect work boot for each profession that requires one, ultimately choosing what fits your needs best is not complicated at all.

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Researchers Pursue Path to the Fuel of the Future

Researchers Pursue Path to the Fuel of the FutureWe all want to believe in perfect energy solutions. Clean, cheap and limitless energy for everyone. Nirvana, in a word. It isn't here yet, though fracking has produced some great leaps forward in energy production. Repurposing carbon dioxide now has people excited. It probably is best not to hope for too much too soon. Those old enough to remember the year 1989 might recall the “cold fusion” excitement of that year when two researchers at the University of Utah announced they had produced a nuclear reaction at room temperature.

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Key Construction Tool Rises Above With New Technology

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones are one of the most promising and multifaceted technologies to come along in recent years. Innovation and the implementation of new technologies have always been hallmarks of the construction industry. With a seemingly endless list of uses both in the field and in construction planning and managing drones are game changers. Drones have found a home in numerous industries as diverse as agriculture, energy, public safety, media, infrastructure and of course construction.

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'Wain-Roy and the Invention of the Backhoe' Author Lee Horton Talks Industry, Writing

I have worked in the Construction Equipment Industry for over a third of a century. A good portion of that time, I was the Director of Engineering for Wain-Roy Inc., and then Woods Equipment Company of Hubbardston and Gardner, Mass., where the original backhoe was invented and first manufactured. As such, I was fortunate to work with some of the original Wain-Roy men and women who played a large role in developing the backhoe and promoting its widespread use.

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All the Ways to Dig a Trench

If you find yourself asking how to dig a trench we will highlight many different ways to dig a trench with a ride-on utility tractor. These attachment-carrying tractors can be changed from a vibratory plow, rockwheel or microtrencher to a chain trencher. You also have the option of a center-mount, sliding-offset or sliding-offset with conveyor chain trencher on some models. For even more jobsite versatility, the front can be outfitted with a backfill blade, backhoe attachment or reel carrier.

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Skid Steer vs. Compact Track Loader

Skid Steer vs. Compact Track Loader If you are in need of a small machine that can perform heavy lifting, you have two options: a skid steer or a compact track loader. At first glance, it looks like the only difference is that one has wheels and one has tracks. However, in a matchup of skid steer vs. compact track loader, each has unique advantages to consider. Skid Steer Advantages More than 50 years ago, the first skid steer appeared.

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Cracking Concrete Puts Stadium in the Spotlight for All the Wrong Reasons

High school football stadiums are a big deal in Texas. A big heavy deal. A big heavy cracking deal. A new $70 million stadium and event center in McKinney is the latest Texas venue to be scandalized by cracking concrete. McKinney independent school district officials announced on the last day of May that the concrete and brick structure, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2018 football season, has numerous cracks running through it.

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Industry Expert Answers Silica Dust FAQs Ahead of OSHA Reg

The OSHA regulation outlining requirements for exposure to respirable silica dust has been in place for months. But not every organization has taken the steps necessary to meet the guidelines. This is a reminder that every company that works with concrete, stone or other masonry materials must meet the OSHA requirements. Jim Bohn, director of Strategic Development at the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, recently answered a series of FAQ's about silica dust protection: 1.

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Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up : May 9, 2018

Was your week a little busy? No worries! Here is a recap of the most popular stories from our website over the past week: Project Unites FDOT, National Park Service The Everglades National Park is looking to provide additional freshwater sources within the swamp waters in order to improve the ecological conditions in the park itself and in the central Everglades. Having begun the project in August 2016 and planning on completion in December 2018, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and National Park Service will be completing the construction of two new bridges and making several roadway improvements.

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Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up : May 2, 2018

Was your week a little busy? No worries! Here is a recap of the most popular stories from our website over the past week: Work To Begin On 57-Story Skyscraper After Years Of WaitingAfter over 7 years of struggling, construction of a 57-story skyscraper in Mexico City has finally been given the go ahead for construction. Abilia, a Mexican company which is owned by billionaire Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala, stated that the space would be built for luxury offices, stores, and services.

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