Jeff Martin Auctioneers is pleased to announce we will be back in 2019 on the winter auction scene in Kissimmee, Fla. Our auctions will be held February 11 to 14, 2019. Due to the overwhelming response, we have added an additional day to our Premier Auction Event. With early commitments from more than 300 consignors, this auction is expected to contain more than 6,000 new and used items. Drawing buyers from all 50 states and 46 foreign countries, the international advertising campaign is already under way.
2018 has proven to be another healthy year for the construction industry as a whole. With multiple indicators pointing towards continued positive growth, it may seem as if there are few challenges ahead for the industry. There is, however, one elephant in the room. The shortage of skilled labor continues to rear its ugly head. While indeed a significant obstacle affecting the majority of contractors there are traditional and creative solutions to mitigating this problem.
When a 260-ft.-long span of a heavily traveled highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, Italy on Aug. 14, speculative causes of the collapse immediately were flung around like flying debris. The shoot-from-the-hip reaction used to be called “instant analysis” and helped foster public cynicism about the media. Prof. Eduardo Kausel was one informed observer not impressed with the quick judgments made about the Genoa tragedy.
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.
Choosing 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.
We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.