D65exi Komatsu Dozer

Intelligent dozing:
Contractor boosts efficiency with Komatsu D51EXi dozer

Cody Weaver started moving dirt at the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped. Throughout the years, the owner of CW Construction learned how to do it as efficiently and competitively as possible by maximizing production time. Recently, he upped the ante with the addition of a Komatsu D51EXi intelligent Machine Control dozer. Weaver uses it to prep subgrade for roadways, level pads, cut and move massive amounts of dirt, as well as place sub-base materials, among other tasks. The dozerRead More

Virtual design with building information modeling saves taxpayer dollars

by Jim Lynch, Vice President, Autodesk Construction Products Group No longer the infrastructure envy of the world, many of the United States’ roads, bridges and tunnels are crumbling and in need of substantial maintenance or replacement. Compounding these challenges are the pressures of increased urbanization and population growth, which will place added stress on already strained systems. So, while the Beltway banter continues about addressing infrastructure funding, we can no longer focus solely on the amount of spending, but ratherRead More

How advanced technology is shaping tomorrow’s jobsites

            Technological revolutions don’t happen overnight. Instead, they typically resemble the progression of a jobsite; one area is built, connected to another, tied to a third and so on. Once a project nears completion, the full picture finally begins to emerge. When looking at the future of technology in the construction industry, that picture is starting to come into focus.             While other industries may receive more mainstream attention for exciting advances, construction has already experienced its share of revolutionaryRead More

Road construction

Mobile technology aims for safer highway work zones

More than half (54 percent) of highway contractors reported that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction zones during the past year, according to the results of a highway work zone study conducted in 2018 by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). In response, association officials have launched a new mobile advertising campaign that urges drivers who pass through work zones to slow down and be alert. Forty eight percent of contractors who reported crashes on jobsites said driversRead More

2019 with man in pointing to the sky

3 New Year’s resolutions to improve your construction business

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ew Year’s resolutions aren’t just for trendy diets and exercise goals, two of the most common promises made as the calendar turns to January. Setting your sights on fresh beginnings and commitments to using or improving business practices can put your construction firm on the right track for a successful 2019. Embrace technology Every year seems to arrive with a dizzying array of innovative technology for both personal and business purposes. While the use of drones on the jobsite areRead More

Vintage Police Car

Caught red-handed:
Telematics system leads to recovery of missing excavators

[dropcap]A[/dropcap] recent global fraud report showed that more than one third of construction, engineering and infrastructure firms were victims of theft during a one-year period. Count Jackson Plumbing and Ates Construction as members of that unlucky group as both companies had Komatsu compact excavators stolen from jobsites. One morning Alan Ates, Owner of Ates Construction, needed his Komatsu PC55MR excavator for an emergency water-line repair, only it wasn’t where he left it the evening before. “We were doing a jobRead More

Workers and foreman uses virtual reality glasses

Construction goes high tech:
Wearable technology monitors health, safety, jobsite data

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]early a decade ago, the use of electronic devices to transmit information about equipment operation earned widespread acceptance throughout the construction industry. Now called “telematics,” it was first used for tracking equipment. But, what about the health and safety of workers? Now there are ways to monitor that as well, with the use of wearable technology. At approximately the same time as machine telematics began earning favor, the advent of wearable tech occurred. Most people are familiar with it, thanks,Read More

Man painting outside

Adding the arts to technical skills can generate more productivity, innovation

by Stuart G. Walesh, PhD, PE In 1871, engineer James Watt patented a steam engine that produced continuous rotary motion. Steam engines both figuratively and literally drove the Industrial Revolution and introduced the expression “build a head of steam.” When critical pressure is applied to pistons, things happen. Construction-sector professionals and organizations must strive to achieve the same momentum by building a head of STEAM – that is, by adding the “A” to STEM, the already-developed skill levels of science,Read More

Action Camera on Helmet

CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE: Drone and action-camera footage takes marketing up a level

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ooking to give your next marketing campaign a little more punch? Adding a vibrant photo or stunning video may do the trick. These images can be captured with conventional cameras by scouting a site to set up a shot with extreme angles or interesting lighting, but finding that perfect location takes time and capital. Another way to achieve eye-catching visuals is by adding a drone or an action camera, such as a GoPro, to your arsenal. Sweeping landscape shots, underwaterRead More

Phone Scanning QR Code

What’s your QR code IQ?

[dropcap]R[/dropcap]emember when you opened a box of Cracker Jacks and found a secret message inside along with a decoder ring to read it? Today’s marketers are cashing in on that idea to generate excitement, customer connections and sales using Quick Response (QR) codes. The good news is that you don’t have to be a genius to solve the puzzle of how to take advantage of this marketing tool. But first, what exactly are QR codes and how can you useRead More