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FAA issues warning as number of drones getting too close to aircraft increases dramatically

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 20, 2015

FAA issues warning as number of drones getting too close to aircraft increases dramatically

  Though drones hold a ton of potential for the advancement of the construction industry and $100 billion worth of growth potential for the U.S. economy, that unfortunately doesn't mean that ...

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Equipment

Vermeer’s InSite Productivity Tools eliminate paperwork, provide whiteboard for horizontal directional drilling bores

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 18, 2015

Vermeer’s InSite Productivity Tools can be purchased individually, but are designed to sync together to battle the paperwork challenges of directional drilling contractors.

Planning, mapping and recording the bore; keeping everyone informed as in-field adjustments are made; providing as-builts and finally invoicing: the paperwork behind horizontal directional drilling can quickly bury you as ...

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Equipment

How Rogers-O’Brien Construction deployed a drone fleet throughout its workflow (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 14, 2015

How Rogers-O’Brien Construction deployed a drone fleet throughout its workflow (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

How many drones does it take to fix a leak? As Blake Potts tells it, just one. During a recent presentation at a conference for construction IT professionals in Chicago, Potts, ...

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Equipment

How to operate a drone for construction and not get sued

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 14, 2015

How to operate a drone for construction and not get sued

There is no longer a question as to whether or not drones will impact the future of the construction industry. It's already happening. Unmanned aircraft are in use on jobsites ...

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Better Roads News

I-Robot: DOT contractor now cutting Interstate grass with robotic lawnmowers (PHOTOS)

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 14, 2015

I-Robot: DOT contractor now cutting Interstate grass with robotic lawnmowers (PHOTOS)

A North Carolina contractor is saving time and money by employing robots. Don't worry, the robots look less like Arnold Schwarzenegger and more like a normal lawnmower. And they aren't made ...

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Tech

App gives you oil sample results instantly on your smartphone or tablet

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 14, 2015

App gives you oil sample results instantly on your smartphone or tablet

Polaris Laboratories a new phone app Horizon Mobile can help you keep track of your oil analysis results. Built to run on iOS 8 and higher, Horizon Mobile features a customizable ...

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Tech

Get the bandwidth your remote jobsite needs with the Portabella

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 14, 2015

Get the bandwidth your remote jobsite needs with the Portabella

Today's data heavy telematics can require a lot of bandwidth that isn't always available in remote locations. The Portabella wireless broadband bonding appliance from Mushroom Networks provides ultra fast mobile ...

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Bridges

VIDEOS: Drone footage shows progress from 4 angles at $1.27B Ohio River East End Crossing project

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on August 06, 2015

VIDEOS: Drone footage shows progress from 4 angles at $1.27B Ohio River East End Crossing project

The billion-dollar Ohio River Bridges Project is still more than a year from completion, but the team behind it sent up a drone to capture footage and give an update on ...

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Equipment

PHOTOS: Company unveils 3D printed homes that can be built in under 3 hours

Posted by Angela Thomas on August 05, 2015

PHOTOS: Company unveils 3D printed homes that can be built in under 3 hours

What if it were possible to reduce the process of buying and building a home to less than a day? In China, one company has quite the head start on ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Drone makes first FAA-approved delivery with medicine drop in rural Virginia

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 24, 2015

VIDEO: Drone makes first FAA-approved delivery with medicine drop in rural Virginia

In what Australian drone manufacturer Flirtey called a "Kitty Hawk" moment, in reference to the first flight of an airplane by the Wright brothers, the first delivery made by an ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar’s Era of Analytics: Coaching customers, autonomous machines and more tech the Iron Giant is planning for the future

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 17, 2015

With the hardware hooked up, Cat\'s ARO-enabled dozers can function as full-blown GPS machines.

Five years ago, hardly any heavy equipment was connected with telematics, says Paolo Fellin, vice president of construction and infrastructure industries at Caterpillar. Today, he says, the company has more ...

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Better Roads News

PaveXpress 2.0 pavement design tool adds asphalt overlay module

Posted by Chris Hill on July 17, 2015

PaveXpress 2.0 pavement design tool adds asphalt overlay module

PaveXpress, a free, online pavement design tool created with support from the National Asphalt Pavement Association and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations, has launched an update including an asphalt overlay ...

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Equipment

More than 250 companies (and counting) have received FAA drone exemptions for construction and surveying

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 16, 2015

More than 250 companies (and counting) have received FAA drone exemptions for construction and surveying

As late as last month, the full number of just how many companies had been granted permission to operate drones for commercial purposes by the Federal Aviation Administration was an ...

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Bridges

World’s first 3D-printed steel bridge to be erected by robotics firm, contractor (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on July 14, 2015

Photo of the canal with a rendering of how the bridge will be "printed."

It seems like something out of science fiction: Robotic arms stretched over a canal creating a bridge seemingly out of nothing at all. In actuality, the robots are advanced 3D printing tools ...

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Telematics

John Deere extends base JDLink Ultimate telematics subscription to 5 years

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 09, 2015

John Deere extends base JDLink Ultimate telematics subscription to 5 years

John Deere has announced an extension to the base subscription of its JDLink Ultimate telematics service from three to five years. Director of Deere's WorkSight construction technology solutions group, Jena Holtberg-Benge said the ...

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Equipment

John Deere’s new GoPush app offers quick reference for 1050K dozer operation, maintenance

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 07, 2015

John Deere’s new GoPush app offers quick reference for 1050K dozer operation, maintenance

John Deere has released a helpful app for owners and operators of its 1050K dozer, especially those who dislike having to keep a paper reference handy. The new GoPush app should ...

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Better Roads News

Trimble releases TILOS 9.0 linear civil engineering project software

Posted by Chris Hill on July 06, 2015

Trimble releases TILOS 9.0 linear civil engineering project software

The latest version of Trimble’s TILOS time and location planning software for highways and other linear civil engineering projects provides improved integration with third-party project management software and the company’s Business ...

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Equipment

Drones, on-demand: DroneBase pilot rentals let construction firms reap benefits of aerial imaging without risk

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 26, 2015

Drones, on-demand: DroneBase pilot rentals let construction firms reap benefits of aerial imaging without risk

If the momentum of unmanned aircraft and the subsequent uptick of interest in the technology seen from the construction industry in the last few years are any indication, skilled drone ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar partners with Modustri to provide immediate parts wear inspection data in the field

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 17, 2015

Caterpillar partners with Modustri to provide immediate parts wear inspection data in the field

The latest in a growing string of tech investments and partnerships for the company, Caterpillar announced today a collaboration that will give its customers access to mobile-based equipment wear management hardware ...

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Equipment

Ohio’s Danis Building the second construction firm granted drone exemption by FAA

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 15, 2015

Ohio’s Danis Building the second construction firm granted drone exemption by FAA

A large Ohio construction firm will soon begin to fly drones regularly over its jobsites with the good graces of the Federal Aviation Administration. Danis Building Construction of Miamisburg, Ohio, tells ...

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Better Roads News

City of Lexington uses high-tech SUV to analyze pavement conditions and prioritize projects

Posted by Chris Hill on June 05, 2015

City of Lexington uses high-tech SUV to analyze pavement conditions and prioritize projects

Lexington, Kentucky, officials are spending nearly $400,000 to assess the condition of the city’s roads using lasers, cameras, and GPS equipment in an effort to better prioritize repaving and repair ...

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Equipment

Volvo CE’s new SmartCare service will monitor and translate your telematics data for you

Posted by Wayne Grayson on June 03, 2015

Volvo CE’s new SmartCare service will monitor and translate your telematics data for you

Volvo Construction Equipment has launched a new fleet management assistance service that takes the manufacturer's dealer involvement to a new level. The new SmartCare service will include three tiers:Basic, Plus and ...

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Equipment

Komatsu unveils D65PXi-18 semi-automatic dozer, expanding intelligent machine lineup to 7

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 27, 2015

Komatsu unveils D65PXi-18 semi-automatic dozer, expanding intelligent machine lineup to 7

Komatsu has added yet another dozer to its lineup of machines equipped with intelligent Machine Control, the company's semi-automatic earthmoving tech. Situated between its largest iMC dozer, the recently-unveiled D155AXi-8, and the ...

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State/Local Government

Michigan DOT considers using drones for road condition monitoring

Posted by Chris Hill on May 27, 2015

Michigan DOT considers using drones for road condition monitoring

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been researching the use of drones for investigating road conditions in an effort to speed up such inspections and keep workers out of ...

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Better Roads News

This Dutch bike path could be the precursor to solar energy-capturing roads everywhere

Posted by Bobby Atkinson on May 22, 2015

This Dutch bike path could be the precursor to solar energy-capturing roads everywhere

A bike path in the Netherlands that’s shorter than a football field could be the future of energy and travel. Engineers built the 229-foot test track with a solar road surface. ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar will pay back $1 for each gallon of fuel you burn beyond its benchmarks

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 15, 2015

Caterpillar will pay back $1 for each gallon of fuel you burn beyond its benchmarks

This week Caterpillar unveiled a new fuel guarantee initiative that will give participating contractors $1 back for every gallon of diesel their newly acquired machines burn above the benchmarked rates ...

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Equipment

Software on John Deere, all other heavy equipment only “destroys” an antiquated idea of ownership

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 13, 2015

Software on John Deere, all other heavy equipment only “destroys” an antiquated idea of ownership

A recent blog from WIRED criticizing the impenetrable software programs that run John Deere's ag tractors has created quite a stir in the equipment community. In a nutshell, the the author Kyle ...

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Equipment

What it’s like to operate a self-driving big rig: First ride in Freightliner’s autonomous Inspiration (PHOTOS)

Posted by Jack Roberts on May 11, 2015

What it’s like to operate a self-driving big rig: First ride in Freightliner’s autonomous Inspiration (PHOTOS)

I just finished a drive into the future. And it was pretty uneventful. I mean that in the most positive sense possible. Last week, Freightliner unveiled both an $80 million SuperTruck it previewed ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar invests in, adds dealer inventory to Yard Club, an online contractor-to-contractor equipment rental service

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 07, 2015

Caterpillar invests in, adds dealer inventory to Yard Club, an online contractor-to-contractor equipment rental service

Most contractors outside of San Francisco have likely never heard of Yard Club. But thanks to an investment from and substantial partnership with Caterpillar, that's about to change. Caterpillar announced today ...

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Equipment

Freightliner unveils first self-driving truck that will roam U.S. highways legally (PHOTOS)

Posted by Jack Roberts on May 05, 2015

A closer look at the front end.

Freightliner did it. If you’re one of the many who scoffed at the idea of a commercially-viable self-driving truck, or at best figured such technology was years—if not decades—away, you need ...

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Business

Material Tracker site matches contractors for receiving construction materials or dumping excess

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 01, 2015

Material Tracker site matches contractors for receiving construction materials or dumping excess

In its sales pitch, Material Tracker makes a scary-good point: "Unknowingly, you may have driven past a dump site that could help save time, fuel costs and make more money." Having too ...

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Equipment

Topcon granted drone exemption by FAA

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 28, 2015

Topcon granted drone exemption by FAA

Topcon has received an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration, excluding the company from the agency's current unmanned aerial systems (UAS) guidelines that until now have prohibited it from commercial operation ...

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Better Roads News

TRB webinar to focus on protecting transportation infrastructure from hackers, data loss

Posted by Chris Hill on April 27, 2015

TRB webinar to focus on protecting transportation infrastructure from hackers, data loss

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is hosting a webinar to review ways to protect transportation infrastructure from cyber “incidents” May 13, 2-4 p.m. eastern. The program will review materials recently developed ...

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Equipment

Case CE consolidates equipment precision services under SiteSolutions umbrella

Posted by Chris Hill on April 24, 2015

Case CE consolidates equipment precision services under SiteSolutions umbrella

Case Construction Equipment has moved all of its precision services, such as telematics, into one group of services named Case SiteSolutions. The company says this move will create a “360-degree” business ...

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Equipment

REVIEW: Can Lemur’s $100 BlueDriver device and app match up to a $3,000 OBD-II scan tool?

Posted by Bruce Smith on April 23, 2015

REVIEW: Can Lemur’s $100 BlueDriver device and app match up to a $3,000 OBD-II scan tool?

Turn your smartphone or tablet into a $3,000 scan tool for $100? Sounds a bit far-fetched. Is the Lemur BlueDriver more gimmick than genuine? That’s the question we wanted to find out. Scan tools are ...

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Safety

Construction firms donate $1 million to establish high-tech construction safety lab at Oregon State University

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 21, 2015

Construction firms donate $1 million to establish high-tech construction safety lab at Oregon State University

Two North Dakota construction firms have donated a large grant in order to help establish the premier laboratory in the U.S. for the study of industry safety in Oregon. Knife River Corp. ...

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