Construction firms donate $1 million to establish high-tech construction safety lab at Oregon State University
Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 21, 2015
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. ...
Posted by Chris Hill on April 17, 2015
The Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) free Mi Drive app, which has reached more than 40,000 downloads since its launch in November 2014, helps motorists find alternate routes around construction ...
TEST DRIVE: Caterpillar’s low-tech, K2 dozer automation allows GPS-like machine control without the price tag (PHOTOS)
Posted by Tom Jackson on April 16, 2015
A theme I hear from contractors these days is that more than ever, they are using dozers to do finish grade passes. Motor graders can do this too, but a motor ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 15, 2015
Just in case you didn't think Caterpillar was really serious about this whole Big Data thing, the company today announced it has completed the acquisition of a marine industry analytics company. Caterpillar ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 13, 2015
Following through on its March promise to work to begin rolling out predictive diagnostic improvements to its Produc Link telematics service "in the coming months," Caterpillar has announced the creation of ...
Posted by Amy Materson on April 06, 2015
Komatsu has once again expanded its lineup of "intelligent" earthmoving equipment. With the launch of the D155AXi-8, the heavy equipment manufacturer now offers six machines with what its intelligent machine control ...
INSIDE IC: Though intelligent compaction is still being refined, the tech already offers plenty of value
Posted by Equipment World Staff on April 02, 2015
While intelligent compaction (IC) has been popular in Europe for some time, it’s only in the past decade that it began gaining ground in the United States. As with any ...
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Posted by Chris Hill on March 31, 2015
Researchers from the University of New Mexico (UNM), San Diego State University, and BAE Systems are working on a prototype drone system that could be used to detect and map ...
Posted by James Jaillet on March 27, 2015
Navistar’s OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system will now be free and standard on all 2007 and newer model International trucks, the company announced this week at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville. It ...
If construction wants to tap the millennial workforce, industry must abandon tribal knowledge for Web reference
Posted by Tom Jackson on March 25, 2015
Last week while attending the Association of Equipment Management Professionals Management Conference and Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, I heard a term I'd never heard before: "tribal knowledge." I thought it sounded ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 25, 2015
The former home of B-1B bombers and current home to the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone, North Dakota's Grand Forks Air Force Base will soon become host to the first business ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 24, 2015
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has announced that its draft telematics standard, developed jointly with the Association of Equipment Management Professionals, should be ready for OEMs and fleet managers to ...
Posted by Tom Jackson on March 23, 2015
One of the biggest concerns fleet managers have is the safety of their drivers and operators and there is no better way to improve the safety of trucks and equipment ...
“Embrace disruptive technology or go out of business,” AEMP telematics, tech seminar warns contractors
Posted by Tom Jackson on March 20, 2015
The first telematics session at the Association of Equipment Management Professionals 33rd Management Conference and Annual Meeting started out with a dire warning about disruptive technology. Presenter Gerald Green, Caterpillar strategic ...
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Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 18, 2015
Despite launching its Guardian telematics service three years ago, Roadtec still views the technology as an egg it is slowly aiming to crack. Marketing manager Eric Baker referred to telematics as an ...
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Volvo CE unveils first intelligent compaction system with real-time density, multitouch display (VIDEO)
Posted by Chris Hill on March 17, 2015
Volvo Construction Equipment today introduced the industry’s first intelligent compaction (IC) system that measures density in real time at the World of Asphalt show in Baltimore. Dubbed Density Direct, the Android-based system’s ...
Caterpillar’s predictive diagnostics will enable more “repairs before failure” in future telematics updates
Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 12, 2015
It's not too often that you'll see a construction boss smile while talking about an equipment operator mishandling a machine. But with a recent job, taking place hundreds of miles away ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 11, 2015
Not content to simply redefine the definition of "office space" in general, Google also plans to create a new category of construction equipment in the building of its recently-announced corporate headquarters update. The updated campus ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 10, 2015
CNH Industrial has announced that it has selected Quake Global's QPro modem as part of its enhanced SiteWatch telematics service on Case construction equipment. CNH announced last week both SiteWatch and ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 05, 2015
At the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Ford teased the upcoming release of its new vocational trucks with a couple of announcements. First, Ford says the cab of both the 2016 ...
Posted by Jack Roberts on March 05, 2015
International Trucks announced that it is taking its onboard computing capabilities to the next level in its vocational truck line. At the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis today, International unveiled new ...
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Seismic tech shift led by Apple, Google and Tesla will rock transportation and the commercial truck market
Posted by Jack Roberts on March 04, 2015
If you follow me on Twitter you know I tweet out stories I run across that highlight new technology in the automotive industry, in addition to more trucking-specific content. Every now and ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 03, 2015
CNH Industrial will update its construction telematics solutions with the ability to transmit machine data even when operating on jobsites outside of cellular networks. The company has reached an agreement with ...
Uber for Construction Equipment: Getable app lets contractors rent across vendors, manage owned and rented machines
Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 26, 2015
Though the app itself is nearly 5 years old, Getable, an app that aspires to be the Uber of construction equipment, will be a brand new concept for the vast majority ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 18, 2015
You won't find too many contractors that consider themselves a "nerd." But very early on in my conversation with Isaac Barlow, a 19-year veteran of commercial excavation, he threw the ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 17, 2015
What if a jobsite superintendent could be everywhere at once, providing workers with the information the need instantly, with the tap of a button? With Punchbot, that just might become ...
Posted by Equipment World Staff on February 17, 2015
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has begun using an iPhone app to get accurate measurements of stockpile volume and tonnage, as well as keep track of locations. Last year, the ...
Posted by Tom Jackson on February 06, 2015
The Topcon press conference at World of Concrete was chock-full of new products and a few interesting corporate developments. On the product front the company showed: The new TP-L5 pipe laser series includes ...
Trimble’s new QML800: A tablet and 2 lasers that can mark hundreds of interior points in mere hours (VIDEO)
Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 06, 2015
When it comes to laying out interior points and walls, it's hard work on the knees, sometimes requiring days of kneeling down marking points on the floor with measuring tape ...
Trimble’s new lasers have “fingerprints”; can relock to receivers thanks to new HL760 remote control
Posted by Wayne Grayson on February 05, 2015
Trimble introduced four new lasers to its Spectra Precision lineup at World of Concrete, each featuring automatic self-leveling and aimed at general construction. Available in mid-February, all of the new lasers, ...
Catch jobsite thieves in real time from your phone with the Eyetrax Ranger Series construction camera
Posted by Tom Jackson on February 04, 2015
Security cameras are cheap and easy to find, but most have shortcomings. The Ranger Series construction camera from Eyetrax solves these problems with three high tech improvements over standard cameras. First, ...
Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 21, 2015
More than 20 years after its release, it's easy to see how "Doom" was a preview of the future of video games. Just about every top-selling modern video game, be ...
Posted by Tom Jackson on January 21, 2015
Tape measures only get you so far, and they're not the fastest way to take measurements, especially when you have a lot of them. Leica Geosystems has introduced it's DISTO ...
Posted by Tom Jackson on January 21, 2015
Digital devices and the rough and tumble of construction can sometimes be a bad mix. Tech21 recently introduced its Patriot case range to protect your smartphones and tablets. The 360-degree case ...
Posted by Tom Jackson on January 20, 2015
For every reported fatal workplace accident there are 29 minor injuries and 300 near misses that go unreported. And anybody who knows construction knows why. Guys are afraid to interrupt ...
Posted by Tom Jackson on January 19, 2015
Topcon's eXchange software add on saves time by converting for AutoCAD Civil 3D civil engineering design data into files compatible with Topcon 3D construction solutions as well as the company's ...