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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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State/Local Government

Mi Drive app helps Michigan motorists navigate around construction zones

Posted by Chris Hill on April 17, 2015

Mi Drive app helps Michigan motorists navigate around construction zones

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 ...

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Equipment

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

TEST DRIVE: Caterpillar’s low-tech, K2 dozer automation allows GPS-like machine control without the price tag (PHOTOS)

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 ...

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Business

Caterpillar to crunch even more data through acquisition of marine analytics firm ESRG

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 15, 2015

Caterpillar to crunch even more data through acquisition of marine analytics firm ESRG

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 ...

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Business

Caterpillar doubles down on dedication to equipment data with new Analytics & Innovation division

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 13, 2015

Caterpillar doubles down on dedication to equipment data with new Analytics & Innovation division

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 ...

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Equipment

Komatsu unveils the D155AXi-8, its largest semi-automatic dozer yet

Posted by Amy Materson on April 06, 2015

Komatsu unveils the D155AXi-8, its largest semi-automatic dozer yet

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 ...

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Equipment

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

INSIDE IC: Though intelligent compaction is still being refined, the tech already offers plenty of value

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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Better Roads News

How DOTs could use drones to assess infrastructure damage from natural disasters

Posted by Chris Hill on March 31, 2015

How DOTs could use drones to assess infrastructure damage from natural disasters

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 ...

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Equipment

Navistar’s comprehensive OnCommand telematics service is now free on all International trucks

Posted by James Jaillet on March 27, 2015

Navistar’s comprehensive OnCommand telematics service is now free on all International trucks

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 ...

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Tech

If construction wants to tap the millennial workforce, industry must abandon tribal knowledge for Web reference

Posted by Tom Jackson on March 25, 2015

If construction wants to tap the millennial workforce, industry must abandon tribal knowledge for Web reference

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 ...

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Equipment

Construction on first drone business park in the U.S. to begin soon

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 25, 2015

Construction on first drone business park in the U.S. to begin soon

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 ...

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Tech

AEM/AEMP draft telematics standard should be ready for integration by end of April

Posted by Wayne Grayson on March 24, 2015

AEM/AEMP draft telematics standard should be ready for integration by end of April

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 ...

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Equipment

In-cab video monitoring with telematics driver scoring brings big benefits to truck fleets

Posted by Tom Jackson on March 23, 2015

In-cab video monitoring with telematics driver scoring brings big benefits to truck fleets

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 ...

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