Author: Constructech Editors

Trimble, like many suppliers to the construction industry, is looking forward to the expansion of infrastructure work developing from the bipartisan infrastructure bill President Biden signed last year. With the passage of the IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act)—and other infrastructure legislation across the globe—owners are investing in digital transformation to better manage the full lifecycle of their assets from design to build to operation. The adoption of the digital twin—a virtual 3D model designed to accurately reflect a physical object—is transforming construction and asset operations. To compliment its portfolio of software and services, Trimble has acquired AgileAssets, a provider…

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DEI: Diversity, equality, inclusion. What do those words mean in regard to employment and recruiting and technology today? Consultants at Deloitte define them this way: Diversity: The characteristics with which we are born and gain through experience, both seen and unseen, that make us different and similar. Equity: The outcome of diversity, inclusion, and anti-oppression wherein all people have fair access, opportunity, resources, and power to thrive with consideration for and elimination of historical and systemic barriers and privileges that cause oppression. Inclusion: The actions taken to understand, embrace, and leverage the unique strengths and facets of identity for all individuals so…

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Branding has become the go-to word for companies large and small. Get the name out, name recognition creates buyers, be associated with winners to be a winner. If people know your product or company name, they will seek you out. But does name recognition surpass quality? Do you buy the tools of your trade based on how many times you see the company name or on how good the tool is? Television, radio, social media all play a role in getting company and product names in front of potential buyers. On those media, sports—professional, amateur, college, local—all have sponsors eagerly…

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Now that the infrastructure bill has ben signed, the DOT (Dept. of Transportation) among other agencies is processing applications for some of that available money. The DOT’s FAA (Federal Aviation Admin.) will award $2.89 billion made available by the law to 3,075 airports around the nation. The money can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety, and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections, and roadway projects. The money will come from the Airport Infrastructure Grant program, one of three new aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The law provides $15 billion five years for this program. The…

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With all the emphasis on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that (finally) passed and was signed, heavy construction companies are gearing up, literally and figuratively, for an increased amount of work. Literally in the sense of equipment and figuratively in regard to staffing that equipment. Workers returning after pandemic layoffs and reduced work levels are potential safety risks. Indeed, heavy construction ranks in the top three industries worldwide for serious injuries and fatalities. Whether operating heavy equipment or working around the machinery, keeping everyone alert on the jobsite helps to eliminate accidents. Addressing these risks and helping prevent incidents on construction sites, constituted…

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The wind that filled sails for explorers can be harnessed to aid the energy revolution. Offshore wind farms are a growing opportunity for energy companies worldwide. But there is more than wind to think about when placing the tall structures in the sea. The sea itself can cause trouble with waves and freezing condition in some climes. Below the surface lies even more concerns as the seabed can range from rock to sand and silt accumulated for eons. Rock would seem to be a positive seabed for wind turbine installation as it can support the structure better than other environments.…

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The 2021 Infrastructure Bill has passed and been signed into law. Now we wait to see where the money goes and what infrastructure projects will get the green light first. Construction companies that deal with heavy work are getting ready and the suppliers to those companies are doing their part. Technology providers, especially, are gearing up new products to help heavy construction “move the metal”—and dirt, concrete, gravel, and everything else. Trimble, for example, just introduced the R750 GNSS Modular Receiver, a connected base station for use in civil construction and geospatial applications. The R750 provides improved base station performance, giving contractors…

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‘Tis the season for winter storms, power outages, and higher costs for energy. Driven by the climbing costs of electricity and increasing grid outages, consumers and businesses are searching for affordable, reliable energy solutions. One approach, popular in remote locations, is propane gas as an energy source. The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) created a new resource for residential and commercial construction professionals that outlines the benefits and capabilities of propane-powered combined heat and power (CHP) units. A propane-powered CHP unit uses a propane engine to power a generator that produces electricity. It then uses the heat that’s generated…

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Ford Motor Co., is well known for its impressive line of work (and leisure) trucks—the F-150 has been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for 45 years. Businesses large and small and all those in between depend on Ford trucks—and Ford parts and service to keep their Ford fleets running. Ford has moved into the hybrid and electric vehicle market, including trucks. The Ford Maverick is a compact truck and the first pickup in America with a standard full-hybrid powertrain. Its 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder hybrid powertrain delivers 191 horsepower when combined with the electric motor, and 155-lb.-ft. of torque mated…

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