Outliving Empires: Why 2,000-year-old Concrete Made by The Romans Still Stands Today

roman concrete

A new look inside 2,000-year-old concrete – made from volcanic ash, lime (the product of baked limestone), and seawater – has provided new clues to the evolving chemistry and mineral cements that allow ancient harbor structures to withstand the test of time. The research has also inspired a hunt for the original recipe so that […]

Utility Vehicles: Delivering Worksite Versatility

Adding this jobsite staple to your fleet will improve performance while helping control costs Utility vehicles have long been a valuable jobsite option for increasing efficiency and boosting productivity, particularly in circumstances that prove difficult for conventional trucks. While rough or soft terrain, tight spaces or expansive jobsites may be challenging or costly for a […]

Construction Contractors Must Embrace Technology or Chase the Competition

A 2017 contractor survey found that among those for whom technology plays a role in their business, less than half had a clear strategy in place to integrate those advancements With innovations like telematics, robotics, automation and drones, along with data to improve design and project management, the construction industry would seem to be a […]

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $38 Million Available to Protect New York Farmland

Kubota M& series tractor

State Dedicates Highest Level of Funding Ever to Accelerate Protection of Valuable and At-Risk Farmland Preemptive Purchase Rights Are Now Included as an Eligible Cost Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $38 million is now available through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program to help farmers across New York protect valuable and at-risk farmland. […]

Construction Cost Data Shows Effect of Trade Disputes as Aluminum and Steel Costs Increase, Rate of Cost Increases Hits Recent High

New Labor Department Figures Demonstrate How New Tariffs Have Increased the Costs of Key Construction Materials, With Metal Materials Experiencing Double-Digit Percent Increases Construction costs accelerated again in June, with steep increases for a wide range of building and road construction materials as tariffs against foreign goods come into effect, according to an analysis by […]

Stage Set for Hybrid Construction Equipment to Go Mainstream

HB365 LC hybrid excavator

Electrification is a predominant trend in the construction equipment industry. The corresponding introduction of software allows machines to gain efficiency. Drivers Behind Adoption Research on hybrid construction equipment began in the late 1990s and became commercially available in 2003 when Hitachi launched a wheel loader that utilized a series hybrid powertrain. Since then, many OEMs […]

Construction Materials Prices Surge Again in May With Largest Monthly Increase in a Decade, Says ABC

“While rapidly rising construction materials prices partially reflect economic strength, for the most part today’s release should be viewed as bad news,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.   Prices for inputs to construction materials expanded 2.2% in May and are 8.8% higher than at the same time one year ago, according to an Associated […]

How Komatsu’s KomVision bird’s-eye camera system eliminates excavator blind spots

Komatsu PC138 excavator

With the boom to the right and the engine/pump compartment behind the cab, excavators have limited lines of sight behind and to the right rear of the machine. Komatsu’s solution is a multi-camera system that gives operators a bird’s-eye view of the area around their excavators. The company has made rear-vision cameras standard on its […]

The House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Funding Bill

For USDOT, the bill includes $27.8 billion in discretionary appropriations for fiscal year 2019, which is $542 million above fiscal year 2018. In total budgetary resources, including the Highway Trust Fund, the bill provides $87.8 billion to USDOT. The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill by […]

Komatsu Worksite VR Simulator : Construction Machine Training for the 21st Century

Finding and keeping trained, skilled heavy equipment operators is one of the greatest challenges facing the construction industry. With tight schedules and increased project risk there is less and less room for human error and poor performance at crucial phases like site preparation. Immersive Technologies, the global leader in advanced simulator development for heavy equipment […]


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