Category: Asphalt Construction Equipment

Newest Skid Steers, Electric Excavators and Construction Equipment in September

Newest Skid Steers, Electric Excavators and Construction Equipment in September

September was a month for new compact earthmoving equipment releases from a few major players such as Caterpillar, Gehl, Bobcat and JCB

This video roundup highlights only a portion of the new and updated products featured on ForConstructionPros.com in September 2019. To see more new and updated products visit ForConstructionPros.com.

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Watch previous video product roundups:
[VIDEO] August 2019 Product Roundup
[VIDEO] July 2019 Product Roundup
[VIDEO] June 2019 Product Roundup
[VIDEO] May 2019 Product Roundup
[VIDEO] April 2019 Product Roundup
[VIDEO] March 2019 New Product Roundup
[VIDEO] February 2019 New Product Roundup
[VIDEO] January 2019 New Product Roundup
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Direct links to all the products featured in the video can be found below:

Bobcat 15.4-ton E145 Excavator
Gehl RT135 Compact Track Loader
BOMAG BPR 60/65 Gas-powered Reversible Plate Compactor
Ditch Doctor
Case Upgrades F Series Compact Loaders with Electrohydraulic Controls
Caterpillar D3 Series Skid Steers and Compact Track Loaders
Ditch Witch JT24 Directional Drill
Allen MSP475 Riding Trowel
Roadtec RP-250 Asphalt Paver
JCB 19C-1E Electric Mini-excavator
ASV RT-50 Posi-Track Loader
Darda CC440, CC480 & CC580 Concrete Crushers
Bobcat R Series Loaders
Atlas Copco XAS 950 Air Compressor
Superabrasive Lavina Elite Series Remote Controlled Grinders
Azuga SafetyCam
Komatsu PC1250SP-11 and PC1250LC-11 Hydraulic Excavators
Caterpillar COMMAND for Soil Compaction
LiuGong 388B Compact Track Loader
Brokk 70 Demolition Robot

Watch Jay Leno Drive a Dynapac CC6200 VI Roller on Jay Leno’s Garage

Watch Jay Leno Drive a Dynapac CC6200 VI Roller on Jay Leno’s Garage

Leno also recognized the asphalt industry as “the unsung heros of the American road” for building and maintaining the roads that keep us all safe as we go about our daily lives.

On this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage,  watch Leno on the road on a vehicle that literally makes the road! 

Leno also recognized our industry as “the unsung heros of the American road” for building and maintaining the roads that keep us all safe as we go about our daily lives. Remember, “next time you’re stuck in construction traffic, don’t get mad, give a thank you and wave!”

Spike in Building Costs Could Be Problematic for Home Building’s Future

Spike in Building Costs Could Be Problematic for Home Building’s Future

New home sales rose in August, but an increase in home building costs could be a problem going forward; plus more construction industry news on the October 10, 2019, edition of Construction News Tracker.

Construction News Tracker is presented by Caterpillar and produced by ForConstructionPros.com.

The U.S. Commerce Department reports a healthy increase of 7.1% in August in new home sales. That accounts for a seasonally adjusted rate of 713,000 units — up from a revised rate of 666,000 in July. The market appears to be spurred by low-interest rates as year over year it is up 6.4%. However, a spike in home building costs could portend to be a problem going forward. Average sales prices are now at $404,200 — a jump of 6.1% from 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Homebuilding in the $200,000 range accounted for only 10% of the total building in progress in August.

Heavy construction employment resulted in increases in 39 states over the last year while 29 states added jobs between July and August. ABC’s analysis of Labor Department figures point to the continued shortage of craft workers, and Chief Economist Ken Simonson says that even more states would have posted employment gains if contractors could find enough workers to hire. The national unadjusted unemployment rate rose in 31 states in August, according to ABC.

Dodge Data reports that new construction starts were down 6% in August to a seasonally adjusted rate of $807.1 billion. That now breaks three consecutive months of gains in the category led by nonbuilding construction which dropped 15% in August while declines in both residential and nonresidential construction were much milder at 1% and 3% respectively. These numbers caused the Dodge Index to fall from 182 in July to 171 in August. However, it still remains above its 2019 average of 167. Total construction starts have now fallen 5% from its position in 2018.

Billions in transportation dollars could be in jeopardy if the Trump administration follows through with its threat to withhold money from California. Arguing the state has failed to tally steps to improve its air quality, the EPA is moving to keep billions in federal funding from being available to the Golden State. California elected officials call it a brazen political stunt if the feds move to withhold air quality plan funding as well as highway funding money.

House Transportation Committee Chairman Peter Defazio is applying pressure to colleagues as well as the White House to collaborate on an infrastructure funding policy this fall, though its doubtful the parties will come together before next year. A potential deal fell apart last May when the President walked out on congressional leaders. The current legislation expires in fall of 2020.

The fifth allotment in airport infrastructure grants amounting to $986 million has been approved by the U.S. DOT. Secretary Chao said the funding will go to 354 airports in 44 states for upgrades and reconstruction projects. It’s part of the $3.18 billion airport improvement program funding allocated since 2018.

And the Federal Highway Administration last month came through with $871 million in emergency funding. Thirty-nine states are in line to receive the money to repair roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and fires.

Contractors sure do like to rent equipment. A recent survey conducted for the American Rental Association finds that 93% of contractors rented equipment in the last year. The survey claims that 92% plan on renting as much in 2019 as last year while 52% say they will increase their equipment rentals going forward. Lifts and scaffolding, backhoes, dump trucks and mini excavators appear to be the most popular items rented. Forty-five percent of you claim its more financially affordable to rent than to buy.

As the deadline for filing formal comments to a revised federal rule dealing with apprenticeships came due the U.S. Department of Labor now has a problem on its hands. Over 325,000 of you responded to the filing request. The new regulation would apply to many industries, but for construction in particular, it requires a provision to exempt the field of further apprenticeship inclusion. Construction industry officials are incensed over the idea to permit schools, states and even unions to run the programs as opposed to the Department of Labor itself, which has done it for years.

A recent survey conducted by Rabbitt, a construction software firm, and Procore, which deals in construction management software, has discovered some problems for  contractors. The survey conducted in the last two months centered on working capitol and bidding decisions. It found that over the past 12 months slow payments for construction work totaled $64 billion. Contractors as well as subs estimate the practice adds 5% to the total cost of projects. The survey also found that 63% of subs refused to bid on projects where they knew of a contractors bad payment history while 72% offered discounts for payment in a 30 day window.

In closing, since praise reassures individuals, it helps them neutralize doubts they have about themselves.

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Why You Should Use BIM for Road Building Projects

Why You Should Use BIM for Road Building Projects

Transforming transportation project design and delivery to smart, paperless, 3D electronic delivery presents significant challenges that will take years to conquer. Yet the urgency is clear; the need for transportation infrastructure improvements is increasing while public funding decreases, requiring states and agencies to “do more with less.” Innovation is one potential answer.

Most construction companies have heard or Building Information Modeling or BIM. BIM is known as intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.

While there are many success stories of using BIM for the vertical environment (think buildings, bridges, structures, etc), there are far fewer cases for using BIM in what is known as the horizontal environment for our roadways. To date (with a few exceptions around the U.S.), BIM implementations are done largely because a bid required it and not because a contractor saw value in its use. Early adopters trend toward “lonely BIM,” where processes are isolated without a supporting BIM execution plan or cohesive strategy throughout the project duration.

However, in order to advance our current way of building roads we need to improve innovation, reduce construction risks and map out the whole life cycle of the asset and BIM can help. 

BIM for Roadways Can:

  • Provide a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of an infrastructure asset
  • Aids in the process of developing a precise. data rich, virtual 3D representation of existing and proposed elements belonging to programmed construction projects
  • Serve as a shared knowledge resource for information about the infrastructure asset
  • Provides collaboration for various stakeholders at different phases of the life cycle of an infrastructure asset

Communication is even more crucial today than it’s ever been but most engineers are unfortunately lousy at it,” Tony Nieves, construction engineer at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) says. “All these new technologies are bringing tons of data but unfortunately at the project ownership level, it’s creating cycles of data that are not speaking with each other. What BIM does is creates a seamless transition for the data by breaking down the silos between teams.”

With BIM, you can look at the project virtually and construct the roadway in a 3D environment. The entire team is seeing the same model and seeing the same project you’re seeing at the same time. Having a digital platform that connects different data sources securely can benefit all project members in searching for information and mapping all of their assets. Digital platforms can be accessed using different permission levels to perform maintenance and planning activities, including in emergency situations where real time data is needed to support well-informed decisions.

“BIM provides more accurate designs with reduced risks,” Nieves says. “For designers, constructors and owners to be successful with positive return on investment from BIM, they should shift from the traditional siloed approach to a more collaborative project management practice.”

 

BIM Improves Project Development

Identifying long term goals for the use of BIM on your project is extremely important and using BIM can help plan your project from start to finish by:

  1. Assisting in Planning the Project
  2. Creating a Conceptual Design
  3. Working Through a Detailed Design
  4. Helping with Procurement
  5. Identifying As-Built Assets
  6. Assess Operation & Management Requirements

“Look at your project, make sure that all the practices that you have in place are there to improve efficiencies and building effectiveness by using BIM,” Nieves says. “Using BIM gives your project major technological credibility for performance, transparency, planning, and operations and maintenance. That means that you can better stage your projects, you can have more vision, you can actually control your fuel consumption and equipment break downs, etc.”

Using BIM causes owners and practitioners to rethink the project delivery life cycle from planning through survey, design and construction into operations and maintenance. The disconnect comes when project owners don’t see this as a good thing. However, appeal to their profitability and there is more of a chance they’ll adopt.

 

BIM & Profitability 

Code compliance is a priority for engineer’s followed by the concern for constructability. However, misinterpretation of design documents is an old time on-site challenge. This results into delayed schedules, tons if RFIs and change orders.

Let’s say $100M is budgeted for new highway construction project with bridges and interchanges. Usually, around 7-8% percent of the finances will go into design development. However, if you can reduce this design expenditure by 35% with say a productive process like BIM, your project could save $2.6M. What’s more, if you reduce the construction portion by 15% by considering constructability during the design phase, it will save nearly $14M.

BIM for roads and highways design works with creation of coordinated and consistent design data about the projects, thereby creating a smart 3D model. The rudiments of designs are not just linked to points, facades and placements, but also to the information and elements related to it which helps avoid such errors if the project is designed for constructability.

For instance if halfway during the course of the project of a roadway, if the design project needs any adjustments to vertical curves and grades, adjusting the profile enables designers to immediately see the impact.

This is how BIM facilitates the design evaluation. Civil engineers, who form the integral part for the design process, are enabled to utilize the information model to enhance the design for constructability, sustainability and road safety by conducting simulations and analysis.

Apart from competence and productivity, BIM assists in roadways optimization through various aspects like Visualization, mockup, and analysis as an integral part of the design phase. Other criteria such as constructability, road safety and sustainability also can be evaluated to achieve an optimal roadways design.

Given the growing recognition of the importance of BIM by the trades, a greater understanding of their activities and more collaboration with them is essential for expanding the benefits of BIM for road building projects. BIM should be just one part of your construction companies’ larger technology strategy, with the goal of improving information flow among project team members and between the jobsite and the office. 

Illinois Gas Tax Increase Generates $100M in Infrastructure Revenue During First Month

Illinois Gas Tax Increase Generates $100M in Infrastructure Revenue During First Month

The gas tax hike took effect July 1 as part of “Rebuild Illinois,” a $45 billion capital plan designed to fix infrastructure, update state facilities, fund education programs and create jobs. As a result, drivers in Illinois paid $100 million more in gas taxes in July than they did during the same month in 2018.
Motorists in Illinois started paying 38 cents a gallon in state gas taxes on July 1, 2019, as lawmakers doubled the state’s gas tax this spring as part of a plan to pay for infrastructure projects across the state. The revenue is earmarked for public works projects included in a six-year, $45 billion infrastructure plan. Lawmakers also passed other tax and fee increases along with expanded gambling measures as part of the spending plan for roads, bridges, and buildings.
The new gas tax revenue has yet to be spent. An official with the Illinois Department of Transportation said it was unclear if work has started on any of the projects in the state’s new capital program.
Rebuild Illinois is the largest, most comprehensive capital program in state history, touching every part of Illinois and all modes of transportation, including our roads, bridges, transit systems, bicycle, and pedestrian accommodations, airports and waterways,” IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell said. “The Illinois Department of Transportation is in the process of finalizing a multiyear program that will detail a transparent timeline for these investments that will improve safety, enhance the quality of life and create jobs in our communities.

Gas Tax Increase Good for Economy

Over two years into the Trump administration, no credible proposal for investing in roads, bridges, transportation, better Internet access, or the other pressing needs of our infrastructure has been made, and the economy needs a jolt to keep growing. One way to do this is increase the gas tax at the national level which has not been touched since 1993. President Trump and Democrats should put aside differences to boost infrastructure investment and modernize cities and rural technology.
Federal and state governments spend about $450 billion a year or roads, bridges, mass transit, waterways and the like. That should be increased by at least $200 billion to catch decaying and crowded facilities and to address climate change and 5G.
There is no better time to adjust this fee to update our infrastructure,” Ed Mortimer, vice president of transportation infrastructure for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says. “We’re proposing a total increase of 25 cents. That’s a penny increase a year for the 25 years we haven’t raised the Federal gas tax.
Mortimer says raising the gas tax is a Federal Government responsibility and the average taxpayer will only need to invest $9 per month in order to accommodate this increase. That compared to the average of $500 in vehicle damage per year the average American pays due to our crumbling roadways seems like a small price to pay.
American people are starting to recognize the problem,” Mortimer says. “Infrastructure is an asset we can all benefit from in the long-term and we can’t give up. The longer we wait, the more it will cost taxpayers to fix what’s been neglected.

Asphalt Institute Foundation Receives $500K Grant from ExxonMobil

Asphalt Institute Foundation Receives $500K Grant from ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil and Imperial join the Asphalt Institute (AI) in celebrating its 100-year anniversary at the Lexington, KY headquarters. This milestone will be marked with several presentations along with a dedication of the Asphalt Institute Foundation (AIF) courtyard with customized commemorative brick pavers.

The Asphalt Institute also announced a $500,000 research grant provided by ExxonMobil to the Asphalt Institute Foundation to conduct strategic research and carry out educational activities designed to advance the liquid asphalt industry. ExxonMobil and Imperial have collaborated with the foundation’s parent organization, the Asphalt Institute, for 100 years.

“We are thrilled to accept this generous grant from our long-standing member, particularly as we mark a century of dedicated service to the asphalt industry,” said Peter Grass, president, Asphalt Institute and Asphalt Institute Foundation. “ExxonMobil and Imperial’s leading technical expertise and vast business experience have been imperative in helping progress the Institute’s core mission. This grant brings us that much closer to achieving the next breakthrough in the liquid asphalt industry.”

The ExxonMobil grant supports strategic research to improve the durability of asphalt binders and pavements while ensuring that future highways remain sustainable. The Asphalt Institute Foundation also supports strategic educational initiatives such as an internship program, textbooks for engineering students and the development of instructional aids.

Established in 1919, the Asphalt Institute today has a membership that represents over 90% of the liquid asphalt produced in North America – all of whom are committed to improving asphalt quality performance, benefits and more. ExxonMobil and Imperial are among the original founding members and have been recognized for their active engagement and participation in the Asphalt Institute for the last 100 years.

“Reaching 100 years is a testament to the incredible work the association has accomplished thus far,” said Ralph Shirts, global asphalt technology manager at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. “As a founding member of the Asphalt Institute, we are humbled to be a part of the best possible science, research and education programs that will continue to push the industry forward.”

ExxonMobil and Imperial each have over a century of industry experience and expertise to keep businesses at the cutting edge of asphalt technology. With representatives in key positions on industry bodies, ExxonMobil and Imperial continue pushing advanced science and research to lead the industry forward.