Equipment Trader

In the 1800s, the steam locomotive and the Transcontinental Railroad revolutionized transportation. In the 1900s, the automobile and the Interstate Highway System was another game-changer. Now that we’re in the 2000s, our roads are overcrowded, in poor condition, chronically underfunded, and increasingly dangerous. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) only gives the U.S. grades of C+ for bridges, D for roads, and D- for transit. Read More

Thankfully, gender equality in the workforce is continuing to improve. We still have a long way to go, but today, women make up 47% of the workforce¹ and you can find them in any number of roles. But there are still some professions – like construction, science, and technology – that have been, and still are, dominated by men. Looking at the construction field more narrowly, a new study has found that, while women make up a small minority of the construction workforce, recent increases in female employment has led to the highest share of women in construction in 20 years. Read More

Construction workers can sometimes feel like Merle Haggard singing the Working Man Blues, “working as long as my two hands are fit to use.” But as committed as laborers and technicians are, even the hardest working employee can stumble into disaster if safety precautions are not being closely followed on the jobsite.

In some ways, danger is an inherent part of a job that requires working at great heights and operating powerful machinery. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five worker deaths in the U.S. is in construction. However, supervisors and businesses are responsible for keeping workers safe by lowering risk whenever possible. That’s why it’s so concerning that while safety best practices are widely known throughout the industry, few of those precautions are systematically adopted by the majority of contracting firms. Read More

“Construction is one of the least digitized industries…”

That’s according to Michael Wholey, an intelligence analyst for CB Insights, a firm that specializes in machine learning. Speaking to Curbed.com, Wholey describes how “many startups are seizing the opportunity to build technology that would increase efficiency within this market… As a result, funding and deal activity in the construction technology space has been increasing steadily over the past few years.” In fact, CB Insights estimates that $1.4 billion has already been invested in the global industry in 2018 alone! That’s an eye-popping number, so today we’re examining the explosive growth potential in the construction industry!! Read More

Ever wished you could hop on a dozer or excavator, and then just do whatever the heck you wanted?? Yeah, us too, and you can at heavy equipment theme parks throughout the country!! Diggerland USA, Dig This, and Extreme Sandbox are shaking up the amusement park industry with construction attractions that cater to individuals, families, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and corporate team-building trips alike! That sounds pretty awesome, so today we’re digging into Construction Theme Parks!! Read More

The construction industry can seem pretty basic to the uninitiated. But to anyone who has spent time in an active work zone, it’s obvious that construction is often at the leading edge of technological innovation. We’ve highlighted many of those revolutionary advancements previously on the blog, from high-tech hard-hats and wireless headsets to futuristic forklifts and 3D-printing. Read More

“Welcome to the Construction Site, May I Take Your Order?”

They may look like they belong in a fast-food drive-through, but wireless headsets are becoming more and more common on construction sites and other work-zones. Job-sites can be very loud and when messages are missed or misunderstood, safety risks go up and productivity goes down. That’s why, as technological innovations have advanced, wireless headsets have increasingly been seen as a solution to communication issues at work. In recognition of this growing trend, we’re breaking down how you can Optimize Your Worksite with Wireless Headsets!! Read More

As news coverage focuses on improvements to our infrastructure, priced around $1.5 trillion, there’s one big project from the early days of highway construction that still hasn’t been finished: Interstate 95.

The famous highway stretches along the East Coast, from Miami, Florida to the U.S.-Canada border crossing near Houlton, Maine. As America’s most-used highway, I-95 is a massively long stretch of road, reaching almost 2,000 miles and passing through major cities like Jacksonville, Richmond, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Portland. Read More

News stations were buzzing earlier this week when SpaceX successfully launched its Heavy Falcon rocket into space, marking “the first time a rocket this powerful has been sent into space by a private company,” according to the New York Times. The launch was also notable for its side boosters, which once detached from the rocket, flew back down to the launch pad, instead of falling apart as has been typical in NASA launches. But while reporters fawn over spaceships that might one-day be useful, there is futuristic technology currently on construction job-sites that is altering the industry in innovative and revolutionary ways. In this post, we’re breaking down some of the Technology that is Revolutionizing Construction!! Read More

It is a common refrain in our society that it is hard for young people to find jobs. There are many reasons for this, from economic uncertainty limiting the creation of new positions to insufficient salaries and benefits for qualified applicants. On the other hand, there are a number of fields which are not typically considered by the average young person, but which have a large need for workers. Foremost among industries experiencing a labor shortage is the field of construction.

Unfortunately, construction jobs no longer seem to appeal to rising generations as they once did. According to Builder Magazine, of the 74% of young Americans who have decided on a preliminary career path, only 3% have expressed an interest in construction and a whopping 63% say they’ll give the industry little or no consideration. By another estimate, for every 5 skilled workers who retire, there is only 1 new worker entering construction. Read More

The first 3D-printed building in Europe was recently completed, demonstrating the efficiency of 3D-printed construction. Printing the structure – referred to as the Building on Demand (BOD) – took less than 3 months!! The walls themselves took only 50 hours to print on-site in Copenhagen, Denmark. Now that is quick work!! Anticipated to be used for office or hotel space, the BOD is impressive in its own right, but also demonstrates the industry’s slow but certain turn towards 3D-printing for construction. That’s why today we’re looking at 3D-Printing in Construction: Breakthroughs and Benefits!! Read More

Construction has quietly been taking some giant steps into the future. Most recently, Microsoft announced that its mixed reality (MR) headset will be compatible with hard-hats beginning 2018.

MR headsets place clear digital screens in front of the user’s eyes, allowing the user to view the real world and virtual images at the same time. With advanced programs, MR headsets can even adjust the virtual images based on what is happening in reality. For example, a navigational arrow attempting to guide you to a GPS-selected location would adjust direction, depending on which way you turn. Or, if you wanted to temporarily keep tabs on your laptop power, a battery icon could appear whenever you look at the laptop, but disappear if you look away. Okay, but what does this have to do with construction?? Read More