Equipment Trader

As we head into the winter months, it’s time to prepare your equipment for colder weather, especially if your area will see snow and ice (if it hasn’t already). Fortunately, there are specific changes to the maintenance routine for your heavy equipment that can help you optimize your machinery’s performance all year long. Here are our tips for maintaining equipment in colder weather: Read More

Drones are revolutionizing the construction industry, helping building firms cut costs, save time, minimize risks, ensure accuracy, improve communication, and work more efficiently. In fact, drones can improve construction at every phase of the project lifecycle, from preconstruction mapping to worksite inspections to promotional photography1. The rapid growth of drones in construction – a spike of 239% from 2017 to 20182 – means that building companies and equipment managers need to know what to consider when making a drone purchase. That’s why we’re breaking down 9 things to look for when buying a construction drone Read More

Drones, once a hobby for a few enthusiasts, are now prominently featured across a number of professional fields. Today, delivery and cargo drones transport goods across increasing distances1, military drones spy on enemy combatants, and ag-drones engage in precision farming2. More than any other industry, however, drones are being put to use on construction worksites, with drone use surging by 239% from 2017 to 20183. Infrastructure work now makes up 35.5% of professional drone-use, far ahead of the next two biggest drone-using industries, agriculture (25.5%) and transportation (10.2%)4.

Typically operated by project managers, technology managers, and superintendents, construction drones have many functions, as they can be used in every phase of the project lifecycle3. Equipped with GPS technology, as well as cameras and sensors that can capture images, video, thermal readings, and infrared data, drones can help improve project conceptualization, planning, measurement, building, management, reporting, monitoring, inspection, safety, security, and even marketing. Drones are revolutionizing construction at a breakneck pace, which is why today we’re breaking down 8 Ways Drones are Changing Construction Read More

The construction industry loses $1 billion every year due to equipment theft, and 83% of equipment owners have been the victim of theft. It’s a huge problem, but whether your worksite is home to excavators or forklifts, there are steps you can take to keep your equipment protected. We’ve collected some of the top equipment security tips and put them into one handy infographic – take a look! Read More

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