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Fun (and Work) in the Sun

Fun (and Work) in the Sun

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Last month, NUCA members flocked to Fajardo, Puerto Rico, for the association’s Fall Leadership Conference held Oct. 2-5 at the El Conquistador Resort. Attendees experienced three days of meetings, presentations, networking and time to explore the picturesque property. Check out the photos on the next two pages for a recap of the event.

Surviving In Scarcity

Surviving In Scarcity

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In an age of abundance, the utility market faces scarcity and a thirst for solutions. As one example of this thirst, the torrential rains and severe flooding in Colorado offer insights. Prior to the flooding, the Northern Colorado infrastructure market was mature, with modest activity except for the Niobrara oil and gas exploration.

Doing More with Less

Doing More with Less

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GPS grading tools provide significant jumps in productivity — allowing users to accomplish grading tasks faster with lower material usage, fewer personnel and better control of material costs. Changes over the last few years include fully automated grading, more new machines with GPS pre-installed and aftermarket installations becoming more commonplace.

The Case for SCR

The Case for SCR

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Tier 4 mandates are a hot topic of conversation everywhere from the halls of equipment dealers right out to the jobs where you work every day. There’s a lot of information to digest, but it’s important to know that, based on equipment type and style, there are certain Tier 4 solutions that make the most sense for each type of machine.

Purchasing Power

Purchasing Power

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With so many choices on the market, buying a portable generator can be confusing and overwhelming — especially if the purchase is one of many to be done within a portfolio. To ease the purchasing process, let’s review a few points for consideration.

Boring Bits

Boring Bits

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Two adjectives — “new” and “tried-and-true” — are not often found in the same sentence. When the subject is auger boring, however, they both apply. The old and familiar auger bore boasts higher-tech features that make it a 21st-century mainstay in the construction industry.

Caterpillar Collaborates with Construction Industry Leaders to Customize Safety Resource

Caterpillar Collaborates with Construction Industry Leaders to Customize Safety Resource

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Safety is the No. 1 priority on the job and Caterpillar is getting out that message. The company recently introduced Speak Up!/Listen Up! for Construction, a new safety training tool customized for the construction industry and developed in collaboration with 16 of the world’s leading contractors including Atkinson Construction, Bechtel Corp. and Kiewit Corp.

John Deere Construction & Forestry Technician Program Adds College in North Dakota

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In partnership with RDO Equipment Co., John Deere is expanding its C&F Tech initiative to include North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) in Wahpeton, N.D. The John Deere dealer technician job training program is a two-year associate’s degree that enables students to troubleshoot, service, repair and rebuild diesel equipment used by customers nationwide.

On Track with Trenching

On Track with Trenching

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“Best Practices” guidelines are a method of defining the correct steps for accomplishing a specific task or procedure and are widely used in a variety of businesses and industries. For utility owners and operators, the best known Best Practices guideline likely is the Horizontal Directional Drilling Good Practices and Guidelines.

Night Lights

Night Lights

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Sometimes a contractor’s projects don’t follow a typical 9-to-5 schedule. When work spills over into the evening, a crew needs the right equipment — such as light towers — to stay productive and meet deadlines.Built with a standard 30-ft mast, these sturdy machines lend a hand in illuminating construction sites, mining locales, disaster and emergency response areas and special events when a little extra light is needed for work to continue.