Bobcat Co. has officially broken ground on its $20 million renovation and expansion to create the Acceleration Center in Bismarck, N.D. When complete, the Acceleration Center will be a modern complex for advancing innovation where professionals utilize technology and modern design to ensure the position of Bobcat as a leader in the compact equipment industry.
Given the rapid increase in Internet usage and the growing number of handheld devices in use, it’s not surprising that fiber-optic networks are becoming inadequate. This was especially true for Jackson, Wyo., an area that welcomes millions of outdoor enthusiasts each year who come equipped with smartphones, tablets and other electronics ideal for travel.
What type of vehicle offers fuel efficiency, compact size, load-carrying capability, the flexibility of optional attachments and the ability to easily travel both on- and off-road? The answer is a utility terrain vehicle. Because of that unique combination of features, utility terrain vehicles, or UTVs, are growing in popularity across a broad spectrum of industries and occupations.
While we in the construction industry have been hunkered down and trying to survive this slow economic recovery, technology has exploded around us. Some construction companies have embraced this technology during the downturn. These companies are already seeing tremendous improvements not only in efficiencies but also in the ways people communicate. Have you kept up with technology?
When you’re planning training for your equipment operators, you have a number of options: traditional instructor-led training conducted in a classroom, hands-on practical training in the field, self-directed computer-based training programs (CBTs) and PC-based equipment simulators. The latter two have evolved to the point where they can add significant value as part of a blended learning program.
When contractors invest in heavy equipment, they typically make an assumption regarding the expected life of the equipment. Then they work to manage costs throughout that expected lifespan. Most of the data they gather — fuel consumption, idle time, repair costs, etc. — are aimed at tracking and controlling operating costs, and most of the software they use is focused on this objective.