When I leave Washington to visit friends and family, I’m often asked, “How do you do it?” In this case “it” refers to one of two things, depending on how cynical the person. Some are asking how I deal with the bureaucratic, political, divisive, argumentative nature of government willingly and enthusiastically.
Before breaking ground on a new project, it’s always important to know what buried utilities are lurking underground. And while your excavator may be ready to start clawing through the soil, it’s essential to identify these utilities prior to digging. Services such as One-Call are a great starting point at identifying a utility’s location, but are not foolproof.
Often when a routine task becomes mundane, we look for alternative ways to break out of the rut. Yet trenchless experts like Bob Evans, Global Service Manager of the Vermeer Underground division with Vermeer, are firm believers that an established, well-disciplined routine is exactly what’s required when it comes to compact drill maintenance.
Throughout Asia and Europe, construction equipment tends to shrink with metropolitan development as jobsites become increasingly confined. Even U.S. contractors are trending toward machines they once regarded solely as foreign novelties — machines like mini excavators (also called compact excavators).
After 11 long months of testimony, e-mails, phone calls, letters and meetings, the Santa Fe City Council voted to repeal the Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) Ordinance, which was passed in February 2012.The CWA would have required any company bidding a project more than $500,000 in the city of Santa Fe to sign a collective bargaining agreement and essentially become unionized for the duration of the project.