Nearly a decade before the Brooklyn Bridge opened for business, tunnelers successfully bored 25,081 ft, or roughly five miles, through the Hoosac Mountain in western Massachusetts. For more than 40 years after opening in 1875, it was the longest tunnel in North America.
Asia is one of the largest global construction markets, but projects there are increasingly shifting from greenfield to brownfield developments, bringing new risks and complexities to international firms.
Crane maker Liebherr has issued its findings into the collapse of a 1,350-tonne supercrane in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia earlier this month, which killed more than 100 pilgrims and injured hundreds of others visiting the Grand Mosque for the Hajj.
A supercrane that collapsed during a Sept. 11 rainstorm into the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, represents the deadliest crane accident in decades and perhaps in modern construction history, according to a forensic engineer who studies such failures.
In a time when The Saturday Evening Post was one of the most widely circulated magazines in America, Caterpillar launched a decades-long ad campaign to promote infrastructure and yellow iron to the American public.
In a time when the Saturday Evening Post was one of the most widely circulated magazines in America, and the Don Drapers of the world controlled Madison Ave. advertising firms, Caterpillar drove a decades-long campaign to promote infrastructure and yellow iron to the American public.Throughout the 20th century in rich illustrations, photography and words, the Peoria, Ill.-based manufacturer built up its brand name by showing how its machines were taking part in America’s infrastructure development.The ads “tell not just the history of Caterpillar but the history of the industrialization of the country during the 20th century,” explains Mark Johnson, a
Photo courtesy FCA FCA most recently recalled Ram trucks for telematics systems vulnerable to hacking and faulty air bags. Related Links: Ram Recall Lookup NHTSA Recall Database Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. LLC, which produces the Ram truck brand, is to pay a record-high settlement of up to $105 million in civil penalties to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and others for allegedly mishandling 23 recalls of some 11 million vehicles.Terms of the settlement state that FCA must also offer to buy back more than 500,000 Ram and other trucks that were recalled in 2013 for faulty tie-rod assemblies and
Related Links: AEMP Says a Telematics 'Good Housekeeping Seal' Is Coming Soon Telematics: Moving Data and Dirt In terms of overall operating costs for heavy equipment, including depreciation, fuel can account for 30% or more of the total tab. Over time, fuel costs add up. A heavy civil job lasting several years may easily consume $1 million in fuel.“It makes you think,” says Thad Pirtle, vice president of equipment for Evansville, Ind.-based Traylor Bros. Inc. “When fuel jumped up to $5 a gallon a few years ago, it got everybody’s attention.” Small changes, such as cutting idle time, upgrading machines
Photo courtesy Caterpillar Inc. Cat is ending a four-year partnership with Navistar and bringing vocational truck production in house starting next year. Related Links: Brazil Construction Machinery Sales Face Steep Drop in 2015 Caterpillar CT680 Expands Construction Truck Line Sales of construction equipment are performing better this year, but suppliers are taking a cautious approach to their full-year outlooks due to a slow mining sector, soft construction in Europe, China and Brazil, and less exploratory work in the oil patch.“While economic conditions in the United States are modestly positive, the global economy remains relatively stagnant,” said Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar Inc.
Photo courtesy John Deere The new John Deere 1050K crawler dozer now comes with five years of basic telematics service for free. Related Links: Telematics: Moving Data and Dirt Deere's 1050K Dozes Into the Production Class Members of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals are working on a certification app for the standard telematics code the group has developed for construction machinery.“It’s like a Good Housekeeping Seal,” Stan Orr, the Glenwood, Colo.-based association’s executive director, told ENR during a July 14 phone interview. “We want to make sure our members—the equipment customer—is getting what they are told they are going
Florida Dept. of Transportation investigators are assessing damage to the Pensacola Bay Bridge, which sustained multiple impacts from two construction barges unmoored by Hurricane Sally’s storm-driven waves on Sept. 15.