Jun
    21
    DEWALT Updates Construction Saw Blades
    DEWALT announces a new look and improved performance for their line of Construction Saw Blades.  For the first time is in 15 years, DEWALT is updating the look of their construction saw blades, eliminating the “yellow rim”, to show off ultra-sharp, construction-grade carbide. When combined with the blade’s wedge shoulder design,...

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    Jun
    21
    ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in 2017, Gains in All Categories During First Quarter
    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rose to 9 months during the first quarter of 2017, up 8.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016.  CBI is up by 0.4 months, or 4 percent, on a year-over-year basis. “This was a terrific report,” said...

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    Jun
    21
    Standard ASCE 7-16 Is Published
    Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, Standards ASCE/SEI 7-16, provides the most up-to-date and coordinated loading standard for general structural design. This new edition of ASCE 7, which supersedes ASCE/SEI 7-10, describes the means for determining design loads including dead, live, soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain,...

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    Jun
    19
    Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update
     FAA’s regulatory reform advisory committee submitted initial recommendations to agency staff.  Seems like there ought to be some good ideas in the mix – after all, the draft is 154 pages containing over 300 individual suggestions to repeal, replace or modify regulatory language.  This is a rough draft listing all...

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    Jun
    12
    Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update
    *  California Public Utilities Commission staff continues its planning and development meetings today, work seeking to implement Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Communication Protocols.  A working group was established to design and inform decisions about how and whether to adopt a communications protocol to enable electric vehicles (EVs) to “more economically participate...

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    Jun
    05
    Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update *:D big grin
    NOTE: The President will reportedly visit greater Cincinnati this week as part of his national infrastructure push.  Call or email if you need boots on the ground for that event. *  The President’s team writes in a brief infrastructure summary document that “the current system is not working” and “the federal...

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    Jun
    20
    ABC Comments: President Trump’s Apprenticeship Expansion Helps All Americans Build America
    Associated Builders and Contractors applauded President Donald J. Trump on today’s executive action on apprenticeships, which is an important step toward building new career opportunities for all Americans. If fully implemented, the order will allow industries to build innovative workforce development systems that address glaring skills gaps in our workforce.  With...

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    Jun
    09
    Third Annual Drone Focus Conference Held in Fargo, ND
      On May 31, drone users, UAS enthusiasts, and those brand-new to the industry gathered in Fargo, ND for the third-annual Drone Focus Conference. The two-day event brought together hobbyists and professionals to learn, share ideas, and connect. Agricultural Impact RDO Equipment Co. welcomed two speakers to Drone Focus, Jason Barton of Agribotix...

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    Jun
    05
    AEM & Subsite Electronics Remind Us That June is National Safety Month
    The National Safety Council (NSC) has designated June as National Safety Month. The NSC, along with thousands of safety-minded organizations across the country, observe National Safety Month every June to raise awareness of what it takes to “Keep Each Other Safe.” Throughout the month, the NSC will provide materials focused...

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