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Southeastern Equipment Donates CTLs to Team Rubicon for Neighborhood Revitalization Project in Detroit

Donated equipment supports Team Rubicon’s Operation Joe Louis—a revitalization project in the Herman Kiefer Hospital complex and neighborhood of Detroit, Mich.

 

CASE Construction Equipment dealer Southeastern Equipment Co. Inc. donated the use of two TR310 compact track loaders with grapple buckets to Team Rubicon for Operation Joe Louis—an urban blight response project in Detroit, Michigan. Team Rubicon has worked in partnership with the City of Detroit’s Motor City Make-Over event—an annual citywide volunteer cleanup and beautification initiative—and Herman Kiefer Development LLC, to clean up the Herman Kiefer Hospital complex and neighborhood by conducting damage assessments, debris management and home repairs in the area.

Team Rubicon brought in over 100 volunteers and training personnel from around the U.S. to assist local residents in the cleanup effort of their properties, as well as any vacant or abandoned properties adjacent to occupied structures. The CASE TR310 CTLs were used in debris management initiatives during the project, including the removal of fallen or dangerous trees, trash, overgrowth and the consolidation of debris and refuse, as well as the demolition of several garages and other outbuildings.

The City of Detroit has experienced significant economic divestment over the last 50 years, and this isn’t the first time that Team Rubicon has worked in the city. Team Rubicon responded to flooding in the area in 2014 during Operation Flood Wrangler. In 2016, they partnered with Motor City Blight Busters for a revitalization project in the historic Brightmoor neighborhood.

Team Rubicon is a veteran-led disaster response organization that deploys teams globally. Its heavy equipment operators have been trained as part of a partnership with CASE that began in November 2015.

For more information on Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. For more information on the partnership between CASE and Team Rubicon, visit CaseCE.com/TeamRubicon.

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 the construction industry currently facing a workforce shortage of as many as 500,000 jobs, this order is an important first step to allow more entryways into becoming a construction professional.

“Associated Builders and Contractors looks forward to working with the secretaries of labor, commerce and education to implement the executive order and develop new, innovative and effective models to train an expanding American workforce,” said ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman.  “With our industry in need of half a million workers today and even more in the future, we need to expand upon current apprenticeship methods that have left us with a worker shortage and embrace an all-of-the-above training approach to meet the needs of a 21st century workforce. ”

ABC and its 70 chapters are doing their part to train construction professionals using state-of-the-art and flexible learning models like “earn while you learn,” just-in-time task training, competency-based progression, work-based learning and government-registered apprenticeships to build a safe, skilled and productive workforce.

In addition to an annual investment of $1.1 billion dollars into work-based training by ABC member companies, ABC local chapters and affiliated training centers offer more than 800 apprenticeship, craft, safety and management training programs around the country, including Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship programs.  In partnership with the industry-recognized curriculum and credentials developed by NCCER, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation, ABC offers this training at over 1,400 locations across America.

ABC is looking forward to working with President Trump and Secretaries Acosta, Ross and DeVos to craft industry programs that expand the U.S. Department of Labor’s definition of registered apprenticeship and offer all Americans the opportunity to achieve their dreams and build a fulfilling career.

Learn more about how ABC is building the people who build America at workforce.abc.org.

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 and Nathan Stein of senseFly. Both spoke about UAS in agriculture, with Jason discussing opportunities of implementing precision ag technology, drones included, but also the challenge of technology adaption by farmers.

Nate Dorsey, Agronomist, added insight to Jason’s message, “We find, while most farmers know and use the basics, the majority aren’t aware how capable their machines really are and how much functionality they have. We’re trying to help our customers understand all the technology offered.”

In his presentation, Nathan [Stein] touched on the effects of UAS technology on agronomy, saying, “Agronomy and the way plants grow isn’t going to change. But by fusing agronomy with the information we’re gathering from drones, that’s when good decisions can be made.”

Nate [Dorsey] agreed, explaining the data is key in detecting problems early. “We provide customers, and the agronomists they work with, the data to help make decisions that can prevent problems and yield loss,” he said.

Going Beyond Drones
Jason and Nathan joined a lineup of notable speakers that included U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, U.S. Senator (R-ND) John Hoeven, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.

All three leaders had a similar message in the rapid evolution of technology and the industry, and that the future of autonomy is headed beyond drones.

“Autonomous vehicles are coming, faster than the general public understands,” Governor Burgum said. He continued, speaking at length to the power autonomous vehicles would have on the way we design cities and infrastructure, and eliminate one of our cities’ biggest transportation-related headaches – parking.

Secretary Chao discussed the Trump administration’s plans to increase airspace capacity, something that will be needed in the very near future.

“By 2020 the nation’s airspace is estimated to handle 1 billion passengers every year,” she said. The goal of the proposal is to handle this increased capacity, while ensuring safety and timeliness for all travelers.

She also recognized the growth in autonomous vehicles on both land and in the air, saying, “We need the smartest infrastructure possible for manned and unmanned vehicles to share air and road space.”

Senator Hoeven continued to build on the message he delivered at last year’s Drone Focus Conference: North Dakota, particularly Fargo, is a leader in this industry and must continue to be one. Citing all the “firsts” North Dakota has achieved in the industry, he encouraged Fargo to continue its leadership by saying, “Our next ‘new first’ – lets develop it here, right in the Red River Valley.”

Swarming
Bill Edmonson, UAV Product Specialist in Billings, hosted a workshop that demonstrated opportunities with swarming – operating more than one drone simultaneously. This was important message for Drone Focus attendees, who, throughout the event, heard about several areas of opportunity for swarming in areas like agriculture, pipeline, and search and rescue missions.

Swarming offers major advantages, with two, three, or even ten drones working together able to cover more area, and cover it faster, than one. Bill highlighted the RDO Equipment Co. team’s experience in swarming from an event last October – a fully-coordinated, planned mission of ten senseFly eBee drones flying simultaneously.

Continuously Evolving

The first Drone Focus Conference was all about possibilities, while last year presenters began sharing initial experiences. This year, the industry’s maturity was even more evident, with several UAS-specific companies discussing services and expertise, as well as a greater number of seasoned experts sharing their knowledge.

Three of these experts, RDO Equipment Co. customers, participated in a panel discussion. Ryan Otis, Otis Farms and Ryan Rustan, Blattner Energy, are both professionals who have successfully implemented drones into their business, while Joey Schmit of Flight Pros is a provider of UAS technology services.

The panel cited data management as the biggest challenge in the industry. To help manage it and expectations, all agreed that it’s important to first understand the goals of the data, then work back to base a plan on achieving them.

“The info shared by our customers provided great value to attendees,” Kelly Gress, Vice President of the RDO Integrated Controls division, said. “Thank you to Joey, Ryan, and Ryan for taking the time to share their unique insights and experiences with drones in their businesses.”

A final message from the panel was one that came up in other presentations throughout the conference: Drones can’t and won’t ever fully replace traditional methods. They’re a great tool to have in the toolbox but people are still needed to understand them, operate them, and turn the data they produce into actions.

What’s Next
If this year’s event proved one thing it’s that autonomous technology isn’t going away. Drone Focus Conference is already scheduled for 2018; the two-day event will take place May 30 and 31.

For more information on drones for business applications, contact the RDO Integrated Controls team.

Photo credits to: J. Alan Paul Photography and Emerging Prairie

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 on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

According to the NSC, preventable deaths are at an all-time high, claiming more than 146,000 lives in 2015. Working together, the NSC and concerned organizations will launch a comprehensive public education campaign aimed at reducing the needless deaths. Throughout the month, safety topics will cover fall safety, fatigue, safety in an active shooter situation, ergonomics and road safety for workers.

While topics don’t cover safety in the underground construction industry specifically,” said Jeri Lamerton, Marketing Manager for Subsite® Electronics, a Charles Machine Works Company, “we fully support the NSC’s efforts to help “Keep Each Other Safe. Our company is a pioneer in technology designed to help keep workers safe, and we applaud any efforts to spread a safety message, no matter what industry.”

Visit http://www.nsc.org for more information about National Safety Month. For more information on utility locators and other Underground Awareness products from Subsite® Electronics, visit www.subsite.com 

Think Safety 365, says AEM in support of National Safety Month

 Nearly 13,000 American workers are injured each day and preventable injuries overall are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

June is National Safety Month, and AEM is proud to partner with the National Safety Council (where the above numbers came from) in this endeavor to help workers, families and communities stay safe.

“The message of safety is one we should never get complacent about. We need to wake up every day, 365 days a year, with a commitment to being safety conscious,” said James Vos, AEM safety materials manager.

AEM offers a free download of its Equipment Safety Infographic poster with colorful and informative messages to help spread the safety message in break rooms, on the shop floor, in the classrooms or anywhere important safety information needs to be shared.

Five Tips to Reinforce Safety

AEM supports and encourages industry participation in safety outreach efforts and is active in many organizations, coalitions and programs advancing safety.

“In the routine of day-to-day and deadlines, events such as National Safety Month are a reminder and opportunity to elevate and emphasize the safety message,” said Vos.

Worker safety has always been a priority for machinery makers and AEM. The Association outlines five basic tips to help workers focus on safety:

  • Take advantage of safety training that is available.
  • Be alert and know the work area and the equipment.
  • Follow the rules of safe equipment preparation and start-up, operation and maintenance.
  • Set an example: for your well-being and the protection of others, encourage fellow workers to act safely.
  • Put it in personal terms: think what is important to you that makes you want to stay safe.

AEM produces an extensive array of safety products, including safety manuals and videos, with major equipment types covering aerial, agriculture, compact/portable, earthmoving, forestry, lifting, road paving and utility excavation applications.

Find the complete line of AEM safety materials at safetymaterials.org.

Visit the National Safety Council online for June National Safety Month information.

IFPE Announces 2020 Show Chair — David Price of HydraForce Inc. Heads Show Management Committee

David Price, Global Marketing Manager of HydraForce Inc., has been named 2020 IFPE chair and will lead the show’s management committee, a volunteer group of industry

David Price

executives responsible for overall show planning.

IFPE, the International Fluid Power Exposition is held every three years and focuses on the latest innovations, product advances and expert insights for the fluid power, power transmission and motion control industries.

The next IFPE is set for March 10-14, 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in Las Vegas, USA, co-located with CONEXPO-CON/AGG, one of the world’s largest gatherings for the construction industries.

“Technology and innovation will continue to drive the integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control applications,” said Eric Lanke, President & CEO of the National Fluid Power Association, IFPE co-owner. “IFPE provides a dynamic global resource for industry professionals to keep up with the latest advances and interact with the fluid power community.”

“David has been an active and enthusiastic participant in IFPE planning and contributed greatly to the show’s success,” said John Rozum, IFPE show director. “We are very pleased to welcome him as 2020 chair.”

Price began his career serving nine years in the United States Navy where he held numerous positions in the electronics systems management and training fields. He joined HydraForce in 2008 and has been instrumental in growing its brand image around the world. Price has served on past IFPE Management Committees as well as chairing its Marketing Committee.

“I look forward to this new role and working with the very talented members of the IFPE managing committee to oversee another successful exhibition that provides real value to the exhibitors, attendees and the entire industry,” said Price.

Visit www.ifpe.com for the latest information on attending and exhibiting.