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AEM: Keep an Eye on These 10 Infrastructure Trends in 2018

Following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, where he urged Congress to pass a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) reported 10 infrastructure predictions for 2018 through its CONEXPO-CON/AGG ‘365’ online newsletter.

The predictions come from a TRC Companies’ report that states there are some key trends that have influenced federal and state governments to invest in the nation’s aging infrastructure and utilities in order to build a smarter and more balanced grid.

AEM offers construction industry news and trends in its weekly CONEXPO-CON/AGG 365 newsletter; sign up at http://www.conexpoconagg.com/subscribe/.

The following trends will affect how the construction industry conducts business and goes to market in the year ahead and beyond, says TRC, an engineering, environmental consulting and construction management services firm.

  • Infrastructure spending will intensify as a result of comprehensive federal infrastructure legislation potentially bankrolling projects both big and small across the entire country.
  • States will rely on alternative approaches to planning and construction in order to pay for their projects. This could include more design/build transportation projects or more public-private partnerships.
  • There will be a boom in projects in some states that will prompt labor shortages across the board. This will, in turn, lead to delays for many companies, if they don’t plan for this challenge.
  • There will be a greater move toward renewable sources of energy, which will result in more solar, wind, geothermal and hydro construction projects.
  • More priority will be placed on expanding energy storage and finding new uses for older power plants.
  • The push for smart grids will pick up from both the utility side and the regulatory side.
  • Pipeline rules will be in flux, with new rules being finalized and others eliminated.
  • Investment in natural gas projects will be tempered by low prices.
  • Technological advancements will lead to increased air quality monitoring.
  • Renovation and re-use will be the name of the game in commercial real estate.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 950 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related sectors worldwide. AEM has an ownership stake in and manages several world-class exhibitions, including CONEXPO-CON/AGG.

Portraits of workers in pvc factory. 

Roseburg, OR, USA – July 22, 2014: Excavation construction contractor installing a domestic black plastic sewer drain on a new commercial street filling with gravel

From WOC Show Floor to Nevada Job Site

This new Xtreme Commander IIIx is simultaneously trimming and pouring curb and gutter in Las Vegas, Nevada. This Commander IIIx is the 2018 World of Concrete show machine and was on display in the GOMACO booth from January 23 through 26. The Commander IIIx is equipped with rotary-sensor slew drives on each of the three tracks for extreme steering capabilities.

Photo By Stewart & Sundell

  • Xtreme Steering Capabilities‒ The Commander IIIx is equipped with rotary-sensor slew drives, on each of the three tracks for extreme steering of the tracks.

– The extreme steering capabilities, combined with the Commander IIIx’s sensored All-Track Steering and sensored All-Track Positioning, make it the ultimate, intelligent slip-form paver.

– The intelligent All-Track Positioning on the Commander IIIx includes a smart hydraulic cylinder on all three legs. The smart cylinders allow G+® to know the position of all three tracks and can make steering adjustments as needed.

  • Xtreme Intelligence‒ Smart cylinder side-shifting of the mold for repeatable mold offset.

– Intelligent offset is accomplished with smart hydraulic cylinders for telescoping the mold mounting system. This provides G+ the ability for repeatable mold off set. The trimmerhead and mold have independent vertical adjustments for raising and lowering.

  • Xtreme Hydraulic Package‒ Independent hydraulic travel circuits to each track allow G+ to control each individual track speed through a radius.
  • Xtreme Radius‒ Now the Commander III can pour a 24 inch (610 mm) radius.

– The Commander IIIx’s G+ control system easily interfaces with stringline or a 3D guidance system for curb and gutter and tight radius applications.

– The Commander IIIx now features the GOMACO three-sensor radius system for stringline. When paving with stringline, the lead steering wand is allowed to leave the stringline and reference is switched to sensor number two for traveling around the extreme radius.

– Individual track speed control provides smooth machine travel around a radius.

  • G+ Radius Software‒ Pick your radius and G+ calibrates and manages all aspects of traveling around the radius, including track angles and individual variable track speeds.

– New G+ Radius Software for the control system allows the operator to program the size of the radius into the controller. As the Commander IIIx approaches the radius, with the values already dialed in, the operator activates the radius program, and the curb and gutter machine slipforms around the radius. It’s now easy for any operator to pour a radius.

  • The operator’s platform is isolated to reduce vibration for a comfortable day of paving.
  • A pivoting operator’s console allows the operator to have hands-on control and a clear view no matter where they are on the platform.
  • Excellent fuel efficiency combined with an increased fuel capacity allows for an uninterrupted day of paving on the project.
  • An optimized cooling package with a hydraulic fan that is controlled by G+ adapts the cooling needs to job-site conditions for both a quiet and efficient operation.
  • The G+ wireless remote control is an available option for the CommanderIIIx. The G+ remote control allows an operator to work from the operator’s platform or have the ability to move around the machine with hands-on control at all times.
  • CommanderIIIx is also available with GOMACO Remote Diagnostics (GRD) for machine troubleshooting, diagnostic reviews, software updates, and more.
  • G+ ConnectTM for accessories and guidance systems.
  • An optional on-board camera is available to monitor designated areas of the slipforming process. The camera can be positioned anywhere around the paver and feeds live video to the G+ display on the operator’s console.
  • Designed for high-volume curb and gutter.

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AEM: Trump Infrastructure Plan Good Starting Point

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement following statement following the introduction of President Trump’s $1.5

Dennis Slater, AEM President

trillion infrastructure plan:

Equipment manufacturers welcome the introduction of President Trump’s infrastructure proposal today. It should serve as an important starting point for serious debate in Congress, given that an overwhelming majority of Americans wants for Washington to act on infrastructure this year.
The White House plan includes a number of important elements. Equipment manufacturers applaud the “One Agency, One Decision” initiative to reduce permitting time on projects to 24 months, as well as their request to create designated funds to support rural infrastructure development and transformative infrastructure projects. The industry is also encouraged by the inclusion of a proposal to help train our manufacturing and construction workforce in charge of building America’s infrastructure.
However, the Trump administration’s proposal does not solve our nation’s underlying infrastructure issues, including the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and other programs to support our utility, water and aviation infrastructure.
We hope that Congress will take up and build upon the Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal on a bipartisan basis to help America reclaim its infrastructure advantage over our global competitors.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing more than 950 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide.

Will 2018 Meet Expectations?

Will 2018 Meet Expectations?

By Greg Sitek

The future of the U.S. is shrouded in confusion, hostility, distrust, threats, uncertainty, criticism, discord, disasters, failing infrastructure, and an almost endless list of problems. But even so, we are experiencing a growing economy high employment rates, low inflation rates, strong housing market and an equally long list of positive things.

The U.S. ended 2017 with having a string of hurricanes – Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria – that caused around $200 Billion dollars in damages only to be followed by a season of fires that destroyed thousands of homes, building, thousands of acres of forests and intensified the stress on an exhausted infrastructure.

Thanks to the thousands of people who have and continue to pitch in with physical help, equipment, materials and supplies hurricane recovery and rebuilding is underway but will take years to accomplish. Groups like Team Rubicon and other veteran organizations along with donations of money and equipment by manufacturers, trade association, dealers, individuals and so many others have made it possible to push ahead with what is an overwhelming task. Healing is always a slow process.

In addition to the tests thrown at us by Mother Nature, we have had a cascade of political and social speed bumps adding hazards as we travel our road into the future slowing the forward momentum and intensifying the risk.

We know what 2017 was like. What can we expect for 2018 and beyond?

Economic forecasting is always tricky and unlike weather forecasting more critically important, especially for the forecaster. We’ve all heard the comment, “Being a weather forecaster is the only job where you can be wrong most of the time and not get fired.” This doesn’t apply to the economists who look at the conditions that are, that were and that will be.

Predictions for 2018 tend to be positive with most economists confident that we will sustain continued and improved national economic growth. I haven’t heard any of them forecasting a recession in the immediate future – the next six months and beyond.

We have included construction industry forecast from leading resources: Wells Fargo Economics Group, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). There are many others who do an excellent job of industry forecasting.

On that I wish we could have included but didn’t have room is:

Dodge Data & Analytics (https://www.construction.com/) recently released its 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook, a mainstay in construction industry forecasting and business planning. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2018 will climb 3% to $765 billion.

“The U.S. construction industry has moved into a mature stage of expansion,” stated Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “After rising 11% to 13% per year from 2012 through 2015, total construction starts advanced a more subdued 5% in 2016. An important question entering 2017 was whether the construction industry had the potential for further expansion. Several project types, including multifamily housing and hotels, have pulled back from their 2016 levels, but the current year has seen continued growth by single-family housing, office buildings, and warehouses. In addition, the institutional segment of the nonresidential building has been quite strong, led especially by transportation terminal projects in combination with gains for schools and healthcare facilities. As for public works, the specifics of a $1 trillion infrastructure program by the Trump Administration have yet to materialize, so activity continues to hover around basically the plateau for construction starts reached a couple of years ago. Total construction starts in 2017 are estimated to climb 4% to $746 billion.”

“For 2018, there are several positive factors which suggest that the construction expansion has further room to proceed,” Murray continued. “The U.S. economy next year is anticipated to see moderate job growth. Long-term interest rates may see some upward movement but not substantially. While market fundamentals for commercial real estate won’t be quite as strong as this year, funding support for construction will continue to come from state and local bond measures. Two areas of uncertainty related to whether tax reform and a federal infrastructure program get passed, with their potential to lift investment. Overall, the year 2018 is likely to show some construction project types register gains while other project types settle back, with the end result being a 3% increase for total construction starts. By major sector, gains are predicted for residential building, up 4%; and nonresidential building, up 2%; while nonbuilding construction stabilizes after two years of decline.”

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