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VIDEO: Time-lapse captures construction of Grand Ave. Bridge in Colo.


Colorado Mountain College Bridge video.

The time-lapse video below shows construction of the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs, Co. from start to finish. Construction of the bridge began in January 2015 after four years of planning. The new bridge features wider lanes, better structural stability, more efficient traffic flow, and curved alignment, as well as an aesthetically pleasing design. Red sandstone, natural rock and brick were incorporated into the bridge to stay in character with the historic town.

The new bridge opened to traffic 10 days ahead of schedule on November 6.

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New Mississippi River bridge connects Ill. and Iowa


The new $80.6 million bridge over the Mississippi River links Savanna, Illinois, and Sabula, Iowa. Photo: Illinois DOT

The Mississippi River has a new bridge connecting Illinois and Iowa.

The $80.6 million span recently opened and replaces a bridge built in 1932 that will be dismantled in spring. The 20-foot-wide bridge was too narrow, causing safety issues as wider vehicles would overlap the center line markings, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“The new Savanna-Sabula bridge greatly improves safety, better connects our communities and strengthens commerce in an important part of our state,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The new design is modern and eye-catching, but the biggest benefits will be enhanced quality of life and more economic opportunity for a vital gateway into Illinois.”

The new bridge is 40 feet wide and 2,400 feet long with two wider lanes and shoulders; it features a steel-tied arch.

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Ga., Ala. open work lanes for Thanksgiving travelers


The states of Georgia and Alabama have announced they will halt work-zone lane closures on their respective interstates for Thanksgiving holiday drivers.

The Alabama Department of Transportation will stop lane closures from noon November 22 through midnight November 26.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will do the same from 6 a.m. November 22 to 5 a.m. November 27. GDOT will also expand the area to heavily traveled state routes and roads near major shopping areas. It plans to do the same for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

“As people visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday, and shop on Black Friday, we anticipate heavy traffic,” said GDOT State Construction Engineer John D. Hancock. “For easier and safer travel, we are limiting construction and associated lane closures.”

Hancock also urged drivers to be careful while driving during the busy travel week, which usually brings an increase in fatalities.

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Thanksgiving holiday drivers will find cheaper gas


AAA reports that 46 million Americans will hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, and they’ll be finding cheaper gasoline along the way.

Drivers will be able to find prices of $2.50 a gallon or less at more than half of the gas stations in the country, the association says.

The cheapest gas will be in the South, where 10 states make up the top 10 for cheapest in the nation. Alabama ranks No. 1 at $2.25.

The most expensive gas will be on the West Coast, with Alaska the highest at $3.27 a gallon. California comes in at $3.21; Washington is $3; Oregon, $2.85; and Nevada, $2.73.

The current national average is $2.54 for a gallon of gas, a drop of 2 cents from the previous week.

However, gas prices are up about 40 cents a gallon over last Thanksgiving, but AAA says that won’t stop motorists from driving to grandmother’s house, as 46 million drivers will be traveling more than 50 miles from home for the holiday.

Gas prices are following a three-year trend.

“Since 2014, the national gas price average has dropped 1 to 5 cents heading into the Thanksgiving week,” says Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, go to

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LAST CHANCE ELD: The mandate is less than a month away. Are you prepared?


On December 18, the federal government will require drivers of a broad selection of construction, vocational and on-highway trucks to record their drive times on electronic logging devices (ELDs).

The ELD mandate comes from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It is designed to replace paper driver logs with electronic versions that will be harder to fudge and reduce the number of tired and sleep-deprived truck drivers on the road.

As we first reported in the June issue of Equipment World (, the legal requirements for construction and vocational trucks are convoluted. In addition to the ELD mandate, the FMCSA ruling dictates new hours of service (HOS) regulations, which prescribe how many hours any truck driver can operate a vehicle – regardless of whether he or she needs to maintain an ELD. If this is all new to you or you’re not sure your drivers will be required to maintain an ELD, start with the link above.

As if that isn’t complicated enough, the law doesn’t appear to be completely set in stone as we were going to press. The FMCSA granted the Specialized Carriers and Riggers Association an exemption to a small part of the HOS rules this spring. And late this summer, the National Asphalt Paving Association petitioned the agency for similar exemptions for its members, but there has been no ruling on that as of press time. HOS rules were also waived in August and September for trucks traveling in and out of the hurricane-damaged regions on the Texas-Louisiana coast and in Florida. And vigorous protests against the law are popping up with increasing frequency.

Still, in all likelihood, the law will stand and take effect December 18. You should be prepared. Read the rules. If you don’t need to use an ELD, carry on. If you do need one, however, and get caught without, the violation could result in an out of service violation, mandatory shut dow, fines of anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 and a hit to your CSA scores.

In the sections that follow, we provide a new and updated chart showing most of the ELD providers that have come into the market since our original story in June. But if you’re in the market be sure the check out both charts.

The benefits of telematics

If there is a silver lining in all of this, it is that the ELDs are also telematics devices, and aside from keeping you on the right side of the law, they’re great tools for managing and monitoring your trucks.

“Instead of viewing compliance as a costly burden, the ELD mandate represents a chance for companies to make significant, long-lasting improvements through a few key investments,” says Fred Fakkema, Zonar’s vice president of compliance.

“These solutions provide visibility into fleet operations that can drastically improve fuel efficiency, driver safety and profitability,” says Paul Miles, segment manager for Trimble Field Service Management. “Being able to share information between drivers and dispatch, reroute trucks to avoid traffic, capture diagnostic information from a truck’s engine, and manage day-to-day fleet operations remotely is a game changer when it comes to improving job scheduling and making business decisions.”

Ryan Driscoll at GPS Insight notes that ELDs and telematics help reduce high CSA scores, which in turn, lead to lower insurance premiums. Additionally, customers can monitor the location of their vehicles 24/7, which can lead to more accurate billing and help prevent theft or enable quick recovery if a truck or trailer is stolen. Electronic logs and telematics also enable you to move to a paperless management system for improved and more accurate recordkeeping, he says.

With the December 18 deadline looming, construction fleets won’t have time to conduct extensive trials.

“These fleets should have already bought something and be in the training phase so they are running legally by the deadline,” says Driscoll. Rather than field trials, Driscoll recommends in-depth demos to see both the driver interface and the management interface of the ELD system you are considering. This will help you understand how easy or complicated the system is to use.

ELD solutions should integrate with other systems to avoid disparate solutions haphazardly trying to work with each other, says Fakkema. Fleet managers should stick with one system in which their solutions work in unison.

Fakkema pinpoints seven ways ELD telematics can improve fleet management:

1. Effective use of assets within a fleet – Project managers can maximize all assets to avoid unnecessary sourcing of equipment.

2. Automatic data – Many construction fleets rely on meter data to maintain vehicles daily. Often, this is manual. Telematics can collect this data automatically.

3. Visibility into preventive maintenance – Remote diagnostics, shop resources, uptime and scheduled preventive maintenance are all possible with telematics.

4. Maximize cycle times and uptime – Telematics can identify the most effective routes and use of equipment.

5. Fuel efficiency – Use data to monitor idle times, speed, acceleration, hard braking and more to improve fuel usage.

6. Electronic verified inspection reporting – Ensure that federally required daily vehicle inspections occur.

7. Protect against theft – Telematics-enabled tracking locates assets in real time, which can pinpoint a piece of equipment’s location immediately.

Use the scrollbar at the bottom of the chart to move left and right to see more data.

Company name Product name BYOD or fixed system Open architecture or out of box Rule sets for vocational trucks Payment options Driver monitoring Proactive warnings DVIR Engine diagnostics Maintenance alerts Off-road telematics Tire pressure monitoring Geofencing Route planning IFTA Fuel tax reporting PTO tracking Small tool tracking Website:
Cartasite driveTIME powered by TomTom BRIDGE Both options available Both options available Yes Yes Monthly subscription options Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DriveELD DriveELD BYOD Open Coming Soon Coming Soon Annual subscription of $99 per year, per truck. No Yes Coming Soon No No Coming Soon No No Coming Soon Coming Soon Coming Soon No
Fleetmatics REVEAL LogBook ELD BYOD Open Yes Not yet Contract, subscription based Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
FleetUp FleetUp ELD Both options available Open Yes Yes Monthly subscriptions starting at $25, no hidden equipment fees or activation charges Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes, with 4CJ asset tracking n/a
HCSS HCSS eLogs BYOD Out of box Yes Yes No Contracts, month to month for GPS and Driver Profile. $30 for GPS and $5 per driver. Hardware is $225 Yes Yes Yes Yes Within Equipment 360 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Within Dispatcher
HOS Reporter HOS Reporter Pro BYOD Both Yes Yes $9.99 to $18.00 Monthly – Hardware is Free with 1-Year and 2-Year Plans ($49.99 Refundable Deposit for Month-to-Month Plans) Yes Yes Yes Optional Optional No No Optional Optional Yes Optional No
HOS 247 HOS247 ELD Both options available Open Yes Yes BYOD – $17/mo + $69 for the hardware; Dedicated ELD – $31/mo + $195 for the hardware YES Yes Yes Coming Soon Yes Yes No Coming Soon Route planning through integrated partners Yes No No
Stoneridge Inc EZ-ELD BYOD Open Yes Yes $149 one off payment for hardware, monthly subscription cost of $15 (no contract) or $150 for annual subscription Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No
Trimble Construction Logistics TrimFleet Both options available Both Yes No SaaS model pricing Yes Yes Y Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Trimble Field Service Management Field Master Logs Dedicated subscription Open architecture Yes Yes SaaS subscription Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No

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P2P heavy equipment rental, online sales aren’t here to disrupt dealers—they’re an evolution


Peer-to-peer equipment rental services like Dozr, EquipmentShare and AnyQuip have opened up a previously untapped revenue stream for contractors, allowing them to easily rent out their idle machines to other contractors with just a few taps of their phone or tablet. But rather than present a threat to heavy equipment dealers and rental houses, these upstart services are looking to augment those traditional businesses. Photo: Caterpillar

During a 2015 talk on innovation and how he and his team were working to transform 90-year-old heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar into a company whose machines move as much data as they do dirt, then CEO Doug Oberhelman had a unique way of describing his motivation.

“We decided that maybe we better disrupt ourselves—in our own way—before somebody does an Uber to us,” he said, referring to the popular ride-sharing service.

Oberhelman’s reference to the controversial and widely-used ride-sharing service may not have been a random one. Uber’s meteoric rise along with that of Airbnb gave life in the U.S. to what is now known as the sharing economy. Uber and competitor Lyft have become serious threats to taxi businesses in just about every major city in the country. Meanwhile, Airbnb allows travelers to find a place to stay faster and, in many cases, more affordably, than traditional hotels and travel websites.

It wasn’t long after Uber and Airbnb became household names that startups like Getable began claiming to be the “Uber for construction equipment,” allowing contractors to list and rent out their idle equipment to other contractors. But do these equipment sharing services pose a real threat to traditional rental houses and equipment dealers? Right now, the short answer is no.

That’s largely because equipment distributors have avoided “an Uber,” to borrow Oberhelman’s phrase, by responding proactively to these startup services. Rather than watch these services begin to eat away at their market share, equipment dealers and rental houses have quickly partnered up with the majority of online equipment services as a way to reach customers in a faster, more direct manner.

Rather than a threat, online equipment sharing and rental services represent an evolution of the traditional distribution model. In fact, there’s a lot for dealers and rental houses to like about an industry with these new digital players. Here’s why.

Not so crowded anymore

A contractor browsing Getable. Photo: Getable

Typically, equipment sharing services allow contractors to quickly browse an app or website for the machine they need and rent it for less than they would pay a traditional rental house or dealer. In many instances, renting contractors don’t even have to leave their own yard as some services oversee delivery of the machines in addition to coordinating the transaction between the two parties.

Considering that these services are a win-win for the renter and rentee alike, the market for heavy equipment sharing services quickly became crowded with the likes of Yard Club, EquipmentShare and Dozr to name just a few. And as more players entered the field and began working to offer services in more parts of the country, it’s easy to imagine equipment distributors and manufacturers with dealer networks nervously watching out of the corner of one eye.

But after talking with people inside these companies it’s safe to say that any concerns that online equipment sharing and rental services will “disrupt” the traditional U.S. distribution model for heavy equipment here in the U.S. are overblown.

For starters, the field of players is quickly becoming less crowded.

Getable, the “Uber for construction equipment” we mentioned earlier and at one time a major player, seems to have vanished completely. Their apps have disappeared from the iOS and Android app stores and their website returns a “can’t be reached error.” Oddly enough, there’s no formal announcement or even a news article about the service shutting down to be found on the web. The company’s CEO Tim Hyer was giving interviews as recently as the spring of 2016, but since then the company has seemingly disappeared. And it’s not like no one noticed. When you run a Google search for “Getable” one of the related searches Google suggests is “what happened to Getable”.

But there’s more than one way for a company to vanish.

Launched in 2013, San Francisco-based startup Yard Club grew quickly, eventually catching the attention of Caterpillar. By 2015 Caterpillar had not only invested in Yard Club, the equipment giant also greatly expanded the startup with a massive infusion of available inventory by way of integrating the Cat dealer network.

In 2016 Yard Club facilitated more than $120 million in equipment transactions in North America. In May of this year, Cat announced that it had acquired the 13-person company for an undisclosed sum.

Not only did Cat decline to disclose terms, the heavy equipment giant didn’t really acknowledge the purchase at all. No press release. No replies to our requests for comment. Radio silence.

Eventually we were able to have a conversation with Aaron Kline, the former chief operating officer of Yard Club and now a member of the Cat Digital Lab team. As it turns out, Cat bought the company primarily for the technology that not only facilitated the contractor-to-contractor transactions but also an impressive fleet utilization dashboard that gave customers the ability to manage the coming and going of machines.

In fact, though the company continues to facilitate rentals in seven states, it’s unclear as of right now if that will continue in the future. Kline said that Yard Club’s technology was being ported over to Cat’s rental applications. Since the Cat takeover, Kline said Yard Club has primarily become “the San Francisco office for Caterpillar,” and added that Cat had been eyeing establishing a presence closer to Silicon Valley “for a while.” It’s possible that by next year, Yard Club will be entirely absorbed by Cat and will be out of the equipment sharing business entirely.

If that plays out, Cat will have avoided “an Uber” by buying it.

But more than simply avoiding a disruptive platform, the company is making its own distribution channels even stronger with Yard Club’s technology and direct contact with contractors.

A race to the bottom?

But what if your machine sharing service doesn’t vanish or isn’t acquired by the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturer? Then your biggest problem is scalability.

A source inside one of these equipment sharing companies who declined to be named for this story said it’s become clear that the market potential for peer-to-peer (P2P) equipment rental is low, noting that standalone P2P services are hard to scale. Compounding problems is that some of these companies were started as technology companies and now find themselves transforming into low-price rental companies caught in a race to the bottom.

And while lower prices are certainly attractive to all contractors, it’s far from the only motivating factor when it comes to who they decide to buy and rent equipment from. Contractors also want to be assured of a rental machine’s uptime and renting from an established rental house or their dealer of choice offers substantial peace of mind in that regard, albeit at a higher cost.

And while there is worry in the industry that P2P rentals are swept up in a race to the bottom, Kevin Forestell sees things much differently.

Forestell is the owner of a landscaping company and the CEO and co-founder of Dozr, a Canadian P2P equipment rental company that has quickly amassed investments and expanded into the U.S. down the East Coast. He started the company with his wife Erin Stephenson and his brother Tim in 2015 to make it easier for his fellow contractors to maximize their return on investment of otherwise idle equipment.

Forestell says he feels P2P equipment rental services like his are primed to transform the industry.

“I really feel that Dozr and the sharing economy with regards to construction equipment is going to change the way we view ownership as contractors,” he says. “We’re already seeing contractors who are purchasing equipment for renting it out rather than using it in their traditional business.

“They’re making more money for buying and renting than putting operators in those seats.”

Fewer idle machines could mean more purchases

Forestell says that rather than the growth of equipment sharing services encouraging more contractors to rent and thereby hampering heavy equipment sales, he sees these services actually leading to increased machine purchases and more confident bidding for jobs.

“Dozr takes away some of the risk of purchasing,” he says, explaining that the service allows contractors to buy a machine without worrying about whether not it will be utilized enough to recoup the investment. “Say there’s a guy with a two-year job coming up and they need a specific piece of heavy equipment for this job but he has nothing lined up afterward. Do they go ahead and purchase that machine? Maybe, maybe not. Do they bid on the job? With Dozr, we believe they do now.”

But Forestell thinks Dozr’s impact could reach far beyond convincing a contractor to pull the trigger on a machine purchase. He says that if equipment sharing becomes commonplace, the average number of machine utilization hours will go up, leading to faster turnover and machines exchanging hands more often.

When I asked Forestell about his company’s stance toward dealers and rental houses, I was a bit surprised at his response, given that he was just talking about changing the way contractors view the concept of equipment ownership. Turns out, Dozr is open to working closely with any equipment dealer that wants to work with them. In fact, Forestell says Dozr can be a big help to a dealership’s business.

“We’ve had quite a few interactions with dealers, the most common one being them using our service in the same way a hotel uses Expedia,” Forestell explains. “Many dealerships have a rental fleet for the purpose of buying down their slightly used equipment. Maybe they take a machine in at too high of a trade-in value, so they make that equipment available for rent on Dozr and they’ll buy down that value so they can sell it at a more reasonable price to their customers. That’s a pretty consistent thing we’re seeing across Canada and the U.S.”

Connection and uptime are key

Like Dozr, AnyQuip is an online equipment rental service headquartered in Canada and started in 2015 by a contractor. CEO Steve Skiba owns a civil contracting business and started the company in order to shore up downtime during his off-season. And like Dozr, AnyQuip sees a big opportunity in partnering with equipment dealers and rental houses.

“It’s not about pushing anybody out of the business for us,” Skiba says. “It’s about connecting.”

Skiba says the main focus at AnyQuip is the contractor. The company’s goal is to make equipment rental a more efficient and simple process for business owners. The best way to do that is to offer them as many machines as possible to choose from and from as many sources as possible.

AnyQuip chief marketing officer Jen Lussier called it “creating a liquidity in the equipment.”

“In the contractor world, you’re really not set up to [rent out your own machines]. So we’re trying to connect contractors to make it simple,” to both rent and rent out equipment, Skiba says.

But while Forestell thinks online equipment services like Dozr and AnyQuip will end up being a boon to the sales side of things, Skiba thinks that the end result will be more contractors renting equipment than before.

“I don’t think you’ll see any more equipment bought or sold because this industry will just redistribute it,” he explains. “But I don’t think [contractors] can afford to sit on equipment for six months anymore. Better, faster, quicker, cheaper. It has to go that way and equipment is the biggest capital expense you’re going to spend in your business.”

“There’s going to be guys in the future who won’t ever own any equipment.”

While Skiba says the rental houses have nothing to worry about in the form of digital disruption (“There’s always going to be things contractors don’t want to own.”), he does contend that dealers and manufacturers will likely have to answer to the trend of online rentals. In Skiba’s mind, the future might mean more dealers selling uptime through rentals rather than the machines themselves.

“The difference is how is a dealer in the future going to be connected to a customer? The dealers and manufacturers have to figure out how do I connect to my contractor more and get him more uptime?” he says.

The Google of heavy equipment

Machinio wants to be the Google of construction equipment. The service works closely with dealers, featuring several of them on its homepage.

At a basic level, services like EquipmentShare, Dozr and AnyQuip all share a common functionality: they’re all search engines. But unlike Google, most of these services don’t return results from all over the world, let alone the U.S. The nature of peer-to-peer equipment rentals typically requires that the two parties be close enough geographically to facilitate a transfer of the machine. Granted, some of these services actually do let you rent from a fellow contractor thousands of miles away. Forestell says Dozr has even facilitated a few transactions between contractors in Canada and Florida.

But that type of facilitation requires a lot of work and a slow-growing footprint. Dozr is making its way out of Canada and down the U.S. East coast as quickly as it can. AnyQuip, meanwhile, is content to stay in its home market of Calgary for the time being. And before it was acquired by Cat, Yard Club had managed to expand service to seven states out West.

Despite their quick growth, these services remain highly regional. And there’s at least one online equipment service that has loftier ambitions in that regard.

Machinio is a Chicago-based startup established nearly five years ago by co-founders Dmitriy Rokhfeld and Dan Pinto. Unlike the other services we interviewed for this story, Machinio doesn’t deal in equipment rentals. Instead, Machinio helps buyers find used heavy equipment to purchase from sellers around the world.

Rokhfeld says that he and Pinto started the company after stumbling upon a rather simple pain point for contractors.

Rokhfeld says Pinto was asked by a friend to find a used machine for sale online. “He had the model, the manufacturer and a few specs and he struggled to find one,” Rokhfeld says. To clarify: it wasn’t that there weren’t enough machines for sale. It was that Google was returning way too many to sort through.

“There were just millions and millions results,” Rokhfeld recalls. “Some were relevant. Some were pricing details. Some were YouTube videos and then there were hundreds of results of dealers selling that machine.”

Rokhfeld and Pinto realized that heavy equipment buyers would greatly benefit from a vertical search engine akin to those in other industries like Indeed for jobs, or Kayak, Travelocity and a host of others for travel.

“We love that model and were shocked to find that the used heavy equipment industry did not have a platform that does what Google does but hyper targeted on used equipment,” Rokhfeld says.

Rokhfeld says Machinio is now capable of aggregating millions of listings from thousands of different sources. The platform has gained quite a bit of attention from investors, including Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, a minority investor in Machinio and a giant in the used equipment industry.

And like their counterparts Dozr and AnyQuip on the P2P rental side, Machinio is partnering with any and all dealers.

In fact, though Machinio’s end users are prospective equipment buyers, the company’s primary clients are equipment dealers.

“We work with tens of thousands of used machinery dealers and the major auction platforms,” Rokhfeld says. “Our most basic value proposition is more exposure to buyers. A buyer comes to our site and they fill out their full contact information and we send that via email to a dealer. We’re not trying to be an intermediary, we’re trying to connect the two parties and step aside.”

“Long term, we want Machinio to be a true partner to dealers. All of our leads are vetted and only quality leads are passed along. We remove up to 20 percent of the leads on our system and we track that metric monthly. Last month we generated over 50,000 leads.”

But Rokhfeld says the Machinio platform has a wealth of data beyond leads to offer dealers that can be a valuable asset in managing inventory and marketing spend.

“With the clients that purchase a premium subscription we offer additional benefits like higher listing placement and monthly analytics reports that draws from all the data coming into our platform which includes insights like which of your equipment is most popular, how buyers are searching for it and in what locations,” he says.

“We’re even willing to help with their search ranking on Google. But we would never tell them how to sell their equipment. That’s not our skill set.”

Rokhfeld says Machinio has more than 1,500 dealers signed up to its premium analytics and marketing service. Like the other online services, he says the main focus is connection.

“We’re not changing the sales process. We’re just making it easier for buyers and sellers online to get in touch with one another,” Rokhfeld says.

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VIDEO: Implosion demolishes iconic Georgia Dome in Atlanta


Photo: Still from AP video

The Georgia Dome is no more. Well, most of it.

A scheduled implosion brought down Atlanta’s iconic sports stadium in a matter of seconds save for two sections of wall, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Rick Cuppetilli, the executive vice president of the project’s lead demolition contractor, Adamo Group, told the newspaper that the remaining portions of the dome would be mechanically demolished.

As far as stadium demolitions go, the Georgia Dome’s followed a relatively short life. The stadium opened up 25 years ago and its primary function was serving as the home field for Atlanta’s NFL franchise the Falcons. However, as the AJC notes, the facility played host to several historic sports moments including two Super Bowls, gold medal-winning performances during the 1996 Summer Olympics by the U.S. women’s gymnastics and men’s basketball teams, and it was the site of college football’s Peach Bowl and the annual Southeastern Conference Championship Game.

The dome was replaced by Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a state-of-the-art $1.6 billion facility with a unique retractable roof, opened earlier this year next door to the old dome.

Check out the video below for multiple angles of the implosion.

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Oil Analysis: Why it’s the best way to tell if your engine is healthy


Lubrication is the life blood of mechanical equipment. And just as our body’s blood can become anemic or experience an imbalance of blood cells or platelets that signal biological issues, the equipment’s ‘blood’ can show signs of wear and contamination. Where hematology is the science of blood, tribology is the science of lubrication, wear and friction control.

Oil analysis and lubrication experts at Noria Corporation cite several “illnesses” that can be detected from oil analysis:

• A spike in iron and aluminum levels warn of piston and cylinder wear before a major failure.

• Bearing wear rates can be determined before the crankshaft becomes badly scored.

• Fuel dilution, coolant leaks and water contamination can be detected before they become major problems.

• Contamination and combustion soot can indicate a restricted air intake system, ineffective oil filters, poor combustion or a rich air/fuel ratio.

And it’s not just engine oils. Noria also emphasizes the importance of analyzing routine oil samples in hydraulic systems, transmissions, gearboxes, differentials and other non-combustion lubricated systems. These may include:

• High aluminum levels that indicate hydraulic pump or converter failure.

• High chromium levels that reveal hydraulic cylinder rod scoring or gear and bearing wear.

Parameters of analysis

Oil analysis is also critical to determine proper oil drain and filter change intervals in all types of engines and equipment. Many parameters are vital to proper oil analysis interpretation, including:

• Viscosity

• Oil type

• Hours or miles of service

• Make and model of the component or system from which the sample was taken

This information should be printed on a card usually provided in the oil sample carton, with oil samples taken at regular intervals. As with any mechanical system, it should reach its operating temperature before the sample is taken, to ensure the sample has completed full-system circulation. In addition, the sample should always be taken from the same place in the system, such as a pre-filter, valve-mounted oil return line.

From the air into your engine

Mark Barnes, vice president of Des-Case’s Equipment Reliability Services team, makes the following compelling point about particle contamination in engines:

“Perhaps the biggest engine killer is external contamination in the form of dust and dirt sucked into the engine each minute of operation through the air intake. Particle contamination can be lethal for engines – even microscopic particles no bigger than a red blood cell can result in a significant reduction in an engine’s life expectancy.”

Barnes added that many engine OEMs, like GM and Cummins, have proven that particles smaller than 10 microns are three times more likely to cause wear in critical piston rings and bearings than larger particles (see Diagram 1). These particles – a tenth of the size of a human hair – can easily pass through the air filter into the engine air intake manifold.

Motor oil deterioration

According to John Baker at Amsoil, “Motor oil deteriorates and becomes unfit for service due to accumulation of contaminants in the oil and chemical changes (additive depletion and oxidation) in the oil itself.” He points out the various contaminates and their sources in the Blog:


• Dust and dirt. They can infiltrate engines via air cleaners, oil fill caps and crankcase ventilation systems. Proper engine maintenance is required to minimize the number of contaminants entering the lubrication system and extend engine life.

• Metal particles from normal engine wear, as well as road dust particles and dirt. These can be picked up and circulated through the engine by oil and cannot be entirely removed by oil filters.

Combustion by-products

• Water vapor and steam produced by combustion when engine temperatures are high. They exit through the exhaust, condense into liquid at low engine temperatures, such as startup, warm-up and short trips, and enter the crankcase oil, leading to sludge and corrosion.

• Acids produced through the combustion process. They find their way into the crankcase oil, combine with water and lead to corrosion.

• Soot and carbon. They are produced via incomplete combustion when engines are running too “rich” or with too much fuel and increase contaminant levels.

• Fuel dilution that decreases oil strength and increases oil consumption when an engine is started or running abnormally. This results in unburned fuel deposits on the cylinder wall. This leaks past the rings and into the crankcase, where it reduces oil viscosity and can be a significant problem in vehicles consistently used for short trips.

Shelf life

With reciprocating and sliding components, lubrication is a vital fluid to engine efficiency and longevity. Like blood, lubrication does not have infinite shelf life. Most lubricants have recommended shelf lives based largely upon the lubricant’s additives. For example, lubricants containing rust inhibitors may lose performance after as little as six months in storage due to additive degradation.

On the other hand, some lubricants with a light additive amount may be kept for up to three years. Shelf-life information is available from lubricant suppliers and manufacturers.

Real-world benefits

Portland, Oregon-based asphalt, aggregate and landscape products producer Baker Rock Resources has been a major supporter of oil monitoring, analysis and contamination control for several years. In 2015, the company won Certified Laboratory’s Equipment Reliability Program Award for excellence in lubrication practices.

Brian Young, Baker’s equipment division director, has strong opinions on oil analysis and other contamination control processes. “Everyone, from the single owner-operator to the fleet manager, must have standardized oil sampling procedures and practices in place,” Young says. That requires more than just “check box maintenance.”

“If you can’t understand the readings, get training,” he says. “If your oil analysis company isn’t helping read the sample, change labs. There is no sense in sampling if you don’t use the results. Additionally, if you understand the importance of sampling and can read a sample, don’t neglect the filter. You need to look for the sparkle, which could indicate early failure and not just normal wear and oil degradation.”

Real-world case studies

Evidence of Baker Rock’s belief in oil testing, analysis and preventive maintenance goes beyond their awards. The company has achieved an unplanned emergency rate that tracks between 1.5 and 2 percent throughout their season for one of the largest quarries in the state. And the company has several real-world examples in which using oil analysis resulted in significant savings or avoided costly downtime.

Extended oil change intervals: Analysis on a machine showed that the expected oil degradation, additive package depletion, contaminants and loss of lubrication were not happening at the manufacturer-recommended oil change intervals. The company reasoned that if the oil did not have any of these problems and met OEM specifications, there was no reason to change it.

By continuing to faithfully sample and inspect the machine every 250 hours, the company safely extended the oil usage to 1,658 hours, which is equivalent to seven oil changes under the 250-hour OEM standard. The result was a savings of 20 hours of labor and 224 quarts of oil. The company applied these findings across several assets, generating robust savings.

Trends revealed: Oil sampling in the final drives on two Baker Rock dozers showed an abnormal amount of silicon, which warranted watching. The sample results revealed ongoing dirt intrusion, and the resulting detailed inspections revealed failing seals. The company resealed and returned the machines to service with minimal downtime and repair costs.

Early signs of engine troubles: Oil sampling on an older C13 Cat revealed climbing chromium,

copper and iron levels. Further ongoing monitoring revealed that the levels continued to climb while the physical/chemical counts began to elevate in oxidation, nitration and sulfation.

By correlating this data with fuel burn, the company concluded the engine was wearing out. This allowed them to take the truck out of service at a time of their choosing for a rebuild before wear required the replacement of major components, or a ventilated block.

Avoiding key machine downtime: Recurring high heat was recorded on a stationary hydraulic system. It was detected through thermography on a major bearing. The company could not risk a major failure due to this being a primary asset with no backup available. Oil analysis indicated no component failure, but cutting the filter open revealed sparkle from metal particles on the bearing surfaces starting to spall. An even more significant detrimental finding included heavy fibers from a shop rag plugging the filter and restricting the oil flow and filtration capabilities.

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Following Neff rejection H&E Equipment Services offers notes with eye toward acquisitions


H&E Equipment Services posts 5.9% revenue hike for 3Q and record utilization.

H&E Equipment Services, who earlier this year made an offer for Neff Corporation that was superseded by a higher bid from United Rentals, announced that it will be offering $200 million in aggregate principal amount of its 5.625-percent Senior Notes due in 2025.

In making the announcement, H&E said the proceeds from the new notes would—in addition to repaying indebtedness and other items—be used to “fund potential acquisitions in connection with its ongoing strategy of acquiring rental companies to complement it’s existing business and footprint.”

Earlier this year, H&E offered Neff $21.07 per share, or roughly $1.2 billion. United Rentals then countered with a $25 per share in cash, or $1.317 billion offer. The Neff deal would have almost doubled the amount of H&E branches.

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Equipment Roundup: Cat unveils next-gen excavators, first UTVs; The Duke is one bad ’72 Chevy; Tesla unveils electric Semi; Tracks that monitor their own wear; Volvo intros EC27D excavator


Cat intros next-gen excavators with “digital heart”

All three of Caterpillar’s new Next Generation excavators feature a radically new hydraulic system driven by a “digital heart.” The 320 and 323 (pictured here) models offer automated digging and positioning technology in addition to payload weighing.

How cool is this: An excavator that you can start with an app on your smart phone.

That’s just a tiny fraction of the digital razzle-dazzle Cat showed us last week in the most significant change to its excavator program in 25 years.

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Cat unveils its first UTV, coming Summer 2018 in gas, diesel

Caterpillar introduced its first-ever utility vehicle to meet a growing demand for tough work utility vehicles – while also expanding the company’s reach into the consumer market.

The gas-powered Cat CUV82 and the diesel-powered CUV102D will roll into dealerships in Summer 2018 with the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $14,999 and $16,299, respectively, says Norma Aldinger, commercial supervisor for the Cat UTV.

Cat announced last month that it had partnered with Textron Specialized Vehicles to bring the UTVs to market.

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Tesla unveils electric semi: 500 mile range, ‘racecar’ cab, and ‘impossible to jackknife’

With a style more fitting of Star Wars than Smokey and the Bandit, Tesla’s electric semi made its twice-delayed debut Thursday in Hawthorne, Calif., the home Tesla Motors’ design center and company founder Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket factory.

Promising a range of up to 500 miles at maximum weight and highway speed, the company says the Tesla Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile when fully loaded. Battery capacity wasn’t disclosed Thursday night. The company is currently accepting reservations for Tesla Semi for $5,000 per truck with production set for 2019

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Continental Trackman uses microchip in track tread to monitor rubber tracks

Claiming a first-of-its-kind, Continental has unveiled a track-condition monitoring concept for its Trackman rubber tracks that go on several brands of tractors.

Asked whether this technology might apply to compact track loader tracks, Continental said while it currently does not these support these tracks, “it’s definitely something that we could be interested in looking at in the future.”

Using an embedded microchip molded into the track tread, the system communicates with a cab monitor, providing operators with real-time condition data. This is information operators can use to predictively maintain their tracks,

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Volvo CE intros EC27D excavator: Short swing, more power

Volvo Construction Equipment has updated its 2.7-ton mini excavator model saying it represents a versatile and powerful combination of concepts.

Powered by a 20.9-horsepower Volvo D1.1A engine with passive regeneration, the Volvo EC27D boasts 9,600 pounds of digging force and “impressive” lifting capacity, the company says, adding that it is similar in size to the ECR25D short swing model, but offers greater power and stability than that machine.

Though this new machine uses 5 percent less fuel and has 30 percent less horsepower than its predecessor, the EC27D maintains the same breakout (5,528 lb.-ft.) and tearout (4,060 lb.-ft.) forces.

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The Duke is a ’72 Chevy C50 transformed into one bad work pickup

What elicited such an explicit reaction was The Duke, a beautifully restored and transformed 1972 Chevrolet C50 built by master welder Randall Robertson of RTech Fabrications in Hayden, Idaho.

It’s a cool-looking pickup for sure, but there’s something about seeing it in person that makes you feel like you need this truck.

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