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To his point, making things that work better and smarter
enables people to work better and smarter. In Agrekko's case,
the health and safety can be tacked on for good measure, as well.
Headquartered in Scotland and in business since 1962, the
company provides modular, mobile power and heating and cooling. In part, that means powering up massive construction sites
- even in emerging markets where structural power deficits
create challenges.
"Traditionally, diesel has been the fuel of choice," says Thiago
Moraes, regional sales leader for Agrekko North America. "However,
with the rise of global warming and the growing list of stringent
environmental regulations in place, Agrekko recognized the need
to implement natural gas-powered solutions into our fleet."
Natural gas, he notes, burns roughly 85 percent cleaner
than diesel.
It's also nice when efficiency and cost-effectiveness line up.
Agrekko's Next Generation gas generators boast this trait, as well.
"When used for long-term, continuous operation, natural gas
units have been shown to offer total cost savings of 40-45 percent compared to diesel units, primarily due to savings in fuel."
And on environmentally sensitive jobs, there's no question. On
a recent project for which both a large, complex tunnel-boring
machine and a freeze plant were necessary, the possibility of
diesel spills was particularly worrisome for the customer. Natural
gas not only assuaged contamination fears, but emissions were
lowered by 80 percent - and it saved money in the hundreds
of thousands.
Time, as construction pros are well aware, also is money.
And some of the most recent advances in technology have been
massive game changers.

McCarthy's Freeman has enjoyed seeing these innovations in
real time. At Washington University, for example, they've already
excavated at the front door of the campus to put in an 800-car
parking garage.
"This required moving hundreds of thousands of cubic yards
over a summer," he explains.
"The technology now is significantly different. First, there are
improvements in the creature comforts - like air-conditioned cabs
and the things that make them much nicer pieces of equipment
to operate and for longer periods of time. Then you can couple
that with the GPS utilization these pieces of machinery have on
them now. They actually know at what elevation they are digging or moving earth. They can sit back and dig to the excavation
point they set without always having to have somebody out there
checking the grade."
Using GPS in this fashion, he notes, is still relatively new.
So, too, is the use of drones. Topographical surveys, which not
long ago would take several days on a big site - "and if you're earth
moving while that's going on, by the time you finish it's already
wrong!" - can now be done in a half hour with a drone fly-over.
"It's only been in the past three years that drone technology
has been adapted to do this - and that it has become cost-effective
and practical."
What's especially nice, says Freeman, is that the industry
seems to finally be over the hump on acceptance of technology.
"The thing that really started to move the needle, was when we
transitioned from blueprints to digital documents, to tradespeople
carrying around iPads," he opines. "That was the turning point
where folks in the field became more comfortable with technology being a daily part of their job."
To those who remember that resistance, Dewalt's Tool Connect
inventory management solution - and its success - could seem
inconceivable.
"Simply put: users want to know where their tools are," Harman
says.
The mobile app allows real-time location of individual tools and,
he adds, "the big users want to manage their assets. So if you put

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"When we look at an electrician, for example, we watch his or
her workflow and how they do their jobs. We find the pitfalls or
the things that slow them down. We identify where they might
be straining or having difficulty accomplishing their various tasks
- and then we go about finding ways to fix them."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Simonson Says
A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
AGC in Action
Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
Chapter Connection
Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Member and Chapter News
Construction Corner
Technology Toolbox
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
2018 Equipment Guide
Constructor - May/June 2018 - intro
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover1
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover2
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 3
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 4
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 5
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 6
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 8
Constructor - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 10
Constructor - May/June 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 13
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 14
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 15
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 16
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 17
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 18
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - May/June 2018 - A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 21
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 22
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 23
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 24
Constructor - May/June 2018 - AGC in Action
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 26
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 27
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 30
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 31
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 32
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 33
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 34
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 36
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 38
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 39
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 40
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 42
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Construction Corner
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 44
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 47
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 2018 Equipment Guide
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