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the tracker on a lift or a hoist, all of a sudden I can track where
it is. Is it being utilized on the jobsite? If I'm buying a lift, I don't
want that thing under-utilized because it's costing me a fortune!"
If it's a Millennial influx that has helped the tech adoption
proliferate, the folks at Simpson Strong-Tie, a member of multiple
AGC chapters, are happy to give them some credit.
"[Their] arrival to the construction industry and to contractor
trades has had a meaningful impact to the evolution of tools and
equipment," says Director of Engineering for Concrete Construction
Products Ryan Vuletic, "particularly as it relates to making product information and installation guides smartphone accessible.
"Smartphones and tablets have enabled a much closer and
more immediate relationship between material manufacturers,
building product dealers and builders, and the collaborative nature
of our business has intensified as a result."
For a hardware company founded in 1956 with a punch press,
that's a big leap!
"In 2017, Simpson Strong-Tie acquired CG Visions Inc., a U.S.
company providing BIM technology, services and consultation to
the residential building industry...We're also exploring the ways
in which 3D printing can help to innovate product development,
from rapid prototyping to just-in-time product manufacturing."
As cool as the intangible tech advancements are, there are some
things about construction equipment that will never, ever change.
During Freeman's stint on McCarthy's massive, years-long
Jefferson National Memorial Expansion project, there was
a moment he easily recalls when the crew - top to bottom -
regressed back to preschool.

The basic hand tools
that were in use
when the AGC was
founded - shovels,
pick axes and the
like - are about the
only things that
haven't changed but
are still in use.
"We had a mechanical tunnel for the Arch expansion that had
to be excavated. We got down into some pretty solid rock, and I've
used a wide variety of equipment to rip rock, but in this instance,
we actually brought out an excavator with a rock saw on it."
On that first day, he says, everyone came out to watch it work
in wide-eyed wonder. Phones appeared. Video and selfies were
taken. Freeman, too, was wowed.
"I mean, anything that comes out with a saw blade that's
like 10 feet in diameter?!" the engineer says, voice boyish and
animated. "People get excited!" He laughs. "They're like giant
Tonkas. It's still just as thrilling. It never goes away."
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skill, experience, and
training of your
NTMA contractor.
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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
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 29
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
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 50
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover3
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover4
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