Earthwork Industry News Roundup: May 2019

To keep you current on this month’s news we’re sharing a roundup covering new events and trends in the construction, mining, aggregates, and waste management industries.

As May comes to an end, we’ve been seeing the DOE funding energy-efficient construction technology, new technology keeping people safer in mining and construction, and the important roles both robotics and Millennial workers will play in many industries.

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Here’s what you should know:


Colorado-based Trimble changing the face of development with mixed-reality software from Denver ABC 7

“Our Colorado is filled with people from all parts of the country who have come here to work in all sorts of industries. In Westminster, Trimble is a pioneer in GPS technology that is now changing the way we shape our world with a mixed-reality device. Jobs that require hard hats and heavy machinery aren’t typically known for cutting edge technology. . . .”


World Day for Safety and Health at Work: the technologies keeping miners safe from Mining Technology

“Human error can be a significant contributor to mining accidents, with 133 miners in the US dying between 1995 and 2010 in incidents involving haulage trucks driven by human workers. In order to limit the impact of human error on operational safety, and cut down on the number of collisions at mine sites, many companies are researching autonomous vehicles. . . .”


DOE offers $35M for energy-efficient construction tech from Construction Dive

“The Department of Energy is looking to invest $33.5 million of grant money in new construction technology and advanced building techniques with the hope of reducing energy usage in commercial and residential buildings. . . .”


Robots Have an Increasingly Important Role in Construction from Scientific American

“Imagine if the entire population of Oakland, Calif., suddenly needed a new place to live. You’d have to find a way to build housing and infrastructure for nearly half a million people. As dramatic as this scenario might seem, something comparable is happening daily. According to the United Nations, 400,000 new people enter the middle class every day. . . .”


IoT adoption driven by improved safety records, reduced costs from Property Casualty 360

“One in five worker deaths a year is in construction. Given this sobering statistic, construction site risk is a critical challenge, and the industry is slowly turning to new technology, specifically the increasing use of sensors on the jobsite, as part of the solution. A new study finds that while contractors continue to struggle with construction site risks. . . .”


Mining for Millennials from

“It has been said there is a massive paradigm shift going on in the world—a shift that is only slightly perceptible to some—but one that is already revolutionizing the mining industry.  Picture an image of a city block at the turn of the 20th century. Horse-drawn carriages fueled by grass and hay were the main method of transportation on dirt roads during the agricultural era. . . .”


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