U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards Contract for Puerto Rico Power Restoration


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in coordination with the Huntsville Engineering and Support Center, has awarded a contract toward the repair of the power grid in Puerto Rico. The contract for $240 million has been awarded to Fluor Corporation, headquartered in Irving, Texas. “We welcome this contract award which will bring needed personnel and equipment in support of the power grid repair mission,” said Brig….


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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

State Governor Announces New Winter Travel Tool, Administration Outlines Winter Prep


With the winter season approaching, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Oct. 19 that a new online tool is available to inform the public of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) operations this winter. He made the announcement in conjunction with a news conference that PennDOT Secretary Leslie S….


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The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others.

CMAA Chooses New Chair


Christopher Payne, PE, CCM, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MBP, became chair of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) at the Association's National Conference and Trade Show in Washington, DC. Payne has more than 30 years' experience in construction management and design and has served on the CMAA Board of Directors since 2009….


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He builds his lofty palace in the heavens and sets its foundation on the earth; he calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land— the Lord is his name.

JCB Unveils 210T, 215T Compact Track Loaders


JCB launched its 210T and 215T compact track loaders, offering the power and performance of large-platform compact track loaders in small-platform, easily towable machines weighing less than 10,000 lb. (4,536 kg)The 210T and the 215T are powered by the 74 hp (55 kW) JCB Diesel by Kohler engine, requiring no DPF and no DEF….


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bauma Con-expo Africa: Numerous Industry Leaders on Board


The economic comeback of Sub-Sahara and positive market opportunities in South Africa are reflected in the number of companies that have already signed up for the upcoming bauma Con-expo Africa. The third international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in South Africa from March 13 to 16, 2018….


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Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

New York's Scaffold Law Could Needlessly Add $300M to the Cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project


Common Good, the nonpartisan reform coalition, released Oct. 17 an analysis of New York's obsolete, 19th-century Scaffold Law, which finds that it could add $300 million needlessly to the cost of the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project. For the analysis, a Port Authority official estimated that the planned $13 billion tunnels under the Hudson River, just one part of the Gateway Project, will incur between $180 million and $300 million in additional insurance costs because of the Scaffold Law….


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Bridge Day 2017 to Honor 40th Birthday of New River Gorge Bridge


FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va. — Orange signs placed along U.S. Route 19 show detour instructions for Oct 21, signaling another Bridge Day is finally here. Bridge Day 2017 will be particularly special as the iconic structure celebrates its 40th anniversary. The first vehicles crossed on Oct. 22, 1977 after nearly three years of construction….


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Used Excavator Inspection Checklist



Reduce the risk with a used machine purchase
Used Excavator Inspection Checklist
In the case you intend to purchase a used excavator and the machine is sold without warranty it is strongly recommended to perform a qualified inspection. The seller of used machinery will take some effort to make the machine good looking. Two hours paint shop and 1 can of paint is cheaper than most machine repairs and make a machine looking tidy.

Therefore we have specialized ourselves in inspecting used machinery. This way we can help our clients to find a good machine for the money they pay.
An excavator inspection starts with check-up for oil and coolant level. At the same moment the condition of oil and coolant is being approved if there is no water in oil and no oil in the coling system.
We continue in the cab. While engine and hydraulic system is warming up we approve windows, switches, wipers, seat, doors and ROPS structure.
We return to engine for blow-by check and check if there is compression in radiator. Next step is check for external damages such as dents, cracks, leaks and missing parts. All hydraulic cylinders will be approved for scratches, damages and leaks.
Meanwhile the engine and hydraulics have been warmed up. Now it is time for a performance check on engine and hydraulic system. We perform a stall test if possible. This is followed by estimation of play in all boom-, stick- and bucket pins. Hydraulic couplers and outriggers on wheeled excavators will be tested.
Next is estimation of remaining life time for tires or undercarriages.
Finally a Mevas excavator inspection checklist contains some information about repair recommendations and if required about estimated repair cost.
An inspection by Mevas costs approximately 500-650 Euro. The exact price depends on machine location. With the inspection report you can usually claim some repairs or a price discount. This way the equipment inspection prior delivery is paying itself.
We cannot describe here al details of our inspection procedure. If there is doubt about machine quality and performance we can deeper into machine details. We can measure swing bearing play, we can measure engine blow-by and we can measure undercarriages for exact life estimation. Special performance tests can be performed and on request we can take oil samples and send them for analysis to a laboratory.
On Caterpillar excavators we can read the internal computer ECM with our Electronic Technician and provide a so called PSR. On Volvo excavators we can read and print the machine history in the so called Matris-Report.
Mevas is specialized in Heavy Equipment Inspections including wheel excavators, tracked excavators, hydraulic excavators, demolition excavators and material handling machines. So far we have inspected used excavators of Caterpillar, Volvo, Komatsu, Hitachi, New-Holland Kobelco, Hyundai, Atlas, Terex, Schaeff, Liebherr, CASE, JCB, Doosan, Daewoo, O&K, Peljob, Samsung, Yanmar, Takeuchi and some other brands.
More detailed info is available on our website http://www.mevas.eu

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New Distributor for ALLU Aims to 'Transform' Customers' Business


ALLU has announced Igarreta Maquinas is its new distributor in Argentina. The company will not only be supplying the comprehensive range of ALLU Transformer and Soil Stabilization equipment, but will also be providing full aftermarket care, spare parts and dedicated customer service. ALLU's world leading Transformer series needs no introduction; but now customers throughout Argentina will be able to benefit from even greater levels of support through its new distributor, Igarreta Maquinas….


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Maryland Governor: 'Get Ready' for Elon Musk's Hyperloop to Connect Baltimore, Washington D.C.


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan just said to get ready for Elon Musk's Hyperloop. Hogan said on Twitter on Oct. 19 that he supports a Hyperloop connection between Baltimore and Washington D.C. "I think it's coming to Maryland and it's going to go from Baltimore to Washington, so get ready," Hogan said when asked his thoughts on the Boring Company's Hyperloop….


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Amtrak: Sandy Tunnel Repairs May Begin in 2025, Cost $1B


Construction work on a critical project to repair damage from superstorm Sandy in East River tunnels used mostly by the Long Island Rail Road may not begin until 2025 — 13 years after the structures were deluged with 14 million gallons of corrosive saltwater. The work, once expected to begin by 2019, now will cost more than $1 billion — three times original estimates, according to Amtrak….


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Wolfe House & Building Transports 120-Year-Old Historic Mansion


WHEATON, Ill. (AP) Moving a 120-year-old historic mansion in one piece can be a precarious job. But as the wheels slowly turned under the House of Seven Gables in Wheaton on August 28, the lace curtains hanging inside the windows barely nudged. The spectacle drew a crowd of onlookers awed by the engineering feat and relieved that the 1890s-era mansion, purchased by a Wheaton couple, has been spared from the wrecking ball….


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“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Another State Enters Ring to Win Amazon HQ


As the deadline for proposal submittals draws near, New Jersey has jumped into the fight for Amazon's second headquarters. According to Amazon, its new HQ2 will bring about 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in construction to the location it chooses, and with its proposal deadline just a day away on Oct….


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Company Wrench Holds JCB Backhoe Rodeo, Demo Event at Its Headquarters


Company Wrench held a JCB Backhoe Rodeo & Demo day Sept. 29 at its headquarters in Carroll, Ohio. The event featured a full lineup of JCB equipment on display with select machines available for demonstration. Attendees received door prizes along with a hearty barbecue lunch. The event drew area contractors and included long time Company Wrench customers, as well as potential new customers who came to learn about the JCB line….


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Construction Economics for the Week of October 23, 2017



ENR’s 20-city average cost indexes, wages and materials prices. Historical data and details for ENR’s 20 cities can be found at ENR.com/economics


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