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News January 08, 2016
The tunnel-boring machine Bertha broke through its concrete access vault and is now tunneling beneath Seattle on its way toward a planned maintenance stop, the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said in a statement.   The Highway 99 tunneling machine, now approaching South Main Street...
News January 05, 2016
The newly repaired tunnel boring machine for the Alaskan Way Viaduct project, churned its way through 6 ½ ft of an approximately 15-ft-thick concrete wall. The machine is expected to complete the job this week, bringing it to the next phase of the project.   Bertha’s most recent progress allowed it...
Case Studies January 01, 2016
Lake Gaston is a hydroelectric reservoir in North Carolina and Virginia. It is a man-made lake, roughly 35 miles long, covering 20,000 acres and 350 miles of shoreline. Prior to the lake being formed, power line poles were installed in the area. The lake was then created and filled, and those same...
Case Studies December 18, 2015
Mabey Inc.’s line of products, engineering and responsive support created a stable work environment for a new storage tank system in Cobb County, Ga. The facility addresses issues created by heavy rainfall and plays a significant part in the advancement of Atlanta’s infrastructure. But its...
Case Studies December 18, 2015

Culvert project avoided active roadway disruption via use of liner

In May 2015, the city of Ithaca, N.Y., contacted Don LeBlanc of the Snap-Tite Culvert Liner team (a division of ISCO Industries) to discuss and review a failing culvert underneath a major road in town. The culvert liner team specializes in analysis and the rehabilitation of structures via segmental...
Case Studies November 13, 2015

Durabase temporary roadway mats enabled a road to be constructed directly in the waterway.

It’s a strange sensation to walk along a 300-ft roadway that rests at the bottom of a lakebed with the actual lake surrounding you on both sides. But that was the case in Asbury, NJ, this past summer, where the new Sunset Bridge project was underway.   As general contractor Kyle Conti Construction...
Case Studies November 11, 2015

Photo copyright: Bob Perkoski

In July 2015, the first section of the Cleveland Foundation Centennial Trail was completed. This 10-ft-wide pathway connects Cleveland’s Scranton Flats area to the Ohio & Erie Canal’s Towpath Trail along the Cuyahoga River. The Scranton Flats, part of the Scranton Peninsula industrial zone, is...
Case Studies October 23, 2015
At a jobsite on Merritt Island in Brevard County, Fla., the public works department relies on just one piece of equipment to unearth and repair a water line beneath a street and then replace an outdated catch basin cover, followed by loading dirt. The county’s Gradall XL 4100 IV excavator is used...
News October 23, 2015
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) posted contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners' (STP) latest schedule for the tunnel boring machine known as Bertha, that says tunneling would resume again on Dec. 23. This date is a month later than originally promised.   Signs of a month-long...
Case Studies October 07, 2015
Justin Dixon never planned to become director of corporate safety for Dixie Construction. But the job fell into his lap in a most tragic way.   Dixon’s parents and grandfather started Dixie Construction in the 1960s, and he was in charge of a variety of responsibilities, including marketing,...
News September 25, 2015
Work on the Eglinton Crosstown light-rail transit (LRT) project is set to make a major step forward, as tunnel boring machines, named Don and Humber, respectively, will begin their journey westward, starting from the launch shaft located east of Brentcliffe Road and proceeding towards Yonge Street...
Case Studies September 23, 2015
Baranko Bros. Inc. purchased HCSS GPS for its truck and trailer fleet in early October 2014, expecting to be able to cut down on fuel costs and speeding issues.    Just four months later, the tracking units have already far exceeded the dirt contractor’s expectations.    “There are a lot of things...
Case Studies September 16, 2015
In March of this year, the Illinois Department of Transportation (ILDOT) announced a $35 million bridge reconstruction project for all southbound bridges on Illinois Rte. 171 (First Avenue). The project began March 30 and has continued throughout the year. Central Contractors Service, a member of...
Case Studies September 09, 2015
Rumco Construction came to HCSS looking for a new way to manage its projects.    For years, the highway and street construction company had relied on handwritten notes and text messages to generate daily cost reports. But Vice President Carlos Gonzalez said the numbers never quite added up.    “...
Case Studies August 26, 2015
Achen-Gardner knows exactly how important technology is to its business.    The Arizona-based heavy civil general contractor—which specializes in wet utility, roadway and highway construction—has fully invested in the future by turning to HCSS software to manage nearly every aspect of its business...
Case Studies August 12, 2015
If you work in the construction industry north of the Mason-Dixon Line, chances are you have to pause operations during the winter.    Below-freezing temperatures, ice and snow all make it difficult to work on construction projects during the dead of winter in the northern United States.    But one...
Case Studies July 31, 2015

Weekend job on bridge construction alleviates traffic congestion.

Ontario’s Highway 407 East project, designed to help relieve traffic congestion at the eastern edge of the greater Toronto area, began construction in 2015. The two-phase, multiyear project is expected to be complete by 2020. In Phase 1, which is scheduled for completion by the end of this calendar...
Case Studies July 29, 2015
How many bids can one estimator submit in just two days? If that estimator uses HCSS HeavyBid, the answer is probably more than you think.    Just ask Ed Bell Construction of Dallas. Vice President Doug Teter put the pedal to the metal a few years back, submitting 23 Texas Department of...
News June 04, 2015
California raised its fuel economy standard for state agencies that purchase passenger vehicles to 38 mpg starting July 1, according to a memo from the Department of General Services.   The rule replaces the 2008 minimum fuel economy standard of 27.5 mpg. The standard for light-duty trucks, vans,...
Case Studies May 27, 2015
Many culverts in the U.S. were installed 40 to 50 years ago and now have exceeded their design life and need repair. In this case, two 72-in.-diam. corrugated metal pipe (CMP) culverts in White Oak, Miss., started to fail. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) District 7 feared that...
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