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At ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, Roads & Bridges visited ASV Construction Equipment to take a look at some of their latest machines on display in Las Vegas.

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ASV

At ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, Roads & Bridges visited ASV Construction Equipment to take a look at some of their latest machines on display in Las Vegas.

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Doosan's new DL420-5 WL features all new continuous variable transmission

Doosan has launched the DL420-5 CVT wheel loader at ConExpo-Con/Agg. The new loader will roll off the production line in the fall of 2017. With an operating weight of just over 50,000 lb and a breakout force of more than 47,000 lbf, the new model was designed for power and adaptability. Doosan Construction Equipment marketing manager Aaron Kleingartner gives us the lowdown on the machine's brand new CVT transmission.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Doosan's new DL420-5 WL features all new continuous variable transmission
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CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Video wrap-up of Day 3 of the Expo

The editorial staff of Roads & Bridges sums up what they saw and experienced on day 3 of ConExpo-Con/Agg, and also makes their picks for best and most exciting new developments on the exhibit floor.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Video wrap-up of Day 3 of the Expo
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Case Construction Equipment

At ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, Roads & Bridges visited Case Construction Equipment to see some of their latest offerings showcasing in Las Vegas. If you are attending ConExpo-Con/Agg, be sure to visit Case at Booth N11825 in the North Hall.

Case Construction Equipment
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Kubota Tractor

At ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, Roads & Bridges visited Kubota Tractor to take a look at some of the construction equipment they offer and learn about some of the latest features on their products. If you are attending ConExpo-Con/Agg, be sure to visit Kubota at Booth N12567 in the North Hall.

 

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Infrastructure Insider - Day 3

The third and final Infrastructure Insider live presentation, sponsored by Case Construction Equipment, was held in the Case booth at ConExpo-Con/Agg. The topic this time was Innovation in the World of Construction. Roads & Bridges Editorial Director Bill Wilson spoke with Mark Christian, sales engineer for commercial UAV firm Airware, and Gary Kassen, an engineering director with CNH Industrial.

Infrastructure Insider - Day 3
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CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Video wrap-up of Day 2 of the Expo

Roads & Bridges returned for Day 2 of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas. Managing editor Brian Budzynski breaks down some of what the R&B editors saw at the second day of the show.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Video wrap-up of Day 2 of the Expo
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CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Autodesk 3DR looks to revolutionize pre-project surveying and planning with autonomous UAV application

This past January, Autodesk, in cooperation with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), tested autonomous UAVs at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The seven flights that comprised this proof-of-concept trial represented the first civilian UAV flights approved by the FAA for a Class B airspace.

 

The purpose of these flights was to aid in the mapping plans for two new parking garages, as well as a relocating a public transit station, both of which are part of a $6 billion program for expansion and general improvement of the airport property.

 

The UAVs, or drones, which were programmed and flown by 3D Robotics measured the project area much faster than traditional measuring methods and have aided project planners in pushing their process forward.

 

Autodesk and 3D Robotics is on hand at the 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg (in the Gold Hall) to display and discuss the 3DR Sightscan System, which was used in the Atlanta airport trial.

 

Roads & Bridges spoke with Autodesk Strategic Project Executive Tristan Randall and 3D Robotics’s Jeremiah Johnson about the proof-of-concept trial and what makes the 3DR such a unique system.

 

“This system,” Randall said, “is fully autonomous, so it do not require an active operator. The drone is programmed and then it follows its programmed course, and merely needs monitoring. It runs off an iPad app, and gathers data over GPS. This was the first Class B restricted airspace trail allowed by the FAA, and it was accomplished in only half a day, as opposed to the significantly larger period of time traditional methods would have taken.”

 

“Since we focused on pre-construction areas,” said Johnson, “and since the area was pre-programmed, there was no disruption of airport operations and there were no required closures of lanes. We worked with Atkins, the civil engineering consultant, to make it happen.”

 

Now that the proof-of-concept has been successful, Autodesk and 3D Robotics plan to move forward with further applications of the system, and to ultimately devise a digital repository for high-megapixel imagery.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Autodesk 3DR looks to revolutionize pre-project surveying and planning with autonomous UAV application
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Infrastructure Insider - Day 1

On the first day of ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, Roads & Bridges editorial director Bill Wilson sat down with Senior Director of Highway and Transportation at Associated General Contractors of America Brian Deery, and Jeff DiStefano of Harrison & Burrowes, a bridge contracting and construction firm out of Albany, NY, to discuss what it's like for today's contractor.

Infrastructure Insider - Day 1
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Infrastructure Insider - Day 2

Day 2 of ConExpo-Con/Agg got under way with the second of three Infrastructure Insider live presentations, sponsored by Case Construction Equipment. Roads & Bridges Editorial Director Bill Wilson spoke with Nevada Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Tony Illia and Senior Project Manager Dale Keller, who discussed Nevada’s Project Neon.

 

Be sure to check back with us for the third and final Infrastructure Insider.

Infrastructure Insider - Day 2
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CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Wacker Neuson demonstrates new skid-steer and compact-track loaders

Wacker Neuson demonstrated a variety of their equipment pieces Wednesday morning at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 including their ST31 compact track loader and the SW17 skid-steer loader.

 

These machines are a selection among the new line of four new skid steers and two new compact track loaders Wacker Neuson is rolling out. Developed from the ground up, the company says these new machines offer “the power and torque needed to lift more, push more, work longer and maneuver through challenging jobsite obstacles.”

 

Built for “performance, versatility and convenience,” the skid-steer and compact-track loaders feature an engine torque of 221 ft-lb and are powered by a Kohler diesel engine that includes a maintenance free, regeneration-free aftertreatment system. Equipped with a 30-gal fuel tank, these machines offer a one-piece pod-style cab that fully tilts forward with the arms down.

 

CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Wacker Neuson demonstrates new skid-steer and compact-track loaders
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CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Video wrap-up of Day 1 of the Expo

Roads & Bridges was on hand on Day 1 of the 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas. Editorial Director Bill Wilson offers a glimpse of some of what the R&B editorial staff saw as the convention got under way.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG: Video wrap-up of Day 1 of the Expo
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Thunder Creek Equipment

At ConExpo-Con/Agg, Roads & Bridges visited Thunder Creek Equipment to find out what they have to offer and where their specialities lie. 

 

If you are attending ConExpo-Con/Agg, be sure to visit Thunder Creek at Booth C22521 in the Central Hall.

Thunder Creek Equipment
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CONEXPO-CON/AGG: First 3D-printed excavator in history is unveiled at Tech Experience

ConExpo-Con/Agg's Tech Experience today opened with the unveiling of the world's first 3D-printed excavator. The machine, said Doosan/Bobcat president and CEO Rich Goldsbury, is "indicative of the 75,000-sq-ft Tech Experience's purpose in highlighting emerging technology." 

 

The excavator, officially named Project AME, or Additive Manufactured Excavator, was put through a few mild paces following its unveiling, pulling up buckets of soft dirt and sand and moving on its tracks around the small soil pediment sequestered for the demonstration. 

 

AEM 2017 chairman and president of Gradall Industries Mike Haberman was also on hand to showcase the AME. Haberman said, "This investment underscores industry investment in new technology." 

 

Roads & Bridges was on hand to witness this first-of-its-kind event.

 

CONEXPO-CON/AGG: First 3D-printed excavator in history is unveiled at Tech Experience
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