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Hivot Weekly round-up 04/15/2022

Bringing you this week's must-reads for construction and industrial trades workers. 

Hands-on construction workshops let students take the wheel

Tapping into the potential future workforce takes some creativity. Having cool tools to work with always helps. 

Florida Construction Career Day gives high school seniors an opportunity to learn what happens in the construction industry in a hands-on way.

Don Hart, a board member of the host group holding the event, says Tampa Bay Construction Career Day is put on by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Federal Highway Administration, Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA), Suncoast Utility Contractors Association and other companies in the construction industry...

 

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Study shows automated speed controls around Pa. construction sites reduce speeding, crashes

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement Program issued just over 644,000 tickets in its first 20 months to motorists driving more than 11 miles an hour above the speed limit through construction sites.

But a report issued by the department for National Work Zone Awareness Week shows the program is working. Drivers are moving slower through work zones and the number of accidents in work zones is dropping...

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New tech can simplify critical construction payment processes

As the digitisation of the construction industry accelerates and evolves, general contractors have made great strides in innovation at the job site. Technologies like the Internet of Things, reality capture, and autonomous vehicles are bringing new advantages. At the same time, many have overlooked the substantial productivity gains they could be making by giving the same attention to back-office processes. To save time and money across all facets of their business, organisations need to think holistically about their digital transformation, including one area often still mired in manual, disconnected processes: payments...

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Dinosaur Tracks Damaged After Construction Crew Drove Over Fossil Site, Report Finds

More than two months after paleontologists claimed a dinosaur fossil site in Utah was seriously damaged by a backhoe, the Bureau of Land Management—which had ordered the construction work—has admitted that fossil trackways were indeed damaged by the heavy machinery and that the department made mistakes in not consulting scientists before dismantling a boardwalk there. But some say the BLM still hasn’t done enough to ensure this and other fossil sites will be adequately protected.

“I don’t like to be uncharitable to anybody, but if I were to describe the report in one word, I’d say: bland. And very generalized,” said Martin Lockley, one of the world’s top ichnologists who has studied the fossils at Mill Canyon...

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5 Ways Apps Can Aid Fleet Management

Keeping tabs on dozens or hundreds of pieces of rental equipment on a job site—including what’s in use, what needs to be returned, and what’s awaiting delivery or pickup—is a big job. When construction project timelines are running, contractors see using mobile technology as an important tool to make sound decisions and take speedy actions about equipment resources, according to United Rentals. Benefits include improved fleet management, keeping projects on schedule, and boosting worksite performance.

Equipment rental mobile apps bring consumer-like experiences to construction worksite teams and make everyday fleet management tasks easier. They allow contractors to rent and manage equipment, including excavators, trenchers, aerial work platforms, backhoe loaders and more, no matter where they are located...

 

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