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“Connected” Construction Zone Technology Put to the Test in Michigan

Michigan road agencies and General Motors’ Research & Development are collaborating to showcase the state’s leadership in the connected and automated vehicle environment by successfully demonstrating smart signal technology. Successful demonstrations were recently conducted in Macomb County, adjacent to GM’s Warren Technical Center, as development vehicles engaged in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication at two intersections on Mound Road. In collaboration with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Macomb County Department of Roads, the GM development vehicles were able to receive data from the traffic controllers on signal phasing and timing. This collaborative validation of direct data communication between the...

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Safety System for Runaway Drones Developed by NASA

According to Wired Researchers, Trish and Lou Glaab at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia have developed an in-flight diagnostic system that notifies drones about critical failures and forces them to land safely. The system, Safe2Ditch, uses algorithms to detect everything from structural failures to battery problems, and even shifts in cargo due to inclement weather. “Basically, anything that you could envision for a general-aviation aircraft that would cause a pilot to have to make an emergency landing off-field could happen in a UAS,” said Lou Glaab. “Without a pilot, some onboard system needs to be able to perform this...

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Dire States Grant Awarded to Fix Deteriorating Bridge in Pennsylvania

CASE Construction Equipment has awarded the $25,000 Dire States Equipment Grant to Quincy Township, Pennsylvania for replacement/repair work on the Old Forge Bridge. The bridge weight limits have been lowered each of the last five years due to its deteriorating condition, risking access to residents, as well as fire departments, ambulances, police and school busses. The neighboring region of South Mountain also hosts a number of camps and facilities – including a Pennsylvania National Guard training center – that relies on access to the region from the bridge. The 2017 grant, launched at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017, will provide the township...

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ABC Says Apprenticeship Expansion “Helps All Americans Build America”

The ABC applauded President Trump’s  executive action on apprenticeships, which is an important step toward building new career opportunities for all Americans. If fully implemented, the order will allow industries to build innovative workforce development systems that address glaring skills gaps in our workforce.  With the construction industry currently facing a workforce shortage of as many as 500,000 jobs, this order is an important first step to allow more entryways into becoming a construction professional. “Associated Builders and Contractors looks forward to working with the secretaries of labor, commerce and education to implement the executive order and develop new, innovative and effective models to...

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Beating the Heat: Now’s the Time for ‘Water, Rest and Shade’

Summer has begun and it brings hot weather – and potentially dangerous work conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reminds employers and workers to take precautions to stay safe before a heatwave begins. OSHA’s message is simple: Water. Rest. Shade.  On hot days, the agency recommends frequent breaks in a cool or shady environment, and drinking water every 15 minutes. OSHA also urges employers to allow new workers to acclimate and build up resistance to the increased temperatures. A recent study of heat-related workplace fatalities found that most occurred during the worker’s first week...

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