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Archive for February, 2009

The Cost of Re-Staking (sometimes it includes embarrassment)

Years ago, as a young construction surveyor, I attended the weekly safety meetings on a 12 acre commercial job site.  I had been surveying on-site everyday for the previous six months.  I had been doing a lot of free re-staking because the guys were cool and I wanted to be accepted as “one of the [...]

February 27, 2009 in Paul's Blog
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Grading Between the Stakes

Many years ago, I heard it said that all the good (experienced) finish grade operators were retiring. Of course, this can’t be correct as the younger guys can certainly be very good as well.  It was really a comment that fine and finish grading skills take many years of experience to fine-hone. One reason for [...]

February 24, 2009 in Paul's Blog
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What about the Site Supervisor & Site Inspector?

In my years of implementing 3D positioning systems the grading contractor became interested or was approached in one of two ways.  Selling from the bottom up or selling from the top down. Selling from the bottom up generally means presenting the system benefits to the machine operators who then convinced their bosses to invest (bottom [...]

February 20, 2009 in Randy's Blog
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Construction Cross Training – Application Interoperability

I was speaking with a friend and industry expert yesterday and he brought up an interesting term; construction cross training.  The term grabbed my interest and then I realized that I had understood the concept for years.  His point was how well a technology investment could morph and address multiple site applications. Example: My friend [...]

February 20, 2009 in Randy's Blog
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