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Tom Jackson is the executive editor of Equipment World magazine and has been writing about construction and related fields for 26 years. A 1979 graduate from the University of Alabama, Jackson is also a U.S. Army veteran and a father of two.


Bursting bubble of big tobacco financing gives glimpse of road building’s future without a gas tax increase

Aug 13, 2014

Bursting bubble of big tobacco financing gives glimpse of road building’s future without a gas tax increase

Last week I wrote about how states that engage in public-private partnerships (P3s) and other types of debt and bond financing would create short term gains and long term disaster for the road building industry. This weekend I read an article on ...

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Toll roads, P3s and creative financing will bring short-term gain, long-term disaster for the road building industry

Aug 08, 2014

Toll roads, P3s and creative financing will bring short-term gain, long-term disaster for the road building industry

For the last half-century gas and diesel taxes collected at the pump have been the primary source of funding for almost all our highway infrastructure. But Congress hasn’t  increased the gas tax or adjusted it for inflation since 1992. Anti-tax advocates ...

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4 rules for managing production dozer Owning & Operating costs

Jul 14, 2014

4 rules for managing production dozer Owning & Operating costs

Of all the machines in the earthmoving world bulldozers, particularly large ones, may have the greatest variation when it comes to owning and operating costs. While the initial purchase price of a big dozer is a relatively fixed quantity, everything else ...

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Texas has edge over California for high-speed rail

Apr 07, 2014

Texas has edge over California for high-speed rail

For the last few years, I’ve been critical of California’s attempts to link Los Angeles to San Francisco with a high-speed rail line. Related: California’s high-speed rail could fail to meet required trip time It’s not that I’m reflexively against passenger rail. ...

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GM debuts bi-fuel trucks

Nov 09, 2012

GM debuts bi-fuel trucks

The order books are open and they're coming down the assembly lines as we speak: the 2013 Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel pickup trucks. The Vortec 6.0L engines in these trucks will run on gasoline or compressed ...

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Natural gas saves the day after hurricane Sandy

Nov 06, 2012

Natural gas saves the day after hurricane Sandy

The New York Times reports today that residents and businesses of that city that use natural gas for heating, cooking or electrical power generation are up and running, while many who rely on electrical power are still in the dark. This is ...

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Bridges are singing in the rain

Oct 25, 2012

Bridges are singing in the rain

Scientists at Brigham Young University have discovered a way to measure defects in bridges by listening to the sounds they make when impacted by drops of water. Echo location is the basic principle at work here, a technique used for all ...

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Educating employees in a construction environment

Oct 25, 2012

Educating employees in a construction environment

In today's construction environment, you can train employees in-house, or just give up and pretend you don't need to train at all. Trouble is, those companies that don't train run the risk of  falling behind those that do in terms ...

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A tire that maintains its own pressure

Oct 16, 2012

A tire that maintains its own pressure

Nothing so ruins a day as having a flat on a truck carrying 60,000 pounds of anything.  Goodyear has taken a big leap forward in developing a solution to this problem with its self-inflating technology for commercial tires. Unveiled at a German ...

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Pay for mining school grads beats Harvard

Oct 01, 2012

Pay for mining school grads beats Harvard

Who makes more money after graduating from college? Students from Harvard, or graduates of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology? The 259 students that graduated from that little mining technology program in flyover country recieved an average starting salary of ...

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Mike Rowe sends Obama, Romney a letter

Sep 20, 2012

Mike Rowe sends Obama, Romney a letter

And guess who responds? The host of TVs Dirty Works show Mike Rowe sent President Obama a letter four  years ago about the shortage of skilled labor and the importance of manual labor in the United States. Obama never replied. So he ...

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Mike Rowe sends Obama, Romney a letter

Sep 17, 2012

Mike Rowe sends Obama, Romney a letter

And guess who responds? The host of TVs Dirty Works show Mike Rowe sent President Obama a letter four  years ago about the shortage of skilled labor and the importance of manual labor in the United States. Obama never replied. So he ...

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