This morning (January 26) Caterpillar announced a significant
cut in its work force in response to sagging global sales. Coming from the
construction equipment giant, this signal of tough times ahead for the heavy
construction industry confirms the worst fears many have held on the depth and
length of the downturn. While there’s nothing you or I can do to change the
underlying factors involved, what we can do is make sure we’re doing everything
in our power to increase the efficiencies of our operations.
The Technology in Construction department in our most recent
issue of Grading & Excavation
Contractor focuses on Earthwork Software, asking the question, “Where’s the
Industry Headed?” The short answer is, “toward its full adoption,” but for the
full story and how this might apply to your business I urge you to go to our January-February issue read the article "Earthwork Software" and see what providers and users have to say on the subject.
If you’re a longtime subscriber, chances are you’re already
taking advantage of earthwork software, but even so, to make sure you’re getting
the most from your investment, you would still do well to read the article to
see how others are using it. Then, too, if you’ve been using the same software
for more than a year, you might want to check with your provider to see what’s
Many of us will be heading to Las Vegas next week (February
3–6) for the 2009 World of Concrete expo, where, along with all of the concrete
slinging and finishing equipment, we’ll have the opportunity to visit the
software people as well.