Flood Recovery: Tips for Safely Using Pumps When Cleaning Up

If you have experienced flooding, you know that a water pump is an important part of the clean-up process, helping move gallons of water quickly and efficiently to dry out flooded basements and assist contractors on job sites. Get the right pump for the job. It’s important to use the right pump for the water […]

Prepare for Storm Season Now

The monsoon season is almost upon us and it will start as a guessing game, but there are proper measures residents can overcome now to prepare and minimize losses, therefore; the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers these tips: To minimize damage: Trim branches, clear debris and put away lawn furniture and toys when storms are […]

County Materials’ Donation Supports Inclusive Community Playground

Several community groups, county organizations, and many families in Salem, IL were dreaming of constructing a special need, sensory playground in their community. In July 2018, this much-needed playground took a step towards becoming a reality when the Salem City Council unanimously approved the location for the playground in Bryan Memorial Park. The planning, development, […]

OSHA Silica Rule Compliance & Instructions

Crystalline silica is a common mineral found in the earth’s crust. Materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar contain crystalline silica. It is also used to make products such as glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone. Respirable crystalline silica – very small particles at least 100 times smaller than ordinary sand you might find […]

Increasing Material Cost

Building material costs have increased between the end of December 2017 and now. An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data proved that there is an increased cost. To be specific there was a 9% increase in building materials since this time last year. It comes at about 1% a […]

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building information technology is helping industry leaders stand out with better efficiency. BIM allows users to generate computer representations of buildings and utilities. The ease of managing these models and sharing data can enable superior prefabrication of parts, leading to on-time and accurate completion. Autodesk describes it as an intelligent 3D model-based process to help […]

Modular & Prefabricated Construction

Modular buildings and modular homes are prefabricated buildings or houses that consist of repeated sections called modules. “Modular” is a construction method that involves constructing sections away from the building site, then delivering them to the intended site. Installation of the prefabricated sections is completed on site. Prefabricated sections are sometimes placed using a crane. […]

Perspectives for diamond tools in the construction industry

New materials technologies continue to emerge and, as they develop, they enable both the invention of new products and the displacement of traditional products. Although diamond as a natural material has a long technical history it is still one of the most innovative materials for tools and many other applications. Due to its hardness, abrasion […]