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New Cat Alliance Targets Driver Fatigue

Cat_logoMay 27, 2013 – Are you tired of fatigue? Caterpillar Global Mining has entered into an alliance agreement with Seeing Machines Limited to deliver and support operator fatigue-monitoring technology through its Cat dealer network. Seeing Machines, headquartered in Canberra, Australia, has developed fatigue-monitoring systems using patented eye and head tracking technology to detect operator fatigue and distraction and to alert the mine controller and the machine operator.

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Production Disappointing in First Quarter

usgsMay 23, 2013 – Well, the numbers are in and they are disappointing. The estimated U.S. output of construction aggregates produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2013 was 352 Mt, a decrease of 3 percent compared with that of the same period of 2012.

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Updated Sand and Gravel Info

usgsMay 13, 2013 – USGS just updated its Sand and Gravel information page in the USGS Minerals Yearbook. The data was updated by Wallace P. Bolen, with domestic survey data and tables prepared by Michelle B. Blackwell and Hodan A. Fatah, statistical assistants.

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The Rubber IS the Road

old-tires-575-1May 6, 2013 – The old advertising phrase "where the rubber meets the road" could be modified to "where the rubber IS the road." Recycled car tires could soon be used to surface roads in the UK after a trial found they made roads quieter. One of the busiest roads in Scotland was resurfaced in 2012 with asphalt containing shredded rubber from old tires.

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Foxx Named Transportation Secretary

AnthonyFoxxApril 29, 2013 – President Obama announced that he would nominate Anthony R. Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., to be the next transportation secretary, saying his local government experience would help him manage the nation’s roads, bridges and airports. Flanked by Foxx and Ray LaHood, the departing secretary, Obama said Foxx was “one of the best mayors that Charlotte has ever seen.”

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