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Last month I attended the 12th TRB Asset Management Conference (my third) and the 2018 AASHTO Committee On Maintenance Annual Meeting (my fifth).

While both conferences were about Asset Management, the focus of each was on two different planes. The TRB Conference focused more on strategic issues (i.e. risk, resiliency, sustainability) and the AASHTO Conference focused more on tactical issues (i.e. equipment, materials, technology, regulations). Asset Management has gone through a significant evolution from a tactical focus on operations and roadside maintenance to a powerful strategic management tool that enables agencies to better plan, manage and execute to maximize results and be more cost efficient.

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Modern technology has catapulted maintenance of roadway infrastructure to a new level.

When it comes to collecting data about your assets, PILLAR utilizes the Leica Pegasus: Two Ultimate as its choice for mobile LiDAR. The laser scanning and mapping technology platform provides what we need to get the job done.

This device utilizes two back-to-back cameras to create 360-degree images from a vehicle, boat, 4-wheeler or train. A removable SSD means you have the information at your fingertips when you walk into the office.


The safety measures a company puts in place tend to be taken for granted. That is until an accident occurs and the issue is brought to the forefront.

June is National Safety Month, an initiative led by the National Safety Council (NSC) to ensure “No One Gets Hurt.” The month aims to reduce the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in homes and communities.

Each week of the month highlights a different aspect of safety: Week 1, emergency preparedness; Week 2, wellness; Week 3, falls; and Week 4, driving.

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 After many years in the safety-consulting business, I have heard the loud chorus of employer complaints aimed at "Why do I need to do all this stuff?" To educate the contracting community, here is a brief summary of the Top 10 safety issues for contractors.
 


Are you still using Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) metrics as your safety standard? Do you plan on being in this business 5, 10 or 20 years from now? If you answered yes to both, you have a value conflict. Why accept some random statistical average composed of questionable data as your standard when it is more effective to create personalized best practices and performance metrics?

PILLAR's Safety Director, John Meola was recently published in Construction Business Owner magazine discussing 3 essential elements of a world-class safety program.

Read the full article here.