Jeff Winke Consultancy

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Jeff Winke Consultancy


Technology-oriented b-to-b writer / editor specializing in construction, building systems, material handling, and processing industries. I’m available for writing application stories, including site visits and photography of equipment in use, as well as reporting-style videos.

I also write technical articles, product round-ups, business outlooks, business and product profiles, technology developments, expert opinion summations, and most any other content for print
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Jeff Winke Consultancy

GPS rover and level/slope measuring system help landfill gain 2.3 million yards of space

GPS rover and level/slope measuring system help landfill gain 2.3 million yards of space Ask the average person on the street where garbage goes after the garbage truck picks it up and takes it away, and most will likely say, “the dump.” At one time, most communities had a town dump located near the edge …

The Future of Construction in America

The Future of Construction in America Exciting change will reward the aware contractor Hop in a car and drive anywhere and chances are the drive will be on roads and highways that need patching, resurfacing, or widening, and bridges often show signs of needed maintenance. Sadly, things are in bad shape. On the last two …

Road Resurfacing Simplified – Critical data collected at highway speed

Road Resurfacing Simplified – Critical data collected at highway speed Traditionally, highway resurfacing projects have been a challenge, not only for the contractor, but the inconvenienced community through which the road passes. To collect the project data needed to perform the resurface, typically required lane closures and a team of surveyors collecting data points from …

The Here and There of Dirt

The Here and There of Dirt Providing dirt contractors with critical cut and fill quantities for their projects In the early 2000s, Jim Hammond did something historic in his life. He decides to shift his highway and heavy civil construction career to begin working for the toughest boss he’s ever known… himself. Hammond launched Hammond …

Chew It Up, Smooth It Out – Soil stabilizing made easy for warehouse build site

Chew It Up, Smooth It Out – Soil stabilizing made easy for warehouse build site The soil in central Indiana is fertile farmland. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its Soil Survey Manual, prime farmland “has the soil quality, growing season, and moisture supply needed to produce economically sustained high yields of crops …

Meet JohnnyBall – A simple and reliable solution for accurate level and slope

Meet JohnnyBall – A simple and reliable solution for accurate level and slope No electronics, batteries, or satellites required Every contractor knows there is something exquisitely wonderful in discovering a straight forward, simple solution to a task at hand. That rush of knowing that time and effort has been saved can be almost intoxicating. As …

It’s a smooth finish for huge multi-contract road project in New Hampshire

It’s a smooth finish for huge multi-contract road project in New Hampshire New Hampshire I-93 rehab benefits from gravity-fed asphalt paver It may sound a bit over-the-top dramatic, but the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) proclaims that the widening of a 20-mile segment of I-93 between Exits 1 and 5 from the Massachusetts Stateline …

Roadtec compact milling machines – manoeuvrable, flexible and versatile

Roadtec compact milling machines – manoeuvrable, flexible and versatile Some projects have small, tight spaces that require compact equipment with maneuverability. In these cases, contractors employ small dozers, mini-excavators, and compact track loaders. Add to that mix a small milling machine specifically suited for removing road pavements, milling pavement strips, or milling tie-ins. The Roadtec …

Capturing the Past into the Cloud

Capturing the Past into the Cloud Historic Livermore Olivina winery building lives on in a 3D point cloud Livermore, California has a famous light…or more precisely, a lightbulb. For more than a century now the 4-watt light bulb, called the Centennial Light, has been burning since it was first clicked on in 1901. Housed in …

Technology adopters reap immediate benefits

Technology adopters reap immediate benefits Palmer, Alaska has just under 6,000 residents, but as a commercial and cultural center for the region it draws visitors from well beyond its city boundaries. Come the end of summer, the annual week-and-a-half long Alaska State Fair, located in Palmer, can draw more than 300,000 visitors. The fairgrounds are …

Taking control of the Future brings success

Taking control of the Future brings success Training and access to resources are key The construction industry is dynamic — ever changing and evolving through technology. The way contractors work today is clearly much different than 50 years ago — or 20 years — or even five years ago. The big difference is due to …

Integrated 3D Dozer Control system defines cutting edge

Integrated 3D Dozer Control system defines cutting edge Automated grade control using GNSS signals has transformed how earthmoving contractors get work done. Through the engineering efforts of its innovators and developers, machine control technology has been improved and refined over the years. A development in the ongoing evolution of machine control technology, is Topcon Positioning …

Mission Accomplished – resurfacing McDill Air Force Base Runway

Mission Accomplished – resurfacing McDill Air Force Base Runway MacDill Air Force Base, located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) south-southwest of downtown Tampa, Florida, is the base for the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command, which provides airlift, special missions, aerial refueling, and aeromedical evacuation for the armed forces. MacDill is home to 16 KC-135 …

Pre-construction planning software helps build Winery Visitor Centre

Pre-construction planning software helps build Winery Visitor Centre In the world of fine wine there was a time long ago when those with sophisticated palettes would harrumph and turn up their nose at the thought of sipping an American-produced wine. It was harshly referred to as drinking swill. It was thought that the climate, growing …

Fundamentals of IoT for Construction – Greater interconnectivity defines success

Fundamentals of IoT for Construction – Greater interconnectivity defines success Probably the best definition of the Internet of Things (IoT) appears in a Forbes magazine article written by the futurist Jacob Morgan. According to Morgan, the IoT refers to the concept of “basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or …

Partial runway reconstruction for Detroit Metro Airport

Partial runway reconstruction for Detroit Metro Airport Milling the old asphalt runway structure becomes key It was almost as though the $225-million runway that the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) had added in 2001 was jinxed from the get-go. Expected to last 30 years, Runway 4L/22R had issues arise a mere three years later when …

Technology improves efficiency for Canadian Contractor to help meet a tight deadline

Technology improves efficiency for Canadian Contractor to help meet a tight deadline It appears that when S. Dilawri Automotive Group does something big… it is really big. Dilawri is Canada’s largest group of auto dealers with franchised dealerships representing 30 automotive brands throughout Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. With more than 3,500 employees, …

Alaskan contractor Valley General benefits from technology for quick and quality work

Alaskan contractor Valley General benefits from technology for quick and quality work For most people the acronym, JSCCR, is a definite puzzler. What it stands for is Juniper, Spruce, Cranberry, Cottonwood, and Rose, which are the names of the roads in a heavily-wooded residential subdivision located in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in southern Alaska, not far …