Proceedings of the Annual Conference in Highway Engineering Volume 7-10

Proceedings of the Annual Conference in Highway Engineering Volume 7-10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ... capacity should be such that demurrage does not pile up unnecessarily due to erratic shipments or delays caused to other plant units. Equipment standardized such as mixers now are should not be overloaded. The machine may stand the strain for a time, but maintenance and depreciation charges will soon discount the apparent advantage. /Vorkmanship suffers also. After a road builder has bought his plant and completed a successful season's work, he has no assurance that his plant will balance with the requirements of the next job. There is an opportunity at times for the state and counties to adapt projects to plants. It has not always been possible to do this, however, because of considerations such as taking care of traffic during construction. It is sometimes advantageous to advertise a short job. A small job with a small organization and small overhead can compete favorably in unit price with a large job with large organization and high overhead. The risk of delay is more costly in a large plant layout. The small plant layout has proven adaptable to a larger variety of jobs. It is true that the large plant may not have yet had the chance to demonstrate its worth due to the uncertainty of material supply. To date it is my opinion that the average net return on the money invested for the large plant has been lower for a season's run than the small plant. The efficiency of the construction organization is responsible to a great degree for its success or failure. Vith improper equipment an efficient organization soon loses its efficiency and its interest in the welfare of the work. To return to the question of transportation units, to those who had the opportunity to hear the address on the effectiveness of the light and heavy truck...
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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 585g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236866274
  • 9781236866271