Snow & Ice 2004


Aug 3, 2005 12:30 PM, By Wilfrid A. Nixon, University of Iowa

Soldiers will tell you that there are two keys to winning battles: logistics and intelligence. If you know where the enemy is going to be and what they are planning, and you have the resources in place to stop them, then you’ll win. It sounds deceptively simple, but, of course, it isn’t quite that straightforward....

The Economics of Anti-icers

Aug 3, 2005 12:56 PM, By Michael Coleman

In the competitive race to keep ahead of winter snow and devious spring ice storms, many companies have considered using anti-icers to help gain an edge. But how do you know if the strategy will pay off?...

Snow Thrower Shipments Rebound in 2004

Aug 3, 2005 3:11 PM

Estimates by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) for Model Year (MY) 2004, that ended in February, indicate that snow thrower ship-ments grew significantly (54.2 per-cent) from the 2003 level. Last year’s expectations for growth in 2004 were fulfilled, because the snow thrower shipment season is short and has always been sub-ject to large swings in retail inventory....

Quality Assurance

Aug 3, 2005 3:17 PM, By Wilfrid A. Nixon, University of Iowa

So it is snowing out. And you (or maybe the folks who work for you) are out there doing some plowing. Maybe you are clearing city streets or a parking lot or something else. And as the storm winds down, your crew gets done and you begin wondering to yourself, “How well did we do this time?” And maybe you're taking it a step further, asking, “If we did not do as well as we could, how could we do better next time?”...

Brick By Brick

Aug 3, 2005 4:10 PM, By Ellen Parson

What’s the best way to remove snow from brick (clay)? It seems like a simple question at first glance—one that would certainly warrant a straightforward answer. However, it continues to be the most frequently asked question of Snow & Ice Manager readers, many of whom still opt to shovel these jobs by hand to avoid potential problems. This doesn’t surprise many experts in the brick industry because the issue is not necessarily as simple as it sounds....

Landscaping With Snow Removal in Mind

Aug 3, 2005 4:47 PM, By Chris Grassman

As one of the people responsible for leading the planning, design and execution of landscape projects on the University of Michigan’s rustic Ann Arbor campus, Marvin Pettway’s focus in the warmer months is to bring the campus alive with a landscape filled with all types of colorful flowers, trees and bushes. While a beautiful end result is always high on his priority list, Pettway is also responsible for keeping campus streets, sidewalks and plazas clean of snow and ice during Michigan’s notoriously harsh winters. As a result, he gives very special consideration to any new landscaping proposal with regards to how the project will affect campus faculty, staff and students, as well as the efforts of his own snow removal team, when winter’s worst hits the campus....

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