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Doka concrete-artwork for Prague
24.07.2016 Hands, shoe prints, tools and entire trees – Doka is making its mark on this new build in the city's famous Národní Street. All exactly to specification. The fair-faced concrete core of the monolithic building in the heart of Prague is hallmarked by artistry cast in concrete, from the basement levels up to the top floor. The exceptional design by architects Ing. Arch. Stanislav Fiala/Fiala + Němec s.r.o reflects the diversity intrinsic to concrete as a material. Pure, unpretentious aesthetics and artistic traits alike necessitate precision formwork engineering. read more

Siemens makes skyscrapers greener
23.07.2016 Siemens is making the world's second tallest office building even greener. Representatives of Taipei 101 and Siemens recently signed a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for the installation of Siemens Navigator, a cloud-based energy and sustainability management platform for buildings. Located in Taiwan's capital of Taipei, Taipei 101 is the world's second tallest office building with a height of 508 meters. Completed in 2004, the skyscraper is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. In 2011, Taipei 101 received LEED Platinum certification read more

Frankfurt to build world's first hospital to the Passive House Standard
23.07.2016 Rubber boots and spades stood ready for a special premiere: Work has started on the world's first Passive House hospital in the Höchst district of Frankfurt. The previous clinic will be replaced by a new Passive House building with ten operating theatres and 666 beds planned over six floors. The Passive House Institute has provided comprehensive support throughout the planning phase and will continue to do so during the building's construction. The energy demands of hospital buildings are significantly higher than other building types due to their 24-hour operation. read more

Doka cantilevering for super-slim piers
23.07.2016 Doka's formwork expertise is currently in demand during the construction of one of the busiest motorway viaducts in Germany. The Lahntal bridge located in Limburg dates back to the early nineteen-sixties and is 400-metre long. Every day about 100,000 vehicles cross the valley of the River Lahn on the viaduct. Its traffic load has increased sharply, so a new bridge is being built sited just a few metres west of the old viaduct. The new Lahntal viaduct will measure a massive 43.50 metres overall in width. So in future, there will be a total of eight lanes, read more

Superior performance of fenestration glass products
19.07.2016 Guardian Glass in Europe has demonstrated the superior performance of its fenestration glass products in an ambitious Alpine shelter project in Slovenia. The project was initiated by OFIS Architects in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to help research the impact of extreme weather conditions on different types of materials and construction techniques. The modern shelter was designed in the fall of 2015 in the studio 'Habitation in Extreme Environments' at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Chosen from a number of designs submitted by the architecture students, read more

Shopping in the Box: Osram sets Dubai's urban shopping mile in scene
19.07.2016 The Box Park is a modern, urban lifestyle complex in Dubai. With a length of 1.2 kilometres it offers special shopping and entertainment possibilities and also accommodates unusual restaurant concepts from around the world. Dynamic lighting from Osram Lighting Solutions transforms the building facades of the shopping boulevard into multicoloured screens for playing a variety of light atmospheres. The shopping mile with its interplay of modern architecture and the look of storage boxes and shipping containers is a highly diverse alternative to read more

Climbing formwork solution for angular geometry of a gigantic frame
19.07.2016 An exceptional, walk-in work-of-art structure has been created in the capital of the Dubai emirate: a huge frame whose glass crosspiece provides visitors with a spectacular view. For realizing this building assignment, PERI formed a project team comprised of climbing and formwork specialists. From the very beginning through to the end, they supported the complex shell construction with precisely matched execution solutions. As a result, the angular core geometry could be realized within the very tight dimensional tolerances; in addition, 30 days construction time could be saved. read more

Germany EEG reform a mixed bag for wind energy
18.07.2016 Germany's parliament approved a plan to reform the country's renewable energy law by ending feed-in tariffs in favour of competitive auctions and putting clear volumes on wind energy deployment. Lawmakers have agreed to cap the annual auctions for onshore wind at 2.8GW and offer fluctuating tenders for offshore wind in order to control renewables installations over the next decade. The limit for onshore wind is expected to increase after 2020 to 2.9GW a year. The offshore cap, which will apply from 2021-2030, will vary from year to year read more

Industry’s Smallest SMD LED
18.07.2016 Kingbright reaches another industry breakthrough with the launch of industry's smallest SMD LED, the HELI-UM series. HELI-UltraMiniature (0201) marks a new era in the SMD LED industry as its size of 0.65x0.35x0.20mm allows most ultra-compact innovative designs to be free of physical restraints. Engineered with AlGalnP and InGaN chips, HELI-UltraMiniature is ready to shine with exceptional brightness. Highly compatible with automatic placement equipments, HELI-UltraMiniature can be easily utilized similarly to 0201 passive components. Product Features: read more

exhibitions and other events

Expo Real CareerDay: Strong springboard into the profession
22.07.2016 Studies show that the real estate industry pays good salaries. And it also offers diverse and exciting careers. Expo Real, Europe's leading B2B trade fair for real estate and investments, is opening its doors to students to provide them with the possibility of visiting the exhibition and the conference program to obtain information about companies and opportunities as well as to establish contacts. The CareerDay on the last trade fair day deals specifically with the questions of students and young professionals—overall an outstanding offer at a very reasonable price. read more

BAU 2017: Wood, locks/fittings, solar technology
21.07.2016 BAU 2017—that is about 185,000 square meters of materials, technologies and systems. Some 25 soccer fields of state-of-the-art technology for the international construction industry. BAU will feature a number of new developments in the sectors for wood materials, timber construction and facade systems as well as interior work, stairs, floor coverings and accessories. Last year, sales in the building-related wood industry increased by 1.2 percent, and the wood-based materials industry recorded an increase of 3.4 percent. read more

CTT confirms leading position in CIS construction machinery sector
12.07.2016 The 17th international specialized exhibition Construction Equipment & Technologies / CTT took place from May 31 to June 4, 2016 at IEC Crocus Expo, Moscow. To date, CTT is the fifth top global exhibition of construction equipment. This year, the long-term cooperation between CTT and one of the world's leaders in the trade fair industry, Messe München GmbH, was brought to a new level. "Messe München is the organizer of the international bauma network with shows in Germany and China, and joint ventures in India and South Africa, " says Klaus Dittrich, CEO of Messe München. "This will enable CTT to be integrated into the global construction industry community and expand the quality and quantity of exhibitors and visitors." read more

Cranfield University honours Atkins’ chairman with doctorate
08.07.2016 Allan Cook CBE, Atkins' chairman, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Cranfield University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the defence and security industry. The award was made at Cranfield University's Graduation ceremony for 2016 on Thursday, 7 July 2016. Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university focused on technology and management. Professor Simon Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor – Defence and Security, Cranfield University, said: "Allan Cook is an engineer's engineer. read more

industry news

Bilfinger wins multi-million euro contracts from aluminum industry in Norway
27.07.2016 Bilfinger has won an order from aluminum company Hydro for the installation of 60 electrolytic cells at the Hydro technology pilot plant at the Karmøy location in Norway. The order volume amounts to approximately €27 million. Through the pilot plant, Hydro aims to make the world's most energy-efficient technology for aluminum production ready for series-production. The target is to reduce energy consumption and thus the CO2 footprint by 15 percent. read more

Skanska sells Hotel Hagaplan in Stockholm, Sweden, to SPP
26.07.2016 Skanska has signed an agreement with SPP on the transfer of Hotel Hagaplan in Stockholm, Sweden, for about SEK 970M. The divestment will be recorded by Skanska Sweden in the third quarter 2016. The transfer of the property to the buyer will take place in December. The combined hotel and office building is located in Hagastaden, next to the square Hagaplan and a planned new metro station. The building is 17 stories high with underground parking. The gross area totals about 16,200 square meters. The building will be LEED certified at Gold level. read more

BAM wins contract for Emergency Services Centre in Leverkusen, Germany
22.07.2016 BAM Deutschland AG (the German operating company of Royal BAM Group nv, specialising in general building projects) has won a contract to construct a Fire and Rescue Services Centre in Leverkusen (north of Cologne), with a contract value of approximately €40 million. This PPP contract is commissioned by Madora GmbH & Co. KG and funded by LHI Leasing GmbH. BAM Immobilien-Dienstleistungen GmbH will also be responsible for the facilities management of the Centre ('Hauptfeuer- und Rettungswache') for a 25 year period. The Emergency Centre is designed by renowned architects Gatermann + Schossig in Cologne. read more

Ferrovial and Acciona will build a bridge on the Pacific Highway in Australia
20.07.2016 The consortium comprising of Ferrovial Agroman and Acciona has signed the contract to design and build the Clarence River Crossing, a 1.5-kilometre bridge on the Pacific Highway, in Australia, for 250 million Australian dollars, equivalent to 172 million euros. The infrastructure will cross the Clarence River at Harwood, in New South Wales. It will be 30 metres in height and will have four lanes. The bridge will be the longest of over 100 bridges on this stretch of the Pacific Highway, between Woolgoolga and Ballina, once it is upgraded. Construction is expected to commence in mid-2016. read more

Balfour Beatty awarded One Nine Elms pre-construction services agreement
20.07.2016 Balfour Beatty has been awarded a pre-construction services agreement by Wanda One to act as the main contractor for the delivery of the One Nine Elms development. Dean Banks, Managing Director at Balfour Beatty's UK Construction Services business commented: "We are pleased to be awarded the pre-construction services agreement for One Nine Elms and to be partnering with Wanda to get this fantastic project underway. This reflects the depth and breadth of experience we have in this sector and builds on the success of similar projects across London." read more

Mott MacDonald to provide engineering services to Alghanim International, Kuwait
15.07.2016 Mott MacDonald has been appointed by Alghanim International to provide multidisciplinary engineering services for the onshore construction of remote header manifolds (RHM) in the south and east of Kuwait on behalf of Kuwait Oil. The firm's role includes the design of the RHMs and all other associated works. read more

Ramboll to conduct a green energy study for Ivy League school
15.07.2016 Colleges across North America are looking to convert their steam systems to hot water district energy. Advantages include an optimised and flexible system, energy savings, a higher degree of efficiency and better possibilities of integrating renewable energy combined with a reduced risk of leakages. When it comes to district energy the US relies primarily on steam heating, which can be costly to operate and maintain, as well as being a potential safety hazard. Looking for an alternative, the Ivy League University, Dartmouth asked Ramboll to conduct a renewable energy study for the school. read more

BAM: management buyout Heilijgers
12.07.2016 Royal BAM Group nv has the intention to sell its construction and properties subsidiary Heilijgers to its management. The company has more than one hundred employees and a pretax profit of €1 million with a total revenue €40 million in 2015. read more

Prysmian to offer cables compliant with the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
12.07.2016 Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, is ready to offer the market the widest range of energy and telecommunications cables compliant with the European Construction Products Regulation (CPR), continuing to support its customers through the supply of innovative and technologically advanced solutions. read more

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