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First upgradable lasers for construction
20.02.2018 Hexagon launched the Leica Rugby CLH and Leica Rugby CLA lasers. This next generation of lasers offer the unique capability to adapt to user application needs through software upgrades – an industry first. With a focus on application flexibility, simplicity and durability, the new Leica Rugby lasers increase productivity and allow for maximum performance as construction projects evolve. These new lasers provide users access to upgrades that extend functionality and adapt to application needs. This ensures users have the right laser for any levelling, read more

Breakthrough technology for every engineer
20.02.2018 ANSYS is revolutionizing product engineering by enabling engineers to create smarter designs faster and more efficiently with today's commercial release of ANSYS Discovery Live. Discovery Live will empower millions of engineers around the world to confidently simulate designs in real-time quickly and more economically. The demand for smarter, faster, smaller and less expensive products is growing, while at the same time making products more complex. Trends like the Internet of Things, smart connected products and additive manufacturing are merging read more

New Reverse-Mount PLCC RGB SMD LED for Full Color Illumination
20.02.2018 Traditional top emitting PLCC packages in the industry standard, 3.5mm x 2.8mm package has been diversely used across many design platforms over the years. The vast demands for discrete backlighting, while maintaining high intensities with wide viewing angle emission requirements have allowed SunLED to design the next generation reverse-mount PLCC RGB SMD LED: XZMDKCBDDG45S-9. This LED maintains the same package size and footprint as the most popular PLCC package, however engineered for reverse-mount use. read more

Can build timber skyscraper taller than 150 metres
11.02.2018 "With a wider building, it will be possible to build a timber building taller than 100 metres. 150 metres should also be possible. Possibly even taller." These are the words of Director Rune Abrahamsen of Moelven Limtre AS. The man behind "Mjøstårnet," among other things, which when completed in March 2019 will be the world's tallest timber building. The building that many people in the international construction industry consider to be world-class engineering. Rune Abrahamsen says that a number of players are vying for the world record for the world's tallest timber building. read more

First Power-over-Ethernet connected lighting system
11.02.2018 Philips Lighting and TDC Erhverv have installed the first Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connected lighting system in the Nordics, using Cisco network technology. The Philips lighting system in the newly built smart office in Albertslund Municipality in Copenhagen, Denmark, gives its building managers unique insights into energy use and space utilization, while enabling office workers to personalize their office lighting using a smartphone app. The project is a key landmark in Copenhagen's Lighting Metropolis initiative. read more

Hitachi Power Tools Introduces its First Quiet Compressor, the EC28M
11.02.2018 Hitachi Power Tools announced its first compressor in a new Low Noise Series; a Portable 1-Gallon Oil-Free Quiet Air Compressor, model EC28M. It produces a mere 59 dB of sound, which is so low a normal conversation can easily take place while it is cycling! Equipped with an industrial oil-free pump and overload protection, it delivers high durability with virtually no maintenance. Weighing just 25.2 lbs., the EC28M is easy to transport and is ready to plug and play right out of the box. read more

Osram’s Regensburg location seen in a whole new light
11.02.2018 As you approach on the A3 motorway heading toward Neutraubling, you can see the brightly lit façade of Osram Opto Semiconductors' new main building L01 from far away. The installation is part of an innovative concept from the high-tech group for the new design of commercial buildings with the focus on human lighting needs. Implemented with the help of state-of-the-art LED technology, Human Centric Lighting (HCL) is designed to make a sustainable and positive impact on the working environment in the future. read more

Immersive LED light show on I-35W Bridge
11.02.2018 Philips Lighting and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) featured a series of dynamic light shows on the I-35W Saint Anthony Falls Bridge on February 2-4, 2018, in celebration of this Sunday's big game activities taking place in Minneapolis. The recently completed upgrade to a connected LED lighting system allows the 1,907-foot (600 meters) I-35W Bridge to put on special light shows tailored to themes of specific holidays, important civic causes, and special events. The iconic bridge is a vital link for commuters and truck freight across the Mississippi River and into Minneapolis. read more

Zaha Hadid's dunes for the desert in UAE’s eastern district
11.02.2018 In the middle of the Sharjah Desert in the United Arab Emirates, a futuristic building is currently being constructed according to the plans of Zaha Hadid. As inspiration, the famous architect used nothing more than sand dunes. PERI is supporting this ambitious project with an individually-designed planning solution, project-specific formwork elements as well as by providing comprehensive support through its local team of experts. After completion, around 7,000 m² of usable space will serve as the headquarters of the award-winning Bee'ah company read more

exhibitions and other events

"Cleaner construction practices are vital to tackle toxic air," former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment urges at EHS 2018
09.02.2018 As the 2018 Executive Hire Show (EHS) takes place in Coventry, Matthew Pencharz, the former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and current director of Off Grid Energy, is addressing why it is integral for building sites to manage cleaner, renewable energy on-site in the UK. read more

Technology trends at Stone+tec 2018: simplified operation and company-internal networking
01.02.2018 From 13 to 16 June, technological innovations in stone processing as well as materials and accessories will be a key offering at Stone+tec 2018 in Nuremberg. From mechanical aids to heavy machinery, Stone+tec is where stone works and stonemasonry firms find their tools for the future. At the Stone+tec trade forum, presentations and discussions that focus on technological topics serve as guides for the next investment decision. It's already clear: Rotary head technology and CNC machines are becoming increasingly user-friendly. At the same time, the networking of individual process steps is on the rise. read more

Life Is On with Schneider Electric at Houzz of 2018
29.01.2018 Houzz, the online home improvement platform and community that connects homeowners with tradespeople, is opening its Houzz of 2018 from 26th to 31st January to showcase the key trends that will define homes in 2018. In the heart of Soho, a five-storey townhouse will be transformed into the Houzz, featuring a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, home office and children’s room stocked with the latest accessories and devices. Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, is showcasing some of its latest smart home solutions at the Houzz of 2018, a pop-up, five-storey installation in Soho inspired by the most exciting 2018 design trends. read more

BAM celebrates great safety performance at Museum of the Future in Dubai
23.01.2018 BAM employees are celebrating two million hours worked lost time injury free at the building site for the Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This achievement is thanks to the professionalism and continuous commitment from those on the project, who have worked tirelessly to ensure the site remains harm free. BAM International bv, the operating company of Royal BAM Group active outside Europe, expects to deliver the iconic Museum of the Future to Meraas Holding by mid-2019. BAM International is supported on this project by BAM Ireland. read more

industry news

CIMIC's UGL awarded Tailem Bend Solar Farm project
16.02.2018 CIMIC Group company UGL has been awarded contracts by Equis Energy to build and maintain the Tailem Bend 127MWDC Solar Farm in South Australia. read more

BAM PGGM-HABAU consortium reaches financial close on Availability Model A10 / A24 Neuruppin to Pankow in Germany
16.02.2018 The consortium consisting of BAM-PGGM and HABAU has reached financial close on the Availability Model A10 / A24 AS Neuruppin to AD Pankow in Germany. The construction volume is €650 million. The project will include the design, build, finance, maintain and operate contract which comprises the widening of the A10 to six lanes for a length of 29.6 km of motorway and the complete reconstruction of the A24 with four lanes plus an extended hard shoulder for a length of 29.2 km. In addition to the motorway the construction scope of works also includes several bridges (27 replacement constructions, 10 new constructions, 2 demolitions), noise protection walls, traffic sign bridges, traffic management installation, interchanges, rest areas and secondary/agricultural roads. read more

Fluor Brings Power to Nearly a Quarter of a Million Customers in Puerto Rico
09.02.2018 Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) confirmed that its crews supporting the mission in Puerto Rico of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have helped to restore power to more than 232,000 customers throughout the island since arriving in October. read more

NouvLR General Partnership selected as EPC contractor of the Réseau express métropolitain
09.02.2018 NouvLR General Partnership – a consortium composed of SNC-Lavalin Major Projects Inc., Dragados Canada, Inc., Groupe Aecon Québec Ltée, Pomerleau Inc. and EBC Inc., in collaboration with the NouvLR design team, made up of a consortium composed of SNC-Lavalin Inc. and AECOM, read more

Skanska builds mixed-use development in London, UK
07.02.2018 Skanska has signed a contract for constructing a mixed-use commercial and retail development in the City of London, UK. The client is confidential. The contract is worth GBP 140M, about SEK 1.6 billion, which will be included in the order bookings for Europe in the first quarter 2018. read more

CIMIC’S CPB Contractors wins $84m Sydney Recreation Centre Sydney
23.01.2018 CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by the City of Sydney to design and construct the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, the largest pool complex to be built in the city since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. read more

Vinci Construction to build a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant in Morocco
15.01.2018 Vinci Construction, as leader of a joint venture with the Andritz Hydro electromechanical company, has won the contract to build the Abdelmoumen pumped storage hydroelectric plant (PSP) located 70 km from Agadir, Morocco. The €284 million pumped-storage scheme is part of the plan to develop and integrate renewable energies in Morocco. The contract covers construction surveys, civil engineering works, supply of materials and pumping equipment, assembly, testing and commissioning. read more

SNC-Lavalin announces agreement with a downstream refining company in the Gulf Coast, USA
12.01.2018 SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) has signed a Master Services Agreement, with approximate worth in excess of $100M, with one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies. read more

ABB to energize Singapore’s autonomous electric bus project
12.01.2018 ABB is again underlining its leading role in sustainable global transport solutions with a new project together with Volvo Buses, this time for Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore: ABB will provide its state-of-the-art Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC) 300P for the forthcoming project to deliver two autonomous driving electric buses for the island by the beginning of 2019. With this project ABB is taking another step towards sustainable mobility, just days after announcing the title sponsorship of the world's first fully electric, international FIA motorsport series. read more

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