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Construction of cantilevered parapets
30.08.2016 In the coming years, an increased need for new buildings and refurbishment of bridges can be expected in Germany. As a result, the number of cantilevered parapets to be realized will also increase. For their removal and construction, bracket scaffolds are normally used which are anchored to the structure. During the planning phase, the construction site situation must be properly assessed and a suitable bracket scaffold selected, including the anchoring, in order to minimize risks and costs as well as avoiding any construction delays. PERI offers read more

GE Appliances adds connected window air conditioner channel to IFTTT
30.08.2016 GE Appliances has added another product, connected window air conditioners, this summer to its growing list of appliances that consumers can control using If This Then That (IFTTT), an online service that allows users to create powerful connections between apps or websites and Wi-Fi -connected products they love. "Consumers are often looking for easier and more convenient ways to control appliances in their home, and this includes window air conditioners," said Mark Evans, product manager, room air products. "Using the connected window air conditioner channel, read more

Caterpillar to Design and Manufacture Full Line of Mini Excavators
26.08.2016 Caterpillar will shift design and production of its smallest hydraulic excavators to Caterpillar facilities beginning in 2018 as a successful, six-year strategic alliance with Wacker Neuson is phased out. Caterpillar will focus on growing its global mini excavator business as it leverages existing facilities and design teams to deliver cost effective and efficient new machines weighing less than three tons. Caterpillar's Building Construction Products Division will design and manufacture the new machines, building on the proven attributes of the larger Cat mini excavators. read more

Mobility and versatility with Grove GMK5250L
23.08.2016 DCH Crane has taken delivery of a Grove GMK5250L in a move to enhance the mobility of its fleet. The St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada-based company acquired the crane in May of 2016 and immediately put it to work to assist with several of its offered services, including lifting, rigging, heavy haul transport and general maintenance. "We were looking for a crane that could meet 80 percent of our capacity needs, but we still needed to remain in the five-axle class because of regional weight restrictions," said Dwayne Murphy, manager at DCH Crane. read more

Glass Louvre Windows Bring Winter Garden Revival to London Apartments
23.08.2016 Combining luxury with spectacular river views, St James' Riverlight development on the south bank of the Thames at Nine Elms, features balconies with Fieger louvre windows to extend seasonal use. Updating the concept of the winter garden for the 21st Century, architects Rogers Stirk Harbour aims to set a high benchmark for premium city living where the innovation features on pavilions one and two. Lindsay Eccles, MD at Fieger UK commented, "Balconies enhance urban living, especially in such a dramatic riverside setting, but UK weather and read more

AAMA's updated document for active side-hinged exterior door slabs
15.08.2016 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document establishing a standard test method and set of performance criteria for side-hinged exterior door active slabs and their associated hardware connections under accelerated operating conditions. The AAMA 920-16, "Specification for Operating Cycle Performance of Active Side-Hinged Exterior Door Slabs," was last updated in 2011. "The updates to AAMA 920 clarify the use of the test method specifically for the evaluation of the cycling performance read more

AAMA releases updated sealants document
15.08.2016 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) released an updated document describing the test procedures and specifications required for sealants. The AAMA 800 document, "Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants," was last updated in 2010. The AAMA 800 contains a group of documents utilized in the construction and installation of fenestration products. Beginning with the 2016 publication, these documents remain connected, but have been separated as sub-publications. read more

Twisted highrise architecture from Zaha Hadid
13.08.2016 The 170 m high office tower in Milan elegantly winds its way upwards and bears the signature of Zaha Hadid. Through the interplay of perfectly coordinated formwork and scaffolding solutions on the basis of a well thought-out safety concept, the shell construction could be completed within just 17 months. Il Dritto (The Straight One), Lo Storto (The Twisted One) and Il Curvo (The Curved One) – the names given to the three skyscrapers at Milan´s Piazza Tre Torri, the core of the ambitious CityLife urban development project. read more

Innovative climbing technology and a very impressive performance
13.08.2016 The expansion of the second most important waterway in the world is finished. Since the end of June 2016, large container ships can now also pass through the around 80 km long Panama Canal which connects the Pacific with the Atlantic. For PERI, it meant that the largest individual order in the 47-year history of the company had finally been completed. PERI supported the contractors with the planning and delivery of huge quantities of formwork and scaffolding systems. This required an extremely high level of efficiency along with delivery capability read more

exhibitions and other events

The first Vinci Cup, an international football tournament for under-15s
29.08.2016 Vinci and Paris FC are organising the first Vinci Cup, as part of their partnership, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August at the Complexe Marcel Bec in Meudon, a southwestern suburb of Paris. The aim for this unprecedented international tournament is to establish it as the benchmark for under-15 (U15) football players. read more

ABB presents digital grid approach at leading power sector event in Paris
26.08.2016 ABB is presenting its digital substation model at the Cigré conference and exhibition, in Paris from August 22-26, 2016, a leading global platform for power experts and a showcase for the latest technology developments in the sector. Digital substations will be a key component of next generation grids as they enable smarter power systems. This innovative technology concept supports the digital transformation of the power sector and reinforces ABB's Internet of Things, Services and People approach. read more

BAU 2017—Gate/parking systems, floor coverings and aluminium
23.08.2016 BAU 2017—that is about 185,000 square meters of materials, technologies and systems. 25 soccer fields filled with state-of-the-art technology for the international construction industry. These days few people still have to get out of the car in all weathers to open the garage door by hand. Electronic systems to open garage doors and gates, operated by transmitter, are now standard features, offering not only greater comfort but also safety. read more

ABB to showcase smart technologies for a digital grid at Cigré event in Paris
19.08.2016 ABB will present leading-edge power and automation technologies for the grid, at the Cigré conference and exhibition, in Paris from August 22-26, 2016. This biennial event is a leading global platform for power experts, representatives and decision-makers to discuss the latest technology developments in the sector.spliterIn addition to presenting a number of technical papers, ABB will exhibit some of its latest technology innovations with a focus on 'enabling a digital grid' and the enhanced automation of the power value chain. read more

industry news

BAM: management buyout Heilijgers completed
29.08.2016 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement with the management of its construction and properties subsidiary Heilijgers about a management buyout today, following the announcement of the transaction on 12 July 2016. read more

Ramboll wins San Francisco Planning frameworks
26.08.2016 To date, San Francisco has been spared when it comes to cloudbursts or sea level rise. But the City and County of San Francisco Planning Department know that the risk is there. That is a major reason the Californian metropolis has appointed Ramboll on three major frameworks for planning services. The frameworks are broad and cover among other things Strategic Planning, Resiliency Planning and Sustainability Planning. The San Francisco Planning Department explains about Sustainability Planning: read more

Construction starts on the Atkins-designed masterplan to transform Morocco’s capital city, Rabat
26.08.2016 Construction has started on the Wessal Bouregreg project, a visionary scheme to transform the cultural and social landscape of Morocco's capital, Rabat. Atkins designed the masterplan for this inner city site, as well as two of its most iconic buildings - the Library of National Archives of the Kingdom of Morocco, and the House of Arts and Culture - for Wessal Capital, an investment fund for tourism and real estate projects in the Kingdom of Morocco. read more

SNC-Lavalin awarded construction services contract in Mozambique
26.08.2016 SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has been awarded a construction services contract for the Balama Graphite Project in Cabo Delgado, Northern Mozambique. The contract is valued at C$21.7 million and SNC-Lavalin's Kentz Field Operations team will provide structural mechanical and piping construction services for the processing plant, including piping supply and platework. read more

Manufacturing confidence down as Services steadies the ship
23.08.2016 Business confidence continues to fall within the manufacturing sector following Brexit, according to the latest Credit Managers' Index (CMI). read more

BAM wins Glucksman Library extension at University of Limerick
23.08.2016 The University of Limerick has awarded the contract for the Glucksman Library extension to BAM Building Ltd. The contract value is approximately €18 million. The projects involves the design, construction and maintenance of 7,200 m2 extension to the existing Glucksman Library and Information Services Building (GLISB) on the south campus of the University of Limerick. The development ties into the exiting GLISB, which will remain in operation during the construction phase. read more

Skanska builds hospital in Michigan, USA
22.08.2016 Skanska has, together with its joint venture partner Closner Construction, signed a contract with Duke LifePoint Healthcare to build its new replacement hospital for UP Health System - Marquette in Michigan, USA. The total contract is worth USD 206M. Skanska USA Building will include its share of the contract worth USD 175M, about SEK 1.5 billion, in the order bookings for the third quarter 2016. The new 50,000-square-meter, 243-bed, replacement facility includes approximately 14,000 square meter of diagnostic and therapeutic services and 17,000 square meter of patient care services. read more

Arcadis appoints new Head of Transportation and Logistics Consulting in Asia
19.08.2016 Arcadis, the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets, announced the appointment of Dr. Jonathan Beard to lead its transportation and logistics sectors in Asia. A veteran with over 20 years' industry experience, Dr. Beard joins Arcadis to further strengthen its transportation and logistics business in Asia. read more

Mott MacDonald moves its Liverpool office downstairs
19.08.2016 Global engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald has relocated its Liverpool team to larger offices on the ground floor of the iconic Royal Liver Building in the centre of the city. The move will enable the consultancy to expand its local workforce and strengthen its support of opportunities provided by the Northern Powerhouse initiative and Transport for the North, Peel Ports, and long-term development engineering projects such as Northern Hub and HS2. read more

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