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Compact safety monitoring radar for mining
22.04.2018 IDS GeoRadar launched HYDRA-X, a radar-based technology solution specifically designed to support geotechnical engineers in the mining industry. HYDRA-X supports the different types of mine site needs, ranging from strip coal mines, tailing dams, small open pits, quarries and sub-benches monitoring in huge open pits. HYDRA-X is a compact radar solution that is easily transportable for quick deployment in critical areas. The radar provides high-resolution, high-accuracy early warning and real time monitoring. read more

High-performance vibratory plate compactors
22.04.2018 John Deere is adding three new plate compactors to its portfolio of over 100 Worksite Pro attachments, offering customers more model options to choose from while maintaining the same reliability they've come to expect from the manufacturer. Designed for trench, slope and excavation compaction applications, the PC4, PC7 and PC10 plate compactor models deliver powerful performance and productivity. These attachments are compatible with the John Deere 26G, 30G, 35, 50G, 60G compact excavators; the 310L, 310L EP, 310SL, 310SL HL, 315SL and 410L backhoes; read more

Grove GMK5150L relocates historic church in Australia
22.04.2018 Australian crane rental company Cranes Combined supplied a Grove GMK5150L all-terrain crane to move a church in the state of Tasmania. Equipped with 5.6 t of counterweight and working at a radius of just under 12 m, the crane took approximately seven hours to move the 6 t church, which had been in position for over 100 years. "The church was built in the 1800s, and therefore relatively delicate, despite its size," said Chris Kolodziej, who co-owns Cranes Combined with his wife, Cathy. "The GMK5150L is very smooth in its operation, so the whole lift read more

Japan's largest 13.7MW Floating Solar Power Plant
22.04.2018 Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation announced that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has started operation of Japan's largest 13.7 megawatt (MW) floating solar plant. Located on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, the Company held a completion ceremony on March 20 with Kensaku Morita, the Governor of Chiba Prefecture. Kyocera TCL Solar is a joint venture of Kyocera and Tokyo Century established in 2012 to promote large-scale solar projects. The plant was constructed over the surface of the reservoir, which is managed by read more

Safe and coordinated scaffolding and formwork solution
17.04.2018 For the construction of the new terminal building in the port of Gazenica, PERI Croatia planned and supplied a comprehensive formwork and scaffolding solution from a single source. The systems used were perfectly matched to one other and greatly contributed to ensuring safe and time-saving execution through efficient work procedures. The stringent demands in terms of occupational safety and surface quality could be met in spite of the complex building geometry and the need for large supporting heights. read more

New Philips GreenPower LED toplighting with cut rose spectrum
17.04.2018 Philips Lighting unveiled its new Philips GreenPower LED toplighting with a light spectrum optimized for cut rose cultivation at an event of the Philips Rose Expertise Group. The new GreenPower LED toplighting with cut rose spectrum allows growers to increase light levels year-round without increasing heat. During extensive trials undertaken by research institutes Delphy and Wageningen University, and monitored by experienced rose growers, the new lighting with cut rose spectrum improves the quality of the roses and is 40% more energy efficient compared to high-pressure sodium (HPS) lighting. read more

8 GW of offshore wind capacity could be installed in Poland
17.04.2018 State-owned Polish Transmission System Operator, PSE, has said that as much as 8 GW of offshore wind capacity could be installed in Poland. PSE President Eryk Kłosowski said that 4 GW of offshore wind could be installed in the Polish Baltic Sea by 2026/27 with up to 8 GW in the longer term. Poland has become a major player in the offshore wind supply chain in recent years with major investments in the manufacturing of turbine foundations and the cranes and jack-up vessels used in installation and maintenance. The Polish wind industry now supports 12,000 jobs. read more

This bridge sets world records
16.04.2018 In China's Jiangsu Province, north of Shanghai, work is in progress on what will be the world's biggest cable-stayed bridge, the Shanghai-Nantong Yangtze River Bridge. As well as the world's longest span (1092 metres), it will also have the tallest pylons at 325 metres. Doka automatic climbing formwork SKE100 plus is being used in combination with Large-area formwork Top 50 to construct the pylons. In China, bridges are often mega-size structures and some have already won international awards. Due for completion in 2019, the Shanghai-Nantong Yangtze River Bridge read more

University with new connected lighting technology
16.04.2018 Students attending Dubai's Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) need never flick a light switch or search for a tutorial or classroom again. Philips Lighting has equipped the university with state-of the-art connected LED lighting controlled by its Interact Office system. The technology enables faculty staff to control and personalize light settings using a smartphone app, while students can be guided to rooms using lighting-based indoor positioning technology. Such innovations bring to life Philips Lighting's strategy to deliver new capabilities read more

exhibitions and other events

Positive signs: India’s construction machinery market remains on growth path
18.04.2018 The upward trend in the Indian construction machinery market continues. Main driving force are the country's high infrastructure investments. This year, the industry will meet at bauma CONEXPO INDIA in Delhi from December 11 to 14. Many key industry players already confirmed their participation. The Indian construction machinery market is still on an uptrend: after an exceptional gain of 34 percent in 2016, the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) determined a still very considerable growth of twelve percent for 2017. read more

IFAT 2018: Environmental technologies for the construction industry
12.04.2018 The construction sector is an industry with a high relevance to the environment. With an annual volume of 200 million tons, mineral construction and demolition waste, roadway rubble and soil is by far the largest waste stream in Germany. According to the Central Association of the German Construction Industry up to 90 percent of this waste stream is kept in circulation. The required recycling and treatment solutions have always been an important segment of IFAT. The World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management will take place at Munich's exhibition center from May 14 to 18. This year, several program premieres will pay due attention to the recycling economy's significance in the construction industry. read more

One in three BAU exhibitors looks to Asia and North America
10.04.2018 As well as Europe, BAU´s exhibitors are very much interested in Asia and North America. In an anonymous online survey one in three exhibitors named the countries of Asia and North America as current or future target or sales markets. This survey was the third anonymous, representative poll (after 2011 and 2013) conducted at BAU, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems, to gather data on the sales markets of its exhibitors. The idea behind it is that the PR and marketing activities for BAU 2019 can then be better tuned to the needs of the participants. read more

bauma innovation award 2019
28.03.2018 Honoring pioneering developments, sustainable procedures and appealing designs, the bauma innovation award is offered for the twelfth time already and addresses all bauma exhibitors as well as research institutes, universities, research companies and members of the German construction industry's leading associations. Those interested can submit their application at from April 3 until September 5, 2018. read more

industry news

Eurovia to acquire the civil engineering company TNT in Québec
18.04.2018 Eurovia, the Vinci subsidiary specialising in transport infrastructure and urban development, has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Quebec civil engineering contractor TNT group, a subsidiary of Transelec Common Inc. TNT group employs 430 people, generated revenue of C$170 million (€112 million) in 2016 and operates large quarry in Laval as well as asphalt concrete plants in Montreal and Laval. read more

Skanska sells office building in Wroclaw, Poland
02.04.2018 Skanska has sold the office building Green2Day in Wroclaw, Poland to the real estate fund manager Niam for EUR 51 M, about SEK 510 M. The transaction will be recorded by Skanska Commercial Development Europe in the first quarter of 2018, with the transfer of the property scheduled for the third quarter of 2018. Green2Day in Wroclaw was completed in fourth quarter of 2017 and offers approximately 18, 000 square meters of GLA. It is leased to known companies such as ULTIMO, Tieto, Business Link and KPMG. read more

Air traffic control tower at Dublin Airport will be one of the tallest structures in Ireland
02.04.2018 The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has commenced the construction of a new 86.9 metre-high air traffic control (ATC) tower at Dublin Airport, which is required to facilitate parallel runway operations by 2021. Construction phase is expected to be completed by 2019, with handover then to IAA Technology and Operations, for the installation, commissioning and testing of associated air traffic management equipment and systems. read more

Thiess secures Mt Owen increase Sydney
02.04.2018 CIMIC Group's global mining services provider, Thiess, has secured a A$140 million increase to its contract with Glencore for coal mining services at Mt Owen in the Hunter Valley, Australia. read more

Tottenham Hotspur selects Schneider Electric as Stadium Energy Management Supplier
19.03.2018 Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has secured a long-term supplier contract with Tottenham Hotspur ('Spurs') to become the Official Stadium Management Supplier to the Club's new state-of-the-art stadium in North London. read more

Rijkswaterstaat awards Afsluitdijk project to Levvel consortium
19.03.2018 Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands) has awarded the Afsluitdijk project to the Levvel consortium. This joint venture is formed by Van Oord Aberdeen Infrastructure Partners B.V. (46%), BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Coöperatie U.A. (46%) and RebelValley B.V. (8%). Levvel will be responsible for design, build, finance and 25 years maintenance of the strengthened Afsluitdijk. Construction works are expected to start in the autumn of 2018. read more

Vinci and Hochtief to design and build Metro Line in Copenhagen
15.03.2018 Vinci and Hochtief, in a joint venture, have been awarded the design and build contract for Sydhavn Metro Line (Line 4) in Copenhagen. The client Metroselskabet has awarded the contract to an equal-parts joint venture consisting of Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Hochtief Infrastructure. Hochtief will be the technical leader of the joint venture. The €460 million contract was signed on February 28, 2018 in Copenhagen. This design and build project for the southern metro line is a six-year mandate that calls for the construction of dual 4.4-kilometer tunnels using two earth-pressure tunnel boring machines (TBM) read more

Hexagon acquires AGTEK, a leading software solutions provider to the civil construction industry
15.03.2018 Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technology solutions, announced today the acquisition of AGTEK, a leading US based software company specialising in planning and productivity solutions for the heavy civil construction industry. read more

London City Airport awards BAM Nuttall with major contract for concrete deck extension
28.02.2018 London City Airport has awarded a contract to BAM Nuttall for a new 75,000 m² concrete deck extension. The deck is an important first stage of construction, as part of the £480m City Airport Development Programme, supporting new infrastructure including aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and a world-class passenger terminal extension. The Development Programme will significantly change London City Airport, with improved facilities for customers, an expanded offer of flights, and greater space to accommodate increasing passengers, enabling annual passengers to grow from the current 4.5 million to 6.5 million. read more

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