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Accident-free construction with PERI UP Easy
14.10.2018 On the basis of the PERI UP Easy scaffold system, which was assembled in line with the actual construction progress, work operations could be carried out quickly and safely. In spite of the challenging building geometry and cramped jobsite conditions, completion took place within the planned budget and time-frame, and without any work-related accidents. The "Ypsilon", with its 10-storey, 35 m high tower structure and adjacent 7-storey lateral tract, is Ulm's new, striking western gateway to the city centre. Rounded building corners on all sides with read more

C by GE Bulbs: Just Say "Hey Google…"
14.10.2018 C by GE and Google are bringing a whole new level of simplicity to smart lighting control. Without the need for an extra hub, you can soon use either the Google Home, Google Mini, Google Max or the new display product, Google Home Hub, to control your C by GE bulbs. Simply screw in a C by GE bulb and make sure one of these Google Home products is on, and the Google Assistant will automatically detect the bulb in the Google Home app. Then just say "Hey Google…" to turn the bulb on and off, dim it or control it otherwise with your voice. read more

Updated John Deere 944K Hybrid Wheel Loader
12.10.2018 Continuously striving to produce world-class equipment that delivers customers with the highest value possible, John Deere added Final Tier 4 engine technology to the 944K hybrid wheel loader, providing customers an increase in fuel economy from the Interim Tier 4 model. Other machine updates include improving operator comfort and increasing uptime, while lowering daily operating costs. "Customers deserve a dependable wheel loader that actively works to minimize downtime and cut down on fuel consumption," says John Chesterman, product marketing manager, read more

Wind energy to continue to grow but clouds on the horizon
12.10.2018 Wind energy in Europe is on track for solid growth over the next five years. But policy uncertainty and lack of ambition in many countries mean clouds on the horizon. This is according to WindEurope's 'Wind energy outlook in Europe' report. Wind energy capacity in Europe will grow at an average 17 GW a year up to 2022. In 2019 the industry is set to mark a new record in annual installations. With 87 GW of wind due to be installed in the next five years Europe is set to reach 258 GW of installed capacity by 2022. Most of the new installations will be onshore wind: read more

Mjøstårnet: A Sustainable Pilot Project
05.10.2018 Constructing tall buildings in timber has great environmental benefits. "Using timber in the load-bearing structures can reduce emissions from material production by up to 85 percent," says environmental advisor and architect Bård S. Solem. He works for Eggen Arkitekter AS, and has extensive experience of sustainable construction projects, greenhouse gas calculations and research. In Moelven's fifth film about the world record breaking project, Solem talks about the benefits of constructing tall buildings in timber. "The Mjøstårnet is a pilot project that read more

New Cat 740 GC expands articulated truck lineup
05.10.2018 The Cat 740 GC articulated dump truck (ADT) re-introduces the 40-ton (36.3 mt) size class to the Cat ADT range. The new model is designed to incorporate the proven features and performance of models currently in the ADT lineup, including new controls, transmission-protection features, hoist-assist system, advanced traction-control system, stability-assist system, and a fuel-saving ECO mode. In addition, the 740 GC also incorporates the latest automatic retarder-control system, which requires no input from the operator, resulting in greater operating efficiency. read more

Extraordinary formwork for an extraordinary building
29.09.2018 Inspired by cliffs of sedimentary rock standing proud against the sea, at the centre of Dundee's £1 billion waterfront regeneration, lies the V&A Museum of Design. This £80.11 million masterpiece, the first UK work penned by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is a bold creation combining complex concrete architecture with glass facades and linear concrete cladding. PERI has provided professional engineering services and bespoke formwork solutions in order to achieve the best possible architectural concrete result. read more

John Deere Adds Stump Shredder to Worksite Pro Attachments Lineup
29.09.2018 John Deere continues to expand its Worksite Pro attachments lineup with the addition of the SS30 model Stump Shredder. Ideal for landscaping and construction job sites, the new shredder removes stumps from 203 mm (8 inches) to 711 mm (28 inches) in one pass. Larger stumps are easily removed with multiple bores. The stump shredder is optimized for the new mid- and large-frame G-Series skid steers (320G, 324G, 330G and 332G) and mid- and large-frame G-Series compact track loaders (325G, 331G and 333G). read more

New universal dimmer for all lamp types and LEDs
29.09.2018 The Siemens Building Technologies Division has updated its GAMMA instabus product line with the powerful new KNX based universal dimmer N 554. This universal dimmer can be used to control LED and other lamps up to a total 1000 VA, making it perfect for advanced lighting solutions in cinemas, theaters, opera houses, museums and hotels. The device features continuous dimming, the dimming sequences can be adjusted to the behaviors of the different lamps. Manual testing of the lighting installation from the integrated panel saves time. read more

exhibitions and other events

Record results at Expo Real 2018
10.10.2018 Things are looking good in the real estate sector. In the first half of 2018 the global real estate markets turned in their strongest performance since 2007. Nine months into 2018, transaction volumes for commercial property in Germany have reached 42 billion Euro, i.e. 8 percent up on the same period last year. Expo Real, Europe´s leading platform for property and investment, is reflecting this buoyant picture. "Expo Real 2018 is reflecting the boom in the property sector and has set a new record: 2,095 international companies, cities and regions exhibited here. read more

Global energy leaders convene in Milan at World Energy Week
09.10.2018 The World Energy Week (8-11 October, Milan) is the World Energy Council’s annual general gathering of global energy leaders to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all. read more

Bouygues Construction Brings Innovation To Housing With Wizom, A New Offer Of Solutions
08.10.2018 At the annual congress of the Union Sociale pour l'Habitat (USH) – the French national union of social housing organisations – Bouygues Construction is presenting Wizom, an offer of solutions available though all its building subsidiaries, designed to meet all the challenges of the housing of tomorrow. It consists of four complementary offers for different markets: Wizom Connected, Wizom For Life, Wizom Smart Concept and Wizom Rehabilitation. Stéphane Slama-Royer, CEO of Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France - Habitat Social, said: "The launch of Wizom offers for housing demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with new answers to their everyday challenges. read more

Investing in livable, innovative cities
01.10.2018 How can cities stay livable in spite of densification? What are the possibilities of integrating new technologies into living and work environments? Expo Real connects representatives of numerous European metropolises in order to discuss challenges and point out approaches to a solution—and brings cities together with investors. Urban development plays a major role in many areas at Expo Real. On the second day of the fair, the Urban Innovation Seminars bring the most diverse European cities together and report on their experiences. read more

industry news

BAM starts Monsin dam refurbishment (Liège, Belgium)
15.10.2018 Galère, the Belgian operating company of BAM active in Wallonia and Brussels, has won a contract in joint venture with Jan De Nul for the first phase of the refurbishment of the Monsin dam in the Meuse. The client is the Walloon government (Service public de Wallonie). The contract value is almost €20 million, half of which for BAM. The Pont Barrage de Monsin is a dam with a traffic bridge over the Meuse in Liège near Jupille-sur-Meuse. The complex was designed by architect Joseph Moutschen and was opened on the occasion of the World Exhibition of 1930. read more

Skanska rehabilitates the Manhattan Bridge
08.10.2018 Skanska has signed a contract with the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), USA, to rehabilitate the iconic Manhattan Bridge. The contract is worth USD 76 M, about SEK 675 M, which will be included in the US order bookings for the third quarter of 2018. read more

Leighton Asia wins building project in India
08.10.2018 CIMIC Group company, Leighton Asia, has been selected by developer Bayaweaver Ltd. as its Alliance partner to construct the 'Oh My God' mixed use development project in Noida, India. The project will generate revenue of approximately A$110 million1 for Leighton Asia, which is part of CIMIC Group construction company CPB Contractors. read more

Rail Infrastructure Alliance awarded $1b Metro Tunnel works
03.10.2018 CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, as part of the Rail Infrastructure Alliance (RIA), has been awarded a $1 billion package of works by the Victorian Government in support of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project. read more

SNC-Lavalin signs project management contract in Vietnam
28.09.2018 SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) has signed a project management contract (PMC) with Long Son Petrochemicals Company Limited (LSP), a subsidiary of the Siam Cement Public Company Limited (SCG) of Thailand. Under the agreement, SNC-Lavalin and LSP will form an integrated team of dedicated personnel to manage a variety of contractors on site, read more

Atkins designs City of Dreams Mediterranean for Cyprus
28.09.2018 Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, the architect and engineer of the new City of Dreams Mediterranean integrated resort in Cyprus, announced that construction of the integrated casino resort started in June 2018. The development, led by Melco Group (Melco), will be the largest tourism development in Cyprus with an investment totaling €550 million. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc on July 3, 2017. The resort will present gaming areas consisting of 136 tables and 1,200 gaming machines, a five-star hotel with luxurious villas and 500 hotel rooms with sea, mountain or dry lake views. read more

Strabag building new Rehau production facility in Hungary
27.09.2018 Strabag-MML Kft., the Hungarian subsidiary of Strabag Group, has been picked to build a new production facility for Swiss automotive supplier Rehau in Újhartyán. The 63,000 m² facility will produce exterior body parts such as bumpers and spoilers. read more

Bruno Di Leo appointed independent director of Ferrovial
27.09.2018 Bruno Di Leo, who has had an extensive international career in the technology and innovation industry, has accepted an appointment as an independent director of Ferrovial. The Board of Directors appointed him by cooptation on 26 July based on a proposal by the Appointments and Remuneration Committee. Bruno Di Leo, a Peruvian national, holds a degree in Business Administration and a postgraduate qualification from Escuela Superior de Administración de Negocios in Lima (Peru); he spent his entire career at IBM, from which he retired last June as Senior Vicepresident of IBM Corporation. read more

Hochtief wins contract to replace Schwelmetal Bridge in Wuppertal
24.09.2018 Hochtief Infrastructure has signed a contract with DEGES Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und -bau GmbH to replace the Schwelmetal Bridge on the A1 highway in Wuppertal-Langerfeld. The contract entails the demolition and new construction of two partial sections of the Schwelmetal Bridge dating back to the read more

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