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Trend-setting forming
26.11.2014 A customized PERI formwork and scaffolding solution with 3,500 project-specific special formwork elements ensured that the realization of an extraordinary museum was carried out within the specified time-frame and budget. The Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, is well known for his pursuit of uniqueness. Under his leadership, Rio de Janeiro´s harbour area is receiving a new landmark: the "Museum of Tomorrow". This futuristically designed building is the central component of the ambitious "Porto Maravilha" read more

The world's first intelligent Machine Control excavator
26.11.2014 Komatsu America introduces the PC210LCi-10 intelligent Machine Control excavator to the North American market. The PC210LCi-10 features Komatsu's unique machine control and guidance technologies, built upon the successful foundation of the standard Komatsu PC210LC-10 excavator. Thanks to the exclusive control function, the PC210LCi-10 goes beyond simple guidance to semi-automatically limit over-excavation and trace a target surface. From rough digging to finish grading, the PC210LCi-10 excavator offers improved read more

Doka is forming new landmark in Singapore
26.11.2014 Singapore to add another landmark: "South Beach" combines historic structures with modern, environmentally sustainable highrise architecture. City Developments Ltd. and IOS Group are the builders who initiated the project. As a supplier with decades of international highrise expertise, Doka was commissioned to supply the formwork. South Beach is a residential and office building complex with shopping and entertainment attractions located at the heart of the island country on Beach Road. In the course of recent read more

Manitowoc introduces new tower cranes at bC India 2014
24.11.2014 At this year's bC India, the country's leading construction equipment trade show, Manitowoc will introduce two new topless tower cranes from its Potain brand. Live demonstrations of each crane will be available on request at the company's outdoor booth at the event, which takes place December 15 through 18 in Delhi. The two new Potain tower cranes, the MCT 205 and MCT 85, are topless models, which include the latest design for better on-site placement, allowing contractors to situate more cranes on projects, to speed construction. read more

Updated Cat D7E features advanced technology
24.11.2014 Since the first D7E dozers went to work on jobsites in 2009, customers have saved millions of gallons/liters of diesel fuel. The latest D7E model continues to provide outstanding fuel efficiency, along with some new performance-enhancing features. The D7E meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV/Japan 2014 (Tier 4 Final) emission standards. The Cat D7E dozer, with an innovative diesel-electric power train, delivers up to 30 percent better fuel efficiency and 10 percent more production than its conventional D7R2 predecessor. read more

National recognition from CertainTeed for outstanding remodeling project
24.11.2014 CertainTeed Corporation recognized Rogers Development Corporation, Babylon, New York, with the Remodeler Project of the Quarter award for exemplary craftsmanship in a recent residential remodeling project. The Remodeler Project of the Quarter is an opportunity for remodelers using multiple CertainTeed products to receive recognition for outstanding renovations. The six-month, complete exterior residential remodel featured Landmark roofing shingles in Moire Black, Cedar Impressions Shake (Gable Wall) in Charcoal Grey and white read more

Manitowoc introduces new tower cranes at bC India 2014
24.11.2014 At this year's bC India, the country's leading construction equipment trade show, Manitowoc will introduce two new topless tower cranes from its Potain brand. Live demonstrations of each crane will be available on request at the company's outdoor booth at the event, which takes place December 15 through 18 in Delhi. The two new Potain tower cranes, the MCT 205 and MCT 85, are topless models, which include the latest design for better on-site placement, allowing contractors to situate more cranes on projects, to speed construction. read more

Wausau approved by NRFC as Manufacturer ACE Organization
22.11.2014 Recognizing Wausau Window and Wall Systems' industry leadership and expertise, the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) has approved the company as a Manufacturer Approved Calculation Entity (ACE) Organization under the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Certification Program. NFRC is the global leader in delivering energy and related performance ratings and certification for fenestration products and systems. Many of Wausau's products are listed in NFRC's Certified Products Directory, including operable and read more

Specification for blast hazard mitigation for vertical fenestration systems
22.11.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 510-14, Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Vertical Fenestration Systems, which provides a guide to manufacturers, architects, specifiers, contractors and building owners for specifying these types of systems and services to meet the requirements of blast hazard mitigation. Blast mitigation products are intended for the reduction of injuries and fatalities of occupants under defined blast criteria. The method of installing read more

exhibitions and other events

Ramboll launches liveability tool at Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress 2014
21.11.2014 This week from 18 – 20 November 2014, more than 9,000 delegates including city leaders, government decision-makers and private companies have come together to set the direction for continued sustainable urban development at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. Ramboll is present at the event as part of the Danish Pavilion. With the tagline, 'From Smart Solutions to Liveable Cities', Ramboll experts are demonstrating our liveability tool live for the first time, as well as engaging in dialogue with cities on how to best support the continued development of smart cities on a global scale with strong local buy-in. read more

Olive Communications, Safetybank win the UK Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award
17.11.2014 Olive Communications' digital safety management platform, Safetybank, last night won the UK Innovation and Entrepreneurship award at the UK IT Industry Awards 2014. read more

Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex captures AIA Award of Merit
13.11.2014 Toronto's new Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex in Toronto has received an Award of Merit from the 2014 American Institute of Architects Justice Facility Review. Stantec Architecture, in association with MWL Architects, served as the Proponent Design Architects and Architects of Record on the project. WZMH Architects/SmithGroupJJR served as Planning, Design and Compliance Architects. The Award of Merit was presented November 6 at the AIA's Academy of Architecture for Justice National Conference in St. Louis, MO. read more

Cemex Building Award recognizes the best in architecture and construction in 16 countries
12.11.2014 Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. announced the winners of the XXIII Edition of the Cemex Building Award, recognizing buildings that stand out for their constructive, conceptual, technical, and aesthetic solutions. On this edition, the Cemex Building Award registration recorded 500 domestic buildings and 214 constructed in Bosnia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Guatemala, Mexico, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, Thailand and United Kingdom. read more

industry news

FLSmidth signs contract for large cement project
27.11.2014 FLSmidth has signed an EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) contract with one of the world's largest cement producers CEMEX for the supply of a new cement production line to be installed at CEMEX's Odessa cement plant. read more

Kone Park in Kunshan receives prestigious LEED Gold certification for green buildings
27.11.2014 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has been granted LEED Gold certification for Kone Park, a manufacturing and R&D site in Kunshan, China. LEED certification is a highly respected rating system that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Kone Park earned LEED Gold certification by excelling in many of the LEED categories for green buildings, scoring full points in both water efficiency and innovation & design. KONE Park's performance in the innovation & design category was exceptional, scoring above the requirements set by the LEED rating system. read more

BAM appointed for David Morley's Fish & Coal scheme at Kings Cross
24.11.2014 BAM Construction has won the contract to refurbish London's historic Fish and Coal buildings into a Jamie Oliver Group pub, restaurant and creative centre. The contractor will convert the 150-year-old buildings, which follow the curve of the Regent's Canal, into modern offices, studios and dining spaces under the deal with developer the King's Cross Central Partnership, led by Argent. Jamie Oliver Group will open a restaurant within the brick arches on the canal-level floor, and on the ground floor. It will also open a pub in the Western end of the building, with a roof conservatory and an outdoor roof terrace, and base staff in offices and studios on the upper floors. read more

Chernobyl sarcophagus confinement structure jacking operation successfully completed in Ukraine
24.11.2014 The NOVARKA (50% Vinci Construction Grands Projets, lead contractor, and 50% Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction) teams successfully jacked into place the sarcophagus confinement structure at Chernobyl in Ukraine. The confinement comprises two semi-arches, each of which has undergone three jacking operations since November 2012, following extensive remediation work, excavation and construction of foundations at the assembly area located immediately adjacent to the power plant's No 4 reactor. The final jacking operation was lifted on 24 October 2014. read more

ABB launches new hoist assessment service "Hoist Performance Fingerprint"
21.11.2014 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has launched a new service product called Hoist Performance Fingerprint to help its customers assess and optimize the condition of their mine hoists. It consists of a structured audit of complete hoist systems – covering all electrical and mechanical parts to ensure reliable and safe hoist operation. read more

Bouygues Construction signs its first civil engineering contract in Azerbaijan
20.11.2014 Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has signed a design and build contract worth around €147 million for the separation of the red and green lines of the 28 May station, part of the metro system in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. read more

Amec Foster Wheeler awarded fire engineering contract, South Africa
20.11.2014 Amec Foster Wheeler today announces the award of a contract from Eskom Limited for the design, installation, procurement and commissioning of a state-of-the-art fire protection system at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, Cape Town, South Africa. read more

Strabag extends container port in Mauritius
20.11.2014 Strabag, the internationally active technology group for construction services, is extending and strengthening the container harbour at Port Louis, Mauritius, together with its partner Archirodon Construction (Overseas) Co. SA. The project has a volume of about € 90 million (USD 115 million), of which Strabag holds 50 %, and is to be completed in slightly over two years. The project is being carried out in four phases to allow the harbour to remain in operation while work is going on. Phase 1, with a length of 244 m, includes the new berthing quay to be founded into the sea bed on tubular steel piles and sheet piles (combi-wall), read more

BAM wins contract for extension campus Cambridge University
19.11.2014 BAM Construct UK, the British building company of Royal BAM Group nv, has acquired a contract from University of Cambridge for the first phase of the North West Cambridge Development. The contract value is approximately €100 million (GBP 80 million). The project involves Lots 1 and 3 of the development and includes the design and build of the 352 homes for University and College key workers as well als key local centre elements such as a supermarket, retail units, a doctors surgery and the shell of the energy centre. read more

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