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GE Lighting and ShotSpotter Announce MOU
07.10.2015 Cities and their emergency responders will soon have a new way to deploy gunshot detection technology and be able to respond to incidents and react faster to protect their residents. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between GE Lighting and SST, Inc., developer of the ShotSpotter crime detection and location suite, lays ground to embedding sophisticated ShotSpotter technology into GE's intelligent LED street lights. The proposed exclusive arrangement intends to add real-time gunfire detection from ShotSpotter to GE's Intelligent Environments read more

Groundbreaking Polymer Shingle Siding to Debut at Remodeling Show
07.10.2015 The Remodeling Show was here (Oct. 1-2 at the Chicago Navy Pier Expo Hall), and CertainTeed Corporation was ready to dazzle with the unveiling of revolutionary Cedar Impressions Individual Sawmill polymer shingles plus an expanded line-up of live clinics and demos. Now combined with DeckExpo and JLC LIVE, the Remodeling Show is one of the residential construction industry's largest national events. Cedar Impressions Individual 5-inch Sawmill Shingles, the show's big siding product premier, is an industry first that read more

Communicating VAV compact controllers
07.10.2015 Siemens is adding four variable air volume (VAV) compact controllers and a robust handheld operating unit to its OpenAir line of products for VAV systems. The line now supports all major communications standards, including KNX, BACnet and Modbus. The controllers are easy to parameterize and provide the highest degree of precision and flexibility. The new VAV compact controllers offer a torque of 5 Nm for approx. 0.8 m2 of damper area, or 10 Nm for approx. 1.5 m2 respectively. Thanks to a quasi-static differential pressure measuring principle read more

Guardian provides Clarity glass for Egyptian museum exhibit in Paris
30.09.2015 How do you best display and safeguard rare artifacts – many of which have been resting at the bottom of the sea for centuries? This was not a hypothetical question, but rather a real challenge facing the Arab World Institute, or l'Institut du Monde Arabe, in Paris. Guardian Industries' Glass Group in Europe, a leading supplier of high-quality commercial, residential and interior glass products gave the institute the clarity it needed. Literally. Guardian agreed to provide its double-sided, anti-reflective Clarity glass for use in the display cases for "Osiris, Egypt's Sunken Mysteries", read more

AAMA granted ANSI accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065
30.09.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces that its air-water-structural product certification program has been granted accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065-2012 "Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services." The scope of the accreditation includes Doors and Windows (91.050.60). Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 confirms that administration of the AAMA certification program conforms to the high procedural standards read more

Compact room automation station Desigo DXR2
29.09.2015 With the Desigo DXR2, Siemens Building Technologies is adding a compact room automation station to its product range for the automation of HVAC, lighting and shading. The Desigo DXR2 room automation stations come with configurable, tested standard applications for HVAC and electrical applications and are especially easy to commission. The new Desigo DXR2 room automation stations automate room heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in an energy-efficient manner and without compromising comfort. Further modules can be added to control lighting and shading. read more

PLUS for Komatsu's D85EX/PX-18 crawler dozer
29.09.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the addition of the highly successful PLUS (Parallel Link Undercarriage System) rotating bushing undercarriage option to the D85EX/PX-18 dozer. "PLUS undercarriage cuts maintenance costs, extends wear life and excels in high-impact, rocky ground conditions and on low-impact, sandy jobsites," said Chuck Murawski, product manager, Komatsu America. "This leading-edge track technology is quickly becoming standard equipment on several Komatsu dozer models," Murawski said. read more

Wind power to serve a quarter of Europe's electricity demand by 2030
29.09.2015 Wind power can meet a quarter of Europe’s electricity demand by 2030 if Member States deliver on climate and energy pledges, according to the latest forecasts by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Over the next 15 years, EWEA expects wind power installations in Europe to reach 320GW of capacity, which could serve 24.4% of electricity demand across the region. Today, Europe's 128.8GW can meet over 10% of European power consumption in a normal wind year. Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, read more

Tubelite adds 34000 Series storefront to ForceFront Blast product offering
24.09.2015 Tubelite Inc. introduces E/T34000 Series storefront system as part of its ForceFront Blast products, engineered for high-security in low- and mid-rise building projects. The storefront's framing provides improved thermal performance, and are glazed with insulated laminated glass for energy efficiency and safety. ForceFront curtainwall and Monumental Wide Stile entrance systems match Tubelite's 34000 Series storefront's performance and sightlines to offer a complete blast hazard mitigation system. read more

exhibitions and other events

ITS World Congress in Bordeaux: Vinci presents its intelligent transport solutions
07.10.2015 Vinci will be presenting its innovations for transport and mobility at the 22nd Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress and Exhibition. The congress, which is the biggest international event dedicated to intelligent transport systems (ITS), will be held in Bordeaux from 5 to 9 October 2015. As a global player in concessions and construction, Vinci's role is to design, finance, build and manage tomorrow's infrastructure and equipment. Through Vinci Concessions, Vinci Autoroutes, Vinci Energies and Eurovia, the Vinci Group will exhibit several solutions for intelligent infrastructure management and connected services for customers. read more

Amec Foster Wheeler gives UAE students nuclear industry insight
22.09.2015 Amec Foster Wheeler today announces that it has hosted a hands-on nuclear industry intern programme for engineering students from the United Arab Emirates. Hussain Abdullaziz, Hind Alhamiri, Budour Al Yammahi, Alanoud Alabdouli and Abdelaziz Alzaabi attended interactive seminars and training sessions and took part in several engineering practical activities, including design work on a radioactive waste building for a new nuclear reactor. read more

Just in time for Paris: Renewables to Replace Fossil Fuels by 2050
22.09.2015 A ground-breaking new report from Greenpeace International and the Global Wind Energy Council, the Energy [R]evolution 2015, shows the way towards an energy sector powered by 100% renewable energy. The Energy [R]evolution scenario or something very much like it is required if we are to have a reasonable chance of meeting the agreed target of keeping global mean temperature rise below 2°C. read more

Acciona Windpower enters the German wind turbine market
16.09.2015 Acciona Windpower, an Acciona Group subsidiary that designs and manufactures wind turbines, has opened a sales office in Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) as a first step towards introducing its products into one of the main European wind power markets. Another example of Acciona Windpower's interest in the German market is its presence, with its own stand, in the Husum Wind 2015 fair, held in the German town of the same name from 15-18 December. read more

industry news

Skanska to build tunnel in Norway
07.10.2015 Skanska has signed a contract with the Norwegian Road Administration (Statens vegvesen) to build Sørkjosfjelltunnelen on the E6 in Troms. The contract is worth NOK 435 M, about SEK 460 M, which is included in order bookings for Skanska Norway for the third quarter of 2015. read more

On the home stretch: New Siemens headquarters in Munich
07.10.2015 Construction of the new Siemens headquarters building at Wittelsbacherplatz in Munich is now virtually complete. When it opens its doors in 2016, the building will provide a modern, inspiring work environment for up to 1,200 employees on roughly 45,000 square meters of above-ground floor space. Environmental friendliness and energy efficiency are playing a key role: the new building will meet the world's highest sustainability standards. In 2010, Siemens and the city of Munich announced the launch of the construction project and organized an architectural competition. The winning design, which was developed by the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects, skillfully combines tradition with the future. read more

Kone wins order for Nanjing Qing Ao Center Tower 2
07.10.2015 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won a contract to supply 27 elevators to Nanjing's 67-storied flagship landmark, Qing Ao Center Tower 2, an ambitious multi-activity hub which houses high-end offices and a sprawling luxury hotel. read more

Mott MacDonald appointed as lenders' technical advisor for Cramlington biomass project
02.10.2015 The £138 million Cramlington biomass power station in Northumberland, UK has successfully reached financial close. Mott MacDonald is lenders' technical advisor on the project on behalf of Barclays Bank PLC, who is providing £90 million of financing for the scheme. read more

Aker Solutions provides subsea production system for Rotan development in Malaysia
02.10.2015 Aker Solutions, a Norwegian oil services company based in Oslo, has been awarded a contract from Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. (Murphy) to deliver the subsea production system for the Rotan deepwater natural gas development offshore Malaysia. read more

Ramboll acquires Projectus Team to strengthen its building services in Finland
02.10.2015 Ramboll Group has acquired Projectus Team Oy, one of Finland's leading consultants in intelligent building solutions. The acquisition adds 130 experts within mechanical, electrical and plumbing services (MEP) to Ramboll and strengthens the company's position as the leading engineering consultancy in Finland. The acquisition is part of Ramboll's strategic ambition to be the leading engineering consultancy in the Nordic core markets Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. It adds 130 experts within heating, ventilating and air conditioning as well as electrical design to the company, bringing the number of employees in Finland to over 2,000. Ramboll now has 13,000 employees globally. read more

Pöyry awarded owner's engineer services assignment by Nakheel for two substations in Dubai, UAE
02.10.2015 Nakheel has awarded Pöyry with the owner's engineer services assignment for the establishment of 132/11kV substations for two separate developments: Jumeirah Village and Nad Al Hamar Residential Villas in Dubai, UAE. read more

ABB to more than double production capacity at Brazilian pulp plant
02.10.2015 ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, will supply integrated process electrification, automation and optimization systems for Fibria's new pulp mill in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Civil works on the 'Horizonte 2' project will begin at the end of 2015, with the new plant coming online in 2017. The Fibria unit in Três Lagoas is already today one of the world's largest pulp production plants. Once completed, the new mill will more than double the plant's capacity through the addition of 1.75 million tons of pulp production per year. The pulp produced by Fibria is used for a wide range of papers including tissue, printing and writing. read more

SNC-Lavalin arrives at settlement agreement with AfDB
02.10.2015 SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has reached a settlement with the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) regarding allegations of sanctionable practices by SNC-Lavalin International Inc., a subsidiary of the company, in connection with certain AfDB-financed contracts in Mozambique and Uganda. This settlement follows an approach by the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department ("IACD") of the AfDB and cooperation by SNC-Lavalin with IACD. read more

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