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Xylem's 5th generation HYDROVAR intelligent control system
04.12.2016 Xylem is debuting the 5th generation HYDROVAR, an intelligent control system that accurately adapts to system demands, helping end-users realise cost and energy savings while achieving optimum system performance. The new drive and motor control can reduce energy consumption of a pump by as much as 70 per cent. Capable of running systems with up to eight pumps, the 5th generation HYDROVAR has multimaster functionality, enabling each individual pump to take control if one or more units or sensors are not active. read more

University of Iowa and Wausau’s curtainwall and window systems
30.11.2016 The University of Iowa (UI) School of Music in Iowa City celebrates its 110th anniversary and a new home – Voxman Music Building. The grand opening and ribbon-cutting event was held on Oct. 21, 2016. The 190,000-square-foot facility replaces its former location, which was damaged by the 2008 flood. Designed for resiliency, sustainability and the highest acoustic performance, the $152 million project is targeting LEED for New Construction Gold certification. Wausau Window and Wall Systems worked closely with glazing contractor Architectural Wall Systems read more

Fläkt Woods and the magic of smoke extract
26.11.2016 Fire in historic buildings can cause significant damage and loss of irreplaceable artefacts that no level of wizardry can fix or restore. However, when the correct management procedures and equipment are in place such as was the case when fire struck the set of Hogwarts' Great Hall in November; where the fast response of Christ Church College staff and the fire brigade used smoke extraction fans to bring the fire in The Great Hall under control, with no injury or significant damage to the building. This allowed the best possible outcome to be delivered read more

Cat 6015B to 6090 Hydraulic Shovels in frontless configurations
26.11.2016 Caterpillar OEM Solutions is extending its large machine options to include frontless hydraulic shovels weighing more than 100 metric tons. To accommodate larger specialty front attachments with greater capabilities and flexibility, Caterpillar is now offering the Cat 6015B to 6090 Hydraulic Shovels in frontless configurations for mobile and pedestal-mounted applications. Power units for these machines range from 606 kW to 3360 kW (813 hp to 4,500 hp). The Cat Frontless Hydraulic Shovels are supported by Cat dealers worldwide and offer read more

Caterpillar now offers a Performance Series flat-floor bucket
18.11.2016 Caterpillar Attachments now offers a Performance Series flat-floor bucket designed specifically for Cat M and K Series small wheel loaders. The new flat-floor buckets are general purpose buckets that incorporate a specially designed long floor and a rear cutting edge to provide optimum results and productivity when performing light grading or back-dragging—while retaining all the premium loading-characteristic of the Performance Series. Performance Series Buckets feature curved side bars to promote an aggressive cut, as well as better rollover, read more

ENERGY STAR certified 75W halogen replacement High CRI MR16 lamp
18.11.2016 GREEN CREATIVE announced the launch of its MR16 8.5W HIGH CRI LED lamp. This ENERGY STAR certified MR16 12V 8.5W HIGH CRI is a 75W halogen replacement and has been selected by the Illuminating Engineering Society's (IES) 2016 Progress Report. At just 8.5W, this lamp emits 550 lumens with a CBCP of 2700 cd., making it the most efficient high CRI 75W halogen replacement available. The MR16 8.5W was designed and engineered for commercial applications that demand high performance lighting and accurate color rendering. read more

Caterpillar's PM620 And PM622 Cold Planers
18.11.2016 Caterpillar Inc. announced the availability of the PM620 and PM622 Cold Planers. The machines are high-production, highly maneuverable half-lane milling machine that perform controlled full-depth removal of asphalt and concrete pavements in a single pass. Operating weight for the PM620 is approximately 33 330 kg (73,260 lb) and the PM622 is approximately 33 900 kg (74,580 lbs). Transport weight for the PM620 is approximately 29 400 kg (64,680 lb), and the PM620 is approximately 30 000 kg (66,140 lb). read more

Education Spaces – Ceiling solutions for a better way to learn
18.11.2016 ROCKFON ceiling systems help students, teachers and staff benefit from optimized acoustics, healthy and safe indoor environments, sustainability and aesthetics. "Education Spaces – Ceiling solutions for a better way to learn" shares new lessons in designing effective school, college and university interiors. The new 16-page publication is available free for download at "Many students are now spending more time at school and this affects the way we design and build for education. read more

Construction 4.0. – going digital with Concremote
13.11.2016 Digitisation yields the crucial advantage in construction. Studies indicate that even today, as much as 57 % of the work in construction generates no added value, due to mistakes and shortcomings, waiting times and search times, lack of harmonisation across construction routines and poor communication. In future, digitisation could unlock all this potential. Innovative technologies are the key. The best example is Concremote – a modern-day product of digitisation – a technology that Doka has already deployed on more than 100 jobsites. read more

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Small is Beautiful: The Winter Package looks to unlock decentralised energy
02.12.2016 Pöyry Management Consulting has revealed its analysis on the EU's 'Winter Package' that was unveiled in Brussels. Where the first three European 'energy packages' aimed to get electricity markets working by focusing on the big assets – large-scale generation, transmission networks and interconnectors - the Winter Package signals a change of focus for European energy markets. read more

Bridge recognised as a Guinness World Record
02.12.2016 The Queensferry Crossing is the UK's tallest bridge, the world's longest three-tower cable-stayed bridge and made it into the Guinness World Records for being the world's largest free-standing balanced cantilever. The Queensferry Crossing (also known as The Forth Replacement Crossing) is one of the most striking architectural icons of the twenty-first century. Linking Edinburgh with the county of Fife it sits alongside its illustrious neighbours, the Forth Bridge and Forth Road Bridge. When complete in May 2017, the Queensferry Crossing will provide welcomed resilience to the strategic road network on the east coast of Scotland read more

2016/2017 TRN Report discusses exit strategies adopted by real estate crowdfunding platforms
28.11.2016 Real estate crowdfunding (RECF) landscape has transformed rapidly over the past four years. It is much easier to become a real estate investor or developer today, than it was a few years ago. Also, the industry is now open to everyone wherever they are. read more

Webranking 2016: Salini Impregilo’s website joins top 10 in Italy, gaining sixth position
22.11.2016 Salini Impregilo is one of the Italian companies with the best online communication as its website ranks sixth in the Webranking 2016 survey, rising from 12th place the previous year to join the top 10. read more

industry news

Cemex intends to consolidate Trinidad Cement Limited and its subsidiaries
06.12.2016 Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. announced that one of its indirect subsidiaries, Sierra Trading, will present an offer and take-over bid to all shareholders of Trinidad Cement Limited ("TCL") to acquire up to 132,616,942 ordinary shares in TCL for TT$4.50 in cash per TCL share. read more

Strabag purchases all shares of Raiffeisen evolution project development GmbH
06.12.2016 The Management Board of Strabag SE reports that the assignment contract related to the acquisition of all shares of Raiffeisen evolution project development GmbH was concluded. The transaction will take effect immediately following approval by the competition authorities in Austria and Hungary. read more

CIMIC Investment, HLG awarded project in Qatar
05.12.2016 Middle East‐based contractor HLG, in which CIMIC Group has a 45% investment, has been awarded a contract valued at QR580 million (A$215 million) for the Construction of Al Mutahidah Towers by United Development Company (UDC), one of the leading Qatari public share holding companies. read more

Unique engineering feat concluded as Chernobyl arch has reached resting place
05.12.2016 A ceremony in Chernobyl marked the successful conclusion of the sliding operation, a key milestone before the finalisation of the international programme to transform Chernobyl into an environmentally safe and secure state by November 2017. Thirty years after the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, the radioactive remains of the power plant's destroyed reactor 4 have been safely enclosed following one of the world's most ambitious engineering projects. read more

SNC-Lavalin awarded midstream natural gas project in the United States
02.12.2016 SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by Northwest Natural Gas Company (NW Natural) for an expansion of its natural gas storage services in Mist, Oregon. This EPC contract is a significant portion of the $125M project. read more

Linetec names new inside sales manager
01.12.2016 Located in Wisconsin, Linetec serves customers across the country, finishing such products as aluminum windows, wall systems, doors, hardware and other architectural metal components, as well as automotive, marine and manufactured consumer goods. read more

Can new technology reduce the impact of cloudbursts?
28.11.2016 A new project, 'Water Smart Cities', is developing software technologies to ensure better planning when cities in the future are hit by heavy rains and floods. Ramboll is involved in this project and contributes in particular with knowledge about decision support and valuation. Development of the new state-of-the-art water technology will give water companies and municipalities a new tool for overall planning and management of water – regardless of whether it comes from torrential rain or flooding. read more

Pöyry wins structural engineering assignment for Perhelä Urban Centre, Järvenpää
25.11.2016 Lujatalo Oy has awarded Pöyry a structural engineering assignment for the Perhelä Urban Centre, to be built in Järvenpää, Finland. The assignment consists of the design of the structures and precast elements of the residential buildings, commercial and office premises, as well as an underground parking facility. The total volume of the project is 61,000 m2 gross. read more

ABB to supply 1600 transformers to support railway expansion in India
25.11.2016 ABB has won an order from Alstom to supply 1600 traction transformers for 800 new electric freight locomotives in India. The new locomotives will expand Indian Railways' capacity, easing congestion on busy routes for both freight and passenger services. read more

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