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New Cat Pin Grabber Coupler for hydraulic excavators
30.03.2015 The new Cat Pin Grabber Coupler for hydraulic excavators is designed for safety and performance. Featuring a powerful, two-stage locking system that ensures positive work-tool engagement and provides audio/visual verification of proper attachment for the operator, the new coupler's internal mechanism then combines with continual hydraulic force from the machine and actual digging forces to keep the work tool secure. The coupler's efficient design not only reduces weight, allowing big bucket payloads without compromising strength read more

AAMA releases updated sound control document
29.03.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document specific to sound control for fenestration products. AAMA TIR-A1 provides detailed technical information for the reduction of sound transmission through building envelopes in terms of the design and construction of both commercial and residential buildings. Some new definitions were added to this document, which was last updated in 2004. Newly defined terms include "Apparent Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class" and "Outdoor-Indoor read more

Stretch Forming curves and finishes architectural aluminum products
29.03.2015 Stretch Forming by Linetec allows architectural product manufacturers to have their metal building components curved and finished in one location. Half-circles, eyebrows and Gothic arches are popular architectural applications. Customers can ship their aluminum to Linetec for bending and finishing to retain the full finish warranty. Utilizing Linetec's dedicated fleet of trucks saves customers shipping costs and transit time, as well as reduces material handling and packaging to minimize the opportunity for damage. Linetec's full scope of bending read more

Linetec adds 10 new hues to faux terra cotta texture colors
29.03.2015 Linetec expands its palette of texture finish colors that mimic the look and feel of natural terra cotta to include 10 new hues. The finish utilizes a 70 percent PVDF resin-based coating to achieve the highest levels of performance in an exterior environment and a texture additive to help replicate the natural feel of terra cotta. Adding to the four colors introduced last year, Linetec's 14 faux terra cotta colors are: Terra Cotta, Terra Cotta Light, Terra Cotta Dark, Terra Cotta Weathered Steel, Terra Cotta Sage, Terra Cotta Sage Brown, Terra Cotta Storm, read more

Valspar offers Autodesk Revit BIM material library for Fluropon coatings
29.03.2015 The Valspar Corporation continues to enhance creative choices and simplify architectural coating specifications by adding color-accurate, building information modeling (BIM) tools to Autodesk Revit software for its Fluropon 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings. With its high durability and large color palette, Valspar's Fluropon exterior coatings are the industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications since their launch in 1965. "For over 200 years, Valspar has helped people connect to the power of color. read more

First 70% PVDF architectural coating in the industry
29.03.2015 The Valspar Corporation celebrates 50 years of Fluropon 70 percent PVDF resin-based coatings. Since the flagship architectural coating launched in 1965, Valspar's Fluropon exterior coatings have become the industry standard for both metal coil coating and aluminum extrusion applications. "It's been exciting to be involved with a product whose first response was 'What is this stuff?' to one that became the basis of fluoropolymer specifications as used by architects all over the world today," says Valspar's John Kelly. In 1965, Pennwalt's read more

Ruwac’s WS2320-HD industrial vacuum
29.03.2015 Some fine dusts put up more of a fight than the rest to lift off the ground. Ruwac USA understands this battle all too well. That's why Ruwac have created the WS2320-HD, a heavy duty intermittent duty vacuum that features 11 Hg" of negative vacuum pressure - the most powerful of its kind in the market – and it doesn't give heavier materials a chance when it comes to cleaning up your work space. Great for working with blast media such as glass bead and steel shot, the WS2320-HD encompasses high power suction, powerful filtration and read more

New Cat 735C, 740C EJ, and 745C articulated trucks
19.03.2015 The new Cat 735C, 740C EJ, and 745C articulated trucks build on the proven performance, reliability and durability of their B Series predecessors with significant new features. These include engines that meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards, new transmissions with expanded electronic control, automatic traction control, automatic retarder control, hill assist and waiting brake systems, and an optional payload weighing system—all aimed at delivering lower costs per ton by reducing cycle times, saving fuel, read more

Tunnel formwork with record-breaking dimensions
19.03.2015 With a length of 144 m and a width approaching 23 m, the "Place des Martyrs" metro station boasts some very impressive dimensions. In addition, the entire 1.7 km long extension of the Algiers metro system runs under historic ground. For this project, an international team of PERI engineers designed economically optimized tunnel formwork solutions, tailored to meet the varying requirements. The northernmost, but also most central as well as closest-located point to the harbour area, of the extensive metro expansion measures is the "Place read more

exhibitions and other events

Stone+tec 2015: Expert knowledge at first hand
26.03.2015 The commitment and professional expertise of the fair's honorary sponsors have always made Stone+tec's supporting programme very special. This year too, the BIV (Association of German Stonemasons), DNV (German Natural Stone Association) and FFN (German Tile and Natural Stone Association) are providing extensive support to the industry gathering in Nuremberg and their involvement promises to deliver a supporting programme with practical relevance featuring familiar highlights and new content. Stone+tec, the International Trade Fair for Natural Stone and Stoneprocessing Technology, will open its doors from 13 to 16 May 2015 at the Nuremberg exhibition centre. read more

ThyssenKrupp acknowledged best mass transit system components manufacturer in Brazil
25.03.2015 With its large local manufacturing base, the company introduced the innovative fastest escalator in Brazil and provided mobility solutions for the country's major airports as well as to four of the 2014 World Cup stadiums. ThyssenKrupp was given the award for mobility equipment provided for Sao Paulo's metro and rail stations. read more

Five Flatiron projects earn Caltrans Partnering Excellence Awards
24.03.2015 Flatiron, one of the largest infrastructure contractors in North America, won five 2015 Excellence in Partnering Awards from the California Department of Transportation, including two gold awards, one silver award and two bronze awards. read more

Two young Ramboll engineers receive international talent award and honours
20.03.2015 Luca Cargnino has won the international talent award fib Achievement Award for Young Engineers, while Kåre Flindt Jørgensen was honoured with a "special mentioning". They were awarded for their stellar contributions on the Queensferry Crossing Bridge in Scotland and the Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. Luca Cargnino and Kåre Flindt Jørgensen are only 27 and 34 years old. They are already experienced, ambitious engineers putting in an extraordinary effort that has made a splash internationally in the engineering consultancy industry. read more

industry news

The French Government has exercised its option to buy "Millénaire 3"
01.04.2015 France Domaine has exercised its option, on behalf of the French Ministry of Justice, to buy "Millénaire 3" on 28 March 2015, the building's delivery date, for 180.5 million euros, following an undertaking signed on 29 February 2012. read more

Shenzhen's sustainable skyscraper in China to feature Kone's people flow solutions
01.04.2015 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, will deliver 28 eco-efficient elevators to Shenzhen International Energy Mansion, the new headquarters of Shenzhen Energy Group, the largest state-owned enterprise in Shenzhen. Kone was chosen as key equipment supplier for its ability to meet the requirements of the design specifications and its high-level focus on eco-efficiency. Designed by world-renowned architecture firms BIG and ARUP, Shenzhen International Energy Mansion will include two 218m and 116m tall towers and its total construction area will be 143,000 square meters. read more

Construction activity in urban areas continues to drive cost increases
31.03.2015 Turner Construction Company announced that the First Quarter 2015 Turner Building Cost Index – which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States – has increased to a value of 927. This reflects a 1.09% increase from the Fourth Quarter 2014 and a 4.75% increase from the First Quarter 2014. read more

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust appoints BAM to deliver new wing and access
30.03.2015 BAM Construction has been appointed by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a new three storey ward block development including a new accessible link to Smith Lane, a new Critical Care Unit, car parking and roadways for the hospital. BAM's appointment to the £20 million plus Bowman Riley designed scheme follows a single stage tender with tough competition from other contractors. The three storeys will include new paediatric and elderly patient wards and retail and refreshments provision, and improved access arrangements around the hospital. read more

Vinci to develop a new section of motorway in Wales
30.03.2015 The Welsh Government has awarded Costain/Vinci Joint Venture (50% Costain and 50% VINCI, represented by Taylor Woodrow and Vinci Construction Grands Projets), the first stage of an ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) contract for the M4 Corridor to the south of the city of Newport. This new 24 km long section of motorway includes a 2.5 km long cable-stayed viaduct above the river Usk, two key interchanges and 36 structures. This £750 million project will help deliver government aims to improve infrastructure in Wales by making it more efficient, safer and more sustainable. read more

Ramboll's Annual Report 2014 published
27.03.2015 The Nordic region's leading engineering company Ramboll, headquartered in Copenhagen, delivered solid growth and made some highly strategic acquisitions in 2014. read more

Mott MacDonald appointed to improve power network capacity, Zambia
27.03.2015 Mott MacDonald has been appointed as project managers by ZESCO to improve the capacity of transmission network infrastructure along the Kafue-Muzuma-Victoria Falls corridor in Zambia. The project includes upgrading the existing 220kV transmission line and constructing new or enhancing existing substations. read more

Swift Energy Company lease at Five Greenspoint Place, Houston, TX
25.03.2015 Hines, the international real estate firm, announced Swift Energy Company, an oil-and-gas exploration, development and acquisition company, has renewed its lease commitment to Greenspoint Place and will be relocating its headquarters from Two Greenspoint Place to Five Greenspoint Place at 17001 Northchase Drive, taking over 120,000 square feet including the top six floors. Swift Energy will move buildings during the second quarter of 2015. The 461,000-square-foot Five Greenspoint Place building was most recently the former headquarters of ExxonMobil and previously Anadarko. read more

Otis selected for landmark Hudson Yards development
25.03.2015 Otis has entered into a multimillion-dollar agreement with Related Companies to supply elevator and escalator units for the new Hudson Yards development in Manhattan's West Side. As part of its contract, the world's largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products will provide 73 units for 30 Hudson Yards, a 92-story, 2.6 million-square-foot tower that will be among the first to be constructed at the site. read more

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