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Philips Hue outdoor luminaires and accessories
21.02.2021 Signify expands its Philips Hue portfolio with two outdoor lights to further personalize gardens and porches, a new wall switch module that makes existing light switches smart, and a redesigned Philips Hue dimmer switch. Smart lighting, indoors and outdoors, has never been so easy to use. The new Philips Hue Amarant linear spotlight enables users to wash outdoor walls with light for the right ambiance in their garden no matter what season. The wall washing effect with vibrant light in millions of colours is intensified by the metal shield and read more

John Deere launches its Performance Tiering Strategy
21.02.2021 Developed in response to evolving customer needs and expectations, John Deere launches its Performance Tiering Strategy, delivering a range of products at different levels of capability and user experience. Available first on the wheel loader lineup, the Performance Tiering Strategy supports customers by providing machine solutions built for various applications and jobs to enhance profitability and efficiency. Moving away from the traditional series letter designations, the Performance Tiering Strategy provides three tiers of machines — G tier, P tier and X tier. read more

Komatsu’s PC210LCi-11 excavator delivers versatility in a compact size
21.02.2021 Aimed to quickly lessen the skill gap between new and experienced operators, and improve the bottom line for contractors, Komatsu's intelligent Machine Control (iMC) is part of the company's suite of Smart Construction products, services and digital solutions that incorporate a host of advanced, proprietary machine technology. Developed with input from leading construction companies, iMC gives contractors sophisticated, productivity-enhancing automation along with cutting-edge job site design. read more

Telensa deploys massive smart streetlighting project in Uberlândia, Brazil
04.02.2021 Telensa announced that its market-leading smart street lighting and Central Management System (CMS), PLANet, has been selected as part of a major streetlight modernisation programme in the municipality of Uberlândia, Brazil. Telensa and the local partner in Brazil, Novakoasin, who has been working with Telensa since 2015, will connect nearly 22,000 streetlights. Smart streetlighting will be rolled out using PLANet, Telensa's flagship Central Management Solution (CMS). Professional services in the form of training and support will also be provided. read more

Kuwait's first in-situ cantilever bridge project
30.01.2021 The Nawaseeb Road in Kuwait forms an important part of the country's national infrastructure, providing a strategic, logistical corridor to neighbouring Saudi Arabia. In delivering a solution for the highway bridge section, Doka has helped provide Kuwait with a landmark achievement; its first, in-situ cantilever bridge. As a full-service provider, Doka supplied an all-in-one solution, which included 3D planning, Cantilever Forming Travellers (CFT), and formwork instructors' support to ensure a smooth, fast and cost-effective process. read more

Siemens tech boosts energy efficiency in Alpine hut
30.01.2021 The "Bergkristall" (Mountain Crystal), a mountain hut situated at an altitude of 2,883 meters in the Monte Rosa Massif of the Valais Alps, has been largely energy self-sufficient since 2010. Along with thermal solar collectors, a photovoltaic system integrated in the hut's southern facade ensures a high degree of energy self-sufficiency and a reliable energy supply. Since 2010, all of the building's performance data, such as solar energy generated and battery capacity, have been bundled in Siemens Navigator, the cloud-based building performance platform. read more

New Leica Cyclone ENTERPRISE Project Management Hub
30.01.2021 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announces Leica Cyclone ENTERPRISE, a new, user-managed, enterprise-level reality capture collaboration and project management platform. Addressing the needs of reality capture professionals across numerous industries, Cyclone ENTERPRISE enables collaboration and deliverable creation across platforms. The new platform provides a central tool for managing, collaborating and accessing reality capture projects to view, share and analyse rich data via Leica TruView LIVE - a new free web-browser based viewer. read more

Ventilation systems strongly recommended
30.01.2021 With the start of the cold season, attention is increasingly shifting to schools and the question of how the risk of infection with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in classrooms may be reduced. The German Environment Agency recommends frequent air replacement; in schools that do not have ventilation systems, this air exchange should be achieved by opening the windows. The German Environment Agency expressly advises against mobile air purification units as a substitute for ventilation with fresh air. These mobile appliances should only be used in addition to active ventilation. read more

Concrete and baroque: formwork and scaffolding for Humboldt Forum
21.01.2021 With the Humboldt Forum, a centre of art, culture, science and education opened in the historic centre of Berlin in December 2020. PERI supplied a large quantity of economical formwork and scaffolding solutions from a single source for the reconstruction of the Berlin City Palace. In addition to this well thought-out overall solution, the project support provided by PERI engineers during construction ensured that all requirements were met and the construction schedule was adhered to. Between the Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz, close to read more

exhibitions and other events

Iberdrola launches its 2nd SuperA Awards to continue to promote gender equality through sport
23.02.2021 Iberdrola is inviting entries for the 2nd Iberdrola SuperA Awards, which will recognise the best initiatives supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women through sport. Prizes will be awarded for projects in six categories - with Sustainability included for the first time this year - each financed to the tune of €50,000. The initiatives are related to the promotion of entry-level sport for young girls up to the age of 16 (SuperA Base); read more

Cutting edge and future oriented: the top themes of Light + Building
23.02.2021 Yesterday experimental, today a practical everyday application: the growing pace of digitalisation is generating chances, new opportunities and challenges. Innovative ideas are welcome and there is a great willingness to try something new. Nevertheless, the increasing use of digital communication solutions is leading to a greater appreciation of tried and tested products. Against this background, Light + Building in Frankfurt am Main from 13 to 18 March 2022 is set to provide orientation. The increasing pace of digitalisation impacts on all aspects of life – and is closely bound up with the subject of sustainability. read more

Bau Online provides guidance in turbulent times
24.01.2021 Intensive B2B networking and many-faceted market insights: Bau Online's offering proved to be an important anchor point for the construction industry in turbulent times. 247 exhibitors offered digital live presentations and one-on-one conversations; the conference program explored topics such as digitalization, the challenge of climate change, resources and recycling, housing of the future, and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on architecture and the construction industry. read more

First anniversary of the FCC corporate university: Campus FCC, a virtual space connected to talent
07.01.2021 FCC Corporate University successfully celebrates its first anniversary. This virtual learning platform responds to the company's commitment to promoting people and consists of three schools of knowledge: Dispatch, Values, Digital and Compliance; it also contains a training space for each business area with a catalogue of courses that are organised by language and subjects including skills, security, office automation and security, health and well-being. Deployed in 25 countries and available in 8 languages, Campus FCC has closed its first year with very good figures, 8,700 users connected, 120 courses launched and 370 calls. read more

industry news

Royal BAM Group: Adjusted pre-tax result of €34 million in 2020
23.02.2021 After the disappointing first half year Royal BAM Group recorded an adjusted result before tax of €168 million over the second half of 2020, supported by €118 million of the BAM PPP transaction. For the full year, BAM reports a net loss of €122 million, mainly driven by Covid-19 and the loss of €110 million at BAM International. read more

Flatiron under contract for Runway Reconstruction Project at Dallas Love Field
05.02.2021 Flatiron is under contract with the City of Dallas for a $125 million project to reconstruct Love Field's Runway 13R-31L, the longer of the airport's parallel runways. Flatiron anticipates beginning the bid-build project this spring and completing in the summer of 2022. read more

Vinci wins contract for Paris Métro Line 15
05.02.2021 The Société du Grand Paris has entrusted the general contracting work to develop 17 service structures located on the south-east stretch of the Line 15 of the Grand Paris Express transport network to the joint venture made up of Vinci Construction and Vinci Energies subsidiaries.spliter These technical structures will help ensure the safety and security of passengers and maintain the future Grand Paris Express line. The work, scheduled to take 59 months, began in January 2021. Worth a total €65 million the contract primarily involves realising the structural work, metalwork, locksmithery, electrical systems, plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning of the structures. read more

Skanska invests in rental apartments in Barkarbystaden, Sweden
08.01.2021 Skanska is investing about SEK 580 million in the multifamily project Parkkvarteret with 220 rental apartments in Barkarbystaden, Järfälla, Sweden. The project is developed by Skanska Rental Housing and the construction contract is worth approximately SEK 370 million, which is included in the order bookings for Skanska Sweden for the fourth quarter 2020. The project is located next to the new Veddesta bridge with direct connection to the commuter train station, future metro station and service as well as park environments. read more

Hochtief wins EUR 580 million contract for A7 tunnel Altona in Hamburg
07.01.2021 Hochtief has been awarded by DEGES (German Unity motorway planning and construction company) the contract for construction of the complex 2.2-kilometer-long noise protection tunnel Altona on the A7 highway in Hamburg including access and exit roads. The project has a total volume of around EUR 580 million (net). Hochtief will take on the technical lead and has a 65 percent share in a joint venture. read more

Vinci wins bridge replacement contract in Australia
23.12.2020 Seymour Whyte, a Vinci Construction subsidiary based in Australia, will build a new 349 metre bridge on the Kings Highway, above the Clyde River (New South Wales). The contract, worth 114 million AUD (€70 million), involves demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new one, including abutment works. The project also covers an improved approach to the bridge, wider lanes and shoulders, safety barriers, and landscaping works on the riverbank. read more

Telensa deliveres smart streetlighting deployments in Poland & Czech Republic
14.12.2020 Telensa, the world's leading provider of networked street lights has extended its Central European footprint with its latest intelligent street light deployment in Poland. The smart streetlight company now provides intelligent lighting control to over 250,000 citizens. read more

Vinci signed the contract to build the Sambangalou dam in Senegal
14.12.2020 The consortium led by Vinci Construction signed a contract with the Gambia River Basin Development Organisation (which involves The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal) to build the Sambangalou dam located in the south-east of Senegal, close to the Guinean border. The €388 million contract follows on from an initial phase conducting studies and preparatory work, which took place over a period of 18 months. The 91 m high dam will have a capacity of 128 MW, generating renewable energy, improving irrigation of farm land and supplying drinking water for surrounding districts. read more

First motorway public-private partnership (PPP) awarded in the Czech Republic
07.12.2020 On 7 December 2020, the consortium consisting in equal parts of Vinci and Meridiam (50/50), led by VINCI Highways, was designated as preferred bidder by the Czech Republic's Ministry of Transport for the PPP contract for the D4 motorway linking Příbram (Central Bohemia) to Písek (South Bohemia). The project consists in designing, finance, build, operate and maintain a new 32 km motorway and converting 17 km of existing infrastructure into a dual two-lane carriageway. The new highway will provide an improved road connection between rural South Bohemia and Prague, read more

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