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New Cat 16M3 Motor Grader
04.08.2015 The new Cat 16M3 Motor Grader features engineering enhancements that boost fuel economy, increase structural durability, simplify maintenance, add operator convenience and promote the safety of both the operator and those around the machine. The 16M3 is available in configurations to meet engine emissions standards worldwide. The 16M3 motor grader is an essential machine for building and maintaining mine haulage roads―to keep trucks running most efficiently and at the lowest cost per ton of material moved. The 16M3 has a 4.9-m read more

Dave & Buster’s brand conveyed in metal panels finished by Linetec
04.08.2015 Dave & Buster's Vernon Hills, Illinois new location presents a sleek, modern brand inside and out. Designed by Aria Group Architects, the store's updated look conveys a sense of energy, technology and fun befitting the combined retailer, restaurant, sports bar and gaming center. Achieving the desired aesthetic balance, the store's exterior features bold blocks of colorful metal panels provided by Laminators Inc. and finished by Linetec using a 70 percent polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) resin-based coating. read more

AAMA releases updated Methods of Test for Exterior Walls
04.08.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying test methods, specifications, and field checks used to evaluate the structural adequacy of wall systems and their ability to resist water penetration and air leakage. Other optional tests also are included. AAMA 501-15 is intended to be referenced in current laboratory and field testing methods for exterior wall systems comprised of curtain walls, storefronts and sloped glazing. It was previously updated in 2005. read more

New comfort features with the same dependable reliability
04.08.2015 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new DBI-SALA Delta Comfort Harnesses, offering users a winning combination of safety and comfort. Incorporating many of the popular features that made the original range so successful, the new Delta Comfort Harnesses feature shoulder, back and leg padding, making it the most comfortable Delta design yet. In addition, the lightweight aluminium hardware provides reduced weight and enhanced user comfort. The new fall protection Comfort Harnesses are available in two models; read more

Completion within reach: flooding of a canal section
04.08.2015 With the flooding of a canal section in June 2015, tests have begun in readiness for the scheduled opening of the expansion project in 10 months time. Since 2011, PERI has delivered around 1,100 containers of formwork and scaffolding materials to Panama. Once again, the company has demonstrated its superb service capabilities as well as ability to deliver – in this particular case through the excellent teamwork of several subsidiaries. The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, and is a key conduit for read more

EWEA about the transformation of the European power sector
04.08.2015 Capacity mechanisms should not be a tool to keep unprofitable and unnecessary power plants online as the European Union continues to grapple with overcapacity, according to a paper released by the European Wind Energy Association. Capacity mechanisms – instruments whereby governments pay some generators to keep power plants online in order to meet peak demand – can have a distortive impact on wholesale electricity prices, which remain well below pre-2008 levels. read more

Lowe’s to exclusively offer Hitachi Power Tools nationally
30.07.2015 Lowe's Companies and Hitachi Power Tools announced the introduction of the industry leading line of professional grade Hitachi pneumatic nailers and fasteners exclusively at Lowe's stores nationwide and online at Lowe's now offers the broadest selection of Hitachi power tools, with a lineup of tools the pros prefer most with the latest innovations that deliver lighter, faster and more durable products. The new Hitachi Power Tool displays are joining the existing lineup of Hitachi tools at Lowe's and are rolling out to stores read more

Distinction for the world's first Passive House Plus
30.07.2015 A new chapter in energy efficient construction has begun with the certification of a single-family home in southern Germany as the world's first Passive House Plus building. The innovative concept of this house in the village of Ötigheim combines the tried and tested advantages of the Passive House Standard with the generation of renewable energy on-site or near the building. In this way, a completely renewable regional supply becomes possible. A Passive House Plus thus constitutes an ideal contribution to climate protection. The clearly read more

Replica of the Lascaux cave realised in the original form with PERI
30.07.2015 At the foot of the Lascaux hills, construction work has been taking place on the "Centre International d'Art Parietal". The museum complex is dedicated to showcasing cave paintings with the central feature being a complete replica of the "Lascaux 4" cave. PERI has supported the project by providing an overall concept comprised of detailed technical preparation, absolute safe formwork solution and continuous consultation. This resulted in, among other things, up to 13.50 m high walls with complex designs and the best-possible surface quality. read more

exhibitions and other events

European Heat Pump Summit: High-calibre congress programme finalised
27.07.2015 International heat pump experts will be gathering for the fourth time for the European Heat Pump Summit at Nuremberg Exhibition Centre on 20 and 21 October 2015, where speakers will present a large number of lectures on all aspects of industrial and commercial heat pump applications. The event will also look at application scenarios for heat pumps in housing construction, hybrid systems or the development of components and the integration of heat pumps into smart grids. In addition, the Foyer-Expo will give participants the opportunity to find out about the latest products and innovations from exhibiting companies. read more

Scenario 4.0: New Office Working Environments
16.07.2015 The digitization of our living and working environment is unfolding ever more rapidly. But exactly what does this working environment look like and what changes does this imply for office properties? This question is the nub of the podium discussion "Scenario 4.0: the office of the future is not an office" at EXPO REAL 2015. Laptops, tablets and smart phones already make it possible to work not just at set times in the office or at home but at any time, wherever and whenever. This increasing flexibility may have its advantages and disadvantages but in any case the structures of the (office) working environment are changing in consequence. read more

Mic Patterson gives keynote address at 2015 AAMA Summer Conference
14.07.2015 Author and researcher Mic Patterson addressed the audience at the 2015 American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle. Patterson's keynote address at the event reviewed the recent evolution in façade technology and applications. He identified current and emerging drivers that are powering this change and discussed the challenges and opportunities now facing the glass industry. Patterson discussed some of the drivers of change, such as geometric complexity, material and process diversity, and acoustical performance. read more

AAMA announces 2015 scholarship winners
14.07.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) celebrated 15 consecutive years of furthering the careers and education of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding seven AAMA scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. The scholarship award winners were announced during the 2015 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle. The recipients of nine partner scholarships also were announced. read more

industry news

Knutson Construction promotes Ryan Christenson to project manager
04.08.2015 Knutson promoted Ryan Christenson to project manager. He has worked at Knutson as an assistant project manager for more than two years. Since joining Knutson, Christenson has managed the $20 million Essentia Health Parking Ramp project in Duluth. The project started in July 2013 and is scheduled to be complete in the upcoming months. Working in Duluth has brought many challenges that the team has overcame, including blasting into solid bedrock directly adjacent to a fully operational hospital and one of the coldest winters in history read more

BAM wins major contract for office facility Ireland
04.08.2015 Royal BAM Group nv today announced that its Irish operating company, BAM Building, has been awarded a contract by Microsoft Ireland for the construction of an office facility. The contract is valued in excess of €100 million. read more

University Technical College (UTC) Leeds lays the foundation for new college build
03.08.2015 UTC Leeds, the specialist new engineering and manufacturing college due to open in September 2016, has begun to lay its foundations by announcing plans for the redevelopment of the grade II listed Braime Pressings factory on Hunslet Road. The ambitious build plans will see UTC Leeds sympathetically restore surplus space within the Braime Pressings factory building to create a 5, 200m² state-of-the-art college with areas designated for heavy engineering, production lines and a mini factory, as well as classrooms and lecture-style theatres. read more

Ferrovial subsidiary awarded contract to maintain Yorkshire’s waste water network
03.08.2015 UK water company Yorkshire Water has chosen Amey to repair and maintain its waste water network. The contract, worth 113 million pounds (155 million euro), runs until 2020 with the possibility of a 5-year extension. Under the project, which comes into force in September this year, Amey will take charge of maintaining a network of over 20,000 miles (over 32,000 kilometres) of sewer pipe that serves close to two million households in Yorkshire, in north-east England. read more

ACS accounts in the first semester of 2015 for a net profit of 407 euro million
03.08.2015 Sales in the first half of 2015 accounted for 17,860 euro million, representing an increase of a 5.2% compared to the same period in 2014. The international activity of the Group accounts for 81.6% of the total. read more

World Bank approves largest ever guarantees for Ghana’s energy transformation
31.07.2015 The World Bank's Board of Directors today approved a record investment of $700 million in guarantees for Ghana's Sankofa Gas Project - a transformational project that will help address the country's serious energy shortages by developing new sources of clean and affordable natural gas for domestic power generation. read more

ABB hands over Germany’s DolWin1 offshore wind energy link
31.07.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has successfully commissioned and handed over the DolWin1 offshore wind grid connection to the Dutch-German transmission system operator TenneT. The 800 megawatts (MW) High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link connects offshore wind farms around 75 kilometers off the German coast in the DolWin cluster, with the country's transmission grid. The DolWin1 grid connection can integrate 800 MW of offshore wind power, enough to supply around one million households with clean energy. read more

Pöyry opens hydropower engineering and consulting office in Santiago, Chile
31.07.2015 Pöyry is the latest internationally renowned engineering company to open an office in Santiago, Chile, with a strong heritage in the country. Many will be familiar with the Electrowatt Engineering brand. Pöyry joined forces with Electrowatt Engineering in the 1990s and helped Pöyry broaden our strong references into a variety of sectors. read more

Construction underway on Yozgat Education and Research Hospital, Turkey
31.07.2015 Construction is underway on the €140 million Yozgat Education and Research Hospital public-private partnership (PPP) project in Turkey. Mott MacDonald acted as lenders' technical and environmental advisor during the project's financing and is now providing construction and operational monitoring services in an ongoing role. read more

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