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Signify will help the city of Cologne, Germany to become a Smart City
31.03.2020 Signify will help the city of Cologne, Germany to become a Smart City by connecting all of the city's 85,000 light points to its Interact City lighting management system. This will improve the safety and quality of life of the citizens of the Rhine metropolis, increase the city's energy efficiency and reduce costs. The system can also accommodate the integration of sensors into the luminaires, providing data that offer environmental benefits that go beyond lighting. RheinEnergie AG, which is responsible for the city's lighting, will replace all read more

On track with Doka
31.03.2020 As an increasingly large proportion of the population is concentrated in cities, metro systems have become a crucially important mobility factor. Passenger numbers worldwide have increased by approximately 8.7 million in the last six years. According to current estimates, the global metro rail network will be expanded by 1,400 km per year. Doka is involved as a formwork expert on a large number of metro projects all over the world, providing the best solutions for a variety of construction methods. Globalisation, urbanisation and digitalisation are read more

EU Climate Law: Europe must chart a path to a 100% renewables future
31.03.2020 With the EU Climate Law, the European Commission proposes to enshrine in legislation the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The European Commission kick-started this process in November 2018 with its "Clean Planet for all" communication. But even the most ambitious decarbonisation scenarios set out in this communication are not based on 100% renewables. The Governments of Spain, Denmark, Luxembourg, Austria, Lithuania and Ireland have now called on the European Commission to include a 100% renewables scenario read more

PERI assists with the construction of the office complex GIOIA 22 in Milan
20.03.2020 GIOIA 22 is setting new benchmarks in terms of sustainability: the 120 m tall tower at the heart of the Porta Nuova district will cover 65 percent of its annual energy requirements using renewable energy sources. The 30 storey tall building will provide enough space for approximately 2,700 people, 350 parking spaces and 13 lifts. PERI provided support during the construction process of this inventive project using a combination of tailor-made formwork and climbing solutions. GIOIA 22 is the first building of its size in Italy to meet the NZEB standard read more

John Deere's New Motor Grader Premium Circle Option
20.03.2020 John Deere unveiled a new factory-installed Premium Circle option for all G-Series, GP-Series and SmartGrade motor graders. This industry-leading option features a fully sealed bearing and pinion design, reducing maintenance costs and downtime, while also significantly boosting circle torque and speed. "To be profitable, customers constantly work to balance ever-tightening margins with increasing expenses," said Luke Kurth, motor grader product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. "John Deere is focused on providing new ways to help reduce read more

Groundbreaking innovation for slab formwork procedures
20.03.2020 The safety requirements imposed on slab-forming procedures are becoming an increasingly significant issue. At formwork and scaffolding manufacturer PERI, ensuring safety during day-to-day work is priority number 1. PERI has unveiled the future-proof large panel formwork system SKYMAX, a groundbreaking innovation for formwork systems. Not only does the innovative principle significantly increase safety levels for users, it also improves the degree of economic efficiency. The solution, which makes it possible to carry out read more

Europe gets 15% of its electricity from wind but...
20.03.2020 Europe installed 15.4 GW of new wind energy in 2019. Three quarters of this was onshore wind, 11.8 GW, new offshore wind was 3.6 GW. Europe now has 205 GW of wind energy. And it accounted for 15% of all electricity consumption in Europe last year. The United Kingdom (2.4 GW, both onshore and offshore) installed the most new wind farms. Then came Spain (2.3 GW, all of it onshore), then Germany (2.2GW, both onshore and offshore), followed by Sweden (1.6 GW, all onshore) and France (1.3 GW, also onshore). Germany which has long been the engine of read more

Cat 352 UHD Ultra High Demolition excavator
07.03.2020 The Cat 352 UHD Ultra High Demolition excavator is designed to handle difficult demolition of tall structures using a range of Cat demolition attachments, including multi-processors, grapples, shears and hydraulic hammers with the retrofit boom. The UHD front can be switched for a straight or bent (retrofit) boom position for lower-level demolition and earthmoving applications. This switch typically is done in about 15 minutes with 2 people with no special tool required. The 352 UHD features a variable-gauge undercarriage (hydraulically activated), as well as read more

ByggDialog reaches new heights with largest Potain topless tower crane
06.03.2020 Following its launch at bauma 2019, the new Potain MDT 809 topless crane has now arrived at job sites across Europe. One such project is the extension of Skaraborgs hospital in Skövde, around 170 km northeast of Gothenburg in Sweden. Contractor ByggDialog is using the MDT 809 to erect the concrete structure with a 55 m jib and 37.4 m height under hook on fixing angles. "This is a challenging project that involves lifting heavy elements over long distances," said Jan Heed, managing director of Lambertsson Kran, the local distributor supplying the crane. read more

exhibitions and other events

New date 2020 for Fensterbau Frontale and Holz-Handwerk
13.03.2020 In view of the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking into account the principles for risk assessment of major events adopted by the crisis management group of the German government and the current recommendation of the Bavarian State Government for international exhibitions, NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone Fensterbau Frontale and Holz-Handwerk 2020 to Tuesday, 16 June until Friday, 19 June 2020. In 2022 Fensterbau Frontale and Holz-Handwerk will take place in March again. read more

Postponement of Stone+tec 2020
13.03.2020 Together with the Stone+tec Advisory Board, NürnbergMesse has decided to postpone Stone+tec 2020 from 17-20 June 2020. The next Stone+tec will be held in Nürnberg in May / June 2021. The postponement is a preventive step in view of the macroeconomic effects in Europe and worldwide caused by the progressive spread of the corona virus. The decision was based on feedback from customers and industry representatives as well as an intensive analysis of the changed industry calendar. read more

Deutsche Börse includes HOCHTIEF in new index for sustainable companies
09.03.2020 Deutsche Börse has included Hochtief in a newly created index for sustainable companies. The DAX 50 ESG takes into account the biggest listed German corporations not only in terms of market capitalization and trading volumes, but also evaluates how intensively companies deal with environmental protection, social issues and good corporate governance. read more

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara Receive the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize
04.03.2020 Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Dublin, Ireland, have been selected as the 2020 Pritzker Prize Laureates, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture's highest honor. As architects and educators since the 1970s, Farrell and McNamara create spaces that are at once respectful and new, honoring history while demonstrating a mastery of the urban environment and craft of construction. Balancing strength and delicacy, and upholding a reverence of site-specific contexts, their academic, civic and cultural institutions, as well as housing developments, result in modern and impactful works that never repeat or imitate, but are decidedly of their own architectural voice. read more

industry news

BAM, Populous to build world-class arena in Manchester
02.04.2020 Oak View Group (OVG) has appointed Royal BAM Group (BAM) as its preferred construction partner, and Populous, a global architecture design firm, to lead the world-class team behind a new 23,500-capacity arena in Manchester. The venue would be the largest arena in the UK, bringing £350 million private direct investment into the city and significant economic benefit. This follows an announcement last week that OVG – the global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015 – had submitted formal plans for the arena to be built in the Eastlands area of Manchester, a city world-famous for its music, entertainment, and sporting heritage. read more

BAM: construction sites in Belgium closed
24.03.2020 In compliance with the guidelines from the Belgian government, Royal BAM Group's Belgian operating companies decided to close down their construction sites as of 18 March 2020. For all projects, contingency plans were established and the necessary measures were identified to preserve the interests of BAM and its clients. read more

Skanska builds new office building for Castellum in Malmö, Sweden
23.03.2020 Skanska, one of the leading development- and construction companies in the Nordics, has signed a contract with the real estate company Castellum to build E.ON's new Nordic headquarters in Nyhamnen, Malmö, Sweden. The contract is worth about SEK 920 M, which will be included in the order bookings for Sweden for the first quarter 2020. The project covers 36,000 square meters of gross area and the building will be between 8 and 9 floors high with a restaurant, gym and roof terrace, with the opportunity to work outdoors during the summer. read more

Vinci: Impact of the Covid-19 epidemic
23.03.2020 In the rapidly changing situation caused by the current major health crisis, the safety of Vinci's staff, partners, subcontractors, customers and stakeholders, along with the continuity of the public services for which Vinci is responsible, remain absolute priorities. read more

Iberdrola activates an extraordinary plan for hospitals to guarantee and reinforce energy supply
20.03.2020 Iberdrola, Spain's leading energy company, has ramped up its global efforts to beat COVID-19 with a dedicated service for hospitals in Spain to guarantee service continuity and quality. It is also working to ensure that new installations allocated to patient care have adequate power supply. So far, the company has earmarked 268 public and private hospitals and health centres in areas where it operates as a supplier - 25 provinces in ten autonomous regions - where it is reviewing their power supply and backup resources and the correct functioning of digitalised installations. read more

Ramboll to provide support for United States’ largest offshore wind project
20.03.2020 Denmark-based Ramboll has been chosen by the US energy company Dominion Energy to support development and engineering aspects of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project, which will become the largest offshore wind farm in the United States and one of the largest in the world. The new 2.6 GW offshore wind farm will supply 650,000 US homes with zero-carbon electricity when in service by the end of 2026. It will make a significant contribution to the state of Virginia's target of 30 percent renewable electricity by 2030. Ramboll will as the Owner's Engineer provide consultancy to Dominion Energy on all development and engineering aspects of the farm. read more

Annual General Meeting of ABB Ltd
20.03.2020 ABB confirms that it will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 26, 2020, as planned. In accordance with the requirements as defined in the Ordinance of the Federal Council of Switzerland, dated March 16, 2020, regarding measures against combatting the coronavirus, shareholders will not be allowed to attend the event in person. read more

Atkins: Continuing to serve your needs through challenging times
20.03.2020 Richard Robinson, CEO – Atkins, UK & Europe: «The unfolding Coronavirus crisis clearly creates huge challenges and uncertainty for businesses across the country. I wanted to reassure you that we continue to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our UK employees, whilst ensuring we are open for business and continuing to serve your projects. read more

SNC-Lavalin provides update on Business Resilience Measures
20.03.2020 SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) announced an update on a series of measures the Company has undertaken as part of its business resilience program due to the Coronavirus ('COVID-19') pandemic. read more

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