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Three construction sites – one church: Renovation work on Ulm Minster
08.11.2019 The 161.53 m high main tower of Ulm Minster is known as the highest church spire in the world – equally as impressive is the 29 m long, 15 m wide and 26 m high choir. PERI systems are currently assisting with the extensive renovation work on the vaulted ceiling and the choir stalls as part of the restoration of the main tower and the north-east, 86 m high choir tower. The ongoing, time-intensive renovation work on the largest evangelical church in Germany started in 2015. In parallel to the main tower restoration to the exterior of the Minster, read more

John Deere's New Grade Control Level Best Box Blades
08.11.2019 Helping compact equipment operators improve productivity and machine versatility, John Deere is pleased to add three new models, the PD-72 inch (1,829 mm), PD-84 inch (2,134 mm) and PD-96 inch (2,438 mm), to its referral attachments line from the leading manufacturer of grading attachments, Level Best . The new grade control-ready Level Best Dual Mast PD Series box blades will improve productivity on John Deere skid steers and compact track loaders. "We pride ourselves on providing cutting-edge solutions to our customers that enhance read more

Sydney Metro - Largest involvement in tunneling civil works for Doka
08.11.2019 The new standalone railway will deliver 31 metro stations and more than 66 kilometres of new metro rail, revolutionising the way Australia's biggest city travels. Doka supplies formwork engineering services, material and equipment supply for the mined tunnel concrete lining construction at Martin Place, Pitt Street and Victoria Cross Station sites. When Sydney Metro is extended into the central business district (CBD) and beyond in 2024, metro rail will run from Sydney's booming North West region under Sydney Harbour, through new underground stations in the CBD and beyond to the south west. read more

Winkler Crane upgrades to National NTC55L for better versatility
08.11.2019 Winkler Crane, a Truro, Massachusetts-based crane contracting company, needed an efficient, versatile crane that was able to provide excellent performance on a wide range of applications. With business booming, the company had to quickly replace its previous boom truck, which had been damaged during a traffic accident. Rather than replace it with the same model, Winkler Crane decided to upgrade the fleet with a higher capacity, longer reach machine. The National Crane NTC55L boom truck was a perfect fit for the company's needs. read more

Big volumes of offshore wind are key to Europe’s 2050 climate neutrality
08.11.2019 Offshore wind is set to play a major role in the world's energy mix according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the 'Offshore Wind Outlook 2019'. The IEA predicts that global offshore capacity may rise 15-fold by 2040. The IEA thinks European offshore wind capacity will reach 130-180 GW by 2040. They say falling costs and 'remarkable technological progress' – bigger turbines and floating offshore wind – will drive progress. They say offshore wind is already as stable a form of power generation as coal and gas in many places, read more

Beswick: How to Install and Remove Tubing from Barbed Fittings
05.11.2019 Tubing assembly and removal may seem simple, perhaps even trivial, …until you have to do it yourself or you are responsible for writing assembly instructions. Make your life easier. Read the Beswick "How to install and remove polyurethane tubing when using barbed style fittings" product guide. The removal technique is particularly clever. As you know, life is often complex. Beswick oftens yearn for simplicity yet, on the other hand, complex challenges can make life interesting. Beswick is working to make your fluid power challenges a little simpler so you can focus read more

Customised PERI solutions for complex, architectural requirements
26.10.2019 PERI has contributed to the construction of the new research and development centre of Ferring Pharmaceuticals A/S in Copenhagen by supplying individual formwork and scaffolding solutions. The building, which looks like a triangle when viewed from the air, is being erected in a central location right next to the sea at the Øresund crossing between Copenhagen and Malmö. The use of pre-assembled VARIOKIT system solutions and SKYDECK slab formwork streamlined the procedure significantly. At the same time, PERI's systems ensured that the architectural concrete was of the highest quality. read more

John Deere's New Mechanical Angle Blade for 950K, 1050K Crawler Dozers
26.10.2019 Developed based on customer feedback, John Deere now manufactures the mechanical angle blade for the 950K and 1050K crawler dozers. The John Deere-designed mechanical angle blade can be manually angled side to side, making it ideal for a variety of jobs, including backfilling, rough grading and general earthmoving. "The new mechanical angle blades were designed based on feedback from contractors in the pipeline industry," said Nathan Horstman, product marketing manager, crawler dozers, John Deere Construction & Forestry. read more

SABIC at K 2019
22.10.2019 With a growing global population and increased urbanisation, the demand for sustainable and responsible construction solutions has grown dramatically over the past several years. To proactively cater to demand and tackle global megatrends impacting society, SABIC has developed a ground-breaking range of energy, electrical, structural and piping solutions, that are being showcased at K 2019 in Dusseldorf, Germany from 16-23 October. In line with the company's vision to deliver a hands-on experience of its latest products – and under the theme read more

exhibitions and other events

digitalBAU: In dialog with digitization specialists in the construction industry
24.10.2019 digitalBAU, a new trade fair format of BAU in Munich, will open its doors in Cologne from February 11 to 13, 2020. So far, more than 140 companies have registered for the first leading trade fair for digital solutions in the construction industry. read more

Expo Real 2019 and real estate—strong showing by both
09.10.2019 Despite all the talk about a possible downturn, the international real estate sector is expecting 2019 to be another successful year. And it has turned out in even greater numbers at this year´s Expo Real, to push ahead with future real estate projects. One engine for growth at the show are technology companies, and a central theme is affordable housing. "2,190 exhibitors from 45 countries, more than 46,000 participants from 76 countries, and an additional exhibition hall: In 2019 Expo Real was bigger and more international than ever, " read more

MaterialDistrict Expo: Material Innovation
01.10.2019 During the UK Construction Week 2019, will take place a MaterialDistrict Expo on 8, 9, and 10 October, with the theme "Material Innovation". This exhibition is entirely dedicated to materials for the building industry. MaterialDistrict has created the exhibition with 60 international materials that show the important role of future materials in our built environment. Future material issues will have to do with energy, available resources, and our general health. Titled "Material Innovation", MaterialDistrict's exhibition will inspire visitors with materials and tools to deal with these issues. read more

Tremendous response to new trade fair format
26.09.2019 The new digitalBAU trade fair format, which in future will always take place in the interim year between two editions of BAU, the world's leading trade fair for the construction industry, bridges the gap between trend-setting technology and the innovative construction industry. digitalBAU from February 11 to 13, 2020 is already a success. read more

industry news

Vinci opens bypass around Regina, capital of the Province of Saskatchewan in Canada
04.11.2019 The bypass around Regina, capital of the Province of Saskatchewan in Canada, was officially opened in the presence of Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, Xavier Huillard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VINCI, Pierre Anjolras, Chairman of Eurovia and Nicolas Notebaert, Chief Executive Officer of Vinci Concessions. The Regina Bypass comprises 61 km of road, of which 37 km newly built and 24 km upgraded, 12 new interchanges and 33 new bridges and viaducts. It represents an investment of C$1.9 billion (around €1.3 billion). read more

BAM secures another major leisure centre scheme
31.10.2019 Chiltern District Council has appointed BAM Construction as the preferred bidder to build its Chiltern Lifestyle Centre in Amersham. Work on the circa £36 million leisure facilities is set to commence towards the end of November. It will open by the end of 2021. read more

Gaist set to revolutionise utilities sector with mapping technology
31.10.2019 Providing the ever-increasing services demanded by a growing population cannot be achieved using existing UK infrastructure, warned Gaist Head of Business Development Ian Job. read more

118 MW of wind power capacity to be purchased by Iberdrola in Spain
23.10.2019 Iberdrola is progressing its plan to relaunch clean energies following its agreement with Siemens Gamesa for the acquisition of three wind farm developments in Spain, with total installed capacity of 117.8 megawatts (MW): the BaCa (Ballestas and Casetona) wind farm and the Puylobo project. Located in the municipalities of Castrojeriz and Vallejera in Burgos, the Ballestas and Casetona wind power facility has installed capacity of 69.3 MW and comprises twenty 3.4 MW SG 3.4-132 wind turbines. These facilities have just come on stream and their output will provide clean energy to the equivalent of 25,200 homes per year, preventing the emission of 40,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. read more

Second caisson new sea lock in IJmuiden successfully immersed
11.10.2019 Rijkswaterstaat has achieved an important milestone in the construction of the new sea lock in IJmuiden. The second caisson of the sea lock has reached its final position. The doors of the lock will slide in and out of the caisson on the canal side (inner lock head) and it will also include the spare door. read more

Vinci Energies acquires OFM group in Germany’s telecommunications infrastructure sector
30.09.2019 Vinci Energies has acquired the German telecommunications infrastructure company OFM. In operation for over 50 years, OFM has built up expertise in telecoms infrastructure, where it provides services in engineering, installation and maintenance of fixed-line networks. The development of fibre optic networks currently accounts for the major part of its business activities. OFM is the sector's main player in Bavaria and neighbouring Länder in eastern Germany. The company employs close to 270 people in the country and generated revenue of €78 million in 2018. read more

Iberdrola and Heineken sign a partnership that will make the brewer the first to produce its products using only renewable energy
23.09.2019 Iberdrola and Heineken España have added to their commitment to sustainability as a strategic thrust in their businesses by signing the first long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) in Spain between an electricity supplier and a brewing group. The agreement signed by the two companies will contribute to the construction of a new photovoltaic plant in Andévalo, which will guarantee the supply of green electricity for at least 11 years to the four factories and offices of Heineken España. The plant wwill become operational in 2020, read more

FCC Construcción joins the #aliadosdelosODS campaign
23.09.2019 On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the approval of the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FCC Construcción joins the #aliadosdelosODS campaign to work on the dissemination of these United Nations Objectives, in collaboration with the Spanish Network of the Global Compact, initiative to which it belongs. read more

Ferrovial consortium inaugurates Toowoomba bypass in Australia
23.09.2019 Ferrovial, via subsidiary Cintra Infrastructure and in a consortium with Plenary Group and Acciona Concessions, has cut the tape on the final stretch of the Toowomba Second Range Crossing, in the Australian state of Queensland. The project, which represents an investment of over 1.6 billion Australian dollars (1.1 billion euros), is now open to traffic. In July 2015, the Nexus consortium, comprising Cintra, Plenary and Acciona, was chosen to design, finance, operate and maintain the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, the largest road projects ever implemented in the state of Queensland. Financial completion of the project was attained in August of that year. read more

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