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Cat GRADE with ASSIST makes accurate grading fast & easy
27.11.2015 Cat GRADE with ASSIST delivers breakthrough gains in customer efficiency and productivity, elevating grade control on excavators to a new standard. This ground-breaking new technology is the first operator ASSIST feature with semi-autonomous grade control available on Cat excavators, and it begins with the 323E L. GRADE with ASSIST automates grade adjustments that are typically done by the operator using manual controls. Operators at all experience levels can reach target grade up to 45% faster than traditional grading and up to 30% faster than read more

ROCKFON’s ceiling systems help office spaces reach new heights
27.11.2015 Office interiors across the globe benefit from the design, acoustics, indoor air quality, lighting and fire safety of ROCKFON stone wool ceiling panels and complementary specialty metal ceiling panels and ceiling suspension systems. Featuring workplace projects from across the world, ROCKFON shares "Office Spaces: Ceiling Solutions to Help People Reach New Heights." "The choices made in surfaces, color, size and profiles have a profound impact on people's workdays and can make a positive impact on the mood of a space," says Chris Marshall, read more

World-famous golf course tees off night play with Philips lighting
27.11.2015 Golfers can now play one of the world's most famous courses at night thanks to cutting edge connected LED lighting from Philips. The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Belek Golf Resort in Antalya, Turkey – home of the Turkish Airlines Open – has installed the latest connected lighting technology to allow play after sunset. The five-star resort has fitted nearly 120 remotely managed lighting poles on holes nine to 18. The 379 connected LED lights can be individually controlled with a tablet computer to recreate natural daylight, while the hydraulic poles can be raised read more

World's first Passive House Premium now certified
27.11.2015 One of the world's most sustainable buildings stands in Bavaria: as the first of its kind, a mixed residential and commercial project in the town of Kaufbeuren has met the criteria for a Passive House Premium certification. With a heating demand of only 8 kWh/m²a, it is uniquely energy efficient. At the same time, a 250 m² photovoltaic system on the roof produces renewable energy. The project was developed by the building services company Airoptima, which now has its headquarters in the world's first Passive House Premium. With a total area read more

An innovative LED solution for a renovated mezzanine floor at Marienplatz
27.11.2015 The newly designed intermediate storey of the Marienplatz subway and metro station in Munich, Germany was inaugurated. The concept drawn up by the architects Allmann Sattler Wappner and the lighting designer Ingo Maurer gives the subterranean mezzanine a bright, clearly arranged and customer-friendly appearance following a construction period of three and a half years. Up to 200,000 passengers enter this traffic node daily, following modernisation by the Munich municipal authorities (SWM) and the Munich transport company (MVG). read more

Connected Lighting Designed for Sleep Cycles
27.11.2015 Today's smart home market is anything but simple—it's very fragmented with no clear platform winner. GE wants to make it easy for consumers to use smart LED lighting, while ensuring interoperability and a positive user experience. GE announced its first connected LEDs designed for sleep and everyday illumination—called C by GE—that can be controlled without using a smart hub. "GE wants to simplify the customer experience for smart home technology—both through how customers use the smart bulbs and how they learn about it at," read more

New Cat 330F hydraulic excavator
23.11.2015 The new Cat 330F hydraulic excavator—with a maximum operating weight of 29,753 kg and powered by a 178-kW Cat C7.1 ACERT engine meeting EU Stage IV emission standards—combines field-proven reliability, productivity and low operating costs for maximum customer value. The 330F's powerful hydraulic system provides exacting control for handling a selection of Cat buckets and work tools, and heavy-duty structures throughout ensure long-term durability in the most severe applications. A quiet, well-appointed cab promotes operator productivity read more

LEED Platinum for 15 years: Wausau’s windows continue adding value
18.11.2015 Thanks in part to Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management's laboratory building at the University of California (UC) Santa Barbara, remains one of the greenest buildings and one of the highest performing, most sustainable buildings constructed in the last 15 years. Bren Hall achieved LEED Platinum certification in 2002, making it the greenest laboratory building in the country and the first in the UC system to be LEED certified. Celebrating this milestone, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) read more

AAMA to serve as inspection agency for CAT certification program
18.11.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is partnering with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC), an industry-based, nonprofit corporation in Fairbanks, Alaska, created to facilitate the development, use and testing of energy-efficient, durable, healthy and cost-effective building technologies for people living in circumpolar regions around the globe. Effective immediately, AAMA will serve as an Inspection Agency (IA) for residential windows – the first addition to CCHRC's Certified Alaska Tough (CAT) program. read more

exhibitions and other events

A golden hat trick for 'Considerate Constructor' Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald
16.11.2015 The Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald (BBMM) Area 4 team has scooped the Gold Considerate Constructor Award for the third year running from the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS), an independent organization which monitors companies against a robust Code of Considerate Practice. read more

Two of the UK's best new homes shortlisted for RIBA House of the Year award
05.11.2015 Flint House, a dramatic and innovative new house on a country estate in Buckinghamshire and Sussex House an elegant villa in the Sussex countryside have been announced as the first two houses to be shortlisted for the coveted 2015 RIBA House of the Year award, sponsored by specialist insurer, Hiscox. The award is run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The projects in the running for the UK's most prestigious award for a new house are being revealed in a special four part TV series for Channel 4, Grand Designs: House of the Year. read more

A victory for Balfour Beatty at the British Construction Industry Awards
02.11.2015 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure company, has struck gold four times with recognition for its expertise at the2015 British Construction Industry Awards, the annual celebration of building and civil engineering achievements. read more

bC India: New name, new venue
15.10.2015 The first Bauma Conexpo Show—bC India in 2011 marked the start of a cooperation between Messe München and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) in the organization of international events for the construction machinery sector. New name Now, after three successful trade shows held under the name of bC India, the two partners have agreed on a new name for the event: Bauma Conexpo India. By doing this, Messe München and AEM are establishing a joint brand with consolidated brand management for their cooperations Bauma Conexpo India and Bauma Conexpo Africa. read more

industry news

Fluor Project for Chevron Awarded Project Management Institute’s 2015 Project of the Year
20.11.2015 Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR) announced that the Project Management Institute has selected Chevron's El Segundo Refinery Coke Drum Reliability Project as its 2015 Project of the Year. Fluor served as the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contractor, in addition to performing initial studies and front-end design work. The project replaced six coke drums and incorporated seismic upgrades to the coker structure at Chevron's El Segundo Refinery in California. read more

Pöyry awarded two engineering services assignments for BillerudKorsnäs, Sweden
20.11.2015 BillerudKorsnäs has awarded Pöyry with two engineering services assignments in Sweden. One for a new board machine project in their production site in Gruvön; and the other for the machine glazed (MG) paper machine relocation project from Tervasaari in Finland to Skärblacka in Sweden. read more

New direction for Hatch Mott MacDonald
20.11.2015 Mott MacDonald and Hatch have announced that the Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) joint venture will be separated into two distinct businesses. HMM's Canada business will become part of Hatch while HMM's US business will become part of Mott MacDonald. HMM's pipelines business, which operates in both Canada and the US, will also join Mott MacDonald. read more

BAM wins contract for office and apartment complex IQ Intelligent Quarters in Hamburg
19.11.2015 BAM Deutschland AG (the German operating company of Royal BAM Group nv, specialising in building projects) has won the contract to build the office and apartment complex IQ Intelligent Quarters in Hamburg. BAM Deutschland will complete the complex by the end of 2017. The project developer is Joint Venture Strabag Real Estate / ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. The contract value is over €68 million. IQ Intelligent Quarters is located in the HafenCity district, directly on the banks of the Magdeburger Hafen. read more

BAM Danmark wins design and build contract for European School in Copenhagen
17.11.2015 BAM Danmark has won the design and build contract for the European school in Copenhagen. Client is project developer Carlsberg Byen P/S. The school is built on the site of the Danish brewer Carlsberg, which is completely redeveloped. The project has a contract value of over €40 million. The former Carlsberg brewery complex is situated next to Copenhagen's city center. Carlsberg moved its beer production to a location in Jutland in 2008, except for Jacobsen House Brewery, where special beers are brewed. The thirty-hectare area is redeveloped into Carlsberg City, based on a masterplan by the Danish architecture agency Entasis. read more

ABB to strengthen power transmission grid in the US
13.11.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $40 million in the United States, from Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), New Jersey's largest utility, to supply Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) to two substations and help strengthen grid reliability. The order was booked in the third quarter of 2015. The substations are part of PSE&G's program to protect and strengthen utility substations against increasingly frequent severe weather occurrences and enable reliable and resilient energy delivery. read more

Clacton and Holland-on-Sea coast protection scheme completes early and under budget, UK
13.11.2015 The £36 million Clacton and Holland-on-Sea coast protection scheme in Essex, UK, has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget. Mott MacDonald designed and managed the project on behalf of Tendring District Council. read more

Bilfinger: Q3 2015 Interim Report
12.11.2015 Mannheim-based Bilfinger said the group's output volume increased by 5 percent to €4,781 million in the first nine months of 2015. Orders received were up 23 percent to €4,957 million. spliterThis is attributable primarily to the extension of significant service contracts in the first half of 2015. read more

Skanska invests EUR 35 M in office project in Wroclaw, Poland
12.11.2015 Skanska invests EUR 35 M, about SEK 330 M, in the office project Green 2Day located in Wroclaw, Poland. The seven-story building will have a total leasable area of around 17,100 square meters. The project is expected to receive LEED Gold certification. read more

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