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The most energy-efficient design battery charger in the world
29.08.2014 All mobile device batteries have a limited lifespan. Excessive charging of devices consumes unnecessary energy, wears down the batteries and increases the risk of fire due to overheating. Because of this, Harri Tiainen from Finland designed the BrightCharger design charger, which automatically cuts the electric current after charging is complete, even if you forget to unplug your device. Tiainen's simple invention has the potential to significantly reduce global energy consumption. read more

State-of-the-art LED pitch lighting for Chelsea Football Club
28.08.2014 Royal Philips has provided state-of-the-art LED pitch lighting for Chelsea Football Club. Stamford Bridge is the first stadium for a top flight football club equipped with this pioneering lighting system, which will ensure that the stadium continues to be one of the most famous sporting arenas in the world. The Philips ArenaVision LED floodlighting system is an innovative LED pitch lighting solution. It is designed to provide footballers, fans and TV broadcasters with the best possible experience and supports the latest read more

New temporary building
28.08.2014 With 70 percent growth over the last three years and still more in prospect, bulk powder storage and packaging specialists, Resin Handling Services (RHS), found they had severe capacity problems. Help came from Smart Space, the temporary buildings experts, who completed a project to provide additional temporary building storage within two months from order, with the actual build time on site taking just four days. The new building provides a storage capacity of over 3600 cubic metres and has a footprint of 15 by read more

Premiere in the Baltics
28.08.2014 The bypass round the city of Tartu is a large-scale infrastructure project now under construction. In terms of formwork engineering, bridging the Emajõgi River is one of the project's biggest challenges. It was formworking expertise amassed over decades that brought this contract to Doka. The steadily increasing volume of traffic in and around Tartu, second largest city in Estonia with a population of about 100,000, requires new approaches – in this case a new road network to keep urban traffic flowing. This road-building read more

New I-safe 3.1 Intellegent Safety System
19.08.2014 Capital Safety, home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands of fall protection equipment has announced the launch of their new i-Safe 3.1 Mobile App for iOS and Android handheld devices. The app provides a user-friendly platform that improves operational efficiencies, reduces costs, and shifts management focus from paper-based activities toward technology-based activities to improve utilisation of end-user resources and technical expertise. The app supports the popular i-Safe Intelligent Safety System, read more

Microlift 50kg combination service lift solution
18.08.2014 A Stannah Microlift 50kg combination through-car dumbwaiter was the service lift of choice for the safe movement of food and tableware aboard the latest addition to the Irish Navy – the LÉ Samuel Beckett, an offshore patrol vessel dedicated to fishery and maritime protection duties including search and rescue and vessel boardings. Servicing the captain and his crew of 45, plus up to 10 trainees, the Stannah Microlift 50kg combination food lift operates over a distance of 2820mm, between the main galley and read more

A climbing solution customized for a special structural shape
18.08.2014 In Warsaw, the Warsaw Spire office complex is currently being constructed. The 220 m high, waist like office tower complete with elliptical ground plan characterizes the appearance of the building ensemble; the tower is flanked by a 55 m high building on each side. PERI has planned and supplied the complete formwork and scaffolding solution for the complex – including the self climbing formwork for the core as well as a full perimeter climbing protection panel. With efficient and safe technology along with a number of read more

Siveillance Connect Communicates using Tetra Digital Radio
18.08.2014 The Siemens Building Technologies Division introduces the latest release of its Siveillance Connect communications platform. Dispatchers use the software, which now also supports Tetra (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) digital radio, for efficient on-site planning and control of emergency response team deployment. The platform is suited for the security control centers and fire brigades of critical infrastructure, such as airports and power and industrial plants. Siveillance Connect bundles and consolidates all control center read more

GE’s New Lumination LED DownLights
18.08.2014 GE's Lumination LED DownLights are now available with new reflector finishes and anodized color options, offering even greater versatility and customization of the energy-efficient Lumination DI Series for new construction of high-end retail, commercial office and hospitality spaces. In addition to new configurations and finishes, GE's Infusion technology gives users more options, including a variety of lumen output and color temperatures, to illuminate key products or focal points with the simple read more

exhibitions and other events

François Hollande opens Mayotte Airport’s new terminal operated by SNC-Lavalin
29.08.2014 SNC-Lavalin, one of Canada's largest engineering firms, announced that François Hollande, the President of France, officially opened Mayotte Airport's new terminal alongside Youssef Sabeh, Senior Vice-President Operations & Maintenance, Europe, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. on August 23. The new terminal was designed and built by SNC-Lavalin, which has also operated the Airport since 2011. read more

Bauma Conexpo Africa to move to a three-year cycle after 2015
27.08.2014 Africa's largest trade fair for the construction machinery and mining industry celebrated its premiere in 2013. The next Bauma Conexpo Africa takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) from September 15 to 18, 2015. Following next year's exhibition, Bauma Conexpo Africa will move to a three-year cycle, meaning the next fair will then be held in 2018. This decision was made after close consultation with local and international industry representatives who recommended the three-year cycle for the markets of Africa. read more

Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building named Sustainable Project of the Year
26.08.2014 The Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, built by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, was recently named the 2014 Sustainable Project of the Year by the Portland Business Journal. The LEED Platinum project boasts sustainable features like the conversion of a firing range into a 170,000 gallon rainwater collection tank, a roof canopy with 180kw photovoltaic array which doubles as a rainwater collection surface, dedicated outside air supply used for ventilation, radiant heating/cooling, and six passenger elevators that generate electricity as they descend. read more

Lafarge North America joins with Living Lands and Waters on Chicagoland river cleanup
21.08.2014 Last week, Lafarge North America employees volunteered for a Living Lands and Waters river cleanup of the Des Plains River in Channahon, IL, near the Lafarge U.S. Joliet Quarry, as part of their national commitment to the organization. Earlier this summer, Living Lands and Waters received a $20,000 donation on behalf of Lafarge U.S. and its employees. read more

industry news

Strabag SE improves earnings after six months
01.09.2014 Austria's Strabag SE disclosed its figures for the first half of 2014. The company contained the typical seasonal loss, increased revenues a bit and confirms the outlook on the full-year. read more

BAM discussing major Soho scheme with Great Portland Estates
01.09.2014 BAM Construction is working on a £28 million commercial project in central London. The contractor, which has offices in the capital, was awarded a pre-construction services agreement by developer Great Portland Estates for St. Lawrence House in Soho. The building will feature six levels of high-quality office space as well as ground and lower-floor retail. It is aiming for an Excellent rating through environmental initiative BREEAM, and will feature photovoltaic cells and natural ventilation. The project started on site in April, with existing buildings being demolished, and is due for completion in February 2016. read more

Skanska to rebuild central street and renovate properties in Oslo
01.09.2014 Skanska has signed a contract with Storebrand Eiendom to rebuild a part of Ruseløkkveien and renovate the surrounding houses and car park in Oslo, Norway. The contract value is NOK 320 M, about SEK 347 M, which will be included in order bookings for Skanska Norway for the third quarter of 2014. The project will turn a part of Ruseløkkveien from traffic road to pedestrian street. The total area of the project is about 25,000 square meters. read more

ABB commissions world’s longest power transmission link in Brazil
29.08.2014 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has successfully commissioned the HVDC converter stations to the Rio Madeira High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) link in Brazil and delivered the project to Abengoa. The approximately 2,400 kilometers (km), 3,150 megawatt (MW) power connection is the longest transmission link in the world, and will bring electricity from two hydropower plants in the northwest of the country to São Paulo, Brazil's main economic center. read more

Mott MacDonald appointed on Shanghai Urban Environment Project, China
29.08.2014 Mott MacDonald has been appointed by the Shanghai Water Authority to provide technical support for the third phase of the Shanghai Urban Environment Project in China. The project aims to improve the water supply quality and levels across the network. read more

Skanska invests in office property in Stockholm, Sweden
28.08.2014 Skanska invests SEK 470 M in the office property Stockholm Seaside in Stockholm, Sweden. The construction contract for Skanska Sweden is worth SEK 275 M, which will be included in order bookings for he third quarter 2014. The new office building is the first building in the Stockholm New district in Hammarby Sjöstad in southern Stockholm. The building offers a total area of 14,000 square meters just a few minutes from central Stockholm. The house is equipped with terraces and glass facade to take advantage of the view and the unique location right on the canal. read more

Iberdrola overhauls 45 small hydro power plants in Spain
28.08.2014 Iberdrola, Spain's largest utility, has implemented a plan to modernise and upgrade 45 of its 92 small hydro power plants in Spain, in which some €10 million was invested over the past three years. Through this initiative the company has equipped its oldest plants with the most efficient and advanced technology to improve output and extend their lifespan. The project included the electromechanical reengineering of turbines and alternators, a key element of hydro power plants, as well as civil works to upgrade canals and weirs and the replacement of control systems. read more

Hochtief consortium reaches financial close for A7 in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg
28.08.2014 A consortium comprising Hochtief Solutions subsidiary Hochtief PPP Solutions GmbH, the institutional investor, Dutch Infrastructure Fund, and KEMNA BAU Andreae GmbH & Co. KG has concluded its financing negotiations - i.e. reached what is known as financial close - for the A7 public-private partnership project (PPP) in Schleswig-Holstein and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, as planned. read more

L&T signs contract for Sikalbaha gas-based power plant in Bangladesh
27.08.2014 Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) have signed a contract to set up a 225 megawatt, gas-based power plant in Sikalbaha, Chittagong in Bangladesh. read more

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