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New Cat E-Series hammers
24.02.2015 Ten new Cat E-Series hammers - designed for use with mini excavators, skid-steer loaders and backhoe loaders - are available in both "silenced" and side-plate versions. Four sizes - H35, H45, H55 and H65 - are offered in two mounting configurations for installation on both Caterpillar and competitive carriers. Silenced hammers, identified with "s" in the model designation, use a fully enclosed housing to suppress noise, a valuable feature in sensitive work environments and in small-machine applications in which the hammer is in read more

With the help of solar shading specialists
24.02.2015 With the help of solar shading specialists BAB Projects, Wellcome Trust has improved the effectiveness of its motorised blinds system to restore good-as-new performance at the Gibbs Building on Euston Road. This has been achieved with minimal disruption and in an environmentally acceptable way, with much of the existing hardware retained, repaired and restored to good working order. The Wellcome Trust is a medical research charity dedicated to improving human and animal health. Ethical concerns, including care for the environment and read more

Trespa Meteon range extended with timeless grey
23.02.2015 Trespa announced an extension to its popular Trespa Meteon range of durable exterior panels, with the addition of six distinctive grey wood tones. Said Lucas Stevens, Design Expert at Trespa: "this is a direct result of consultation with more than 100 architects in 10 countries. The new grey wood decors combine durable design with the timeless expression that architects strive to deliver in their work for their clients." The new grey wood tones are designed to influence the experience, age and appearance of the building's exterior. read more

AAMA releases anodic finishes/painted aluminum document
18.02.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document laying out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work. According to AAMA, this standard describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thicker than nature's version, harder and very durable. The AAMA Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum (AFPA) document has been updated to reflect newer technologies now available for the process involved. The appearance and physical properties of anodic finishes read more

Five GREEN CREATIVE products selected for the IES 2014 Progress Report
18.02.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announces the selection of its BR30 8W CLOUD, A19 9W, A19 9W 277V, MR16 7W and MR16 4W lamps by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) for the 2014 Progress Report. Each year the IES's prestigious Progress Report showcases unique and innovative products significant to the lighting industry. The IES Progress Committee is dedicated to following developments in the art and science of lighting throughout the world and prepares the Progress Report as a yearly review of achievements for read more

Fire resistant glazing with SCHOTT PYRAN S
18.02.2015 Fire resistant glazing with PYRAN S from the German specialty glass producer SCHOTT has many talents. They comply with the common European fire resistance categories and can be used in applications ranging from roof and facade constructions to partitions, smoke screens and doors. "Several acclaimed building projects in Europe recently installed fire resistant glazing based on our PYRAN S specialty glass. Thanks to the high quality of our material, architects and planners can use it in a variety of ways without read more

Potain tower cranes reach new heights at tallest bridge in Israel
08.02.2015 Connecting two tunnels on opposing sides of the expansive Arazim Valley near Jerusalem requires building a record-breaking bridge that is as impressive in its height as in its length. The landmark 35 million project relies on six Potain tower cranes that are able to climb to final working heights of up to 115 m. The rugged and uneven terrain on site added another challenge for the Kokhav Ya'ir-based Potain crane owners, COMASCO, tasked with installing tower crane foundations to ensure they were erected securely and in ample time for read more

Komatsu's new PC360LC-11 hydraulic excavator
08.02.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduces the PC360LC-11 hydraulic excavator. With a net horsepower of 192 kW, the PC360LC-11 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D114E-6 engine, which is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu's Tier 4 Final engines are built on the solid foundation that started in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu's first Tier 1 engine. The culmination is today's Tier 4 Final engine that is productive, dependable and efficient. This new excavator leverages Komatsu's leadership in technology and innovation by delivering read more

GE's luminaires enhance efficiency at renovated Ingersoll Rand facility
08.02.2015 Ingersoll Rand is committed to advancing quality of life by creating comfortable and efficient environments for its customers, and it has applied the company mission to its own building renovations at its North American Headquarters in Davidson, N.C. Transforming Ingersoll Rand's Building D commercial interior space, which comprises nearly 53,000 square feet across two levels, was achieved through efforts that included the installation of more energy-efficient lighting, a building automation system (BAS) with energy-saving read more

exhibitions and other events

AAMA recognizes member leadership during 78th Annual Conference
25.02.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 78th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole. Kim Flanary, engineering director for Milgard(Tacoma, Washington), was named Outstanding Member, as presented by the previous year's award winner, Steve Fronek(Apogee Enterprises/Wausau Window and Wall Systems; Wausau, Wisconsin). read more

FOWIND launches Global Offshore Wind Policy Assessment Outlook
17.02.2015 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) announced today the launch of the Offshore Wind Policy and Market Assessment Outlook. This report is a crucial link to facilitating the development of a roadmap for offshore wind power in India. read more

Heimtextil 2015: amazing range of new textile design products
17.02.2015 Showcased at Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main were the new designs and technical developments for the soft furnishings of tomorrow. From 14 to 17 January, 2,759 exhibitors from all corners of the globe showcased which fabrics, colours, patterns and shapes will be the hot commodities for the coming season. "As the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil once again impressed everyone as the world's largest shop window for innovative designs. And the new 'Theme Park', in particular, with its numerous product displays from our exhibitors, made its own contribution to an experience of the state of the art in textile design, " reflects Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt, looking back. read more

Innovation, design, sustainability and building renovation; pillars of BBBConstrumat 2015
12.02.2015 Beyond Building Barcelona-Construmat laid the foundations for its next edition. Aspects such as innovation, design, sustainability and building renovation will be the main areas featured in Fira de Barcelona's International Building Show which is set to take place in Hall 3 of the Gran Via exhibition centre from 19 to 23 May. There will also be building projects from Spain and other countries at Contract Forum, an initiative introduced at the 2013 edition which aims to become consolidated as one of the event's major attractions. The Innovation area will present the latest in materials and building processes, from house building using 3D printers to construction using robots, read more

industry news

Mott MacDonald joins with Khudairi Group to deliver Iraqi projects
27.02.2015 Mott MacDonald has joined up with Khudairi Group to deliver oil and gas projects in Iraq. The move combines the consultancy's full range of engineering and procurement technical support services with Khudairi Group's procurement, inspection, expediting and construction management services. read more

Ramboll designs new container port in Nuuk, Greenland
27.02.2015 Drawing upon a wide array of skills, Ramboll has been contracted with designing a new container port of 60,000 square metres in Nuuk, Greenland. The port will be built by the Danish contractor Per Aarsleff A/S. Over the next five months, a project team of Ramboll employees representing various engineering disciplines will design the new container port. It is a so-called greenfield project with no previous land or sea infrastructure, which makes the project quite complex. read more

ABB again heads list for most patent applications filed by a Swiss-based company
27.02.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, registered more patent applications with the European Patent Office (EPO) than any other Swiss-based company in 2014. Switzerland remains top of the world rankings for the number of patents filed per million inhabitants. read more

SNC-Lavalin wins two district cooling contracts in Saudi Arabia
27.02.2015 SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has won two district cooling contracts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), with a combined value of approximately $71 million. The contracts have been awarded by the Saudi Dhahran Cooling Company and the Central District Cooling Company. read more

BAM International returns to Abu Dhabi for Al Ain Stadium Mixed Use Development Project
26.02.2015 Following the successful completion of the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, BAM International is now making good progress with the second phase for the Al Ain Stadium Mixed Use Development Project Phase 2.1 for client AAFAQ Holding. This development includes housing (550 apartments in six five-storey buildings), a commercial building, a multi-storey car park, a food and beverage souk, and a 172 rooms and suites' hotel with its own car park (to be managed by Aloft hotels part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts). read more

Turner, Gensler and Farnsworth Group works with Caterpillar on its corporate headquarters study
26.02.2015 The design/build team of Turner, Gensler and Farnsworth Group has been working with Caterpillar Inc. on the study for the modernization of the Caterpillar global headquarters. Caterpillar employees were integrated in the process led by Turner, with Gensler and Farnsworth Group providing the architectural design and engineering. This integrated process evaluated options and developed solutions from a total cost of ownership perspective. Caterpillar announced that the study is complete and revealed a modern six-block campus design that spans 31 acres near the Peoria Riverfront. read more

German Chancellor Merkel visits Siemens' showcase "digital factory"
26.02.2015 On February 23, 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Siemens' Electronics Factory in Amberg, Bavaria, and was briefed on the current status of production automation as it moves toward Industrie 4.0. Key elements of the coming industrial world are already being used at the Amberg factory: Products communicate with machines and all processes are optimized and controlled via IT. "Amberg is the best proof that high tech and top innovations can sustainably secure Germany's position as an industrial location over the long term, " read more

CentraleSuplec to construct a new building at Gif-sur-Yvette
25.02.2015 As part of the project for its future Paris-Saclay campus, CentraleSuplec signed a partnership contract with the company Kluster for the construction of a new building at Gif-sur-Yvette. read more

V&A Museum of Design Dundee contract signed
25.02.2015 BAM announced that the construction contract between Dundee City Council and BAM Construction Ltd to build the V&A Museum of Design Dundee has been signed. Work on site will begin next month under the 80.11 million project, with the main building completed by the end of 2017 and opened to the public before June 2018. Completion of V&A Dundee will help create hundreds of jobs and inject millions of pounds into the economy. read more

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