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Online AIA/CES courses, “Select and Spec” tool, guide specifications
14.04.2015 Helping architects and the building community better understand architectural finishing, Linetec's Architectural Resource Center's online resources include on-demand continuing education courses and tools for simplifying coatings selection and specification. Linetec's online "Select and Spec" tool allows visitors to browse color palettes and order painted aluminum samples. Organized into eight color families with interactive "chips," the user clicks on a chip to see a larger image and order up to five samples. These 3.5-by-2-inch painted metal read more

Unique Beswick mini Pressure Regulator
05.04.2015 Unique Beswick mini Pressure Regulator. A Design News "Product of the Year" finalist. Force = Pressure x Area. The Challenge: You need a pressure regulator with excellent performance and it also has to be miniature because you have limited space for it in your product. The regulator must have the ability to control low output pressures (under 5 psi), have low mass, and be corrosion resistant. On a related note, you have been noticing an increasing number of gray hairs since your boss assigned you this project. read more

College building achieves aesthetic, environmental, performance goals
05.04.2015 Maryland's Cecil College opened its new three-story, 28,683-square-foot, engineering and mathematics (E&M) facility with the start of the 2014-15 academic year. Designed by Marshall Craft Associates, the $19.7 million building is pursuing LEED Silver certification, the first in Cecil County. Supporting the project's aesthetic, environmental and other performance goals, Wausau Window and Wall Systems contributed the curtainwall and sun shades, Tubelite Inc. supplied the entrance systems, and Linetec provided the finishing. read more

Updated documents pertaining to architecturally finished aluminum
05.04.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum: the combined AAMA 609 & 610-15, "Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Architecturally Finished Aluminum" and CW-10-15, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site." Architecturally finished aluminum is considered any that has been treated with anodic or organic coatings. AAMA 609 & 610-15 spells out methods, equipment and materials applicable for cleaning such finished aluminum after read more

75W and 100W replacement A-lamps suitable for enclosed fixtures
05.04.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announces the launch of its first 75W and 100W replacement A-lamps. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new TITANIUM LED SERIES 4.0, the ENERGY STAR certified A19 12W and A21 17W lamps feature a fully omnidirectional design. Like many other GREEN CREATIVE products, these A-lamps are designed for use in totally enclosed fixtures without affecting performance or lifetime. "We are very excited to offer these new 75W and 100W A-lamp retrofit solutions", says GREEN CREATIVE's Southeastern Regional Sales Manager, Grant Williams. read more

Mobile access systems for a wide range of applications
05.04.2015 Capital Safety has announced the launch of two new DBI-SALA access products to their FlexiGuard Engineered Systems range. The SafRig & Engineered Modular Unit (EMU) provide an overhead anchorage point anywhere that fall protection is needed with 360° mobility. The FlexiGuard EMU is designed for easy adjustment, maximising flexibility without sacrificing safety. The lightweight system allows for easy mobility around the jobsite with a forklift. With three adjustable height models and one fixed height version plus three mounting options, there is read more

New Cat Pin Grabber Coupler for hydraulic excavators
30.03.2015 The new Cat Pin Grabber Coupler for hydraulic excavators is designed for safety and performance. Featuring a powerful, two-stage locking system that ensures positive work-tool engagement and provides audio/visual verification of proper attachment for the operator, the new coupler's internal mechanism then combines with continual hydraulic force from the machine and actual digging forces to keep the work tool secure. The coupler's efficient design not only reduces weight, allowing big bucket payloads without compromising strength read more

AAMA releases updated sound control document
29.03.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document specific to sound control for fenestration products. AAMA TIR-A1 provides detailed technical information for the reduction of sound transmission through building envelopes in terms of the design and construction of both commercial and residential buildings. Some new definitions were added to this document, which was last updated in 2004. Newly defined terms include "Apparent Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class" and "Outdoor-Indoor read more

Stretch Forming curves and finishes architectural aluminum products
29.03.2015 Stretch Forming by Linetec allows architectural product manufacturers to have their metal building components curved and finished in one location. Half-circles, eyebrows and Gothic arches are popular architectural applications. Customers can ship their aluminum to Linetec for bending and finishing to retain the full finish warranty. Utilizing Linetec's dedicated fleet of trucks saves customers shipping costs and transit time, as well as reduces material handling and packaging to minimize the opportunity for damage. Linetec's full scope of bending read more

exhibitions and other events

Koinè 2015 in Fiera di Vicenza
17.04.2015 The 16th edition of Koinè, international expo of furnishings, liturgical objects and components for worship space construction, scheduled from 18 to 21 April 2015 at the Fiera di Vicenza, will be dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council with the promulgation of the Pastoral Constitution "Gaudium et Spes" on the Church in the modern world. The fair, benefitting from the active collaboration and sponsorship of the Diocese of Vicenza, the National Office for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and the National Service for Worship Space Construction of the Italian Bishops Conference has become the most important international appointment in the sector. Since the very first edition, Koinè has accompanied the exhibition of products with a vast and well-organized section dedicated to research in order to offer the production world a contribution of ideas and innovative proposals in harmony with the guidelines expressed by Vatican II. read more

“Stone + Light” presents stone at its best
17.04.2015 From 13 to 16 May 2015, Stone+tec Nuremberg will delight visitors with six special shows about natural stone material, its processing methods and potential applications. Each of the displays has a distinctive focus, from contemporary cemetery concepts and the purposefulness of traditional gravestone culture to issues like the reduction of fine dust or the professional handling of new materials. One highlight in the truest sense of the word is the special "Stone + Light" show: nine objects in stone, presented very artistically thanks to individual LED lighting concepts. read more

Stone+tec in Nuremberg: the No. 1 industry gathering!
09.04.2015 From 13 to 16 May 2015 Stone+tec Nuremberg will once again demonstrate how important it is as an information platform and meeting point for the natural stone processing sector in central Europe. From traditional natural stone and innovative materials through machines, tools, chemical care products and cleaners to gravestone and religious masonry work: the more than 400 exhibitors cover the entire spectrum of modern natural stone processing. Stone+tec 2015 will be officially launched by Hans Peter Wollseifer, President of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH). read more

AIA College of Fellows Awards 2015 Latrobe Prize to Woodbury University Arid Lands Institute for ‘Drylands Resilience Initiative’
02.04.2015 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows selected a team led by Woodbury University's Arid Lands Institute for its "Drylands Resilience Initiative: Digital Tools for Sustainable Urban Design in Arid and Semi-Arid Urban Centers" to receive the 2015 Latrobe Prize. read more

industry news

SNC-Lavalin to announce 1q results and host annual meeting
17.04.2015 SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) will announce its first quarter results and host its Annual Shareholders' Meeting in Montreal on May 7, 2015. SNC-Lavalin will hold its first quarter results conference call with the financial community on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Participants will include Robert G. Card, President and Chief Executive Officer and Alain-Pierre Raynaud, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Media are welcome to participate on a listen-only basis. read more

ABB wins automation order from Fajar Paper
17.04.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk (Fajar Paper), a leading packaging paper manufacturer in Indonesia. The contract was booked end of 2014. ABB will provide the automation system for paper machine 3 (PM3), one of the current five paper machines at Fajar Paper responsible for a combined production of around 1.2 million tons of packaging paper per year, including Coated Duplex Board, Kraft Liner Board and Corrugated Medium Paper. read more

Ofsted recognises marked improvement at Slough Children’s Centres
17.04.2015 Ofsted has recognised a marked improvement at Slough's Children's Centres, managed by Cambridge Education on behalf of the Borough Council. The children's centres were described as warm and inclusive hubs for local communities, where families feel welcome and safe. Cambridge Education was appointed to provide educational services to Slough Borough Council, the borough's schools and educational settings in September 2013. read more

Vinci Annual Meeting of Shareholders
16.04.2015 The Combined Shareholders' General meeting of Vinci was held on 14 April 2015 at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris under the chairmanship of Xavier Huillard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group. The quorum was 60.35 %. read more

Technip awarded FEED contract for the Liuhua fields in the South China Sea
16.04.2015 Technip and its consortium partner China Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC) have been awarded a front end engineering design (FEED) contract by China National Offshore Oil Corporation Limited (CNOOC Ltd.) for two tension leg platforms (TLPs) for the Liuhua 11-1 and 16-2 joint development project located in the South China Sea. read more

Amec Foster Wheeler awarded Nuclear Decommissioning Authority decommissioning and research framework contract
16.04.2015 Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that it has been awarded a four-year contract by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), increasing the range of services it currently provides. read more

Systra signs a major contract for Medina’s future metro system
15.04.2015 It was in the presence of His Royal Highness, Prince Faisal Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Governor of Madinah province, and President of the Medina Development Commission, that Pierre Verzat, CEO of Systra, signed a 81.9 million SAR contract (approximately €20 million) for preliminary designs for Medina's future metro system on behalf of a consortium led by Systra. read more

Tikkurila to open a factory with a novel production concept in Kazakhstan
15.04.2015 Tikkurila is expanding its production network with the opening of a new factory in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in April 2015. The factory will produce a limited range of water-borne decorative paints to meet local market needs. The factory will pilot a novel production concept developed by Tikkurila. Designed to enable the quick launch of production in a new market, the concept will typically involve a fairly small and flexible unit focused on the production of a limited range of water-borne products. The risks associated with entering a new market are smaller, thanks to low initial investment costs and low operating costs. The investment totals less than EUR 1 million. read more

Renewable energy: a new waste-to-energy, gasification plant in the United Kingdom
13.04.2015 AssetGen Partners, a specialised investment fund, has signed a contract worth roughly £82 million (approximately €110 million) with Bouygues Energies & Services for the turnkey construction of a waste-toenergy gasification plant in the Hertfordshire town of Hoddesdon, in the United Kingdom.spliter Bouygues Energies & Services will be responsible for the engineering and construction of this 10 MWe facility and procurement of equipment, followed by operation and maintenance for a period of ten years. This will be the largest waste-toenergy gasification plant in the United Kingdom. Jean-Christophe Perraud, CEO of Bouygues Energies & Services, remarked: "This contract once again confirms Bouygues Energies & Services' capacity to deliver a large, complex industrial project in the energy infrastructure sector. Furthermore, this project will work towards achieving energy independence in the United Kingdom via the production of a local source of energy." The gasification plant will generate 41.6 MW thermal, which, once converted through a steam turbine generator, will deliver 10 MWe. This represents a yearly net export of green electricity to the grid of 76,000 MWh which is enough to meet the annual demand of roughly 7,000 homes. read more

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