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cube berlin: Double skin façade
31.05.2020 cube berlin is an eye-catching, 11-storey office building located at Washington Platz in the Europacity urban district of Berlin. This 19,000 square-metre structure, developed by CA Immo, is an excellent example of how innovative architectural design can be successfully combined with the complex technical (structural and energy performance) requirements of an 'intelligent' commercial building. Designed by 3XN Architects of Copenhagen, cube berlin stands out due to its fully glazed, double skin ventilated façade that integrates the building read more

Signify's IEC62443-4-1 certification
30.05.2020 Signify is the first lighting company worldwide that has been awarded the security certification for its connected lighting development process (IEC62443-4-1) by DEKRA. This confirms that the company's development of connected lighting systems is based on a certified secure development process and illustrates the company's leadership in embedding security in all aspects of its innovations, products, systems, and services. Central elements of the IEC62443-4-1 certification are a threat analysis based on the use case scenario and read more

Clariant's sustainable coatings solutions for the North American Market
26.05.2020 As we enter a new decade, where the environment will be an increased focus for businesses and consumers around the world, Clariant is stepping up to the challenge and supporting the industry with a full suite of more sustainable additives and coatings solutions. "Clariant's strategy in the next decade prioritizes sustainability across the value chain. We have four new sustainability designators to make it easy for customers to identify key product advantages, including Vita, for products from a natural origin with a high renewable content. One of our read more

Kyocera's 230V Hot-Surface Igniter for Gas Furnaces and Boilers
26.05.2020 Kyocera Corporation announced it has developed a silicon nitride (SN) hot-surface igniter with exceptional endurance and very stable ignition performance for 230-volt industrial or residential gas furnaces, water heaters and boilers. Kyocera's SN Igniter is widely regarded as one of the most robust in the world, and is commonly used in North American 120-volt residential gas furnaces and water heaters. To support a broader base of customers, Kyocera has now extended its product range to support 230-volt systems as well. Kyocera's SN igniters require no special read more

Three Potain Hup C 40-30 cranes on Swiss railway project
25.05.2020 Construction equipment supplier and longstanding customer Stirnimann AG has supplied three cranes to contractor Implenia for the construction of a 1.2 km rail flyover at Renens VD station, close to Lausanne. The flyover will allow trains to pass over existing railway tracks, helping to improve efficiency and convenience for passengers. The cranes are working around the clock, as the flyover is planned for completion in December 2021. The Hup C 40-30 was launched at bauma 2019 and is unique to Potain's self-erecting tower crane line, as it is the first crane read more

New, compact LED family from Osram covers a wide range of applications
25.05.2020 In recent years, modern LED technology has established itself as a standard in more and more application fields. The new Synios S 2222 family from Osram Opto Semiconductors is suitable for a wide range of applications: from customized lighting solutions for electronic devices, ambient lighting for trains and planes to high-quality architectural lighting. The product family is characterized in its compact dimensions, combined with very good brightness values and the ability to cover the entire color palette. read more

PERI assists with the construction of Asia’s largest underground station
25.05.2020 The Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) is an underground station on the Mumbai Metro, a rapid transit system that is currently under construction. The rapid transit system in the Indian metropolis will serve the city of Mumbai itself as well as its entire metropolitan area in the federal state of Maharashtra. By supplying comprehensive formwork and scaffolding solutions, PERI has been providing assistance since construction began on the major project in April 2019 so that the BKC can be completed within the demanding construction time-scale of only 14 months. read more

Maples Teesdale Selects Ascertus for iManage Cloud Implementation
09.05.2020 Maples Teesdale, the UK's commercial real estate specialist, property legal services provider, has chosen Ascertus Limited to help the firm implement document and email management system, iManage Cloud. This implementation is in keeping with Maples Teesdale's IT strategy of adopting cloud technology where suitable for new software applications to ensure the highest levels of security, future proof their IT infrastructure and minimise infrastructure maintenance. Ascertus provides tailored information and document lifecycle management solutions, read more

Six years of Potain cranes at ITER power plant construction site
30.04.2020 Since the first concrete pouring at the end of 2014, a total of seven Potain cranes have successfully completed the civil engineering and concreting works for the new generation ITER nuclear power plant. After the acquisition of the six cranes in 2014 by contractor Dodin Campenon Bernard, part of VINCI Construction, several new cranes were gradually installed on the site for work annexed to the construction of the reactor, or for concrete work on all of the one hundred buildings now present on the site. After disassembling the MDT 308 crane read more

exhibitions and other events

The key themes at BAU 2021: The challenge of climate change
22.05.2020 They set the pace and give structure to the wide range of products and services on show—the four key themes at BAU 2021. Many exhibitors will align their presentations with these themes and showcase solutions. In the forums at the fair, the key themes will be explored and discussed from a range of aspects. And in the special shows they will be illustrated using examples of products and projects. Below we present the first of those key themes: The challenge of climate change. read more

New Dates for The Biennale Architettura and The Biennale Arte
19.05.2020 La Biennale di Venezia announces that the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – How Will We Live Together? – curated by Hashim Sarkis, which was to take place in Venice from August 29th through November 29th 2020, has been postponed to 2021, to be held Saturday May 22nd to Sunday November 21st. Consequently, the 59th International Art Exhibition, curated by Cecilia Alemani, which was to take place in 2021, has in turn been postponed to 2022. It will last 7 months and will be held from Saturday April 23rd to Sunday November 27th. read more

Daikin's Feel For Modern Design Awarded With Red Dot Design Award 2020
24.04.2020 The Daikin Altherma HPC heat emitter is one of the winners of the Red Dot Design Award 2020. The unit won in the category of Product Design: heating and air conditioning technology. It combines both heating and cooling, and simply replaces outdated radiators. The design of the Daikin Altherma HPC heat emitter has undergone a spectacular metamorphosis in less than 10 years, giving it a modern look. With this exquisite design, Daikin aims to make its heat emitters (and heat pumps) nice to look at. Its design and use match the houses of the future. read more

Iberdrola postpones 2020 Capital Markets Day
10.04.2020 Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Iberdrola Group is currently focusing all its efforts on the immediate priorities: to guarantee the protection and well-being of all employees, as well as that of the hundreds of thousands of workers in the contracts that provide their services to the Group, read more

industry news

BAM Nuttall expects to spend a further £1.56m in south Devon
18.05.2020 An additional £3m has been spent locally in south Devon between June 2019 and May 2020 by Network Rail and its contractors as a result of the government funded project to build a new sea wall at Dawlish. By the time the first section of the new sea wall is completed in summer this year Network Rail and its main contractor, BAM Nuttall, expect to spend a further £1.56m in south Devon on local labour, materials and accommodation bringing the total spend in the local economy to nearly £5m. read more

Bouygues Construction to construct the future operations centre in Aulnay-sous-Bois
18.05.2020 The Société du Grand Paris (SGP) has awarded a contract worth €181 million (Group share: €141 million) to a consortium led by Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France Ouvrages Publics and Brézillon, both subsidiaries of Bouygues Construction, for the construction of the operations centre for Lines 16 and 17 of the Grand Paris Express. The facility will be situated in the towns of Aulnay-sous-Bois and Gonesse, over the border between the departments of Seine-Saint-Denis and Val d'Oise. read more

Vinci Construction and Spie batignolles win construction contract for works package 1 of Grand Paris Express Line 18
18.05.2020 Société du Grand Paris has awarded the construction contract for works package 1 of Line 18 of Grand Paris Express, the biggest urban mobility programme currently under way in Europe, to the joint venture led by Vinci Construction Grands Projets. This first section will link Orly airport to Massy-Palaiseau; Line 18 will then be extended to Versailles. Worth €799 million, of which 20% reserved for SMEs, the contract calls for digging 11.8 km of tunnels using two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) read more

Flatiron Officially Awarded Contract for State Route 210 Rehabilitation and Lane Replacements Project in Los Angeles
15.05.2020 Flatiron has been awarded a contract for a key project to rehabilitate a nearly 10-mile stretch of State Route 210 in the Los Angeles community. Work on the more than $135 million contract for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is expected to commence later this spring. read more

Electricity transmission works in Bahrein
15.05.2020 Omexom Bahrain has been awarded by LS Cable & System Ltd a part of the 400 KV cabling works for the Ras Legrain substation. This includes the development of the 400 KV transmission at the King Hamad Highway Route. read more

ABB traction and battery technologies to drive Stadler’s trains of tomorrow
08.05.2020 ABB, a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries, has won orders worth over $180 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler to supply leading-edge equipment for more than 160 trains and locomotives in Europe and North America. ABB battery and traction systems will further drive decarbonization and support the transition to more sustainable electromobility. For the Wales & Borders railway franchise in the United Kingdom the order includes customized ABB traction equipment for 71 rail units. The traction equipment converts the electrical energy from the overhead power line, generator or read more

Iberdrola posts ordinary net profit of €968 million up to March
30.04.2020 Iberdrola obtained ordinary net profit of €968 million in the first quarter of the year, 5.3% more than in the same period of 2019. EBITDA increased in line with this, growing by 5.8% to €2.75 billion. These results were possible thanks to the record investments that Iberdrola carried out between the beginning of 2019 and the end of the first quarter of 2020, amounting to €9.88 billion. Of this amount, €1.73 billion was invested in the first three months of this year, representing an increase of 24.2% compared with last year. 91% of investments were in Renewables and Networks: €810.2 million and €765.9 million respectively. read more

Skanska builds city bypass outside Karvina, Czech Republic
27.04.2020 Skanska has signed a contract with The Road and Motorway Directorate of the Czech Republic for a new bypass outside the city Karvina, Czech Republic. The contract is worth CZK 900 M, about SEK 370 M, which will be included in the order bookings for Europe for the second quarter 2020. read more

Positive Energy+ to help mitigate the financial and social repercussions of coronavirus
25.04.2020 The Positive Energy+External platform has received 396 submissions in just 13 days to help lessen the financial and social impact of COVID-19. Driven by various companies in the energy sector, the urgent call for projects was launched on 7 April, read more

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