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Game of drones: ODS launches commercial drone services in Oxford
12.09.2018 Oxford Direct Services (ODS), the service delivery and commercial arm of Oxford City Council, announced that it is to start providing drone-based services to include roof and building surveying, land mapping, aerial photography and filming. As far as is known, this is the first time a council owned organisation has brought drone services in-house and shows the innovative approach ODS is adopting to generate revenue since Oxford City Council created the wholly owned company in April 2018. All ODS' profits will be used to fund public services in the community. read more

Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 63
07.09.2018 Guardian Glass has introduced a new double-silver coated solar control glass with a grey, neutral appearance that meets current architectural trends for glass facades and windows. Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral (SN) 63 not only satisfies current architectural design trends, but also offers a range of performance enhancements, including: high light transmission (63% in double insulating glass unit (IGU) and 56% in triple IGU), excellent thermal insulation (Ug value = 1.0 W/M2K in double IGU and 0.5 W/M2K in triple IGU), excellent solar control (33% in double IGU and read more

88-metre high building world's tallest Passive House
07.09.2018 The developers and architects had set very high goals. With the Bolueta building they wanted to set a new Passive House record and at the same time ensure the quality of the building through certification. The project participants have successfully achieved both objectives. With a height of 88 metres, Bolueta in the Spanish city of Bilbao is now the tallest Passive House building in the world. The recently issued certificate is proof of its highly energy efficient Passive House Standard construction. The latest publication by the Passive House Institute appropriately relates read more

Rockfon acoustic ceilings create a brighter, healthier learning environment
07.09.2018 Improving on the past, the Walker-Grant Center's recent renovation builds upon a history spanning eight decades and multiple generations of students. Part of the Fredericksburg City Public Schools in Virginia, this facility's ongoing evolution preserves its heritage, serves the immediate needs of its community and stands prepared for its future. The updated educational center now houses the Fredericksburg Regional Head Start program, the city's Early Childhood Special Education classes, the Virginia Preschool Initiative and the school administration offices. read more

John Deere introduces ADT transmission warranty on new E-Series models
31.08.2018 Reinforcing its commitment to providing best-in-class construction equipment, John Deere now offers an extended coverage of five-years/15,000-hours as part of its articulated dump truck (ADT) transmission warranty on all new E-Series models. "This industry-leading warranty emphasizes our dedication to producing reliable and durable ADTs," said Maryanne Graves, product marketing manager, articulated dump trucks, John Deere Construction & Forestry. "It assures customers that we truly stand behind our award-winning equipment, and gives them added peace of mind." read more

Highrise construction takes on new dimensions
31.08.2018 Skyscrapers are inherently impressive and construction experts are invariably fascinated by their engineering, design and safety. Only a matter of years ago, a tower 200 metres tall would have ranked as a landmark build. Some projects nowadays surpass that figure by a factor of five. Doka has the right formwork solutions for every highrise project. The company also invests continuously in further development of products and services dovetailed to the individual requirements of customers. read more

Beswick fixed diameter restrictors
31.08.2018 Fixed diameter restrictors are a simple method to control the flow rate of gas or liquid. They are relatively inexpensive. The diameter of the hole through the restrictor cannot be adjusted by the user. This makes them tamper resistant. An advantage when your customers, curious like a cat, have a propensity to tinker with your carefully adjusted metering valve settings. Beswick offers restrictors in 9 different body styles (coincidentally cats are said to have 9 lives) and 51 different micro-drilled hole diameters. If greater precision is required, Beswick offers read more

John Deere large-frame G-Series with EH Boom Performance Package
31.08.2018 Improving its popular G-Series large-frame skid steers and compact track loaders, John Deere continues to provide industry-leading job site solutions with the addition of the EH Boom Performance Package. This productivity-boosting feature is available as a factory-installed option on the 330G and 332G skid steers, and the 331G and 333G compact track loaders. "We designed our G-Series machines with customer response in mind, and we're committed to the continuous use of this invaluable feedback," said Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. read more

Rockfon Cinema Black adds drama to designs
30.08.2018 Rockfon Cinema Black acoustic stone wool ceiling panels provide the traditional appearance and optimized acoustics sought for all types of performance spaces - movie theaters, concert halls, performing arts stages, dance studios and recording suites. They also work well in multi-purpose auditoriums and banquet halls, upscale restaurants and other venues seeking to add a touch of classic elegance. Setting the right ambiance, black ceiling designs are intended to absorb light rather than white surfaces that reflect and disperse it. read more

exhibitions and other events

“The biggest Chillventa of all times”
05.09.2018 From 16 to 18 October 2018, Chillventa will once again turn Exhibition Centre Nuremberg the international meeting place for the refrigeration, AC, ventilation and heat pump community. The event kicks off on 15 October with the Chillventa CONGRESS, read more

German Hex House prototype opened
05.09.2018 At HafenCity in Hamburg, the German prototype of the so-called Hex House will today be opened and taken over by refugee aid organization Flüchtlingshilfe HafenCity. Within three days at Gretchen-Wohlwill-Platz, a small team has assembled the hexagonal building that can provide living space by simple means. The aid project was sponsored by Hochtief with an amount of EUR 25,000. In addition, the Hochtief Building Hamburg branch had supported planning of the prototype and taken over the preparatory foundation works. The Hex House in Hamburg is the third prototype worldwide read more

BAU 2019: presents architecture, materials and systems for commercial and residential construction
21.08.2018 BAU 2019 is bigger than ever. On 200,000 square meters exhibition space the BAU presents: Roof building materials / Bricks In view of climate change and the increasingly frequent and heavy storms entailed by it, resistance against weather extremes—large amounts of precipitation, strong wind suction or hail—continue to gain importance. Particularly at the edge of the roof, wind suction forces cause enormous damage read more

Powtech 2019 – mechanical processing technology for tomorrow’s megatrends
21.08.2018 The next Powtech will take place from 9 to 11 April 2019 at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, where innovations and new approaches for the processing industries take centre-stage in six exhibition halls. Powder and bulk solids experts from around the world are invited to see the technology and solutions offered by exhibitors live in action. Two forums and an interactive knowledge zone provide expert knowledge for the food, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, glass and ceramics, non-metallic minerals and recycling segments. Here, and in the course of professional-level dialogue at the trade fair stands, visitors will get reliable answers to the challenges they face. Partec, the international congress for particle technology, will run parallel to Powtech 2019 under the theme "Particles for a better life". read more

industry news

Hochtief wins contract to replace Schwelmetal Bridge in Wuppertal
24.09.2018 Hochtief Infrastructure has signed a contract with DEGES Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und -bau GmbH to replace the Schwelmetal Bridge on the A1 highway in Wuppertal-Langerfeld. The contract entails the demolition and new construction of two partial sections of the Schwelmetal Bridge dating back to the read more

BAM wins contract for academic laboratory and research centre in Basel
18.09.2018 ETH Zürich (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) has awarded BAM the contract for the construction of its new BSS laboratory and research centre (Biosystems Science) on the Schällemätteli campus in Basel. The contract value is more than €90 million. read more

FCC Construcción to reform the Philosophy building of the University of Zaragoza
18.09.2018 The construction area of the FCC Group has obtained the contract to reform the Philosophy building of the University of Zaragoza. The Consortium (FCC Industrial, Copisa, Estructuras Aragón) formed and led by FCC Construccion, will develop the reform project that includes three fundamental interventions: rehabilitation of the historic building of the Faculty; the demolition of the Philology pavilion and its replacement by a new building, and the urbanization of the surroundings. read more

Skanska invests EUR 29 M in office project in Budapest, Hungary
18.09.2018 Skanska invests EUR 29 M, about SEK 308 M, in the third phase of Nordic Light, an office complex located in Budapest, Hungary. Nordic Light Trio will offer a total leasable area of approximately 14,000 square meters on 6 floors above the ground and 3 underground parking levels. The project will be located on the Pest side of the river Danube. This last phase will complete the already existing Nordic Light office complex, which first two buildings were delivered, leased and sold in 2016. read more

Thiess awarded contract at Leinster Underground Sydney
10.09.2018 CIMIC Group's global mining services provider, Thiess, will continue providing mining services at Leinster Underground Mine in Western Australia under a contract with BHP Nickel West, generating revenue estimated at $190 million. read more

Balfour Beatty demonstrates expert capabilities in examining redundant rail structures
05.09.2018 Balfour Beatty Examining Engineer Richard Storey recently spoke to both Rail Engineer and New Civil Engineer magazines about Balfour Beatty's expertise in examining redundant rail structures. The first interview for Rail Engineer explored the work Balfour Beatty carries out for Highways England across the whole of its redundant rail structure estate and how Balfour Beatty is developing and rolling out the use innovative and digitised tools for its examinations. read more

Vinci Airports finalizes the takeover of 8 Airports
05.09.2018 After having met all the condition precedent, Vinci Airports, a Vinci Concessions subsidiary, finalized the acquisition of the airport portfolio held by Airports Worldwide, following the signature of the agreement with previous owner OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), in April 2018. Vinci Airports thus officially becomes the new operator of eight new platforms: - Belfast International Airport in Northern Ireland owned at 100%, and Skavsta Airport near Stockholm, Sweden, owned at 90% through freehold property contracts ; read more

BAM realises two multifunctional projects in Brussels
28.08.2018, the public body responsible for the urban development of the Brussels-Capital Region, has awarded BAM the contracts for two new projects in the Brussels borough of Anderlecht. Both projects (with a combined value of €60 million) read more

Salini Impregilo to build a new section of the S7 Expressway in Poland
27.08.2018 Salini Impregilo has won a new contract worth about €250 million in Poland to design and build a section called Lot 3 of the S7 Expressway. The section, which will stretch between Widoma and Krakow, will be 18.3-kilometre long and have four lanes, with two in either direction. read more

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