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New Cat 992 Wheel Loader
04.04.2021 Building on a more than half-century legacy that includes the best-selling large mining loader model of all time, the new Cat 992 Wheel Loader sets a new standard by offering up to 32% greater productivity. This new large mining loader reduces maintenance costs by as much as 10% and offers up to 48% greater payload-per-fuel efficiency than the earlier model 992K. Powered by the new Cat C32B engine with U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage V and Tier 2 equivalent emission engine options, the new 992 meets the global industry's demand for read more

Siemens to deliver a future-ready grid control center system to Sweden
31.03.2021 Ellevio, Sweden's second largest grid company, has contracted Siemens Smart Infrastructure to deliver a new grid control system for its distribution network. The new grid control system based on Spectrum Power 7 will improve handling of increased network complexities, abnormalities, and security threats, whilst enabling improved ease and use for operators. Ellevio's control center in Karlstad is responsible for providing a reliable energy supply for 965,000 citizens in Sweden. The grid control is set up in a flexible multi-site operation with read more

Leica BLK3D Update
31.03.2021 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announced the Leica BLK3D update. The new handheld imager has doubled its operating range and in-picture measurement accuracy for many indoor and outdoor applications, such as exterior building measurements for scaffolding, façade, roofing, and architecture projects. The BLK3D users can capture façades of four-storey buildings with centimetre accuracy in seconds. In addition, users benefit from new guidance and accuracy indication features that allow them to optimise the capturing process to achieve read more

Caterpillar's RM400 Rotary Mixer
31.03.2021 Caterpillar Inc. announced the availability of the RM400 Rotary Mixer. The new RM400 replaces the RM300 Rotary Mixer and offers many new features and enhancements including 19% more power, an enhanced operating environment, and better maneuverability. These features help contractors achieve the demanding job specifications in both full-depth reclamation and soil stabilization applications. The machine delivers a 2.4 m (8 ft.) cutting width and weighs in at 23 500 kg (51,809 lb.). read more

New Leica CityMapper-2L configuration
30.03.2021 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, introduces the new Leica CityMapper-2L configuration specifically designed for airborne urban mapping projects at low altitude operation. Lower flying heights can be required by air traffic control (ATC) restrictions and in areas with low cloud cover. The CityMapper-2L features a 71 mm focal length at nadir, ideal for 5 cm GSD data acquisition at flying heights of 940 m AGL. The new lenses offer similar coverage and productivity for a specific GSD as the existing configurations for standard and high flying heights, read more

Doka: SMART solution for planning, monitoring and documentation
30.03.2021 With the sensor-based CONTAKT construction site software, Doka offers a digital solution that brings the construction project planned in BIM to life on the real construction site. The new Fröschl office building is an outstanding example of CONTAKT at work. When it comes to planning and the collaboration of all the many participants involved in a construction project, digital tools can significantly improve productivity and cost savings. It's not primarily about working faster – these tools facilitate coordination and successful planning to decrease cycle times. read more

Mobile, Agile 3D Reality Capture Solution for Boston Dynamics Spot
30.03.2021 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announced a reality capture solution for a variety of industries. By combining Boston Dynamics agile mobile robot Spot with the industry-proven Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner, scanning time spent by human operators is significantly reduced by programming the devices to repeat automated scanning paths through sites. This requires minimal monitoring by the user, allowing for increased scanning efficiency, productivity, and flexibility when planning reality capture tasks. Professionals in many different industries such as read more

DSM's new resin, NeoCryl HP-4000 for the EMEA market
17.03.2021 Royal DSM announced that it has launched a new resin, NeoCryl HP-4000 for the EMEA market, to drive the performance of wall paints for high-humidity areas. Thanks to its perfect water vapor permeability and excellent water resistance properties, as well as its low volatile organic compound (VOC) content, NeoCryl HP-4000 raises the bar for aesthetic and functional performance, processability, and sustainability. With standards of living rising around the world, consumers are looking for decorative coatings with ever-higher performance. In particular, read more

Clear the way for the new Čortanovci Viaduct in Serbia
17.03.2021 The Budapest-Belgrade line is part, and the first stage, of the planned international railway connection Budapest-Belgrade-Skopje-Athens and is currently one of the largest investment and infrastructure construction sites in the eastern part of Europe. PERI supported the construction of the Čortanovci Viaduct on the Serbian section between Stara Pazova and Novi Sad - and in addition to intensive on-site support, also provided cleverly combinable system solutions based on the modular principle. From Budapest to Belgrade in just three and a half hours: read more

exhibitions and other events

bauma Conexpo Africa cancelled
15.04.2021 Messe Muenchen South Africa, organisers of bauma Conexpo Africa, have announced that this key pan-African trade show for construction, building material, mining, agriculture & forestry machinery and vehicles, will not take place in 2021 as planned. The event had been scheduled to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from October 13 – 16, 2021. The decision was made after in-depth consultations with industry stakeholders and comes amid ongoing bans and restrictions on international travel to and from South Africa. read more

ISH digital 2021: not just paying lip service but offering genuine solutions for the energy revolution
02.04.2021 Green Deal, life-giving air or the hygiene trend in the bathroom – the first digital edition of ISH, the world's leading trade fair for HVAC + Water, put the spotlight on themes of social, political and economic importance. A total of 373 companies presented their innovative products at ISH digital 2021. The importance of the top themes chosen was evident even at the official start of ISH digital 2021 on 22 March: Peter Altmaier, Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, discussed the foremost challenges of climate policy and emphasised in particular the great significance of one of them, the European Green Deal. read more

Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal Receive the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize
18.03.2021 Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, of France, have been selected as the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates, announced Tom Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award that is known internationally as architecture's highest honor. Through their design of private and social housing, cultural and academic institutions, public spaces, and urban developments, Lacaton and Vassal reexamine sustainability in their reverence for pre-existing structures, conceiving projects by first taking inventory of what already exists. By prioritizing the enrichment of human life through a lens of generosity and freedom of use, they are able to benefit the individual socially, ecologically and economically, aiding the evolution of a city. read more

bautec is to be terminated
03.03.2021 bautec, the international trade fair for building and construction technology, is to be terminated as it is no longer economically viable. The last bautec took place from 18 to 21 February 2020 and in future will no longer be held. "In recent years, bautec's profitability no longer reached the necessary levels. Despite the strong commitment of our long-standing partners and sponsors and the outstanding efforts of our colleagues at Messe Berlin in raising the standards of the fair, we were unfortunately unable to achieve the economic results we had hoped for and required", read more

industry news

Iberdrola wins wind turbine contract in Greece, including most powerful onshore wind turbine
01.04.2021 Iberdrola advances in the development of renewable projects in Greece, within the framework of its strategy to combat climate change. It has signed a 102 MW turbine supply contract for its Askio II, Askio III and Rokani wind farms. The Rokani project, in the Viotia region, will install three EnVentus V162-6.0 MW turbines, the most powerful onshore wind turbines in the market to be used for the first time in Greece. read more

BAM sells subsidiary BAM Swiss to Implenia
01.04.2021 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement to sell the shares of BAM Swiss AG (a subsidiary of BAM Deutschland AG) to Implenia AG. It is anticipated the transaction will close in May. Financial details of the transaction are not disclosed. read more

The Office Providers Discovers the Most Socially-Distanced Office…On Mars
01.04.2021 Office space search agency, The Office Providers, believes that they may have found the ultimate socially-distanced office location…on Mars. The Office Providers set off on the Perseverance Rover in July 2020 and landed 6 months later, a few weeks ago. read more

Hilltop Credit Partners completes £11.2m loan for redevelopment of Grade II listed hotel in Torquay, Devon
01.04.2021 Funds advised by Hilltop Credit Partners, a specialist funding partner for SME residential developers, have completed an £11.2m loan to Ascena Developments for the redevelopment of the historic, Grade II listed Bishop's Court hotel in Torquay, Devon. read more

Secure I.T. Environments extends relationship with University of Chichester
29.03.2021 Secure I.T. Environments Ltd, one of the UK's leading design and build companies for modular, containerised and micro data centres, has today announced that it has extended its long-standing relationship with University of Chichester. A new multi-year maintenance read more

Skanska improves the A428 road in the East of England region, UK
23.03.2021 Skanska has signed a contract with Highways England to improve the A428 road in the East of England region, UK. The contract is worth GBP 507M, about SEK 5.8 billion, which will be included in the order bookings for Europe in the first quarter 2021. Skanska will build a new 16-kilometer dual carriageway between the Black Cat roundabout at St Neots and Caxton Gibbet. A number of junction improvements will be made, including a new three-tier junction at the Black Cat roundabout allowing free flowing traffic onto the A1 and the new carriageway. It will also create better routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders and deliver better connections to St Neots and its train station. read more

Hochtief masters unique maneuver in bridge construction
15.03.2021 It was a premiere in Germany—and Hochtief successfully mastered it: the almost one-kilometer-long Lennetal Bridge on the A45 highway is in its final position. The colossus made of steel and concrete, which weighs 30,000 tons, was previously moved 19.15 meters sideways in the course of precision work lasting 6,5 hours. It is located just a few centimeters way from a twin bridge, across which traffic is currently flowing in both directions. Never before has anyone in Germany attempted to move a bridge with this dimension in such a way. read more

Iberdrola launches a green hydrogen scheme to produce sustainable Scotch whisky in the Highlands
09.03.2021 Iberdrola, though its subsidiary ScottishPower, has teamed up with some of the UK's main distilleries and spirits companies and the Port of Cromarty Firth to launch a green hydrogen project in the Highlands. The result will allow the whisky and spirit production industry in Scotland to develop this technology and fight climate change. The North of Scotland Hydrogen Scheme will create a state-of-the-art hub in the Cromarty Firth to produce, store and distribute renewable hydrogen to the region and other parts of the UK and Europe. read more

Skanska divests terminal- and logistics property in Helsingborg, Sweden
03.03.2021 Skanska has sold a terminal- and logistics property in Helsingborg, Sweden, for about SEK 200M to an investment consortium led by NRP. The divestment will be recorded by Skanska Commercial Property Development Nordic in the first quarter 2021, where the transfer of the property will take place as well. The property is fully let to Bring Frigo AB and comprises a modern refrigeration and freezing terminal of approximately 10, 800 square meters. The building is developed and built by Skanska. Wilfast has assisted the buyer and will manage the property. read more

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