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New Sealed-blok Self Retracting Lifeline Range
18.12.2014 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new DBI-SALA Sealed-Blok range of Self Retracting Lifelines (SRL's) designed to stand up to the harshest of environments. The new Sealed-Blok range includes FAST-Line field replaceable lifelines on most models, an integral carry handle that doubles as a secondary fall arrest rated anchorage point, an RSQ dual-mode rescue operation model and retrieval winch models. The FAST-Line field replaceable lifeline provides end-users with the option of replacing the lifeline in the field rather than sending read more

Linetec and Kean University’s Green Lane Building
18.12.2014 Kean University's west entrance welcomes visitors with a bold architectural statement exemplified in the newly completed Green Lane Academic Building on the Union, New Jersey campus. Designed by Gruskin Architecture & Design, P.C., the award-winning 102,275 square-foot building's geometric glass and aluminum façade was finished by Linetec. The dramatic exterior elements include a six-story sloping glass radius curtainwall on the northeast elevation and a five-story radius curtainwall on the south side, both accented with read more

New Rollgliss Rope-Safe Rope Grab
16.12.2014 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new DBI-SALA Rope-Safe Rope Grab. Belonging to the Rollgliss Technical Rescue range of products, the Rope-Safe Rope Grab has been designed and certified to meet an array of international standards for use as a secondary back up device for fall arrest on kernmantle rope. The Rope-Safe Rope Grab is the first of its kind, certified to multiple world standards delivering advanced fall protection for workers at height. It takes rope grabs to the next level, providing the versatility of an automatic rope grab read more

Building the world’s tallest sand castle – yes, Cat machines did that
15.12.2014 7 Cat machines + 7 machine operators + 7 sand sculptors + 734 cubic metres of sand and water + 15 days = a sand castle towering 12.59 meters in the air; it's a sand castle that set a new Guinness World Record. Cat products can help build just about anything for Cat customers – a road, a bridge, a house, a dam, an airport, a hospital. And, yes, even a sand castle. Some – including Caterpillar – would even call it a work of art. "Sand Castle" is the latest in the Built For It Trials, a series of Caterpillar short films. It captures the action as two read more

ROCKFON North America launches YouTube channel
15.12.2014 ROCKFON introduces a new YouTube channel for North American audiences seeking inspirational and informative videos about ceiling systems' design, installation and production. ROCKFON stone wool and specialty metal ceiling panels combine with Chicago Metallic suspension systems to provide complete ceiling systems that protect people from noise and the spread of fire, while making a constructive contribution towards a sustainable future. The channel launches with more than a dozen of one- to two-minute videos read more

Updated specification for the lamination of composite materials
15.12.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released AAMA 312, "Voluntary Specification for the Lamination of Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials Intended for Use on AAMA Certified Profiles." Last updated in 2005, the document establishes the minimum performance requirements for the lamination of wood and cellulosic composite materials (WCCM) intended for application on either the interior or exterior surfaces of AAMA certified profiles. It also provides common test methods for read more

Updated specification for multi-bar hinges in window applications
15.12.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released AAMA 904, "Voluntary Specification for Multi-Bar Hinges in Window Applications." Last updated in 2009, the document describes methods of test, procedures, materials and performance criteria for determining the durability of this type of hinge used for opening and closing casement, projected and parallel opening windows. A multi-bar hinge is a mechanical device which, when mounted in a window in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, read more

GE shines bright on the National Christmas Tree in Washington
15.12.2014 The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, the National Park Service, and GE Lighting unveiled this year's holiday LED lighting design for the National Christmas Tree at the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at President's Park. With more than 60,000 holiday LED lights on the living Colorado blue spruce, it is one of the most notable holiday displays in the United States. "Each strand of GE LED holiday lights consumes up to 80 percent less energy than incandescent holiday lights, but still read more

Tiger Trailers choose overhead cranes from Street
15.12.2014 Business is booming for commercial vehicle body builder Tiger Trailers who selected overhead cranes from Street Crane Company as an integral element in the production system at their new factory. One five tonne and two three tonne overhead cranes were installed in the spring to ensure efficient materials handling. An additional five tonne crane has now been ordered to increase handling and lifting capacity. Tiger Trailers operates two separate production lines and the cranes play a crucial role ensuring efficient material flow read more

exhibitions and other events

The Acciona Chair creates a new cultural event in Madrid
02.12.2014 Acciona has signed a cooperation agreement with SUR (School of Artistic Professions) that includes the creation of the Acciona Chair, a series of master lectures by prestigious intellectuals that will be open to the general public. These will be held once a month in the Crculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, the institution that founded SUR together with La Fbrica. The thinker Fredric Jameson will inaugurate the Acciona Chair tomorrow Tuesday December 2nd at 19:30h in the Sala Valle-Incln of the Crculo de Bellas Artes read more

bauma China: Exceeding all expectations
02.12.2014 The four days of bauma China 2014, the 7th International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Construction Vehicles and Equipment, between November 25 and 28, were another resounding success at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Despite the downturn in the market and the severe challenges facing the industry, bauma China still attracted 191,000 visitors (2012: 180,000) from 149 countries and regions. read more

Ramboll launches liveability tool at Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress 2014
21.11.2014 This week from 18 20 November 2014, more than 9,000 delegates including city leaders, government decision-makers and private companies have come together to set the direction for continued sustainable urban development at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. Ramboll is present at the event as part of the Danish Pavilion. With the tagline, 'From Smart Solutions to Liveable Cities', Ramboll experts are demonstrating our liveability tool live for the first time, as well as engaging in dialogue with cities on how to best support the continued development of smart cities on a global scale with strong local buy-in. read more

Olive Communications, Safetybank win the UK Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award
17.11.2014 Olive Communications' digital safety management platform, Safetybank, last night won the UK Innovation and Entrepreneurship award at the UK IT Industry Awards 2014. read more

industry news

Skanska sells office project in Wroclaw, Poland
20.12.2014 Skanska sells its office building Dominikanski in Wroclaw, Poland, to the Hamburg-based real estate investment manager Union Investment. The value of the transaction amounts to EUR 117 M, about SEK 1 billion. The sale will be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the hand-over of the property is scheduled for the fourth quarter 2015. Dominikanski is the Skanska Property Poland's fourth office investment in Wroclaw. Located in the center of the city, in its most prestigious part, the building offers approximately 40, 000 square meters of leasable space. read more

Howard Lance appointed independent director of Ferrovial
20.12.2014 The Board of Directors of Ferrovial, at the proposal of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, has appointed Howard Lance as an independent director, replacing Gabriele Burgio. Howard Lance, an industrial engineer from the US, was formerly Chairman and CEO of Harris Corporation and President of NCR. He is currently Executive Advisor and Chairman of companies in the Blackstone Group. read more

Bilfinger wins building-construction orders for €50 million
20.12.2014 The engineering and services group Bilfinger has won new orders for the modernization of an office property in Düsseldorf, the construction of an administration complex in Mannheim and for the construction of a development center for motors in Rüsselsheim. The three projects have a total order volume of nearly €50 million. read more

Balfour Beatty joint venture selected for M25 junction upgrade scheme
20.12.2014 Balfour Beatty, in joint venture with Skanska, has been selected for a £55m scheme to upgrade junction 30 of the M25 by the Highways Agency. The 50:50 joint venture, Balfour Beatty Skanska, is a construction partner to Connect Plus, the company responsible for managing and upgrading the M25 network, and has already delivered £1.3bn worth of 'smart' motorway upgrades to 117km of the M25 since 2009. The work on junction 30 in Essex will provide enhancements to the motorway where it meets the A13 at Thurrock, as part of a project to reduce congestion, supporting the Government's National Infrastructure Plan. read more

Skanska to build rental and student apartments in Stockholm, Sweden
16.12.2014 Skanska has signed a contract with AB Stockholmshem to build ten buildings with rental apartments and two with student apartments in Stockholm, Sweden. The contract is worth about SEK 450 M, which is included in order bookings for Skanska Sweden for the fourth quarter of 2014. The agreement is an option included in the contract for the adjacent block Golvläggaren, where Skanska builds apartment buildings for Stockholmshem. read more

Ferrovial awards a new water infrastructure contract in the UK
16.12.2014 Ferrovial, through Amey, has been selected by Affinity Water to carry out the installation of new water meters and maintenance tasks. The project is 5 year long and its value is worth 129 million pounds (164,6 million euro). This contracts enables Amey to strengthen its relationship with Affinity Water. Ferrovial Services' subsidiary already delivers several services for the water company, such as the installation, renewal and cleaning of clean water mains or the installation of providing connections, being the sole contractor in providing new connections for new residential and commercial developments. read more

BAM-Alstom jv selected as preferred tenderer for PPP project tram line Liège
11.12.2014 SRWT (Société Régionale Wallonne du Transport) has selected the Mobiliège joint venture as preferred tenderer for the tram line project in Liege. Mobiliège is formed by BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure cooperative, Alstom and DG Infra +. BAM Galère (the operating company that realizes construction and civil projects in Wallonia) is involved for the civil and building works. read more

FCC to manage waste in Houston (USA) for 5 years and 30 million Euros
11.12.2014 FCC Environmental Services, the Group's Environmental Services subsidiary in the United States, has signed an agreement with the Houston, Texas, City Council involving delivery for final treatment of all the biosolids or sewage sludge produced by the city and the neighbouring counties for the next 5 years. read more

Strabag to build Volkswagen factory in Wrzesnia, Poland
08.12.2014 Strabag Sp. z o.o., the Polish subsidiary of publicly listed Strabag SE, has been awarded the contract to build a new production plant for Volkswagen commercial vehicles in Poland. The automobile manufacturer plans to manufacture the next generation of its VW Crafter delivery van in the new factory in Września. read more

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