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Noodoe EV OS transforms electric vehicle charging
22.03.2019 Noodoe introduces Noodoe EV OS, an advanced cloud operating system that orchestrates the operation of smart EV charging stations. "At Noodoe, we are on a mission to make the world greener by accelerating the world's transition to electric transportation," said John Wang, Chairman of Noodoe. "We do this with well-designed EV charging infrastructure solutions that help organizations be part of the revolution today." Noodoe EV diverges from traditional charging stations by offering a rich set of innovative features that help construction, retail, hospitality industries, read more

Project-specific solution for the cantilever bridge in Northern Macedonia
22.03.2019 Upon completion, a new, almost 65 km long motorway will connect the cities of Kičevo and Ohrid in the south west of the North Macedonian Republic. On the first section between Kičevo and Podvis, it was necessary to build a 381 m long viaduct. For this, PERI engineers developed a project-specific solution on the basis of the VARIOKIT balanced cantilever equipment. As a result, this allowed the construction team to maintain the very tight building schedule – in spite of the challenging terrain. On the first section through the mountainous region of western Northern Macedonia, read more

Unique new ways for home interior and outdoor paints and coatings
22.03.2019 Clariant announced unique new ways for home interior and outdoor paints and coatings to make a positive contribution to a balanced, sustainable way of living. The Swedish concept of 'lagom'- not too much, not too little – is gaining global momentum, with many consumers wanting to apply the comfort plus simplicity and fairness that it stands for to their home surroundings and choice of materials. At European Coatings Show 2019, Clariant introduces the industry to sustainable coatings ingredients that make it easy for manufacturers to harmonize read more

Offshore wind to provide 30% of UK’s electricity in new ‘Sector Deal’ boost
22.03.2019 A government/industry partnership announced today will mean that the UK will get 30% of its electricity from offshore wind by 2030. The new offshore 'Sector Deal' sets the groundwork for a huge boost in offshore wind capacity in the UK. The sector deal will set offshore wind capacity on course to reach 30 GW by 2030, up from today's 8 GW. Offshore wind would then provide a third of the country's electricity, meaning the UK will produce more power from renewables than fossil sources. The agreement also details plans to triple the number of skilled jobs in read more

Swimming with a clear conscience
22.03.2019 Swimming pools constructed to the highly energy efficient Passive House Standard can help relieve the burden on municipalities significantly in the long term. This is demonstrated by two Passive House indoor swimming pools in Bamberg and Lünen (Germany), for which the Passive House Institute provided consultancy services. The Passive House Institute evaluated the pilot projects and has published recommendations in a free handbook for planning of energy efficient pools. The handbook is also helpful for optimised operation of already existing pools. read more

New Cat locator device for machine attachments and jobsite assets
04.03.2019 Caterpillar announced the addition of the PL161 attachment locator to the Locator series of the Cat Product Link hardware product line. The PL161 locator is the most advanced OEM integrated technology solution for attachment tracking. With the ability to track location and utilization, users can know where their attachments are across all worksites, reduce the number of lost attachments, and plan for attachment maintenance and replacement. The PL161 attachment locator can be used on attachments and non-powered assets as an affordable option for read more

Ground improvement with Keller’s CMM Columns with Mixed Moduli
04.03.2019 Within the framework of the expansion of GPS Group's tank farm at Amsterdam Westpoort (GPSA), and working under a contract with Chemie-Tech LLC, Sharjah/VAE in autumn 2018, Keller provided ground improvement services using its CMM Columns with Mixed Moduli for the foundation of six new storage tanks, measuring 28 m and 36 m in diameter, and 25 m in height. This method is tried and tested worldwide as a customized, efficient and reliable solution for tank farm foundations in challenging, soft soils, and is particularly suited for soil improvement read more

New purpose-built Cat scrap shears
04.03.2019 Caterpillar Work Tools has expanded its range of excavator attachments with three new scrap-shear models—S3015, S3025, and S3035—which build on the company's demolition-and scrap processing technology experience. Designed for hydraulic excavators with operating weights between 8 and 40 metric tons, these new Cat shears feature optimum force-to-weight ratios that yield faster cycle times and more cuts per hour, compared with predecessor models. The new shears join the rotating models—S3050, S3070, and S3090—as well as read more

Unique advanced floating accommodation in Spain
03.03.2019 The architectural studio Mano de Santo and KMZero, Open Innovation Hub, part of Martinez Group, chose Guardian Glass when designing Punta de Mar, the first floating, dynamic and advanced accommodation in Spain. This innovative project, promoted by startup Punta de Mar, aims to take the concept of experiential tourism to another level, of which the first prototype is already placed at the Club Náutico in Denia on the Mediterranean Sea. Punta de Mar is a floating platform with a careful, minimalistic architectural design, that is both functional and respectful to the environment. read more

exhibitions and other events

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins project receives two Project of the Year awards
22.03.2019 Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, received two awards for the Barbours Cut Dock 8 & San Jacinto Battleground Marsh Restoration project. The awards, the Environmental Port Project of the Year and the Inland Dredging Project of the Year: Majors, were presented at the 2018 Dredging and Port Construction Awards event held November 20, 2018 in Amsterdam. SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business was the dredging engineer of record for the Barbours Cut Dock 8 & San Jacinto Battleground Marsh Restoration Project. The team designed the project within an accelerated schedule of 20 months, read more

Efficiency gains as an innovation driver
14.03.2019 The driving force behind the new development and optimization work in the construction industry is increased efficiency. At bauma 2019, the world's leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material and mining machines, construction vehicles and equipment, manufacturers will demonstrate their efficient solutions to meet the market's current needs and challenges. Here are a few examples: Atlas GmbH is one of the companies that regularly use their bauma booth as a way of keeping their finger on the pulse of the market. During the last trade fair read more

The construction machinery industry focuses on digital solutions
07.03.2019 The comparatively high number of new products from this segment at the fair demonstrates: Digitalization is the main topic for bauma 2019. The construction machinery industry has set its sights on unlocking the possibilities of digitalization and standardizing digital solutions. Visitors can learn how far along the industry is at bauma, the world's leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material and mining machines, construction vehicles and equipment, from April 8 to 14, 2019, at the Munich trade fair site. read more

bauma 2019: Sustainability is one of the core topics
20.02.2019 By its very nature, the construction industry has a very large ecological footprint. At bauma, exhibitors are going to present innovations towards sustainability, resource conservation and environmental protection. Some of the solutions have also been nominated for the bauma Innovation Award. bauma is the world's leading trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment. This year, it will take place from April 8 to 14 at the Munich Exhibition Grounds. The avoidance or reduction of emissions of all kinds remains a major playground for technical innovations and improvements in the construction industry. read more

industry news

AECOM appointed to the Solar River Project in South Australia
22.03.2019 AECOM, a premier, fully-integrated global infrastructure firm, has been appointed as owner's engineer to support the Solar River Project in the pre-financial close (FC) development phase, post-FC construction phase and delivery and compliance commissioning phases of the project. read more

Strabag: Financial close of its project «Autopista al Mar 1» in Colombia completed
21.03.2019 The PPP toll road project Autopista al Mar 1 has reached its financial close by securing loans for a total amount of USD 713 million. Thus, the project, which was awarded by the Colombian National Infrastructure Agency to Devimar in 2015, has obtained the required funding. This achievement confirms the reputation and experience of Devimar´s sponsors: SACYR (Spain, 37.5%), Strabag (Austria, 37.5%) and CONCAY (Colombia, 25%). The project Autopista al Mar 1 is currently under construction, with a 30% overall construction progress through more than 130 active work fronts. It is expected that over 2.200 direct and indirect jobs will be created. read more

NCC secures SEK 3.3 billion refurbishment framework agreement in Denmark
21.03.2019 NCC has signed a four-year framework agreement valued at more than SEK 3.3 billion with the public housing company fsb in Denmark. NCC will work in partnership with COWI, RUBOW Architects, Smith Innovation and BM Byggeindustri. The partnership, which has been named HJEM (HOME), will collaborate with fsb primarily in relation to refurbishments and planning, and potentially a number of new buildings. read more

Skanska Capital Market Day 2019
21.03.2019 Skanska, a world leader in construction and project development on select markets in the Nordic region, Europe and USA, has introduced a new target for financial strength, adjusted net debt. The new target replaces the previous target for financial strength, Net operating financial assets/liabilities. Starting 2019, adjusted net debt should not be below SEK -9 billion. read more

ODS assists Persimmon Homes with Highways Adoption in Oxfordshire
18.03.2019 Oxford Direct Services (ODS) has assisted Persimmon Homes, one of the UK's most successful housebuilders, with Highways Adoption at seven of its development sites around Oxfordshire over the past 18 months. The experience of ODS's Highways team as contractors for the Oxfordshire County Council Highways Authority helps the developer bring the roads and footpaths of its new estates up to standard quickly, speeding the adoption process. ODS has carried out remedial works for Persimmon Homes at sites including Tilbury Fields, Cumnor Hill, Cranbrook House, Northcourt Mews, Quakers Court, Priory Park and Medhurst Way. read more

Thiess wins contract in Botswana
18.03.2019 CIMIC Group's global mining services provider, Thiess, through Majwe Mining Joint Venture (Majwe), has secured a A$1.7 billion contract at Debswana Diamond Company's Jwaneng Mine Cut 9 project in Botswana. read more

Arnaud Grison appointed Chief Executive Officer of Vinci Energies
18.03.2019 Arnaud Grison has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Vinci Energies. He began his career in 1992 at the French Ministry of Transportation, in charge of road construction projects in Savoie (France). In 1997 he joined SITA, the waste management subsidiary of the Suez group, where he held operating and senior management positions. read more

Strabag to renovate the south section of M3 metro line in Budapest
14.03.2019 The European construction group STRABAG, through its Hungarian subsidiary Strabag Építőipari Zrt., has won the contract to rehabilitate the southern section of the M3 metro line. The contract value totals HUF 24.7 billion (~ € 76 million). In addition to the renewal of five stations and passenger areas, the track structure is also being modernised. The work should be completed in 2020. "After the renovation of the northern section starting in 2017, we are pleased that we can continue to contribute to the renewal of the Hungarian metro network with the southern section, " read more

Balfour Beatty appointed Preferred Bidder for Network Rail renewals contract
14.03.2019 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces that it has been selected as preferred bidder for Network Rail's Ł1.5 billion Central Track Alliance contract. read more

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