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Dunedin City Council selects Telensa's smart streetlight system
18.07.2019 Telensa, a provider of connected lighting and smart city data applications, has announced that its smart streetlight system has been selected by Dunedin City Council (DCC) as part of a contract with Broadspectrum to upgrade Dunedin's streetlighting network. There are approximately 15,000 high-pressure sodium streetlights on the Dunedin streetlight network. These lights are reaching the end of their useful life and are being converted by Broadspectrum to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), which will be wirelessly connected and managed by Telensa's PLANet system. read more

Potain MCT 85 at work on a new temple in India
18.07.2019 Mumbai-based construction company, Bhanu Construction is using a Potain MCT 85 crane to ensure on-time construction of a new temple in the town of Shirdi, India. The town is a spiritual center of India and most famous for being the home of Shirdi Sai Baba. "The Potain MCT 85 is performing excellently in terms of energy consumption and functionality. There are no issues with crane maintenance, but we know if anything does happen, we are assured of great service from Manitowoc. We have a reputation for finishing jobs on time, so read more

Find your workspace through connected lighting
18.07.2019 Pharmaceutical company Roche has transformed an area in one of its German offices into a smart workplace by implementing the Interact Office Space management application from Signify. The pilot office space at Roche in Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany was equipped with Philips LED connected lighting and IoT sensors, using Signify's Interact Office software and insights to increase building efficiency and optimize space. Recent studies indicate that 25-50% of office desks [1] in buildings are vacant on any given day. read more

Construction materials must be sustainable
18.07.2019 The built environment is one of the greatest sources of greenhouse emissions. The most significant emissions are associated with the energy consumption of buildings during use. The energy efficiency of buildings is influenced with design and implementation, but also through material choices. Therefore, the construction material industry plays an important role in controlling climate change through not only the properties of the manufactured products, but also through the climate impact from their manufacturing processes. read more

Extraordinary architectural project combines tradition and modernity
09.07.2019 As part of the Kuwait University's Student Activities and Athletic Facilities Project (SAAF) in Al-Shadadiya, an indoor tennis centre is currently being realised. The training centre will provide athletes and students with an area of 7,100 square metres in order to carry out their daily training activities. In addition, the building also has three floors and space for around 2,000 spectators. Externally, the sports venue impresses with its dome-shaped roof in the style of traditional Islamic architecture. PERI planned and delivered a project-specific solution for facilitating the efficient execution read more

New Philips Hue with Bluetooth
09.07.2019 With introduction of Philips Hue with Bluetooth, Signify makes its smart lighting system even more accessible. Setting the mood in your room, whether you are hosting a dinner party or relaxing at the end of the day, is now as easy as screwing in a Philips Hue light bulb with Bluetooth and tapping an app to set up and control. With Philips Hue with Bluetooth smart lighting, there's no wiring or guesswork when it comes to choosing the right lighting for your space. You can use the lights to easily create the right ambiance for every occasion, Instagram your space… read more

New Green Construction Standard for the U.S.
09.07.2019 BRE Global, the world's leading building science center, has released a new green building standard developed in collaboration with HOK. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) was developed in 1990 by BRE Global. With more than two million registered projects and over 560,000 certified buildings in 77 countries, it has more certifications than any other green building rating system. The green building standard gives architects and designers greater control and flexibility for sustainability with new construction projects. read more

Geolocation technology with smart window AC units
09.07.2019 As temperatures climb, new smart technology from GE Appliances, a Haier company, rolls out as the industry's first and only WiFi-enabled window air conditioning (AC) units with geolocation capabilities. By connecting the window AC unit to the GE Comfort app, users can enable real-time adjustments to the temperature before they ever get home, creating energy savings and peace of mind. When activated, the location assist feature uses the phone's location to determine if homeowners are away from home and then automatically adjusts the temperature setting read more

New joint project between wind and chemical industry
09.07.2019 WindEurope, Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) and EUCIA (the European Composites Industry Association) have created a cross-sector platform to advance novel approaches to the recycling of wind turbine blades. In 2018 wind energy supplied 14% of the electricity in the EU with 130,000 wind turbines and this number will only grow in the coming decades. Wind turbines blades are made up of a composite material, which boosts the performance of wind energy by allowing lighter and longer blades. Today, 2.5 million tons of composite material are in use read more

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Atkins celebrates the opening of the Heung Yuen Wai Highway in Hong Kong
19.07.2019 Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, had contributed engineering excellence to the Heung Yuen Wai Highway in Hong Kong, which opened to the public in May 2019. The major transport infrastructure project will promote the development of the Greater Bay Area through enhanced connectivity for passengers and cargos alike. The Heung Yuen Wai Highway, which came into service on 26 May, is an approximately 11-km dual two-lane carriageway connecting the Fanling Highway and the Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point. The Heung Yuen Wai Highway is comprised of approximately 4.8-km of the Lung Shan Tunnel, 0.7-km of the Cheung Shan Tunnel, and a 4.5-km viaduct and 1-km at-grade roads. read more

The Doha subway named best subway project in the world in 2018
16.07.2019 The red line of the subway of Doha, has been winner, by the international magazine ENR, best subway project in the world in 2018. The work executed by FCC has been the Red Line South Elevated & At Grade, with 7 kilometers of elevated section and three stations. Among the reasons for the agreement are the high economic, social and sustainability impact (sustainable mobility) and the fulfillment of the SDGs that the design, construction and operation of the metropolitan ones, in particular, of the Doha Metro, in Qatar. read more

Expo Real opens another hall: NOVA3
16.07.2019 Expo Real responds to the strong growth of recent years and expands to include one more hall. Hall A3—NOVA3—will provide a dedicated space on the theme of innovation for exhibitors in this field. The Real Estate Innovation Forum, Tech Alley and the Start-up Contest will move to this hall. There´s also a NOVA3 Forum. "2,095 exhibitors, over 45,000 participants—in 2018 Expo Real was bursting at the seams. And so, for Expo Real 2019, we will be including one more exhibition hall, bringing the total to seven. read more

bauma CTT RUSSIA 2019
17.06.2019 With a clear commitment to the exhibiting industry, bauma CTT RUSSIA, Russia's leading trade fair for construction and mining machinery, came to a close on Friday, June 7. Numerous exhibitors explicitly emphasized the great importance of the trade fair for their company. 22,726 visitors, including many top decision makers, attended over the four days. bauma CTT RUSSIA, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, has been part of the bauma NETWORK of Messe München, the largest network of the international construction and mining machinery industry, since December 2015. read more

industry news

Arcadis wins fifth framework appointment with the UK Environment Agency
19.07.2019 Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the leading global Design & Consultancy organization for natural and built assets, has won its fifth consecutive framework appointment with the UK Environment Agency. Working as part of the collaborative £2.6 billion Client Support Framework, read more

NCC to build retirement home in Västerås
16.07.2019 NCC and the City of Västerås are to jointly build a retirement home with 90 apartments and common areas at Öster Mälarstrand in Västerås, Sweden. The order is worth SEK 260 million. The assignment is a turnkey contract in partnering form where NCC will construct a retirement home in response to the growing proportion of elderly people in the municipality. The home will contain 90 apartments and common areas and be designed to be pleasant and facilitate a lifestyle that is as independent as possible for the residents. read more

Hines Leases 90% of Kierland One
16.07.2019 Hines, the international real estate firm, announced that Kierland One is 90% leased. Only about 17,000 square feet of the 175,441-square-foot office building is still available for lease. Hines has recently finished a building refresh of Kierland One, renovating the lobby and updating the exterior paint. Kierland One is a Class A office building located in the Kierland submarket. Situated on 11 acres, the four-story building, 16430 N. Scottsdale Road, is across from the Promenade Shops, within the Kierland master-planned development. read more

thyssenkrupp to build the world’s most advanced forging line in Homburg/Saarland
16.07.2019 thyssenkrupp announced its decision to build a new forging line at its Homburg site in Germany's Saarland region. The company will invest some 80 million euros in a new facility to produce forged front axles for trucks. Long-term delivery contracts have already been signed with truck manufacturers. This production expansion represents the biggest single investment ever made at thyssenkrupp's Homburg site. read more

Lane (Salini Impregilo) ready to expand further in U.S.
16.07.2019 Salini Impregilo is ready to expand further in the United States, its biggest market by revenue, with a new commercial strategy. With an order backlog at the end of June exceeding $4 billion and new orders totalling more than $800 million including contracts that are new or in the process of being finalised, as well as best offers, the Group aims to increase its market share with new projects in the transport, water and tunnelling sectors. read more

Strabag modernising railway line in the south of the Czech Republic
16.07.2019 Strabag Rail a.s., a subsidiary of the publicly listed construction group Strabag SE, has been awarded the contract to modernise the 11.3 km railway section between Soběslav and Doubí on behalf of the Czech national railway infrastructure administration SŽDC. read more

EIB, Spain’s ICO and Iberdrola to finance the Núñez de Balboa photovoltaic project in Spain
16.07.2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO) will finance the development of the Núñez de Balboa photovoltaic (PV) solar plant, which Iberdrola is currently building in Extremadura (Spain). read more

Cemex helps restore historic Augustus Bridge
16.07.2019 Cemex, a global building materials company, announced that Cemex Germany is using an innovative and customized light-colored ready-mix concrete to restore the 289-year-old Augustus Bridge over the river Elbe in Dresden, Germany. In addition to fulfilling historical standards by preserving the color and surface texture of the bridge's original material, the concrete is designed to ensure the Bridge's structural integrity as well as comply with the visual consistency of the other historical pieces of architecture and infrastructure in the region. The City of Dresden, represented by the Road and Civil Engineering Authority, the Dresden public transport services and various utility companies are currently renovating the Bridge in accordance with the protection of historical monuments. The renovation is necessary following a series of incidents that have damaged the structure, including a flood in 2013. read more

Acciona awarded contract to maintain RTVE facilities in Catalonia
16.07.2019 Acciona, through its Facility Services business, has been chosen by the Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (RTVE) to carry out end-to-end electrical and mechanical maintenance at its Catalonia studios, located in San Cugat del Vallés, as well as the RNE Catalonia building in Barcelona, read more

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