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New I-safe 3.1 Intellegent Safety System
19.08.2014 Capital Safety, home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands of fall protection equipment has announced the launch of their new i-Safe 3.1 Mobile App for iOS and Android handheld devices. The app provides a user-friendly platform that improves operational efficiencies, reduces costs, and shifts management focus from paper-based activities toward technology-based activities to improve utilisation of end-user resources and technical expertise. The app supports the popular i-Safe Intelligent Safety System, read more

Microlift 50kg combination service lift solution
18.08.2014 A Stannah Microlift 50kg combination through-car dumbwaiter was the service lift of choice for the safe movement of food and tableware aboard the latest addition to the Irish Navy – the LÉ Samuel Beckett, an offshore patrol vessel dedicated to fishery and maritime protection duties including search and rescue and vessel boardings. Servicing the captain and his crew of 45, plus up to 10 trainees, the Stannah Microlift 50kg combination food lift operates over a distance of 2820mm, between the main galley and read more

A climbing solution customized for a special structural shape
18.08.2014 In Warsaw, the Warsaw Spire office complex is currently being constructed. The 220 m high, waist like office tower complete with elliptical ground plan characterizes the appearance of the building ensemble; the tower is flanked by a 55 m high building on each side. PERI has planned and supplied the complete formwork and scaffolding solution for the complex – including the self climbing formwork for the core as well as a full perimeter climbing protection panel. With efficient and safe technology along with a number of read more

Siveillance Connect Communicates using Tetra Digital Radio
18.08.2014 The Siemens Building Technologies Division introduces the latest release of its Siveillance Connect communications platform. Dispatchers use the software, which now also supports Tetra (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) digital radio, for efficient on-site planning and control of emergency response team deployment. The platform is suited for the security control centers and fire brigades of critical infrastructure, such as airports and power and industrial plants. Siveillance Connect bundles and consolidates all control center read more

GE’s New Lumination LED DownLights
18.08.2014 GE's Lumination LED DownLights are now available with new reflector finishes and anodized color options, offering even greater versatility and customization of the energy-efficient Lumination DI Series for new construction of high-end retail, commercial office and hospitality spaces. In addition to new configurations and finishes, GE's Infusion technology gives users more options, including a variety of lumen output and color temperatures, to illuminate key products or focal points with the simple read more

Industry's only VOC-compliant flexible size ceiling system
18.08.2014 CertainTeed Ceilings is giving architects and designers the flexibility to bring the superior acoustical performance, durability and sustainability of the company's trusted Symphony ceiling panels to a greater number of projects with CertaSize VOC-Compliant Symphony f, the industry's only VOC-compliant flexible size ceiling system. By offering a wide range of modular panel sizes, the new panels support a clean, custom ceiling visual by removing the clutter of air return vents, light fixtures and other mechanical read more

SunLED new full Color Illumination LED - XZM2CRKM2DGFBB45SCCB
17.08.2014 Look no further than SunLED's new RGB for your high brightness, multi-color design requirements. This 4-leaded PLCC package provides a high intensity output in a reflective casing for an optimal mixture of colors in a compact footprint. With this cost effective RGB, you can seamlessly create any color of the visible spectrum with the adjustment of forward current. Whether the design is to operate a single die at a time for emitting primary colors (Red, Green, Blue), two dies together for a secondary color (Yellow, Magenta, Cyan), read more

Cat TH414C GC and TH417C GC telehandlers
12.08.2014 The new Cat TH414C GC and TH417C GC telehandlers are designed specifically to meet the requirements of rental-fleet operators for low operating costs, simple maintenance, reliability, durability, and ease of operation. The new TH414C GC and TH417C GC have rated load capacities of 3 600 kg and 4 000 kg, respectively, and maximum lift heights of 13 850 and 17 000 mm. Heavy-duty construction of the boom and frame, field-proven power-train components, robust hydraulic system, and intuitive read more

Stannah lifts duo moves people and goods in new Yorkshire schools
07.08.2014 The wheelchair platform lift brings equality of movement over 3 floors to mobility compromised individuals, including wheelchair users, in Dixons Music Primary; and a trolley lift carries food trolleys over 2 floors between the kitchen and refectory in the neighbouring Dixons Trinity Academy. Complementing stair access to three floors of educational facilities, the vertical platform lift operates at a speed of .080m/s over a distance of 4944mm. It is manually operated via simple push-button controls, has read more

exhibitions and other events

Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building named Sustainable Project of the Year
26.08.2014 The Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, built by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, was recently named the 2014 Sustainable Project of the Year by the Portland Business Journal. The LEED Platinum project boasts sustainable features like the conversion of a firing range into a 170,000 gallon rainwater collection tank, a roof canopy with 180kw photovoltaic array which doubles as a rainwater collection surface, dedicated outside air supply used for ventilation, radiant heating/cooling, and six passenger elevators that generate electricity as they descend. read more

Lafarge North America joins with Living Lands and Waters on Chicagoland river cleanup
21.08.2014 Last week, Lafarge North America employees volunteered for a Living Lands and Waters river cleanup of the Des Plains River in Channahon, IL, near the Lafarge U.S. Joliet Quarry, as part of their national commitment to the organization. Earlier this summer, Living Lands and Waters received a $20,000 donation on behalf of Lafarge U.S. and its employees. read more

Iconic Solar Facility built by Bechtel Receives Industry Honor
05.08.2014 The Bechtel-built Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has been awarded POWER magazine's 2014 Plant of the Year award. Located in Southern California's Mojave Desert, Ivanpah is one of the world's largest solar thermal facilities and the first renewable plant to receive this top honor. POWER magazine's Plant of the Year Award is presented to projects that lead the industry in the successful deployment of advanced technology while minimizing environmental impact. The project was a joint effort among Bechtel, NRG, Google, and BrightSource Energy. read more

Ramboll orchestrates research project to boost urban liveability
25.07.2014 A team of the world's leading researchers within urban development has joined forces in a new project aimed at improving life in cities. Ramboll's Liveable Cities Lab spearheads the initiative. Every day, urban population rises by 180,000 people. More people means less space and a growing number of environmental and socio-economic challenges. Add frequent flooding incidences, sea level rise, higher temperatures and heat stress, and you have a situation that calls for new and innovative solutions within blue-green infrastructure to ensure the well-being of citizens. read more

industry news

Vinci Energies to acquire Imtech ICT
26.08.2014 Vinci Energies reached an agreement with Imtech to acquire the latter's information and communication technologies division, Imtech ICT. The division generates annual revenue of about €740 million in the Benelux countries, Germany, Austria, Sweden and the United Kingdom. read more

First modest contract for BAM Danmark
25.08.2014 The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has awarded BAM Danmark a contract for the construction of office 345C on the campus of DTU in Kongens Lyngby, fifteen kilometers north of Copenhagen. The contract value is approximately € 4.5 million. read more

Skanska named general contractor for data center in Luleå, Sweden
25.08.2014 Skanska, one of Sweden's largest construction companies, has signed a contract as general contractor for Facebook's data center project in Luleå, Sweden. read more

Arcadis acquires Callison
22.08.2014 Arcadis (Euronext: ARCAD), the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, announced that it intends to acquire Callison, a high level architectural and interior design consultancy with offices in the United States, China, Europe, Middle East and Mexico. read more

Speyside biomass power station receives £74 million funding, UK
22.08.2014 The £74 million Speyside biomass power station in Moray, Scotland has been guaranteed £48 million of finance by the UK government. International infrastructure investor John Laing and the Green Investment Bank are to invest the remaining £26 million. Mott MacDonald is lenders' technical advisor for the project. read more

Architecture Billings Index reaches highest mark since 2007
22.08.2014 The last three months have shown steadily increasing demand for design services and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is now at its highest level since 2007. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. read more

NCC to construct apartments in Aarhus
22.08.2014 NCC, one of the leading construction and property development companies in the Nordic region, has been commissioned by the project development company Bricks to construct 150 apartments in the new Frederiks Plads area in Aarhus, Denmark. The order is worth SEK 285 million. read more

Atkins appointed as client’s engineer on world-first tidal lagoon project
22.08.2014 Atkins has been appointed by Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc to act as the client's engineer for its Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project in Wales, UK, the first renewable energy scheme of its type in the world. Under the contract, Atkins will provide specialist design and engineering support acting on behalf of the client, including producing outline designs for the breakwater, turbine house and ancillary works and supporting the tender process by helping develop documents and reviewing responses and detailed designs. read more

Zumtobel Group becomes partner of Borussia Dortmund
21.08.2014 The Zumtobel Group and Borussia Dortmund (BVB) have signed an agreement governing a partnership. The deal was announced by the CEO of the Zumtobel Group, Ulrich Schumacher and the Chairman of the Board of the Borussia Dortmund management company, Hans-Joachim Watzke in Dortmund, in the context of the 2014 DFL Super Cup. read more

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