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New Cat MD6250 blasthole drill
25.03.2017 The new Cat MD6250 blasthole drill delivers optimum drilling efficiency in single- and multi-pass applications for both rotary and down-the-hole (DTH) modes. Featuring automated operation, the drill runs within ideal operating parameters for maximum bit life, hole accuracy, and reduced total cost of ownership. A sculpted frame design boasts heavy cross-bracing in high-load areas for maximum machine longevity, while the box section provides optimum structural rigidity. The machine's four leveling jacks, mast pivot and deck are all welded integrally to the main frame read more

STIRP QWIKLINK Series LED Luminaires
25.03.2017 GREEN CREATIVE announces the release of its STRIP 4' 38.5W and STRIP 4' 22.5W linear fixtures. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new QWIKLINK Series, these linear luminaires feature the QWIKLINK connection system to easily and seamlessly connect up to 64′ of fixtures. This innovative connection system includes the QWIKLINK connector for end-to-end fixture connections, the QWIKLINK cable for distant fixture connection and the QWIKLINK sensor for occupancy sensing and dimming for a single fixture or entire row. read more

Choosing the right finish for coastal projects
22.03.2017 Helping protect coastal and seaside projects' exterior-facing architectural aluminum products from corrosion, Linetec shares its expertise in the latest issue of "Architectural Finishing Facts," a free eNewsletter. As part of its ongoing series of educational articles, "Choosing the right finish for coastal projects" is available on Linetec's website [] and is emailed to more than 50,000 subscribers. The article warns, "Without proper precautions and finishes, corrosion to these aluminum components can damage read more

Custom Window by Wausau historically accurate windows
22.03.2017 For more than 30 years, Custom Window by Wausau 8300 and 9250 Series historically accurate windows have helped achieve modern performance and preserve the look of landmark buildings. As part of its continual product improvement, Wausau recently updated and enhanced these aluminum windows. "Customers will enjoy easier operation, increased performance and more historic configurations, without affecting the products' appearance, always so important in this market segment," says Rory Balz, Wausau's product development engineer. read more

AAMA's new guide for plastic-glazed skylights and sloped glazing
22.03.2017 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provide guidance and sound technical information on the various aspects and considerations that need to be considered when applying plastic-glazed skylights and sloped glazing as an enhancement to a building design. The document is intended to provide the architect, engineer, contractor and property owner with this information and knowledge to help them understand the value and effective application of these features, as well as the benefits of different plastic glazing materials. read more

Magnetic Shuttering System for Precast Concrete Elements Production
17.03.2017 Magnetic Boxes by Ningbo Awesotech Magnetics are fixed by a push button on the shuttering. Advantages of the magnetic block locking system are for locking of shuttering profile for faster precast cast molding cycle. The magnetic blocks are selected according to lengths and height of shuttering profile. Magnetic blocks mostly consist of an external steel box, an integrated push button for activation and deactivation and an embedded permanent magnet. Strength of adherence /magnetic force varies from 450 to 2100 kg. The Magnetic boxes are device for read more

Hitachi's 10” Jobsite Table Saw with Fold & Roll Stand, Model C10RJ
17.03.2017 Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.) announced a new addition to its woodworking product line with the launch of a 10" Jobsite Table Saw with Fold & Roll Stand- model C10RJ. It features a powerful 15-Amp motor with soft start and electric break; that produces 4,500 RPMs to powerfully and easily rip through tough hardwoods. With its large table size and extended rip capacity, this saw from Hitachi offers a solid tool for the jobsite. Equipped with a durable fold & roll stand, the C10RJ can maneuver through tough terrain and then set up with ease. read more

PERI Formwork Carriage follows one of the world´s largest TBM
17.03.2017 The 1950s vintage Alaskan Way Viaduct has long been considered one of the most important thoroughfares along Seattle's waterfront. As a replacement for the elevated viaduct that is used daily by 110,000 vehicles, a 3.2 km long tunnel is currently being constructed. PERI planned and delivered a project-specific formwork solution for the realization of the double-storey carriageway whereby the previously drilled tunnel tube length is being concreted in three sections each time. After the Alaskan Way Viaduct had suffered considerable damage due to read more

New Cat 745 articulated truck
14.03.2017 Offering a 45.2-ton (41-tonne) rated payload capacity, the new Cat 745 articulated truck features a world-class cab design, completely re-engineered from the inside-out using global operator feedback to advance comfort and ease of operation. The new external "spinal" ROPS structure boasts bonded rear quarter glass that eliminates the structural pillar to give the operator a dramatic improvement in visibility from the cab. Upon cab entry, the new "wake up" feature initiates machine displays as soon as the door is opened, read more

exhibitions and other events

Bouygues Construction and HTC Vive to collaborate on developing virtual reality training for accident prevention on construction sites
27.03.2017 Following a first testing module concerning risks associated with the placement of formwork elements, Bouygues Construction and HTC Vive, are convinced of the potential of virtual reality for raising awareness and for training. They have reached an agreement for raising awareness and training in situations where employees are at risk. read more

Stone+tec 2018: First highlights confirmed
23.03.2017 Participants at Stone+tec 2018 can look forward to a diverse exhibition programme with new areas of focus: In 2018, the largest exhibition for natural stone and stone processing technology in the German-speaking regions will launch with two new special shows for "Worktops" and "Native Stone". A new central forum will also provide a venue for lectures, award ceremonies and talks on the main themes of construction, monuments, gravestones and design. Stone+tec 2018 is set to take place in Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 13 to 16 June 2018. read more

Stone+tec 2018: First highlights confirmed
23.03.2017 Participants at Stone+tec 2018 can look forward to a diverse exhibition programme with new areas of focus: In 2018, the largest exhibition for natural stone and stone processing technology in the German-speaking regions will launch with two new special shows for "Worktops" and "Native Stone". A new central forum will also provide a venue for lectures, award ceremonies and talks on the main themes of construction, monuments, gravestones and design. Stone+tec 2018 is set to take place in Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 13 to 16 June 2018. read more

The MIPIM Awards 2017 winners
17.03.2017 The 27th MIPIM Awards took place during MIPIM, the world's property market. The results were announced at a gala ceremony held in the Grand Auditorium of the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Europe came close to taking all the trophies with winning projects from Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom and Belgium, which has been rewarded in 3 different categories. read more

industry news

Hochtief completes World War II Museum in Gdańsk
27.03.2017 After a construction period of around two years, a consortium comprising Hochtief Polska, Hochtief Solutions and Warbud (consortium leader) completed the World War II Museum in Gdańsk in March. The facility will open on Thursday this week and is planned to attract up to 400,000 visitors annually. read more

BAM Nuttall awarded quayside project in Poole Harbour
27.03.2017 Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) has appointed one of the UK’s leading civil engineering companies, BAM Nuttall Ltd, as the main contractor for a £10 million project to provide the commercial port with a new 200 metres long deep water quay. read more

Vinci Airports wins the concession for Salvador’s airport in Brazil
27.03.2017 On completion of a call for tenders initiated by ANAC (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil), Vinci Airports was awarded the concession for Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes airport, for a 30-year term. Located in the city of Salvador, this airport is currently managed by the public operator Infraero. read more

Atkins and Dragages celebrate the first TBM tunnel breakthrough at Liantang project
17.03.2017 The breakthrough ceremony for the Lung Shan Tunnel southbound tunnel boring machine (TBM) section of the Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point (BCP) took place on 1 March 2017. The ceremony was officiated by the Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), Mr Hon Chi-keung. read more

BAM secures Bolands Quay contract in Dublin
16.03.2017 BAM Contractors Ltd, the Irish operating company of Royal BAM Group nv, has been awarded a contract for the construction of the Bolands Quay Development (formerly Boland's Mill) in Dublin's south docklands. The client is Bolands Quay Development Group. Designed by Dublin's leading architectural practice, Burke Kennedy Doyle, Bolands Quay will provide three new landmark buildings comprising approximately 36,851 m² (approximately 397,000 sq ft) of office, residential, retail and cultural space. read more

Skanska expands hospital in Vestfold, Norway
13.03.2017 Skanska has together with Cura-gruppen signed an agreement with Sykehuset Vestfold HF for the expansion of the hospital in Vestfold, Norway. The contract is totally worth NOK 1.7 billion. Skanska's share of the contract is worth about NOK 960M, about SEK 1.0 billion. The work is carried out by Skanska Norway (70 percent) in cooperation with Skanska UK (30 percent). This means that about SEK 700M will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the first quarter 2017 and the remainder in the order bookings for Europe in the same quarter. The project includes a new psychiatry building with a gross floor area of ​​about 12,000 square meters and a building for somatic care of 33,000 square meters. The project also includes alignment of the infrastructure, energy facilities and demolition of existing hospital buildings. read more

BAM Danmark has been awarded design and build contract for office building in Copenhagen
09.03.2017 BAM Danmark has been awarded the design and build contract for a 7,300 sq m office building, Harild Hus. The client is project developer Carlsberg Byen P/S. The office will be built on the site of the Danish brewer Carlsberg, which is completely redeveloped. Harild Hus is situated near the European School project, which is currently under construction by BAM Danmark. The former Carlsberg brewery complex is situated next to Copenhagen's city center. read more

Zuidasdok contract awarded to ZuidPlus
07.03.2017 The contract for the design and construction of Zuidasdok was awarded to ZuidPlus, the joint venture with Fluor, Heijmans and Hochtief. The A10 South is one of the busiest highways in the Netherlands, in particular, at exits S108 and S109 which are often congested during rush hour. read more

Arcadis providing project management for major Alaska native healthcare facility
03.03.2017 Arcadis, the leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, is working for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation (YKHC), a tribal health organization serving residents of Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region, read more

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