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New Cat E2 Series Mini Hydraulic Excavators
16.10.2014 Three compact radius Cat E2 Series Mini Hydraulic Excavators— The 305E2, 305.5E2 and 308E2 will be produced at Caterpillar's new 78,968 square metre facility in Athens, Georgia, USA and will also use the new High Definition Hydraulic system. The E2 models are designed to carry on the solid performance of their E Series predecessor, while adding even greater value for the customer. For example, the new High Definition Hydraulic (HDH) System in the E2 machines provides a load sensing and flow sharing read more

Integrated Cat Grade Control technology
16.10.2014 Cat Grade Control Depth and Slope, a Cat Connect Grade technology, is now standard on Cat 323E L (N) hydraulic excavators sold in Europe with the 2.9 meter stick and standard reach boom. This 2D system is integrated into the machine's standard monitor and indicates real-time positioning and cut-and-fill information to assist operators with efficiently and accurately achieving consistent depth and slope grades without guesswork. This results in faster times to complete work with fewer passes, increased fuel savings, read more

Komatsu's HM300-5 articulated dump truck
13.10.2014 Komatsu America introduced its HM300-5 articulated dump truck. The HM300 Tier 4 Final was exhibited earlier this year at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014. Featuring a net 242 kW, the HM300-5 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 engine that is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu's Tier 4 Final engines are built on the solid foundation inaugurated in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu's Tier 1 engines. This new articulated dump truck leverages Komatsu's leadership in technology and innovation by read more

Fire protection up to 120 minutes
13.10.2014 PAROC fire protection solutions for pipe penetrations provide with fire resistance up to 120 minutes. Maintenance-free, long-term solution, tested according to harmonised European standard EN 1366-3, is suitable for combustible and non-combustible pipes. The solution is based on one product: PAROC Hvac Section AluCoat T, which is not only approved for pipe penetrations, but is also an excellent thermal insulation product, suitable for both hot and cold pipes. It has an AluCoat facing which works read more

Highest concrete bridge pier in the world with PERI formwork
13.10.2014 In the north of the Turkish metropolis, the third and largest bridge is currently being built across the Bosphorus. The suspension bridge is supported by two A-shaped pylons and reaches a height of around 330 m thus making it one of the highest in the world. The construction of the upper area of the two piers is being carried out in 21 concreting sections, each 4.60 m. The unique shape of the reinforced concrete pylons and the complexity of the mounted parts has required a very flexible planning read more

Osram presents its largest LED lamp portfolio
10.10.2014 Osram presents its largest portfolio of LED lamps, making digital light available for everyone. In terms of technology, the 90 lamp types are based on a platform strategy. This ensures a uniform design appearance and that technological enhancements are rapidly passed on to customers. Production in close proximity to the market also means quick availability. "Even more customers are upgrading to LED," stated Geert van der Meer, Head of the LED Lamps and Systems business unit at Osram. "We help them make their read more

Grove GMK6300L makes light work of tight squeeze in London
10.10.2014 UK-based City Lifting has completed its first job with its new Grove GMK6300L, which arrived in September. The 300 t capacity all-terrain crane carefully maneuvered into a tight, downtown job site in London, UK, to perform a series of lifts that few other cranes could have completed without rigging a fly jib. The job was at Great Ormond Street Hospital, a world-renowned center of excellence for child healthcare, where five air handling units had to be installed on the roof of a nine-story building. Each unit read more

High above the clouds
10.10.2014 New skyscraper currently under construction in the heart of New York. 432 Park Avenue to become tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. Two thirds of the overall building height of 426 m reached thus far. Construction is precisely on schedule, not least thanks to the high-performing Doka formwork systems. A new residential building intended to best all others is under way in Manhattan, one of the centres of highrise structures in the US. 432 Park Avenue Tower is located in close proximity read more

Europe’s installed wind capacity will increase 64% by 2020
10.10.2014 Wind turbine installations in the European Union will increase 64% by 2020 compared to 2013 levels, according to data compiled by the European Wind Energy Association. A protracted economic crisis in Europe since 2009 and regulatory instability in a number of key European markets has contributed to EWEA's new scenario for 2020. EU member states will reach a combined 192.4GW of installed capacity by the end of the decade with offshore installations accounting for 23.5GW of the total. This will mean investments read more

exhibitions and other events

BAU forums set out the future of architecture and urban planning
20.10.2014 The job of planning and building is becomingever more complex and ever more demanding. Globalization, digitalization, demographic change, urbanization, dwindling resources, clean energy and the need to conserve energy and resources – the challenges facing the building sector are so diverse that they can only be mastered through cooperation between all those involved and through the use of new materials and technologies. So what does the future of building look like? How are architects and planners tackling these problems? read more

Aecon hosts inaugural Safety Week
09.10.2014 For the past nine years Aecon, Canada's largest publicly traded construction company, has celebrated Safety Day at every office location and project site across Canada. In honour of its 10th anniversary and in recognition of the company's ongoing commitment to safety and "Safety First" core value, Aecon hosted its inaugural Safety Week from Monday, September 29 to Friday, October 3. read more

New theatre in Spijkenisse opens
08.10.2014 On 9 October the new theatre 'De Stoep' in Spijkenisse opens the doors officially. The design, which came about in close collaboration between architect UNStudio and Arup, fits seamlessly in the urban surroundings. The internal organisation and the circuit of functions has been designed around the flow of visitors. A strong connection is made between inside and outside. Arup helped to facilitate the organisation layout and complex geometry by the use of Building Environment Modelling (BEM), read more

AAMA and World Vision fill 500 backpacks with supplies for in-need children
03.10.2014 During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2014 Fall Conference, volunteers rolled up their sleeves and filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a Title I elementary school in the Denver area. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event. read more

industry news

Ramboll to help implement Guelph district energy system
17.10.2014 Ramboll is opening an office in Guelph, Canada, from where the 11,000 person strong company will pursue opportunities in the growing market for district energy services in North America and provide expertise to Envida Community Energy Inc. in support of the City of Guelph's Community Energy Initiative. The implementation of the first city-wide district energy network in North America is well on its way in Guelph, located 100 km west of Toronto, Canada. read more

SNC-Lavalin announces appointments within its Infrastructure and Power groups
17.10.2014 SNC-Lavalin Group (TSX: SNC) announces two senior appointments within its Infrastructure and Power groups. Ian Edwards is named Executive Vice-President, Infrastructure Construction, within the company's Infrastructure group, effective November 3. Mr. Edwards will be based in Montreal and report to Hisham Mahmoud, President, Infrastructure, SNC-Lavalin. read more

FCC Group sells its US-based environmental services division
17.10.2014 FCC, the Spanish infrastructure and environmental services group, has reached an agreement to sell its US environmental services company to Heritage-Crystal Clean for 70 million euro. The sale of FCC Environmental provides FCC Group with a capital gain of 15.4 million euro and, in the words of Juan Béjar, Vice-Chairman and CEO, it "shows that FCC is continuing determinedly with the divestment programme under the Strategic Plan and is very close to the target of 2.2 billion euro, with the consequent reduction of debt". read more

Skanska sells residential development land in Bath, UK
16.10.2014 Swedish builder Skanska has sold the third plot of its UK residential development land bank for GBP 8 M, about SEK 89 M, to Kersfield Developments Limited. The transaction is recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014. read more

Location of office ranks highest for French workers, says Savills
16.10.2014 According to Savills What Workers Want research conducted in Paris, office location and its proximity to public transport was ranked highest by a majority of employees at 68% and 80% respectively with those surveyed considering the time they spend commuting everyday as very important. read more

Hines closes on 25 acres, advances plans for Chandler Viridian
16.10.2014 Hines, the international real estate firm, announced that it has closed on the purchase of the 25.5-acre site for Chandler Viridian, a mixed-use property on the northwest corner of the Loop 101/Loop 202 interchange, adjacent to the Chandler Fashion Center. read more

NCC to construct tunnel in Telemark, Norway
16.10.2014 NCC has been commissioned to construct a new tunnel along the E134 highway between Gvammen and Århus in Telemark, Norway. The construction period will be four and a half years and the contract is worth SEK 1,140 million. read more

Salini Impregilo to construct highway in Poland
15.10.2014 Italian construction group Salini Impregilo has received a provisional award for the construction of approximately 18.4 km of Lot B of the S7 highway in Poland, approximately 210 km north of Warsaw, which crosses the entire country up to the Slovakian border. read more

Balfour Beatty appoints Leo Quinn as new CEO
15.10.2014 British construction group Balfour Beatty announced the appointment of Leo Quinn as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr Quinn will take up his new position and join the Board on 1 January 2015. Mr Quinn joins Balfour Beatty after five years as Group Chief Executive of QinetiQ, which he has reshaped into a strong commercial competitor providing technology solutions in defence, security and aerospace. From 2004-2008 Mr Quinn created substantial value as CEO of De La Rue, the largest non-government printer of banknotes, read more

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