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Ready for the haul or climb, when and where you need it
28.08.2015 Capital Safety has announced the launch of their new DBI-SALA Rope-Mate Mechanical Prusik. Belonging to the Rollgliss Technical Rescue range of products, the Rope-Mate Mechanical Prusik has been designed and certified to meet an array of local and international standards. The Rollgliss Rope-Mate provides a safe and reliable tamper proof mechanical prusik that eliminates the use of knots or hitches that could be tied incorrectly. Manufactured from a single self-contained unit without pins or components to lose or work their way loose, read more

New Dielectric Mirror a good reflection on Guardian
27.08.2015 Guardian Dielectric Mirror is now available in the UK and Ireland, offering a new dimension to modern design. Developed and produced by Guardian Industries Glass Group this product serves a dual purpose: It can function as a traditional mirror, while effectively masking a television or display screen that can be mounted behind it. However, when that electronic device is switched on, the coating redirects the light, and its screen becomes clearly visible through the glass. Dielectric Mirror is ideal for any application in homes or businesses read more

Lightify Garden Spots Mini for gardens, patios and balconies
27.08.2015 The height of summer is the height of the barbecue season – and Osram adds to the atmosphere with Lightify Garden Spots Mini RGB, an intelligent chain of lights for outdoor use. These Lightify lights are controlled via an app using a smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android), illuminating gardens, terraces and balconies in around 16 million different colors – turning every garden party into a memorable event. And with extremely low energy consumption. The Lightify Garden Spots Mini RGBare part of the Lightify lighting system, which allows read more

Parallel Link Undercarriage System (PLUS) for the D155AX-8 crawler dozer
27.08.2015 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the addition of the highly successful PLUS (Parallel Link Undercarriage System) rotating bushing undercarriage option to the D155AX-8 dozer. "Applications for PLUS undercarriage range from high-impact, rocky ground conditions to low-impact, abrasive sandy worksites," said Chuck Murawski, product manager, Komatsu America. "This has enabled PLUS to become standard equipment on other Komatsu dozer models," Murawski said. Each of the three different shoe widths available – 24”/610mm, 26”/660mm and 28”/710mm read more

Austrian supermarket chain banks on Passive House Standard
27.08.2015 Maximum energy efficiency pays off – this is also true in the case of supermarket buildings. One of the pioneers in this respect is MPREIS in Tyrol. A second branch of the store belonging to the Austrian company received a Passive House certificate on Tuesday. The experiences gained through a pilot project in Pinswang on the German border were so positive that the Passive House Standard was also chosen for the latest supermarket in Natters near Innsbruck. Tried and tested methods for increasing energy efficiency were applied for the supermarket in Natters. read more

Updated requirements for coatings on steel hardware components
24.08.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying requirements for corrosion resistant coatings on carbon steels used for hardware components in window, door and skylight applications. The document previously was updated in 2012. According to Jeff Dorsch (AmesburyTruth), chair of the AAMA 907 Update Task Group, "Voluntary Specification for Corrosion Resistant Coatings on Carbon Steel Components Used in Windows Doors and Skylights" recently was updated with a new test report section, read more

Carnegie Hall has achieved LEED Silver certification
23.08.2015 Carnegie Hall, the nearly 125-year old iconic New York City music venue, announced its award of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it one of the oldest and most notable buildings to achieve such distinction. This milestone was achieved in part through a close collaboration with Siemens, which was enlisted as one of Carnegie Hall's technology partners to modernize almost 165,000 square feet of non-performance space. The certification came to fruition read more

International Towers Sydney: construction time optimisation
23.08.2015 The new LPS climbing protection panel from PERI provides comprehensive working safety and saves valuable crane time thanks to the mobile climbing hydraulics. This has accelerated construction progress on the International Towers Sydney complex on Australia's east coast. With the ambitious Barangaroo Redevelopment Project, Sydney's city centre is being redefined in a westward direction. On the 22-hectare former container port facility, the greenest global residential, shopping and business centre in the world read more

Aesthetically-appealing Eco-Smart Home in Naperville, Illinois
23.08.2015 CertainTeed AirRenew drywall is playing an important role in optimizing the indoor air quality (IAQ) of the first of its kind, net zero, Eco-Smart home in Naperville, Illinois. Already committed to constructing award-winning homes with impressive energy efficient features, suburban Chicago builder DJK Custom Homes saw the formaldehyde-absorbing drywall as the best way to offer improved indoor air quality in their most sustainable home built to date. The 3,280 square-foot, four bedroom, four and a half bathroom home read more


exhibitions and other events

Quarry Life Award 2016: HeidelbergCement launches 3rd edition of the international research competition
02.09.2015 For the third time HeidelbergCement initiates the Quarry Life Award, an international scientific and educational competition to find new ideas for the conservation and promotion of biodiversity in quarries. These unique habitats will be opened again for research. Thanks to the Quarry Life Award, young people – students, graduates and scientists – will have the chance add true ecological and educational value to a mining site. "Our company is committed to promote the exceptional local flora and fauna in its quarries and pits worldwide, " read more

Rochester Community and Technical College and Knutson Construction break ground on the CTECH/STEM center
24.08.2015 On Aug. 18, Knutson Construction participated in ground-breaking event for the Career Technical Education Center at Heintz (CTECH). Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) selected Knutson to provide construction management services for the 22,350-square-foot,  $6.5 million CTECH and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) facility addition at the University Center Rochester campus. Designed by HGA Architects, the new CTECH/STEM 19,000-square-foot building will be adjacent to the Heintz Center and is scheduled to be complete by July 2016. read more

James Turrell designs the current Zumtobel Group annual report
19.08.2015 In the International Year of Light proclaimed by the United Nations, the Zumtobel Group's artistic annual report has been designed by the U.S. light artist James Turrell. Under the heading of "Extraordinary Ideas – Realized" the report features important installations by the artist from the various periods of his oeuvre. An extensive photographic documentation of Turrell's installations is accompanied by essays and dialogues by and with some of his prominent contemporaries and companions, including experts from the fields of astronomy, physics, art history and medicine. As well as evidencing the diversity and depth of James Turrell's work, the Zumtobel Group annual report is the first to feature images of his Skyspaces in Japan and Tasmania, and includes previously unpublished material on his earlier works. read more

AMA offers chance to win discounts toward FenestrationMasters courses and exams
19.08.2015 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host an online contest on both LinkedIn  and Twitter every Monday and Wednesday, respectively, at 12:30 p.m. EDT from Aug. 10 through Sept. 9, as well as during the GlassBuild America show (Sept. 16-18 in Atlanta). The contest will feature quiz questions from AAMA's FenestrationMasters program - the industry resource for comprehensive professional education and certification. Each Monday, one quiz question will be asked in AAMA's LinkedIn group and a different quiz question will be posted on AAMA's Twitter account two days later, each Wednesday. read more


industry news

Husqvarna Group appoints new SVP Technology Office & CTO
02.09.2015 Anders Johanson has been appointed SVP Technology Office & CTO at Husqvarna Group and member of Group Management as of October 1, 2015. He replaces Henric Anderson, who has been appointed President Construction Division. read more

Kone in the top 50 of the Forbes' list of the World's Most Innovative Companies
02.09.2015 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has been ranked 48th on the list of the world's top 100 most innovative companies by the business magazine Forbes. Featured on the list for the fifth year in a row, Kone ranks as the 5th most innovative company in Europe. read more

Bechtel moves a step closer to first LNG processing on GLNG Project site
01.09.2015 Bechtel has announced the GLNG Plant Project is a step closer to shipping its first LNG cargo following the introduction of feed gas into the Train 1 processing plant and the successful completion of mechanical runs on all six of the plant's Train 1 refrigeration compressors. read more

FCC Aqualia secures contract on Egypt’s Abu Rawash treatment system plant
01.09.2015 An FCC Aqualia-led consortium has been awarded the tender for the design, construction and operation of the Abu Rawash treatment plant located in El Cairo (Egypt). The plant, once fully operating, will treat 1.6 million cubic metres of water daily and will provide service to 5.5 million people, making it one of the largest treatment plants worldwide. It is the largest contract awarded in the history of the water management subsidiary of FCC, considering that it will involve a business portfolio for the consortium worth 2.4 billion euros. read more

ABB commissions world’s first switchgear installation with new eco-efficient gas
28.08.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has achieved a significant breakthrough in gas insulated switchgear (GIS) technology by commissioning the world's first high- and medium-voltage GIS bays with a new eco-efficient gas mixture as an alternative to the widely used greenhouse gas SF₆. A switchgear combines electrical switches, fuses or circuit breakers to control, protect and isolate electrical equipment in a power network. Switchgear is installed throughout the power value chain from generation through to transmission, distribution and consumption, across voltage levels. read more

The Polarled pipeline has crossed the Arctic Circle
28.08.2015 On Friday 21 August, Statoil's Polarled gas pipeline crossed 66 degrees and 33 minutes north of the equator becoming the first subsea pipeline to take the Norwegian gas infrastructure across the Arctic Circle. Ramboll designed the pipeline which will open a new gas highway from the Norwegian Sea to Europe. The 482-kilometre Polarled pipeline will run from the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea to the Nyhamna gas terminal in western Norway. Moreover, the pipeline is setting world record for deep water installation of a 36-inch pipeline. Ramboll started working on the FEED for the Polarled pipeline in 2012, read more

Construction underway on Indigo hotel, China
28.08.2015 Construction is underway on a new Indigo hotel in Yangzhou, China. Mott MacDonald is acting as mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultant on the project on behalf of Yangzhou Wansheng Industry Co., Ltd. read more

Strabag awarded contract for section of A1 in Poland
27.08.2015 The publicly listed construction group Strabag SE has been chosen to build the 15 km section of Poland's A1 motorway between Woźniki and Pyrzowice. The € 118 million (PLN 495.5 million) contract comprises the construction of the concrete motorway as well as one maintenance facility, two rest stops, 29 bridge structures and several wildlife crossings within a period of 30 months. Additionally, already existing municipal and district roads will be rehabilitated in parallel with the motorway works. "The construction of this section of the A1 is of priority for the region. It combines the northern part of the country with the south as well as the cities of Silesia with Katowice International Airport in Pyrzowice", read more

BMB jv appointed to deliver Thames Tideway Tunnel
24.08.2015 BAM Nuttall Ltd, the UK civil engineering arm of Royal BAM Group nv, today announces that it has been appointed to deliver the western section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, or 'super sewer', in joint venture with Morgan Sindall plc and Balfour Beatty Group Limited. The project is valued at £416 million to the joint venture. read more


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