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Handheld launches the NAUTIZ X9 outdoor-rugged Android PDA
15.01.2018 Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, announced the new NAUTIZ X9: an ultra-rugged enterprise handheld built for fieldwork in the most challenging outdoor or industrial environments. The new Nautiz X9 Android handheld is targeted for industrial and field applications where reliability is critical and ruggedness is key. Offering a complete and unique set of features, the fully rugged Nautiz X9 can be used as a mobile computer, data collector or field controller. read more

Beswick miniature Pressure Relief Valves
15.01.2018 Imagine that your boss walks up to you, with a concerned look on his/her face, and asks you what happens if the pressure in your new high technology device rises to 15 psi exceeding the safe limit of an expensive sensor. A solution is expected by the end of the week. Large pressure relief valves are easy to find but you've spent days looking for a miniature relief valve small enough to fit into your sleek design. Your blood pressure and stress levels have been increasing as the deadline approaches. Fortunately you receive this news at the right time. read more

Radiant beauty
15.01.2018 Osram supports the new headquarters of the cosmetics company Omnicos in the municipality of Bagnolo Cremasco, Italy in achieving a particular splendour. Star architect Beppe Riboli placed his complete trust in Osram as full-service provider for realisation of his lighting concept over a total area of 8,700 square metres. Both the outdoor area and the building itself are equipped with LED lighting from Osram Lighting Solutions. Visitors to the new headquarters are immediately impressed by the slender structure with highly original and purist lines, surrounded by rural greenage. read more

Rockfon metal ceiling systems support LEED criteria
15.01.2018 Metal ceiling systems meet rigorous performance requirements for acoustics, wind loads, humidity, fire and earthquakes. In addition to their resiliency, Rockfon metal ceiling panels also contribute to sustainability goals, including U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating systems. While the LEED rating systems are important indicators of a project's sustainability, Rockfon not only can provide the necessary documentation, but also strives to go beyond credits in supporting projects' sustainable requirements and green goals. read more

Project-specific formwork solution with high level of prefabrication
15.01.2018 The realization of the new, second Moselle lock presented a challenging construction project for all those involved in the undertaking whereby numerous mounting components and strict tolerance specifications had to be taken into consideration. Working in close cooperation, PERI supported the construction site managers from Hochtief Infrastructure GmbH with a project-specific formwork and scaffolding concept, just-in-time deliveries of accurately pre-fabricated formwork elements as well as continuous on-site support. read more

Canada’s first Grove TMS9000-2
15.01.2018 The Burnside, Nova Scotia-based company is the first in Canada to take delivery of the 115 USt Grove TMS9000-2 truck crane, which boasts industry-leading load charts on a carrier that’s lighter than competing truck crane models. The Grove TMS9000-2’s impressive 169 ft main boom has helped R&D save hours on the job site by eliminating the need to install a swingaway jib. When Manitowoc introduced the Grove TMS9000-2 in February of 2017, it also revealed the mantra behind the crane's design: lighter, longer, stronger. read more

GE Lighting's New “Light the Way You Live” Solutions
08.01.2018 No two people are created equal, which means experiences at home shouldn't be either. Recognizing every household revolves around a different set of people and routines, GE is focusing its connected home strategy around outcome-driven, smart home lighting designed to light the way you live. Using two things you use every day – your voice and your lighting – and drawing on rich consumer insights, GE's growing portfolio of C by GE connected lighting solutions is designed around real-world challenges and needs with opportunities for customization by user. read more

“Never was so much owed by so many to so few”
08.01.2018 Famous words from the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, in 1940 – and so applicable to the two Stannah passenger lifts installed as part of the recent £multi-million redevelopment of the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London. Why? Because they are an uplifting example of "Access for All" – Stannah's core mission to bring freedom of movement in public buildings for people of all mobilities, including wheelchair-users. Linda Stranks, Head of Marketing & Communications at the National Army Museum comments: read more

HOK-designed Consumers Credit Union’s New Headquarters
08.01.2018 Consumers Credit Union, one of Michigan's largest homegrown financial institutions, opened its new HOK-designed headquarters in Kalamazoo last week. Nearly 150 employees previously working in four separate buildings moved into a collaboration center situated among rolling hills and wooded ravines on a 23-acre site. The centerpiece: a contemporary, three-story, 92,000-square-foot office evoking its natural surroundings, designed to bring employees closer together while providing exceptional amenities. read more

exhibitions and other events

BAM celebrates great safety performance at Museum of the Future in Dubai
23.01.2018 BAM employees are celebrating two million hours worked lost time injury free at the building site for the Museum of the Future in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This achievement is thanks to the professionalism and continuous commitment from those on the project, who have worked tirelessly to ensure the site remains harm free. BAM International bv, the operating company of Royal BAM Group active outside Europe, expects to deliver the iconic Museum of the Future to Meraas Holding by mid-2019. BAM International is supported on this project by BAM Ireland. read more

Europe’s biggest property fair is again the platform for real estate start-ups
22.01.2018 The starting signal has been given for the biggest start-up contest in the real estate sector. As of now, young technology companies can apply for the real estate start-up event at Europe's biggest property trade fair. The Real Estate Innovation Forum at EXPO REAL 2018 is a showcase for innovations in the property industry. "The Real Estate Innovation Forum was a resounding success last year", explains Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München. "Its great popularity confirmed that we are on the right track in helping to promote the digital transformation of the real estate sector. read more

Bauma Conexpo India will take place from December 11 to 14, 2018
18.01.2018 The fifth edition of the international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles will take place once again at the HUDA grounds in Gurgaon/Delhi. Exhibitors interested in the event can register now at Priority deadline will end on April 30, 2018 when the placement phase starts. The preparations for bauma Conexpo India 2018 have started on a pleasant note. There is a positive trend in all sectors of the construction machinery industry in India for the years to come. read more

Stone+tec 2018: New film helps attract visitors to trade fair
16.01.2018 "See you there!" is the theme of a film that Stone+tec is now using to entice visitors to its trade fair in Nuremberg. Using some spectacular images, the film brings the fascination of stone to life. Five representatives of the industry, including a master stonemason, sculptor and architect, explain what attracts them to the trade fair. Stone+tec 2018 will take place from 13 to 16 June at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg. As an international trade fair it is the No. 1 gathering place for stonemasons and stone processors in the German-speaking regions. read more

industry news

CIMIC’S CPB Contractors wins $84m Sydney Recreation Centre Sydney
23.01.2018 CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by the City of Sydney to design and construct the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, the largest pool complex to be built in the city since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. read more

Vinci Construction to build a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant in Morocco
15.01.2018 Vinci Construction, as leader of a joint venture with the Andritz Hydro electromechanical company, has won the contract to build the Abdelmoumen pumped storage hydroelectric plant (PSP) located 70 km from Agadir, Morocco. The €284 million pumped-storage scheme is part of the plan to develop and integrate renewable energies in Morocco. The contract covers construction surveys, civil engineering works, supply of materials and pumping equipment, assembly, testing and commissioning. read more

SNC-Lavalin announces agreement with a downstream refining company in the Gulf Coast, USA
12.01.2018 SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) has signed a Master Services Agreement, with approximate worth in excess of $100M, with one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies. read more

ABB to energize Singapore’s autonomous electric bus project
12.01.2018 ABB is again underlining its leading role in sustainable global transport solutions with a new project together with Volvo Buses, this time for Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore: ABB will provide its state-of-the-art Heavy Vehicle Chargers (HVC) 300P for the forthcoming project to deliver two autonomous driving electric buses for the island by the beginning of 2019. With this project ABB is taking another step towards sustainable mobility, just days after announcing the title sponsorship of the world's first fully electric, international FIA motorsport series. read more

Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall JV awarded two motorway upgrade contracts
09.01.2018 The Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall joint venture, bmJV, has been awarded two contracts worth a total of approximately €360 million (£322 million) to deliver part of Highways England's smart motorway programme. read more

BAM appointed to deliver multipurpose Yas Arena in Abu Dhabi
03.01.2018 Miral Asset Management has appointed BAM International – the operating company of Royal BAM Group nv, active outside Western Europe – to deliver the construction of an arena with a capacity of 18,000 seats. Yas Arena will be used to host events in a temperature controlled environment and is located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Work already started on 17 December 2017 and BAM expects to complete Yas Arena by November 2019. The arena is designed by HOK (a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm), with support from Pascall+Watson. read more

Arcadis, Arup & WSP join Cross Yarra Partnership to deliver the Metro Tunnel Project
22.12.2017 Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, announced that Cross Yarra Partnership has signed a contract with Melbourne Metro Rail Authority to finance, design, construct and maintain the Tunnel and Stations Package for approximately 25 years as part of the Metro Tunnel Project. read more

ABB technology powers new cable car Zugspitze
22.12.2017 Long queues waiting to ascend Germany's tallest mountain may now be history. And that is not the only thing historical about the new ABB-powered cable car system that opened today and can take as many as 580 passengers an hour to the Zugspitze, the Bavarian Alps peak that is Germany's highest. The cableway breaks three world records for a pendular, or hanging, cable car system: at 127 meters, its steel column is the tallest, with 1,950 meters it overcomes the highest elevation difference and with a total run of 3,213 meters from base station to peak, it has the longest span. read more

CIMIC’S CPB Contractors Wins Metro Tunnel Rail Works Sidney
21.12.2017 CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, as part of the Rail Systems Alliance (RSA), has been awarded works by the Victorian Government in support of the $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project, the state's biggest ever investment in public transport. read more

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