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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

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

Visitor registration for bauma China online
24.07.2014 Online visitor registration for bauma China is now open. By registering in advance (at, visitors can secure their fast-track – and free – ticket to bauma China, which takes place from November 25 to 28, 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). After successful registration, visitors receive a confirmation e-mail which they can exchange for a ticket at the specially set-up express counters at the venue. This significantly shortens waiting times at the exhibition center. read more

industry news

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

Restructuring and refurbishment of Rosengårdcentret in Odense starts
21.08.2014 Rosengårdcentret, the second-largest shopping center in Denmark, has just started the most ambitious refurbishment it has ever experienced. Opened in in Odense (the third largest city of Denmark on the island of Funen) in 1971, the shopping gallery today comprises a GLA of 100,000 square meters and approximately 160 shops. A restructuring of the former Kvickly hypermarket space will convert 10,000 square meters of leasable area into 32 new shops with a focus on international fashion. read more

Kone announces new board appointments
20.08.2014 Max Alfthan (53) has been appointed Executive Vice President responsible for Marketing and Communications as of November 17th, 2014. He will be a Member of the Executive Board and will report to Henrik Ehrnrooth, President and CEO, KONE Corporation. read more

Turner Construction Company’s topping out ceremony brings New Sibley one step closer
20.08.2014 Turner Construction Company celebrated the topping out of The New Sibley with a short ceremony detailing the vision and trajectory for the facility last Friday. Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is continuing the implementation of its long range master plan with The New Sibley. read more

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