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New Z997R Diesel ZTrak
29.10.2014 John Deere continues to update its commercial zero-turn offerings with the new Z997R Diesel ZTrak. The Z997R features a powerful 37.4 hp Final Tier 4 diesel engine, providing a workhorse solution for customers needing a large zero-turn mower in all conditions, including tall and wet grass. The Z997R is available with a 60-inch or 72-inch 7-Iron PRO side discharge deck, an industry exclusive 60-inch 7-Iron PRO Mulch On Demand deck, or a 60-inch 7-gauge fabricated rear discharge deck. Dedicated to minimizing downtime, decreasing cost read more

Doka is forming new district of İstanbul
29.10.2014 Currently, there is a major project ongoing in İstanbul. This new district, which is located on a land of 325.000 square meter and contains its own office buildings, residences, a hotel, a contemporary shopping mall and a city entertainment center in it, is called Ağaoğlu Maslak 1453. Doka has been creating formwork solutions for 5 skyscrapers with unique architectural features. İstanbul, the touristic metropolitan area at the heart of Turkey, is soon attaining a contemporary district that is the perfect collage of traditions read more

Innovative LED street lighting for Torraca
29.10.2014 Tradition meets modernity: Energy-efficient LEDs from Osram Opto Semiconductors are set to show the medieval streets of Torraca in the Italian province of Salerno in their true light. Since August, the company Phaenomena has been installing new street lighting in the town which combines the traditional design of the original luminaires with a high level of brightness, high contrast and cost savings – and even reduces light pollution, too. This is achieved through the highly efficient Oslon Square LEDs from Osram read more

Industry-First Health Product Declarations for Fiberglass Insulation
28.10.2014 CertainTeed has raised the bar for product transparency in the insulation marketplace, issuing the industry's first Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for fiberglass insulation. The HPDs cover the company's high-performance Sustainable Insulation batts, as well as its family of blowing wool insulation products, offering builders unprecedented insight into the chemical and material makeup of the products they choose. The HPDs were issued in alliance with the HPD Collaborative, a customer-led organization committed to the read more

Heads of State miss the chance to back renewable energy in Europe
28.10.2014 The European Council's decision to set an EU-binding target of 27% showed a lack of ambition to improve Europe's energy security. Governments also ignored calls from the renewable energy sector and European business leaders for a nationally-binding target of at least 30%. Thomas Becker, chief executive officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: "The 27% target is disappointing and is contrary to the incoming Commission's plans to make Europe the world leader in renewables," adding that, "the EU urgently needs read more

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

exhibitions and other events

Bechtel Wins Australian National Safety Award
27.10.2014 Bechtel has been recognized for its commitment to safety on the GLNG plant project with a National Safety Award of Excellence from the National Safety Council of Australia. The awards are Australia's longest-running, independent recognition program that honors outstanding health and safety initiatives in the workplace. read more

Ever wondered how the buildings of the future will be built?¶
22.10.2014 On 27 October at The Verge Conference in San Francisco, Matthew Braun from Balfour Beatty Construction U.S. will present his experiences of creating one of the USA's greenest buildings - the modernisation of the Edith Green Wendall Wyatt federal building in Portland, Oregon. read more

MCA honors the iridescent, metal-clad Institutional Project with the 2014 Chairman's Award
21.10.2014 The Valspar Corporation was honored with the Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2014 Chairman's Award in the Institutional project category for its contribution to Florida's Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral's color-changing, metal-clad exterior. The Port's new, shimmering, iridescent welcome center showcases the first use of Valspar's new Kameleon(TM) Color mica coating as spray-applied to Firestone Metal Products' UNA-CLAD(TM) metal wall panels by Linetec, one the nation's largest finishers of architectural aluminum. read more

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

industry news

Park Vera in Ankara has opened
30.10.2014 After a construction period of two years, Park Vera Shopping Center in the Turkish capital Ankara opened this morning. On four levels, it comprises 75 specialist stores, restaurants, cafés, a children's play area, and a cinema with 6 halls on a leasable area of 40,000 m². Together, Park Vera and the neighboring Acity shopping center constitute one unique retail destination with an overall leasable area of 79,000 m² and approx. 240 shops. The major highlights of Park Vera: The shops are spacious and often comprise two floors. read more

NCC to build healthcare center in the municipality of Järvenpää, Finland
30.10.2014 The municipality of Järvenpää in southern Finland has selected NCC to build a new district healthcare center. The order is worth SEK 310 million. read more

Salini Impregilo and Strabag to build the "Isarco River Underpass" of the Brenner Base Tunnel
27.10.2014 Salini Impregilo, in consortium with its Austrian partner Strabag, and the client BBT SE – Brenner Base Tunnel/Brenner Basistunnel – signed the agreement to commence works for the construction of the "Isarco River Underpass" of the Brenner Base Tunnel, one of the most challenging lots of the entire project in engineering and financial terms, and worth about €300 million. read more

UK’s largest jet grouting exercise takes place at London’s busiest underground station
27.10.2014 Innovation and industry firsts are at the centre of the ongoing success at London Underground's Victoria Station Upgrade (VSU) as the team redeveloping the station has performed the first, large-scale jet grouting tunnel construction in the UK. Principal contractor Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall (TWBN), the designer Mott MacDonald, and specialist contractor Keller, have installed 2,000 interlocking jet columns to enable safe tunnelling in the challenging ground conditions of water-bearing find sands overlaying London clay. read more

Skanska sells office project in Prague, Czech Republic
27.10.2014 Skanska Property Czech Republic sells its office development Riverview in Prague, Czech Republic, to a fund managed by the global investment manager, Invesco Real Estate. The value of the transaction amounts to EUR 20 M, about SEK 184 M. The sale will be recorded in the fourth quarter 2014 and hand-over of the property is scheduled for the second quarter 2015. The building, situated in an evolving business district of Prague 5, Smichov, offers approximately 7,000 square meters of leasable office space out of which 90 percent is leased to a pharmaceutical company MSD. read more

Fluor and Technip awarded RAPID Refinery facilities project in Malaysia
24.10.2014 Texas-Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR), in a joint venture with Technip, was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract by PRPC Utilities and Facilities Sdn. Bhd. for the PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project located in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia. read more

Marie-Claude Dumas named Executive Vice-President, Hydro, Power, SNC-Lavalin
24.10.2014 SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has named Marie-Claude Dumas Executive Vice-President, Hydro, for the Company's Power group, effective immediately. Based in Montreal and reporting to Alexander (Sandy) Taylor, President, Power, Ms. Dumas will be responsible for growing the Hydro business to meet the needs of its customers in Canada and key international markets. read more

Bechtel begins construction on expanded Canadian liquefied natural gas facility
22.10.2014 Bechtel started construction at the Tilbury Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in British Columbia. FortisBC, the owner and operator of the facility, awarded Bechtel an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to expand its Tilbury facility, which will include a new 1-billion-cubic-foot full-containment LNG storage tank. The company also is responsible for the startup and commissioning of the new liquefaction facility. read more

Aecon awarded approximately $275 million in mining and energy contracts
22.10.2014 Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) has been awarded approximately $275 million in mining and energy contracts for K+S Potash Canada for work on their Legacy mining project in Saskatchewan, and for North West Redwater (NWR) Partnership for work on the NWR Sturgeon Refinery project in Alberta. read more

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