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Caterpillar releases new utility compactors with rental in mind
12.11.2017 Customers expect Cat Paving Products to offer machines and services that help them become more efficient and profitable. These new models do just that by making them easy to operate, simple to transport, and quick to service. The new CB2.5, CB2.7, CB2.9, and CC2.6 utilize a weight based nomenclature that signifies its standard operating weight in metric tonnes, making it easy for customers to choose the machine that best fits their needs. These new models provide excellent versatility in the 2.5 mt to 2.9 mt size class. read more

BESSEY launches the next generation of the K Body REVO parallel clamp
12.11.2017 The well-established K Body REVO parallel clamp from BESSEY has been refreshed with added power and safety features. It clamps and expands workpieces with fragile surfaces in a powerful yet gentle manner. The range of sophisticated accessories ensures that there is a suitable solution for almost every application. With up to 8,000 N of clamping force, the new K Body REVO parallel clamp has a powerful grip thanks to its metal-reinforced plastic housing and optimised sliding arm. The double slide protection holds the clamp reliably read more

Underwater tunnel connects the banks of the Göta älv river
12.11.2017 One of the most interesting tunnels in Scandinavia, the Marieholm Tunnel, is currently being realized in the city of Gothenburg. In future, the 306 m long underground connection will ensure that the river Göta älv can be quickly crossed using the available six vehicle lanes. The structure is being constructed in the form of an immersed tunnel: three tunnel sections, each measuring more than 100 m long, are being produced in a dry dock with the help of a PERI VARIOKIT Tunnel Formwork Carriage and will subsequently be submerged in a trench excavated on the riverbed. read more

New light on North and South Block of Central Secretariat in New Delhi
12.11.2017 Philips Lighting announced the illumination of North and South Block of the Central Secretariat building in New Delhi using Philips dynamic façade lighting. These iconic buildings house the Cabinet Secretariat, which administers the Government of India and are an integral part of India's historical and political heritage. The buildings were built in 1931 and are home to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Ministries of Defence, Finance, Home Affairs and External Affairs of the Cabinet of India. Situated on Raisina Hill, read more

Acoustical Plenum Barriers: What helps block sound transfer best?
12.11.2017 (This is the second article in a three-part series on using acoustical plenum barriers for sound privacy.) Why can't I use the ceiling to block sound through the plenum? The short answer is because suspended, acoustic ceilings are for sound absorption. They are not good at blocking sound transfer. They are very porous and lightweight. Compare a sheet of gypsum board (drywall) used in partitions to a ceiling panel. The gypsum board is much heavier. We paint walls, sealing up any pores. Partitions are constructed of at least two, and sometimes up to four, layers of gypsum board. The ceiling panel is just no match. read more

Grove RT550E takes on challenging rooftop lifts in Hong Kong
12.11.2017 The Yuen Long MTR station in Hong Kong is undergoing a series of improvements which include upgrading vehicular access to the site. On the job is a Grove RT550E rough-terrain crane, which Yee Hop Engineering Co. Ltd., has positioned on the station roof to hoist up construction materials including steel bars and cement with loads weighing up to 14 t. "The RT550E is ideal for delicate lifting operations on the station roof because of its relatively low gross vehicle weight of 28, 500 kg and excellent stability," said a spokesman for Yee Hop Engineering. read more

Passive House buildings open to public
05.11.2017 Passive House buildings are particularly efficient buildings and are always a theme in any discussion relating to energy efficiency. What this building standard specifically entails can be experienced first-hand by everyone during the International Passive House Open Days in November. How low are the heating costs in a Passive House? And what does better living comfort feel like? From 10 - 12 November 2017, residents of Passive House buildings throughout the world will open their doors to the public. A list of buildings that are open for viewing can be found on the Internet. read more

Osram to bathe St. Peter's Basilica in LED light
05.11.2017 Osram and the Technical Services Department of the office of the Vatican City State Governor are combining to undertake the new lighting program for St Peter's Basilica. Saint Peter's is the largest church in the world and the center of Catholicism. The Governorate of the Vatican City State and the office of the Fabric of Saint Peter have chosen Osram LED technology to renew the interior lighting of the Basilica. The new lighting will illuminate the interior in all its magnificence, power and architectural complexity. These innovative LED fittings will create a unique experience, read more

Sedgeley Club Boathouse to receive a full siding renovation
05.11.2017 One of Philadelphia's most recognizable buildings is getting a facelift, thanks to a partnership between the Friends of Historic Sedgeley and CertainTeed, a Pennsylvania-based company and North America's leading brand of building materials. This fall, the historic Sedgeley Club Boathouse, featuring Turtle Rock Lighthouse on the east bank of scenic Schuylkill River Boathouse Row, will receive a full siding renovation using CertainTeed's Cedar Impressions Polymer Shingle Siding. The polymer shingles were unanimously approved in August by read more

exhibitions and other events

Fenestration Bau China celebrates successful premiere
13.11.2017 The inaugural Fenestration Bau China (FBC) celebrated a successful premiere. 625 national and international exhibitors (2016: 580) presented their latest technologies and solutions for the Chinese construction market on an exhibition area of over 48,500 square meters net space (2016: 44,000 square meters net). As with BAU in Munich, Germany, the integration of new segments considerably increased the already high quality of the event. This was also acknowledged by the many trade visitors to the fair. The event experience was rounded off with BAU Congress China and a diverse, informative supporting program. read more

Urban SOS® 2017 finalists were announced
10.11.2017 AECOM and Van Alen Institute, with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, announced four finalists for Urban SOS 2017: hOUR City, a global student ideas competition that challenged multidisciplinary teams to connect more people in regions around the world to the opportunities found in contemporary cities. An "hour city" radius — the distance people can travel in one hour — has historically defined the boundary of a city. However, with the forces of globalization and dramatic geographic, social and economic shifts affecting cities everywhere, the time has come to imagine new ways to connect people in suburban, rural and isolated urban communities. read more

bauma CTT RUSSIA 2018: Positive Market Signals for Russia's Most Important Trade Fair for Construction Equipment and Technologies
24.10.2017 The international construction equipment and construction engineering industries will meet in Moscow from June 5 to 8, 2018. The Russian metropolis will be the venue of bauma CTT RUSSIA 2018. This is the new name of the annual trade fair CTT taking place since the year 2000. Its orientation remains the same; the event focuses especially on the markets of the entire Eastern European region in addition to the host country Russia. The economic indicators are promising for the new edition at the exhibition center Crocus Expo IEC next year. read more

industry news

UK Infrastructure: Digital growth opportunities could stall without greater appetite for risk
10.11.2017 A new report by design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, has found that a risk adverse culture within the infrastructure sector and a lack of certainty about which new technologies to invest in could cost the UK millions of pounds in efficiency savings and restrict the ability of its businesses to capitalise on the global digital revolution. read more

Network Rail awards contracts to two alliances
31.10.2017 Network Rail has awarded contracts to two Alliances ahead of future rail enhancements on the Transpennine Route between York and Manchester. The Transpennine Route Upgrade aims to deliver faster, longer, more frequent and more reliable services across the north of England, from Newcastle, Hull and York towards Manchester and Liverpool via Leeds. An alliance between Network Rail, Amey, BAM Nuttall and Arup has been awarded a contract to design infrastructure options for the route, covering upgrades to civils, track, railway systems and electrification West of Leeds. read more

Construction technology company, Multivista, announces UK expansion to London
17.10.2017 Multivista, a leading global provider of visual documentation services for construction and estate management, announced today the opening of a European Head Office in London, United Kingdom. The move will bring Multivista's full­service construction documentation offerings to the London market and provide support for new franchise partners throughout Europe and other international territories. "It's exciting to introduce our services and software to one of the world's great cities, " says Jason Weaver, Managing Principal for the European Head Office. "We're looking forward to getting boots on the ground and working with clients to help gain efficiencies with their project teams." read more

Vinci reports record traffic during the summer season
16.10.2017 In the third quarter of 2017, traffic across platforms managed by Vinci Airports increased 12.2% compared to Q3 2016, with a total of 42.3 million passengers handled in the network airports. In Portugal, the country's airports reported their best ever summer season by a wide margin, with 16.6 million passengers between July and September, up 14.7% on 2016. This growth notably reflects the good performance of Portugal's national airline TAP, which stepped up its expansion by opening new routes to Africa and the United Kingdom, and the recovery of traffic with Brazil. The low-cost carriers also turned in a good season, with high load factors as the country remains a sought-after destination for European tourists. read more

Vinci subsidiary to build an oil pipeline in Canada
10.10.2017 Trans Mountain Pipeline L.P. (TMP) has awarded a contract to the joint venture formed by Spiecapag Canada Corp, a subsidiary of Vinci, and Macro Enterprise Inc., to build the Spread 5B section of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) in Canada. read more

BAM wins contract for Infinity housing, office and retail scheme in Luxembourg
09.10.2017 BAM has been awarded the contract for the structural works (excluding façade and finishing) of the Infinity housing, office and retail scheme in Luxembourg. The client is real estate developer Immobel. The project will be delivered by BAM's Walloon subsidiary BAM Galère with its Luxembourg subsidiary BAM Lux in joint venture with Cegelec (mechanical and electrical contracting). The joint venture will start construction of the offices in October 2017. The scheme is due to be completed mid-2020 for the residential building. read more

CIMIC's UGL awarded Bannerton Solar Park contract
05.10.2017 CIMIC Group company, UGL has been awarded a contract by Foresight Solar Australia to design and build stage one of the Bannerton 110MWDC Solar Park, near Robinvale in Victoria. The contract will generate revenue to UGL of approximately $133 million, over a three-year term. read more

Pöyry has signed the Tallinn e-energy declaration with the aim of digitising the energy market further
29.09.2017 Pöyry together with all of the 28 Member States of the European Union, Norway and 13 energy specialised associations and companies have signed the Tallinn e-energy declaration. The declaration is the first comprehensive agreement of goodwill in the world that unites the development of energy and information technology. read more

Atkins and Tokamak Energy join forces to plan for next fusion reactor
29.09.2017 Tokamak Energy has engaged Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, to help establish the costs, concept design and timeline for the first ever fusion facility to generate more energy than it consumes. This is the first stage of a partnership that should evolve to deliver a fusion device to put energy into the grid. read more

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