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New Cat 735C, 740C EJ, and 745C articulated trucks
19.03.2015 The new Cat 735C, 740C EJ, and 745C articulated trucks build on the proven performance, reliability and durability of their B Series predecessors with significant new features. These include engines that meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards, new transmissions with expanded electronic control, automatic traction control, automatic retarder control, hill assist and waiting brake systems, and an optional payload weighing system—all aimed at delivering lower costs per ton by reducing cycle times, saving fuel, read more

Tunnel formwork with record-breaking dimensions
19.03.2015 With a length of 144 m and a width approaching 23 m, the "Place des Martyrs" metro station boasts some very impressive dimensions. In addition, the entire 1.7 km long extension of the Algiers metro system runs under historic ground. For this project, an international team of PERI engineers designed economically optimized tunnel formwork solutions, tailored to meet the varying requirements. The northernmost, but also most central as well as closest-located point to the harbour area, of the extensive metro expansion measures is the "Place read more

New NorthGate SBS-modified asphalt shingle
19.03.2015 NorthGate, the newest designer asphalt roofing shingle offering manufactured by CertainTeed, boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability and a rich mixture of surface granules for added aesthetic depth and dimension. Currently available in the Northwest region of the U.S., NorthGate is designed to endure harsh, cold-weather elements affronting the roof. The new shingle's SBS composition allows it to remain flexible at temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit, making it easier to install in cold climates. Plus, spliter the two-piece laminated read more

Doka takes an Oscar
19.03.2015 Ahead of the awards for the best movies of the year just ended, trade and industry has staged a prestigious awards ceremony of its own. The US Business Oscar is awarded for outstanding achievement by companies active in the US market. This year, the coveted prize in the "Spectacular" category was carried back to Austria by the Doka Group. New York's 432 Park Avenue Tower, at 426 meters the highest residential building in the western hemisphere; a tunnel more than 1.1 km long underneath the Elizabeth River; the reconstruction of the read more

Range of hoists developed for cranes in corrosive environments
19.03.2015 Cranes play a crucial role in galvanising and finishing plants and Street Crane Company, the UK's largest factory crane and hoist manufacturer, has developed a range of modified hoists to address the corrosive environmental challenges. These are based on the ZX hoist platform, a modern wire rope unit that has proven exceptionally reliable in standard production environments that is now also available suitably upgraded for use in corrosive atmospheres. A significant potential problem for all equipment in galvanising shops is the presence of read more

Three new Demolition & Sorting Grapples
16.03.2015 Caterpillar Work Tools introduces three new Demolition & Sorting Grapples. The G310 GC, G313 GC and G315 GC Grapples are an addition to the current G300 Series bringing the customer the perfect blend of performance and a whole new level of value. The GC-series Grapples are modern yet straight forward in terms of material and technology minimizing owning and operating cost. The Cat G300 GC grapples are designed for hydraulic excavators with operating weights ranging from 10 to 19 metric tons and are purpose-built specifically to read more

New Generation 4 A19 GU24 LED lamps
16.03.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announced the launch of its new LED A19 9.5W GU24 and A19 11W HIGH CRI GU24 lamps. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new TITANIUM LED SERIES 4.0, the A19 9.5W GU24 and the A19 11W HIGH CRI GU24 lamps meet the new ENERGY STAR V1.1 requirements for standard A-lamps with an omnidirectional 300° beam angle and evenly distributed light intensity. Featuring a traditional A19 form factor, these dimmable lamps offer uniform light distribution while emitting 65% more lumens than what is required by read more

11 new ENERGY STAR qualified LED lamps
05.03.2015 Civilight North America announced that the LED lighting innovator now offers 11 new LED lamps that are listed on the ENERGY STAR list of qualified products; with 12 additional models pending approval. Offered in three series, Architectural, Professional and Commercial, Civilight's LED lamps push the boundaries of CRI and R9, while maintaining the efficacy and lifetime required for ENERGY STAR certification. "We are excited to continue adding more lamps to our ENERGY STAR qualified offerings for the North American market," read more

MSC reaps fuel efficiency gains with Jotuns Hull Performance Solutions
05.03.2015 Jotun Marine Coatings announced that Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) will apply Jotun's Hull Performance Solutions (HPS) on a number of existing and new vessels. With almost 500 vessels, MSC has one of the world's largest fleets of containerships. To help the company reduce bunkering fuel costs and associated CO2 emissions, MSC undertook a comprehensive programme to improve fuel efficiency in 2011. During this period, they worked in close cooperation with Jotun to evaluate hull performance and launch read more

exhibitions and other events

Stone+tec 2015: Expert knowledge at first hand
26.03.2015 The commitment and professional expertise of the fair's honorary sponsors have always made Stone+tec's supporting programme very special. This year too, the BIV (Association of German Stonemasons), DNV (German Natural Stone Association) and FFN (German Tile and Natural Stone Association) are providing extensive support to the industry gathering in Nuremberg and their involvement promises to deliver a supporting programme with practical relevance featuring familiar highlights and new content. Stone+tec, the International Trade Fair for Natural Stone and Stoneprocessing Technology, will open its doors from 13 to 16 May 2015 at the Nuremberg exhibition centre. read more

ThyssenKrupp acknowledged best mass transit system components manufacturer in Brazil
25.03.2015 With its large local manufacturing base, the company introduced the innovative fastest escalator in Brazil and provided mobility solutions for the country's major airports as well as to four of the 2014 World Cup stadiums. ThyssenKrupp was given the award for mobility equipment provided for Sao Paulo's metro and rail stations. read more

Five Flatiron projects earn Caltrans Partnering Excellence Awards
24.03.2015 Flatiron, one of the largest infrastructure contractors in North America, won five 2015 Excellence in Partnering Awards from the California Department of Transportation, including two gold awards, one silver award and two bronze awards. read more

Two young Ramboll engineers receive international talent award and honours
20.03.2015 Luca Cargnino has won the international talent award fib Achievement Award for Young Engineers, while Kåre Flindt Jørgensen was honoured with a "special mentioning". They were awarded for their stellar contributions on the Queensferry Crossing Bridge in Scotland and the Bella Sky Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark. Luca Cargnino and Kåre Flindt Jørgensen are only 27 and 34 years old. They are already experienced, ambitious engineers putting in an extraordinary effort that has made a splash internationally in the engineering consultancy industry. read more

industry news

Ramboll's Annual Report 2014 published
27.03.2015 The Nordic region's leading engineering company Ramboll, headquartered in Copenhagen, delivered solid growth and made some highly strategic acquisitions in 2014. read more

Mott MacDonald appointed to improve power network capacity, Zambia
27.03.2015 Mott MacDonald has been appointed as project managers by ZESCO to improve the capacity of transmission network infrastructure along the Kafue-Muzuma-Victoria Falls corridor in Zambia. The project includes upgrading the existing 220kV transmission line and constructing new or enhancing existing substations. read more

Swift Energy Company lease at Five Greenspoint Place, Houston, TX
25.03.2015 Hines, the international real estate firm, announced Swift Energy Company, an oil-and-gas exploration, development and acquisition company, has renewed its lease commitment to Greenspoint Place and will be relocating its headquarters from Two Greenspoint Place to Five Greenspoint Place at 17001 Northchase Drive, taking over 120,000 square feet including the top six floors. Swift Energy will move buildings during the second quarter of 2015. The 461,000-square-foot Five Greenspoint Place building was most recently the former headquarters of ExxonMobil and previously Anadarko. read more

Otis selected for landmark Hudson Yards development
25.03.2015 Otis has entered into a multimillion-dollar agreement with Related Companies to supply elevator and escalator units for the new Hudson Yards development in Manhattan's West Side. As part of its contract, the world's largest manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products will provide 73 units for 30 Hudson Yards, a 92-story, 2.6 million-square-foot tower that will be among the first to be constructed at the site. read more

Kone to equip multi-use development in Hefei, Anhui province in Eastern China
25.03.2015 Kone, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won an order to supply 64 elevators and escalators to Gaosu Binhu Time Square, a multi-use building in the city of Hefei, Anhui province in Eastern China. Gaosu Binhu Time Square is composed of two 54-floor and 41-floor towers standing at 238m and 180m and stretching to a total construction area of 230, 000 square meters. Due for completion in 2017, the building will integrate offices, a hotel and a shopping mall under one roof. Gaosu Binhu Time Square is built by Anhui Highway Real Estate Co, Ltd. read more

BAM chosen by Sheffield City Council for enhancing health and leisure facilities
24.03.2015 BAM Construction is to transform Graves Leisure Centre in Sheffield under a £16 million contract with Sheffield City Council. The Leeds-based contractor will build a range of swimming, fitness and medical facilities to complement the existing tennis centre. New amenities will include a 25m swimming pool, a smaller training pool, a gym and fitness suite, trampoline space, dance studios and X-ray and clinical examination rooms. BAM is finishing off a major new leisure centre in nearby Huddersfield – and an estimated 80 per cent of the supply chain by project value will come across to the Sheffield scheme. read more

Balfour Beatty appointed to new Southern Construction Framework
24.03.2015 Balfour Beatty has been appointed to the new Southern Construction Framework which will provide it with access to a share of a total of £800 million of construction work in the public sector in the South West. read more

FMC Technologies and Technip to launch Forsys Subsea
24.03.2015 FMC Technologies Inc. and Technip signed an agreement to form an exclusive alliance and to launch Forsys Subsea, a 50/50 joint venture that will unite the skills and capabilities of two subsea industry leaders. This alliance will redefine the way subsea fields are designed, delivered and maintained. read more

Fluor selected as project management contractor for OGPC project in Azerbaijan
23.03.2015 The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), as a result of the bidding process, awarded Fluor Limited (NYSE: FLR) a contract to provide project management contractor services for its new oil-gas processing and petrochemical complex (OGPC) in Azerbaijan. Fluor will book the contract for an undisclosed value in the first quarter of 2015. read more

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