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Fast striking and easy climbing with the MAXIMO Shaft Corner
19.03.2018 For realization of the Hexagon Headquarters in Calgary, reducing labour costs and execution times as well as minimizing the usage of the cranes for faster forming operations, was the main focus of attention for the construction company. By combining MAXIMO Panel Formwork with CB Climbing Units, not only could the required, high-quality concrete surfaces be achieved along with maintaining the tight schedule, but also ensured high safety and productivity levels of site personnel. Novatel, a subsidiary of Hexagon, is one of the leading providers read more

Nigeria's new residential paradise on the Atlantic shoreline
19.03.2018 In the Marina district of Eko Atlantic City in the heart of Nigeria's business capital Lagos, the Azuri Peninsula is one of the most ambitious and spectacular residential construction projects in all of Africa. Doka is supplying the automatic climbing formwork systems and the technical expertise for three residential towers on this project. The name Azuri comes from the two words "zuri" (Swahili for beautiful) and "azure" (the shining blue of the sea). Azuri Peninsula is part of the holistic plan of the Eko Atlantic City in which we should expect over the coming years, read more

High performance thermoplastic honeycombs for composites
19.03.2018 EconCore is extending the capabilities of its innovative ThermHex technology for production of high-performance lightweight thermoplastic honeycomb core materials and sandwich panels. The company, which already licenses the technology for production of polypropylene honeycombs, is now able to produce honeycombs from high performance thermoplastics (HPT). A further development enables the integrated production of Organosandwich preforms with continuous fibre-reinforced skins. read more

Smarter roll-out of electricity grids
19.03.2018 The integration of increasing shares of renewable energy into electricity grids is getting easier and cheaper. Smart grids, demand response, flexible wind turbines and storage are helping to do this. But we need to upgrade and expand the grid to secure the significant cost savings that an interconnected power market could offer. If renewables are to meet 35% of Europe's energy needs by 2030, then investments in electricity grids need to be more strategic. To deliver an adequate grid in Europe and further reduce system costs, read more

New fine dust sensor to monitor indoor climate
19.03.2018 In January 2018, the Siemens Building Technologies Division introduced a new fine dust sensor for buildings, rounding out its product offering for a healthy indoor climate. The sensor can be used to monitor and visualize particle pollution and is easy to integrate into building management systems. When the sensor module needs to be replaced, the device alerts users either on the display itself or, on models without a display, through an LED light. The new fine dust sensor is based on laser technology and measures the particle pollution of the air in two categories: read more

Northwoods Single 7-inch Straight Edge Perfection Shingles
19.03.2018 Introducing Northwoods Single 7-inch Straight Edge Perfection Shingles, CertainTeed's newest profile, a striking addition to the existing line of shakes and shingles from one of North America's leading brands of building materials. Perfection shingles provide a smoother, more precise siding option for homeowners seeking more contemporary curb appeal. While all profiles in the Northwoods line feature a deep, rough texture to look like hand-split cedar, the new Straight Edge Perfection Shingles offer cleaner, crisper edges and more uniform shingles read more

New Leica DISTO X-series combines innovation with extreme robustness
04.03.2018 Leica Geosystems announced the new Leica DISTO X3 and X4, the latest distance metres for construction sites. The new laser distance meters withstands drop tests from a height of 2 metres, are dust- and water-protected (IP 65) and therefore suitable for rugged job site conditions. Thanks to the extension possibilities with the Leica DST 360 adapter for Point-to-Point (P2P) measurements and the new DISTO Plan app, offer the highest level of flexibility and functionality. "This trio of products – the Leica DISTO X-series, Leica DST 360 adapter and DISTO Plan app – is revolutionary, read more

Works "big" in a small space: New GearKlamp GK for exciting possibilities
04.03.2018 BESSEY is introducing a first of its kind in the world with the GearKlamp GK: the clamp that conveniently masters clamping applications in a perfect way – even in the tightest spaces. This is made possible by a patent pending mechanism that allows the separation of the handle from the spindle and to position it around the rail. For example, the compact BESSEY GearKlamp GK can be skillfully used even in places that were previously difficult or impossible for clamping tools to access. With the GearKlamp GK, BESSEY once again demonstrates read more

One-Stop Service Provider for Tank Farm Foundation
04.03.2018 At StocExpo Europe, the largest international event for the tank terminal industry, taking place from March 20 – 22, Keller EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America), a division of Keller Group plc, will present a comprehensive overview of the company's expertise as a versatile and proven geotechnical solution provider for everything to do with tank farm foundations at booth J25. In addition Bertrand Stoehr, Senior Key Accounts and Major Projects Manager at Keller Holding, will talk about "How to improve tank foundations" read more

exhibitions and other events

In 2019, for the first time BAU will cover a surface of 200.000 m²
19.03.2018 The construction of the new exhibition halls C5 and C6 will increase the exhibition space of BAU to 200,000 square metres. BAU 2019, which will take place from 14 to 19 January 2019 at the Munich Fairgrounds, will thus use the full potential of Messe München's capacity. It is the biggest BAU since its beginnings in 1964. As always, the halls are organised according to materials, products and themes. The two new halls bring about some changes in the hall structure. Structural changes in halls A5 and A6 have an impact on the floor covering, effecting the area of row A. The layout in halls A1 to A4 will correspond to the one at BAU 2017. read more

Africa’s leading industry trade fair shortly before its start
05.03.2018 The countdown has begun: bauma CONEXPO AFRICA opens its doors for the third time in one week. The largest trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles in Africa continues to attract international participation, highlighted by four new joint pavilions and exhibiting companies from all over the world. bauma CONEXPO AFRICA will take place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from March 13 to 16, 2018. read more

Chillventa Award goes into its second round
28.02.2018 Following the successful premiere of the Chillventa Award in 2016, NürnbergMesse and publishing house Bauverlag have every reason to host the high-calibre competition again and present the award at an official ceremony at Chillventa in October. The award recognises unique projects by teams of experts in the four categories commercial refrigeration, industrial refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps. The sending out of the application documents now marks the official start of the Chillventa Award 2018. Chillventa is more than "just" an internationally established and renowned trade fair. read more

"Cleaner construction practices are vital to tackle toxic air," former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment urges at EHS 2018
09.02.2018 As the 2018 Executive Hire Show (EHS) takes place in Coventry, Matthew Pencharz, the former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and current director of Off Grid Energy, is addressing why it is integral for building sites to manage cleaner, renewable energy on-site in the UK. read more

industry news

Tottenham Hotspur selects Schneider Electric as Stadium Energy Management Supplier
19.03.2018 Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has secured a long-term supplier contract with Tottenham Hotspur ('Spurs') to become the Official Stadium Management Supplier to the Club's new state-of-the-art stadium in North London. read more

Rijkswaterstaat awards Afsluitdijk project to Levvel consortium
19.03.2018 Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands) has awarded the Afsluitdijk project to the Levvel consortium. This joint venture is formed by Van Oord Aberdeen Infrastructure Partners B.V. (46%), BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Coöperatie U.A. (46%) and RebelValley B.V. (8%). Levvel will be responsible for design, build, finance and 25 years maintenance of the strengthened Afsluitdijk. Construction works are expected to start in the autumn of 2018. read more

Vinci and Hochtief to design and build Metro Line in Copenhagen
15.03.2018 Vinci and Hochtief, in a joint venture, have been awarded the design and build contract for Sydhavn Metro Line (Line 4) in Copenhagen. The client Metroselskabet has awarded the contract to an equal-parts joint venture consisting of Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Hochtief Infrastructure. Hochtief will be the technical leader of the joint venture. The €460 million contract was signed on February 28, 2018 in Copenhagen. This design and build project for the southern metro line is a six-year mandate that calls for the construction of dual 4.4-kilometer tunnels using two earth-pressure tunnel boring machines (TBM) read more

Hexagon acquires AGTEK, a leading software solutions provider to the civil construction industry
15.03.2018 Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technology solutions, announced today the acquisition of AGTEK, a leading US based software company specialising in planning and productivity solutions for the heavy civil construction industry. read more

London City Airport awards BAM Nuttall with major contract for concrete deck extension
28.02.2018 London City Airport has awarded a contract to BAM Nuttall for a new 75,000 m² concrete deck extension. The deck is an important first stage of construction, as part of the £480m City Airport Development Programme, supporting new infrastructure including aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and a world-class passenger terminal extension. The Development Programme will significantly change London City Airport, with improved facilities for customers, an expanded offer of flights, and greater space to accommodate increasing passengers, enabling annual passengers to grow from the current 4.5 million to 6.5 million. read more

Hochtief increased net profit by 31% in 2017
26.02.2018 In 2017 Hochtief has further enhanced its balance sheet strength and significantly increased cash flow, sales and profits. "Generating value is in our DNA. Since the beginning of our transformation in 2013, we have succeeded in delivering dynamic and consistent value growth in our global business. 2017 was again a very successful year for the Group", said CEO Marcelino Fernández Verdes. "We will continue our active and disciplined capital allocation policy." read more

Vinci Construction to build major new motorway connection in Auckland, New Zealand
26.02.2018 Vinci Construction subsidiary HEB Construction, has been chosen as part of an alliance contract(1) to build the Northern Corridor Improvements Project (NCI Project). With a total value of $700 million New-Zealand dollars (around €415 million), the contract aims at creating a new connection north of Auckland between the Northern Motorway (State Highway 1) read more

CIMIC's UGL awarded Tailem Bend Solar Farm project
16.02.2018 CIMIC Group company UGL has been awarded contracts by Equis Energy to build and maintain the Tailem Bend 127MWDC Solar Farm in South Australia. read more

BAM PGGM-HABAU consortium reaches financial close on Availability Model A10 / A24 Neuruppin to Pankow in Germany
16.02.2018 The consortium consisting of BAM-PGGM and HABAU has reached financial close on the Availability Model A10 / A24 AS Neuruppin to AD Pankow in Germany. The construction volume is €650 million. The project will include the design, build, finance, maintain and operate contract which comprises the widening of the A10 to six lanes for a length of 29.6 km of motorway and the complete reconstruction of the A24 with four lanes plus an extended hard shoulder for a length of 29.2 km. In addition to the motorway the construction scope of works also includes several bridges (27 replacement constructions, 10 new constructions, 2 demolitions), noise protection walls, traffic sign bridges, traffic management installation, interchanges, rest areas and secondary/agricultural roads. read more

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