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Hard Rock Hotel – livin’ like the rock stars
11.11.2018 Symbolic by design, a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is under construction in Florida. It will be the world's first-ever guitar-shaped building. Formwork systems from Doka give the complex its unique contouring. The new Hard Rock Hotel will raise pulse rates among music fans everywhere. It will be the first-ever guitar-shaped building anywhere in the world. Standing 125 metres tall, looking like two guitars set back-to-back, the hotel will have 638 rooms. The motif is a favourite of Hard Rock Cafe International, Inc., but this is the first time the company has ventured to build read more

Next Generation 30-ton size class excavators from Caterpillar
11.11.2018 The Next Generation 30-ton size class excavators from Caterpillar — the 330 and 330 GC — increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and improve operator comfort compared to previous models. The new excavators offer unique combinations of features designed to match contractors' productivity and cost targets. Delivering high-production performance, the new Cat 330 features standard integrated Cat Connect technology and the most power and lift capacity of the two models. The result is maximum productivity at the lowest cost. read more

Updated John Deere E-Series Knuckleboom Loaders Improve Fuel Economy
10.11.2018 To better meet customer needs, John Deere is introducing its updated E-Series Knuckleboom Loaders. Already known for superior torque and durability, the updated 2019 337E and 437E models feature up to an eight percent boost in fuel economy, ensuring output is maximized and power is not sacrificed. "This update to our E-Series machines allows us to provide an even better solution to our customers, combining power with fuel economy, positively impacting their bottom lines," said Brandon O'Neal, product marketing manager, John Deere Construction and Forestry. read more

Rockfon ceilings in Salina Central High School
09.11.2018 Blending new construction with renovated areas, Rockfon ceiling systems helped improve acoustics throughout the 60,000-square-foot high school. Salina Central High School in Kansas celebrated the completion of its expansion and renovation project in March 2018. Originally constructed in 1952, the facility had not received many improvements through the decades. Maintaining the school's sense of history, DLR Group and Jones Gillam Renz Architects designed an updated and larger facility to provide more space and modern features to better serve its 1,000 students in grades 9-12. read more

Four Potain cranes build new police hospital in Peru
09.11.2018 The construction of the new Central Police Hospital in Lima, Peru, is underway with the help of four Potain tower cranes. Two MC 175 B and two MC 125 cranes are providing fast work at the job site lifting formwork, prefabricated blocks, and more to ensure the new hospital will be ready at the start of 2019. The new six-story building is being constructed in the same spot where the old hospital was demolished in the Jesus Maria district. The four Potain cranes were chosen by JJC & Dragados, the consortium managing the project, for their lift capacity and overall cost effectiveness. read more

Leading technology for quality control of solar wafers
09.11.2018 Meyer Burger Technology Ltd received the first order for its latest generation Wafer Inspection System, the WIS-08 shortly after launching the platform in the market. A leading PV manufacturer from China has ordered a total of 20 tools developed by Meyer Burger's subsidiary, Hennecke Systems GmbH, to ensure reliable quality control of solar wafers. Delivery of the equipment will start this year. With the WIS-08, presented for the first time at the international SNEC exhibition in Shanghai in June 2018, Meyer Burger again reinforced its technological and read more

Caterpillar Produces 40,000th Large Dozer
05.11.2018 The legacy of the Cat large dozer began a little more than 40 years ago with a revolutionary elevated sprocket and new undercarriage design that looked unlike any dozer of its day. The groundbreaking suspended undercarriage with high drive design conformed to the ground better than standard oval tracks, helping to improve machine traction, extend undercarriage life and enhance operator comfort. In october, representatives from Caterpillar Inc., finning Canada and Teck Resources Limited (Teck) gathered in East Peoria, Ill. to celebrate the milestone of the 40,000th read more

Signify "invisibly" illuminates China World Trade Center tower
28.10.2018 Signify announced that it has installed its architectural lighting into the façade of one of Beijing's tallest buildings, the China World Trade Center's (CWTC) Tower B. This latest high-profile city landmark, using Philips architectural LED lighting, illustrates the growing trend in China to make cities more attractive and livable using the latest connected lighting technologies. CWTC Tower B is a new hub for commerce and tourism in Beijing's Central Business District. The 300-meter-tall building is the latest addition to the CWTC, read more

New John Deere Mulching Head Shreds Wood in Minutes
28.10.2018 John Deere continues to provide best-in-class vegetation management with the addition of the MH60D mulching head to its Worksite Pro lineup. Designed to remove 8-inch (203-mm) trees and 12-inch (305-mm) stumps with ease, the MH60D model shreds underbrush and woody materials into beneficial mulch in minutes. Like all Worksite Pro attachments, this mulching head is optimized to work with John Deere skid steer loaders and compact track loaders, as well as most competitive models. read more

exhibitions and other events

BAU 2019: Special attractions for planners, architects and engineers
02.11.2018 BAU, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems covers the entire building industry and all its trades—that´s what makes it the most important sector gathering for all those involved in the world of planning and construction. And BAU 2019 has much to offer these professionals, not just at the booths of the exhibitors, but in a wide range of attractions specifically targeted to these groups. The forums program at BAU is primarily oriented towards architects and engineers. In each of the three forums at the show there are different themes each day, read more

01.11.2018 Nowadays, respect of the environment, the use of eco-friendly materials and occupational health take an important and significant place in our society. This is mainly due to the following problems that affect the world of underground space construction, during the 20th and 21th century, like the high rate of pollution, health risk of underground construction work (fatal injury, heavy manual labor) which lead to lots of human loss. In order to remove or at least reduce these, the ITA Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards includes the category "Safety initiative of the year". read more

bauma 2019: More exhibitors, more visitors, more opportunities
24.10.2018 Six months before the start of the world's leading trade fair for construction machinery, bauma, on April 8, 2019, Messe München can already announce a new record number of exhibitors: More than 3,500 exhibitors from 55 countries will be there—almost 100 more than in 2016. bauma PLUS allows even more companies to present their products and services. Virtual reality will bring the construction site into the trade fair hall. What is more, the 600, 000 visitor mark is ready to be passed. "The industry is booming, which is also reflected in the growth of bauma. read more

Record results at Expo Real 2018
10.10.2018 Things are looking good in the real estate sector. In the first half of 2018 the global real estate markets turned in their strongest performance since 2007. Nine months into 2018, transaction volumes for commercial property in Germany have reached 42 billion Euro, i.e. 8 percent up on the same period last year. Expo Real, Europe´s leading platform for property and investment, is reflecting this buoyant picture. "Expo Real 2018 is reflecting the boom in the property sector and has set a new record: 2,095 international companies, cities and regions exhibited here. read more

industry news

Züblin to build school centre in Nuremberg
12.11.2018 Ed. Züblin AG, a subsidiary of publicly listed European construction group Strabag SE, was awarded the contract to design and build the Bertolt Brecht School (BBS) in Nuremberg after a one-year tender procedure. The contract value amounts to € 108 million, with a project schedule from November 2018 to November 2021. The cooperative school centre consists of a Gymnasium, a Realschule and a Mittelschule. With its sports instruction, the BBS is a "Partner School for Competitive Sports" and was distinguished as an "Elite School for Sports" (German Olympic Sports Federation) and an "Elite School for Football" (German Football Association). read more

BAM reports adjusted pre-tax result of €93.6 million
08.11.2018 Rob van Wingerden, CEO of Royal BAM Group: 'The market trends of the first half year continued in the third quarter of 2018, in line with our expectations. Construction and Property is having a strong year especially due to its leading position in the Dutch residential property market. read more

Iberdrola and IKEA to promote sustainable mobility
06.11.2018 Iberdrola and IKEA have signed a cooperation agreement to promote sustainable mobility, under which the energy company will install over 50 e-vehicle charging stations and supply 100% renewable energy to the stores, logistics centres and corporate buildings of the decoration company in Spain in 2019. With the aim of improving the daily lives of a majority of people, IKEA will offer free electric vehicle charging to all its customers. The stores in Málaga, Badalona and Zaragoza will be the first to have this equipment. read more

Aecom awarded five-year project in Peru
02.11.2018 Aecom, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced that it has been awarded the Amazon Promotion of Best Social and Environmental Management Practices project from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) South America Regional office in Peru. The five-year contract award is worth up to US$23.5 million. read more

Atkins celebrates the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge
02.11.2018 The strategically important Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge has officially opened. The world's longest sea crossing will reduce freight and passenger travel time between the three cities to within an hour and play an important role in promoting the integration of the Greater Bay area. Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is undertaking multiple contracts with contractors for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and related projects. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and related projects in Hong Kong read more

Iberdrola inaugurates the first offshore wind farm one hundred per cent designed and operated by a Spanish company
30.10.2018 Iberdrola has officially cut the ribbon on Wikinger offshore wind farm, one of the company's most iconic power plants in the world, having invested over €1.4 billion. At the helm of the event were also the company 50 Hertz and authorities from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Wikinger is fully operational and its 350-Mw are connected to the German grid, supplying efficient renewable energy to 350,000 homes (representing some 20% of the energy demand of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern). This flow of clean energy will have a positive environmental impact since it displaces the emission of nearly 600,000 tons of CO2 per year. The Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán (pictured), celebrated the commissioning of this iconic facility for the company read more

Follow-on contracts awarded to Bilfinger in the North Sea
30.10.2018 Bilfinger has received follow-up orders from its contract partner, the Norwegian service company Aibel, that are to tie in with phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup oil field project. The overall scope of work includes the offshore hook-up, installation, and completion of the drilling and process platform as well as bridges connecting the various offshore installations of the field complex. In addition to the contracts currently awarded, Bilfinger has been assigned the task of exchanging the flare tip on the Riser Platform. This contract includes the development of the concept and methods, along with the execution of the work by industrial climbers. read more

UGL wins $180M power contract
29.10.2018 CIMIC Group company UGL has been awarded a contract with ElectraNet Pty Ltd to design, build and commission high voltage substations and transmission lines that will connect the Prominent Hill Mine to the South Australian electricity grid, continuing CIMIC Group's long-standing involvement with the mine. read more

ACS Group, award of the joint water pollution control plant effluent outfall tunnel project
29.10.2018 Group ACS has been announced as Apparent Low Bidder for the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant Effluent Outfall Tunnel Project for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in California. The Project value is above $630M. read more

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