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Siemens transforms buildings from passive to adaptive
21.02.2020 At this year's Light+Building trade fair, Siemens will showcase its vision for transforming today's passive buildings into learning and adaptive environments that intelligently interact with people. The company's focus at this year's show is "Building the future today", outlining the innovations that will make this possible. These include cloud-based technologies, digital planning, occupant-centric building automation and services. New solutions for smart electrical infrastructure that seamlessly connects to the Internet of Things (IoT) are also at the core of this transformation. read more

Saving energy use and costs in hotels
21.02.2020 The hotel industry faces the challenge to reduce its carbon emissions by 66% by 2030 and 90% by 2050 to stay within the 2˚C threshold agreed at COP21, a United Nations Climate Change initiative. Commissioned by Signify a study by Cundall shows that for mid-scale and luxury hotels, using Interact Hospitality can deliver significant energy savings without compromising on quality and guest comfort. This connected guest room management system allows for intuitive guest room management in a single dashboard. Compared to rooms with no smart controls read more

Powerful software for productive formwork planning in BIM
09.02.2020 Digitalisation and Construction 4.0 promise significant productivity gains for the construction industry and its complex planning processes and procedures. The use of building information modelling (BIM) in construction design is a key factor in these gains. BIM models are increasingly used as the basis for formwork planning. Doka is launching DokaCAD for Revit, its powerful software for automated formwork planning. Efficient formwork systems have a significant influence on the success of a shell construction project, which requires correct and reliable formwork planning read more

Demanding infrastructure project underway in Doha
09.02.2020 Adherence to deadlines, efficiency and completion without interrupting the flow of traffic are the requirements that are of paramount importance during the Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor infrastructure project. For the construction phase on Al Bustan Street South, PERI made use of the PD 8 shoring system and a combination of systems from the PERI UP Flex portfolio in addition to a tailor-made VARIOKIT solution with VST heavy-duty shoring towers. The customer has therefore taken full advantage of the opportunity to procure time-saving formwork and scaffolding systems from a single source. read more

John Deere's new rotary cutters
09.02.2020 John Deere updated its line of rotary cutter attachments with the new RX72 and RX84. These new models are designed for heavy-duty vegetation management applications, including property maintenance and right-of-way clearing. The rotary cutter attachments are compatible on large-frame skid steer and compact track loaders, such as the 330G through the 333G, and they are equipped with high-flow hydraulics and a severe-duty door. "These new attachments offer reliable solutions to landscapers, agricultural producers and municipal contractors that depend on read more

Virtual planning – faster implementation
09.02.2020 The experts at Doka created a virtual model based on building information modelling (BIM) for the construction of a reservoir in Vienna's 23rd district so that wall formwork and cycle times could be planned precisely. This reduced the on-site work and resources required by construction company HABAU. Each worker's formwork productivity doubled, with one casting section completed every three days. The "Gelbe Haide" project is the first BIM project that HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft has undertaken with Doka. The construction company was commissioned read more

Operator Titans Set to Clash at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
05.02.2020 The championship finals are set for the Global Operator Challenge, the largest global campaign in Caterpillar history. Nine Regional Champions from around the world will compete in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, for their quest to be named the best of the best and awarded Global Operator Challenge Champion. The finals will take place at the Cat Operator Stadium inside Caterpillar's Booth #F4455 in the new CONEXPO-CON/AGG outdoor Festival Grounds. Caterpillar launched the Global Operator Challenge to celebrate the operators who build our world, read more

Signify helps city of Davos in realizing its own Green Deal
30.01.2020 Signify is helping the city of Davos in achieving its sustainability goals as it's upgrading both Davos' streetlights as the lighting of the city's Congress Centre to high-quality energy-efficient LEDs. Recently Davos hosted business and political leaders from around the world during the World Economic Forum. "Signify is a regular participant in the World Economic Forum at the Congress Centre here in Davos for many years. That is why they came to us and helped us realize how much of an improvement the switch to LEDs would be," said Tarzisius Caviezel, Mayor of Davos. read more

Potain Igo T 85 A works on extension at Mona Museum in Tasmania
30.01.2020 Australian contractor Fairbrother chose a Potain Igo T 85 A self-erecting tower crane to help expand the Museum of New and Old Art (Mona) at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The crane was chosen for its flexibility and lifting capacity, as well as the close control of its movements. "The Potain Igo T 85 A balances the best of a mobile crane with the lifting abilities of a tower crane — it was compact enough to fit between existing buildings while providing up to 6 t in lifting capacity. Plus, from a cost perspective the Igo T 85A stacked up as the best option," read more

exhibitions and other events

bauma Conexpo Africa 2021: concept re-engineered
21.02.2020 bauma Conexpo Africa, Sub Saharan Africa's Leading Trade Fair for Construction, Building Material, Mining, Agriculture & Forestry Machines, Machinery and Vehicles will be back in South Africa in 2021 with a new look and an expanded focus, to deliver enhanced cross-sector growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa. Already the premier trade show for construction and mining machinery, bauma Conexpo Africa will now also feature agricultural and forestry equipment and machinery. read more

For even more circular economy in the construction sector
20.02.2020 Buildings and infrastructure are an important, man-made stockpile of raw materials. And—in line with climate and resource protection—this treasure needs to be uncovered and used. The environmental technology trade fair IFAT in Munich presents both challenges and opportunities arising on this path. A large exhibition sector will show the current technologies for even more circular economy in the construction sector. Construction rubble, road construction waste, construction site waste as well as soil and stones are the largest waste fractions in Germany. read more

Building fair Brno 2020: inner environment in buildings and green roofs
20.02.2020 Building Fair Brno and the DSB - Timber Construction Fair Brno will be held on 26 – 29 February 2020. Concurrently, the Brno Exhibition Centre will host the MOBITEX Furniture and Interior Design Fair. Visitors can expect not only new products and practical demonstrations in the field of construction and interior furnishing, but also advice and interesting lectures for trade visitors and general public or student competitions and demonstrations of work of apprentices of craft industries. The main topic of the Building Fair 2020 will Inner Environment in Buildings and Thermal Comfort. read more

GBE Learning: Launch of green building learning programme
14.02.2020 A Green building learning programme has been launched by GBE (Green Building Encyclopaedia) Learning A series of webinars, workshops and green building visits will start on March 6th 2020. read more

industry news

New Genoa Bridge’s tall piers completed in record time
24.02.2020 Workers celebrated the completion of the last of the 18 piers - giants of reinforced concrete each rising 40 metres into the air - that will support the new Genoa bridge. PerGenova, the joint-venture between Salini Impregilo and Fincantieri that is building the bridge, reached the milestone in record time, one of several to be met before delivering the project to the city. The completion of the last pier can be better understood when looking back at where it all started: the first foundation was started on June 24, 2019. read more

Falkland Islands Government announces BAM Nuttall as partner to develop new wharf
24.02.2020 The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has selected a development partner to design and build a new port in Stanley Harbour. After an extensive global procurement process, FIG has agreed BAM Nuttall Ltd as its development partner, subject to successful conclusion of contract. The aim is for the contract to be agreed and signed by the end of March 2020. read more

Iberdrola begins construction on its first photovoltaic plant in Aragon
21.02.2020 Iberdrola is moving forward with the process of leading the energy transition in Spain with the start of construction on its first photovoltaic plant in Aragon, with 50 MW of installed power, located in the municipality of Azaila, in Teruel province. The photovoltaic plant, consisting of 142,740 monocrystalline silicon cell photovoltaic modules with a fixed support structure, will generate up to 140 jobs during the peak of the construction phase. read more

Natural Power approved as a NYSERDA FlexTech consultant in New York
14.02.2020 Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has been approved by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as a FlexTech consultant to help businesses plan clean energy strategies. read more

Arcadis working with a large Dutch water authority to secure dikes and shores
14.02.2020 Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the leading global Design & Consultancy organization for natural and built assets, announced that it recently signed the Dike and Shore Works framework agreement with Hunze and Aa, a water board in The Netherlands. The agreement has a potential value of €36 million over the next four years. read more

SNC-Lavalin appoints Jeff Bell as Chief Financial Officer
14.02.2020 SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) announced the appointment of Jeff Bell as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective April 14, as part of an ongoing renewal process at the senior leadership level focused on supporting the execution of the Company's new strategic direction. read more

Vinci and ParisTech launch the lab recherche environnement
03.02.2020 Vinci and ParisTech are consolidating their partnership by setting up the lab recherche environnement. The science sponsorship partnership was initiated in 2008 with the Eco-Design Chair to expand research on the environmental performance of buildings and infrastructure. With the lab recherche environnement, the partnership is now entering a new phase, stepping up its work and aiming to increase the connections between science and industry. Vinci is providing €5 million in funding for the Fondation ParisTech foundation until 2023 to enable it to expand its research programmes. In addition, read more

Iberdrola commissions the El Pradillo wind farm
03.02.2020 Iberdrola is moving forward with its process to lead the energy transition with the launch of a new renewable project, the El Pradillo wind farm (23 MW), located between the Zaragoza towns of Frescano, Borja and Agón, in Aragón. Comprising 6 SG 3.4-132 wind turbines, with 3.4 MW power units, and 1 SG 2.1-114 wind turbine, rated at 2.1 MW, its construction has had an important stimulating effect on the local industrial fabric, since a good number of the elements in the wind turbines have been manufactured in Spain, in facilities in Zaragoza, Soria, Burgos, Navarra, Cantabria and Asturias. read more

The tunnel boring machines digging Line 14 South and Line 15 South in the Grand Paris Express programme have crossed paths
24.01.2020 Allison, the tunnel boring machine being used to extend the Paris metro Line 14 South, has successfully crossed over the future Line 15 South at the site of the future Villejuif Institut Gustave Roussy station, connecting the two lines. read more

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