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New Cat E2 Series Mini Hydraulic Excavators
16.10.2014 Three compact radius Cat E2 Series Mini Hydraulic Excavators— The 305E2, 305.5E2 and 308E2 will be produced at Caterpillar's new 78,968 square metre facility in Athens, Georgia, USA and will also use the new High Definition Hydraulic system. The E2 models are designed to carry on the solid performance of their E Series predecessor, while adding even greater value for the customer. For example, the new High Definition Hydraulic (HDH) System in the E2 machines provides a load sensing and flow sharing read more

Integrated Cat Grade Control technology
16.10.2014 Cat Grade Control Depth and Slope, a Cat Connect Grade technology, is now standard on Cat 323E L (N) hydraulic excavators sold in Europe with the 2.9 meter stick and standard reach boom. This 2D system is integrated into the machine's standard monitor and indicates real-time positioning and cut-and-fill information to assist operators with efficiently and accurately achieving consistent depth and slope grades without guesswork. This results in faster times to complete work with fewer passes, increased fuel savings, read more

Komatsu's HM300-5 articulated dump truck
13.10.2014 Komatsu America introduced its HM300-5 articulated dump truck. The HM300 Tier 4 Final was exhibited earlier this year at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014. Featuring a net 242 kW, the HM300-5 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 engine that is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu's Tier 4 Final engines are built on the solid foundation inaugurated in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu's Tier 1 engines. This new articulated dump truck leverages Komatsu's leadership in technology and innovation by read more

Fire protection up to 120 minutes
13.10.2014 PAROC fire protection solutions for pipe penetrations provide with fire resistance up to 120 minutes. Maintenance-free, long-term solution, tested according to harmonised European standard EN 1366-3, is suitable for combustible and non-combustible pipes. The solution is based on one product: PAROC Hvac Section AluCoat T, which is not only approved for pipe penetrations, but is also an excellent thermal insulation product, suitable for both hot and cold pipes. It has an AluCoat facing which works read more

Highest concrete bridge pier in the world with PERI formwork
13.10.2014 In the north of the Turkish metropolis, the third and largest bridge is currently being built across the Bosphorus. The suspension bridge is supported by two A-shaped pylons and reaches a height of around 330 m thus making it one of the highest in the world. The construction of the upper area of the two piers is being carried out in 21 concreting sections, each 4.60 m. The unique shape of the reinforced concrete pylons and the complexity of the mounted parts has required a very flexible planning read more

Osram presents its largest LED lamp portfolio
10.10.2014 Osram presents its largest portfolio of LED lamps, making digital light available for everyone. In terms of technology, the 90 lamp types are based on a platform strategy. This ensures a uniform design appearance and that technological enhancements are rapidly passed on to customers. Production in close proximity to the market also means quick availability. "Even more customers are upgrading to LED," stated Geert van der Meer, Head of the LED Lamps and Systems business unit at Osram. "We help them make their read more

Grove GMK6300L makes light work of tight squeeze in London
10.10.2014 UK-based City Lifting has completed its first job with its new Grove GMK6300L, which arrived in September. The 300 t capacity all-terrain crane carefully maneuvered into a tight, downtown job site in London, UK, to perform a series of lifts that few other cranes could have completed without rigging a fly jib. The job was at Great Ormond Street Hospital, a world-renowned center of excellence for child healthcare, where five air handling units had to be installed on the roof of a nine-story building. Each unit read more

High above the clouds
10.10.2014 New skyscraper currently under construction in the heart of New York. 432 Park Avenue to become tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. Two thirds of the overall building height of 426 m reached thus far. Construction is precisely on schedule, not least thanks to the high-performing Doka formwork systems. A new residential building intended to best all others is under way in Manhattan, one of the centres of highrise structures in the US. 432 Park Avenue Tower is located in close proximity read more

Europe’s installed wind capacity will increase 64% by 2020
10.10.2014 Wind turbine installations in the European Union will increase 64% by 2020 compared to 2013 levels, according to data compiled by the European Wind Energy Association. A protracted economic crisis in Europe since 2009 and regulatory instability in a number of key European markets has contributed to EWEA's new scenario for 2020. EU member states will reach a combined 192.4GW of installed capacity by the end of the decade with offshore installations accounting for 23.5GW of the total. This will mean investments read more

exhibitions and other events

Ever wondered how the buildings of the future will be built?¶
22.10.2014 On 27 October at The Verge Conference in San Francisco, Matthew Braun from Balfour Beatty Construction U.S. will present his experiences of creating one of the USA's greenest buildings - the modernisation of the Edith Green Wendall Wyatt federal building in Portland, Oregon. read more

MCA honors the iridescent, metal-clad Institutional Project with the 2014 Chairman's Award
21.10.2014 The Valspar Corporation was honored with the Metal Construction Association (MCA) 2014 Chairman's Award in the Institutional project category for its contribution to Florida's Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral's color-changing, metal-clad exterior. The Port's new, shimmering, iridescent welcome center showcases the first use of Valspar's new Kameleon(TM) Color mica coating as spray-applied to Firestone Metal Products' UNA-CLAD(TM) metal wall panels by Linetec, one the nation's largest finishers of architectural aluminum. read more

BAU forums set out the future of architecture and urban planning
20.10.2014 The job of planning and building is becomingever more complex and ever more demanding. Globalization, digitalization, demographic change, urbanization, dwindling resources, clean energy and the need to conserve energy and resources – the challenges facing the building sector are so diverse that they can only be mastered through cooperation between all those involved and through the use of new materials and technologies. So what does the future of building look like? How are architects and planners tackling these problems? read more

Aecon hosts inaugural Safety Week
09.10.2014 For the past nine years Aecon, Canada's largest publicly traded construction company, has celebrated Safety Day at every office location and project site across Canada. In honour of its 10th anniversary and in recognition of the company's ongoing commitment to safety and "Safety First" core value, Aecon hosted its inaugural Safety Week from Monday, September 29 to Friday, October 3. read more

industry news

Bechtel begins construction on expanded Canadian liquefied natural gas facility
22.10.2014 Bechtel started construction at the Tilbury Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in British Columbia. FortisBC, the owner and operator of the facility, awarded Bechtel an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to expand its Tilbury facility, which will include a new 1-billion-cubic-foot full-containment LNG storage tank. The company also is responsible for the startup and commissioning of the new liquefaction facility. read more

Aecon awarded approximately $275 million in mining and energy contracts
22.10.2014 Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) has been awarded approximately $275 million in mining and energy contracts for K+S Potash Canada for work on their Legacy mining project in Saskatchewan, and for North West Redwater (NWR) Partnership for work on the NWR Sturgeon Refinery project in Alberta. read more

Savills announces new Head of France
22.10.2014 International real estate advisor Savills has announced that Will Woodhead is to take on the role as head of its French office in Paris. Will joins Savills from Balzac Real Estate Investment Management, a business he set up in 2007 as an asset and transaction advisory platform for overseas investors in France. read more

ThyssenKrupp wins follow-up order for cement plant in Saudi Arabia
22.10.2014 ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, the ThyssenKrupp Group's plant engineering specialist, has received an order from Al Sawfa Cement Company, Saudi Arabia, to build a complete cement production line. The order is worth around €100 million. read more

Salini Impregilo to complete works to Copenhagen's Cityringen Metro
22.10.2014 Salini-Impregilo, through the wholly controlled Copenhagen Metro Team (CMT), has signed a Supplementary Agreement with Metroselskabet I/S for the award of supplementary works worth about €240 million to complete the Cityringen project, Copenhagen's new metro line. read more

Hochtief sells offshore assets to Belgian marine contractor GeoSea
22.10.2014 Hochtief, the German building group controlled by Spain's ACS, is selling its offshore assets to marine contractor and long-term partner GeoSea, a subsidiary of the DEME group. The Belgian company, which has decades of success in marine engineering, is acquiring all of Hochtief's jack-up vessels and work pontoons, including full ownership of the heavy-lift jack-up vessel 'Innovation', one of the largest jack-up vessels in the marine construction industry. read more

BAM Construction to begin work on Burton & South Derbyshire University Technical College
21.10.2014 BAM Construction is to build an £8.6 million University Technical College in the East Midlands. The contractor, which has offices in Derby, will deliver the Burton and South Derbyshire UTC (BSD UTC) with the refurbishment of an annexe at Burton Town Hall, in addition to the construction of a new building on adjacent land. The BSD UTC is sponsored by Burton and South Derbyshire College and Coventry University, as well as key employers: Nestle, Royal Derby Hospital, Queen's Hospital Burton, St. George's Park and FA Learning. read more

Skanska constructs new healthcare building in Uppsala, Sweden
21.10.2014 Skanska has signed a contract with Uppsala County for construction of a new healthcare building at the Uppsala University Hospital. The contract is worth SEK 1.2 billion, which will be included in order bookings for Skanska Sweden for the fourth quarter in 2014. The new building, with a total area of 59, 500 square meters, will strengthen the Uppsala University Hospital and meet the needs of a growing population. It creates new facilities for advanced healthcare and treatment activities in oncology, radiotherapy and surgery. read more

Ramboll to help implement Guelph district energy system
17.10.2014 Ramboll is opening an office in Guelph, Canada, from where the 11,000 person strong company will pursue opportunities in the growing market for district energy services in North America and provide expertise to Envida Community Energy Inc. in support of the City of Guelph's Community Energy Initiative. The implementation of the first city-wide district energy network in North America is well on its way in Guelph, located 100 km west of Toronto, Canada. read more

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