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11 GREEN CREATIVE products selected for the IES 2015 Progress Report
04.02.2016 GREEN CREATIVE announces the selection of 11 products by the Illuminating Engineering Society for the 2015 Progress Report. This year GREEN CREATIVE saw a combination of incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lamps and fixtures chosen. Each year the Illuminating Engineering Society's (IES) prestigious Progress Report showcases unique and innovative products significant to the lighting industry. The IES Progress Committee is dedicated to following developments in the art and science of lighting throughout the world read more

All-inclusive, user-friendly curtainwall Revit model
02.02.2016 Wausau Window and Wall Systems significantly expands its 3-D building information modeling (BIM) tools with the addition of a new unitized curtainwall Revit| project file. This single file is pre-loaded with Wausau's INvision family of unitized curtainwall profiles allowing architects, designers, engineers and contractors to easily choose different widths, depths and sightlines. This all-in-one approach automatically updates to the selected parameters without repeating steps or requiring multiple files. read more

Colorful palette of ceiling solutions
02.02.2016 ROCKFON presents a broad palette of colorful ceiling solutions to inspire creativity in commercial interior design. A full spectrum of hues now is offered for stone wool acoustic ceiling panels, specialty metal ceiling panels and ceiling suspension systems. The variety of colors and finishes are showcased in "Ceiling Solutions that bring color to life," a new brochure available free for download at ROCKFON's 34 exclusive Color-All colors have been harmonized across its stone wool acoustic panels, specialty metal panels read more

Xylem is launching several new energy efficient system solutions
02.02.2016 Xylem is launching several new energy efficient system solutions for residential and commercial building applications at Europe's leading exhibition for global comfort technology – Mostra Convegno Expocomfort 2016, 15-18 March 2016 in Milan, Italy. Highlights include the Next Generation Hydrovar, an advanced variable speed drive (VSD), and the new Lowara brand "Smart Pump" range, equipped with a highly compatible motor and integrated VSD that can be coupled with nearly every Lowara pump. All Xylem products on display at MCE 2016 read more

Ultra-miniature dry-break quick disconnect
02.02.2016 The ultra-miniature Beswick M3 threaded dry-break quick disconnect is precisely manufactured from corrosion resistant stainless steel and is rated to 500 psig when connected. Buna-N is the standard seal material. Viton and EPDM are optional and can handle many types of fluids. Other elastomers are available upon request. It is a finalist in the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards. Take advantage of Beswick proprietary technology and experience to improve the performance of your products. The dry-break, some refer to it as "no-spill" (however there are read more

Nimbus precision balance is the perfect solution for materials testing
01.02.2016 Adam Equipment will be spotlighting its Nimbus precision balance at World of Concrete in Las Vegas, February 2-5. Balances, like the Nimbus, are used in materials testing applications including unit weight test and density determination. There's no hard and fast rule that applies when creating the perfect concrete, but Adam Equipment's Nimbus precision balance can help pave the way to a better quality product. Concrete is a composite material. That means it comprises several ingredients, including fine and coarse aggregates, read more

LEXAN resin brings light and color to auditorium and conference center
27.01.2016 The "El Batel" state-of-the-art building in Cartagena, Spain, covers 17.000 m² and was designed by renowned Spanish architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano. Crowned with the prestigious Biennial Spanish Architecture award, El Batel's design is influenced by the harbor and sea. In addition to its eye-catching architectural design, the building is known for the use of innovative materials, made locally in Cartagena. SABIC supported this award-winning project through the development of a polycarbonate material with special luminescent pigments. The result is read more

Tunnelling industry: The booming interest of Generation Y
27.01.2016 Between 2009 and 2013, the tunnelling and drilling equipment industry witnessed a buoyant rhythm, reaching a 4.9 % annual growth rate. Such dynamic was still valid in 2014, and is likely to go up through to 2018, notably thanks to the skyrocketing Asian demand (up to 49 % of market shares in 2014). Regarding the tunnelling industry, the market shares of Europe (28 %), North America (16.5 %), Latin America (6 %) and the Middle East (4 %) indicate strong needs for tunnels and underground spaces. A reality that could be justified by read more

Transforming of historic steel mill into welcoming, transparent space
26.01.2016 Pennsylvania's ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is a new 4.5 acre year-round art center located on a reclaimed brownfield at the western end of the 150-year-old Bethlehem Steel manufacturing site. Spillman Farmer Architects designed the 66,000-square-foot, $17.3 million arts facility as a transformative and transparent space, with an exterior featuring curtainwall and entrance systems from Tubelite Inc. Located at the core of the campus,  ArtsQuest Center houses performance spaces for a multi-disciplinary arts program offering more than read more

exhibitions and other events

€70 million order for modernization of Messe Essen exhibition grounds
29.01.2016 On behalf of Messe Essen, engineering and services group Bilfinger will modernize large sections of the city's exhibition grounds. The contract was signed last week. The total investment amounts to approximately €90 million with Bilfinger accounting for a construction volume of about €70 million. read more

United Technologies, Otis donate elevators to new exhibit at Space Center Houston
28.01.2016 United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) and its Otis Elevator Co. unit donated two Otis Gen2 elevators, valued at $325,000, for the new Independence Plaza at the nonprofit Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of the NASA Johnson Space Center. read more

Turner Construction Company Named among Glassdoor's Top 50 Best Places to Work for 2016
17.12.2015 Turner honored by Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards, which recognize the firm's strong company culture based on respect for people, and vision to make a difference for employees, partners, clients, and communities. Turner Construction Company is pleased to announce that Glassdoor named Turner among the winners of their annual Employees' Choice Awards, recognizing the company as one of the Best Places to Work for 2016. read more

New ideas in transmissions for wheeled loaders
10.12.2015 Low-emissions, low fuel consumption and energy-efficient: All these qualities are becoming ever more important to the building industry and to manufacturers of construction machinery. So, what progress has been made? What new developments are there, and what can these machines still do? Less or more? Answers to these questions will be given at bauma, the World's Leading Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment, which takes place from April 11 to 17, 2016 at the Messe Mnchen exhibition center. read more

industry news

SNC-Lavalin awarded contract for operations support services by Emirates Global Aluminium
05.02.2016 SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has been awarded an engineering services contract by Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) to provide operations support services to EGA's two aluminium smelters in the United Arab Emirates – namely Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) and Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL). read more

Strabag awarded road construction contracts in Poland
04.02.2016 The publicly listed construction group Strabag, via its Polish subsidiaries, has been awarded two contracts totalling PLN 484 million (approx. € 108 million) from Poland's General Directorate for National Roads and Highways (GDDKiA). As part of the overall works on the S17 between Warsaw and Garwolin, Strabag will design and build a 15.2 km long section from the Lubelska junction near Warsaw to Kołbiel, including four junctions, for PLN 301 million. read more

Roger Bayliss new Senior Vice President Operational Efficiency at Skanska
01.02.2016 Roger Bayliss has been appointed Senior Vice President Operational Efficiency at Skanska. Roger will begin his new position February 1 and will report to Mats Williamson, Executive Vice President Skanska AB. Roger Bayliss has held different positions within Skanska since 2007, among others Project Director for the Barts & The London hospital project, EVP Business Improvement and CFO, all for Skanska UK. In the newly created position he will focus on how projects and the project organization can become more efficient, profitable and customer oriented. read more

Vinci Airports signs a memorandum of understanding for the expansion of two airports in Iran
01.02.2016 On the occasion of the state visit to France of Mr Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iranian Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, the Iran Airports Company and Vinci Airports signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the concession for the Mashhad and Isfahan airports, Iran's 2nd and 5thlargest airports respectively. read more

ABB to strengthen power network at world’s busiest international airport
01.02.2016 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, will upgrade its SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system for the power network at Dubai International (DXB), the world's busiest international airport. read more

Plustek and EasyBuild partner to provide a total ERP and networked scanning solution for the UK construction industry
29.01.2016 Plustek, the Taiwanese photo and document scanner manufacturer, today announces a partnership with ERP vendor, EasyBuild, to support the construction industry with a joint scanning and management and accounting software solution. As part of the agreement, EasyBuild will bundle Plustek's eScan A150 network scanner with its software as part of an end-to-end solution to help clients in the construction industry boost productivity, enhance efficiency and cut paper clutter from branch offices and building site compounds. read more

Mott MacDonald designing Tideway’s East tunnel section
29.01.2016 Mott MacDonald is designing the eastern section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel on behalf of a joint venture of Costain Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche. read more

Züblin to build Alter Wall shopping boulevard in Hamburg
28.01.2016 In a contract that fills a hundred file folders, property development and investment company Art-Invest Real Estate has commissioned Ed. Züblin AG as main contractor to realise the project Alter Wall Hamburg. Alter Wall Hamburg is an approximately 150 m long shopping boulevard with 18,000 m² of offices and 12,000 m² of retail space designed by the renowned architectural firm Gerkan, Marg & Partners (gmp). read more

BAM PPP-PGGM consortium reaches financial close on A94 Forstinning-Marktl in Germany
27.01.2016 The project company Isentalautobahn GmbH & Co. KG, consisting of BAM-PGGM, Eiffage and Berger Bau, together with Autobahndirektion Südbayern (ABDSB) have reached financial close on the Availability Model A94 Forstinning-Marktl in Germany. The total project volume is around €1.1 billion. read more

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