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GMK6400 breezes through windy project
29.07.2014 Wind is not always a crane's best friend. But with careful planning and a boom that's manufactured to the highest standards of quality, lifting companies can overcome less than ideal conditions to get the job done. Such was the case when Howell Crane and Rigging set out to complete a project at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. The company was tasked with lifting several HVAC units, as well as structural steel, onto the top of the hospital's roof. Strong winds blew through the job site throughout read more

John Deere upgrades three models on the G-Series excavator line
29.07.2014 Dedicated to offering customers the most cutting-edge equipment and jobsite solutions on the market, John Deere upgrades three models on the successful G-Series excavator line. The models – 250G LC, 350G LC and 380G LC – are equipped with a powerful Final Tier 4 engine and meet the strictest emissions standards, providing customers with higher productivity, increased uptime, and lower daily operating costs. "When developing the new G-Series Final Tier 4 models, we wanted to maintain the excellent read more

D6 direct-drive wind turbine obtains type certification by DNV GL
28.07.2014 Siemens Energy has obtained type certification by certifying body DNV GL for the company's innovative D6 offshore wind turbine. The model Siemens SWT-6.0-154 is equipped with a modern direct drive generator, rated at 6 megawatts (MW) and equipped with a 154 meter rotor. The official certificate is a further step in ramping up the serial production of the turbine. The certification process included DNV GL experts being given full access to the engineering and Siemens assembly facilities in Brande as read more offers a mega-menu
28.07.2014 ROCKFON has expanded its website to connect visitors with its complete ceiling system offering, supported with a unified brand. The streamlined navigation and new content integrates ROCKFON's stone wool acoustic ceiling panels and specialty metal ceiling panels with Chicago Metallic suspension systems. " now offers a mega-menu for all of our products that makes it easier to access descriptions, illustrations and applications. Our suspended ceiling systems are displayed alongside read more

Wausau's high-performance, ADA-accessible windows
24.07.2014 Loyola University Chicago (LUC) strives to be one of the most sustainable urban campuses in the United States. The newly opened 217,000-square-foot Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) showcases many of LUC's most innovative, eco-friendly features, including natural light and views from nearly 400 large, high-performance windows from Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Along with helping attain sustainability goals, many of the windows also needed to meet accessibility criteria. read more

AAMA releases Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual
24.07.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released SFM-1-14, a manual that provides technical information regarding the installation of high-quality, attractive aluminum storefronts and entrances. "The Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual" presents information in five main sections: Terminology, Design Information, Hardware, Engineering Design and Guide Specifications. "It's imperative for this document to be up-to-date because we use it as a base for training young and/or new read more

System-based project solution saves time and money
22.07.2014 The formwork and scaffolding solution provided for the construction of the new subway station in Seattle was the result of competent engineering and a project-specific construction kit system. In addition to the widest possible use of rentable PERI system components, the optimized construction method in particular ensured significant time and cost savings. The length of Seattle´s metropolitan railway system (Light Rail) is currently being extended by 5 km and includes increasing the number of stations from read more

4.9 GW of new offshore wind capacity under construction in Europe
22.07.2014 16 commercial offshore wind farms are under construction totalling 4.9 GW of power capacity. 224 new offshore wind turbines, totalling 781 megawatts (MW), were fully grid connected in Europe during the first six months of 2014 – 25% less than during the same period in 2013 (1,045 MW). 282 wind turbines have been installed but not connected during this period, making a total of 310 offshore turbines awaiting grid connection. Once connected they will add a further 1,200 MW of offshore wind energy capacity. read more

Doka to form Torre Isozaki – one of Italy's tallest buildings
22.07.2014 Redevelopment of the historic Fiera Campionaria district created an entirely new appearance for the former premises of the Milan Trade Fair. It brings a new landmark to the capitol of the Lombard region: Torre Isozaki. With a height of 202 m, it ranks among the tallest buildings in Italy. A new business and residential district is being built as part of the CityLife-Project. At its centre is a building that sets innovative standards: Torre Isozaki is focussed on sustainability and serves as a symbol for the green approach of the read more

exhibitions and other events

Ramboll orchestrates research project to boost urban liveability
25.07.2014 A team of the world's leading researchers within urban development has joined forces in a new project aimed at improving life in cities. Ramboll's Liveable Cities Lab spearheads the initiative. Every day, urban population rises by 180,000 people. More people means less space and a growing number of environmental and socio-economic challenges. Add frequent flooding incidences, sea level rise, higher temperatures and heat stress, and you have a situation that calls for new and innovative solutions within blue-green infrastructure to ensure the well-being of citizens. read more

Visitor registration for bauma China online
24.07.2014 Online visitor registration for bauma China is now open. By registering in advance (at, visitors can secure their fast-track – and free – ticket to bauma China, which takes place from November 25 to 28, 2014 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). After successful registration, visitors receive a confirmation e-mail which they can exchange for a ticket at the specially set-up express counters at the venue. This significantly shortens waiting times at the exhibition center. read more

Kodet Architectural Group wins AIA National Merit Award
21.07.2014 Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.'s award-winning design of the Westwood Lutheran Church's sanctuary restoration was showcased during the American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual convention's Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) presentation and exhibition in Chicago, June 26-28. The project won a 2013 Merit Award in the category of Religious Architecture: Restoration. The church is located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota; was originally designed by Edward Sövik, and won the 1963 AIA Honor Award. read more

Strabag, a stone quarry and a school: Working together for nature in Gaaden
09.07.2014 In 2012, it was bee hotels and bat boxes; this year, the students from the Mödling Higher Technical Institute (HTL Mödling) constructed and built some 20 bird nesting boxes for the Gaaden stone and rock quarry operated by Mineral Abbau GmbH, a subsidiary of publicly listed Strabag SE. In recognition for their hard work, the students were invited on 26 June 2014, just before the end of school, to not only present the nest boxes and officially open a biotope at the quarry, but also to witness a blasting that brought down several thousand tonnes of rock. read more

industry news

First pile driven at petroleum jetty in Sierra Leone
31.07.2014 BAM International and its South African joint-venture partner Stefanutti Stocks have driven the first pile for the construction of the petroleum jetty at the Kissy Oil Terminal of Freetown in Sierra Leone. BAM and Stefanutti Stocks were awarded the contract or the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the petroleum jetty in December 2013. The hand-over of the jetty to client Petro Jetty Ltd is expected in February 2015. read more

Saint-Gobain PAM wins two contracts in Qatar
31.07.2014 Saint-Gobain PAM recently signed two contracts in Qatar with AlJaber Engineering LLC worth a total of about €200 million. These contracts involve the supply of large-diameter pipes, fittings and valves. The products will be mainly manufactured in France. read more

Holcim announces 1st half year results 2014
30.07.2014 Bernard Fontana, CEO, comments on the results: "Holcim increased sales of both cement and aggregates in the first half of 2014, despite an uneven development of the global economy. Group regions North America, Africa Middle East, and Europe recorded particularly strong cement sales. Mild weather conditions at the beginning of the year supported building activity, especially in Europe where the Group continued to restructure activities in 2014. In Asia the market situation stabilized, and as a result ACC and Ambuja Cements in India, Holcim's largest Group companies in the region, were able to increase cement sales." read more

BAM Clough JV completes first Ichthys LNG facility in Australia
30.07.2014 BAM Clough Joint Venture has completed the design and construct contract for the Ichthys LNG Project's Module Offloading Facility (MOF) near Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia for client JKC Australia LNG (JGC Corporation, KBR and Chiyoda Corporation). The MOF was constructed as part of the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project and will be used to offload very large modules to assemble the LNG liquefaction plant. BAM Infraconsult/DMC was responsible for the design. read more

Works to start on second lot of the Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir motorway in Turkey
30.07.2014 Italy-based Astaldi has announced that the US$ 600 million financing agreement for the second functional lot (Phase 2A) of the Gebze-Orhangazi-Izmir motorway in Turkey has been signed. Overall, the initiative involves a total investment of US$ 6.5 billion, US$ 3.4 billion of which entirely financed at this time. read more

BAM to build £33 million residential care facility
29.07.2014 BAM is to build a £33 million residential care facility in Oxfordshire. The contractor is to construct a retirement village, Richmond Witney, for Richmond Care Villages, who are part of Bupa. The 4 ha facility will include space for approximately 240 residents, as well as a restaurant, a gym, a swimming pool, a library, a shop and an outdoor bowling green. BAM will build a village care centre incorporating 60 registered care beds on the first floor and 46 assisted living suites split across the ground and second floors. read more

Skanska sells Green House office project in Budapest, Hungary
28.07.2014 Skanska sells Green House office building in Budapest, Hungary, to the Hungarian open-ended property fund Torony Real Estate Investment Fund managed by Diófa Fund Management, a member of FHB Group. The value of the transaction is EUR 36 M, about SEK 323 M. The transaction will be recorded in the third quarter of 2014 and the transfer of the property is also scheduled for the third quarter of 2014. Green House is Skanska's sixth office investment in Budapest. The building is situated in the center of Budapest and offers 17, 800 square meters of leasable office space. read more

KBR wins contract for the Al-Nasr Full Field Development project
28.07.2014 KBR Inc., an American engineering, procurement, and construction company, announced that it has received a letter of award from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Limited to perform engineering design services for the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company Al-Nasr Full Field Development project, located offshore Abu Dhabi. read more

Ferrovial consortium awarded a further three contracts with the UK Ministry of Defence
28.07.2014 The UK's Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded a consortium comprising Amey, a Ferrovial Services subsidiary, and UK company Carillion three contracts to maintain 105 military infrastructures for a combined minimum value of 955 million pounds (around 1.2 billion euro) read more

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