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New Cat GSV520 and GSV520 GC orange-peel grapples
10.12.2017 The new Cat GSV520 and GSV520 GC orange-peel grapples, designed with features to enhance strength, reliability, and durability, incorporate new easy-loading tines and vertical cylinders that create a profile to facilitate greater material swing and more efficient bulk-material handling. The new grapples, purpose-built for Cat MH3022, MH3024, and MH3026 wheel material handlers, are available in a five-tine-shell configuration, both closed and semi-closed versions, and feature a new rotation design. The GSV520 and GSV520 GC, which replace GSM25-Series grapples, read more

PERI system combination for challenging pylon scaffolding
10.12.2017 The refurbishment of the pylons on Rotterdam's Williams Bridge proved to be a tremendous challenge for installing the scaffolding. The project-specifically designed PERI scaffold solution was based on two systems that could be combined with each other almost seamlessly: PERI UP and VARIOKIT. The Williams Bridge is situated in the centre of the Dutch metropolis, Rotterdam. Besides the Erasmus Bridge and the Maas Tunnel it is one of the most important road links between the northern and southern parts of the city. The striking cable-stayed bridge over the River Maas with its two red, read more

Application-specific design for new Cat wheel material handlers
09.12.2017 The new range of Cat wheel material handlers (MH3022, MH3024, MH3026) maintains the Caterpillar purpose-built philosophy for these machines, while reflecting engineering refinements that tailor them more precisely to specific industrial applications. Further improvements for these 2018 models include features that support rapid return-on-investment and enhance overall performance, versatility, and safety. The design of the new material handlers is focused on application efficiency and reduced owning costs. read more

09.12.2017 SABIC is adding to this portfolio with the launch of its SABIC PP-UMS (Ultra Melt Strength) resin – a completely new generation of melt strength polypropylenes. SABIC's new resin is unique in the market, with a melt strength of more than 65 cN and outstanding foam-ability. It can be used by all industry segments as a building block to develop new foaming solutions that enable an unprecedented level of light weighting. "Looking to the future of light weighting, we see that foaming is a key technology to push the boundaries and create read more

Made-to-measure formwork for complex projects
09.12.2017 Round, angular, abstract, two- or three-dimensional – architects' drafts can be highly extravagant, so the need for custom formwork solutions and additional services increases all the time. The Doka Ready-to-Use Service manufactures the complex and individual formwork shapes that produce superior-quality concrete surfaces and ensure efficiency on the build. And specially trained Doka personnel assemble load-bearing towers and formwork units directly on site. The sharply rising proportion of modern architectural designs generates demand for read more

CertainTeed Targeted Acoustics
09.12.2017 Architects, designers and facility managers are often forced to choose between budget, acoustics and aesthetics when specifying ceiling panels for large commercial projects. If they pick the best acoustic panel for the entire space, they will risk the budget. If they choose multiple panels, their design will lack visual cohesion. And, if they select a single panel to save money, they will compromise acoustics. Since poor acoustics can lead to lower employee productivity levels and higher turnover rates, this is a major concern in today's open concept world. read more

PERI UP Modular Scaffolding Kit
09.12.2017 Safety requirements on construction sites are steadily increasing, scaffolding projects are becoming more and more complex and the cost pressures companies are facing is high. As a result, this not only changes the day-to-day challenges for the contractors but also the demands placed on the scaffold systems themselves. The question therefore arises whether a rigid differentiation of frame and modular scaffolding is still relevant today. After all, the market demands a product that contains both frame and modular scaffolding features as well as having the right solution read more

New 6 cylinder, 12.5 liter engine - Cat C13B
09.12.2017 Caterpillar will expand on what is already the industry's broadest industrial engine range with the addition of the new Cat C13B. The 12.5 liter engine will leverage a proven, reliable core of components with over 68 million hours of real world experience and complementary technology to the C9.3B platform that was launched in 2016 and is nearing production. "Our customers expect reliability and durability, but they need it from a simpler, lighter package with more power and that's what we're giving them with our new engines," explains Jeff Moore, Product Manager for 7.2-18 liter engines. read more

New functionality for Halton Housing’s customer app
27.11.2017 Halton Housing has significantly extended the functionality of its customer self-service app following its highly successful launch. Halton Housing is a registered not for profit housing association, managing 7,000 homes in the Cheshire towns of Widnes and Runcorn. As part of its Digital First strategy, the organisation has worked closely with Aareon, using its 1st Touch software to develop the self-service customer app along with a website portal and mobile working for its workforce. read more

exhibitions and other events

Stone+tec 2018: German Natural Stone Award provides inspiration for stone in construction
13.12.2017 Whether it's for a façade, floor or interior use, stone lends projects a particular charisma. At Stone+tec 2018 (13-16 July 2018), the focus will be on natural stone and engineered stone in all their variety. For anyone working with stone, the exhibition in Nuremberg will present a wide selection of stone types, new opportunities for surface treatment, and background knowledge ranging from origins to sustainability. The presentation of the 2018 German Natural Stone Award on the first day of the exhibition will offer plenty of inspiration for architects and project owners. The award is given by the German Natural Stone Association (DNV), together with the Association of German Architects (BDA) and NürnbergMesse. Entries can be submitted until 31 January 2018. read more

The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) gears up for its 19th edition of ACREX India in February 2018
05.12.2017 After the resounding success of ACREX India 2017 organized by the The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), the society is steadily gearing up for the 19th edition of the exhibition that is slated to happen from 22nd to 24th of February, 2018 at BIEC, Bangalore. Last year, people from across the globe attended the event and witnessed one of the largest displays of HVAC products offered by national and international exhibitors. This edition of ACREX India promises to venture into exciting themes like sustainability, green buildings, eco-friendly innovations and carbon neutrality while expecting more than 500 exhibitors and participation from major global players across 30 countries. read more

Fenestration Bau China celebrates successful premiere
13.11.2017 The inaugural Fenestration Bau China (FBC) celebrated a successful premiere. 625 national and international exhibitors (2016: 580) presented their latest technologies and solutions for the Chinese construction market on an exhibition area of over 48,500 square meters net space (2016: 44,000 square meters net). As with BAU in Munich, Germany, the integration of new segments considerably increased the already high quality of the event. This was also acknowledged by the many trade visitors to the fair. The event experience was rounded off with BAU Congress China and a diverse, informative supporting program. read more

Urban SOS® 2017 finalists were announced
10.11.2017 AECOM and Van Alen Institute, with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, announced four finalists for Urban SOS 2017: hOUR City, a global student ideas competition that challenged multidisciplinary teams to connect more people in regions around the world to the opportunities found in contemporary cities. An "hour city" radius — the distance people can travel in one hour — has historically defined the boundary of a city. However, with the forces of globalization and dramatic geographic, social and economic shifts affecting cities everywhere, the time has come to imagine new ways to connect people in suburban, rural and isolated urban communities. read more

industry news

BAM to deliver Visual Control Tower at Dublin Airport
11.12.2017 The Irish Aviation Authority has awarded the construction of the new Visual Control Tower (VCT) at Dublin Airport to BAM Ireland, the Irish operating company of Royal BAM Group nv. The contract value is €27 million. Designed by Dublin's Scott Tallon Walker Architects, the new VCT comprises three separate but integrated building elements: the control cab and associated elements, the cab supporting shaft and a base building. The base building will accommodate staff facilities, electronic systems and mechanical plant space to provide control of the building environment. read more

Executive Vice President Mats Williamson leaves Skanska
11.12.2017 After 35 years in the company Mats Williamson, Executive Vice President, Skanska, has decided to leave as of January 1. read more

Norway to build world’s tallest timber building
08.12.2017 “Mjøstårnet” will be more than 80 metres tall and stand 30 metres higher than what is today considered the world’s tallest timber building. Mjøstårnet, named after its neighbour and Norway’s largest lake, Mjøsa. The record-breaking construction will sit on the edge of the north-eastern tip of the lake in the small town of Brumunddal, an hour and a half’s drive north of Oslo. Spanning over 18 floors, the building will reach 80 metres high, and include apartments, an indoor swimming pool, hotel, offices, restaurant and communal areas. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2018. read more

Ramboll welcomes digital frontrunner on the Group Executive Board
08.12.2017 1 January 2018 Hilde Tonne will assume the position as Chief Innovation Officer in the Ramboll Group. As a new member of the Group Executive Board she will head the digital transformation of the leading international consultancy. read more

Aker Solutions to design Johan Castberg FPSO accommodation unit
08.12.2017 Aker Solutions won a contract from Sembcorp Marine to design the living quarters for the Johan Castberg development's floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). The work scope includes detailed design engineering of the living quarters and technical specifications for the equipment and supplies required for Sembcorp to construct the accommodation unit for the Statoil-operated development. Johan Castberg is the largest oil discovery in the Norwegian Barents Sea. read more

CIMIC’S Leighton Asia wins Hong Kong Airport Works
05.12.2017 CIMIC Group company, Leighton Asia, with joint venture partner Chun Wo Construction and Engineering Company Limited ('Chun Wo'), has been selected by the Airport Authority Hong Kong to construct the A$390 million Terminal 2 (T2) foundation and substructure works at Hong Kong International Airport. Revenue to Leighton Asia, which is part of CIMIC Group construction company CPB Contractors, is approximately A$273 million, reflecting Leighton Asia's leading 70% joint venture share. read more

Skanska signs a EUR 200M Green Revolving Credit Facility
05.12.2017 Skanska has signed a EUR 200M green multi-currency revolving credit facility. The facility carries a tenor of 2 years with an option for a 1-year extension. The facility is signed by Skanska Financial Services, with the purpose to finance, or serve as a backup for the financing of, Skanska's development of Green Projects, in line with Skanska's Green Bond Framework. read more

UK Infrastructure: Digital growth opportunities could stall without greater appetite for risk
10.11.2017 A new report by design, engineering and project management consultancy, Atkins, has found that a risk adverse culture within the infrastructure sector and a lack of certainty about which new technologies to invest in could cost the UK millions of pounds in efficiency savings and restrict the ability of its businesses to capitalise on the global digital revolution. read more

Network Rail awards contracts to two alliances
31.10.2017 Network Rail has awarded contracts to two Alliances ahead of future rail enhancements on the Transpennine Route between York and Manchester. The Transpennine Route Upgrade aims to deliver faster, longer, more frequent and more reliable services across the north of England, from Newcastle, Hull and York towards Manchester and Liverpool via Leeds. An alliance between Network Rail, Amey, BAM Nuttall and Arup has been awarded a contract to design infrastructure options for the route, covering upgrades to civils, track, railway systems and electrification West of Leeds. read more

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