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Cat GSH420 and GSH520 orange-peel grapples
12.07.2018 The new Cat GSH420 and GSH520 orange-peel grapples, replacing the GSH15B Series grapples, are designed for a wide range of applications, including handling shredded scrap, such as long structural beams and car bodies; handling rocks at construction sites; and waste at recycling and transfer stations. The performance and efficiency of the new Cat grapples help waste-handling operations, in particular, meet the challenges of increased environmental regulation, growing pressure to recycle a mix of materials, and stringent budgets. read more

Technical Challenges of Glass for Megatall Buildings
12.07.2018 Glass for megatall buildings (i.e. skyscrapers over 600 metres high) often tends to be taken for granted in terms of its technical functions. Yet the high-tech, high strength glazing that covers today's megatall buildings – such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – is as important to the building's performance as the steel and concrete inside it. When it comes to megatall structures, the main challenges are wind loads, temperature and altitude differences, and condensation. Close to the ground, wind is disrupted by trees and other buildings, but as a building rises to supertall heights, read more

New Cat CW16 pneumatic (rubber-tire) roller
12.07.2018 Designed for use on granular materials and all types of asphalt-mix designs, the new Cat CW16 pneumatic (rubber-tire) roller is available as a standard nine-wheel model with a 69-inch (1754 mm) compaction width or as an optional 11-wheel model with an 84-inch (2 132 mm) compaction width. The CW16 is designed for efficient performance on highways, city streets, county roads, lane additions, industrial sites, overlays, or other mid-size jobs. Depending on ballast used (including water, sand, steel, or combinations), operating weight of the CW16 varies read more

New Keltan Eco based TPVs cradle-to-cradle applications
12.07.2018 ARLANXEO introduces its new thermoplastic vulcanisates (TPVs) that combine Keltan Eco ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM) with green fillers, plasticizers and thermoplastics, resulting in EPDM products with up to 90% sustainable ingredients. Keltan Eco is the world's first EPDM rubber manufactured using bio-based ethylene extracted from sugarcane. Depending on the ethylene content of each rubber grade, the proportion of bio-based material ranges between 50% and 70%. read more

whg deploys Aareon Managed Services
07.07.2018 One of the Midlands most successful housing associations, whg, has extended its use of housing technology through the deployment of Managed Services from Aareon UK. By choosing this route, whg has not only boosted Value For Money (VFM) but also significantly reduced the time taken for new services to become fully operational. The first phase of whg's technology investment was the Aareon 1st Touch mobile responsive repairs system. This is currently used by many of the 250 trades colleagues that maintain the business' stock of more than 21,000 homes. read more

SunLED Introduces the World’s Smallest RGB SMD LED
07.07.2018 By introducing the world's smallest RGB, SunLED has once again revolutionized the optoelectronic industry by designing a full color SMD in an 0202 package size. Measuring at 0.65mm x 0.65mm x 0.2mm, this package thoroughly manages to maintain a consistent intensity in each color to meet any design specification. To provide a next generation RGB solution for a discrete SMD in the smallest possible size, SunLED has brought the future into today with the Super Thin 0202 RGB SMD LED: XZBGRBBRMER158W. This LED will allow engineers and designers to reduce read more

New all-in-one machine control platform
30.06.2018 Leica Geosystems announced the launch of the new all-in-one machine control platform consisting of a panel and docking station combined with a new application software that supports multiple machines for heavy construction. With the new all-in-one machine control platform, Leica Geosystems delivers an intelligent and intuitive hardware and software combination for the heavy construction industry. The MCP80 panel displays information about the work in process and automatically positions the tools, such as bucket, blade or drill bit to dig, grade or drill. read more

New public address and voice alarm system from Siemens
30.06.2018 The Siemens Building Technologies Division launches a new public address and voice alarm (PA/VA) system in June 2018. The modular and scalable system can be customized for buildings of all types and sizes. It can be used for emergency situations and convenience applications such as public announcements and background music. The PA/VA system, marketed as Cerberus PACE (Public Address and Controlled Evacuation), can incorporate multiple redundancy levels and is also suitable for step-by-step modernization of outdated public address and voice alarm systems (PA/VA systems). read more

New Leica Aibot facilitates more accurate, safer aerial surveys
30.06.2018 Leica Geosystems announced the new Leica Aibot, the latest Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system based on DJI's aerial platform, the M600 Pro, to rapidly and autonomously acquire mobile 3D mapping data. The new Leica Geosystems UAV technology allows users to get a complete data set in less time with a user-friendly and innovative interface, opening new business opportunities while spending less time, costs and effort than with traditional methods. Leica Geosystems software suite supports the new UAV workflows. Using Leica Infinity for point cloud, read more

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Siemens report urges cities to plan now for arrival of autonomous vehicles
11.07.2018 The advent of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) has the potential to cause major and disruptive changes to cities worldwide, a report launched by Siemens indicates. The report "Cities in the Driving Seat" stresses the need for cities to plan early and tackle the issue in a wider context of mobility transformations. Launched today at the World Cities Summit in Singapore the study explores the interdependencies between urban development, public transportation policies, power supply, pollution and the increasing share of CAV in city traffic. Lack of mid-term planning and delayed investments in infrastructure could create negative social, economic and environmental effects, the authors from Siemens' Global Center of Competence Cities argue. read more

FCC Construccion participates with the Castrovido dam in the 11th Dam Conferences
11.07.2018 The Construction Area of the FCC Group has participated in the 11th Dam Conferences, organized by the Ministry for Ecological Transition and by the National Committee of Large Dams (SPANCOLD). During the days 26 to 29 June, the 11th Conference of Dams was held in the Auditorium of the city of León, built by FCC Construccion. Since 1985, SPANCOLD organizes these conferences that have been constituted in practice as the Spanish Congress of Dams, with the intention of bringing together the largest number of professionals in this sector and offering them the possibility of presenting new works, communicating results, discussing problems and exchange opinions on future guidelines. read more

bauma Conexpo India: Registrations exceed all expectations
05.07.2018 The construction machinery market in India is booming. Infrastructure and construction projects are benefiting from long-term support thanks to reforms passed by the Indian government. These are positive signs that are also reflected in the number of companies signing up for the next bauma Conexpo India. The event will take place from December 11 to 14. Due to the positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors, the trade fair will be held for the second time at the HUDA Ground in Gurgaon/Delhi. With less than six months to go before it starts, the event organizers are optimistic about the upcoming construction machinery trade fair: read more

Chillventa 2018: an ongoing success story
28.06.2018 From 16 to 18 October 2018, Chillventa will once again make the exhibition venue in Nuremberg THE gathering place for the international refrigeration, AC, ventilation and heat pump community. The Chillventa CONGRESS will be held on 15 October, the day before the exhibition. The compact one-day congress programme will give experts from around the world the chance to learn about the latest trends and developments in depth. The organisers expect that the key figures for this year's exhibition and congress will again reach new heights. With about four months still to go, a increase in floor space for the exhibition is already in evidence. read more

industry news

Balfour Beatty completes Dundee Railway Station and Hotel
11.07.2018 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has successfully completed works to the £28.5 million Dundee railway station, on behalf of Dundee City Council. read more

ACS consortium to build the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America
11.07.2018 ACS Group, through its affiliates ACS Infrastructure (Iridium) and Dragados, has been named Preferred Proponent by Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority (entity dependent of the Federal Government of Canada) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project connecting Canada and USA. read more

BAM expects about €30 million additional costs for Sealock IJmuiden
04.07.2018 Royal BAM Group nv will record an additional cost overrun of about €30 million on the project Sealock IJmuiden. This is BAM's 50 per cent share of the total additional costs based mainly on the updated planning. read more

BAM ICONSA jv hands over LNG jetty for Costa Norte LNG Terminal in Panama
19.06.2018 A joint venture consisting of BAM International, the operating company of Royal BAM Group active outside Europe, and ICONSA, a marine construction company active in Panama, has completed the construction of an LNG import jetty and an intake/outfall structure for the Costa Norte LNG Terminal in Panama. read more

Pöyry and Catapult to boost digitalisation of energy companies’ businesses in Finland
01.06.2018 Pöyry and Catapult are bringing together five Finnish energy companies in a digitalisation workshop that will spar the companies to think of ways to accelerate digitalisation of their businesses. Combining deep industry knowledge with wide experience in start-ups and digital solutions, Pöyry and Catapult are helping energy companies to generate value from digital transformation. Based on a pilot screening of relevant case examples, the companies will work on ways to improve their customer interaction with digital tools and learn more of the most common roadblocks preventing implementation of new ideas. read more

SNC-Lavalin joins Decom North Sea Decommissioning Leadership Group
01.06.2018 Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has joined the new Decom North Sea Decommissioning Leadership Group, helping to drive the strategic direction and the delivery of Decom North Sea's objectives. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc on July 3, 2017. read more

BAM announces acquisition of Strukton’s share in Tidal Bridge from Strukton
28.05.2018 BAM International bv announces it will acquire Strukton International's majority share in the joint venture Tidal Bridge BV. BAM's remaining partner in Tidal Bridge BV in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is Dutch Expansion Capital (DEC). The joint venture was established in 2015 for the realisation of floating power plants that convert tidal energy into electricity. read more

CIMIC's UGL secures maintenance services contracts in Australia
21.05.2018 CIMIC Group company UGL has secured new maintenance, project and shutdown services contracts in the resources sector with a combined value of approximately $139 million. read more

Vinci Energies will roll out optical fibre in 26 administrative departments in Francen between now and 2022
21.05.2018 Between now and 2022, Vinci Energies is to roll out fibre to the home (FTTH) in 26 French administrative departments to provide very high-speed broadband access for 600,000 rural households. This large-scale operation represents a total works value of over 400 million and will create a large number of jobs. Special attention will be paid to hiring people under integration programmes. read more

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