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New I-safe 3.1 Intellegent Safety System
19.08.2014 Capital Safety, home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands of fall protection equipment has announced the launch of their new i-Safe 3.1 Mobile App for iOS and Android handheld devices. The app provides a user-friendly platform that improves operational efficiencies, reduces costs, and shifts management focus from paper-based activities toward technology-based activities to improve utilisation of end-user resources and technical expertise. The app supports the popular i-Safe Intelligent Safety System, read more

Microlift 50kg combination service lift solution
18.08.2014 A Stannah Microlift 50kg combination through-car dumbwaiter was the service lift of choice for the safe movement of food and tableware aboard the latest addition to the Irish Navy – the LÉ Samuel Beckett, an offshore patrol vessel dedicated to fishery and maritime protection duties including search and rescue and vessel boardings. Servicing the captain and his crew of 45, plus up to 10 trainees, the Stannah Microlift 50kg combination food lift operates over a distance of 2820mm, between the main galley and read more

A climbing solution customized for a special structural shape
18.08.2014 In Warsaw, the Warsaw Spire office complex is currently being constructed. The 220 m high, waist like office tower complete with elliptical ground plan characterizes the appearance of the building ensemble; the tower is flanked by a 55 m high building on each side. PERI has planned and supplied the complete formwork and scaffolding solution for the complex – including the self climbing formwork for the core as well as a full perimeter climbing protection panel. With efficient and safe technology along with a number of read more

Siveillance Connect Communicates using Tetra Digital Radio
18.08.2014 The Siemens Building Technologies Division introduces the latest release of its Siveillance Connect communications platform. Dispatchers use the software, which now also supports Tetra (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) digital radio, for efficient on-site planning and control of emergency response team deployment. The platform is suited for the security control centers and fire brigades of critical infrastructure, such as airports and power and industrial plants. Siveillance Connect bundles and consolidates all control center read more

GE’s New Lumination LED DownLights
18.08.2014 GE's Lumination LED DownLights are now available with new reflector finishes and anodized color options, offering even greater versatility and customization of the energy-efficient Lumination DI Series for new construction of high-end retail, commercial office and hospitality spaces. In addition to new configurations and finishes, GE's Infusion technology gives users more options, including a variety of lumen output and color temperatures, to illuminate key products or focal points with the simple read more

Industry's only VOC-compliant flexible size ceiling system
18.08.2014 CertainTeed Ceilings is giving architects and designers the flexibility to bring the superior acoustical performance, durability and sustainability of the company's trusted Symphony ceiling panels to a greater number of projects with CertaSize VOC-Compliant Symphony f, the industry's only VOC-compliant flexible size ceiling system. By offering a wide range of modular panel sizes, the new panels support a clean, custom ceiling visual by removing the clutter of air return vents, light fixtures and other mechanical read more

SunLED new full Color Illumination LED - XZM2CRKM2DGFBB45SCCB
17.08.2014 Look no further than SunLED's new RGB for your high brightness, multi-color design requirements. This 4-leaded PLCC package provides a high intensity output in a reflective casing for an optimal mixture of colors in a compact footprint. With this cost effective RGB, you can seamlessly create any color of the visible spectrum with the adjustment of forward current. Whether the design is to operate a single die at a time for emitting primary colors (Red, Green, Blue), two dies together for a secondary color (Yellow, Magenta, Cyan), read more

Cat TH414C GC and TH417C GC telehandlers
12.08.2014 The new Cat TH414C GC and TH417C GC telehandlers are designed specifically to meet the requirements of rental-fleet operators for low operating costs, simple maintenance, reliability, durability, and ease of operation. The new TH414C GC and TH417C GC have rated load capacities of 3 600 kg and 4 000 kg, respectively, and maximum lift heights of 13 850 and 17 000 mm. Heavy-duty construction of the boom and frame, field-proven power-train components, robust hydraulic system, and intuitive read more

Stannah lifts duo moves people and goods in new Yorkshire schools
07.08.2014 The wheelchair platform lift brings equality of movement over 3 floors to mobility compromised individuals, including wheelchair users, in Dixons Music Primary; and a trolley lift carries food trolleys over 2 floors between the kitchen and refectory in the neighbouring Dixons Trinity Academy. Complementing stair access to three floors of educational facilities, the vertical platform lift operates at a speed of .080m/s over a distance of 4944mm. It is manually operated via simple push-button controls, has read more

exhibitions and other events

Iconic Solar Facility built by Bechtel Receives Industry Honor
05.08.2014 The Bechtel-built Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has been awarded POWER magazine's 2014 Plant of the Year award. Located in Southern California's Mojave Desert, Ivanpah is one of the world's largest solar thermal facilities and the first renewable plant to receive this top honor. POWER magazine's Plant of the Year Award is presented to projects that lead the industry in the successful deployment of advanced technology while minimizing environmental impact. The project was a joint effort among Bechtel, NRG, Google, and BrightSource Energy. read more

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

industry news

Spain's Ferrovial to manage Ourense University Hospital Complex
19.08.2014 Through subsidiary Ferrovial Services, Ferrovial has been chosen to deliver a range of non-medical services at the Ourense University Hospital Complex in Galicia. read more

Cemex supplies concrete for Mexico’s largest petrochemical project
19.08.2014 Mexico's Cemex, one of the world's largest cement companies, announced that it is supplying 250,000 cubic meters of a variety of specialized, ready-mix concretes for the construction of the new Braskem Idesa-Etileno XXI Plant in Veracruz, Mexico. read more

Carillion signs contract for residential development in London
19.08.2014 Following Carillion's appointment by HUB earlier in the year as the preferred bidder for its Hoola London project, a development in London's Royal Docks, Carillion has now signed a £90 million contract with HUB to deliver this development. read more

Wienerberger with strong organic growth in the first half of 2014
19.08.2014 Wienerberger AG, the world's largest producer of bricks, and number one on the clay roof tile market in Europe, announced strong results for the first half of 2014. The market leader from Austria recorded a year-on-year increase of 7% in revenues to € 1,349.4 million and 27% in operating EBITDA to € 135.1 million. read more

Iberdrola to construct wind farm in Mexico
18.08.2014 Iberdrola has commenced the construction work for the Pier II wind farm, with an installed capacity of 66 megawatts (MW), in Mexico. It is set to be the company's fourth renewable facility in the country. read more

Bilfinger to install foundations for Sandbank Offshore Windpark
18.08.2014 The engineering and services group Bilfinger has won an order for the installation of a total of 72 foundations for the new Sandbank Offshore Windpark. Sandbank is a joint partnership of Vattenfall (51 percent) and the city of Munich's public utility company (49 percent). read more

Cemex announces new CLH cement plant in Colombia
18.08.2014 Mexican cement maker Cemex announced that its subsidiary, Cemex Latam Holdings, S.A. (CLH), will begin the construction of a cement plant in Colombia. The total investment is expected to reach approximately US$340 million and to increase CLH's cement production capacity in Colombia from 4.5 million to close to 5.5 million tons per year. read more

Changes in the Skanska Senior Executive Team
18.08.2014 Mike McNally, Executive Vice President Skanska, responsible for the U.S. constructions units Skanska USA Civil and Skanska USA Building, will retire from Skanska by the end of year 2014. Mike McNally will be succeeded as of January 1, 2015, by Richard Cavallaro who is currently Business Unit President Skanska USA Civil. read more

Aker Solutions to lease new office complex in Aberdeen
15.08.2014 Aker Solutions agreed to lease a new office complex in Aberdeen for 20 years as part of an expansion in the UK. read more

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