construction and maintenance news
building materials and technologies

Guardian solar control glass on the BNL-BNP Paribas HQ in Rome
22.07.2017 The headquarters of the BNL-BNP Paribas Group building is a stunning example of how to successfully combine innovative architectural design with optimum comfort and wellbeing for the building's occupants. The project also stands out for its high level of commitment to environmental sustainability, which will see it certified as class A and LEED Gold, with reduced energy consumption compared to traditional buildings. Designed by Italian company 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo architectures, the building was created in such a way that it integrates into the surrounding urban environment. read more

With PERI know-how and support for the best architectural quality
22.07.2017 Since 2010, PERI has been supporting the construction of the 6 km long underwater tunnel section of the fixed link between Hong Kong and Macao / Zhuhai with the provision of two forming machines. The excellent cooperation has led to additional orders: PERI has provided professional engineering services and project specific formwork solutions for achieving the best possible architectural concrete results as well as large time savings during construction work for the tunnel portals and two operation buildings. read more

Formwork fine-tuning by Doka for construction of the new KTM museum
22.07.2017 High speed on two wheels. That's what has made Upper Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM world-famous. But right now at company HQ in Mattighofen, the howl of high-revving motorbike engines is overlaid by the low growl of construction machinery. On a 9,500 m2 site, work on the new KTM museum is in progress and should be finished by the end of 2018. The formwork for the unusual, ellipsoid-shaped building is all by formwork specialist Doka. Good handling and a superb fair-faced concrete finish are the essentials. read more

Slate features Wausau’s windows, doors and curtainwall
20.07.2017 The City of Portland, Oregon's new 10-story, mixed-use, transit-oriented development known as Slate earned LEED Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council in Dec. 2016. Formerly called Block 75, the high energy-efficiency building features window, entrance and unitized curtainwall systems by Wausau Window and Wall Systems. A cornerstone in the City's efforts to revitalize the Burnside Bridgehead area, Slate rises on a previously vacant lot. Opened in Sept. 2016, the project spans 147,000 square feet and offers read more

Distinctive Interiors with Rockfon Decorative Ceiling Designs
20.07.2017 Enhancing the visual experience, mood and perception of commercial interiors, Rockfon acoustic stone wool ceiling panels, metal ceiling panels and Chicago Metallic suspension systems can be installed in a range of interesting patterns and colors. Supporting creative applications, Rockfon presents a number of easy-to-install layouts including basket weave, brick, ascending, rose, check and more. These decorative ceilings can convey a sense of dynamic flow, playfulness, energy or tranquility and enrich modern living with aesthetically appealing, read more

Goldhofer's STZ-VP (285) low loader semitrailers
11.07.2017 With its innovative transport solutions for the construction plant industry, the German quality vehicle manufacturer Goldhofer of Memmingen in Bavaria hit the bull's eye at Plantworx 2017 in Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, UK. Together with Andover, Goldhofer presented its full and varied range of products for all kinds of construction machinery and vehicles at its 432 sq.m. stand in the grounds of Bruntingthorpe. The highlight of this year's trade show was the new STZ-VP 8-axle low-loader semitrailer (see picture) for the most demanding construction site operations. read more

Siemens turns Dubai Opera into a smart concert space
11.07.2017 Dubai Opera is one of the world's smartest and most energy-efficient performance spaces thanks to an extremely powerful building management platform from Siemens. The dhow-shaped building is a multi-format performing arts center which accommodates up to 2,000 spectators. An innovative feature of Dubai Opera is the ability to switch between three usage modes: from a theater to a concert hall to a "flat-floor" mode, which automatically folds away seating to allow the space to be used as a banquet or event hall. read more

John Deere's Improved Backhoe and Loader for Compact Utility Tractors
11.07.2017 John Deere continues to evolve its expansive line of compact utility tractor implements with two additions, the 260B Backhoe and 120R Loader. Building upon previous models, the new implement offerings feature improvements that offer operators the power and productivity needed to get a variety of jobs done. "When designing our latest backhoe and loader models, we listened to customer feedback, making key changes to improve operator ease and productivity," said DeMark Cole, Product Specialist for Compact Utility Tractors. read more

LED continuous row luminaire Modario PM from Osram
11.07.2017 The LED continuous row luminaire Modario PM (Performance) from Osram provides pleasant, glare-free and yet very bright illumination in challenging industrial environments. The luminaire enables the safe operating of machinery as well as concentrated, error-free work, making it ideal for e.g. visually challenging assembly line tasks, precision mechanical work and quality inspection. The variants with clear lens or lens with diffuse scatter particles both achieve very good glare reduction with UGR values from < 19 to < 24 (depending on type), read more

exhibitions and other events

bauma Open Innovation starts a new challenge
24.07.2017 A new bauma Open Innovation project tests the innovative spirit and ideas of the "solver community". The challenge in this instance is to come up with a sensor for locking systems, these sensors being very susceptible to faults due to environmental influences. The solutions and the results are processed anonymously by the experts and forwarded directly to the publisher of the challenge. read more

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA: Investing in positive growth
13.07.2017 The third edition of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles, takes place from March 13 to 16, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over 600 exhibitors will take up 68, 000 square meters at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. Africa's premier trade fair for the mining and construction industry will attract both local and international visitors, the top five African countries, after South Africa, among the visitors in 2015 were: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana. read more

Grand Plaza: the growing marketplace for trade
12.07.2017 The network for trade and its partners: Grand Plaza is going into its second edition at EXPO REAL in 2017 and is now enlarged with the addition of six new exhibitors. Trend topics like e-commerce, the boom in outlet centers and the shopping centers of tomorrow are examined at Speakers' Corner. "Grand Plaza is growing, the number of new exhibitors has risen by six. New additions here are the sales chains Action Deutschland,, Feneberg Lebensmittel, Woolworth and Kaufland", read more

Construction professionals meet the composites industry in architectural iconic Chicago for innovative building solutions in new U.S. event
13.06.2017 JEC Group, the leading Composites organization in the world, launches The Future of Composites in Construction (McCormick Place, June 20-22, 2017 Chicago, IL) entirely dedicated to the current and future developments of Composites Materials in Building & Construction, showcasing Innovations that have been changing the way end-users, such as architects or designers, construct buildings and infrastructures. "We are increasingly concerned with the challenges that the Construction Industry faces. The Civil Society have growing demands in terms of aesthetic and functionality, whereas the common concerns of sustainability, durability, recyclability or again safety are leading to rethink the way we build today. read more

industry news

Arcadis announces its Chief Digital Officer and a new multidisciplinary digital team
14.07.2017 Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the leading global design and consultancy firm for natural and built assets, has made key appointments to its new digital leadership team and is also pleased to announce the appointment of Julien Cayet as the company's Chief Digital Officer (CDO). read more

Pöyry: Alliance agreement regarding the new road section in Lahti, Finland has been signed
14.07.2017 The Finnish Transport Agency and the consortium between Skanska Infra Oy and Pöyry Finland Oy have signed an alliance agreement for a development phase to construct the new Lahti stretch of the city of Lahti's southern ring road. read more

ABB wins order to upgrade Nordic HVDC link
14.07.2017 ABB has won an order worth around $30 million from Svenska Kraftnät in Sweden and Energinet in Denmark. ABB will upgrade the control and protection system for the Konti-Skan high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission link with its latest ABB Ability MACH technology. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2017. The Konti-Skan transmission link was built 52 years ago as the first interconnection between Sweden and Denmark enabling electricity exchange. read more

Vinci Energies acquires Acuntia, a leading Spanish information and communication technology company
10.07.2017 Vinci Energies, the Vinci subsidiary specialising in energy and information and communication technology services (ICT), has reached an agreement with the GPF Capital investment fund to acquire the Acuntia company. The agreement covers acquisition of 85% of the shares, the 15% left remaining in the hands of the senior executives of the company. read more

Ravinala Airports finalises its funding arrangements and begins work in Madagascar
10.07.2017 The concession company Ravinala Airports, formed by Groupe ADP (35% shareholder via its subsidiary ADP Management), the Bouygues group (20%) through Bouygues Bâtiment International, and Colas Madagascar, a subsidiary of the Colas Group, and Meridiam (45%), has since 23 December 2016 been overseeing the operation of Madagascar's Ivato international airport in Antananarivo and Fascene international airport in Nosy Be, as part of a concession contract signed for a period of 28 years with the Government of the Republic of Madagascar. read more

Hochtief and BAM Deutschland to refurbish and operate future Berlin base of Federal Ministry of Health
10.07.2017 The Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA) contracted Hochtief and BAM Deutschland to refurbish a heritage-listed building ensemble in the Berlin-Mitte district: In a public-private partnership (PPP), the two companies will also provide maintenance and operation for a period of 25 years after completion. The future user of one of the buildings will be the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG). read more

Vinci launches the new Group-wide platform dedicated to inventing the Group's future businesses
04.07.2017 Against the backdrop of the many challenges facing today's world – the energy transition, the digital revolution and the accelerating pace of innovation – Vinci is today launching Leonard, its new platform dedicated to innovation and foresight, set up at the instigation of Pierre Coppey, Executive Vice-President of the Vinci Group. read more

BAM sells stadium complex Zwolle
03.07.2017 AM Real Estate Development, part of Royal BAM Group nv, has sold its stadium complex Zwolle, the Netherlands, to investors 'de Zwolse Lenferink Groep'. The stadium complex was developed and being operated in the past years by AM Real Estate Development. The transaction is in line with BAM's strategy 'Building the present, creating the future', whereby the property portfolio is being reduced to less than €500 million (31 December 2016: €630 million) by 2020. In this context, BAM is adjusting the property portfolio by converting property outside the core urban areas into cash and using the proceeds to invest in equity light propositions in the core urban areas. read more

ABB software based solution to support research institute in Inner Mongolia
30.06.2017 ABB has been selected to deliver its Asset Health Center performance management software solution to the Inner Mongolia Electric Power Research Institute (IMEPRI), a subsidiary of Inner Mongolia Power (IMPC) in Hohhot, China. read more

press room
press service
useful links
construction and maintenance news

2005 construction and maintenance