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Know-how from a single source for all construction tasks
20.10.2016 In the government district of Putrajaya, a new administration building of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia: in short, SPRM) is being realized. For constructing the elevated high-rise complex, PERI planned and delivered the formwork and scaffolding solution from a single source. The systems used were perfectly matched to one another resulting in a safe and time-saving execution. In Malaysia, the architecture of the elevated building has a very long tradition – it has usually been employed to keep out read more

Siemens low noise wind turbine blades inspired by silent flight of the owl
20.10.2016 Silent operation of turbines is crucial for the success of many onshore wind projects. Siemens has therefore conducted extensive R&D over the last years to further reduce the noise of its wind turbines. An important breakthrough has now been achieved with the launch of a new generation of Siemens' so-called DinoTail, an aerodynamic blade add-on. The trailing edge fringe of an owl's wing provided the inspiration for this noise-reducing component. Owls are silent hunters. Flying without noise allows them to stealthily approach their prey – primarily smaller rodents. read more

PERI once again lead sponsor of the 5D Conference
20.10.2016 PERI is again acting as a lead sponsor of the 5D Conference in 2016. The event organised by the HTWG Konstanz University of Applied Sciences focusses on the technology of process-oriented 5D simulation. The Conference is also being held this year on 25th and 26th October in the Konzil Building in Constance. As in previous years, the main theme of the 2016 Lake Constance 5D Conference is to make projects faster, more efficient and more cost-effective. Software development has been a focus in the past. International developers, read more

New construction THINFIT Series 6 inch and 4 inch downlights
18.10.2016 GREEN CREATIVE announces the release of its THINFIT Series 6'' and 4'' new construction downlights. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new THINFIT Series, the 6'' 11.6W DLNC and 4'' 8.5W DLNC feature an integrated J-box and allows for installation in either new construction or remodel applications. These lamps also contain edge lighting technology that produces a smooth uniform lighting effect. "These downlight's quick-connect accessory makes installation fast and easy with no rewiring necessary." says GREEN CREATIVE's Marketing Director, Matt Leonard. read more

Baku: 7-star luxury hotel rising with Doka know-how
12.10.2016 Construction work is in progress right now on La Luna, the 7-star luxury hotel set to become a new landmark in Azerbaijan's capital Baku. For the Doka Group this highrise build is another signature success in the Middle East. The hotel and the other structures in the Crescent Bay development will characterise Azerbaijan's architectural landscape. The Crescent Bay urban development project has been ongoing since late 2009; its 450,000 m² footprint covers an entire man-made island in the Caspian Sea. The crescent-shaped hotel structure gives the project its name. read more

CertainTeed announced "Get into the Doghouse"
12.10.2016 CertainTeed announced the return of celebrity contractors Kate Campbell and Damon Bennett for the second annual "Get into the Doghouse" contest. The two home improvement celebrities are facing off in a friendly competition to build the ultimate, insulated doghouse to demonstrate the important role insulation plays in protecting families – including furry ones – against Canada's extreme temperatures. Kate won last year, so Damon is sure to bring his 'A' game for the 2016 competition. read more

Goldhofer technology makes its mark at the 2016 IAA
12.10.2016 At the 2016 IAA in Hanover, the elegant Goldhofer stand was the setting for one of this year's highlights in terms of design, functionality and availability: an STZ-VP 6 (2+4) heavy-duty low bed combination system with six pendular axles. For daily working, the STZ-VP 6 is a real all-rounder with a wide range of convincing features. That makes it the vehicle of choice for even the most challenging operations. The low bed trailer incorporating Goldhofer's successful pendular axle system is highly maneuverable – thanks, among other things, read more

Guardian Glass launches online Performance Calculator
04.10.2016 Guardian Glass has introduced the Performance Calculator, a digital tool to help customers make the best choice for their glazing. The Performance Calculator – developed by Guardian's technical team as part of the Guardian Glass Analytics Software suite and freely available – calculates the light and energy performance of any Guardian glass, either used as a single sheet or any combination of type and thickness for double and triple insulating glass units. The Guardian Performance Calculator has been certified by the notified body KIWA for the correctness read more

Rescue for a mini(ng) excavator
04.10.2016 Collecting an old front shovel excavator from the grounds of the Calenturitas de Prodeco Mine in northern Colombia could hardly have been more challenging: The engine of the O&K RH 120-E mining excavator had given up the ghost and could not be repaired on site, leaving the 250-ton monster stranded on top of a pile of earth. The mining company therefore turned to the well known heavy haulage specialist Boom Logistics to collect the excavator and transport it to the repair shop 22 kilometers away – with the help of a 12-axle THP/SL heavy-duty combination read more

exhibitions and other events

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit The University of Manchester
17.10.2016 Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to the site of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD). The Duke and Duchess visited The University of Manchester campus to mark the start of construction of MECD which will transform the way in which the University educates future engineers. The visit followed on from their earlier visit to the University's National Graphene Institute, where they had the opportunity to view the world's first graphene car. read more

Pöyry event sheds light on utilities’ need to adapt to meet customer needs
14.10.2016 On 5 October 2016, Pöyry welcomed more than 100 participants from across the European energy sector, including incumbent utilities and new entrants alike, to a day-long conference: 'A Customer-Focused Energy Business: Positioning in a Changing World'. The event was hosted by EURELECTRIC at its Brussels headquarters in Belgium. EURELECTRIC Secretary General Hans ten Berge and Pöyry Management Consulting Director Stephen Woodhouse kicked off the day by noting that falling profitability is placing pressure on energy companies to develop new ways to create value for their customers. Stephen Woodhouse argued that: read more

Ramboll: Untapped potential in the German-Danish Corridors
14.10.2016 Hamburg, Aarhus and Copenhagen are all falling behind in the global competition between metropolitan areas. However, with the right initiatives this could be about to change states a new report from Ramboll Management Consulting. The report entitled Collaborative Growth uncovers how the German-Danish corridors connecting these cities can unleash the potential to become an economic powerhouse of Northern Europe. read more

Expo Real 2016: “Europe has to stick together”
11.10.2016 "Europe has to stick together, because either you swim together or you are going to sink together." That´s the view of US star economist Nouriel Roubini, speaking at Expo Real which took place in Munich at Messe München exhibition center between October 4 and 6, 2016. Brexit and the uncertainty it is creating was topic number one in discussions at Europe´s biggest property trade fair. The event recorded a further increase in exhibitor and participant numbers. "As seen by the presence of US star economist Nouriel Roubini, Brexit opponent Sir Howard Bernstein and the economist Professor Dr. Max Otte, Expo Real is a meeting place for not only the property industry, but also for experts in global development, " said Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München. read more

industry news

STILL and ECE lay foundation stone for new logistics center in Hamburg
20.10.2016 The two building complexes totaling an area of 27,000 m² will be built in the immediate vicinity to STILL's head office on a site on Billbrookdeich. Their completion has been scheduled for spring next year. The project will be developed, planned, and implemented by the Hamburg specialist for commercial properties, ECE. The investment for the project amounts to approximately 30 million euros. STILL has signed a long-term lease for the logistics center, which ECE will place on the investment market. read more

Otis Electric Elevator Company inaugurated in Hangzhou
20.10.2016 Otis Electric Elevator Co., Ltd. was officially inaugurated in Hangzhou as the successor to the Xizi Otis brand, retaining its existing elevator and escalator manufacturing operations, extensive sales and service network, management and workforce. read more

The first Kone UltraRope in China to be installed in Beijing's tallest building, China Zun
18.10.2016 Kone Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, will provide China Zun, Beijing's tallest building-to-be with the latest high-rise solutions available in the industry. The mixed-use skyscraper is currently being assembled with the help of Kone JumpLift(TM) construction-time elevator, and once completed, the landmark building's elevators will be hoisted using the revolutionary KONE UltraRope high-rise rope technology. Located in Beijing's Central Business District, the 108-story China Zun will reach a height of 528 meters. read more

Skanska signs highways maintenance contract in Devon, England
17.10.2016 Skanska has signed a seven-year highways maintenance contract with Devon County Council, in the south west of England. The total value over the course of the contract will be GBP 245M, about SEK 2.9 billion. read more

Eurovia to continue modernising the Košice tramway in Slovakia
17.10.2016 Eurovia, the VINCI subsidiary specialising in transport infrastructure and urban development, has been awarded the eight works packages of the second phase of the modernisation of the tramway in Košice, Slovakia's second largest city. Worth almost €80 million, this new contract follows on from the first phase of works, completed by Eurovia between April and October 2015 (for €20 million). The second phase covers the acquisition the rehabilitation of the 33 km network, which consists of 15 urban and suburban lines, and the acquisition of new rolling stock. read more

BAM Nuttall Mott MacDonald joint venture wins contract for Hull flood scheme
14.10.2016 A joint venture comprising BAM Nuttall and Mott MacDonald (BMMJV) has been awarded a £23 million contract for a major flood defence scheme in Hull, UK. BMMJV will carry out vital work to design and build new defences at a number of locations along the River Hull, as well as upgrading existing defences. read more

CIMIC’s Leighton Asia awarded project in Mumbai, India
13.10.2016 CIMIC Group company Leighton Asia, through its subsidiary Leighton India Contractors, has entered into an alliance agreement to deliver the Ten BKC project in Mumbai, India. read more

Vinci Energies acquires Novabase IMS
13.10.2016 Vinci Energies, the Vinci subsidiary specialising in energy services and information and communication technologies, has reached an agreement with Novabase to acquire its subsidiary Novabase IMS. read more

BAM Nuttall wins contract for Hull flood scheme
12.10.2016 Leading construction and engineering company BAM Nuttall has been awarded a £23 million contract for a major flood defence scheme in Hull. Working in joint venture with Mott MacDonald, BAM Nuttall will carry out vital work to design and build new defences at a number of locations along the River Hull, as well as upgrading the existing defences. read more

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