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Next generation of fire risk modelling with release of FLACS-Fire
04.09.2014 GexCon announced the release of a landmark software package, FLACS-Fire. Tailor-made for the oil and gas, processing, and industrial segments, FLACS-Fire combines optimal usability with an unparalleled ability to generate detailed models of jet and pool fires. With over 35 years of experience in developing safety and risk management software, GexCon is a globally recognised authority in its field. FLACS, first released in 1986, is the industry standard in 3D CFD (computational fluid dynamics) gas read more

Cat 826K Landfill Compactor
04.09.2014 The Cat 826 Landfill Compactor has set the design standard for this demanding application since 1978, and with the introduction of the K Series model, that design is further advanced in terms of operator comfort and safety, ease of operation, durability, reliability, low-cost operation, and productivity. Two Cat C15 ACERT engine options are available, meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards or U.S. EPA Tier 3/EU Stage IIIA equivalent emission standards. It delivers 405 net horsepower to the 826K's drive train, read more

Determination of design wind loads on building cladding systems
04.09.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA TIR-15-14, "Overview of Design Wind Load Determination for Fenestration Systems." This report discusses the determination of design wind loads on curtain walls and other building cladding systems. The document originally was published in 1985, when Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel (BLWT) testing was a relatively new field, and limited information was available on its methods and uses. "There have been numerous read more

Fully automatic rescue and escape solution
04.09.2014 Capital Safety, home of the DBI-SALA and PROTECTA brands of fall protection equipment has announced the launch of their new Rollgliss R550 Rescue & Escape Device, a smaller, more lightweight escape solution ideal for wind and cell phone tower work, aerial lifts, cranes and more. Offering fully automatic, hands-free descent, the Rollgliss R550 is a safe, easy-to-use rescue and descent system that requires minimal user training. With lightweight yet durable cast aluminium housing, the Rollgliss R550 is read more

Specification for third-party finishes applied to PVC exterior profiles
04.09.2014 The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 663-14, "Voluntary Specification for In-Process Quality Control Requirements for Applicators of Organic Coatings to Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles," which establishes the minimum requirements for applicators of organic coatings to PVC exterior profiles that are used in windows, doors and skylights. "This new document is important to the fenestration industry because it lets consumers know that the finish applied read more

One Machine for All Applications
04.09.2014 Komatsu America Corp. introduced the WA200-7 wheel loader. With a net horsepower of 94 kW, the WA200-7 is powered by an EPA Tier 4 Interim emission certified Komatsu engine. Built on its proven Tier 3 engine platform, Komatsu leveraged its leadership in technology and innovation to design a more environmentally friendly engine. Fuel consumption has been reduced by up to three percent compared to the WA200-6. The new wheel loader replaces both the WA200-6 and the WA200PZ-6. Weighing between read more

The most energy-efficient design battery charger in the world
29.08.2014 All mobile device batteries have a limited lifespan. Excessive charging of devices consumes unnecessary energy, wears down the batteries and increases the risk of fire due to overheating. Because of this, Harri Tiainen from Finland designed the BrightCharger design charger, which automatically cuts the electric current after charging is complete, even if you forget to unplug your device. Tiainen's simple invention has the potential to significantly reduce global energy consumption. read more

State-of-the-art LED pitch lighting for Chelsea Football Club
28.08.2014 Royal Philips has provided state-of-the-art LED pitch lighting for Chelsea Football Club. Stamford Bridge is the first stadium for a top flight football club equipped with this pioneering lighting system, which will ensure that the stadium continues to be one of the most famous sporting arenas in the world. The Philips ArenaVision LED floodlighting system is an innovative LED pitch lighting solution. It is designed to provide footballers, fans and TV broadcasters with the best possible experience and supports the latest read more

New temporary building
28.08.2014 With 70 percent growth over the last three years and still more in prospect, bulk powder storage and packaging specialists, Resin Handling Services (RHS), found they had severe capacity problems. Help came from Smart Space, the temporary buildings experts, who completed a project to provide additional temporary building storage within two months from order, with the actual build time on site taking just four days. The new building provides a storage capacity of over 3600 cubic metres and has a footprint of 15 by read more

exhibitions and other events

ABB unveils the future of human-robot collaboration: YuMi
12.09.2014 ABB has unveiled the world's first truly collaborative robot. YuMi is a human-friendly dual arm robot designed for a new era of automation, for example in small parts assembly, where people and robots work hand-in-hand on the same tasks. YuMi is short for 'you and me, ' working together. YuMi has been developed to meet the flexible and agile production needs of the consumer electronics industry in the first instance. It will increasingly be rolled out to cover other market sectors. read more

Intersolar South America attracted over 9.000 visitors
11.09.2014 Intersolar South America 2014, held in São Paulo, SP, on August 26 to 28 at the Expo Center Norte, exceeded the expectations of exhibitors and the participating public. Over the three-day event, 75 exhibiting companies from 10 countries presented their latest products and services to 9,000 visitors. read more

François Hollande opens Mayotte Airport’s new terminal operated by SNC-Lavalin
29.08.2014 SNC-Lavalin, one of Canada's largest engineering firms, announced that François Hollande, the President of France, officially opened Mayotte Airport's new terminal alongside Youssef Sabeh, Senior Vice-President Operations & Maintenance, Europe, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. on August 23. The new terminal was designed and built by SNC-Lavalin, which has also operated the Airport since 2011. read more

Bauma Conexpo Africa to move to a three-year cycle after 2015
27.08.2014 Africa's largest trade fair for the construction machinery and mining industry celebrated its premiere in 2013. The next Bauma Conexpo Africa takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) from September 15 to 18, 2015. Following next year's exhibition, Bauma Conexpo Africa will move to a three-year cycle, meaning the next fair will then be held in 2018. This decision was made after close consultation with local and international industry representatives who recommended the three-year cycle for the markets of Africa. read more

industry news

Strabag building Koscierzyna bypass in Poland
15.09.2014 A consortium of Strabag and its subsidiary Heilit+Woerner has been awarded the design-and-build contract for a 7.6 km bypass around the city of Kościerzyna in northern Poland. The contract has a value of about € 40 million (PLN 165 million). read more

Mabey Hire appoints ex Balfour Beatty & Harsco UK MD as Chief Operating Officer
15.09.2014 Non-mechanical plant hire supplier, Mabey Hire, has appointed former Balfour Beatty Workplace and Harsco UK Managing Director, Steve Farmer, as Chief Operating Officer. read more

Bilfinger receives significant orders in the industrial business
15.09.2014 German industrial services and construction group Bilfinger has won two orders in Romania and Norway with a total volume of over €90 million. The largest German provider of industrial services has thus strengthened its position in Eastern Europe and bolstered its position as market leader in Scandinavia. read more

Skanska expands and renovates hospital in Riverside, California, USA
15.09.2014 Skanska has signed a contract to renovate and expand Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, California, USA. The contract value is USD 150 M, about SEK 990 M, which will be included in order bookings for Skanska USA Building for the third quarter of 2014. read more

Züblin and Hochtief to build the Cherbourger Straße harbour tunnel in Bremerhaven
15.09.2014 BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH has commissioned a joint venture (JV), consisting of Ed. Züblin AG (technical leader/JV share 37%), Hochtief Solutions AG (commercial leader/JV share 33%) and Züblin Spezialtiefbau GmbH (JV share 30%), to build the Cherbourger Straße harbour tunnel in Bremerhaven. read more

Arcadis appoints new CEO for Continental European organization
12.09.2014 Arcadis (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the world's leading natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, today announced the appointment of Erik Blokhuis to the position of CEO for its Continental European operations per January 1, 2015. Mr. Blokhuis, is currently leading the Buildings business for Arcadis Europe. read more

Atkins awarded contract from Talisman Sinopec Energy UK
12.09.2014 Atkins has been awarded a five-year contract for the provision of structural integrity management services under a new framework agreement with oil and gas operator, Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited (TSEUK). read more

Astaldi: restart of payments from Venezuela
11.09.2014 Italian general contractor Astaldi informs that it has received four tranches of payments of receivables related to railway projects in progress in Venezuela. As of today, the sum collected by Astaldi amounts to USD 43 million. read more

Recovery in full-time employment benefitting retail sector in Ireland
11.09.2014 According to the latest retail report from international real estate advisor Savills, the shift in the structure of employment in the Irish market from part-time to full-time has boosted Ireland's economic recovery and as a result, consumer confidence and disposable incomes are improving. read more

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