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120-watt eLucent Nebula LED Gas Station Canopy
26.04.2015 ATG Electronics (ATG) introduces the DesignLights Consortium (DLC)-qualified Lucent Nebula LED Gas Station Canopy, a low-profile surface mount retrofit fixture for fuel service applications. The slim three-inch profile enables versatile mounting and easy retrofit installation into existing single- or double-skin canopies. "Just like the interstellar cloud, the new Nebula provides crisp bright light day or night to ensure safe and secure operations at service stations nationwide," said James Steedly, vice president of Product Research read more

Working faster due to safer conditions
26.04.2015 For the construction of the JKG Tower high-rise building complex – consisting of a 32-storey office tower along with a 13-storey parking facility – safety has been given the highest priority. As a result, the PERI formwork and shoring solution has also included, among other things, a corresponding training programme for the construction team. The high level of safety thus achieved has ensured increased productivity: every month, 3 storeys have been realized on the respective towers. read more

Premiere: Heavy-duty bracket HDC for pier heads
26.04.2015 Currently, the 46.6 km Western High Speed Diameter is the largest infrastructure project in St. Petersburg, Russia. The highway will create a quick connection between the northern and southern parts of the city and the Vasilievsky Island and improve traffic conditions. At the centre of the project is the 620 m long bridge across the Korabelny channel. Doka is the supplier of an efficient and easily adaptable formwork solution for constructing both pylons and main piers. read more

Hitachi's new 1-1/2 Strap-Tite Fastening System Strip Nailer
21.04.2015 Hitachi Power Tools announced the newest addition to its extensive pneumatic lineup; a 1-1/2" Strap-Tite Fastening System Strip Nailer, model NR38AK. This nailer is designed specifically for fastening various types of pre-drilled metal connectors to wood by using the nail tip as a guide for exact placement with a sequential drive mechanism. This nailer rounds out Hitachi's Strap-Tite family and offers superior precision and control for metal connector to wood applications. The NR38AK accepts commonly used 1-1/2" paper read more

Direct plug and play T8 U-BENT DIR LED tube with true fluorescent design
21.04.2015 GREEN CREATIVE announced the launch of its new T8 U-BENT 16W DIR LED tube. Part of GREEN CREATIVE's new TITANIUM LED SERIES 4.0, the T8 U-BENT 16W DIR tube was designed to match the form factor and light output of the fluorescent U-bent tube it is replacing. The T8 U-BENT DIR tube is also compatible with Instant Start ballasts so no rewiring is required during installation. The new T8 U-BENT 16W features a thin light engine and continuous diffusing tube that provides uniform and seamless light from end to end. read more

PHI introduces new categories for building certification
21.04.2015 Renewable energy is the ideal complement to the efficiency of the Passive House Standard. In order to provide reliable guidance for this combination, the Passive House Institute (PHI) introduces two new categories for its building certification; in addition to the established Passive House Classic, there will be the Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium classes as well. A new evaluation procedure which also considers energy generation by the building itself will serve as a basis for this. The exact certification criteria and calculation read more

Online AIA/CES courses, Select and Spec tool, guide specifications
14.04.2015 Helping architects and the building community better understand architectural finishing, Linetec's Architectural Resource Center's online resources include on-demand continuing education courses and tools for simplifying coatings selection and specification. Linetec's online "Select and Spec" tool allows visitors to browse color palettes and order painted aluminum samples. Organized intoeight color families with interactive "chips," the user clicks on a chip to see a larger image and order up to five samples. These 3.5-by-2-inch painted metal read more

Unique Beswick mini Pressure Regulator
05.04.2015 Unique Beswick mini Pressure Regulator. A Design News "Product of the Year" finalist. Force = Pressure x Area. The Challenge: You need a pressure regulator with excellent performance and it also has to be miniature because you have limited space for it in your product. The regulator must have the ability to control low output pressures (under 5 psi), have low mass, and be corrosion resistant. On a related note, you have been noticing an increasing number of gray hairs since your boss assigned you this project. read more

College building achieves aesthetic, environmental, performance goals
05.04.2015 Maryland's Cecil College opened its new three-story, 28,683-square-foot, engineering and mathematics (E&M) facility with the start of the 2014-15 academic year. Designed by Marshall Craft Associates, the $19.7 million building is pursuing LEED Silver certification, the first in Cecil County. Supporting the project's aesthetic, environmental and other performance goals, Wausau Window and Wall Systems contributed the curtainwall and sun shades, Tubelite Inc. supplied the entrance systems, and Linetec provided the finishing. read more

exhibitions and other events

"Bautechnik-Tag 2015" in Düsseldorf
23.04.2015 On April 23 and 24, technical experts and players from the construction industry will meet at the German construction industry conference "Deutscher Bautechnik-Tag 2015" in Düsseldorf. Under the motto "Cities and regions in Transformation - Challenges for society and Engineering", the two-day conference offers a total of around 1,200 participants the possibility to exchange ideas about current construction engineering solutions and innovation. read more

Koin 2015 in Fiera di Vicenza
17.04.2015 The 16th edition of Koin, international expo of furnishings, liturgical objects and components for worship space construction, scheduled from 18 to 21 April 2015 at the Fiera di Vicenza, will be dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council with the promulgation of the Pastoral Constitution "Gaudium et Spes" on the Church in the modern world. The fair, benefitting from the active collaboration and sponsorship of the Diocese of Vicenza, the National Office for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and the National Service for Worship Space Construction of the Italian Bishops Conference has become the most important international appointment in the sector. Since the very first edition, Koin has accompanied the exhibition of products with a vast and well-organized section dedicated to research in order to offer the production world a contribution of ideas and innovative proposals in harmony with the guidelines expressed by Vatican II. read more

Stone + Light presents stone at its best
17.04.2015 From 13 to 16 May 2015, Stone+tec Nuremberg will delight visitors with six special shows about natural stone material, its processing methods and potential applications. Each of the displays has a distinctive focus, from contemporary cemetery concepts and the purposefulness of traditional gravestone culture to issues like the reduction of fine dust or the professional handling of new materials. One highlight in the truest sense of the word is the special "Stone + Light" show: nine objects in stone, presented very artistically thanks to individual LED lighting concepts. read more

Stone+tec in Nuremberg: the No. 1 industry gathering!
09.04.2015 From 13 to 16 May 2015 Stone+tec Nuremberg will once again demonstrate how important it is as an information platform and meeting point for the natural stone processing sector in central Europe. From traditional natural stone and innovative materials through machines, tools, chemical care products and cleaners to gravestone and religious masonry work: the more than 400 exhibitors cover the entire spectrum of modern natural stone processing. Stone+tec 2015 will be officially launched by Hans Peter Wollseifer, President of the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH). read more

industry news

Per H. Utnegaard to become new Chairman of the Executive Board of Bilfinger
23.04.2015 The Supervisory Board of Bilfinger SE today appointed Per Utnegaard as Chairman of the Executive Board with effect from June 1, 2015. He will succeed Herbert Bodner, 67, who took over the position on an interim basis in August 2014. Per Utnegaard, 55, previously served as the President and CEO of Swissport International Ltd. Since September 2007, Per Utnegaard, a Norwegian national, has been Group President and CEO of Swissport International Ltd., the world's largest ground handling company operating in 45 countries with more than 60,000 employees. read more

Aéroports de Paris, Vinci Airports and Astaldi will operate Arturo Merino Benítez Airport
23.04.2015 From October 2015, the consortium made up of Aéroports de Paris, Vinci Airports and Astaldi will operate Arturo Merino Benítez Airport. read more

BAM sells Nootenboom Sports
23.04.2015 BAM Infra has sold its subsidiary Nootenboom Sports bv at Hardinxveld-Giessendam to D.R. Nootenboom Holding bv and Drechtmolen Holding bv. Nootenboom Sports specializes in constructing and maintaining sports facilities. The transaction relates to work in progress, equipment and five employees. read more

SNC-Lavalin to announce 1q results and host annual meeting
17.04.2015 SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC) will announce its first quarter results and host its Annual Shareholders' Meeting in Montreal on May 7, 2015. SNC-Lavalin will hold its first quarter results conference call with the financial community on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Participants will include Robert G. Card, President and Chief Executive Officer and Alain-Pierre Raynaud, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer. Media are welcome to participate on a listen-only basis. read more

ABB wins automation order from Fajar Paper
17.04.2015 ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk (Fajar Paper), a leading packaging paper manufacturer in Indonesia. The contract was booked end of 2014. ABB will provide the automation system for paper machine 3 (PM3), one of the current five paper machines at Fajar Paper responsible for a combined production of around 1.2 million tons of packaging paper per year, including Coated Duplex Board, Kraft Liner Board and Corrugated Medium Paper. read more

Ofsted recognises marked improvement at Slough Childrens Centres
17.04.2015 Ofsted has recognised a marked improvement at Slough's Children's Centres, managed by Cambridge Education on behalf of the Borough Council. The children's centres were described as warm and inclusive hubs for local communities, where families feel welcome and safe. Cambridge Education was appointed to provide educational services to Slough Borough Council, the borough's schools and educational settings in September 2013. read more

Vinci Annual Meeting of Shareholders
16.04.2015 The Combined Shareholders' General meeting of Vinci was held on 14 April 2015 at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris under the chairmanship of Xavier Huillard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Group. The quorum was 60.35 %. read more

Technip awarded FEED contract for the Liuhua fields in the South China Sea
16.04.2015 Technip and its consortium partner China Offshore Oil Engineering Company (COOEC) have been awarded a front end engineering design (FEED) contract by China National Offshore Oil Corporation Limited (CNOOC Ltd.) for two tension leg platforms (TLPs) for the Liuhua 11-1 and 16-2 joint development project located in the South China Sea. read more

Amec Foster Wheeler awarded Nuclear Decommissioning Authority decommissioning and research framework contract
16.04.2015 Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that it has been awarded a four-year contract by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), increasing the range of services it currently provides. read more

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