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Optimal model design – Software manufacturer uses Siemens solution
15.01.2020 Vectorworks, Inc. is an award-winning provider of design software for architects, landscape architects and the entertainment industry with a global presence. An important customer requirement of software solutions is easy and robust 3D modeling functionality. Vectorworks uses components from the Siemens PLM Software portfolio. With Siemens solutions, customers can achieve precise modeling, for example protrusions or similar. More importantly, designers can spend more time on the actual design process without having to worry about read more

CertainTeed's new reinforced siding innovation
15.01.2020 CertainTeed announced its new reinforced siding innovation, CERTAplank. Made in the U.S. and available nationwide, the wide-faced, durable vinyl cladding combines modern hardboard looks with a lightweight 7-inch, slim but rigid profile that can be installed quickly and safely, and requires virtually no upkeep. "CERTAplank is the result of many years of research and product development," said Kara Radcliffe, director of vinyl siding product management for CertainTeed. "Fiber cement and wood planks are cumbersome and heavy, and they require special tools, read more

Caterpillar at the upcoming CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020
14.01.2020 Paying tribute to those building the world's infrastructure, the Caterpillar CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 experience includes a mix of static displays, equipment demonstration area, and new services/technologies under the theme of "Your Work Matters." The 60,000 ft2 (5574 m2) exhibit in the show's new outdoor Festival Grounds includes Operator's Stadium, where the finals of the Global Operator Challenge and equipment demonstrations take place. Caterpillar is investing in technology and safety features showcased in more than read more

Scaffolding solutions for three residential towers in Bratislava
14.01.2020 The new cultural epicentre of the region is currently being built in Bratislava: SKY PARK is a multi-functional centre that combines a modern living and working experience with public spaces. Spanning approximately 5 hectares, the site currently encompasses three residential towers, two office buildings, a large park area and the Jurkovič thermal power station, which is being refurbished as part of this major project. In addition to customised PERI scaffolding solutions, amongst others the PERI RCS rail climbing system in combination with read more

New Philips Hue outdoor collection
14.01.2020 Signify is expanding the Philips Hue outdoor collection with a new range of smart wall lights, pathway lights and low-voltage fixtures. With this new collection, bringing any outdoor space to life and setting the mood for any occasion has never been easier. Among the latest additions to the outdoor collection are wall-mounted fixtures and pathway lights. There are 16 million colors and 50,000 shades of warm-to-cool white light for effortless personalization to create the perfect atmosphere in one's outdoor space. The highlight of the launches are read more

Potain Igo 22 installed on hard-to-reach job site in historic French city
14.01.2020 A Potain Igo 22 has been successfully installed on a job site in the center of Avignon, a historic city in southeastern France's Provence region. Access to the job site was challenging, as it is only accessible via very narrow streets. However, local dealer Uperio supplied a mobile crane to carefully lift the Igo 22 into place and managed the necessary road closures, making the installation possible. Contractor Batik Construction has now commenced work on the job site, a residential development restoration project in the heart of the city. read more

Sweden's biggest road and tunnel project
30.12.2019 A 21 km motorway bypass is being constructed to relieve traffic in Stockholm: E4 Bypass Stockholm, or in Swedish "E4 Förbifart Stockholm". The bypass, scheduled for completion by 2030 doesn't just stand out as one of Sweden's biggest infrastructure projects: its 18 kilometres of tunnel will make it the second-longest underground tunnel in city buildings. Doka is providing the formwork equipment for four project sections. Stockholm is growing astonishingly fast – in fact, the Swedish capital has the fastest growth rate in Europe. The 14 islands that make up read more

Two Grove cranes repair gantry crane at Australia’s first automated port
30.12.2019 McKay United, an equipment rental and service company in Australia, deployed a Manitowoc's Grove GMK7450 and a GMK5250L to repair a derailed gantry crane at Australia's first automated port — Victoria International Container Terminal in Port Melbourne. The project was the biggest lift McKay United has completed since owning both Grove all-terrain cranes. "The gantry had actually twisted so this proved a challenge and it was difficult to locate the twisted wheels back on the tracks," said Simon Atkins, general manager, McKay United. "The ability for both read more

Better homes with less energy
30.12.2019 Saving energy is comparatively easy in the case of buildings: these can be built so that they will not use much energy in the first place. If renewable energy is added to the mix, then sustainability is optimally implemented: "Building the future – sustainably!", this is the focal theme of the 24th International Passive House Conference 2020 in Berlin. The German Federal Ministry of Economics has assumed patronage for the conference. The call for papers has begun. Energy efficiency comes first! In order to do more for climate protection in the building sector, read more


exhibitions and other events

bautec.INNOVATION AWARD 2020: The nominations have been decided
13.01.2020 From digital tools and fuel cells to heating with hydrogen and serial construction – the innovative products and systems that have been nominated for the bautec.BÄR 2020 offer answers and solutions to the challenges of the future. The bautec.INNOVATION AWARD is a feature of bautec 2020. This is the second time that this prize has been presented at this event in recognition of outstanding innovations. In contrast to the more generally adopted procedure, for the bautec.INNOVATION AWARD the jury is made up of trade professionals. During the four days of the fair, from 18 to 21 February 2020, they will be able to cast their vote for their favourites at bautec or GRÜNBAU BERLIN. read more

Digitization in the building industry concerns us all
09.12.2019 Cologne will become the digital hotspot of the construction industry. From February 11 to 13, 2020, the Rhine metropolis will be the hub for digital trends, product innovations and services relating to the digitization of the construction industry. Messe München will take its digitalBAU trade fair to Cologne, and more than 200 exhibitors will follow. With a comprehensive exhibition concept for all those involved in building, innovative presentations in three specialist forums and a digitalBAU Start-Up Award, it sets a clear signal: Digitization in the building industry concerns us all. read more

Acciona to turn façade of Madrid’s Prado Museum into 3D canvas, in bicentenary celebrations finale
09.12.2019 From December 12 to 15, the Goya Facade of the Prado Museum in Madrid will be turned into an immense canvas on which almost a hundred of the Museum's works of art will be projected, accompanied by light effects and live music. Acciona, the company in charge of designing and executing the show, will use mapping, laser and special effects technology to achieve an immersive three-dimensional projection that will include a synchronized soundtrack, composed specifically for the event. read more

Early festive delivery for Grassmarket Community Project
09.12.2019 Hub South East, Development Partner to public sector bodies in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders, this week presented an early Christmas present to the Grassmarket Community Project, handing over £20,000 thanks to a Charity Golf Day held earlier this year. Hub's Contractors, Morrison Construction and BAM Construction were the primary sponsors of this year's event and were present to meet the charity's team and members and find out about how their support is changing lives. read more


industry news

Balfour Beatty successfully electrifies rail lines between Bristol and Cardiff
13.01.2020 Last week, Balfour Beatty, working on behalf of Network Rail, successfully completed the electrification of 77 kilometres of the Great Western Railway (GWR) line between Bristol and Cardiff; a significant contribution to Network Rail's overall Greater West Electrification Programme to electrify 275 kilometres of train line between Cardiff and London. spliter In order to deliver the works on time, over 750 Balfour Beatty operatives undertook complex works over the Christmas period, completing the final installation of the overhead cables at Cardiff Central Station, marking the completion of over 4,200 masts and booms, responsible for holding the 643 kilometres of electric cabling associated with the 77 kilometres section of route. read more

US toll road NTE pays out 292 million dollars in its first dividend distribution
13.01.2020 The North Tarrant Express (NTE) toll road in Texas has distributed its first dividend, for a total of 292 million dollars; this milestone comes five years after the road came into service and includes the distribution of 184 million dollars to Ferrovial. The company owns 62.97% of NTE through its subsidiary Cintra. Shareholder remuneration by this tolled managed lanes project, which was awarded in 2009 to the Cintra-led NTE Mobility Partners consortium, comes after the 1.270 billion dollar refinancing deal closed last month (400 million dollars in PABs and 871.1 million dollars in taxable bonds). The LBJ toll road in Texas is expected to distribute its first dividend this year. read more

New contracts for BAM in Luxembourg
17.12.2019 BAM Lux, a subsidiary of BAM's Walloon company Galère, has won four contracts with a combined construction value of more than €25 million. The most extensive project concerns the concrete works for the office tower of the European Commission's new complex in Luxembourg. read more

Cemex Ventures, BCG, and Tracxn launch list of the 50 most promising startups in the construction ecosystem of 2019
16.12.2019 Cemex Ventures, Cemex's Corporate Venture Capital Unit, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting pioneer, and Tracxn, a startup and emerging innovation sector monitoring platform, announced their list of the 50 most promising startups in the construction ecosystem of 2019. read more

FCC Construcción wins its first contract in the Netherlands
16.12.2019 FCC Construcción has won its first contract in the Netherlands. It is about the design, construction, and maintenance of a section of the A9 Badhoevedorp-Holendrecht in the Netherlands, near the city of Amsterdam and its airport. The project has an investment of more than 845 million euros and an execution period of seven years with two more maintenance for FCC (of a total maintenance period of 14 years) The contract consists of the remodeling of a 10.4-kilometer section of the A9 motorway, which includes the widening of the platform to pass from three to four lanes in each direction, with the corresponding expansion of existing structures, as well as new links with other roads, including bridges and underpasses. read more

Hochtief JV to deliver GBP 400 million London Power Tunnels project
16.12.2019 A Hochtief-led joint venture has been awarded with a GBP 400 million contract to deliver the second phase of the London Power Tunnels (LPT2) project. read more

Ferrovial sells 65% of Ausol to Meridiam, generating a capital gain of 473 million euro
05.12.2019 Ferrovial, through Cintra, has completed the sale of 65% of Ausol I and Ausol II toll roads, in Malaga, to French infrastructure fund Meridiam. The deal, announced on 14 June, finally amounted to 451 million euro due to the accrued interest under the agreement. It provides Ferrovial with a capital gain of 473 million euro and enables it to deconsolidate the project's gross debt to third parties, amounting to 611 million euro 531 million euro of net debt). Following this transaction, Ferrovial owns 15% of both concessions, on which it retains a put option and has granted Meridiam a call option. Closure of the transaction was subject to obtaining the necessary official approvals. The sale of this stake in Ausol is part of Ferrovial's asset rotation strategy. read more

Vinci Concessions opens the final section of the new M11 motorway between Moscow and Saint Petersburg
03.12.2019 The final section (Section 8) of the new Moscow – Saint Petersburg (M11) motorway was officially opened on 27 November 2019 at a ceremony presided over by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and attended by Yves-Thibault de Silguy, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Vinci and Nicolas Notebaert, Chief Executive Officer, Vinci Concessions. read more

Iberdrola and Caja Rural de Navarra to build new wind complex in Navarra
27.11.2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has taken another step forward in the promotion of clean energy production in Spain. The EU bank will provide EUR 50m in financing to Renovables de la Ribera, a 50-50 joint venture between Iberdrola and Caja Rural de Navarra to build a new renewable energy project - the Cavar wind complex - in Navarra, Spain. The EIB is assisting this project via a Green Loan, the features of which are fully in line with the requirements set out in its Climate Awareness Bonds programme. As a result, it is likely to be allocated to its portfolio of loan operations financed via the issuance of these bonds. read more


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