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Komatsu hydraulic excavator concept machine with a hydrogen fuel cell
21.05.2023 Komatsu has developed a concept machine for a medium-sized hydraulic excavator that combines a hydrogen fuel cell and Komatsu-developed key components to achieve carbon neutrality at workplaces of construction equipment. By advancing the Proof of Concept (PoC) tests it started in May 2023, Komatsu will accelerate its efforts to embark on the commercial production of medium-sized and large construction equipment powered by hydrogen fuel cells in the near future. In its mid-term management plan, Komatsu committed to minimizing read more

Siemens tech enables successful research at ZCBS Lab
09.05.2023 ETH Zurich, one of the world's most renowned universities, has opened a unique research facility: the Zero Carbon Building Systems (ZCBS) Lab. It allows research into the behavior of building components and systems in different climate zones. The new building, located on the university campus in Zurich, comprises two floors with different test cells, climate chambers, and experimentation rooms. As part of its existing industrial partnership with ETH Zurich, Siemens has equipped the new research facility with state-of-the-art digital building technologies, read more

Musco LED system featuring ams OSRAM LEDs
30.04.2023 ams OSRAM and Musco Lighting have unveiled the performance details of ams OSRAM's OSCONIQ LEDs as part of a new field-of-play lighting system at the Armin-Wolf-Arena, a baseball stadium in Regensburg, Germany. The stadium's new floodlighting uses the Total Light Control —TLC for LED system from Musco Lighting, fitted with OSCONIQ P 3737 LEDs from ams OSRAM, which provide the 5700K light source for the TLC for LED luminaires. Selected as a host stadium for the 2023 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, the Armin-Wolf-Arena was required to read more

GMK5250XL-1 plays key role in tough plant disassembling job in Brazil
30.04.2023 When Wildson de Jesus, general director of Willift Lifting Engineering, received the task to plan the lifting of heavy metal parts at a 40 m (131 ft) height, at a lime plant in Vitoria, Brazil, his main concern was to find the right equipment to perform the job securely and efficiently. Jesus knew it would be a complex operation — six silos and their lids, each part weighing 22 t (24 USt) and 4 t (4.4 USt) respectively, had to be removed and some heavy metal parts connected to these barrels would need to be cut off during the dismantling process. read more

Signify's 3D-printed luminaires
29.04.2023 Signify showcased new additions to its sustainable 3D-printed lighting collection at the world's leading international design fair, Salone del Mobile. The exhibition featured an exclusive collaboration with innovative textile designer Aleksandra Gaca, and Signify's award-winning Coastal Breeze collection, which is made with 100% recycled fishing nets. A special highlight is a new design with exceptional textures and exclusive finishes, from Aleksandra Gaca. Gaca's innovative woven textiles sit at the intersection of art, design and architecture and match perfectly read more

Mingèr gallery completed five weeks ahead of schedule with Concremote
28.04.2023 The Mingèr gallery was recently inaugurated to protect the main road in the Engadine high valley in Switzerland from falling rocks and avalanches. The structure required an unobstructed clearance profile and an accelerated construction schedule in order to complete the gallery before winter. The contractor, Bezzola Denoth AG, relied on solutions from Doka to help it achieve this goal. The Engadine high valley in Switzerland is famous for its picturesque landscape, but also for the dangers of rockfall and avalanches that threaten read more

75 W edge-emitting laser in a cost-effective radial plastic package
26.04.2023 ams OSRAM has added a higher-performance infrared laser targeting cost-conscious consumer and other applications with the introduction of a 75 W edge-emitting laser in a cost-effective radial plastic package. The SPL PL90AT03's high peak output power and narrow 110 µm aperture result in superior performance in long-distance ranging applications and easier optical integration. The new SPL PL90AT03 edge-emitting laser diode's low-cost plastic package is ideal for use in high-volume applications. Featuring the same footprint as the previous generation read more

3D Avoidance Zone system for construction sites
24.04.2023 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, and Xwatch Safety Solutions announced a significant milestone in their partnership, enhancing construction site safety and infrastructure protection. The innovative combined solution will allow users to create or import 3D avoidance zones above and below the surface area directly within the Leica MC1 machine control software. "We (Xwatch) connected an XW5; a height slew and RCI (rated capacity indicator) system to the Leica MC1 machine control software. The integration of the XW5 provides a virtual wall with height read more

TEN-T must acknowledge the strategic role of ports in offshore wind
16.04.2023 All the relevant equipment for offshore wind deployment is stored in and transported via ports. The EU must recognise the critical role of offshore wind ports in its trans-European transport network policy (TEN-T). With an ongoing revision the EU wants its TEN-T to better support the transition to a cleaner, greener and smarter mobility in line with the European Green Deal. This will only succeed if the eligibility criteria for TEN-T don't penalise offshore wind ports. With its trans-European transport network policy (TEN-T) the European Union aims to read more

exhibitions and other events

GaLaBau remains on course for success in anniversary year 2024
30.05.2023 2024 is a special year for GaLaBau: At the 25th round of the leading international fair for urban green and open spaces from 11 to 14 September, Nuremberg will once again become the key gathering place for the gardening and landscaping sector. GaLaBau attracts gardening and landscaping companies, representatives of municipalities, landscape architects and motorised equipment and power tool dealers from all over Europe. In 14 exhibition halls, the exhibitors at GaLaBau will cover the full range of solutions for the design, construction and maintenance of urban, green and open spaces as well as sports grounds, golf courses and playgrounds. Exhibitors can now register for the 2024 anniversary edition of the event and preparations for the comprehensive supporting programme are in full swing. read more

BAU celebrates a successful comeback
27.04.2023 Following a four-year break, BAU, the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, is back with an excellent result. About 190,000 visitors informed themselves from April 17 to 22 at the Messe München exhibition center about the innovations and trends of the 2,260 exhibitors (2019: 2,250) from 49 countries (2019: 45 countries). The BAU Insights 365-days industry platform, set up just two months ago, was also a big hit – up to 40,000 people used the construction industry's new online portal every day. read more

Holz-Handwerk 2024: Discover and experience wood processing at first hand
07.04.2023 As preparations get underway for the next round of Holz-Handwerk from 19–22 March 2024, the exhibitor registration phase has begun. Following the one-off "Summer Edition" in 2022, Holz-Handwerk is returning to its usual springtime schedule. read more

BAU: Focus on sustainability and climate neutrality
07.04.2023 After more than four years away, BAU—the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems—will start in just a few days on the grounds of Messe München. From April 17 to 22, more than 2, 200 exhibitors from 49 countries will present innovations and trends from the construction industry in an area of 200, 000 square meters. In addition to numerous solutions and products, BAU also offers visitors a comprehensive supporting program with forums, special shows, conferences and award ceremonies. read more

industry news

BESIX, MBL and Boskalis receive contract for first phase of Port of NEOM development
26.05.2023 BESIX, in partnership with Modern Building Leaders (MBL) and Boskalis, has been awarded a contract by NEOM for the first phase of the dredging and quay wall development of the Port of NEOM, located in the northwest region of Saudi Arabia. Located on the Red Sea, near the Suez Canal, the port is the primary seaport of entry to NEOM and is undergoing a transformation to become the world's most technologically advanced, efficient and sustainable port. read more

Honolulu’s rail transit system to open next month
23.05.2023 The first phase of the City and County of Honolulu's long-awaited rail transit system will officially begin interim passenger operations at 2 p.m. on June 30, 2023, with a grand opening celebration at the Hālawa rail station featuring dignitaries and entertainment slated for earlier in the day. "This is truly a momentous and historic day for the island of Oahu. Today's announcement marks the culmination of decades of hard work, perseverance and overcoming difficult challenges of every kind, " said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. read more

Cambodia approves construction of a canal linking capital to coastal province
23.05.2023 The Cambodian government has approved the construction of the first-ever waterway connecting the Bassac River in Phnom Penh with the sea in the southwest Kep province. The 180-kilometer Bassac River Navigation and Logistics System will link between the Bassac River in the capital and the sea in Kep province, passing through Kandal, Takeo, and Kampot. The new waterway project is estimated to cost about 1.7 billion U.S. dollars read more

Tennessee Performing Arts Center selects BIG to design new performance home
12.05.2023 A team made up of Danish architect Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Boston’s William Rawn Associates and Nashville-based EOA Architects has won a contract to design a new home for the Tennessee Performing Arts Centre (TPAC). Following the approval of a $200 million State grant, TPAC intends to build upon its unique capacity for narrative storytelling to create an artistic beacon worthy of Tennessee's creative legacy. read more

MVRDV’s residential project in Montevideo brings family homes to a dense neighbourhood
12.05.2023 The construction permit for MVRDV's 15-storey residential building in Montevideo, Uruguay has been approved. Named Ziel, the project – designed for developer IXOU, in collaboration with executive architect Monoblock – is MVRDV's first in Uruguay. Located just a block from the ocean on the southern tip of Montevideo, the project occupies a corner lot next to the Villa Biarritz park, which serves as a green heart for the dense Punta Carretas neighbourhood. Thanks to the deep plot and the blind walls of the neighbouring buildings, the design uses a courtyard to ensure that every apartment gets adequate light, and extends the greenery of the park throughout the structure, from the courtyard to the private terraces and shared patios on various levels. read more

Webuild JV lands $1.4bn high-speed rail contract for Saudi Arabia’s Neom
12.05.2023 Webuild and joint-venture partner Shibh Al Jazira Contracting Company (Sajco) have signed a €1.4bn contract to design and build 57km of a high-speed railway serving the futuristic commercial and residential region of Neom on Saudi Arabia's northern Red Sea coast. read more

Skanska reports first quarter 2023 results
04.05.2023 Revenue for the quarter amounted to SEK 34.9 billion (37.8); adjusted for currency effects, revenue decreased 13 percent. Operating income amounted to SEK 0.4 billion (1.9); adjusted for currency effects, operating income decreased 81 percent. read more

Flatiron to develop transformative light rail project in Calgary
04.05.2023 The City of Calgary has selected Bow Transit Connectors (BTC) – a joint venture including Hochtief subsidiary Flatiron – as the Development Partner to deliver Phase One of the transformative Green Line LRT project. It is the largest infrastructure investment in Calgary's history – with CAD 5.5bn (EUR 3.7bn) in commitments from Government of Canada, read more

Besix-led consortium builds flyovers and bridges in the Republic of Gabon
04.04.2023 The Design & Build contract was signed on 28 February 2023 between the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure and the consortium composed of Besix, Matiere, and MBB. Once the financing will be finalised, the consortium will be able to start works, which are set to last for 36 months. The project consists of the design and build of two 200-metre-long flyovers in the capital Libreville which will drastically improve traffic flow. It also comprises the construction of a 200-metre-long steel bridge crossing the Abanga river in Ebel, a city located on the major Transgabonese road. This new bridge will replace the existing one and will alleviate congestion in areas read more

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