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Range-topping Potain cranes debut on Saudi Arabia resort project
30.09.2023 NFT Group has purchased two landmark Potain tower cranes and immediately shipped both to a high-profile tourist destination under construction in Saudi Arabia as part of the vast NEOM development. One of the cranes is an MCT 1105, the largest topless tower crane from Potain, and the other is one of the previous largest models, an MCT 1005. Long-time Potain partner NFT Group boasts one of the world's most extensive tower crane fleets, including several of the giant MD 1100 – a forerunner to the MCT 1105. It was many years of positive experience read more

Four towers grow at once thanks to PERI systems
30.09.2023 Four up to 233-m-high futuristic towers will soon soar high into the heart of Frankfurt's skyline in keeping with the project's slogan "Feel the City". PERI is playing an instrumental and successful role in the FOUR Frankfurt inner-city project with a wide range of systems from the formwork, scaffolding and climbing technology segments subject to the most stringent safety regulations and a sophisticated logistics concept. After its planned completion in 2025, the tower quartet will change the face of the German metropolis with its pioneering architecture read more

EDGE East Side Tower: (Still) Berlin's tallest skyscraper
30.09.2023 Between the Warschauer Brücke, the East Side Wall and the Mercedes-Benz Arena stands Berlin's tallest skyscraper at 142 meters: the EDGE East Side Tower. The building's innovative architecture by Bjarke Ingels was brought to its final height in only 20 months, partly thanks to the strong cooperation between Züblin and Doka. When an architectural design from the Bjarke Ingels Group comes along, you recognise it: it looks playful, but from a structural point of view it is serious. The bold ideas of the Danes often give building contractors a headache, read more

3D machine control compatibility option for NGH excavators
30.09.2023 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announced the commercial availability of the Leica MC1 3D machine control system with Caterpillar factory-installed NGH sensors. The first customers of this new compatibility option have already experienced the streamlined installation process of the Leica MC1 system into Caterpillar's existing Grade 2D Assist excavator system with the support of Leica Geosystems and Caterpillar dealers. The enhanced interoperability between the Leica MC1 3D machine control solution and Caterpillar's NGH sensors offers read more

Austrian landmark project: Aurach Bridge
23.09.2023 With a height of 50 metres, the Aurach Bridge is the highest bridge on the Austrian A1 motorway. It is frequented by around 50,000 vehicles a day at peak times. Now after 60 years in service, the steel composite bridge needs to be completely renewed. As an experienced partner in balanced cantilever construction, the formwork specialist Doka is involved in the new construction of this important traffic link. An efficient way for traffic to cross the Aurach valley must continue to be available despite the upcoming construction activities. read more

John Deere's New 2024 QuikTrak Commercial Mowers
23.09.2023 Touting a new standard of commercial-grade stand-on mowers for professional landscape contractors, John Deere debuts its new QuikTrak mowers for 2024. The new Q800 Series models offer compact designs that provide visibility, maneuverability and ease of operation. New for 2024, the M and R Series models were redesigned to better meet customer needs, and the E Series models were updated to meet the growing demands of the landscaping industry. "Our new QuikTrak mowers are game-changing machines equipped with features to help read more

Philips Hue Secure integrates smart lighting, sensors, and cameras
22.09.2023 Signify announced the launch of a new product category with Philips Hue Secure smart cameras, sensors, and app features to help secure your home. Philips Hue Secure allows you to monitor your home in real time, and it offers instant motion alerts and unique light and sound alarms to help deter intruders. The new Security Center in the Philips Hue app offers even more advanced features when users subscribe to a plan. Other updates include Philips Hue Festavia string lights for both indoors and outdoors, and the launch of Matter for all Philips Hue users. read more

Leica BLK2FLY Autonomous Indoor Scanning
22.09.2023 Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, announced a new capability for the Leica BLK2FLY: the ability to scan indoors, providing expanded coverage for complex scanning projects. The BLK2FLY now unlocks a new level of autonomy to build digital twins of entire structures, inside and outside. 3D reality capture of building exteriors and interiors is necessary to create complete digital twins. The BLK2FLY's new indoor scanning capability expands users' abilities to do this. Hexagon enhanced the autonomous UAV scanning system to allow for safe, read more

Four Potain topless cranes deliver record-breaking Indian bridge project
31.08.2023 Four Potain MCT 385 topless tower cranes have now almost completed their work constructing the tallest cable-stayed road bridge in India. The cranes were purchased for the project by Afcons, the main contractor for the bridge build which forms a crucial part of the Khopoli-Kusgaon Connector Project – more commonly known as the Pune-Mumbai Missing Link. The four MCT 385 cranes arrived on site in 2021. Transporting the slewing section in just seven truckloads reduced the difficulty of traveling along congested and winding roads. read more

exhibitions and other events

EXPO REAL to highlight solutions for the real estate industry
21.09.2023 The explicit aim of EXPO REAL (October 4–6, 2023) is to provide the real estate industry with a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities, and to learn about potential solutions. At present, the biggest challenges facing the industry are the high interest rates, increased construction costs, climate change and cutting CO2 emissions in the construction and operation of buildings. To this end, Messe München will be addressing the economic issues in detail in this year's supporting program and will be featuring the special show "EXPO REAL Decarb—make the climate change work" for the first time. read more

Light + Building 2024: a symbiosis of lighting and connected building-services technology
06.09.2023 Light + Building in Frankfurt am Main from 3 to 8 March 2024 covers the spectrum from intelligent lighting technology to future-oriented home and building technology. The world's leading trade fair for lighting and building-services technology is the foremost international meeting place for experts, manufacturers, planners, architects and investors, all of whom take advantage of this innovation show to discover future-oriented solutions. Additionally, the focus is on the exchange of knowledge, making new business and gaining inspiration. As the leading platform for the sector, Light + Building spotlights the subjects that have a decisive impact on the exhibiting companies. read more

EXPO REAL to present special “Decarb” show for the first time
05.08.2023 The real estate industry has been facing various challenges for years. Despite this, EXPO REAL—which will take place from October 4 to 6, 2023, in Munich—continues to show stability. Stefan Rummel, CEO of Messe München, provides an outlook on this year's event: "As we are still receiving registrations from co-exhibitors, we do not have the final numbers yet. However, we anticipate participation of more than 1,700 exhibitors, which means a slight decrease in exhibitors' participation figures. Trade fairs always reflect the industry and, consequently, the current market situation, which is not entirely unproblematic. read more

HOLZ-HANDWERK will be ready to roll again from 19 to 22 March 2024
04.08.2023 HOLZ-HANDWERK is where the woodworking and wood processing trades come together in their most intensive form: With plenty of time for personal discussions with customers, providing individual explanations of machines and tools, and testing them out in person. This familiar, relaxed and results-focused atmosphere is what makes HOLZ-HANDWERK so popular with tradespeople from throughout Europe. For the 2024 edition, this clear focus on the practical interests of tradespeople has been further sharpened. At the request of many exhibitors, the hall arrangement is being adapted and refined for 2024. read more

industry news

Work begins on Iraq-Iran rail link
06.09.2023 Iraq's prime minister on Saturday inaugurated construction work on what is slated to become the first railway line connecting the country to neighbouring Iran. read more

Thales, Orascom Construction upgrade railway line in Egypt
06.09.2023 Thales and Orascom Construction sign a new contract in Egypt with the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) for the modernisation of the double-track railway, linking the cities of Cairo, Giza and Beni Suef. The track is located on the east bank of the river Nile, 115 kilometres from the country's capital. read more

BAM chose to redevelop Forest of Dean's Five Acres site in Gloucestershire, England
24.08.2023 Forest of Dean District Council has chosen leading construction and property developer BAM to develop and build the new leisure, enterprise and education facility. BAM has been building in the UK since 1874, designing, building and maintaining sustainable buildings that enhance local communities. BAM is committed to adding social value and will work with local suppliers wherever possible, helping to bring a range of benefits to the Forest of Dean: local knowledge, local people, support for the local economy and a smaller carbon footprint. read more

SNC-Lavalin to build first Canadian battery plant
24.08.2023 SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) has been awarded an initial works contract by EcoProBM, a global leader specializing in cathode materials, to design and build one of Canada's largest Cathode Active Material (CAM) plants in Bécancour, Québec. read more

Tennessee Builders Alliance to Oversee Construction of New Stadium
24.08.2023 The Tennessee Titans announced that Tennessee Builders Alliance (TBA) will serve as Construction Manager at Risk on its new stadium project team. The Metropolitan Sports Authority approved the selection at its August 17 board meeting. TBA comprises construction industry leaders including Nashville-based ICF Builders, Brentwood-based Polk & Associates, Turner Construction Company and AECOM Hunt. Collectively, the team has more than 55 years of NFL stadium construction experience and a long history of building iconic sports facilities. read more

Sweco hired to support Mozambique’s energy system in face of climate change
06.07.2023 Sweco has won an assignment to develop the preparedness of Mozambique's national energy system and to develop processes for disaster management. The aim is to protect the country's energy infrastructure and supply from increasingly frequent extreme weather events and rising sea levels. The client is the state-owned energy company Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM). Mozambique's long coastline and low-lying areas, below the current sea level, are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. These effects include new temperature and rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, droughts, flooding and tropical cyclones. read more

Skanska to build new facility at RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire, UK
06.07.2023 Skanska, in a joint venture with Black & Veatch, has signed a contract with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, acting on behalf of the U.S. Air Force, for the design and construction of a new facility at RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire, UK. Skanska's part of the contract is worth GBP 153M, about SEK 2.0 billion, which will be included in the order bookings for Europe for the third quarter of 2023. Skanska will deliver US Air Force European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) works for the US military based at RAF Molesworth. The work involves a new two storey building along with supporting infrastructure and a warehouse facility. read more

BAM appoints a new member to its Executive Committee
06.07.2023 Sabine van Hooijdonk-Verboom, currently Executive Director Group HR, has been appointed as a member of the Executive Committee in the position of Chief HR Officer, as of 1 July 2023. read more

PERI 3D Construction starts Europe’s first 3D printed public building
06.07.2023 Leading the charge for using innovative building technology in the form of 3D construction printers, PERI 3D Construction is set to create Europe's first-ever 3D printed football club facility and public building. This initiative, located in Nordkirchen, Germany, exemplifies the transformative shift towards 3D construction printing in various sectors beyond residential construction. Utilizing the largest printer configuration to date by PERI 3D Construction, a COBOD BOD2 model measuring 25 meters (83 feet) long, 15 meters (50 feet) wide, and 10 meters (33 feet) high, the future SC Capelle football clubhouse will boast a usable floor space of approximately 330 m² (3.550 SF). The estimated completion time using 3D printing technology is projected to be only approximately 140 hours, read more

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