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Komatsu’s PC78US-11 excavator
25.09.2021 For work on roadways, bridges, urban areas, or anywhere space is limited, contractors need an excavator designed for confined spaces. Komatsu's tight tail PC78US-11 provides an ideal combination of performance and versatility in a compact and easy-to-transport package. With standard high flow auxiliary hydraulics and proportional joysticks that offer incredible job versatility, the 67.7 HP (50.6 kW) PC78US-11 provides precise attachment control. Its standard grading blade with new moldboard profile improves backfilling and read more

Сontactless Ground Penetrating Radar solution for tunnel inspection
25.09.2021 The ground-penetrating radar system (GPR) Stream T measures tunnel anomalies such as lining thickness, reinforced structures, cavities and wet areas. Stream T's modular structure allows this innovative GPR array to overcome obstacles and increase productivity fivefold compared to traditional systems, collecting data at up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph). The operation of Stream T from inside a vehicle increases safety of technicians at the tunnel site. Stream T's contactless antenna solution can work up to 20 centimetres from the tunnel surface, read more

Rajant Corporation announced two new products at MINExpo
16.09.2021 Rajant Corporation, the provider of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, announced two new products at MINExpo. The latest enhancement adds a global LTE radio to its fourth-generation industry-leading BreadCrumb Peregrine product line. With one 2.4GHz radio, two 5GHz radios, and LTE, the enhanced Peregrine provides up to 2.633Gbps of aggregated capacity. In addition, Rajant is launching MeshTracer a software-based personnel and asset tracking solution that can monitor Rajant BreadCrumbs, AeroScout tags, and any Wi-Fi device that uses read more

Energy efficiency: clear winner
11.09.2021 In Glasgow Scottish code box struggles in heat - Passive House box retains plenty of ice Darmstadt, Germany/Glasgow, Great Britain. The staggering result of the Glasgow Ice Box Challenge was visible just by looking inside the two boxes: There was no ice left in the box built to the Scottish building standard for five days prior to the final weigh in, while two big blocks remained in the Passive House box. Two weeks before, each of the boxes had been filled with 917 kg of ice to demonstrate the benefits of better building. The result: While all the ice had melted in read more

Metabo HPT's 4-1/2” & 5” Brushless Grinders
11.09.2021 Metabo HPT announced the launch of two New 12Amp AC Brushless Grinders to its lineup; a 4-1/2" Paddle Switch Disc Grinder with Lock-Off Switch (model G12BYEQ) and a 5" Paddle Switch Disc Grinder with Lock-Off Switch (model G13BYEQ). Metabo HPT leads the commercial industry in North America by delivering unique AC Brushless products that permit the use of extra-long extension cords with reduced power loss, eliminating maintenance of armatures or carbon brushes, and delivering superior performance when powered by read more

Next-generation airport experience at new KCI Airport terminal
29.08.2021 Siemens and SITA are providing the Kansas City Aviation Department with future-proof, scalable technologies for the Kansas City International (MCI) Airport's New Terminal project, dubbed Build KCI. The new 1 million sq ft 39-gate terminal will include a variety of building automation, fire and life safety systems, and security systems from Siemens as well as IT networks and next-generation airport systems from SITA. These solutions will help create a smart airport terminal that can grow with the aviation department's long-term needs, decreasing operation and read more

NORYL AP2001G polyol for cast polyurethane applications
29.08.2021 SABIC introduced NORYL AP2001G polyol for cast polyurethane (PU) applications. By partially replacing polypropylene glycol (PPG) or polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMG), this oligomer of polyphenylene ether (PPE) improves the performance of cast PU systems by increasing both hardness and elasticity – properties that have been difficult to improve simultaneously until now. In addition, NORYL AP2001G polyol provides resistance to oils, moisture, abrasion, tearing and heat, helping cast PU parts withstand extreme conditions and read more

New Komatsu D475A-8 mining dozer
29.08.2021 On mining sites, support machines, like dozers, can directly impact productivity by keeping blasting, loading and dump areas clean, enabling loading and hauling equipment to work more efficiently. If your operation needs a versatile mining dozer that can go from ripping solid rock to cleaning up around the dragline, take a look at the new Komatsu D475A-8. Using extensive customer feedback, Komatsu re-engineered the D475A-8 mainframe to target twice the life of previous models and withstand multiple rebuild/overhaul cycles. read more

LED lighting in the São Paulo's second-largest favela
28.08.2021 Signify has through the Signify Foundation, and in collaboration with the City Hall of São Paulo and the Union of Residents of Paraisópolis, started an initiative to improve the wellbeing and safety of residents of the Paraisópolis favela by installing LED lighting. As part of the 'Light Up Paraisópolis' project, more than 190 Philips GreenVision Xceed LEDs were installed in strategic areas across this Brazilian community that houses more than 100,000 people, and which is São Paulo's second-largest favela. Additionally, 'Light Up Paraisópolis' helps to promote read more

exhibitions and other events

Digitalisation, infrastructure expansion and the pandemic: upheaval in the planning and construction sector
22.09.2021 From planning and building to the operating phase, numerous people work together over the life cycle of a construction project. Throughout, digital technologies have an enormous potential for exactly coordinated timing, improved quality assurance and cost reductions. Building information modelling (BIM) depicts the complete life cycle of a construction project: from the design and planning of a 3D model, via construction and operation, to final demolition. Thanks to the model, everyone involved in the project has access to digital plans, control of the various processes involved and extensive databases. read more

Exponatec Cologne – International trade fair for museums, conservation and cultural heritage
16.09.2021 The trade world will once again finally meet in Cologne in the autumn of 2021 for the 10th edition of Exponatec Cologne. The years 2020 and 2021 have confronted cultural institutions and their partners with unprecedented challenges: the cultural institutions remain closed in many places, exhibitions have had to be postponed or transferred to the digital realm, as is also the case with academic teaching and training. Nonetheless, time does not stand still in the culture and training institutions. Restoration and conservation projects, for example, are being tirelessly advanced, if also under more difficult conditions. Many museums are thus using the time with few visitors to restructure collections, carry out upkeep work or undertake renovations. read more

ACE Mentor Program of America Day of Action Draws Attention to the Importance of Mentoring
16.09.2021 Turner Construction Company had supported the second annual ACE Day of Action Tuesday, September 14, 2021. This year's ACE Day of Action calls on all constituents to share information, register as mentors, sign up students, and make donations to local affiliates. Day of Action is intended to mobilize the design and construction industry to show their support for mentoring on all their social media platforms. read more

Expo Real—safe and diverse
16.09.2021 Expo Real is experiencing a strong tailwind from a successful IAA Mobility, which proved that Messe München's hygiene and safety concept works. The participants' safety will also be a top priority at Expo Real. Smart routing, good ventilation of the halls, distancing rules, facial masks, and admission only when vaccinated, recovered or tested (test must not be older than 24 hours) read more

industry news

Iberdrola to electrify Leroy Merlin shop car parks in Spain
22.09.2021 Iberdrola and Leroy Merlin join forces to promote sustainable mobility. The energy company will be responsible for installing charge points for electric cars in the car parks of all the shops of the leading home improvement company in Spain, which can be used by its customers, employees and suppliers. The installation of the chargers will begin in Andalusia, Catalonia, Madrid and Valencia and each shop will have at least four spaces with charge points, which will include fast chargers of between 50 kW and 350 kW for recharging in approximately 15 to 30 minutes with 100% green energy from renewable sources and with Guarantee of Origin (GoO) certificates. read more

Management appointment BAM Nuttall
16.09.2021 The Executive Board of Royal BAM Group nv has appointed Ian Parish as Interim Managing Director of BAM Nuttall Ltd, effective 1 October 2021. Ian Parish rejoined BAM Nuttall in 2020 as Managing Director, Major Projects, and has more than 37 years combined experience during his three periods with the company. read more

Bouygues Construction builds an innovative sustainable neighbourhood in Geneva, Switzerland
16.09.2021 Losinger Marazzi, the Swiss subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has finalised its proposal to build a highly innovative complex for the Petit-Saconnex retirement home in Geneva, Switzerland, involving extensions, elevations, construction and the demolition of existing buildings. read more

Skanska builds 121 apartments in Bærum, Norway
09.09.2021 Skanska has signed an agreement with OBOS to build 121 apartments in Bærum, Norway. The contract is worth approximately NOK 480M, about SEK 475M, which will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the third quarter of 2021. The project is a pilot in The FutureBuild program in Norway and has high environmental ambitions. There will be high use of eco-friendly solutions that consume little energy and leave as small climate footprint as possible (e.g. low carbon concrete). The overall goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 30 and 50 percent. read more

Amélie Quidor is appointed Bouygues Construction’s Director of Human Ressources
09.09.2021 Amélie Quidor has been named Director of Human Resources at Bouygues Construction, and in this capacity she will join the Executive Committee. Providing support for the transformation of Bouygues Construction, her mission will consist of implementing a responsible and attractive HR policy that is unequivocally open to change, read more

London Gatwick Airport: waiver agreement on financial covenants
09.09.2021 In August 2021, London Gatwick Airport, a 50.01%-owned subsidiary of Vinci Airports, entered discussions with its lenders with a view to obtaining a temporary waiver of financial covenants – relating to £2.8 billion of reference net debt (Senior Net Debt) at end-June 2021 – and to amending certain terms of those covenants. read more

BAM sells German building company BAM Deutschland to Zech Group and Gustav Zech Foundation
09.09.2021 Royal BAM Group nv has reached agreement to sell the shares of its German operating company BAM Deutschland (including subsidiaries BAM Immobilien-Dienstleistungen and BAM Sports) to Zech Group SE and Gustav Zech Foundation. The transaction, which is subject to approval of the competition authorities, is expected to close in October. read more

Iberdrola signs land lease agreement for Baltic Eagle operations building
01.09.2021 Iberdrola and the port of Sassnitz (Fährhafen Sassnitz GmbH) have signed the lease agreement for the new operations and maintenance building that will serve the Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm, at a ceremony chaired by the Prime Minister of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig. The agreement delivers another important milestone in the offshore wind farm construction schedule. During the event, Iris Stempfle, Managing Director of Iberdrola Renovables Deutschland GmbH, also announced that, on 1st September, the company will submit a bid for the construction of "Windanker", a new offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. read more

CIMIC's UGL secures contract for Auckland Rail
01.09.2021 CIMIC Group's UGL has secured a contract for the operations of the Auckland passenger rail network in New Zealand. The contract will generate revenue to UGL of more than NZ$600 million over an initial term of eight years. read more

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