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Solvay Coating Solutions that Make a Difference
14.03.2023 Solvay will exhibit at the European Coatings Show 2023 from March 28 to 30 in Nuremberg, Germany. The company will highlight how its advanced surfactants, emulsifiers, specialty monomers, and other functional solutions can enhance the performance, aesthetics and lifetime of paints and coatings, while contributing to resource efficiency, improved air quality and healthier living. In Hall 1 at Booth 1-420, the company will present the latest innovation in its growing family of Rhodoline functional additives: Rhodoline WA-2830E, an Ecolabel, APE-free, read more

Brivo and Sanico USA will offer improved access control
14.03.2023 Brivo announced it has partnered with Sanico USA to deliver advanced access control services to locations across the country, including construction sites. The partnership with Brivo will allow Sanico USA to provide facilities with the most comprehensive security solution on the market resulting in safer job sites. Brivo and Sanico USA will offer improved access control, including biometrics, advanced analytics, AI and remote management. Access to construction sites, especially during off-peak hours, is a significant security risk. Site safety standards must be read more

1MW Energy-Efficient Data Centre for Proximity Data Centres
04.03.2023 Secure I.T. Environments Ltd announced the handover of a 1MW, 200 cabinet, data centre design and build project for Proximity Data Centres, a UK-wide provider of edge data centre and colocation services. Designed, built and project managed by Secure I.T. Environments, the new facility was built into the ground floor of an existing building containing data centres, and is 441sqm in size. The perimeter of the data centre was based on a 60 minute fire-rated modular wall and roof construction, which included a separate UPS and switch room located read more

Formwork stripping time halved for Grand Paris Express
28.02.2023 Doka speeded up the concrete work of the Grand Paris Express tunnel construction for Line 15 South, one of four new rapid transit lines, with the application of its time-saving, cost-reducing, safety-enhancing digital service Concremote. Along its 33 km length, Line 15 South will pass through 22 municipalities and affect more than one million citizens when it comes into service in 2025. The Grand Paris Express (GPE) construction is the largest urban infrastructure project currently underway in Europe. It involves the construction of four rapid transit lines (15, 16, 17, 18) and the extension of the existing line 14 read more

Grove cranes used in tandem on two complex projects in Spain
27.02.2023 When faced with a couple of challenging lifting projects in its local region of Valladolid, Spain crane rental company Tinlohi called on two of its most dependable performers to get the job done: the 250 t Grove GMK5250XL-1 and 400 t Grove GMK6400. Alberto Lozano, commercial director at Tinlohi, said that while both cranes offer class-leading capacity and reach, it was their smooth control and reliable performance that made them prime picks for the projects. "For each of the jobs, the weight of the load was not really an issue. read more

Signify brings efficient outdoor lighting to Cambridge University
27.02.2023 Signify has teamed up with the University of Cambridge's Estates Division to illuminate the University's West Cambridge site with energy-efficient outdoor LED lighting. With more than 300 new and upgraded lights, the project was delivered in six months – from initial discussions through to project completion – and is expected to generate significant cost savings on energy, annually (based on 2021 rates), which is all the more important against the backdrop of an ongoing energy crisis. In addition, the new LEDs require less maintenance time and will provide read more

What will Komatsu show at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023
27.02.2023 To help meet worker shortages and increase jobsite productivity, Komatsu is committed to offering tools that help customers best deploy their workforce and optimize operations. With machines that help quickly upskill workers and technology that aims to improve efficiency, at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023, Komatsu will showcase how it can help customers optimize their workforce and create value. PC900LC-11: Designed for heavy construction, demolition, material handling, deep sewer, water, large mass excavation and mining/quarry, read more

Brivo Reveals Top Security Trends for 2023
25.02.2023 Brivo published the 2023 Top Security Trends Report which identifies user experience and convenience as rapidly emerging drivers behind the adoption of new physical security solutions. Brivo's sixth annual trends report is based on responses from 677 security professionals across the world working in over two dozen sectors. They pointed to growing expectations for frictionless access into workplaces, as more Millennial and Gen Z cohorts enter the workplace, and a general rise in convenience as a major consideration in physical security. read more

Investments in wind energy in Europe are down
18.02.2023 Investments in wind energy in Europe fell in 2022. Orders for new wind turbines were down 47% on 2021. The problem is inflation, with costs rising at a higher rate than prospective revenues. Investors are also being turned away by unhelpful national interventions in electricity markets. The EU must make Europe an attractive place for renewables investments again – the forthcoming market design proposals must address this. The fall in investments and turbine orders is also compounding the problems faced by Europe's wind energy supply chain. read more

exhibitions and other events

Rebar lifting and carrying robots team up to cut installation times
21.03.2023 Advanced Construction Robotics (ACR) has followed its rebar-tying robot, Tybot, with the launch of Ironbot, a robot that can lift, carry and place nearly 2,300kg bundles of rebar in a transverse or longitudinal orientation. Ironbot ACR has been launched at ConExpo in Las Vegas last week. Combining Ironbot with Tybot can typically reduce rebar installation times by 50%, according to ACR. Ironbot successfully completed its inaugural project in February on the Port St Lucie West Boulevard Bridge in Port St Lucie, Florida. Shelby Erectors, a contractor on the bridge project, originally estimated rebar installation would take 14 days. read more

MAD Architects reveals the design of Rotterdam Center for Dance
15.03.2023 MAD Architects, Led by Ma Yansong, was commissioned by the Rotterdam, Netherlands-based Droom en Daad Foundation again, to make an initial design that turn the riverfront Provimi warehouse into a new cultural destination, the Danshuis (Dutch language for "the Dance House"). The project is intended to be equipped with professional dance studios, theaters, exhibition spaces to welcome dancers from all around the world to perform all kinds of dance freely. Through this latest major cultural project, the Droom en Daad Foundation aims to make the city of Rotterdam a world leader through art and culture. The Danshuis transforms the old warehouse on the south bank of the Mas River Rotterdam read more

David Chipperfield receives Pritzker Architecture Prize 2023
10.03.2023 Civic architect, urban planner and activist, Sir David Alan Chipperfield CH has been selected as the 2023 Laureate of The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the award that is regarded internationally as architecture's highest honor. His built works, spanning over four decades, are expansive in typology and geography, including over one hundred works ranging from civic, cultural and academic buildings to residences and urban masterplanning throughout Asia, Europe and North America. read more

World-leading trade fair BAU launches 365-day specialist portal
27.02.2023 Together with the manufacturer-independent comparison platform Plan.One, BAU—the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems—has developed the specialist BAU Insights portal. In addition to the digital exchange between manufacturers and users from the construction industry, the online platform also enables access to specialist information 365 days a year. read more

industry news

Ferrovial constructs two solar photovoltaic power plants in Andalusia, Spain
21.03.2023 Ferrovial, through its Energy Infrastructure and Mobility division, has reached an agreement with a major developer group to acquire two solar photovoltaic projects with a total installed capacity of approximately 100 MWp. The purchase agreement is subject to the customary conditions precedent. read more

Skanska to build mixed-use building in Sandvika, Norway
21.03.2023 Skanska has signed an additional contract with Andenæs Eiendom to build the next phase of Helgerudkvartalet in Sandvika, Norway. The contract is worth NOK 410M, about SEK 424M, which will be included in the Nordic order bookings for the first quarter of 2023. read more

Hilti announces strategic partnership with construction robotics company Canvas
15.03.2023 The Hilti Group, which is headquartered in Schaan, Liechtenstein, announces a strategic partnership with Canvas, a construction robotics company that has developed a robotic drywalling solution aiming to empower people to build in bold new ways. The partnership marks the beginning of a significant new step in robotics innovation after Hilti had launched the Jaibot, the world's first semi-autonomous ceiling drilling robot in 2020. This collaboration brings together leaders in intelligent jobsite robotics who share a common vision: read more

Wastewater treatment plant: new contract for BESIX Environment and Socogetra
27.02.2023 Socogetra, in collaboration with BESIX Environment, has signed a new contract for the renovation and optimisation of the Soudromont wastewater treatment plant in Seneffe, Belgium. This major contract worth 6.5 million euros was awarded by intermunicipal association I.D.E.A., and covers the phase 1, i.e. the HV installations and intake works. read more

Chinese consortium seals highway deal with Bosnia's Serb Republic
27.02.2023 A consortium of Chinese companies and the government of Bosnia's autonomous Serb Republic on Thursday sealed a 350 million marka ($190.5 million)loan deal for the construction of a section of a northern highway connecting the region with Serbia. read more

France’s NGE to help build a 330km high-speed railway in Egypt
27.02.2023 NGE, with its rail expertise subsidiary TSO, has signed a contract to build 330km of highspeed line in Egypt. This new contract reinforces the French Group's position as a key player in the construction of international infrastructure projects. read more

TenneT selects 3 parties for civil engineering works land stations Dutch 2GW projects
24.02.2023 TenneT, a leading European grid operator, has selected Dura Vermeer, BAM Infra Nederland and Visser & Smit Bouw for the civil engineering works for the construction of the land-based stations for the 2GW (gigawatt) projects in the Netherlands. From 2024, TenneT will realise the connection of offshore wind farms according to a new 2GW standard. With this new standard, the power generated by offshore wind farms will be brought ashore via a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) connection. Land stations are the link between the offshore wind farms and the high-voltage grid. At the land station, the direct current is converted to alternating current and the voltage is transformed from 525kV to 380kV, read more

SNC-Lavalin secures major UK signalling contract
24.02.2023 SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX: SNC), a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world, has been appointed by UK rail infrastructure owner Network Rail to manage and deliver signalling renewals across the south of England. read more

Eiffage wins the Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne rail interconnection
24.02.2023 Eiffage, through its subsidiaries Eiffage Génie Civil and Eiffage Rail, has been selected to build the Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne interconnection between the future Mont-Cenis base tunnel on the Lyon-Turin rail line and the existing rail network. The contract was awarded by SNCF Réseau, acting as project owner under an agreement with TELT, accompanied by Systra as project manager, and is worth €189.5 million in total. This contract won as an integrated offer includes the construction of the new rail platform as well as infrastructures of the passenger and fire safety buildings of the future Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne train station. read more

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