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The construction site of the future: digitized and networked

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 febbraio 2020

The Center Construction Robotics gives green light for joint research project under realistic conditions for academia and industry. RWTH Aachen University officially handed over a 10,000 square meter site to the Center Construction Robotics (CCR) in the Construction Cluster for its envisaged reference construction site. An interdisciplinary team of RWTH Aachen academics will use digitalization as its research basis in the Center Construction Robotics in conjunction with a European industry consortium at this construction site of the future – research topics will include many issues from pre-production of construction elements to fully automated construction sites. The reference construction site, a pilot project starting up temporarily on Campus West, will serve as a reality laboratory. New construction processes and products, networked machines, the implementation of robots, software solutions,
as well as teaching, working and communication concepts will be tested under real construction site conditions here. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is currently funding an initial research project.Main industry sponsors for the project include PORR, Liebherr Tower Cranes division, EIFFAGE, LEONHARD WEISS GmbH & Co. KG, HILTI AG and Autodesk GmbH. They provide financial and infrastructural support for the reference construction site. “We find it very important to ensure that as many stakeholders as possible will be able to utilize the construction site as a ‘living lab’ for transformation”, explains Professor Sigrid Brell-Cokcan the
philosophy behind the reality laboratory.

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Layton Construction Successfully Implodes Vanderbilt University Residence Hall

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 luglio 2019

Construction demolished one of the tallest buildings on the campus of Vanderbilt University, Carmichael West Tower 3 residence hall, today. The removal of Carmichael Tower 3 makes way for the second of three new collegiate residences in the West End Neighborhood of Vanderbilt.The controlled implosion of the 14-story Tower was approximately an 11-second process overseen by Layton Construction, LLC, acting Construction Manager of Vanderbilt’s West End Neighborhood and Residential Colleges, and Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI), a national leader in large-structure controlled demolition. The implosion was triggered by a series of dynamite explosives placed into the structural elements of the building, creating the strategic “fall” of the tower.
Patterson says the key to success was teamwork in building preparation. “There was an immense amount of work and coordination performed by multiple parties to ensure that this critical implosion date was met on schedule.”Located on West End Avenue between 24th and 25th avenues, Carmichael Towers 3 and 4 have been home to tens of thousands of students since their opening in 1970. Named in memory of the university’s third Chancellor, Oliver Cromwell Carmichael, the residence halls served undergraduate students.Prior to the July 27 implosion, Carmichael Tower 4 served as the site for a unique training exercise for more than 800 Nashville firefighters. The Carmichael Towers 1&2 on West End Avenue will remain open to residents through the 2019-20 academic year.

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Construction of 40 m fuoriserie yacht for an European owner

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 luglio 2019

Avenza. The construction of 40 m MY Panam, CCN’s fifth Fuoriserie motor yacht, ordered last September by a European owner, is continuing well on schedule. Early this month, the approx. 340 gross ton superyacht – designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design, who is in charge of both exteriors and interiors, the latter in cooperation with architect Margherita Casprini – was moved inside the shed where outfitting activities are to be carried out. Following completion of the hull and the superstructure, as well as of the decks interior layout, the installation of hydraulic and electrical systems, insulation, and activities on the guest areas and crew quarters on the lower deck have now started. This slender and aggressive yacht is going to stand out for her impressive performances, ensured by the light aluminium alloy hull and by the three MTU 16V200 M96L engines – installed last month – that will push her to a maximum speed of 31 knots Activities are also ongoing for the construction of the 4 hull doors – one of which for the semi-float-in garage that will host a 17’ tender – and on the beach area, open on 3 sides and fitted witha convenient automatic ladder allowing to easily step down into the water. Works have also already been completed on system and structural elements of the bow thruster and the stabilizing fins. The straight bow endows this yacht with a sinuous and yet modern, dynamic and powerful look, further enhanced by the large irregular-shape windows that let plenty of natural light into the interior salons. The layout features a large salon on the main deck, divided from the dining area by a “green” wall. Forward, the full-beam master suite is fitted with a walk-in wardrobe and a bathroom with Hammam. Two wide electrically-controlled windows open up on the sides offering a wonderful panoramic sea view. Four guest cabins are located on the lower deck, which also hosts the professional galley. On this same deck, forward, are the captain’s cabin, 2 double cabins, the laundry, and the crew mess. The 65 sq. m flybridge features a large aft custom-made pool with counter current swimmingsystem, while a sunbathing area can be found at the bow. Delivery is scheduled for summer 2020. (font:

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Topcon Introduces New Heads-Up Display for Hands-Free Construction Layout

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 aprile 2019

Topcon Positioning Group introduces a new LN-100 hands free, voice activated heads-up display (HUD) solution. This wearable assistant provides visual layout directions via HUD glasses that guide the operator using an LN-100 to efficiently perform layout work at a construction site. The wearable assistant enables customers to use both hands to accurately mark layout points.“This innovative device operates with simple voice commands to complete construction layout with precision,” said Ray Kerwin, director of global product planning. “In addition, the wearable display is capable of taking pictures and videos to easily document progress and key construction points-of-interest. Compared to conventional layout methods, this new HUD speeds layout productivity by up to 80 percent.”To help speed up construction workflows, the wearable assistant software also allows immediate report generation while on the construction site.“This new wearable device demonstrates Topcon leadership in delivering advanced technology solutions that drive improved workflows and increased efficiency. Construction is one of the largest industry’s in the world, and this is an example of the increasing adoption of technology to meet its expanding productivity demands,” said Kerwin.

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Dubai’s Construction Giant Reign Holdings Scoops Major Real Estate Award

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 marzo 2019

Reign Holdings Group Chairman Samir Salya is celebrating after the global firm scooped a major international business award. His multi-billion-pound construction company has been named as one of the Top Real Estate Companies in the Middle East by Forbes Magazine.
Mr. Salya was presented with the award at a glittering ceremony in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel at Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, where the judges said they wanted to celebrate Reign Holdings’ ongoing work in the region.The company has already won plaudits for its residential and commercial real estate development and has plans to invest a further $1 – $1.5billion in Dubai and Europe between now and 2022.Reign Holdings is currently creating more than 1,500 new residential units in design stage and constructing more than 1,500 residential units globally. Hotels and residential tower accommodations are being built in Jumeriah Village Circle alongside designing development plots at the iconic World Islands and Palm Jumeirah sites.Mr. Salya, who was named one of the Top 100 Indian leaders in The Arab World in Forbes Middle East’s annual round-up last year, said he was delighted and honored to see Reign Holdings’ achievement recognized publicly and globally.He said: “We have a long and distinguished history of creating and delivering top quality projects in various regions this recognition by the panel is a testament to the pioneering work that Reign produces to develop unique and innovative concepts.“Our plans and projections for the next three years are extremely positive, and we are thrilled to see our contribution to Dubai’s continuing growth recognised in this way.”

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Kawasaki Completes New Plant in India to Produce Hydraulic Equipment for Construction Machinery

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 febbraio 2019

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that a new plant had been completed at Wipro Kawasaki Precision Machinery Private Limited, which manufactures, sells, and provides after-sales services for hydraulic equipment for the construction industry in India. Focused on the growing demand for hydraulic excavators in India, Kawasaki decided to build this plant in Bengaluru, in addition to an existing plant in the same city. The move reflects Kawasaki’s commitment to meet the demand for hydraulic equipment used by local construction machinery manufacturers, and to generate new demand. With the additional floor space provided by the new plant, the total of two has doubled to 6,000 m2, and production capacity has also doubled from the 2018 level to 40,000 units per year. The increased production capability will enable Kawasaki to respond more flexibly to its customers’ varying production volumes.Although short-term variability is still to be found, overall demand for construction machinery in India has been on the rise due to an expected growth in investment in local infrastructure, such as expressways, railway networks, and ports. With respect to the hydraulic excavator market, medium- to long-term growth is forecast, as annual demand is expected to reach 40,000 to 50,000 units in fiscal 2025. Following in the footsteps of China, India is also expected to achieve rapid growth in infrastructure investment.
Kawasaki has been strengthening its six-region operational structure, encompassing Japan, the UK, the US, Korea, China, and India – the focus of the current bolstering of production capabilities. In order to comprehensively enhance customer satisfaction, Kawasaki will further its efforts worldwide in developing and delivering high-quality, high-performance products and providing full after-sales services for this rapidly-growing hydraulic equipment sector.

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Built On Vision Software Named to Construction Executive’s 2019 Hot Products

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 gennaio 2019

Built On Vision, award-winning creator of the first cloud-based forecasting and project management software is proud to announce that it has been named to Construction Executive’s list of 2019 Hot Products.Built On Vision’s (BOV) software provides users of traditional scheduling software like Oracle’s Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Microsoft Project with significantly enhanced features that improve data access and accuracy of schedule analysis and reporting. BOV’s proprietary algorithm allows users to detect project planning deficiencies, enabling more effective project management and decision making. The cloud-based software also allows for mobile input, providing realtime data as it simultaneously capturing inputs from the office or the field. For the first time, construction firms can now understand and plan for delays before they occur.The attention to Built On Vision is in part due to its continuously-growing list of software features. Most recently, BOV announced a groundbreaking translation feature that allows users to translate to/from any language in the world. The translation function removes a significant obstacle to productivity for firms working on large scale international projects in Asia and elsewhere using multilingual teams; BOV now allows companies to bypass the cost and time associated with using intermediaries and translators. Built On Vision simplifies international project management by automatically translating schedules from all languages to create direct inputs for the project’s scheduling system such as Oracle Primavera and other popular softwares.Built On Vision is receiving increasing attention for its innovations in the construction software space. The Company recently announced that it had received an unprecedented three recognitions in Constructech Magazine’s Top Products 2019, for both its software and Artificial Intelligence concept Salma as well as for its sister company Avadencia, the only cloud-based forecasting tool available for the construction industry.
Built On Vision executives will be in attendance at Construction CPM Conference in San Diego January 20-23, and will be offering software demos in Booth #28. Please contact BOV VP of Business Development Diego Sanmiquel ( to arrange on-site meetings.

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Fraunhofer opens new project center for lightweight automotive construction

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 settembre 2018

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft opened its inaugural project center at the Opole University of Technology in Poland. The newly established research platform goes by the name of Fraunhofer Project Center for Advanced Lightweight Technologies (ALighT) and is the fruit of a partnership between the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Opole University of Technology. This project center unites both partners’ expertise in the development of production processes, new design ideas and pricing strategies for the manufacture of lightweight hybrid components, in particular for the automotive industry.
Lightweight construction is one of the greatest challenges facing the automotive industry. Electric motors and hybrid engines increase vehicle weight, which must be compensated by lightweight components. Lightweight materials and innovative processes can help achieve a decisive reduction in fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and production costs. In order to support automakers in reaching these ambitious goals, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the Opole University of Technology have joined forces to set up the Fraunhofer Project Center for Advanced Lightweight Technologies on the university’s campus. The new Fraunhofer project center was officially opened in the presence of: Poland’s Deputy Prime phD Minister Jarosław Gowin; Marcin Ociepa, permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology; Fraunhofer President Prof. Reimund Neugebauer; Arkadiusz Wiśniewski, Mayor of Opole; Prof. Marek Tukiendorf, Rector of the Opole University of Technology; Prof. Welf-Guntram Drossel, managing director of the Fraunhofer IWU; and Prof. Lothar Kroll, Division Director at Fraunhofer IWU and Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Project Center ALighT. (font: Fraunhofer)

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Aptitude for careers in the construction industry

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 febbraio 2018

georgiaThe Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia are partnering with YouScience to uncover high school students throughout the state with an aptitude for careers in the construction industry. More than 11,000 public high school students from Georgia have already participated in the YouScience Program, and the results clearly demonstrate that these students have the talent to fill the workforce needs for Georgia’s burgeoning construction industry.AGC Georgia has placed an emphasis on workforce development for several years to keep pace with the State’s growing needs for construction, and member firms are looking to hire high school students for work-based opportunities this summer. The organization and many of its construction firm members have committed to hire at least one high school student as identified by their YouScience Profile as a good fit, based on aptitudes and interests, for a 2018 summer internship.
Early qualifying students must have completed their YouScience Profile by March 5, 2018 and demonstrate a high aptitude or interest for construction to be eligible to interview at the Georgia Career Expo and Hiring Fair (March 22-24, 2018), AND can become part of the CEFGA workforce pipeline through their ongoing student hiring database. Students will also be interviewed by participating construction firms near the student’s high school. In addition to summer internships, CEFGA will be identifying work-based learning opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year.The Georgia Department of Education and the Technical College System of Georgia partnered together to make YouScience available at no cost to every student attending public high school in the state of Georgia. A representative from the school, or its superintendent’s office, simply needs to reach out to YouScience and request free access to the program.“YouScience has shown that Georgia has more than enough students with the talent for careers in the construction industry,” said Mike Dunham, CEO of AGC Georgia. “AGC Georgia wants to encourage those students by offering construction summer internships with a local construction firm. By engaging these students at a younger age, we are able to nurture and groom them for a solid career in our industry.”Unlike traditional self-reported, interest-based career tools, YouScience is the only system that employs decades of rigorous scientific research to measure students’ aptitudes through a series of engaging “brain games.” The YouScience patent-pending technology combines cutting-edge matching algorithms with the most reliable and comprehensive career data, providing each student with a highly-personalized online profile that highlights the intersection of their unique talents, passions and opportunities.

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Bouygues Construction Teams with Dassault Systèmes and Accenture to Accelerate the Digital Transformation of Its Construction Project Activities

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 dicembre 2017

platform_Construction_CourtesyBouygues Construction is accelerating the digital transformation of its project activities by collaborating with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Dassault Systèmes (Paris:DSY) (Euronext Paris: 13065, DSY.PA) to enable it to centrally manage construction projects from start to finish. The initiative is a logical extension of the company’s commitment to further industrialise its operations and enhance collaboration with its supply chain partners. It follows the company’s adoption several years ago of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodology, a framework for integrating technologies and processes to drive end-to-end efficiency in construction operations. To support Bouygues Construction in this pioneering initiative for the construction industry, the three companies have signed an agreement to develop a digital environment for collaborative construction project management, based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, already used in other industries including automotive and aerospace. The initiative is designed to help Bouygues Construction:centralise information throughout the project lifecycle, from design to operation, and share it with all internal and external stakeholders, better structure its operating methods through the use of more standardised processes.Philippe Bonnave, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bouygues Construction, said: “The transformation programme we are launching with Dassault Systèmes and Accenture marks a fundamental change for Bouygues Construction, signifying a modernisation of our businesses. By providing our employees and our supply chain with a digital work platform, employing all our project data across the board, this solution will guarantee greater efficiency to help us satisfy our customers’ expectations.”Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO of Dassault Systèmes, said: “Smart and sustainable cities include complex networks of systems that require a new way of thinking in the construction industry. Natural resources must be used more efficiently, construction costs reduced, and designers, contractors and operators brought closer together. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform gives Bouygues Construction a unique opportunity to be the pioneer in the construction sector with business processes and a holistic approach integrating the company and its supply chain into a value creation chain. Thanks to the parallel exchange of data between the virtual world and the real world, Bouygues Construction will be able to set new standards of efficiency and capture all the business value expected from its digital transformation.” Christian Nibourel, Accenture’s Country Managing Director for France and Benelux, said: “This is one of the very first such initiatives in the construction sector. By using the latest digital technologies to enable the simultaneous collaboration of the whole ecosystem of a construction project, Bouygues Construction will have better control of costs and deadlines while minimising risks and adapting to subsequent changes in customers’ needs and in the standards in force, which can be very numerous during the construction process. (photo: platform_Construction_Courtesy)

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Rome n’est plus dans Rome: 60 ans d’Europe, et après?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 marzo 2017


Activists are protesting around the world on President Trump’s inauguration day, holding banners that say “Build bridges, not walls”. Around the world, corporations and political elites are increasingly sowing division based on nationality, ethnicity, religion, class and gender. The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States makes this truth unavoidable. They do it because they can much more easily pursue profits and power in a context of fear and distrust.

Paris, Jeudi 23 mars 2017 Assemblée Nationale, 126 rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris 9h00 > 11h00. L’Institut Jacques Delors organise, en partenariat avec Confrontations Europe, la Fondation Schuman, Europanova, le Mouvement européen France et la Commission des affaires étrangères de l’Assemblée nationale, un débat sur le bilan et les défis de la construction européenne et du Marché commun.
Discours d’introduction Elisabeth GUIGOU, Présidente de la Commission des affaires étrangères de l’Assemblée nationale
Débat – Bilan et perspectives du « Marché commun »
Yves BERTONCINI, Directeur de l’Institut Jacques Delors, Président du Mouvement Européen – France
Charles DE MARCILLY, Responsable du Bureau de Bruxelles, Fondation Schuman
Marcel GRIGNARD, Président de Confrontations Europe
Denis SIMONNEAU, Président d’Europanova
Débat animé par Caroline DE CAMARET, rédactrice-en-chef Europe chez France 24
Le 25 mars 1957, les chefs d’États et de gouvernements réunis à Rome signaient les Traités créant la Communauté économique européenne (CEE) et la Communauté européenne de l’énergie atomique (CEEA ou Euratom). La construction européenne a depuis lors pris son essor sur des bases essentiellement économiques, avant d’élargir progressivement ses compétences et de devenir « l’Union européenne » d’aujourd’hui.A l’heure où de nombreuses critiques prennent le projet européen pour cible, il est indispensable de dresser le bilan du « marché commun » mis sur les rails en 1957 et de l’application des « quatre libertés » de circulation, qui défraient régulièrement la chronique en France.Il s’agit aussi d’évoquer les nouveaux défis que la construction européenne est appelée à relever, dans un contexte international particulièrement instable et stimulant, et à quelques jours du Sommet européen et des célébrations du Traité de Rome.

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Britain must recruit one worker every 77 seconds to meet construction needs, claims Arcadis

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 marzo 2017

britishBritish construction must recruit over 400,000 people each and every year between now and 2021 – equivalent to one worker every 77 seconds – if it is to create the homes and infrastructure the nation needs, according to the latest report from Arcadis. Failure to address the skills gulf could even see the earnings of some tradespeople sky-rocketing inside a generation, leading to the rise of the MINTED workforce – the Most in Need Trades Earning Double. The Arcadis Talent Scale has been developed to measure the true extent of the skills crisis across the infrastructure and house building workforce. In house building alone, the study shows that if the UK is to increase output to 270,000 new homes over the next five years, it will need to employ in excess of 370,000 new people. Meanwhile, when it comes to meeting forecast national infrastructure requirements, an additional 36,500 people will need to be employed every year. When it comes to individual skills, the greatest need is for carpenters and joiners, where demand accounts for nearly one sixth of all national resource requirements. Plumbers, Electricians, and Bricklayers are also in high demand, particularly in the labour-intensive housebuilding sector. Meanwhile, the report identifies a need for over 7,400 Civil Engineers and 7,300 Quantity Surveyors.London and the South East will need to employ more people than any other part of the UK, accounting for nearly 30 percent of total demand (110,000 people). With major national infrastructure programmes such as HS2 and Crossrail 2 already in the pipeline, it is expected that companies will need to draw heavily on the common talent pool of transferable skills if delivery targets are to be achieved. Outside of London and the South East, the highest skills requirement is in the East of England and the South West, where more than 43,000 and 41,000 additional workers respectively are needed to meet projected regional housing and infrastructure requirements. At the bottom of the table is Northern Ireland, where employment demand accounts for just 3 percent of the national total. These figures are independent of the impact of any eventual Brexit deal, which is likely to further increase the strain. In the event of a ‘hard’ Brexit scenario – for instance, extending the points-based system currently in place for non-EU migrants – the number of EU construction workers entering the UK could fall at the rate of attrition. If this were to play out, 215,000 fewer people from the EU would enter the infrastructure and house building sectors between now and 2020, further exacerbating the existing labour shortage.
James Bryce, Arcadis Director of Workforce Planning, explained: “What we have is not a skills gap; it is a skills gulf. Systemic underinvestment in the nation’s workforce has contributed to a reduction in UK productivity. Construction employment is already down 15 percent on 2008 and, quite simply, if we don’t have the right people to build the homes and infrastructure we need, the UK is going to struggle to maintain it’s competitive position in the global economy. “However, overcoming a skills shortfall as vast as the one we now face can’t be achieved through education and technology alone. Of course, we need to bring more new talent into the industry but, in the short term, construction will also need to look at those currently working in other industries and dramatically improve its efficiency.“On top of this, as part of any Brexit deal, the government can help by looking to secure the rights of EU workers currently operating in British construction, simplifying the visa system and minimising the tax burden on workers and business. If this fails to happen, many of the projects that the British government have earmarked for economic stimulus could prove more difficult and costly to resource. In the worst case scenario these projects could fail to be delivered at all, reducing our ability to grow the economy and limiting investment in the industry.”

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Catella financial advisor in complex joint venture on new artificial island in Copenhagen

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 giugno 2016

catellaCatella has acted as financial advisor on a strategic joint venture between Danish pension fund PensionDanmark, developer Nordkranen A/S Ejendomsudviklingsselskab, and CPH City & Port Development, owned by the Municipality of Copenhagen and the Danish government, for an extraordinary residential development project in Nordhavn, Copenhagen.
Catella advised PensionDanmark and Nordkranen, securing both equity and construction debt financing provided by institutional non-bank financing. The project consists of 32,300 m2 of residential space, 600 m2 of commercial space and 1,000 underground parking spaces on a new artificial island to be constructed, called Kronløbsøen.
Kronløbsøen is located in Copenhagen’s and Scandinavia’s largest and most prosperous development area, Nordhavn, with close proximity to the inner city of Copenhagen. Currently, five pre-qualified architect teams are competing on designing the winning project, and the selected architect on the project is expected to be announced in August 2016. The joint venture is owned 50% by City & Port, 40% by PensionDanmark and 10% by Nordkranen.“Copenhagen is experiencing substantial urban development. Huge infrastructure projects have been initiated to support this increased demand, including a new metro line to Nordhavnen – one of Copenhagen’s most attractive new urban districts. Catella is pleased to have been engaged in securing both the debt and equity financing for Project Kronløbsøen. The new joint venture combines strong resources and skills from three leading parties in the Danish real estate industry. Jointly they offer not only capital but also a well-balanced operational platform to secure the completion of the project. Catella is proud to have been a trusted advisor in this complex and important project. The cooperation among the parties has been very positive and progressive, strongly supported by Bruun & Hjejle, Bech Bruun and Manzanti-Andersen Korsø Jensen, securing the legal agreements and closing”, says Jesper Bo Hansen, Head of Corporate Finance at Catella.“Institutional forward funding and participation in the early stage of the value chain has become increasingly important in the real estate industry, and Catella is well positioned to engage in such highly complex transactions, where securing debt and equity funding in combination with managing the different risks involved are important factors in creating higher returns and value for our clients. We will focus on such situations, not only in Denmark and the Nordics but across all our European market offices,” says Jesper Bo Hansen.

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“Shaping the Future of Construction”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 Maggio 2016

World Economic Forum,Tarkett, a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces, is one of the contributors to a new report published today by the World Economic Forum, exploring the future potential of the global engineering and construction industry, “Shaping the Future of Construction: A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology”. The report was prepared in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group. “Shaping the Future of Construction” is part of the Forum’s Industry Agenda project in which business leaders explore how the engineering and construction sector can drive sustainable business growth. The study has developed an ‘industry transformation framework’ to point to specific and practical developments and actions under several broad areas such as technology, materials and tools and cross-industry collaboration.The report notes the impact the industry already has on commerce, society and the environment. With an annual revenue of $10 trillion it represents 6% of global GDP, accounts for 25-40% of global carbon emissions and consumes vast quantities of natural resources such as 50% of world steel production every year. The new study explores ways in which digital technology, lean management, circular economics and cross-industry collaboration can unleash new revenue and societal and environmental benefits.The study also underlines that the materials that make up the built environment have a profound effect on the health and wellbeing of its occupants, citing the fact that in the US, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are two to five times higher indoors than outside. Linked to this, the report refers to various examples of Advanced Building Materials (ABMs) including Tarkett’s 100% recyclable vinyl flooring, iQ Natural, which uses bio-based plasticizers and has Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) 100 times below the strictest standards.The report further refers to the challenges of urbanization and the growth of an ageing population and discusses the potential impact of the circular economy in this sector, where resources would be used more effectively and materials and product design would take fully into account the importance of health and wellbeing in the built environment, where people spend around 90% of their time.The case on Tarkett’s circular economy transition highlights the development of its closed-loop circular design system. It refers to Tarkett’s selection of ‘good’ materials, ensuring a positive impact on health and wellbeing and the environment as well as its efforts to improve energy and water efficiencies. The report also stresses the importance of collaboration, including the example of Desso – a Tarkett company – working closely with one of its yarns suppliers to turn post-consumer carpet fibers into new yarn.“The WEF project on the Future of Construction is showing how innovative thinking and practice can unlock great new potential to deliver powerful economic growth whilst paying attention to our shared responsibilities to society and the environment,” says Remco Teulings, President EMEA, Tarkett Group, and Steering Committee member of the Future of Construction.The World Economic Forum brings together the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas at international summits. Tarkett joined WEF as a Partner Company in January 2016, contributing to the forum’s discussions through a dual membership, engaging in both the Global Challenge initiative on the ‘Environment and Natural Resource Security’ and as an Industry Partner for ‘Infrastructure and Urban Development’.
With net sales of 2.7 billion euros in 2015, Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood & laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With 12,000 employees and 34 industrial sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to sustainable development, the Group has implemented an eco‐innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker TKTT, ISIN: FR0004188670).

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World Bank to Help Bosnia and Herzegovina with Energy Savings

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 marzo 2014

World_BankWASHINGTON. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a credit in the amount of US$32 million for the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH) Energy Efficiency Project. The project aims to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency improvements in public buildings throughout the country and support the development of scalable energy efficiency financing models.BH has recognized the importance of energy efficiency in supporting sustainable economic growth and moving towards EU accession. As a member of the Energy Community Treaty, BH has developed a draft National Energy Efficiency Action Plan that includes an indicative energy savings target of nine percent by 2018. Efficiency improvements in buildings are expected to make a significant contribution to achieving this target.
It is expected that a total of approximately 85 public buildings – mainly schools and hospitals – will be retrofitted under the project, making them more energy efficient. Due to its focus on public education and healthcare facilities, the project will directly benefit some of the often most vulnerable sections of society, particularly, children and hospital patients.“This project will support the country’s national development strategy by promoting economic growth, development, and employment in the construction sector,” said Anabela Abreu, World Bank Country Manager for Bosnia and Herzegovina. “In addition, improved energy efficiency will lead to a decrease in fuel consumption for heating as well as reduced carbon emissions into the air, which will have a particularly positive impact in larger urban areas during winter periods.”Overall, energy efficiency improvements in the public sector reduce energy expenditures and can create fiscal space for other development priorities. In BH, implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency measures in healthcare and educational facilities throughout the country could reduce public expenditures by about US$25 million per year.The World Bank portfolio of active projects in BH now includes 12 operations totaling approximately US$454.6 million. Areas of support include agriculture, environment, forestry, health, social safety and employment, local infrastructure, and private sector development.

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Pippin Building Products set to increase distributor portfolio across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 novembre 2013

A 26 segment × 3 exposure (78 frames in total)...

A 26 segment × 3 exposure (78 frames in total) panoramic view of the Hong Kong skyline taken from a path around Victoria Peak. Français : Vue panoramique de Hong Kong depuis un sentier de Victoria Peak. Image construite en assemblant 78 clichés (26 visées × 3 expositions) réalisés avecun appareil Canon 5D et un objectif 85mm f/1.8 réglé sur f/5.6. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pippin Building Products, are providers of innovative manufacturing machinery. The company has Headquarters in the UK and has firmly established a global presence with distributors in territories across the world including Alabama, Beirut, Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.
With a view to responding more efficiently to the demands and requirements of their growing customer base, they are looking to expand their European distributor network.Pippin Building Products has been supplying CNC Knife cutting and routing machines to customers globally for decades and already has a strong market presence in Europe. Expanding their distributor portfolio across Europe will enable a faster, more efficient response to their customer’s requirements.Pippin Building Products supply high-end hardware to the construction industry worldwide, including many innovative and specialist products which are either new to the region or not easily sourced in the European marketplace.Across the board, from Cladding, CNC Machines to Profiles, Tools and Accessories, Pippin Building Products provides the highest quality products and services across the full spectrum of construction needs.Managing Director; Shaun Barton-Smith said:“The greatest pride Pippin Building Products takes is in serving the customer. Our technical advice, support and after-sales service are second to none. Expanding our European distributor portfolio will enable us to respond even faster to our customer’s requirements whilst delivering a service of excellence in what can sometimes be time-sensitive situations.”The product range includes CNC Fabrication Machines for Composite Panels, Cladding, Woodwork & Air-conditioning insulated ducting, Aluminium Profiles and accessories.Pippin Building Products Ltd power tools are designed to perform numerous manufacturing functions, improving quality and efficiency on the production line. Their machinery enables their customers to tackle a variety of assembly applications with confidence.

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Drives for NandFlash-Based Notebooks

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 gennaio 2011

Boise, Idaho. Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU) today unveiled a new portfolio of the industry’s most advanced RealSSDTM solid-state drives (SSDs) for the fast growing flash-based notebook market. A new breed of notebooks are entering the market that have lightweight construction, snappier system responsiveness and a longer lasting battery—all made possible because of the innovations in flash-based storage products. The new portfoliois the first SSD product line to incorporate Micron’s 25-nanometer (nm) NAND flash technology, creating a broad portfolio of capacities ranging from 64-gigabyte (GB) to 512GB. The drives will be available in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch form factors. As with its predecessor, the product line also supports the SATA 6Gb/s interface, which opens up the data path between the host processor and the SSD delivering improved overall system responsiveness including faster boot times and speedier application loads. The new drives reach read speeds up to 415 megabytes (MB)/second, which is 17 percent faster than Micron’s previous generation drives. With write performance varying by capacity, the new 512GB drive achieves up to 260 MB/second write speeds, which is more than 20 percent faster than the fastest C300 drive. The new SSDs also provide benefits that desktops, workstations and industrial applications can take advantage of including low power consumption, lightweight construction and resistance to shock and vibration. Micron is currently working with notebook manufacturers to qualify its new RealSSD drivesunder the C400 product name. With samples of the RealSSD C400 drives available now, Micron expects mass production to begin in February.
Bringing the drives to business customers and consumers, Crucial, a division of Micron, will begin selling the portfolio under the name, Crucial® m4 SSD. The Crucial m4 SSD product line is expected to be available online at and through select global channel partners in the first quarter of 2011.
As a NAND developer and manufacturer, Micron is in a unique position to apply proprietary management algorithms to its RealSSD portfolio that yield tremendous performance gains and maintain quality control. Micron continues to push NAND process geometries—the company is currently at 25nm with visibility into several more generations—which brings great benefits to solid-state storage applications including greater capacity and more cost-effective designs.

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Air quality guidelines

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 dicembre 2010

A new volume of the global guidelines for indoor air quality is released today. WHO guidelines for indoor air quality: selected pollutants results from the contribution of over 60 international scientists to a project coordinated by WHO Regional Office for Europe and presents for the first time evidence and guidance to protect health globally from the impact of indoor chemicals. The guidelines recommend targets for indoor air quality at which the health risks are significantly reduced and provide a scientific basis for legally enforceable standards in all regions of the world. Hazardous substances emitted from buildings, construction materials and indoor equipment or due to human activities such as fuel combustion for cooking or heating, lead to a broad range of health problems and may even be fatal. At least 400 deaths are caused annually by indoor carbon monoxide poisoning in the WHO European Region, and up to 14% of lung cancers are attributable to residential radon exposure. Life-long exposure to benzene concentrations as observed in European houses is associated with up to 10 cases of leukaemia per 100 000 people. The guidelines are targeted at public health professionals involved in preventing the health risks of environmental exposures, as well as at specialists and authorities involved in the design and use of buildings, indoor materials and products. This volume is the second in a series, following the 2009 book on dampness and mould, and anticipates further work to address household fuel combustion.
The nine substances considered in this review are common indoor air pollutants globally and are just a few of the many chemicals encountered in indoor spaces. They were selected for this review based on the existence of their indoor sources, the availability of evidence on their health effects, and their common presence in concentrations of health concern. Based on the accumulated science, experts formulated health risk evaluations and agreed on the guidelines for each of the pollutants (see fact sheet).  Problems of indoor air quality are important health risk factors in low-, middle- and high-income countries. Population groups in residences, day-care centres and retirement homes are particularly vulnerable to indoor air pollution due to their health status or age. The guidelines are intended to address various levels of economic development, cover all relevant population groups, and allow feasible approaches to reducing health risks from exposure to the selected pollutants in various regions of the world.

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L’exclusion sociale

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 luglio 2010

Rome  Le récent débat à Bruxelles sur l’exclusion sociale entre les Présidents de la Commission, du Parlement européen et du Conseil européen et les dignitaires religieux européens a été une nouvelle occasion pour les communautés religieuses et les communautés de conviction de se tenir au courant de l’intégration européenne et d’y contribuer en s’exprimant sur les actions de l’Union européenne.  Ce dialogue avec les religions, les Eglises et les communautés de conviction a été établi vers la fin des années 1980 par le Président Delors.  La chute du mur de Berlin en 1989 a marqué un tournant en Europe et a fait prendre conscience au Président Delors de la nécessité d’engager une réflexion sur les principaux défis à venir dans la construction européenne avec des représentants d’organisations dans les domaines des sciences, de la culture et de la religion.  Dans cet ordre d’idée, il a été décidé que la Commission devrait entretenir un dialogue régulier avec les religions, les Eglises et les communautés de conviction. Ses successeurs, Jacques Santer, Romano Prodi et l’actuel Président, José Manuel Barroso, ont poursuivi son action.  Par ailleurs, le Traité de Lisbonne introduit explicitement l’idée du dialogue entre les institutions européennes et les religions, les Eglises et les communautés de conviction. L’article 17 prévoit un dialogue ouvert, transparent et régulier avec celles-ci bien que la Commission n’a pas le pouvoir de définir, que ce soit au niveau national ou européen, la relation entre l’Etat et les Eglises, les communautés religieuses et philosophiques et les organisations non confessionnelles. Des événements sont régulièrement organisés dans le cadre de ce dialogue. Celui du 19 juillet s’inscrit dans ce cadre, avec une nouveauté, l’entrée en vigueur du Traité de Lisbonne. Dans cet esprit, les trois Présidents étaient représentés du côté de l’Union (Conseil, Parlement et Commission) accompagnés de quatre Commissaires européens. Du côté religieux, près d’une vingtaine de hauts représentants des religions chrétienne, juive et musulmane ainsi que des communautés sikhe et hindoue étaient présents. A noter que la seule femme, du côté religieux, fut la représentante du Saint-Siège, Flaminia Giovanelli, sous-secrétaire du Conseil pontifical Justice et Paix, qui a qualifié la crise financière et économique mondiale de “crise structurelle”, de “crise de valeurs,” et de “crise de confiance”, et qui a estimé que “l’exigence de l’éthique dans la vie de l’économie mondialisée” était donc ” encore plus contraignante”.

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President Obama to Travel to Holland, Michigan

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 luglio 2010

Washington. President Obama will deliver remarks at a groundbreaking ceremony at Compact Power, Inc. a subsidiary of LG Chem Ltd., a battery plant in Holland, Michigan.  The plant is the ninth of nine new advanced battery factories to start construction as a result of the $2.4 billion in Recovery Act advanced battery and electric vehicle awards President Obama announced last August.   The project is expected to create hundreds of construction and manufacturing jobs in Holland.The arrival and departure of Air Force One at Gerald R. Ford International Airport and the President’s remarks on July 15 are open to pre-credentialed media.  Media that wish to RSVP for the arrival/departure of Air Force One on July 15 should RSVP HERE before 5:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 13.

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