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Saint-Gobain Boosts Sustainability with Glass Service Acquisition

Saint-Gobain, the French sustainable construction company, has officially agreed to acquire Glass Service, a prominent provider of digital solutions for glass furnaces, encompassing advanced control systems and simulation software. This acquisition aims to enable customers to enhance energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprint. Established in 1990 in Vsetin, Czech Republic, Glass Service is recognized for its expertise in offering digital solutions for glass furnaces, including cutting-edge control systems and simulation software. The completion of this transaction is contingent upon obtaining antitrust approvals, with the anticipated closing by the end of the first half of 2024. This strategic move aligns with Saint-Gobain's commitment to expanding its range of digital services,

Caterpillar and CRH Partner for Electric Construction Equipment Advancements

Caterpillar, the world's largest construction equipment manufacturer, is making strides towards an electric future through a strategic collaboration with CRH, an Ireland-based provider of building materials. This marks a significant milestone, as CRH becomes the first company in the quarry and aggregates sector to
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Crane Replacements to Support Next-Generation Offshore Wind Turbine Installations

When it comes to wind turbines, the bigger they are, the harder they work, generating more renewable offshore wind energy, and a greater return on investment for developers. As a result, next-gen turbines are growing, and their components are getting larger and heavier. To meet the enhanced installation and maintenance requirements of their components, the equipment used to move, lift and install them must be upgraded and replaced. So, Mammoet was contracted by GustoMSC to carry out leg crane replacements on two offshore wind farm installation jack-up vessels (Wind Orca and Wind Osprey) for the Danish transport and installation company Cadeler. The new leg cranes are fully electrically driven and have a 1,600t lifting capacity, making them ready to install and service next-generation wind

Volvo Intros 50-Ton EC500 Straight-Boom Excavator for Demolition

Volvo Construction Equipment unveiled its latest addition to the demolition excavator lineup, showcasing the EC500 Straight Boom model at the recent National Demolition Association Show. Building upon the foundation of the standard EC500 model introduced at ConExpo 2023, this new offering features a 25.5-foot-long
Building Equipment & Products

Chalmers University's Breakthrough in Eco-Friendly Textile-Reinforced Concrete Structures

In a groundbreaking development aimed at revolutionizing the construction industry, pioneering researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have unveiled an innovative method for producing environmentally sustainable textile-reinforced concrete structures. With global cement production exceeding 4.5 billion tonnes annually and accounting for 8 percent of worldwide CO₂ emissions, the need for eco-friendly building practices has never been more pressing. Catharina Björk and Mia Halleröd Palmgren, in their published work on innovation, stress the importance of replacing steel reinforcements with textiles in concrete. This switch allows for the construction of sleek, lightweight structures using less material, resulting in a significantly reduced environmental footprint. While

Metso Launches New Crusher Wear Products Boosting Customers’ Crusher Economy

Metso continues to innovate crushing chamber solutions to improve aggregate customers’ crusher economy. At the AGG1 2024 event, the company introduces several new wear part products that are designed to improve uptime and crushing performance and make aggregate producers’ operations more sustainable and profitable.
Digital Construction

PlanRadar’s ‘SiteView’ AI-powered 360 reality capture helps construction see the bigger picture

PlanRadar, one of the leading digital construction, real estate and facilities management platforms, announces the upcoming AI-powered ‘SiteView’ feature, enhancing the platform's already robust documentation, communication and reporting capabilities. SiteView empowers users to capture 360° imagery of a project while walking the site, with the images automatically mapped onto a 2D plan, creating a detailed visual record of activity across every stage of the build. Group Co-CEO Ibrahim Imam noted, “This feature’s a game changer for PlanRadar users, combining the easy to use experience with the highest levels of accuracy, making it possible to achieve complete visual as-builts and field, progress, and photo documentation, in place of taking thousands of photos. In addition with our core

Topcon Unveils Next-Generation Road Construction Technology

Topcon Positioning Systems has unveiled its latest advancements in road construction and resurfacing technology, introducing the MC-Max Asphalt Paving and MC-Max Milling solutions. These cutting-edge systems offer modularity, simplified configurations, and advanced features aimed at boosting productivity in asphalt

ProjectReady Enhances Integration with Autodesk Construction Cloud

ProjectReady, a leading provider of collaborative project information management software tailored for architects, engineers, contractors, and project owners, has announced a significant enhancement to its automated project site setup feature, now extending compatibility to Autodesk Construction Cloud®. This
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Home Depot Expands Professional Reach with SRS Distribution Acquisition

Home Depot aims to broaden its professional customer base engaged in larger-scale projects through its acquisition of SRS Distribution, a supplier catering to roofers and other contractors. "Home Depot announced Thursday it is acquiring a roofing distributor in a significant $18 billion deal, signaling the retailer's commitment to attracting more business from contractors and construction firms," the company stated in a news release. The acquisition of SRS Distribution Inc., specializing in supplies for professional roofers and contractors, is anticipated to be finalized by the end of the fiscal year in late January, Home Depot revealed. Financing for the deal will be facilitated through available cash and debt. "SRS, an industry leader with a proven track record of profitable growth, is

Brian Bieller Named President of BOMAG Americas

In a recent development, BOMAG Americas has appointed Brian Bieller as the new President of its North American division, effective March 10, 2023. Bieller brings a wealth of experience to his new role, with a background deeply rooted in road construction dating back to his early days at a dealership during high school.
Security & Fire Protection

BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems Unveils Updated Orange Book on CPVC Fire Safety

BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems, a renowned provider of CPVC fire sprinkler systems, has recently unveiled the revised edition of its groundbreaking CPVC fire safety guide, The Orange Book. This comprehensive resource offers invaluable design, technical, and specification guidance tailored for construction professionals worldwide. BlazeMaster Fire Protection Systems, a division of Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, boasts a rich legacy of 60 years in pioneering CPVC thermoplastic product development. As a leading manufacturer, Lubrizol is committed to ensuring residential and commercial properties are equipped with top-tier fire safety solutions. Adam Hessel, Market Development Manager at BlazeMaster® Fire Protection System, emphasized the importance of ensuring safe housing and

Fast Guard Service Introduces Enhanced Fire Watch Security Guard Services

Fast Guard Service, a well-known leader in security solutions, is thrilled to announce the launch of its enhanced Fire Watch Security Guard Services. This specialized service aims to offer businesses, construction sites, and residential properties expert fire prevention and safety measures. Recognizing the paramount

How Innovative Software Solutions Are Redefining Fire Safety Planning

The construction industry is no stranger to the risks associated with fire incidents. To tackle this challenge, progressive construction firms are embracing state-of-the-art software solutions that streamline the creation of comprehensive fire safety plans. These groundbreaking tools not only aid in designing
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Zeiss Unveils Smart Glass Revolution at CES 2024: Transparent Holography Takes Center Stage

German optics powerhouse Zeiss is gearing up for its appearance at CES, where it will unveil its groundbreaking Multifunctional Smart Glass technology. This cutting-edge innovation has the capability to project "holographic" and augmented-reality content onto transparent surfaces, finding applications in head-up displays for cars, 3D control elements in smart homes, and even incorporating a transparent videocam within glass panels. Having initially disclosed the development in 2019, Zeiss demonstrated its maturity last year through augmented-reality head-up displays in aircraft cockpits. Now, the company is aggressively expanding into the automotive sector, with plans outlined during IAA Mobility 2023. Zeiss is currently striving for mass production, with VP Roman Kleindienst deeming it a

Autonomous Robot Builds Stable, Recyclable Stone Walls

Construction provides the backbone for industries including manufacturing, transportation, civil engineering and agriculture. Yet, it lacks enough resources to meet continuously growing needs for infrastructure. Now, a 12-ton autonomous robot offers a sustainable blueprint for moving forward. The excavating machine can
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Spain and Morocco Forge Ahead with Transcontinental Infrastructure Initiative

In the late 1970s, Spain and Morocco embarked on discussions surrounding a visionary infrastructure project aimed at uniting the two countries. Fast forward to the present, and the long-awaited Fixed Link Project for the Strait of Gibraltar is edging closer to reality, igniting optimism for stakeholders on both sides. Under the leadership of Spain's Transport Minister, Óscar Puente, there's a renewed sense of urgency to see this transformative project materialize within the coming years. Building upon the groundwork laid by his predecessor, Raquel Sánchez, who fervently championed the initiative, Puente is fostering collaboration between the Spanish and Moroccan governments to advance the project to fruition. Key to this momentum is the recent allocation of £1.96 million (€2.3m) of

New Method Confirms Carbon Capture in Concrete

In the face of escalating global temperatures and rising greenhouse gas emissions, carbon capture has become paramount in the battle against climate change. Researchers from the University of Tokyo and Nagoya University in Japan have unveiled a groundbreaking method to confirm the origin of carbon within concrete,
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