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Geo-enabling Reality Model Tips and Tricks

Recently the project, a model for which was developed to be able to respond to several issues, from environmental risks including flooding, to security and emergency response, was declared as the winning project at the Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards by Bentley Systems. Khatib & Alami was contracted to capture and model 250 square kilometers in Muscat, Oman within 125 days. The firm faced significant topography, time, and quality challenges, as well as weather issues and compliance with government policies and clearance constraints. After exploring several options, Khatib & Alami realized that they needed accurate and flexible technology capable of detailed parallel processing to develop a digital twin. Khatib & Alami selected ContextCapture, a 3D Reality Modeling Software by Bentley

Safe, Smooth Pipe Bevels with REED Bevel Boss™

Jobsite pipe beveling requires a method for quick, consistent bevels. When operators need to move fast from one pipe to the next, a lightweight solution is desired. Cordless methods, with no gas fumes and no exposed blades are ideal. REED Bevel Boss™ cordless pipe bevelers provide a safe way for operators to bevel pipe
Construction Machines & Vehicles

(Trouble)Shooting from the Hip A Guide for In-the-Field Troubleshooting of Well Drilling Issues

Drilling for clean, uncontaminated water can be challenging. From residential and commercial work to missionary drilling, rig operators, regardless of their experience, can encounter issues. Unfortunately, calling for troubleshooting advice isn’t always an option. Differences in time zones and drilling in remote locations can make it challenging to get answers quickly. From operating the rig to understanding how to address circulation loss or a caved-in borehole, there’s a lot to consider. Having the answers to these common questions prior to the bit hitting the ground will help make for a smooth drilling operation and a positive experience. How can I reduce the odds of encountering a problem? The effort put forth to drill a well doesn’t begin on site. Before purchasing or renting a rig,

Doosan Excavators Prepare Site in Centre of Santander

A fleet of Doosan excavators working with large breakers has been used by the company, Excavaciones Gaby, to clear space for a new site for building work in the centre of the city of Santander in Spain. "The work carried out required excavation, emptying and removal of materials for the future construction of

New Doosan DX235DM Demolition Excavator on Milan Project

A new Doosan DX235DM demolition excavator has proved to be the ideal machine for the company, Seli Manutenzioni Generali Srl of Monza, for demolition work at the historic Catholic University del Sacro Cuore in the centre of Milan in the Lombardy region of Italy. Using the DX235DM, Seli has carried out demolition work
Building Products & Equipment

Thriving in the New Normal The Global Aluminum Industry

Market uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the high number of developed countries, and because emerging markets have yet to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus, is driving the surplus of aluminum stocks in Y2020. Global aluminum consumption in Q1 2020 fell by 8 percent; China’s consumption dropped by 10 percent and the rest of the world by 7 percent. The normal seasonal impact of the Chinese New Year coupled with COVID-19 intensified the decline. By the end of 2020, depending on how quickly the demand bounces back in Q3 and Q4, there could be an anticipated global surplus in the range of 2 million to 7 million tons, i.e., roughly 5 percent-10 percent of the total aluminum consumption. Beyond the immediate question of “how long” is the more existential question of “what

Engineered Wood Products: The Best Choice for Use in Any Project

Engineered wood, also called man-made or composite wood, has become popular in construction as it is used as a substitute to hardwood and concrete. It is also used as an alternative to steel beams in many building projects. Thus, the global market for engineered wood, is expected to grow steadily in the forecast
Digital Construction Techs

Cityworks: GIS-CENTRIC ASSET MANAGEMENT

Building a safe, resilient, and sustainable community infrastructure for citizens is a priority for city managers. Public works teams are the life- blood for every community to maintain the critical infrastructure required to build a smart community. Today managing infrastructure capital assets consists of minimizing the total cost of owning, operating, and maintaining assets at acceptable levels of service. Furthermore, each municipality, public works, or utility has the responsibility to provide sustainable services to their citizens while maintaining their assets in a cost-effective manner. For more than 25 years, Cityworks has been Empowering GIS® for public works departments with innovative technology to effectively manage their capital assets, work activities, expense mitigation, and

Leveraging Digital Twins from Concept to Operations in the Road Industry

Digital twins are becoming one of the most important technology trends for transportation infrastructure because of their potential to improve design, visually enhance collaboration, and increase asset reliability and performance. Digital twins can be considered the backbone of infrastructure decision-making as they
Interviews & Profiles

How the EU Is In Danger of Making Construction Less Productive

Proposed European data privacy laws could hinder the flow of data around construction sites. In this article Riccardo Viaggi, Secretary General of the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) talks about how the EU can be both a force for good and ill when it comes to boosting construction’s output. While other industries have radically modernized their processes, construction remains one of the most stagnant major industries in the world, still using many of the same methods first used in the 19th century. As a result, productivity is falling, the construction workforce is shrinking, and demand for construction continually outpaces supply. So how can legislation help boost productivity? That was the theme of questions asked of CECE Secretary General Riccardo Viaggi.
Security & Fire Protection

Australian Fire Testing Laboratory Achieves Additional NATA Accreditation

Exova Warringtonfire Aus Pty Limited has received additional accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), the national accreditation body for Australia, to perform a broad scope of fire testing. Exova Warringtonfire is part of the Exova Group, which was recently acquired by Element Materials Technology (Element) to create one, world-class global testing services partner. The Melbourne laboratory has been accredited by NATA for many years but following a rigorous assessment, its scope was recently extended to include nine more tests and methods. The new accreditations cover testing, classification and fire performance for external walls, cladding, facades, and building materials and products, and also an extension to include approvals for testing of

Security & Fire Protection in Factories

Fire Protection is the study of alleviating the unwanted effects of fire and its potentially destructive hazards. The design of buildings and infrastructures, provision of isolating fires, firewalls and doors, use of fire resistant materials in construction, fire detectors, fire alarms, and automatic fire sprinklers
Real Estate

Dubai residential sales gain pace over Q3, although remain down year-on-year, says Chestertons

Despite a clear quarterly rise in property sales during Q3, Dubai’s real estate market is expected to face further challenges in both the rental and sales market, according to the latest Observer: Dubai Residential Report Q3 2020 from Chestertons. Research released by the leading international real estate services firm highlighted that increased sales activity in the third quarter, which rose by 50% Q-on-Q, was largely attributed to pent up demand from Q2, along with developer promotions offered to clear built but unsold inventory. Total transaction volume was down 21.7% from Q3 2019. Apartment prices fell 3.4% Q-on-Q, an increased rate of decline from the previous quarter, while villa sales prices witnessed a marginal fall of just 0.2%. In the rental market, apartment rental rates fell by

Union Properties PJSC Receives AED 400 Million Offer Stake in Dubai Autodrome

Union Properties PJSC, a pioneer in the property development sector, announced today it has received an offer of AED 400 million for a 40% stake in its subsidiary Dubai Autodrome, UAE’s first fully-integrated multipurpose motorsport and entertainment facility. Dubai Autodrome, one of the hallmarks of Union Properties
Countries

Mondi Acquires Two Paper Bag Lines and Signs Exclusive Supplier Agreements with Leading Cement Producers in Egypt

Mondi Paper Bags, part of Mondi Group has acquired two paper bag lines from Helwan Cement Company and InterCement Sacs, two major cement producers in Egypt. The acquired production lines will increase Mondi’s capacity by approximately 60-80 million bags annually and strengthen Mondi's position in the Middle Eastern bag market, particularly in supporting suppliers to the construction industry. Mondi Paper Bags, a global producer that operates two plants in Egypt, will also become the exclusive supplier of paper bags to Helwan Cement Company and InterCement Sacs. “We are excited to have signed long-term supply agreements with two of our biggest customers in Egypt further securing our position in the Middle Eastern market. These collaborations will offer Helwan and InterCement access to our

UK construction – is there a resurgence on the cards?

The UK construction industry has had a hard time over recent decades. After experiencing a period in the doldrums, it has since had to face the uncertainty of Brexit, as well as having to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. However, could brighter times now be on the horizon? While lockdown restrictions are eased and

Industrialization Fuels the Construction Expenditures in China

China has massive construction plans underway, including making provision for the movement of 250 million people to its megacities in the next ten years, despite efforts to rebalance its economy to a more service-oriented base. Domestic consumer spending is growing, shifting dependence away from the export sector,
Events

The Big 5 To Gather Global Construction Leaders at Its Digital Festival

The Big 5, the international event accelerating growth in the construction industry for the past four decades, is launching the first Big 5 Digital Festival - Global this year. The event, which will run completely online from 23 to 26 November, will gather the global construction community to build resiliency and empower industry professionals to grow their businesses, learn from the world’s top experts, and be ready for the post Covid-19 world. “Sharing knowledge, and maintaining and building connections with industry peers, partners, and experts are paramount for construction industry players to successfully navigate through these challenging times”, says Josine Heijmans, Vice President – Construction at dmg events, the organizers of The Big 5. “This is why we decided to run a completely

DEWA Organises Virtual WETEX And Dubai Solar Show

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will organize the 22nd Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and the 5th Dubai Solar Show virtually from 26-28 October 2020. The two exhibitions will provide a new experience for exhibitors to display their products innovatively, through 3D

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