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Helen Whitman - JUNE 19, 2017
Railway deal in Mozambique between Portuguese and Chinese
The project to build 500 km of railway which will connect the Moatize coal mining area near the Malawi Border with the port of Macuse has been the subject of a contract of a consortium made up of Mota-Engil of Portugal and China National Complete Engineering.

The new project worth $1.4 billion, will replace the existing railway of Sena (660 km) currently running to the port of Beira. As part of the increasing demand in coal and minerals in the Moatize area, the production of open cast coal has increased from 3.7 million tonne in 2012 the first year of operation to 5.5 million in 2016.

The consortium was chosen by Thai Moçambique Logistica (TML) out of a list of seven, the signing had been expected since March, and the finalization of the deal was announced by Mota-Engils with the Portuguese Securities Market Commission on last June 13th.

The project aims to start in 2018 and will take 44 months to complete, and it might take longer if the extension of 120 km could be envisaged in order to connect to more coal deposits.


 

Helen Whitman - JUNE 19, 2017
Volvo rotating pipelayers operate in Asia Minor
The project to bring Caspian gas from Azerbaijan through Turkey and onwards to Europe has been undertaken by Fernas, the Turkish pipeline contractor.

Fernas has chosen Volvo PL4809D rotating pipelayers to operate on the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (Tanap) in the field of Shah Deniz II in Azerbaijan, the world’s longest ongoing pipeline. Tanap will transport gas over a distance of 1,850 km (1,150 mi) to Turtkey’s western border with the EU and should supply 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year of which 6 billion cubic meters will be delivered to Turkey.

The project is being constructed in three lots, and Fernas was awarded to construction contract for the Lot 1. The company will use 56 in. diameter pipe and the pipeline will run for 375 km (233 mi). An estimated of 150,000 pipes tubes will be required for this project and the budget worth US$ 10 billion.

According to Fernas, the company is using for the Lot 1, five Volvo PL4809D pipelayers due to its specific technical data. The Volvo’s unique 360° upper structure swing capacity allowing the boom to be positioned uphill enabling the load to be kept ahead of the machine, aiding stability and controllability. The units are also specified with a 96 tonne tipping capacity or 102 tonnes with the additional counterweight.

Fernas and its operators will continue to be supported through this huge project by using Volvo Equipment, not only the Volvo’s pipelayers were used but also the PL4611 pipelayers with their 110 tonne tipping capacity.
 

Charlotte Divet - JUNE 15, 2017
Gerken hosts thirty Snorkel electric boom lifts in Germany
Gerken, German rental company has welcomed thirty Snorkel A38E electric boom lifts. The delivery has being carried out by Ahern Deutschland, sales and service provider for Snorkel lift in Germany and Austria.

The thirty machines were designed and custom-painted in Snorkel’s Vigo Centre facility in the UK, and were delivered in Gerken’s distinctive red paint, in a ready-to-rent condition with all decals and livery applied.

Gerken has already over 4200 aerial work platforms consisting of over 400 different models, including a selection of lifts with working heights over 60m (196 ft). The Snorkel A38E is a direct electric drive articulating boom lift which has the capacity of lifting up to 215kg (475lb) to a working height of 13.5m (44ft). It has an outreach of 5.9m (19ft), yet weighs just 3795kg (8366lb).
 

Helen Whitman - JUNE 15, 2017
enLight addresses Air quality Challenge
The British company enLight based at Norwich, has announced during the National Clean Air Day, the launch of its new Smart Cities Pilot Kit, to address air quality.

The Smart Cities Pilot Kit had been designed to monitor air quality, noise levels, localized flooding and microclimate levels for local authorities and councils. Combined with an enLight lighting upgrade with a selection of enSense sensors, the kit enables local authorities to try out new smart city data collection technologies and use then this data to build a business case for a larger deployment.

It is recalled that levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emitted mostly by diesel vehicles has exceeded the limits set by regulation in almost 90% of urban areas in the United Kingdom since 2010 and toxic fumes are estimated to cause 23,500 early deaths a year. The inhalation of polluted air can pose significant health threats to low birth weight and premature births and that the costs to society of air pollution are similar to those caused by obesity and smoking.

With such worrying statistics, enLight stressed that air quality is now a key priority for communities and the company is delighted to be associated to support the goal for cleaners cities by working with councils to help them to better understand their environment.
 

Helen Whitman - JUNE 15, 2017
Real revolution towards sustainable drip irrigation
Toro in partnership with Revolution Plastics, has announced that its award-winning drip irrigation recycling service will now offer expanded service capabilities in California’s Central Coast Region.

Toro a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment, has ongoing commitment to help farmers maximize production with efficient, sustainable drip irrigation practices, has partnered with Revolution Plastics a national leader in agricultural plastic recycling with operations in Arkansas, Wisconsin and Texas, and now a facility in Camarillo to better serve California’s coastal growers.

Farmers need drip irrigation to help them to produce more with fewer resources, but also recognizes that at the end of its lifecycle, drip irrigation becomes plastic that has to be recycled.

Toro’s Drip irrigation Recycling Service has recently won nationwide recognition at the Irrigation Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, in the category of 2016 New Product Contest – Specialty Agriculture.

The recycled plastic were used to make Ecologo plastic can liners and other agriculture and construction sheeting rather than shipping recycled resins overseas, this solution creates local jobs, reduces the need for virgin resins and resulted in a sustainable business that has provided superior agricultural recycling services for over 20 years.
 

Mary Brune - JUNE 13, 2017
Microsoft Dynamics CRM targets construction sector
Construction site managers often oversee many aspects of a construction project. To have a clear strategic vision of the business, various information must be correlated and centralized and the solution seems to be CRM (Customer Relationship Management).

With already many companies touting their CRM products (SugarCRM, ProsperWorks, Pipedrive, HubSpot CRM, Salesforce CRM, Insightly, and Zoho CRM) Microsoft Dynamics CRM is trying a more industry-oriented approach.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM for contruction is offering the construction industry with various choice of desktops, mobile devices, an online or on-premise server. The product is competely integrated with their Office Suite 5Excel and Word) with an add-in for Microsoft Outlook.

According to a Microsoft’s spokesperson, the key benefits of CRM for construction are:

- The ability to keep track of project bids and follow up activities
- A real-time access to project-related documents
- A transparent visibility and scheduling for available resources
-  A streamlined supply chain and improved supplier relationships
- The ability to track time and labor spent on tasks and goals
- A real-time access to business data and analysis
- The ability to keep track of inbound and outbound leads, and run targeted campaigns
- The ability to meet clients where they are on social media and to take advantage of immediate opportunities
- And the ability to have sales staff follow up with prospects and clients in a timely and effective manner


 

Grace Galante - JUNE 13, 2017
US increasing use of P3s in transportation projects
The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced that the public-private partnership (P3) will be delivering the Phoenix-area Loop 2002 three years ahead of schedule.

It will be the first time a P3 (made up in this case of Fluor Enterprises, Granite Construction, Ames Construction and WSP) is used for a highway project in Arizona.

In doing so, Phoenix, AZ, is following the trend led by Kansas City, MO, and Los Angeles County to take a new look at unsolicited proposals coming from P3s, proposals that often include names like AECOM, Skanska USA, Parsons Transportation Group among others.

Organizations like the American Road & Transportation Builders Association estimate that P3s will  play a larger role in future projects, and might be a key component of the present administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan.


 

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