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Blueprint Robotics champions pre-fabricated off-site construction

Blueprint Robotics champions pre-fabricated off-site construction Blueprint Robotics produces prefabricated, customized wooden elements for house construction. All elements include Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products by Metsä Wood. Both companies believe that off-site building with wood can make construction fast, light and green. Blueprint Robotics has brought prefabricated wood construction technology from Europe to the …

Waterproofing roads for the Washington Weather

Waterproofing for the Washington Weather Washington residents can thank the climate for the lush green foliage, but roads and bridges don’t share their enthusiasm. The wet weather is a bane to the state’s travel infrastructure, plaguing the pavement with perpetual potholes and other problems. The state’s continued population growth (now 7.4 million) also poses challenges, …

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens installs 20,000 Sq Feet of Porous Pave Permeable Path

Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens installs 20,000 Sq Feet of Porous Pave Permeable Path At Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens, guests of all ages and abilities can now discover the woods, ponds and meadows on the nation’s longest canopy walk, which is 1,400 feet long and as high as 40 feet above the forest floor. …

The quarry and aggregate industry by the numbers

The quarry and aggregates industry by the numbers With millions of workers and hundreds of thousands of active sites, aggregate quarrying is one of the biggest industries in the world – but just how big is it? x 13 Increase The increase in aggregate demand since 1900 110 Tons per House The Amount of construction …

Latin America Bitumen Market share to exceed US$5.7 billion by 2024

Latin America Bitumen Market share to exceed US$5.7 billion by 2024 According to a new research report by the market research and strategy consulting firm, Graphical Research, Latin America Bitumen Market size to cross US$5.7 billion by 2024. The construction industry in Latin America deemed to be a profitable quotient for the product market owing …

Austria’s Latschau Reservoir refurbished with Shell Bitumen

Austria’s Latschau Reservoir refurbished with Shell Bitumen The Latschau reservoir is a hub for the hydroelectric power facilities of Vorarlberger Illwerke at Montafon in western Austria. The sealing of the reservoir has now been refurbished with Shell Bitumen RC 70/100 so that it can contribute to sustainable power generation in the future as well. With …

Nortech brings elegance to ANPR and traffic signals with stainless bollards

Nortech brings elegance to ANPR and traffic signals with stainless bollards People and vehicle access control specialist Nortech is now offering elegant stainless steel bollards to house the Nedap ANPR cameras. The SSP-ANPR and SSDP-ANPR stainless steel posts by Nortech are each designed to house either a Nedap ANPR Access or a Nedap ANPR Access-HD …

Weholite structures awarded HAPAS certificate in first for industry

Weholite structures awarded HAPAS certificate in first for industry When is a pipe not a pipe? When its diameter is greater than 900mm and it’s installed under a road. This paradoxical riddle is what has been blocking the use of large diameter HDPE structured wall systems under Britain’s highways. However, all that is about to change. …

SDS develops groundbreaking SuDS material to tackle Highway Metals Pollution

SDS develops groundbreaking SuDS material to tackle Highway Metals Pollution A groundbreaking new SuDS sustainable drainage material is offering a simple and versatile solution to removing toxic heavy metals pollution from highways. Developed by the leading water infrastructure systems provider SDS Limited, SDS Aqua-Xchange is a flexible and highly-efficient granular material that captures copper and …

Testing soils in construction

Testing soils in construction Soils form the structural foundation for almost all construction work, making soil testing very important as failure to test soils adequately and correctly would introduce high levels of financial and safety risks. Before a construction project commences, it is important to know which types of soil underlay the proposed structure. It …

Soil stabilization has the edge

Soil stabilization has the edge Soil stabilization is proving to be the optimum solution whenever the properties of soil have to be altered to make it suitable for further roadworks. That was the case in Bloomington/ Indiana, USA, for instance, where a WIRTGEN WR 250 soil stabilizer laid a load-bearing base for the construction of …

A colourful future for asphalt

A colourful future for asphalt This past July, Shell Bitumen presented its Shell Mexphalte C binder for coloured asphalt tunnel at the Make the Future Live annual festival in London. Make the Future Live is a space for some of the smartest thinkers and most curious minds that attracts students, entrepreneurs and industries to explore …

Polypipe enhances highways offering with introduction of Ridgichute

Polypipe enhances highways offering with introduction of Ridgichute Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of sustainable drainage and water management solutions, has launched Ridgichute – a new gully chute designed for use in highway applications. With the UK expected to experience heavier rainfall, it is essential that stormwater doesn’t collect on either new or existing road …

NAPA publishes guide to preserving pavements with thinlays

NAPA publishes guide to preserving pavements with thinlays The best way to ensure long pavement life is to preserve pavements through maintenance and address distresses before they become pavement failures. A new publication, Thinlays for Pavement Preservation, provides guidance on the use of thin asphalt overlays as part of a successful pavement preservation program. Thinlays, …

Structural Design Guide for Porous Asphalt is now available

Structural Design Guide for Porous Asphalt is now available Porous asphalt pavements are a green infrastructure solution that provides the performance, ease of construction, and functionality of traditional asphalt pavements but with a permeable structure that helps manage stormwater. Commonly used for parking lots and other light-duty applications, full-depth porous asphalt pavements are increasingly being …

We are at a tipping point for bitumen

We are at a tipping point for bitumen We live in rapidly changing times, especially for bitumen trading businesses. Refiners are concerned about the impact that the International Maritime Organisation’s 2020 deadline to cap sulphur levels in marine fuel will have on their profit margins, while being eager to explore opportunities for blending. Trading firms …

Motorcycle friendly Evo-Chev Chevron system delivers cost savings

Motorcycle friendly Evo-Chev Chevron system delivers cost savings The Evo-Chev Chevron System, by TMP Solutions has been installed on Titnore Lane, West Sussex, to improve road safety and reduce maintenance costs on a series of tight double bends. Originally each bend had traditional black and white chevron signs mounted on steel posts to highlight the …

The Pro Nemus visitor centre is a showcase of engineered wood construction

The Pro Nemus visitor centre is a showcase of engineered wood construction Metsä Group’s new visitor centre in Äänekoski, in Central Finland, is a prime example of fast construction using wood. The 1,000 m² Pro Nemus visitor centre showcases how Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL products enable fast, light and green construction. The building combines industrially …

Scientists invent Bio-Bitumen to pave roads using plastic and other mixed wastes

Scientists invent Bio-Bitumen to pave roads using plastic and other mixed wastes Scientists at Aston University have developed Bio-Bitumen, a new way to convert organic bin waste such as decomposed food, paper and plastic into a substance suitable for laying roads and pavements. The process, developed by academics at the university’s European Bioenergy Research Institute …

Shihang China is now the Copper Nickel Pipe supplier for top 500 brand companies

Shihang China is now the Copper Nickel Pipe supplier for top 500 brand companies Shihang today marked another milestone for being the main supplier of CuNi 90/10 & CuNi 70/30 pipes for top 500 brand companies in Asia and Europe. These are corrosion resistance copper nickel pipes, with copper and nickel as the main alloying …

ASI celebrates examples of their GSB pavement preservation used 39 years ago

ASI celebrates examples of their GSB pavement preservation used 39 years ago While many manufacturers of asphalt preservation products claim their products provide long-lasting benefits, few can offer 39 years of proof to back up their claims. Asphalt Systems Inc. (ASI), based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has proof that if used properly and at …

Line-X powerful protective coating earns European Certification

Line-X powerful protective coating earns European Certification LINE-X – a global leader in extreme performance protective coatings with proprietary technologies – has just reached a milestone by receiving a European Technical Assessment ETAG 005 part 6 by the Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik, the approval body for construction products for the European Organisation for Technical Assessment …

Philips Lighting’s new innovations make switching to LED lighting even easier

Philips Lighting’s new innovations make switching to LED lighting even easier Philips Lighting (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, has announced two new innovations, the Philips TrueForce LED Road and the Philips CorePro LEDtube Universal T8. Pilips TrueForce LED Road is the world’s first ‘plug and play’ replacement SON-T LED lamp for street lighting, …

MSU developing high-strength Concrete to save Montana time and money

MSU developing high-strength Concrete to save Montana time and money In a lab at Montana State University, researchers use massive hydraulic pistons to crush samples of concrete in order to determine the material’s strength. To test what’s called ultra-high performance concrete, they’ve had to ratchet up the force. “One little square inch of this concrete …

Nigeria’s Azuri Peninsula is a new residential paradise on the Atlantic shoreline

Nigeria’s Azuri Peninsula is a new residential paradise on the Atlantic shoreline In the Marina district of Eko Atlantic City in the heart of Nigeria’s business capital Lagos, the Azuri Peninsula is one of the most ambitious and spectacular residential construction projects in all of Africa. Doka is supplying the automatic climbing formwork systems and the …

SIKA establishes National Subsidiary in Honduras

SIKA establishes National Subsidiary in Honduras Sika is laying the foundation for further growth in Central America by establishing a national subsidiary in Honduras. With the new subsidiary customers will benefit from faster supply of Sika products and solutions as well as an expanding product range. The new national subsidiary will enable Sika to broaden …

ClearSpan hybrid buildings deliver the best of both worlds

ClearSpan hybrid buildings deliver the best of both worlds Fabric and metal are each beneficial materials in their own right. The translucency of fabric allows for ample sunlight, and the strength of metal can provide increased durability. ClearSpan’s innovative Hybrid Building incorporates both fabric and metal, combining the Hercules Truss Arch Building and Metal Building …

Tactile black markings in the middle of the road can increase traffic safety

Tactile black markings in the middle of the road can increase traffic safety A new approach to delineating traffic lanes is being championed by Borum as a way to reduce head-on collisions and improve road safety? The solution uses extruded black thermoplastic paint to create rumble lines down the centrelines! Extruded rumble strips on road …

STRABAG shows innovative way out of the diesel dilemma with Sustainable High-Tech Asphalt

STRABAG shows innovative way out of the diesel dilemma with Sustainable High-Tech Asphalt STRABAG’s TPA competence centre has presented an innovative solution that can help cities fight the negative impact of increased traffic volumes. The joint R&D project NaHiTAs (Nachhaltiger High-Tech Asphalt – Sustainable High-Tech Asphalt) was demonstrated at the Conference on New Materials in Construction …

Accelerated Bridge Construction used to replace Savoy Road Bridge in Massachusetts

Accelerated Bridge Construction used to replace Savoy Road Bridge in Massachusetts Bridge substructure is composed of all precast concrete bridge components for fast-track construction Partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, engineering firm McFarland Johnson and general contractor Clayton D Davenport Trucking, Oldcastle Precast Rehoboth, Massachusetts provided the precast concrete bridge components for the entire …

WEC CCTV manufacture 65 camera masts for Mersey Gateway Project

WEC CCTV manufacture 65 camera masts for Mersey Gateway Project WEC CCTV, a UK manufacturer of camera mounting structures, has supplied 65 specially designed camera masts for the new Mersey Gateway Bridge. The Lancashire-based specialist secured all three parts of the project to manufacture 9 trolley head masts, 40 tilt over radar masts, and 16 …

Oldcastle Precast Wall Panel System used at Buffalo International Airport

Oldcastle Precast Wall Panel System used at Buffalo International Airport Using precast concrete custom-made wall panels and hollow core plank, Oldcastle Precast Newnan, Ga., working in conjunction with CNS Communications, LLC, constructed the newly upgraded emergency generator runway light control building at Buffalo’s International airport. Owner of Buffalo International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration contracted …

Metsä Wood calls for collaboration in timber innovation

Metsä Wood calls for collaboration in timber innovation Modular construction, using timber as a key element, is a credible solution to fast and sustainable house building. However, Metsa Wood believes that more needs to be done in terms of sharing knowledge and innovation in wood construction to further advance the use of this material in …

MasterChef inspires engineer to cook up a recipe for self-healing roads

MasterChef inspires engineer to cook up a recipe for self-healing roads Dr Alvaro Garcia, a lecturer with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, has hit on a recipe for success by drawing inspiration from the Spanish version of the popular MasterChef series and come up with an innovative method, which uses sunflower …

SIKA builds stronger Northern America and Latin America operations while expanding into Mexico

SIKA builds stronger Northern America and Latin America operations while expanding into Mexico The Board of Directors of Sika has decided to set up a new, strong region Americas. The aim is to create a more efficient supply chain and benefit from larger purchasing volumes in the closely intertwined regions of North and Latin America. …

Metsä Wood to invest in Kerto LVL production in Punkaharju, Finland

Metsä Wood to invest in Kerto LVL production in Punkaharju, Finland Metsä Wood, a part of Metsä Group, has decided to build a new Kerto® LVL production line, with an annual capacity of 65,000 cubic metres, at its Punkaharju mill. The value of the investment is approximately €52 million. The expansion of the mill will …

American Concrete Institute expands mission to focus on Global Concrete Standards

American Concrete Institute expands mission to focus on Global Concrete Standards The American Concrete Institute announces that its mission has been expanded to reflect its proactive approach to advocating the global adoption of ACI standards. ACI – a leading authority and resource worldwide for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials – …

Building an innovative, modular, transformable, easy to dismantle wooden home

Building an innovative, modular, transformable, easy to dismantle wooden home The Fondation des Amis de Médecins du Monde organized a competition to provide homes for people who are currently in precarious living conditions in Toulouse, France. A participating team from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Toulouse (ENSA) won the second prize in the competition with …

Concrete Canvas wins Samsung Innovation Award

Concrete Canvas wins Samsung Innovation Award Concrete Canvas was named the Samsung Innovation Award Winner at the 2017 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards gala dinner ceremony, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. This award recognises the company that successfully applies any form of innovation, and celebrates the ideas that have had the …

Bituchem’s Airpatch perfect solution for potholes and surface deformations

Bituchem’s Airpatch perfect solution for potholes and surface deformations AirPatch is an engineered, sprayed application from BituChem that provides an excellent ‘break’ and quality pothole repair solution that fixes potholes and other surface deformations. AirPatch is designed to repair potholes and other surface deformations by spraying the surface with aggregate. It is engineered to not …

How incorrectly marking your Car Park could cost you

How incorrectly marking your Car Park could cost you Car Parks are a very important part of the UK’s road network – and are often forgotten about when it comes to marking to high specifications. With around 20,000 public car parks in the United Kingdom to date – it is vital to ensure these are correctly and …

SIKA gears up for high performance concrete reinforcing fibre production for EMEA

SIKA gears up for high performance concrete reinforcing fibre production for EMEA Sika has started producing high-performance concrete reinforcing fibre for clients in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at its manufacturing facility in Troisdorf, Germany, where a new production line has been commissioned. Made of a thermoplastic material (polypropylene), the fibres are used …

TRL tests RHiNOPHALT Highway Preservation on the M4 Motorway in England

TRL tests RHiNOPHALT Highway Preservation on the M4 Motorway in England ASI is constantly striving to extend the life of the valuable infrastructure network through planned maintenance using RHiNOPHALT®. Their goal is to provide road users and owners surety that their investment will provide a long, safe and disruption free life cycle. Long by protecting …

Conversation Plinth in Indiana encourages discussion about hardwood CLT

Conversation Plinth in Indiana encourages discussion about hardwood CLT Design firm IKD has unveiled the first hardwood Cross Laminated (HCLT) structure in the United States at the 2017 Exhibit Columbus exhibition. The Conversation Plinth, which has won the Miller Prize, sparks conversation whilst transforming the cityscape, and is situated in the main plaza of Columbus, …

MIT finds a new way to mix oil and water for better emulsions

MIT finds a new way to mix oil and water for better emulsions The reluctance of oil and water to mix together and stay that way is so well-known that it has become a cliché for describing any two things that do not go together well. Now, a new finding from researchers at MIT might …

Recipe extraction by artificial intelligence aids materials fabrication

Recipe extraction by artificial intelligence aids materials fabrication In recent years, research efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the Materials Project have produced a wealth of computational tools for designing new materials useful for a range of applications, from energy and electronics to aeronautics and civil engineering. Developing processes for producing those materials …

Maarten van der Breggen receives first Open Source Wood award from Metsä Wood

Maarten van der Breggen receives first Open Source Wood award from Metsä Wood The first Open Source Wood Award has been won by Dutch architect Maarten van der Breggen for his Maskerade® building concept. Maskerade is a modular system using the standard structural possibilities of KERTO LVL. The system is based on a vertical way …

Colourful road markings are becoming more popular on British roads

Colourful road markings are becoming more popular on British roads Recently, the presence of bright and colourful surface markings has become more and more prominent on British roads. This is a major contrast to the usual white demarcations with occasional yellow lines that we often see on the surfaces we travel on. These vibrant markings …

Eth Zurich invents technique for making an ultra-thin concrete roof

Eth Zurich invents technique for making an ultra-thin concrete roof Researchers from ETH Zurich have built a prototype of an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof using innovative digital design and fabrication methods. The tested novel formwork system will be used in an actual construction project for the first time next year. A prototype for an ultra-thin, …

JCB releases Supertough – Supersafe – Superversatile JCB Paint

JCB releases Supertough – Supersafe – Superversatile JCB Paint JCB PAINT® has created a paint which has been formulated to make it easy to use on almost any exterior surface and engineered to provide protection against the toughest conditions, like no other paint in the market. Available exclusively in the UK  at the moment, JCB …

LafargeHolcim supplies eco-friendly high-performance concrete for new Mexico City Airport

LafargeHolcim supplies eco-friendly high-performance concrete for new Mexico City Airport LafargeHolcim will supply environmentally friendly, high-performance concretes for the construction of Mexico City Airport. Designed by architects Lord Foster and Fernando Romero, the project will be the world’s most sustainable airport and will eventually serve 68 million passengers a year. LafargeHolcim’s concrete solutions used for …

BITUCHEM to showcase their surfacing solutions at Highways UK

BITUCHEM to showcase their surfacing solutions at Highways UK This November, BituChem will be joining the discussion of the many subjects surrounding British highways as the company exhibits at Highways UK 2017. The two-day exhibition and seminar gives highways experts the opportunity to explore the latest products available for the highways market. BituChem’s team of …

From desktop designs to actual projects – join the Open Source Wood

From desktop designs to actual projects – join the Open Source Wood Metsä Wood is calling on all architects and engineers to share their innovations in wood construction. The objective is to share knowledge of prefabricated elements and grow the use of wood in construction. Metsä is now sharing its own innovations and offering EUR …

BAM Nuttall and Strathclyde Uni study how bacteria can solidify soil to replace concrete

BAM Nuttall and Strathclyde Uni study how bacteria can solidify soil to replace concrete Professor Rebecca Lunn MBE of the University of Strathclyde has extended her well-established partnership with BAM Nuttall by taking up the five-year post of BAM Nuttall / RAEng Research Chair in Biomineral Technologies for Ground Engineering. Professor Lunn will examine and …

Super stable, earthquake resistant formwork design for the tallest cooling tower in Greece

Super stable, earthquake resistant formwork design for the tallest cooling tower in Greece On site at one of the biggest projects in Greece in recent years, construction of the lignite-fired power plant Ptolemais Block V needs cooling-tower formwork expertise from Doka, plus compliance with a very special structural requirement. This is the first time that …

MIT puts cement under microscope to make stronger and more sustainable concrete

MIT puts cement under microscope to make stronger and more sustainable concrete Cement materials, including cement paste, mortar, and concrete, are the most widely manufactured materials in the world. Their carbon footprint is similarly hefty: The processes involved in making cement contribute almost 6 percent of global carbon emissions. The demand for these materials is unlikely …

US Corps of Engineers prove effectiveness of Tensar TriAx geogrid

US Corps of Engineers prove effectiveness of Tensar TriAx geogrid The latest research by the US Corps of Engineers has demonstrated aggregate layers stabilised with Tensar TriAx geogrid deliver significant performance benefits to flexible road pavements, reducing surface rutting by up to 44%. Researchers confirmed that “incorporation of a multi-axial geogrid in a flexible pavement …

Monitor concrete temperature and maturity wirelessly with COMMAND Center for iOS App

Monitor concrete temperature and maturity wirelessly with COMMAND Center for iOS App Pavement engineering firm The Transtec Group released a wireless option for the COMMAND Center concrete temperature and maturity system. Builders, subcontractors, suppliers, testing firms, owners and owner agencies, engineers, and architects can now measure and log concrete temperature history, calculate maturity, and evaluate …

Metsä Wood promotes top-down Timber as a solution for urbanisation

Metsä Wood promotes top-down Timber as a solution for urbanisation The urbanisation dynamic is driving ever greater demand for taller structures in increasingly dense cities. Whether architects and construction companies meet this demand using unsustainable materials, or by employing innovative, carbon negative mass timber products such as Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL, could make a huge …

Shell plans project with ITM Power for bulk hydrogen production through electrolysis

Shell plans project with ITM Power for bulk hydrogen production through electrolysis Shell, together with ITM Power, plans a project to install a large scale electrolyser to produce hydrogen at the Wesseling refinery site within the Rheinland Refinery Complex. With a capacity of ten megawatts, this would be the largest unit of its kind in …

Accidental discovery creates solid Bitumen Balls

Accidental discovery creates solid Bitumen Balls Ian Gates describes each pebble of bitumen as resembling a liquid-filled headache capsule and, for Alberta, Canada, struggling to build pipelines, this tiny package could spell pain relief indeed. Freshly patented and weeks away from pilot-scale production, the professor’s revolutionary heavy oil and bitumen pellets may finally provide a …

Pavement optimisation helps support entrepreneurs in County Durham

Pavement optimisation helps support entrepreneurs in County Durham A flexible and reactive approach to optimising pavement design has delivered cost savings on the expansion of a science and technology park in County Durham. Durham County Council’s £5.1m NETPark Phase 3A Infrastructure project will see construction of a new spine road and side roads which will …

Precast Concrete drainage components used for Phoenixville’s New School Stormwater Management System

Precast Concrete drainage components used for Phoenixville’s New School Stormwater Management System Oldcastle Precast recently supplied over 11,000-feet Class III reinforced concrete pipe, along with multiple precast concrete stormwater drainage and sanitary structures for Phoenixville Area School District’s new 152,000-square-foot school and early learning center’s stormwater management system in Phoenixville, Pa. Ensuring conformance with desired …

Doka celebrates the forming of its 1,000th highrise

Doka celebrates the forming of its 1,000th highrise Competence at any height Every highrise is unique – as is the associated formwork solution. Competence is crucial for developing a custom formwork solution. In the high rise sector Doka has more than 40 years’ experience with self-climbing formwork. This year, the company will successfully carry out …

18 storey Mjøsa Tower in Brumunddal, Norway will be the tallest wooden building in the world

18 storey Mjøsa Tower in Brumunddal, Norway will be the tallest wooden building in the world When completed in March 2019, Mjøsa Tower in the Norwegian town of Brumunddal will be the world’s tallest wooden building. The construction, which started in early April this year, is an example of how wood can be substituted for …

Dome of Visions in Denmark made from sustainable wood

Dome of Visions in Denmark made from sustainable wood Aarhus in Denmark is the European Capital of Culture in 2017 and for this occasion, a huge transparent dome of glue-laminated timber will serve as the Aarhus municipal pavilion for building culture. The dome-shaped wooden building, Dome of Visions, is made from Metsä Wood’s sustainable Kerto® …

Streets could literally be paved with cigarette butts

Streets could literally be paved with cigarette butts Soon the footpath you walk on could be full of cigarette butts, instead of being littered with them. Trillions of cigarette butts are produced every year worldwide, with most discarded into the environment. They take ages to break down while their toxic chemical load is released into …

Shell Bitumen solutions and expertise vital for 55km Hong Kong to Macau bridge 

Shell Bitumen solutions and expertise vital for 55km Hong Kong to Macau bridge Today, China marked the completion of the main bridge deck section at the China mainland side of the landmark Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, using bitumen solutions and technical expertise from Shell Bitumen. As a global leader in bitumen technology, Shell Bitumen was selected …

Asphalt preservatives dramatically extend the lifespan of highways

Asphalt preservatives dramatically extend the lifespan of highways The highways industry is faced with a unique challenge – The ‘Road’, with its depreciating finite life, cannot economically be renewed in line with traditional life cycle activities. There are 31,000 potholes awaiting repair in the UK that is estimated could take 11 years to clear, while …

UK based Wickes launches TradePro Loyalty Programme

UK based Wickes launches TradePro Loyalty Programme Home improvement retailer Wickes has launched a new loyalty programme exclusively for trade customers – called Wickes TradePro – offering 10% off purchases in-store or online throughout the year, with no minimum spend. Available now, trade customers can sign up for free via the Wickes TradePro app, in …

NETZSCH multiple screw pumps deliver superior asphalt handling

NETZSCH multiple screw pumps deliver superior asphalt handling Leading screw pump manufacturer’s smart technology surmounts challenges Sometimes mined, but most often manufactured, the transportation and handling of asphalt is a challenging enterprise. Asphalt in the latter form is a carefully extracted residue resulting from the distillation process of selected crude oils like petroleum. As difficult …

SIKA invests in Membrane production in Russia

SIKA invests in Membrane production in Russia Sika is expanding its product portfolio in Russia with the commissioning of a new production line for PVC membranes at its factory in Lobnya, near Moscow. It will now also manufacture high-performance thermoplastic membranes for waterproofing structures at this location, resulting in significant cost savings and competitive advantages. …

Formwork fine-tuning by Doka for construction of the new KTM museum

Formwork fine-tuning by Doka for construction of the new KTM museum High speed on two wheels. That’s what has made Upper Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM world-famous. But right now at company HQ in Mattighofen, the howl of high-revving motorbike engines is overlaid by the low growl of construction machinery. On a 9,500 m2 site, work …

A musical road in Hungary will reward safe drivers with rock music!

A musical road in Hungary will reward safe drivers with rock music! The European-based construction group STRABAG has been awarded the contract to build and widen the R 67 expressway in Hungary. The € 212 million project is being carried out by a consortium in which STRABAG holds 53.2 %. Of the 33 km of …

Deep Soil Mixing part of award winning road project

Deep Soil Mixing part of award winning road project A recent soil mixed road project ground engineering contractor Deep Soil Mixing Ltd carried out for contractor Kier Living and consulting engineers Patrick Parsons Ltd at Harrowby Road, Bilston in the West Midlands has won the Environmental and Sustainability Award at the Institute of Highways Engineers …

GSB-88 Gilsonite-based Emulsified Asphalt Seal Coat delivers 400% ROI

GSB-88 Gilsonite-based Emulsified Asphalt Seal Coat delivers 400% ROI GSB-88® Sealer/Binder Emulsion from Salt Lake City, Utah-based Asphalt Systems, Inc.® (ASI) is a gilsonite-based emulsified asphalt seal coating product that has demonstrated in numerous studies to not only add years of life to asphalt pavement, but also to provide up to 400% return on investment. …

Oldcastle Precast bridge projects win design excellence awards

Oldcastle Precast bridge projects win design excellence awards Oldcastle Precast’s Skilton Road Bridge Rehabilitation and Interstate-10 Tex Wash Bridge Emergency Replacement Projects were recipients of Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s (PCI) 2016 Design Excellence Awards. During the 54th annual PCI Design Award Program, twenty-six awards were presented to projects across North America, including best-in-class awards for both …

Unusual geometry formwork delivers curves, corners and edges

Unusual geometry formwork delivers curves, corners and edges Unusual geometry and best-time progress: formworking operations 50 % faster and commissioning quantities lower on the AWO-Föhrenpark retirement home project. The ‘Arbeiterwohlfahrt’, (workers’ welfare association, AWO) has commissioned a new retirement home in the south-west of Bavaria’s capital city, Munich. Formwork know-how from Doka is contributing to …

Kier pioneers rapid setting material that cures in 18 hours instead of 3 days, saving 35 days and £35m on M6 project

Kier pioneers rapid setting material that cures in 18 hours instead of 3 days, saving 35 days and £35m on M6 project Kier Highways has saved UK Plc £35m on a single project, by using an innovative new material to cut lane closures on an M6 repair scheme by 35 days. Through the use of …

Mechanical Concrete Pothole Terminator promises tyre based pothole repairs

Mechanical Concrete Pothole Terminator promises tyre based pothole repairs Inventor and former West Virginia Secretary of Transportation – Samuel G. Bonasso and his partner – Jim Matuga have developed a long-term repair for potholes – the “Mechanical Concrete Pothole Terminator.” According to Bonasso “We have a long-term, permanent solution that can actually reduce the costs …

Oldcastle Precast supplies 7,000 precast concrete highway slabs for highway in California

Oldcastle Precast supplies 7,000 precast concrete highway slabs for highway in California Precast concrete highway pavement slabs are increasing in popularity for use in rapid highway construction. This is, in part, the result of many state departments of transportation recognizing the efficiency of the precast slab method and selecting it for use on an increasing number of state …

6,000 scrap tyres used for footpath construction

Office workers at the Wellesley Office Park in Wellesley Massachusetts can now enjoy attractive outdoor areas with comfortable seating and get right out into nature as they stroll along the new 800-metre long Wellesley Office Park footpath. To protect the ecologically sensitive area, the path was installed with 2,000 square metres of Porous Pave XL – …

Shell’s Innovations in Bitumen Research and Development

Projects and Technologies Division Over 10,000 of Shell’s 90,000 plus employees work in their “Projects and Technologies” division, which has research locations spread out all over the world. Shell’s Hamburg Laboratory is their centre of expertise in worldwide fuel and lubricant research where their scientists are working on how to make conventional fuels such as …

Le Mans Bugatti Circuit gets surfacing of Shell Cariphalte Racetrack Asphalt

The Bugatti Circuit of Le Mans has had its 12-year-old top layer of asphalt replaced. The new race track will provide better grip and a more uniform riding surface, both critical elements that will enhance racing performance in the competitions, such as the 24 hours Le Mans, the Grand Prix of France Moto, and the …

Stirling Lloyd’s Eliminator waterproofing system protects Turkey’s bridges

Stirling Lloyd’s Eliminator waterproofing system protects Turkey’s bridges Stirling Lloyd’s Eliminator advanced bridge deck waterproofing system was specified for the waterproofing of two new high profile bridges in Turkey and has been applied in record time. The Eliminator system was used a to cover a total of 76,000m2 for the Osman Gazi Bridge and 37,435m2 for the …

An overview of the Bitumen Market in India

India has the world’s second largest road network after the United States of America, with a road infrastructure of over 47,000 km. The Indian bitumen market that is currently around 5 million tonnes is expected to grow in the future due to the Governments proposed construction projects to upgrade the road network. Bitumen is used …

Warm Mix Asphalt used on A66 in Cumbria

Hanson spreads the benefits of warm asphalt Use of warm asphalts promises environmental benefits of energy saving, lower emissions and enhanced durability and to this list can now be added technical advantages, including extended compactability in cold weather and quicker reopening of roads to traffic. Hanson is one contractor which has taken these technical advantages …

Papering over the cracks – with toilet paper

This week, bewildered residents in Littleton, Colorado, USA where left wondering why local highways crews were leaving toilet paper strewn all over the roads behind them. Using toilet paper in road construction is one of those ideas that seems preposterous until you realise the genius behind it. The city’s street and traffic operations division were …

Clever post stops signs twisting in the wind

Clever post stops signs twisting in the wind Adding a flat edge to a round sign post has proven to be profitable idea for UK firm SignPost Solutions. Their new Signstr8 product range prevents signs from twisting. This might not sound like a big problem, but it is saving councils money as they only need to …

Lightweight construction mat alternative

Lightweight construction mat alternative Presto Geosystems®, a leading manufacturer of soil stabilization and stormwater products, announces a new product offering, GEOTERRA® GTO construction mats. Presto is well-known in the geosynthetics and erosion control industries for its geocells, porous pavement systems and portable construction mats. They have been manufacturing construction mats for over 10 years, primarily …