Equipment & Technology

Virtual reality technology to make construction sites safer

26 Oct 2016 | Europe

German researchers are developing a virtual reality (VR) technology to help prevent accidents on construction sites.

Sustainability Week on WCN: Morocco’s mosques to become eco-friendly

14 Oct 2016 | Africa

Morocco’s mosques are set to receive a ‘green makeover’ in a government-led initiative to improve efficiency and promote renewable energy.

Here come new flat-top: tower cranes launched by Comansa

8 Sep 2016 | Asia

Crane manufacturer Comansa CM has introduced a new series of flat-top tower cranes, with load capacities of 10–12t.

Earthquake-resistant cranes focus of new ISO standard

31 Aug 2016 | Global

The International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) has laid down the design principles to create earthquake-resistant cranes. The new ISO 11031 can be used to calculate seismic loads, and sets out the design principles for cranes destined to work in seismically-active regions and for c ...

New resurfacing technology used for first time in the UK

26 Aug 2016 | Europe

Contractor A-one+ is resurfacing over 1.6km of the A1 at Brownieside in Northumberland using cold paving technology — a first for the UK.The company is using a bespoke Wirtgen CR 3200 machine to recycle the underlying layers of the road. The old surface material is churning up with new mater ...

John Deere improves construction machinery data technology

15 Aug 2016 | Global

John Deere has entered into a partnership with HCSS to enhance its construction machinery data communication and analysis system WorkSight.The partnership will also focus on the incorporation of Deere’s JDLink machine monitoring system into HCSS’s software.The partnership was one of the resu ...

European debut of Kobelco’s new mini excavator

5 Aug 2016 | Europe

Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe (KCME) has introduced its new SK45SRX-6 mini excavator in Europe.The 4.5t mini excavator has been jointly launched with the latest version of the SK55SRX-6.Both machines feature the Yanmar engine, which reduces fuel consumption by 23% when used in S-mode ...

Robot builder able to construct house in two days

4 Aug 2016 | Global

Australia-based company Fastbrick Robotics has developed a giant truck-mounted robot that can construct an entire house in two days. Hadrian X can lay up 1,000 bricks an hour using a 28ft arm. The robot uses 3D scans to work out where to lay down the bricks, which are fed to the machine’s co ...

Liebherr sells its 90,000th truck mixer

13 Jul 2016 | Europe

Liebherr has sold its 90,000th truck mixer, to Transbeton, based in Laupheim.Transbeton’s managing director Reinhold Brehm personally collected the HTM 1004 ZA semitrailer, which has a nominal capacity of 10cb m. The company has been a loyal Liebherr customer for almost 50 years and has arou ...

Progress payment claim software launches in the UK

20 May 2016 | Europe

A platform for streamlining progress payments on construction jobs has been introduced to the UK this week at the Royal Institute of British Architects.The cloud-based platform,, has been specifically designed for the construction industry, helping users — contractors, subc ...

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