Articles by Daniel Searle

Latest excavator from John Deere

21 Nov 2016 Daniel Searle News

John Deere has launched its 470G LC excavator, featuring an EPA Final Tier 4/EU Stage IV diesel engine.

Mini excavator launched by Wacker Neuson

21 Nov 2016 Daniel Searle News

Wacker Neuson has introduced the ET16 mini tracked excavator, designed particularly for excavation work in confined spaces.

China and Singapore projects lead tunnelling awards

16 Nov 2016 Daniel Searle News

The International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) has honoured eight projects and individuals from the tunnelling industry at its annual ITA Tunnelling Awards.

First Volvo excavator reaches UK

16 Nov 2016 Daniel Searle News

Collins Earthworks has taken delivery of the first 75t Volvo EC750E excavator to reach the UK market, after the machine was launched at Bauma 2016 earlier this year.

Planning application for UK retail expansion

09 Nov 2016 Daniel Searle News

Real estate company British Land has applied to expand the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, UK with a proposed £300M project.

Work on world's tallest dam underway

09 Nov 2016 Daniel Searle News

The president of Tajikistan has inaugurated the start of construction at what will be the tallest dam in the world, located at Rogun in the Central Asian country.

Virginia selects $3.3bn highway project team

09 Nov 2016 Daniel Searle News

A consortium of Cintra and Meridiam has been selected by the Virginia Department of Transportation as preferred proposer to oversee a $3.3bn highway project in the US state.

UK industry prepares for Construction Week

13 Sep 2016 Daniel Searle News

The UK construction industry will converge in Birmingham next month, as the UK Construction Week event combines nine shows at the NEC venue from 18–20 October.

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

08 Sep 2016 Daniel Searle News

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

Roads week on WCN: Bright idea

23 Aug 2016 Daniel Searle Features

As the seventh-largest state in the US by area, Nevada needs its roads. And the largest freeway construction project in the state’s history is currently underway.Called Project Neon and commissioned by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), the undertaking covers a 3.7-mile corridor through the heart of Las Vegas and will cost almost $1bn in total. It includes the approach spiral Interstate 15/US Highway 95 interchange — otherwise known as the Spaghetti Bowl — where around 300,000 vehicles pass through daily, conducting 25,000 lane changes every hour.Design lead on the project team is Atkins, who are managing all design and engineering services, including the project’s Active Traffic Management System (ATM). This is key to realising the NDOT’s overall construction plan, which prioritises safety and driver awareness.It involves keeping motorists informed with real-time information and updates — before, during and after the construction of the freeway project. Atkins has previous experience with this type of technology, having designed freeway management systems for more than 80 miles of roads in Southern Nevada in the past.The dynamic message signs positioned over the freeways provide information on alternative routes, any traffic incidents and restrictions, and instructions regarding lane control and variable speed limits.The project is indicative of more than one current trend in the road construction sector, says Atkins.“As a design, engineering and project management consultancy, we have seen an increase in the use of public-private partnerships (P3) to fund and operate projects, as well as an increase in design-build as the method for project delivery,” says Barry Schulz, chief operating officer for Atkins, North America.

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