Trimble and Microsoft launch HoloLens holographic technology

Holo Lens

Trimble started a collaboration with Microsoft to bring the latter’s HoloLens wearable holographic technology to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) Industry.

Under the partnership, Trimble will develop a new generation of tools, integrated with the HoloLens holographic platform on Windows 10 to improve quality and collaboration in the design, construction and operation of buildings and structures.

The head-mounted, holographic computer Microsoft HoloLens provides a mixed-reality experience for various commercial and consumer applications.

AEC professionals use the HoloLens device as it extends interaction with 3D models and enables the stakeholders of complex, multi-phase construction projects to visualise, collaborate, share ideas and manage change.

Australia’s Sunshine Coast Council rejects Sekisui’s $1bn hotel plan

Sunshine Coast Council in Australia rejected a proposal by Japanese developers Sekisui House for a $1bn five-star hotel and serviced apartments complex at Yaroomba, near Coolum.

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Planned to be built on the land between David Low Way and the beach, the company intended to construct more than 2,200 residential apartments, 250 hotel rooms and 150 serviced apartments in a ten-storey development.

After arguing the case for two years, Sekisui submitted concept drawings to the council earlier this year, which did not approve the proposal and said it considered the social and environmental impacts associated with it.

Serbia and Eagle Hills signs €3.5bn deal on Belgrade Waterfront project

Belgrade Waterfront

The Serbian Government signed a €3.5bn contract with Abu Dhabi-based developer Eagle Hills to transform the riverfront in Belgrade into a business and shopping destination.

Under the contract, a portion of the disused riverfront in Belgrade will be converted into a 200ha centre for business, hotels, shopping and accommodation.

The contract has been signed by deputy prime-minister and minister of construction, transport and infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic, Eagle Hills board member Mohamed Alabbar and Belgrade Waterfront director Aleksandar Trifunovic.

Eight new hotels to be built at Dubai Investments Park

Dubai Investments PJSC-owned Dubai Investments Park (DIP) announced that eight new hotel projects and serviced apartments will be built in the park ahead of Expo 2020, which will be held between October 2020 and April 2021.

The new projects will be built by individual investors over the next five years within the integrated commercial, industrial and residential community in the Middle East. The newbuilds will increase the total number of hotel rooms in DIP to around 2,000.

Dubai aims to attract more than 25 million visitors, including 17.5 million overseas tourists, during the event and will require an extra 45,000 hotel rooms in addition to an investment of nearly $7.1bn in new hotel projects.

Keppie Design architect for Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre


Joint venture partner of Aberdeen City Council Henry Boot Developments appointed Keppie Design as the architect for the proposed £333m Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

As part of the contract, Keppie is expected to deliver the project at Bucksburn, near Aberdeen International Airport.

The BBC reported that the new centre will replace the existing Bridge of Don AECC and is set to form part of the Rowett North masterplan development, south of Aberdeen International Airport.

Arabtec signs deal with UAE for first phase of $36.7bn housing project

Dubai construction company Arabtec signed the final contract for phase one of the $36.7bn Egyptian housing project.

The contract with the new Urban Authority of Egypt’s Ministry of Housing covers the construction of one million housing units in the country.

Under the initial phase, 100,000 units will be built in the cities of El Obour and Badr.

In March 2014, Arabtec agreed on a plan with the Egyptian Army for the construction of the housing units in 13 locations across the country on land provided by the armed forces.

Brookfield constructs $4.5bn Manhattan office tower in US

manhattan west

Brookfield Property Partners began construction on the $4.5bn One Manhattan West development at the south-west corner of Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street in New York, US.

The company secured $1.25bn of financing for the proposed 2.1 million ft² office tower, as well as a 20-year lease with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

As the first of two planned commercial buildings to be built at Brookfield’s five-acre Manhattan West development, Skadden will occupy 550,000ft² on floors 28 to 43.

Foster + Partners-designed city hall opens in Buenos Aires, Argentina

A sustainable new city hall in Buenos Aires called Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno was officially opened.

Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno will house the Buenos Aires mayor and 1,500 staff.

Foster + Partners designed the building to be environmentally friendly, with a new, flexible, internal arrangement of terraced working floors and spans an entire city block in Parque Patricios.

Entry to the building is through a four-storey-high atrium and its floor-to-ceiling glass walls flood the space with natural light, creating a clear view of the adjacent park.

Schindler unveils machine room-less elevator for mid-rises


Schindler Elevator unveiled its Schindler 5500 machine room-less (MRL) traction elevator for mid-rise buildings in select North American markets.

The new elevator is said to offer advanced features normally only used in high-rise buildings, along with added space and energy savings.

PORT Technology destination-dispatching system offered by Schindler is available to enhance movement through buildings and can combine personalised access with faster travel times by grouping passengers with similar destinations.

Schindler Elevator president Greg Ergenbright said: "The Schindler 5500 was meticulously engineered to bring best-in-class ride quality and performance features from the custom high-rise market in an MRL package for mid-rise buildings.

Trimble expands availability of 3D scanner for building design

US-based Trimble Buildings planned to expand the availability of DotProduct’s DPI-8 handheld 3D scanner for the building design and construction market.

The company will distribute the 3D scanner technology to diversify its portfolio of 3D scanning solutions.

According to Trimble, the DPI-8 lowers the cost and technology barriers for increased adoption of 3D scanning in the construction market.

DotProduct’s Append technology is integrated into the DPI-8, enabling users to capture and automatically register multiple scans on the tablet.