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The Smart City Protocol ready for Implementation

The TALQ Consortium, which has developed a global interface standard and certification scheme for managing smart city applications including outdoor lighting networks, finished its upgrade to Version 2.0. The new version is based on an easy to integrate protocol with RESTful APIs and a JSON data schema. Integration for companies offering Street Lighting or other Smart City Solutions will be possible very quickly and guarantees cities interoperability between different vendors. The TALQ specification 2.0 entered the formal approval process on June 2, 2018. The official approval by the General A ...


SimScale Announces a Preview Program of FDS for Simulation of Fire Scenarios in Buildings

SimScale (?SimScale?), the provider of the world?s first cloud-based engineering simulation solution, today announced the launch of the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) explorative preview program. Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) is a solver developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the United States Department of Commerce, in cooperation with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Throughout its development, FDS has been aimed at solving practical fire problems in fire protection engineering, while at the same time providing a tool to study fundamental fire dynam ...


eCl@ss and buildingSMART join forces to establish open standards in Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The standards organization eCl@ss e.V. and buildingSMART International have entered into a cooperation with each other. The two non-profit organizations stated in a joint declaration of intent their plans to work together in advancing standardization and to incorporate the results of their efforts into Building Information Modeling, also known as BIM. BIM is a digital planning process that allows all companies involved in a construction project to participate in the modeling process. By integrating 3-D views, floor plans or installation and electrical distribution units into the process, BIM p ...


The fifth building material? Maintenance of ETFE constructions (maintenance des verrières gonflables en ETFE )

The ETFE is a modified copolymer which is extruded into a thin film. The material is ageing resistant, self-cleaning and transparent. It is unaffected by UV light, atmospheric pollution or weathering and extensive testing has shown an anticipated life expectancy in excess of 40 years (used e.g. for green house cladding). The material is Single layer constructions are supported by a cable net. Cushions are formed from multiple layers of ETFE. The foil is extremely thin: each layer is between 50 and 300 ass, is 100% recyclable and is self-extinguishing. Despite these advantages of ETFE films the ...


Green roofing of a different dimension

The new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is a symbol of education, culture and sustainability, both for the people of Greece and in the wider international context. This project was awarded LEED Platinum Certification and is the largest construction project in recent Greek history. The buildings house the Greek National Opera (NGO) and the National Library of Greece (NLG) and are literally embedded in the open park that stretches over an area of 17 hectares. The Stavros Niarchos Park with its olive trees and lush mediterranean vegetation, slopes upwards from ground level to ...


Mantella named Swedish Steel Prize 2018 finalist

/Ins By creating a game changing new truck trailer chassis with outstanding performance that goes far beyond current innovations, Mantella has been nominated for the Swedish Steel Prize 2018. The Swedish Steel Prize is awarded annually to recognize the most innovative design utilizing high-performance steel. Mantella S.r.l., from Italy, is one of the four finalists for this year’s prize, which will be awarded during a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on May 24. The award ceremony is part of a three-day event where hundreds of international participants will take part in seminars and site visits ...


New Europoles website online

After several months of hard work and dedication, we are thrilled to officially confirm the launch of our new website! We invite you to visit us at We have built our new website with you in mind. The streamlined user interface provides a more interactive experience, allowing our colleagues, partners, clients and prospects to easily find the information they are looking for. We hope that you enjoy the fresh look and feel of our updated website and are looking forward to your constructive feedback. For any questions, suggestions, or comments, please contact us at marketing@eur ...


Michael Schauerte appointed Managing Director of Europoles

?We are very pleased that with Michael Schauerte we have gained a Managing Director with extensive experience and competence in handling all strategic and operational topics,'' said Richard G. Ramsauer of Europoles holding company VTC. In 2013, after serving at various stations in leading positions, Michael Schauerte became Managing Director at General Electric where until March he was responsible for two factories in southern Germany. In 2016 he was also appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of GE Healthcare GmbH Germany. At Europoles Michael Schauerte is now responsible for v ...


Slimchain 230 V chain drive - easy natural ventilation

Slimchain is the slimmest of the GEZE chain drives, and a true all-rounder in the GEZE chain drive range. A wide range of applications and a discreet, compact design that fits into any fa The new generation of Slimchain 230 V chain drives adds to the well-known list of advantages of the 24 V variants, to create real added value,: the possibility of a 230 V connection without an additional power supply directly on the drive. Comfortable, natural ventilation solutions with easy installation can be used anywhere ? in schools, office buildings, hospitals, sports facilities, and even in your own ho ...


Greater access convenience - and a completely new door feeling: The GEZE ActiveStop door damper now also in a version fitted on the frame

With the GEZE ActiveStop door damper, it is more comfortable than ever before to enter rooms. The version integrated into the door leaf is virtually invisible. The version fitted on the door frame makes the perfect retrofit for existing doors ? whether made of wood or glass. The intelligent system ensures controlled, dampened opening and closing of swing doors. With GEZE ActiveStop, doors are stopped gently, closed quietly or kept open with ease. Whether you give the door a gentle or a hearty push ? the system opens it safely and independently, right up to the stopping position which can be pe ...


Powerdrive hermetic automatic sliding door system: A complete system for the most demanding requirements

Whether in the operating theatre or on intensive care and dialysis wards: the new GEZE Powerdrive hermetic sliding door system is ideally equipped for applications with demanding hygiene and air-tightness requirements. The complete system ? consisting of door leaves, automatic drive and the frame ? is suitable for clinical areas, and is also perfect for clean rooms, sterilisation rooms and laboratories. An all-round seal, combined with the frame, provides very low air permeability (class 3-4 of 4). The door leaf is also lowered and pressed into the framework construction, strengthening the eff ...


Silent, powerful and accessible in every environment

Reliable, safe and silent closing of doors even in environmental conditions that do not so obviously lend themselves to this level of comfort, like the generally narrow interlocking door system areas of underground car park entrances, staircases or wind or heavy suction ? these are the advantages of the new TS 5000 SoftClose door closer. Door slamming is prevented by damping the door shortly before the closing position. The real ?strength? of the TS 5000 SoftClose is its exceptionally high end closing force. The closing speed can be set individually within an opening angle of between 0 - 15 fu ...


FT 300 electric strike - flexible safety for fire protection doors

Electric strikes are useful and important aids for doors which experience a high level of use. For emergency exits that double up as fire protection doors, special emergency exit electric strikes are vital. The new FT300 emergency exit electric strike is approved for use on fire protection doors under DIN EN 14846:2008 and thus optimally suited for this purpose. It also offers greater convenience, as it opens doors even with a preload of up to 500 N, with a full latch engagement. The latch engagement depth is nine millimetres for double-leaf solid leaf doors. At the same time, the FT300 offers ...


Extending hold-open systems: convenient wireless operation

Fire protection doors which must close safely in an emergency can also be used for barrier-free access. Hold-open systems hold them open electrically until they are either closed manually or ? in the event of a fire ? closed by activating the smoke switch. GEZE offers complete hold-open systems, such as the systems in the TS 5000 door closer range in combination with the GEZE R-guide rail with integrated lintel-mounted smoke detector. With additional ceiling and lintel-mounted detectors GEZE makes hold-open systems for fire and smoke protection doors that meet German general design certificati ...


Centerpiece of K.I.E.L. Coastal Power Plant Complete

Delivery of the 20th and final gas engine completes the centerpiece of one of the most modern and flexible gas engine-based combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Europe?the K.I.E.L. coastal power plant. Today, representatives of Stadtwerke Kiel, Kraftanlagen M The coastal power plant makes an important contribution to the energy transition and environmental protection in the region, and with its power generation concept based on gas engines, heat storage and an electrode boiler, this gas-fired cogeneration plant sets new standards in terms of flexibility, efficiency and ecological sustainabi ...


An instructive and tasty roof

?Le Cordon Bleu? is the name of the renowned international cookery school that opened its new headquarters in Paris in June 2016 and that has a particularly valuable treasure: a 1011 mn insect hotel. A wonderful example of urban farming, i.e. farming in an urban setting, because rooftops with the right ZinCo green roof are ideal for use as a cultivation area. The long-established ?Le Cordon Bleu? cookery school was set up in 1895 and today has an international network of 35 schools in 25 countries. More than 20,000 students are trained to the highest level each year in the subject area of cook ...


MC-Bauchemie develops new product range for concrete curing

MC-Bauchemie has developed and launched a new Emcoril product range for concrete curing, comprising the three product lines Protect, Traffic and Compact. These highly effective paraffin- and polymer-based curing agents are each aligned to distinctive application and performance profiles in building construction, road construction and industrial flooring. Common protective measures to prevent premature drying of green concrete, such as covering the surface with sheeting or jute mats, continuous spraying with water, leaving the formwork in place, or combining all these methods, are extremely tim ...


New hardening accelerators from MC-Bauchemie give concrete a kick

With MC-FastKick, MC has developed a new product family of hardening accelerators upgraded with the very latest MC polymer technology. They provide concrete with very good processing and application properties, including high early strength values. Their mode of action really does give concrete a kick by significantly accelerating the hardening process, thus greatly reducing cycle times in precast operations and also making possible shorter hardening times during wintertime construction. The new PCEs (polycarboxylate ethers) which MC has formulated for MC-FastKick have a positive influence on ...


MC boosts presence in Vietnam

In August 2017, MC acquired a majority of the shares in BIFI JSC, Vietnam, a leading Vietnamese manufacturer of concrete admixtures and grinding aids for the cement industry, subsequently entering into a joint venture with some of the previous shareholders. As a result, MC and BIFI merged into MCBIFI Bauchemie JSC. On 8 November 2017, the new company celebrated its official launch with an entertaining and informative gala programme in Hanoi attended by over 200 customers and employees. The event was also used to highlight MC as an internationally active family-owned company with a long traditi ...


Globally unique creations

Werner Sobek is an international group represented in 8 locations worldwide. This Autumn the company will celebrate its 25th year of operation. From 3 to 300: the international Werner Sobek Group was founded in 1992 as a 3-person business and has since grown to become a global player, with services delivered by over 300 employees in countires throughout the world. The name Werner Sobek is shared by the company founder - a pioneer in the field of engineering, design and sustainability - with the company itself, which is represented with a wide variety of planning projects in eight global locati ...


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