The world’s largest crane has started work on the Hinkley Point nuclear power station site.

The massive crane, called Big Carl after Carl Sarens the father of the Belgian family business that made it, is able to carry 5,000 tonnes in a single lift.

The 250m tall crane has been developed to support the growth of modularisation in big construction.

Now the tallest man-made structure in the west country, it will be on site for the next four years and lift over 700 pieces of prefabrication including the heaviest components for the reactor buildings.

The SGC-250 runs along six km of rail track and at 50m radius, the crane can lift the equivalent of 32 single-storey houses or 1,600 cars.

It was brought to Hinkley Point C in 280 loads from its base in Antwerp via Bristol Port’s Avonmouth Docks.

Rob Jordan, Hinkley Point C construction director said: “The crane is an impressive piece of kit and a world beater.

“It allows us to innovate in the way we build the power station, lifting complete pieces out of our factory bunkers and into place across the site.”

Sarens director of Technical Solutions, Carl Sarens, said: “The SGC-250 is a game-changer. Sarens is proud to have conceived its design, designed it, and built it. We believe that this creation will serve Hinkley Point C and other sites around the world like no other crane can.”

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How to effectively deal with hazardous waste

If your company produces or stores hazardous waste, then it is your responsibility to ensure it is stored and handled correctly. Of course, if this type of waste is mishandled or poorly stored, it has the potential to damage both the environment and people. In particular, hazardous waste can contaminate surface water supplies and groundwater supplies, which in turn can lead to a much wider-reaching problem.

It’s understandable then, that the UK government has strict policies in place regarding the monitoring and transport of potentially harmful material. Together with Reconomy, waste management experts, we’ve produced this guide to help you make sure your duty of care is being carried out correctly.

Identifying different types of waste

If you produce or store hazardous waste on-site, you must identify the waste type in order to correctly handle it. There are two main conditions that define different hazardous waste types — the potential to harm humans, or the potential to damage the environment.

Some common examples of hazardous waste include asbestos, batteries, oils, brake fluid, printer toner, and pesticides.

Of course, there are many other hazardous waste products that could be identified on your site. It is important to know the different types of hazardous waste your company creates, as they need storing separately. For example, if you are working on a construction site, you cannot throw hazardous material in the same standard 8 yard skip you have for general waste and rubble — each type of hazardous waste needs its own container.

Safe storage for hazardous waste material

Naturally, the best way to manage hazardous waste is to reduce the amount you are producing. But for some companies, hazardous waste products are an unavoidable part of the process for their industry. In this instance, the waste must be stored, recorded, then correctly transported.

There are four main subcategories for hazardous waste: construction, demolition, industry, and agriculture. Each type should be separately stored in a container designed to stop anything escaping. To prevent contamination, make use of waterproof covers to avoid any run off from the waste. Be sure that the containers are clearly labelled so that everyone on-site is aware of what they are storing.

A classified inventory of your hazardous waste stored on-site is also vital. These records will help in the case of an incident, as emergency services will be able to quickly attend to the problem armed with the right information.


Once your hazardous waste is collected, you will need to fill out a consignment note. This needs to be done before the waste is removed from your site.

Consignment notes require the following information:

  • A full description of each type of waste that is being collected.
  • The amount, in applicable measurement units, of waste being collected.
  • The chemical components of the waste.
  • The form of the waste (solid, liquid, gas, etc.)

You need to fill out a consignment note if the collection is from a business that is a registered waste carrier, or if the waste is being moved from one premises to another within the same company. You will also need a consignment note if another business has produced the waste on a customer site and it needs moving.

You do not need a consignment note is the waste has been imported and is covered by other documentation, or for domestic hazardous waste (except asbestos).

Finally, there is a fee to pay for the consignment note. In England and Wales, this fee is £10 for a collection, or £5 per note if it is part of a milk round of collections. In Scotland and Norther Ireland, the fee is £15.

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Bluebeam launches international ad campaign with Reed Words and SomeOne

Brand writing agency Reed Words and global creative agency SomeOne have created a major international advertising campaign for Bluebeam Revu – the leading software for the architecture, engineering and construction industries.

Building on US success

Bluebeam Revu lets construction project partners markup, track and collaborate on the same PDF plan. From anywhere, and in real time.

With Revu, users can finish tasks 70% faster and with 90% more accuracy than traditional pen-and-paper workflows.

Bluebeam Revu is already dominant in the US, where it’s used and trusted by over 90% of top contractors and design-build firms. To replicate this success in other markets, Bluebeam briefed Reed Words, who had already worked on the brand’s European tone of voice, to create an ad campaign that captured Revu’s transformative qualities for an international audience.

Life-changing simplicity

Reed Words called on long-time creative collaborators SomeOne as conceptual and visual partners on the project. Working closely together, the two agencies created a campaign that explains the impact of Bluebeam Revu’s radically impactful features.

Writer Jade Barrett, of Reed Words, says,“Bluebeam has loads of features, but for new users, it’s the simplest tools that make the biggest impact. The time spent on manual, repetitive jobs drops from days to hours, hours to minutes and minutes to seconds. For architects, engineers and builders, Bluebeam is lifechanging. That idea became the foundation of this campaign.”

Working with the new ‘Life-changing software’ strapline, SomeOne developed a hyper-realistic style of photography with photographer Simon Sorted for the campaign visuals.

Simon Manchipp, Executive Creative Director of SomeOne, says “You wouldn’t imagine technical software to be that exciting. But here, it’s all consuming. The new work is holding a mirror up to the audience. UltraHD portraits capture the moment when potential customers discover the power of Bluebeam. We wanted to reflect that visual expression of wonder, as it’s what new users do when the penny drops”.

Reed Words developed the campaign messaging in line with their previous work on localising Bluebeam’s brand voice to the UK.

“Our localisation research was a good steer for the messages that would hit home in the UK, and other new markets,” said Jade Barrett.

“New audiences need to hear about Bluebeam’s basic features. But we wanted the messaging to move beyond functionality – to land an emotional punch that lives up to the core concept. So we focused our headlines on how Bluebeam takes care of the repetitive tasks that drain hours from the working day.”

Ready for launch

The outdoor campaign has already been launched in Australia, ahead of its UK launch in late September. The campaign is also set to run extensively in several European markets, including Denmark, Germany & Sweden.

“We’re thrilled with how this campaign has turned out,” said Jon Setzen, Senior Global Creative Director of Bluebeam. “Reed Words and SomeOne have understood our brand perfectly from the start. They’ve captured the impact and spirit of Bluebeam in an inspiring way. We’re excited to see it roll out.”

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The North America Electrical Steel Market Is Propagating At a Growth Rate Of 5.18% CAGR By 2027

According to a new market research report launched by Inkwood Research, The North America Electrical Steel Market was valued at nearly $4.15 million in 2018 and is anticipated to reach around $6.47 million by 2027, growing at an estimated CAGR of 5.18% during the forecast period 2019-2027. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday Continue Reading

BIM Show Live 2020

BIM Show Live has today issued a Call for Papers for its 2020 event which will be held on 26-27 February 2020 at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle, UK.

The annual two day conference attracts up to 400 delegates and provides a unique opportunity for built environment professionals to exchange knowledge on the emerging ideas and technological advancements in digital construction and beyond.

BIM Show Live is inviting the best in the business to take part and be considered for its 2020 speaker programme.

The show wants to hear about the emerging ideas and the creative application of new technologies, as well as the bright individuals making waves in the digital construction industry and beyond.

Submissions are being accepted until Thursday 07 November 2019 across four key content streams:

  • Technology
  • Next Generation
  • People
  • Stories

For further information please see the below press release.

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Phase 3 of the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC) awarded to Aarsleff Ground Engineering Ltd

With an estimated completion date of Autumn 2021, a multi-million-pound project to improve Sunderland’s road network is well underway, moving into the third of five phases. The project will create a dual carriageway through Pallion, running underneath the Queen Alexandra Bridge, into Deptford and onto the city centre and St Mary’s Boulevard. The contract will also deliver a comprehensive Social Value package which includes training and employment opportunities for local residents, support for local primary and secondary students, work experience placements for college and university students and a number of full-time jobs.

The £35.6M construction contract for phase 3 works was awarded to Esh Civils; the civil engineering division of Esh Construction. Andy Radcliffe, Esh Group’s Chief Executive said: “We have a proven track record of infrastructure delivery across a range of sectors and have established a first-class team of professionals to work with our client and our local supply chain to deliver this project”.

Aarsleff Ground Engineering were appointed by Esh to undertake the geotechnical works in early July. These works comprise the design and construction of a contiguous bored pile retaining wall, a large soil nailed wall and a ground anchor investigation trial.

Between August 7th to 30th August 2019, Aarsleff Ground Engineering installed and tested 3No. investigation trial anchors to confirm the ultimate bond stress at the rock/grout interface. Anchor loads in excess of 4000 kN have been successfully proven during the trial. The results shall be used to develop the permanent anchor design for the lower Pallion king post retaining wall.

Aarsleff’s Senior Geotechnical Consultant Dr. Dan Adams said: “The proposed lower Pallion king post retaining wall requires anchor working loads in excess of 2000kN; these will be large anchors with up to 16 No. strands. The trial has allowed us to investigate the load transfer behaviour of the proposed anchors but also confirm the ultimate rock/grout bond stresses achievable in the underlying limestone. This is a great opportunity for Aarsleff to work closely with the Esh team and deliver this technically challenging scheme with our wide range of geotechnical capabilities”.

Andrew Georgeson (Operations Director, Esh Civils) said: “By gaining the successful information from the trial anchors carried out by our partners Aarsleff, we can now verify and continue with our enquiries for detailed design and install for the permanent anchors. Schemes of this nature and size don’t come often, we look forward to engaging further with Aarsleff and other specialists to deliver these works which require precise planning and coordination to maintain accessibility for numerous stakeholders

It is anticipated that over 100 No. ground anchors, some with working loads in excess of 2000 kN shall be installed. The specialist contractor’s drilling rigs will operate from both the toe and the top of the proposed lower Pallion king post retaining wall to install up to four rows of anchors. It is expected that the anchors will comprise boreholes of up to 195mm diameter in the founding limestone with anchor lengths up to 30 m. Thee bores shall be supported through the overlying overburden, where required, with temporary casing and advanced with an overburden drilling system using DTHH’s with air flush. Upon completion of drilling to the required depth, the anchor tendons will be installed, and the borehole will be grouted using neat cement grout and adopting low pressure end of casing grouting techniques where appropriate as the temporary casings are removed. Upon completion of the suitability and acceptance testing’s, all anchors will be locked off at the specified load and fitted with non-restressable head assemblies.

In late July, Aarsleff Ground Engineering were again appointed to design and install a 600mm diameter contiguous pile wall for a 5m retained height. The specialist will bore, concrete and reinforce 115No. contiguous piles at 750mm centres for an overall wall length of 85m, complete with 63mm inclined drains running at 1.5m centres to the base of the wall. This is expected to be completed in a 4-week programme.

Aarsleff Ground Engineering have also been contracted for the design and installation of the soil nailing works on this scheme, where it will install 1198No. soil nails for a 1995m2 face area. The specialist will install 9-12m long self-drilling soil nails and inclined drains for the permanent stabilisation of cut slope. They will fix galvanised A393 Mesh to face and secure with soil nail headplates. A non-structural facing with 300mm thick stone filled gabion baskets will then be installed bottom-up. Aarsleff’s soil nail sequence is based on deploying 2 soil nailing rigs working continuously in a top-down construction sequence, for approximately 9 weeks. The installation of the non-structural gabion facing should take 11 weeks.

Dr. Dan Adams added: “We are delighted with the award of these challenging geotechnical works. Delivering an alternative contiguous bored pile wall combined with the large soil nailed retaining structure and the permanent anchors for the Lower Pallion wall will require close team work and good communication with our Client and Clients team in order to deliver the works safely, on time and to budget.”

Aarsleff Managing Director Kevin Hague said: “Major infrastructure schemes like the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor will always require accurate and robust planning as well as logistics and thorough communications between all parties involved throughout the project duration. It is therefore a great pleasure of mine to be working with Esh again, a company whom we have built a great working relationship with having worked on several projects before in the North-East. In 2016, we stabilised a steep bankside in Pelaw Woods, Durham. In 2018, we installed soil nails for the steepening of an embankment in Gosforth and most recently in 2019 we installed a contiguous pile wall for the road widening scheme on Killingworth Road in Newcastle.”

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New video series covers all the fire door safety basics

A series of short video interviews with fire door safety expert Hannah Mansell have been launched to mark Fire Door Safety Week which runs this week (23-29 September 2019).

The videos give advice on each stage of the process to anyone buying or specifying fire doors, including architects, contractors and clients.

Brief interviews cover topics such as the role of fire doors in building and life safety, the crucial difference between ‘doors’ and ‘doorsets’, the manufacturing standards that customers should expect and the importance of the fire door testing and certification regime. Hannah also gives tips on installation and maintenance of fire doors, as well as her personal views on innovation, the residents’ voice and the future of fire safety in the UK.

Hannah is Group Technical Director at Masonite UK, one of the world’s leading door manufacturers serving both the residential and architectural markets. She is also chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust.

Hannah Mansell says:

“Fire safety is never far from the headlines at the moment, and the role of fire doors in protecting life and property keeps coming up as a major issue. Fire doors are a critical safety device, engineered as a system to protect building users and the emergency services too.

“However, the current official guidance on fire doors is still not as clear as it could be. So I think it is incredibly important for specifiers, contractors and everyone involved in building safety to build a close working relationship with their fire door manufacturer, and to make the most of the technical expertise we can offer.”

A new fire door safety video will be published on Premdor’s YouTube channel and other social media accounts on each day of Fire Door Safety Week.

Hannah joined Masonite earlier this year after five years as technical manager at the British Woodworking Federation. She has had a major influence on technical and safety policy throughout her 20-year career in the doors and joinery industry.

Masonite currently serves approximately 9,000 customers in 64 countries, and is represented in the UK through the Premdor Crosby, Solidor, Door Stop International and National Hickman brands.

Premdor offers an array of moulded, veneered and laminated fire doors in a variety of styles, colours and wood grain finishes. Fire doors are available in 30-minute (Fireshield FD30) and 60-minute (Firemaster FD60) options. Premdor’s fire rated doors and doorsets are compliant with all relevant British Standards and have been tested in accordance with BS 476: Part 22.

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Concrete Admixtures Construction Chemical Market 2019 Global Analysis By Key Players – BASF SE, Arkema SA, Ashland, Fosroc International Limited, Mapie S.p.A, Pidilite Industries

WiseGuyReports.Com Publish a New Market Research Report On –“ Concrete Admixtures Construction Chemical Market 2019 Global Analysis By Key Players – BASF SE, Arkema SA, Ashland, Fosroc International Limited, Mapie S.p.A, Pidilite Industries”. Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday Continue Reading

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