first_imgWelcome to new mexico, the Land of Enchantment! In the middle of New Mexico you will find Bernalillo County stretching from just east of the Sandia Mountains to the Volcano Cliffs on the west mesa. Bernalillo County has a population of 676,773 and is home to the city of Albuquerque, the county seat, and Kirtland Air Force Base.The county offers many historical and cultural attractions, plus modern amenities. In addition to its wide-open landscapes, open skies and peaceful natural settings, there are archeological sites, museums and parks. Outdoor activities abound, including fishing, golfing, whitewater rafting and camping.There are also shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities for residents to explore: Annual events and festivals celebrate everything from Native Americans to the hot air balloon fiesta that showcases the vibrancy of New Mexico.last_img read more

‘Thames Gateway could be new Rome’ says Sir Stuart Lipton

first_imgHe said the government should commit to making sure that the Thames Gateway is a great place and achieves its full potential. ‘At the moment the region is dressed in rags,’ he said. ‘Will this be one of the biggest projects in UK history that has been dumbed down by Noddy architecture? Can it be turned into a really great place?’Lipton was speaking at a panel discussion at the Thames Gateway Forum in Essex alongside: Lend Lease chairman Nigel Hugill; chairman of the Thames Gateway Judith Armitt; head of professional services at Jones Lang LaSalle Andrew Gould; and director of the National Audit Office David Corner. The session was chaired by Property Week editor Giles Barrie. He added: ‘Every great project needs to have a message and the message is quality. The government from the prime minister down need to get their act together. This project needs to be delivered with love and care and not plans and pages.’ Lend Lease’s Hugill agreed and called for the government to commit to community and civic facilities such as schools, health facilities and education centres in the Thames Gateway.‘The plans going forward have become confused by the sheer scale of the area,’ he said. ‘I saw people standing around the model of the Thames Gateway with a look of puzzlement on their faces. What the government needs to do is to pick out five or six areas for regeneration and target them.’ Armitt responded to criticisms from the panel and said that the government at the highest levels was committed to delivering the scheme. ‘You will see by the end of the day that there is commitment from the very highest level. It doesn’t get any better than that,’ she said. ‘I did not come into this job to sit around writing plans. I came here to deliver the Thames Gateway.’ She had set up a £35m start up fund to be invested in city square style developments but said the majority of the £43bn investment would have to come from the private sector.last_img read more

Lift & Shift claims Indian record

first_imgWith a total weight of 3,300 tonnes, the shipment included a HA deck of 2,400 tonnes, load spreaders weighing 200 tonnes, barge grillages of 100 tons, as well as axles weighing 550 tonnes. The mammoth structure, which was fabricated by L&T, Hazira, for Maersk Oil, Qatar was lifted by special hydraulic axles placed in four rows with four engines and 928 tyres. The entire HA deck was transported for over 1,000 m at 1 km/h.The company was involved in the engineering and design of the load spreader and played a key role in the selection of trailers, identifying the correct barges, correct tides and pumps for the smooth execution of the transport project.last_img read more

Railway supply industry news round-up

first_imgLiebherr-Transportation Systems has opened a service centre at Reiden in Switzerland to provide air-conditioning and hydraulic system support services to Swiss rail vehicle manufacturers and operators.The Greenbrier Companies received orders for 2 500 wagons valued at $200m in its fourth quarter to August 31. ‘Order activity in the fourth quarter and early fiscal 2018 demonstrates the benefit of focusing on core North American business while we continue to gain traction internationally’, said Chairman & CEO William A Furman on October 4. ‘More than 25% of orders announced today originated from markets outside North America. Greenbrier’s strategy remains to sustain our foundational North American business while we simultaneously expand our international presence.’ With financial backing from Innovate UK for a three-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Associated Utility Supplies is working with the University of Huddersfield to develop the use of computer simulation in the design of overhead line components. ‘It cuts down on the cost of making multiple prototypes and testing them’, said engineering graduate Harvey Kangley who has joined the company. ‘Another aspect is the optimisation of products – using software to make them as streamlined as possible, using fewer materials and keeping the weight down.’Hitachi Rail Europe has awarded DB Schenker UK a long-term contract to manage the central warehousing and spare parts distribution for the UK’s Intercity Express Programme. DB Schenker will provide warehousing and transport services for a wide range of parts, from smaller consumable items to 8 tonne bogies and generator units in excess of 5 m x 2 m.Wabtec Corp has acquired AM General Contractor, which supplies fire protection and extinguishing systems for the rolling stock and industrial sectors. The Italian company ‘adds new, safety and technology related products to our portfolio’, said Wabtec President & CEO Raymond T Betler on October 2. ‘Its growth opportunities include an expanding retrofit market over the next five years, driven by EU regulations. In addition, AM’s technology offers expansion opportunities into new geographic markets including the UK, India and China.’On October 2 London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross officially opened John Bradley & Son (Springs) Ltd’s new factory, which combines three previous sites into one at Oldham in northwest England. The company supplies a range of materials including sheet metal and springs for the rail, aerospace and agriculture industries, along with tool cabinets for London Underground and steel track components.Corporate finance firm Centrus Advisors has acquired London-based MDT Group, which works in rail, shipping and aviation asset finance.Lithuanian Railways expects to generate annual savings of almost €14m after restructuring its Gelsauga, Railway Construction Centre, Vilnius Locomotive Repair Depot, Railway Environmental Centre, Rail Baltica Construction and GelPro design subsidiaries into four business, with the merger of GelPro into GTC, the outsourcing of services provided by GAC and a reduction in the overlap between VLRD and Gelsauga.last_img read more