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Skanska Delivers First Major US P3 Months Ahead of Schedule
Skanska, leading a joint venture of Skanska, Kiewit Construction and Weeks Marine (SKW Constructors), announced that it reached substantial completion of the new Midtown Tunnel, a key element of the Elizabeth River Tunnels project between Norfolk and Portsmouth, VA, four months ahead of schedule.
The project is using a public private partnership (P3) model for the finance, development, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a new two-lane tunnel adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel under the Elizabeth River. The 3,800 foot-long underwater vehicle tunnel is one of the few immersed-tube tunnels in the U.S., and is comprised of eleven 16,000-ton concrete elements.
The tubes were fabricated at Sparrows Point, MD, and towed 220 nautical miles down the Chesapeake Bay to the project site in Portsmouth, VA. They were then immersed and positioned – one element at a time – in a dredged trench nearly 100 feet at the bottom of the Elizabeth River and then connected together through a series of locking mechanisms and seals.
Cancel the Loud
Traditional earplugs rely on absorption to lower sound, which rapidly meets its limit particularly with bass frequencies. ISOLATE® protectors reflect sound away from the ears and therefore achieve much greater sound reduction. And, they don’t let sound into the ear canal.
Custom designed memory foam tips, EARFOAMS®, dramatically reduce sound without muffling or distortion. Hear with increased detail and at safer listening levels. Protects your ears from loud noise that could damage your hearing. Construction workers will particularly appreciate the ability of ISOLATE® to block very low frequencies from entering their ears.
Traditional ear plugs and defenders do not block the lowest frequencies, creating a muffled sound which, as well as being unpleasant to listen to, leaves wearers feeling disconnected or even ‘underwater.’ Flare Audio is already respected in the live audio industry, with its products used by artists at festivals and concerts. Flare products are also installed at cinemas, including the renowned Olympic Studios in London.
ISOLATE®s current crowdfunding campaign offers a one-off chance to secure a pair at an introductory price of £23 for ISOLATE®, £46 for ISOLATE® PRO. Packages available. Ships worldwide.
TrueLook Offers Turnkey Drone Photography Services
TrueLook released a new drone photography service available for all active customers, and became the first construction camera service to offer integrated drone photography. A qualified pilot captures HD photos and video of the client’s jobsite, and the media automatically appears in the customer’s TrueLook app. This provides a simple, cost-effective way to add aerial photography and videography to project documentation.
TrueLook has a nationwide network of drone operators who are insured and FAA approved to fly for commercial purposes. This eliminates the hurdles of FAA requirements, paperwork, and ever-changing guidelines for customers trying to legally operate their own drone or quadcopter. Each pilot is vetted for professionalism and bound by strict safety guidelines. The drone service will deliver high quality HD media. Pilots capture at least 20 aerial images in 4k resolution and deliver an edited 1080p video production. The media appears in the customer’s TrueLook photo albums within a day or two.
New Augmented Reality Option For Android
The NGRAIN Viewer for Android, a new app for Android tablets and smart glass devices, enables you to deploy industrial 3D content created with NGRAIN’s Producer Pro.
Organizations working with heavy equipment, assemblies, and other industrial assets in the field, can use the viewer to easily explore possible use cases for smart glasses and 3D content without having to develop mobile 3D apps. Since the Viewer for Android is open source, R&D teams and developers have a starting point to create and customize their own industrial applications.
NGRAIN partnered with Epson in delivering an optimized experience for the Epson® Moverio® BT-200 and BT-300 smart eyewear. Eric Mizufuka, product manager, New Ventures for Epson America said the NGRAIN viewer for Android dramatically lowers the cost of content creation while maintaining the quality of these high-end content experiences for AR glasses. The NGRAIN Viewer for Android is free for download via the NGRAIN Web site.