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1.High-tech Analyser

Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science Corporation has introduced a new accessible model of the popular X-MET8000 Geo handheld XRF analyser, optimised for soil and mining grade control applications


2.IISc scientists lead the way to smart cities with a novel software framework

Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, have developed a data driven software platform that can efficiently manage Internet of Things (IoT) resources and applications.


3.Altair and DesignTech Systems to set up research-oriented Centre of Excellence with government’s Science and Tech Park

US-based Altair Engineering has announced a collaborative effort with its partner in India, DesignTech Systems, and the Science and Technology Park, an institute supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, to support the advancement of the Government of India’s Skill India programme.


4.Demonetisation and GST not mere blips, though implementation of reforms could be better

Demonetisation and GST hold long-term implications for the real estate sector, though there are issues with the implementation of GST was the broad consensus at a recently concluded dialogue on GST, demonetisation and the built environment industry, organised by the RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University and the National Institute of Urban Affairs.


5.The Joy of Gardening

Realising the hazardous impact of chemicals and pesticides in our daily food and its unseen face, founders of 5 Petals (www.5petalsgarden.com) decided to grow vegetable and fruits as a passion on their own, and started helping friends and like-minded people to set up their own kitchen or edibles garden.


6.Mitigating Concrete Cracks

In recent years, there has been a continuous increase in the use of mineral admixtures in concrete for higher performance and more durability, or just to decrease the amount of cement used. Such materials, like fly ash and slag, being fine and less reactive than cement, reduce bleeding (i.e., separation of excess water from concrete), which, in general, is good.


7.What Lies Beneath

Coir geotextile mats, shredded waste plastic, nano-coated hydrophilic fibres, industrial slag, fly-ash, and marble slurry dust are some new materials finding a place in road construction.


8.Fusion of Style

Covered with wooded paths and spread over 328 acre, the campus at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, in Rajasthan is self-contained and houses all the amenities and buildings that befit an institute of international standards.


9.GLASS SPECIALIST

Tariq Kachwala, Director, FG Glass Industries India, and Joint Managing Director, Asian Prelam Industries India, has 12 years of experience in the glass processing and wooden furniture industries.


10.Stalwarts of the architecture and builder fraternity felicitated at the 11th CW Architect And Builder Awards 2016 – CWAB 2.0

The most glamorous and unique awards in the building and design world – CONSTRUCTION WORLD ARCHITECT AND BUILDER (CWAB) AWARDS recently unveiled its 11th edition in Mumbai! Held on August 11, 2016, at Hotel Four Seasons, CWAB 2.0 (denoting the second decade) witnessed winning architects and builders, and top-notch consulates, municipal commissioners, and the who’s who of the construction material industry, among others.