Offshore Windfarm Construction Thriving
Activity in the offshore windfarm sector reached a record high in 2016, as the total construction value for projects reached £4.1 billion, increasing from £2.45 billion in 2015.
According to the latest data from construction industry analysts Barbour ABI, offshore windfarms alone accounted for 42% of UK construction contract value in the utilities and power sector and 21% of the entire infrastructure sector.
This trend is likely to continue with Barbour ABI reporting that £23.2 billion pounds worth in planning.
Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, said:
Back in 2013 offshore windfarms accounted for only 7.5% of the annual construction value for the utilities and power sector, which increased to 42% in 2016, on the back of significant investment in this type of project.
Caterpillar New Product Link Capabilities
At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Caterpillar launched new Cat Connect hardware and software to enable equipment managers to connect all of their assets—from the largest earthmover to the smallest generator, and including both light and heavy-duty trucks and utility vehicles.
New Cat Product Link technologies connect any brand and type of equipment, powered or non-powered, and all report through a single system, VisionLink.
The new technologies offer multiple communications channels—cellular, satellite and Bluetooth—to best match the type of asset and the needs of the user.
The new truck monitoring hardware is designed for retrofitting all brands of light and heavy-duty trucks, including pickup trucks, service trucks and materials haulers..
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