Global Construction Pipeline: up 5% Y-O-Y, US leads, Asia slows while IHG leads in Asia, US: 21% still to select brand.

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Source : Lodging Econometrics (LE)


According to the latest Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the top five cities with the largest construction pipelines in the world by project count are: New York with 187 Projects/32,136 Rooms; Jakarta with 130 Projects/22,851 Rooms; Seoul with 128 Projects/27,187 Rooms; Shanghai with 114 Projects/24,285 Rooms; and Dubai with 104 Projects/29,948 Rooms.


Lodging Econometrics(LE) reports that the countries with the largest construction pipelines in the world are the United States with 4,471 Projects/551,965 Rooms and China with 2,448 Projects/549,222 Rooms. Following at a distance are: Brazil with 407 Projects/70,833 Rooms; Indonesia with 398 Projects/64,695 Rooms; and India with 314 Projects/47,566 Rooms.


Excluding the U.S., the remaining four countries had shrinking pipelines in the last year, down an average of 12% by projects. India recorded the largest drop with a decrease of 19% by project count.


21% of U.S. Hotel Pipeline Yet to Select a Brand 


According to a recent United States Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), there are 715 pipeline projects with 113,465 rooms, 21% of the Total Pipeline, that have yet to select a brand. Of these 715 projects 139 are for full-service hotels, 555 are select service and 121 are limited service.


Global Hotel Construction Led by U.S. 


According to the latest Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the worldwide Pipeline is at 11,196 Projects/1.9 million Rooms, the highest level LE has ever recorded.


The Global Pipeline is up 5% Year-Over-Year (YOY) by projects and 6% by rooms. Growth is led by the United States which now has 40% of the world’s projects and 29% of its rooms in the Pipeline.


Globally there are 5,277 Projects/990,669 Rooms currently Under Construction, down 1% by projects and up 1% by rooms. Projects scheduled to Start Construction in the Next 12 Months, at 3,214 Projects and 466,129 Rooms, is up 24% by projects and 22% by rooms. Projects in Early Planning, with 2,705 Projects/462,016 Rooms, is down 1% by projects and up 3% by rooms.


IHG Leads Hotel Construction Pipeline in Asia


With 122 Projects/27,943 Rooms Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has the largest brand presence by both project and room count in Asia’s Hotel Construction Pipeline for countries outside of China,


Lodging Econometrics (LE) reports. IHG’s top two brands in the region are its Holiday Inn with 48 Projects/11,742 Rooms and Holiday Inn Express with 40 Projects/8,753 Rooms. These two brands represent 72% of all IHG pipeline projects in the region.


Following IHG is Marriott International with 108 Projects/25,301 Rooms in the region, led by their select-service Courtyard brand with 28 Projects/6,234 Rooms. Starwood Hotels & Resorts has the third most projects in the region with 92 Projects/19,966 Rooms, led by Sheraton Hotel with 23 Projects/5,285 Rooms.


IHG also leads by both project and room count in China with 215 Projects/61,227 Rooms, said LE, led by its Holiday Inn Express brand.


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Dubai ranks fifth in world for hotel construction


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by Ashleigh McGinley on Jul 12, 2016 

Dubai has ranked in the world's top five cities for the number of hotel rooms under construction.


The emirate ranked fifth for rate of rooms under construction by project count, according to the latest Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), as cited by Arabian Business.


The report revealed that Dubai has 104 projects and 29,948 rooms in the pipeline.


New York ranked first on the list with 187 projects and 32,136 rooms, closely followed by Jakarta with 130 projects and 22,851 rooms and Seoul in third with 128 projects and 37,187 rooms.


While, Shanghai ranked fourth with 114 projects and 24,285 rooms.


In June last year, it was reported that Dubai was driving hotel developments in the MENA region with 36,523 rooms and 96 projects in the city's pipline - all of which are set for opening in time for the World Expo 2020.


A reported by TopHotelProjects in conjunction wih The Hotel Show Dubai, said Dubai had been leading hospitality growth in the region for the last three years, with actitivty now at an all time high. 


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Hague tribunal rules China's South China Sea claims unfounded

The Chinese Coast Guard confronted Filipino fishermen near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea last year. Credit Renato Etac/Associated Press source nytimes.com


Reuters with CNBC.com

Judges at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague on Tuesday rejected China's claims to economic rights across large swathes of the South China Sea in a ruling that will be claimed as a victory by the Philippines.


"There was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the 'nine-dash line'," the court said, referring to a demarcation line on a 1947 map of the sea, which is rich in energy, mineral and fishing resources.


In the 497-page ruling, judges also found that Chinese law enforcement patrols had risked colliding with Philippine fishing vessels in parts of the sea and caused irreparable damage to coral reefs with construction work.


China, which boycotted the case brought by the Philippines, has said it will not be bound by any ruling.


In reaction, China said: "The arbitration tribunal made the illegal and invalid so-called final verdict on the South China Sea dispute on July 12. Regarding this issue, China has made the statement for many times that it is against the international law that the Aquino III administration of Philippines unilaterally requested the arbitration. The arbitration tribunal has no jurisdiction on this matter."


Manila had contested China's expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea, which the Philippines contends are invalid under international law.

This is the first time a South China Sea territorial dispute has been brought to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague and many think it will rule in favor of the Southeast Asian nation.


Control of the region is valuable because more than $5 trillion worth of global trade passes through the South China Sea each year, and China has been accused of ramping up tensions over control in recent years by building artificial islands on reefs, on which it has added airstrips and other military-style installations.

The U.S. is seeking to maintain "freedom of navigation" in the region for its ships including military vessels.


The case is under scrutiny globally as it could change the region's geopolitical landscape and set future precedence for similar challenges.

In China, the guns were out on Weibo where #SouthChinaSeaArbitration was a top trending topic on the Twitter-like social media platform on Tuesday.


Rumor (who attached this graphic with the nine dash line):

"Vow to protect the complete territorial integrity of the People's Republic of China! This is our China!"


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Top 10 marinas to experience: 

The world’s best superyacht berths

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Written by Simon Osborne

With a number of emerging marinas offering spectacular unexplored locations and world-class facilities to challenge for superyacht custom, research has emerged to show that a cruising destination is largely chosen for its heritage, history, status and privacy, meaning there are arguably only a handful of iconic superyacht destinations in which the world’s elite will constantly gather.


Whether you are a crew member looking for the destination that will offer the best experiences, a guest looking for the ultimate charter stop, or a captain looking to wow the owner when they are next on board, Yachting Pages has come up with a list of the top 10 most exclusive, luxurious and expensive superyacht marinas.


During your time at sea, make sure you tick as many of these off your list as you can – you won’t be disappointed!


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DOOSAN ACQUIRES 1ENERGY SYSTEMS


July 11, 2016

To our employees, customers, industry partners and colleagues,


We are pleased to announce that on June 30th of this year, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction acquired 1Energy Systems from its employee owners, creating a new company called Doosan GridTech™. All 1Energy employees have joined Doosan GridTech, which is based in Seattle, Washington, where it continues 1Energy’s mission of delivering technology-based solutions that accelerate the development of the digital distributed electric grid.


Doosan Group (parent of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction) is the oldest company in Korea, founded in 1896 as a retail and trading company. It moved into brewing and consumer goods after the Second World War, and then into heavy industry, expanding in the 1980’s to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of power and water desalination plants, and manufacturing of key components for those projects. Today, after a period of exceptional growth through the early 2000s, Doosan is one of the ten largest Korean companies, with annual revenues of nearly $17 billion in 2015. The acquisition of 1Energy expands Doosan’s growing U.S. presence, exemplified by Doosan Bobcat, based in North Dakota, and Doosan Fuel Cell America, based in Connecticut.


Acquiring 1Energy furthers a multi-year strategy to extend Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction’s energy solutions portfolio from power generation to transmission and distribution, and to increase the firm’s presence in distributed and renewable energy technologies. 1Energy’s software platform will form the foundation of a set of solutions designed to accelerate adoption of distributed energy resources on power systems worldwide. We are confident that 1Energy’s expertise in enterprise-scale software and power system engineering will combine with DHI’s balance sheet, EPC capabilities, and global scale to open up substantial new opportunities in the emerging clean electric energy field.


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ENR Announces 2016 Global Best Projects Winners

Annual competition highlights teamwork and overcoming hurdles of designing and building internationally

Scott Blair is Deputy Editor, Regions Editor, ENR California

It’s my pleasure to announce the winners of ENR’s 4th annual Global Best Projects competition. The contest joins ENR’s successful regional and national U.S. competitions in identifying and honoring the project teams behind outstanding design and construction efforts of the past year.


Industry veterans selected 23 projects hailing from 15 different countries and five continents as outstanding examples of the risks and rewards - and the hurdles overcome - of designing and building internationally.


The judges looked at projects in many markets and examined safety performance, innovations, challenges, and design and construction quality - with a special emphasis on the diversity of global project teams and their collaboration. They also considered how the project benefits the local community and/or the construction industry.


The panel selected Global Best Project winners in a variety of categories. They also had the option of choosing Award of Merit honorees.


All of the winning projects – and judges – will be spotlighted in more detail in the Sept. 19 issue of ENR.


Come celebrate all of the awarded projects on Oct. 11 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City, which follows the ENR Global Construction Summit. Visit www.globalbestprojects.com for more info.  Hope to see you there!


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OSHA Fine Increase Rate and Effective Date Has Been Announced


July 8, 2016 

Way back in 2015, a small provision in the newest Federal budget created the path for OSHA to raise their fines for offenders for the first time since 1990.  In an effort to catch up to and keep current with inflation rates, the provision stated that OSHA can and should increase their fines a substantial amount in 2016 and also increase that penalty each year based upon inflation.

Many estimated that OSHA fines could raise by up to 80% when it was first announced and the US Department of Labor just recently released the official increase.  Those estimates were not far off, as the official increase, effective August 1, 2016, will be 78%.  That means that serious violations will jump from a maximum $7,000 fine to $12,471 and the highest penalty for repeat or willful violations will go from $70,000 to $124,709.

If you’ve had a recent OSHA violation, but have not been assessed penalties, this new rule will still affect you.  Per the news release, the US DOL states that “the new civil penalty amounts are applicable only to civil penalties assessed after Aug. 1, 2016, whose associated violations occurred after Nov. 2, 2015.”

What do you think of the penalty increases?  Tell us in the comment section below!

Source: US Department of Labor announces new rules to adjust civil penalty amounts | US DOL

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World’s tallest wind turbine going up now in Germany


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The hub height alone is 165 m. Add on another 65 for the blades, and the top blade tip will reach 230 m into the sky.


The Eiffel Tower is 324 m tall; the Empire State building, 380 m. Pretty soon, wind turbines might be competing with those heights, to judge from recent developments.


According to Jürgen Quentin of FA-Wind, a new turbine currently being built in the county of Rhein-Hunsrück will be the largest one in the world when it is completed in a few months. Permits for two additional turbines of this type have also been applied for in the area – and 35 other such machines have already received permits and are in the pipeline. The information is available from FA-Wind’s recent overview of the German wind sector in the first quarter of 2016 (PDF in German).


The turbine is Nordex’s light-wind N131 model. The one on that website has a 3 MW generator, but the one being built right now as an output of 3.3 MW.


The unit is an example of what Bernard Chabot calls the silent wind revolution: towers becoming taller and rotor blades longer relative to generator size. Indeed, 3.3 MW is only slightly larger than the average generator currently installed in Germany and not even half the size of the largest generator available.


Taller towers put the rotor blades into an area of less turbulence and steadier wind speeds, while the longer blades increase the swept area – and hence, the energy that impacts the generator. It then remains relatively modest in size so that it can run near maximum output under modest wind conditions. FA-Wind says the data for Q1 2016 show a continued to trend towards light-wind machines.


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World's largest air purifier takes on China's smog



by Sophie Morlin-Yron   @CNNTech

July 1, 2016: 

When artist Daan Roosegaarde visited Beijing in 2014, he was inspired by what he didn't see.

From his hotel room on the 32nd floor, his view of the sprawling Chinese capital was totally obscured by smog.

"It was all gone," Roosegaarde says. "The city was completely covered with smog."

Two years later, he is taking the world's largest air purifier on a tour of China.

The Smog Free Tower will create bubbles of clean air in inner-city parks and, Roosegaarde hopes, raise awareness of the dangers of air pollution.


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Electronic nose can sniff for sarin gas


By Rob Verger  Published July 06, 2016 

(KU Leuven - Joris Snaet)

Imagine plugging a sensor into your smartphone that could check your food for pesticides— or even detect nerve gas. Researchers from a Belgian university are reporting the development of just such a sensor, an electronic nose that can sniff out dangerous chemicals like the way a breathalyzer sniffs for alcohol.


The scientists, from KU Leuven in Belgium, used a metal-organic framework to make the sensor. In other words, the sensor incorporates both metal ions and organic molecules, with the spaces in between them being key in the detection of dangerous chemicals.


"We created a [metal-organic framework] that absorbs the phosphonates found in pesticides and nerve gases,” Ivo Stassen, a researcher at KU Leuven and first author on a new study about the development, said in a statement. “This means you can use it to find traces of chemical weapons such as sarin or to identify the residue of pesticides on food.”  


The sensor, which the researchers claim is highly sensitive, could be coupled with devices that are already common, according to Rob Ameloot, an assistant professor at KU Leuven and coauthor on the new study. The research was published in the journal Chemical Science.


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