Engineering http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/49545/all en Software being developed in Spain to improve building safety in quakes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130428/software-being-developed-spain-improve-building-safety-quakes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Alicante, Spain, Apr 28 (EFE).- A Spanish software company is developing a computer tool that will help improve building safety in earthquakes and that will be able to be used in construction projects by companies located in seismic zones.</p> <p>The new aspect of this software, which is geared toward architects, engineers and construction firms, is that it is capable of calculating the effect that the facades, the partitions and the walls - which have a tendency to develop cracks in a quake - will have on the overall structure of a building.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130428/software-being-developed-spain-improve-building-safety-quakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil engineering Construction Engineering Technology Agencia EFE Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:00:26 +0000 5827366 at http://www.globalpost.com Giant catamaran to carry worn out North Sea oil rigs ashore http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131011/giant-catamaran-carry-worn-out-north-sea-oil-rigs-ashore <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Stephen Eisenhammer</p> <p>LONDON (Reuters) - A giant catamaran strong enough to lift four Eiffel Towers will set off from a South Korean shipyard next year with the task of decommissioning North Sea oil rigs - a $3 billion bet that bringing derelict platforms ashore can be a profitable business.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131011/giant-catamaran-carry-worn-out-north-sea-oil-rigs-ashore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Engineering Petroleum production Pieter Schelte Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:17:47 +0000 5958591 at http://www.globalpost.com Rescuers comb Latvia supermarket rubble for more victims http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131124/rescuers-comb-latvia-supermarket-rubble-more-victims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Latvian investigators tried Sunday to narrow down the cause of a Riga supermarket cave-in that killed at least 54 people, as rescuers combed the rubble for more victims.</p> <p>Pending the official probe's results, an independent foreign-based expert widely quoted by the media in the Baltic state said "design flaws" were to blame for Thursday's collapse.</p> <p>With investigators keeping mum about what they think the causes might be, speculation in the media has focused on whether a rooftop garden and playground put a strain on the structure.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131124/rescuers-comb-latvia-supermarket-rubble-more-victims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aviation Engineering Transport AFP Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:17:38 +0000 5998907 at http://www.globalpost.com Consortium threatens to stop Panama Canal expansion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/consortium-threatens-stop-panama-canal-expansion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Spanish-led consortium threatened Thursday to halt a massive, $5.3 billion (3.9-billion-euro) expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade, because of a row over cost overruns.</p> <p>Spanish builder Sacyr, leader of the Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium, said work will stop unless the canal pays $1.6 billion in cost overruns for work on the 80-kilometre (50-mile) waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/consortium-threatens-stop-panama-canal-expansion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:29:46 +0000 6033893 at http://www.globalpost.com Consortium threatens to stop Panama Canal expansion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/consortium-threatens-stop-panama-canal-expansion-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Spanish-led consortium threatened Thursday to halt a massive expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade, because of a row over cost overruns.</p> <p>Spanish builder Sacyr, leader of the Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium, said work will stop unless the canal pays $1.6 billion in cost overruns for work on the 80-kilometre (50-mile) waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/consortium-threatens-stop-panama-canal-expansion-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:16:35 +0000 6033899 at http://www.globalpost.com Consortium threatens to stop Panama Canal expansion http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/consortium-threatens-stop-panama-canal-expansion-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Spanish-led consortium threatened Thursday to halt a massive expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade, because of a row over cost overruns.</p> <p>Spanish builder Sacyr, leader of the Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium, said work will stop unless the canal pays $1.6 billion in cost overruns for work on the 80-kilometre (50-mile) waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/consortium-threatens-stop-panama-canal-expansion-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:01:30 +0000 6034004 at http://www.globalpost.com Panama president warns Spain and Italy over canal row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/panama-president-warns-spain-and-italy-over-canal-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli said Thursday he would go to Europe to demand a consortium fulfill its contract to expand the Panama Canal, amid a row over $1.6 billion in cost overruns.</p> <p>"I will go to Spain and Italy to demand these governments take moral responsibility for what happened, because it is not possible that a company put huge extra charges on expansion work," he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/panama-president-warns-spain-and-italy-over-canal-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Thu, 02 Jan 2014 18:17:57 +0000 6034048 at http://www.globalpost.com Panama president warns Spain and Italy over canal row http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/panama-president-warns-spain-and-italy-over-canal-row-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Panama's president said Thursday he would visit Europe to force a consortium to back off a threat to suspend the Panama Canal's expansion work in an escalating row over $1.6 billion in cost overruns.</p> <p>The Spanish-led construction group has threatened to halt the massive project within three weeks if the Panama Canal Authority fails to pay for the extra costs.</p> <p>President Ricardo Martinelli, however, said he expected the Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) consortium to finish the work "without any setbacks because these cost overruns are irresponsible."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140102/panama-president-warns-spain-and-italy-over-canal-row-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Engineering Law Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Thu, 02 Jan 2014 19:16:52 +0000 6034079 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish minister in Panama to end $1.6-bn canal impasse http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140106/spanish-minister-panama-end-16-bn-canal-impasse <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Spanish cabinet minister is to meet Panama's president Monday to help break a $1.6-billion impasse that threatens to halt work on a major expansion of the Panama Canal.</p> <p>Spanish Public Works Minister Ana Pastor arrived in the Central American country late Sunday and is to meet President Ricardo Martinelli and Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge Quijano.</p> <p>Pastor's goal is to mediate in a conflict between Panama and the construction group working on the canal expansion led by Spanish builder Sacyr.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140106/spanish-minister-panama-end-16-bn-canal-impasse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:04:36 +0000 6036094 at http://www.globalpost.com Panama offers $283 mn fund to end canal spat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140107/panama-offers-283-mn-fund-end-canal-spat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Panama canal officials offered Tuesday to share the burden in a $283 million fund to end a spat with a consortium threatening to halt the waterway's expansion over huge cost overruns.</p> <p>The proposal came after two days of intense talks under mediation of a Spanish cabinet minister who flew to Panama City for emergency meetings aimed at preventing a shutdown of the major project.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140107/panama-offers-283-mn-fund-end-canal-spat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:45:56 +0000 6037438 at http://www.globalpost.com Panama offers $283 mn fund to end canal spat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140107/panama-offers-283-mn-fund-end-canal-spat-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Panama canal officials offered Tuesday to share the burden in a $283 million fund to end a spat with a consortium threatening to halt the waterway's expansion over huge cost overruns.</p> <p>The proposal came after two days of intense talks under mediation of a Spanish cabinet minister who flew to Panama City for emergency meetings aimed at preventing a shutdown of the major project.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140107/panama-offers-283-mn-fund-end-canal-spat-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:45:56 +0000 6037439 at http://www.globalpost.com Panama Canal, consortium closer to deal to keep expansion going http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140107/panama-canal-operators-meet-consortium-over-cost-row <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Lomi Kriel and Elida Moreno</p> <p>PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - The Panama Canal and a Spanish-led building consortium expanding the major world cargo route moved nearer to a deal to keep work going amid a cost dispute on Tuesday, with each proposing a joint financing package.</p> <p>Halting work on the $5.25 billion project to widen and deepen the canal would be a setback for companies eager to use the century-old waterway to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the U.S. Gulf coast to Asian markets.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140107/panama-canal-operators-meet-consortium-over-cost-row" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal Technology Thomson Reuters Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:33:18 +0000 6037161 at http://www.globalpost.com Panama, builders make rival offers to end canal spat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140107/panama-builders-make-rival-offers-end-canal-spat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Panama canal officials and an international consortium tasked with expanding the major waterway made rival offers on Tuesday aimed at ending a $1.6 billion dispute that threatens to paralyze the project.</p> <p>The counter-proposals came after two days of intense talks under mediation of a Spanish cabinet minister who flew to Panama City for emergency meetings aimed at resolving the spat.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140107/panama-builders-make-rival-offers-end-canal-spat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Wed, 08 Jan 2014 03:04:45 +0000 6037559 at http://www.globalpost.com Deadline looms for Panama Canal dispute; effects of work stoppage would be felt worldwide http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140117/deadline-looms-panama-canal-dispute-effects-work-stoppage-wo <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PANAMA CITY - On a hot September morning, a powerful explosion demolished a rocky slope on the banks of the Panama Canal, announcing to the world a massive expansion that the canal's managers promised would transform global trade when it was completed in 2014, on time and under budget.</p> <p>U.S. ports invested billions in dredging, raising bridges and renovating docking infrastructure to accommodate the new generation of larger ships that could pass through the expanded canal.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/140117/deadline-looms-panama-canal-dispute-effects-work-stoppage-wo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal Politics The Canadian Press Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:16:24 +0000 6046031 at http://www.globalpost.com Panama Canal expansion to proceed no matter what http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140118/panama-canal-expansion-proceed-no-matter-what <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Work to expand the Panama Canal will proceed despite a financial dispute that could derail the project, an official managing the major waterway said Saturday ahead of a key deadline.</p> <p>The Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) consortium, led by Spanish builder Sacyr, has threatened to suspend the expansion work by Monday unless Panama pays for $1.6 billion in "unforeseen" costs.</p> <p>"We are ready to deal with all eventualities, but I am sure that enlargement of the canal will go ahead with or without" the GUPC, canal administrator Jorge Quijano said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140118/panama-canal-expansion-proceed-no-matter-what" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Engineering Macro-engineering Panama Canal AFP Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:06:08 +0000 6046829 at http://www.globalpost.com