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  • Climate Change And Energy Transitions

    We recognise the significance of climate change, along with the role energy plays in helping people achieve and maintain a good quality of life. A key role for society – and for Shell – is to find ways to provide much more energy with less carbon dioxide.

    Our lives depend on energy wherever we live. But in order to prosper while tackling climate change, society needs to provide much more energy for a growing global population while finding ways to emit much less CO2.

    Shell has long recognised the climate challenge and the role of energy in enabling a decent quality of life. We believe that, while technological developments will emerge, effective policy and cultural change is essential to drive low-carbon business and consumer choices and opportunities. The transition to low-carbon solutions is best underpinned by meaningful government-led carbon “pricing” mechanisms.

    We welcome efforts made by governments to cooperatively reach the global climate agreement and support long-term climate goals that balance environmental pressures with development opportunities. We particularly welcomed the United Nations Paris Agreement on climate change, which came into force on November 4, 2016. The agreement seeks to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius by managing climate and environmental pressures while ensuring economic development.

    Today, Shell is still primarily an oil and gas company, but we have a long tradition of innovation. We know that long-term success depends on our ability to anticipate the types of energy and fuels people will need in the future and remain commercially competitive and environmentally relevant.

    Our natural gas businesses give governments the option to reduce emissions from electricity, by replacing coal, and we have an interest in a wind business with over 1,000 megawatts of capacity. We have also invested heavily in the lowest-carbon biofuel, through our Raízen joint venture with Cosan in Brazil, and we continue to explore second-generation biofuels options. In 2016 we created a New Energies business to further explore investment opportunities in energy solutions that combine wind and solar power with gas, for example, and new ways to connect customers to energy.

    Shell is a long-time supporter of government-led carbon “pricing” mechanisms. We have a number of vehicles to support investment in new technology, such as Shell Ventures – a venture capital body with an investment focus on a mix of traditional oil and gas, clean and green technology. In recent years, Shell Ventures has supported both solar-based and wind businesses.

    We are also committed to reducing our emissions intensity and continuing efforts to improve the energy efficiency of our operations as well as ending continuous flaring.

    Shell Scenarios and pathways to decarbonisation

    Shell Scenarios* envisage a future where renewable energies could eventually become the largest component of the global energy system. But, despite the rapid growth of renewables, they anticipate that it will only be possible to provide the full range of energy products by combining renewables with cleaner hydrocarbons such as natural gas, and deploying technology to capture and store emissions of CO2.

    To achieve such an outcome for a global population of at least 9 billion by mid-century will require an enormous global undertaking supported by effective policy, a sense of urgency, and long-term vision.

    According to Shell Scenarios, the energy system of the future will be something of a patchwork. Some countries and sectors of the economy could de-carbonise in the coming decades, while others – such as energy intensive heavy industries – will likely require more time to develop technology solutions.

    Ways society can move towards a lower-carbon future include improving energy efficiency, switching from coal to natural gas, increasing electrification and the use of renewables. Further options include boosting the use of low-carbon fuels, rethinking land-use and agrarian policies, and improving low-carbon infrastructure planning for cities and transit systems.

    Shell Scenarios suggest that the world will require means of achieving “negative” emissions in some sectors to offset remaining emissions. One way to do this is to combine sustainable biomass gasification with the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CCS) in power generation.

    Read more about ways to help reduce CO2 emissions, and where Shell is active. 

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    Oct 17, 2018 - a minute ago

  • Safeguard Your Assets: 5 Steps To Secure Your Jobsite

    Construction brings many opportunities to many different people. Communities experiencing an intense building spree can usually look forward to more foot traffic or an influx of new businesses. Unfortunately, progress can bring illicit opportunity as well, and many contractors find themselves having to ward off thieves. With thousands of dollars of iron and copper lying around, protecting your assets can be difficult and complicated.

    To address this, Robert Siciliano spoke at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 on the best techniques and practices for safeguarding machines and maintaining a security perimeter, all while fostering trust in a community.

    1.               Connect With Law Enforcement Before An Incident Occurs
    Contact the local police department well before actual construction begins. Siciliano says this allows time to build a rapport, give officers an opportunity to create alternate routes that include the site, relay the total value of the equipment, or even just to get a feeling for the area’s crime climate. An excess of information beforehand can mean the difference between the perfect job and a stolen forklift.

    2.               Hang Warning Signs To Avoid Legal Problems 
    Appropriate signage can save thousands of dollars when creating a perimeter, particularly with measures that could potentially harm intruders. A variety of options exist to de-motivate thieves, like barbed-wire fences, that could create messy legal situations if they don’t come with warning labels. Siciliano gives the example of a teenager who was injured by guard dogs after breaking into a construction site: the teen’s parents managed to successfully sue the company for failing to hang signs informing potential thieves about the dogs.

    3.               Keep Digital Information Off The Worksite
    Keeping private information off the worksite ensures that any computer theft can’t become a company-wide emergency. As Siciliano says, “The devices themselves are just shells to access all of the information on a corporate network that’s cloud-based or via a private network that’s encrypted.” This ensures peace of mind to employees across the company.

    4.               Understanding How Equipment Can Be Used By Thieves
    A big part of site security is viewing the tools as they might be used against the company. For example, the theft of a saw is inconvenient but not necessarily a setback; but if the thief then uses that saw to cut through a lock on an excavator door and drives it away, the loss becomes much greater. Positioning equipment that can open or destroy locks away from the locks themselves can be a small but beneficial step in preventing further loss in the event of a robbery.

    5.               Assign A Loss Prevention Manager
    Though it might not be an exciting position, Siciliano heavily recommends assigning someone to survey the worksite, track and control key assignment, maintain contact with law enforcement, track inventory and delegate gate control. Though these tasks are small, Construction brings many opportunities to many different people.

    Communities experiencing an intense building spree can usually look forward to more foot traffic or an influx of new businesses. Unfortunately, progress can bring illicit opportunity as well, and many contractors find themselves having to ward off thieves. With thousands of dollars of iron and copper lying around, protecting your assets can be skipping or neglecting them can be the security crack that potential thieves need to breach a worksite.

    With these tips, site managers and their teams and can not only protect their equipment but also protect themselves and the company from an unnecessary headache and loss.

    WANT MORE INFORMATION?

    CONEXPO-CON/AGG’s comprehensive Education Program is the leading source for contractors, business owners, construction material producers and end users to obtain cutting-edge information for today’s challenging economy and business model.

    For those unable to attend the education sessions or who would like a copy of what was presented, recordings are available for purchase on a USB drive. There are over 130-plus unique sessions from all 10 education tracks: Aggregates, Asphalt, Concrete, Earthmoving & Site Development, Cranes, Rigging & Aerial Lift, Safety & Regulation, Technology, Equipment Management & Maintenance, Management: Business Best Practices and Management: Workforce Development. 

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    Oct 16, 2018 - 20 hours ago

  • Kenworth Introduces Body Builder Academy Instructional Video Series

    Kenworth has launched its Body Builder Academy Training video series for its flagship vocational truck, the Kenworth T880. 

    The six instructional Body Builder Academy videos focus on connectivity with Kenworth chassis systems, PTO functions, integration of electronics between body and truck, and optimization of the driver interface for body functions through switches and dash messaging. 

    “This video series is an excellent resource for body builders. The videos are short and easy to understand, and are designed to help body builders integrate their equipment with Kenworth electronic and chassis systems, as well as PTO functions,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director.

     The Body Builder Academy offers an introductory video, then focuses on very specific topics such as the basic switch configuration, switch learn process, PTO mode and interlock functions, and programming in PACCAR Vehicle Pro. The video also will assist body builders in the ins-and-outs of Kenworth’s new advanced electronic system architecture.

    The video series is currently available on the Kenworth Truck Co. youtube channel. (www.youtube.com/KenworthTruckCo).  The videos will be coming soon to the Kenworth Essentials App, which can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets from the Apple Store or Google Play Store by searching Kenworth.

     

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    Oct 16, 2018 - 21 hours ago

  • Everyone’s A Winner As Sommers Generators Opens Its New Atlantic HQ

    Sommers Generator Systems celebrated the grand opening of its relocated facilities in this New Brunswick city in style, with door prizes and donations for local causes. According to Chris McGregor, President of Sommers Generator Systems, the new facility provides increased warehouse space to support dealers and customers in the Maritime region. “We are now able to readily meet the growing needs for the region. We have invested in maintaining a large inventory of parts and ready-to-go rental units up to 400kW”, continued McGregor.

    Sommers’ headquarters for the Atlantic region has been based in Dieppe since 2012. The company recently announced plans to expand to a new showroom and parts warehouse at 551 Ferdinand Blvd. and has now completed the move.

    For the facility’s grand opening, Sommers was joined by the team from 91.9 FM Radio – The Bend, and by volunteers from the Moncton SPCA. Events included Sommers door prize draw for a Briggs & Stratton 6500W portable generator system as well as a contest conducted by the radio station to win a Briggs & Stratton 2200W Sommers portable inverter. Listeners were invited to go online and guess how long the inverter system could run on $9.19 of fuel. From more than 400 guesses, Barbara Moore of Dieppe won the prize when she correctly estimated an operating time of 936 minutes, 5 seconds. Alex Boel was the winner of the open house door prize.

    The Moncton SPCA hosted the open house barbeque on the site. The Moncton SPCA netted $517 for the animal shelter which included a $250 donation from Sommers, and another $100 in donations from visitors to the open house.

    Sommers has also named Isthmus Moncton, (formerly Blessings in a Backpack) as a focus of the company’s community support. The grand opening provided the opportunity for Sommers to present the children’s charity with a donation of $500. 

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    Oct 16, 2018 - 21 hours ago

  • Sommers Generator Systems Powers Up Isthmus Moncton

    Sommers Generator Systems has been building its connections with the Greater Moncton area since the manufacturer opened its Atlantic Region office in Moncton in 2012.

    Sommers Generator Systems Jason Lichti presents a $500 donation to Tara Stirate of Isthmus Moncton.

    The recent Grand Opening of Sommers’ expanded showroom and parts warehouse in Dieppe provided the opportunity to make a personal presentation to one of its favoured local charities: Isthmus Moncton, formerly known as Blessings in a Backpack. The festivities also included a fundraiser barbeque for Moncton SPCA, door prizes and a contest hosted by 91.9 FM “The Bend,” to win a portable invertor system.

    Tara Stirate represented Isthmus Moncton at the event, and accepted a donation of $500 from Sommers’ Sales Manager Jason Lichti. Isthmus Canada is a nationwide project that aims to supplement school meals programs with nutritious food for children to take home on weekends.

    Proceeds from the barbeque also netted $517 for the SPCA, which included a $250 donation from Sommers Generator Sales and another $100 from visitors to the Open House. The new Sommers facility, located at 551 Ferdinand Blvd., gives Sommers a new showroom as well as expanded service and parts capacity to support customers throughout the Atlantic region.

    About Isthmus Moncton

    Isthmus Moncton, formerly Blessings in a Backpack, is a food program providing many youngsters in Moncton with healthy snacks on the weekend. The program hands out food every Friday to almost 360 food insecure children in 20 area schools. The program is a key to ensuring students are on more equal footing in school. For more information on the program or to make a donation, visit www.isthmus.ca or phone (506) 204-8250.

    About Sommers

    Sommers Generator Systems has been a trusted name in generating, delivering and applying electrical power for over 80 years. Generator systems are Sommers’ only business. Today, Sommers is a leading Canadian manufacturer of packaged generator systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications, and stocks the nation’s largest privately-held inventory of generators for sale or rent from 3 kW to 2 MW. 

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    Oct 16, 2018 - 22 hours ago

  • FLO Appoints Territory Sales Manager to Continue to "Meet Customers' Needs Better" in Southern Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario

    Automatic Lubrication Systems specialist FLO Components Ltd. continues to expand its resources to better serve construction, road building, aggregate, trucking, manufacturing and processing companies in Manitoba and Ontario.  We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Munroe as Territory Sales Manager – Southern Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario. 

    A native of Winnipeg, Mike's previous experience over the last 16 years includes various managerial and technical sales roles promoting products and services to manufacturing, agriculture, commercial, transportation, utility, forestry, mining and government accounts in Manitoba.  Prior to that, his “blue coverall hands-on” experience included a position as a heavy duty mechanic for a major equipment distributor in Manitoba, where he gained an extensive background in repairing and servicing construction, agriculture, and transportation equipment. 

    Mike’s primary responsibility is to help users of mobile and heavy industrial equipment obtain lower operating costs and increased machine reliability through more effective lubrication solutions.  Based in Winnipeg, he will provide local availability of technical support to FLO customers in Manitoba and Northern Ontario regions.   

    To support Mike’s efforts and further cement its commitment to the region with local installation and service, FLO has stationed one of its Mobile Workshops permanently located in Winnipeg and fully equipped with all the necessary inventory, equipment and tools to be able to create lubrication solutions “on site”. 

    Commenting on the new appointment, Mr. Mike Deckert, VP of FLO Components said; “Mike will make an excellent addition to our team of lubrication solutions specialists.  He brings a whole new level of energy and extensive industry experience that will help to further strengthen the relationships with FLO’s existing clients in his territory.  His technical knowledge and proven work ethic is in sync with FLO’s basic foundation of “Meeting Customers’ Needs Better”, making him well suited for providing our customers with unparalleled technical and sales support.”

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    Oct 15, 2018 - 2 days ago

  • Peterbilt Celebrated Pride And Class With United Way Of Denton County

    Peterbilt celebrated its annual United Way campaign with the third annual Pride and Class Parade in the downtown Denton square on Oct 12th...

    Since 2002, Peterbilt and the United Way of Denton County have partnered to raise more than $16 million in support of the Denton community. Peterbilt has been a supporter of the United Way since the 1980s and hosts a week of employee-based fundraising through a variety of activities and interdepartmental contests.

    “When the first Pride and Class Parade was held in 2016 it was so popular with the community, employees and Peterbilt enthusiasts that it has turned into an annual event,” said Jason Skoog, General Manager, Peterbilt Motors Company. “Peterbilt moved to Denton in 1980 and our employees are proud to be a part of the community and enjoy the opportunities to give back. Supporting the Denton County United Way and the strong work it does here is a natural fit.”

    The Pride and Class Parade invited owners of more than 50 custom Peterbilt trucks from around the United States and Canada to join in the campaign by traveling to Denton to participate in the parade route through the city square. The parade viewing route took trucks around the square at Hickory and Elm streets. Supporters were encouraged to donate online or through onsite collection volunteers.

    “Peterbilt and United Way of Denton County share a rich partnership that has positively shaped this community for more than three decades,” said United Way of Denton County President & CEO Gary Henderson. “In addition to their unrivaled financial support, Peterbilt and its employees have generously given their time as Six Sigma Lean Belt training facilitators, Leaders On Loan program participants, nonprofit board members, and creators of the memorable night parade featured amazing Peterbilt trucks driving the Denton Square. There’s no doubt the people of Peterbilt leave an indelible mark on the Denton County community.” 

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    Oct 15, 2018 - 2 days ago

  • 3 Innovative International Projects To Reconcile The Underground And The Surface

    Finalists for the Innovative Use of Underground Space category

    ITA Tunnelling Awards 2018

    Since 2015, the international competition "the ITA Tunnelling Awards" seeks and rewards the most ground-breaking innovation and outstanding projects in tunnelling and underground space utilization. 

    The 2018 edition will take place on 7 November, in Chuzhou-Nanjing during the 20th Chinese Tunnel and Underground works Conference (CTUC - from 5 to 6 Nov). This will be followed by technical visits on Nov 8 in Nanjing, Chuzhou and Shanghai.  

    In 2018, the 3 finalists for the award of “Innovative Use of Underground Space” all have one common trend: they build bridges. Bridges from the past to the present, bridges between urban activities and nature, bridges between the underground and the surface.

    The Innovative Use of Underground Space category highlights the most unexpected and accomplished projects constructed underground. These projects aim to develop both ecological aspects as well as efficient urban planning, by shrinking the gap between the surface and the underground: creating new pedestrian connections, developing new utilizations of subterranean spaces and transferring surface functions to the ground.

    The 3 finalists:

    1. ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION CONSTRUCTION AND INTENSIVE LAND USE OF METRO PROJECT:

    With the rapid development of tertiary industry in China since the 1980’s, the roles of cities have gradually been transformed into distribution and service centres. But land is a non-renewable and extensive use of urban space, leading to unequal repartition of services and functions.

    Intensive land use, on the contrary, is based on the selection of modes appropriate to their different intrinsic attributes. Intensive use of land generally follows three trends: Land Construction, Buildings and Traffic.

    Located in  Tanglangshan  Park  Shenyun, the project in an abandoned quarry comprises of a  “Shenyun Vehicle Section” which is at the north of  Longwan  Road in  Nanshan  District,  and at the east side of  Nanping  Express  Highway.  The site is approximately 307 meters wide and 905m long, with floor space of 31.85ha  and an overall floorage of 168,000. 

    Based on the purpose of intensive land use, Shenyun  Vehicle  Section combines and considers both ecological construction and business development requirements. The vehicle section mixes rail traffic, sports facilities, public facilities and a scientific research and education base.  Natural and urban space are equally integrated within the project. This site is a wonderful reflection of the harmonious co-existence between human activities and nature, creating an ecological connection between hills and contributing to the natural balance of the area.

    2. UNDERGROUND PEDESTRIAN PASSAGE IN TIANJIN

    The project consists of the construction of an underground pedestrian walkway in Tianjin, in New Badalei area. It aims to connect the north and south concourses of the Heiniucheng Road freeway and the Neijiang North Road.

    The underground walkway beneath Heiniucheng Road has a length of 92,6m. The tunnel was constructed with an earth pressure balance pipe jacking machine. With a size of 10,4m x 7,55m, the pipe sections used in the underground walkway are the largest in the world.

    Heiniucheng Road is one of the most important roads in Tianjin with a width of 66,5m. It is the first time the super-large cross-section rectangular pipe-jacking tunnelling method was used in the watery and weak strata in Tianjin.

    3.

    THE NORWEGIAN ROCK BLASTING MUSEUM: THE ONLY UNDERGROUND MUSEUM IN THE WORLD

    The Norwegian Rock Blasting Museum is an underground museum located near the Olympic City of Lillehammer in Norway.

    The museum was created 25 years ago by the main stakeholders of the industry, to recognise Norway’s close and extensive history with tunnels.

    The Norwegian Rock Blasting Museum is an entertaining and informative journey through the history of Norwegian tunnelling and rock blasting, with a 240 m long semi-circular tunnel as the main attraction. The tunnel display equipment and tunnelling techniques date from the beginnings of tunnelling all the way to modern computerised drilling and TBM boring.  This is a unique museum, and possibly the only purpose-built "tunnelling museum" in the world.

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    Oct 15, 2018 - 2 days ago

  • Hauling Rock In Horokiwi With Two TA400s

    Major road infrastructure work is underway in Horokiwi, New Zealand, and Bryce O’Sullivan Contracting Ltd is busy sourcing rock for asphalt at the Horokiwi Quarry with the help of two Terex Trucks TA400 articulated haulers.

    Located in the North Island of New Zealand, Wellington is marketed as the 'coolest little capital in the world'. Millions of tourists travel there every year to enjoy its art galleries, craft beers and night markets. Set back from the hustle and bustle of the city center is the suburb of Horokiwi. It’s semi-rural, with no schools and only one access road, which comes off the Petone-Wellington motorway.

    Paving the way

    Bryce O’Sullivan Contracting Ltd (BOSCO) has been based in Horokiwi for some time now, helping to renovate the city’s transport infrastructure. It is involved in two of the biggest construction projects in the region – building the Kapiti Expressway and the 27 km (16.8 mi), four-lane Transmission Gully motorway. With the help of two TA400s, BOSCO is shifting blue rock in Horokiwi Quarry, which is being used as base course and asphalt. Since August 2017, the pair of Terex Trucks articulated haulers have removed 200,000 m³ (261,590 yd³) of aggregate and have clocked up around 700 hours.

    “We’ve got the machines working in tough conditions – but they’re delivering on every level,” says Suds O’Sullivan, who is an employee as well as the company owner’s father. “They’re robust, reliable and our operators say they are simple to operate, too. Ever since Porter Equipment supplied us with a TA400 demo unit, we knew Terex Trucks was the perfect fit for our application.”

    Family affair

    Bryce started his namesake business in 2010, when he was just 16 years old. Over the years, BOSCO has very much become a family affair. His father Suds, who has been in the earthmoving industry for more than 40 years, isn’t the only family employee. Bryce’s partner Becs, her father, and other members of the extended family all play a role within the company. In total, there are 45 employees, six of whom are based at the Horokiwi Quarry.

    BOSCO purchased its new TA400 haulers from Porter Equipment, the official Terex Trucks dealer in Australia and New Zealand since 2017. “Porter Equipment was really good to us when we decided to have a look at Terex Trucks machines,” explains Suds. “Josh Hunter, the sales rep there, was so straightforward to deal with. There was no mucking around at all. We’re really happy – not only with Porter Equipment for its brilliant customer service, but also with Terex Trucks for the sheer quality of its products.”

    Heavyweight hauling

    With a maximum payload of 38 tonnes (41.9 tons), the TA400 allows BOSCO to haul serious amounts of rock at Horokiwi Quarry. It has a heaped capacity of 23.3 m³ (30.3 yd³), 331 kW (444 hp) of gross power and a maximum torque of 2,255 Nm (1,663 lbf ft). Together, these performance features make the TA400 the biggest and most powerful articulated hauler on offer from Terex Trucks. Manufactured in Motherwell, Scotland, this heavyweight hauler has been designed to work in heavy-duty applications under extreme conditions. The planetary gear transmission provides smooth, efficient gear shifting for optimized fuel consumption and reduced cost of operation. Ground level test points and a fully tilting cab, combined with an electronically raised hood, ensure ease of service and reduced downtime. 

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    Oct 12, 2018 - 4 days ago

  • Peterbilt Electrical Updates

    Peterbilt Motors Company announced the Vehicle Electrical Control Unit (VECU) to increase customer functionality and simplify body upfitting.

    “Peterbilt’s heritage is built on customers being able to order a truck that is designed and manufactured specifically to get the job done in the most efficient and reliable manner,” said Robert Woodall, Assistant General Manager – Sales and Marketing, Peterbilt Motors Company. “The enhanced PTO functionality for the MX engine, simplified wiring harnesses and electronics capacity of VECU will provide our customers access to advanced technology functions and expanded configuration of the overall truck operation.”

    Peterbilt worked with customers and truck equipment manufacturers to improve the electrical integration process of a Peterbilt chassis with a vocational body. Proper electrical communication between the chassis and body is key to maintaining Peterbilt’s high standard of reliability. Peterbilt offers a variety of convenient body connectors to make the integration process simple. This includes customized settings for PTO operations, multiplex switches to improve diagnostic capabilities and additional safety interlocks. Customers will also be able to utilize a standard RP1226 connector, located inside the cab, to easily connect aftermarket electronic devices like telematics systems, ELDs and electronic body controls.

    VECU is implemented on Models 567 and 579 trucks that were produced in early October 2018. 

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    Oct 12, 2018 - 4 days ago

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