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February 5, 2014   Posted by: Indy

Severe winter weather impacts cargo operations

Another winter storm is moving through the US Midwest and Northeast.  As a result of this, several port, rail and container yard facilities have either closed or have limited operations.  Delays to cargo moving to or through this geography should be expected.
As of February 5, the following locations are impacted by adverse weather conditions.  Please note that terminals will continue to assess conditions as the weather impact changes.
NY/NJ – Maher Terminal – Closed and extending free time one day; APMT – Delayed opening; Global – open; APL CY – Closed
Indianapolis – CY – Closed
Open but with restricted operations due to snow and ice:  Cincinnati CY, Columbus CY, Cleveland CY, Detroit CY, Louisville CY, Pittsburg CY, St. Louis CY, Kansas City CYs, Omaha CY

The series of winter storms has resulted in rail car imbalances that are negatively impacting cargo movement via rail throughout the US and Canada.  Additionally, truck power has been extremely hard hit by the series of storms and facility closures, and line offices continue to operate with reduced staffing levels.

Shipping lines are working with their venders to minimize the impact of these extreme weather conditions on the movement of cargo.  However, please plan for several days delay for cargo movement in or through ports in the US Northeast coast.

We are working with customers on the impact to specific shipments, and will advise further as soon as we are able.

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January 22, 2014   Posted by: Indy

This 3D Printer, Capable Of Building A House In A Day, Could Change Construction Forever

Imagine being able to lease a 3D printer to build your entire house.

The technology, called Contour Crafting, is already here and can build a 2,500-square-foot home in 20 hours.picture2-300x188


The massive robot printer was invented by University of Southern California professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, who says that the technology is so versatile that it can be used to build homes in slums or human habitats on Mars.


The technology is ideal for the world’s slums and areas destroyed by natural disasters, claims Khoshnevis, because the robot’s construction is cheaper, stronger, faster, safer and more eco-friendly than manual construction.


Khoshnevis also says NASA is supportive of using the technology to build lunar habitats, laboratories and roads on the Moon or Mars that could eventually house human life. He points out that construction is far behind manufacturing when it comes to automation.


“If you look around yourself, pretty much everything is made automatically today — your shoes, your clothes, home appliances, your car,” he said during a TED talk. “The only thing that is still built by hand are these buildings.”


Construction as we know it today is wasteful, costly and often over budget, he said. It is more dangerous for workers than mining and agriculture, resulting in 10,000 deaths a year, according to Khoshnevis. He says Contour Crafting offers construction with less waste, noise, dust or harmful emissions.


The technology also allows for unprecedented flexibility in architecture, Khoshnevis says.


“They don’t have to look like tract houses because all you have to do is change a computer program,” he said during the TED talk. “The walls do not have to be linear. They can use any kind of curve. Therefore, you can really execute very exotic beautiful architectural features without incurring extra cost.”

Courtesy of Huffington Post – full story here


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October 14, 2013   Posted by: Indy

Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013

The first two days of the World Architecture Festival 2013 have been intense. Keynotes by Charles Jencks and Dietmer Eberle and several other lectures filled the auditorium and festival hall stage, while hundreds of architects watched the live “crits,” during which firms presented their projects in front of the festival jury and an audience. Following these two days the winners of each category were finally announced, and today the super jury will choose the World Building of the Year, followed by a lecture by Sou Fujimoto. Check the full list of winners, highly commended entries and the jury’s comments (so far) here



House — The Left-Over-Space House (), Cox Rayner Architects, Casey and Rebekah Vallance


Housing — 28th Street Apartments (USA), Koning Eizenberg Architecture




Office — Statoil Regional and International offices (Norway) A-Lab




Higher Education and Research — University of Exeter: Forum Project (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects




Display — The Blue Planet (Denmark), 3XN




Religion — Sancaklar Mosque (Turkey), EAA – Emre Arolat Architects




Schools — Fontys Sports College (Netherlands) Mecanoo International




Shopping — Emporia (Sweden), Wingardh Arkitektkontor




Civic and Community — Women’s Opportunity Centre (Rwanda), Sharon Davis Design




Villa — Namly House (Singapore), CHANG Architects



Health — Rush University Medical Center New Hospital Tower (Chicago), Perkins+Will



Production, Energy and Recycling — A Simple Factory Building (Singapore), Pencil Office




Hotel and Leisure — Citizen M London Bankside (UK), Concrete




Sport — Splashpoint Leisure Centre (UK), Wilkinson Eyre Architects




New and Old — Conversion of the Palais Rasumofsky (Austria), Baar-Baarenfels Architekten



Transport — Sydney Cruise Terminal (Australia), Johnson Pilton Walker Architects



Culture — Aukland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (New Zealand), Frances-Jones Morehen Thorp and Archimedia






Health –- New Sulaibikhat Medical Center (Kuwait) AGi Architects




House –- Meditation House (Lebanon), MZ Architects




Commercial Mixed Use –- New Office in Central London (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris




Office –- Selcuk Ecza Headquarters (Turkey), Tabanlioglu Architects




Leisure-Led Development – Singapore Sports Hub (Singapore), Singapore Sports Hub Design Team (DP Architects and Arup associates)




Master-planning – Earls Court Masterplan (UK) Farrells




Infrastructure -– Brisbane Ferry Terminals Post-Flood Recovery (Australia), Cox Rayner Architects




Education -– The Urban School In Elsinore (Denmark), EFFEKT, Rubow




Competition Entries –- National Maritime Museum of China (China), Cox Rayner Architects



Residential –- Siamese Blossom (Thailand), Somdoon Architects Ltd



Experimental –- White Collar Factory (UK), Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Cultural — National Maritime Museum of China by Cox Rayner Architects



Courtesy of archdaily

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October 1, 2013   Posted by: Indy

Effects of the US Government Shutdown on International Trade

With effect from Midnight on 30th September, the US Federal Government has ‘shut down’ due to a lapse in federal funding. Essential services are being maintained, but those services considered non essential remain unfunded.

This will have an impact on the processing of government operations in support of international trade to and from the US, particularly where manual activities such as inspection may be requir

ed. Depending on how long the shutdown continues, we can also expect problems due to the lack of support for automated functions.

U.S Customs / CBP have advised on a recent teleconference that ports are open for business and that front line officers and agriculture officers are essential personnel and are in full force.  Revenue collection areas such as import specialists, entry specialists, FP&F, Seizure are all in full force.  All hours of service at all ports are normal at this time—which includes overtime.   The areas that could be impacted would be post release functions and there will likely be challenges due to the absence of mission support and technical personnel.

In addition, we are expecting issues with APHIS, EPA (97% of staff on furlough), FDA (65% of staff on furlough), FMC, U.S.Census Bureau,  US International Trade Commission.

Further general information on the effects of the federal shutdown can be found at the following websites :
General – www.usa.gov and www.whitehouse.gov
Customs – www.cbp.gov
Census Bureau – www.census.gov

We will of course keep everyone updated on the impact to specific shipments, but please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or queries.

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September 3, 2013   Posted by: Indy

London Tower’s Car-Melting Ray

The owners of the 37-story tower known as the Walkie Talkie in the City of London financial district are investigating a light beam cast by the building that is so intense it melted parked cars.

London's Walkie Talkie Tower London's Walkie Talkie Tower

Land Securities Group Plc (LAND) and Canary Wharf Group Plc are examining the phenomenon and, along with the City of London, have blocked three parking spaces around the building at 20 Fenchurch Street that may be affected, the companies said in a statement after the market closed yesterday. The glare from the skyscraper, whose nickname derives from the tapering design that’s responsible for the beam, has melted parts of vehicles, City AM newspaper reported yesterday.

The light beam cast by 20 Fenchurch Street depends on the sun’s elevation in the sky and the ray lasts about two hours a day at this time of the year, the companies said. Preliminary modeling indicates it will be present for about two to three weeks.

The Walkie Talkie, whose nickname derives from its tapering rectangular design, is due to be completed next year.

Courtesy of Bloomberg.com – Full story at Bloomberg

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August 29, 2013   Posted by: Indy

1965 Lotus Type 38 returns home to UK for Goodwood Revival

Indy was proud to be instrumental in the return (if only on a temporary basis) of the 1965 Indy 500 winner Lotus T38 from its current home at the Ford Museum in Dearborn MI to the UK for the Goodwood Revival Meeting.

Lotus Type 38 after winning 1965 Indy 500

Lotus Type 38 after winning 1965 Indy 500

The 1965 Indy 500, won by the legendary Jim Clark in the Lotus T38, was undoubtedly one of its most historic; it was the first time the race was won by a mid-engined car, a Ford engine, a British car and at an average of over 150 mph.

As part of the conditions of the Lotus/Ford partnership the winning car remained in the United States, but now returns to the UK as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s first World Championship at the Goodwood Revival.

The Revival is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

The vehicle was shipped in a purpose built airline pallet designed specifically for the vehicle.

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August 27, 2013   Posted by: Indy

Hate open floor office spaces? There is a better way.

Globally, the move to open, collaborative work stations has been on the rise for the past five-to-10 years, said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, an international telework research and consulting firm based in Carlsbad, California.

European companies, long known for their collaborative, bench-style office seating, led the charge a few years before their American counterparts, she added.

According to the International Facility Management Association, 68% of North American employees work in an office with an open floor plan or open seating.  

Not everyone is singing the praises of these brave, new workspaces, however. For example, older employees, who have worked “their whole lives for the corner office,” may have a harder time shifting to a non-hierarchical workplace, Lister said. The same goes for legal, financial and other professional firms, where proprietary client meetings and phone calls are the norm.

What’s more, several recent studies from around the globe have blamed open offices for reducing employee productivity, compromising morale and even leading to an increase in absenteeism.

The open office backlash

Still, there’s “evidence that the pendulum may have swung too far,” Lister said.

Among the biggest issues: noise and privacy. As the size of workstations decreases and distractions in the office increase, employees struggle to stay focused.

Only one-in-four employees say their office environment fostered both collaboration and individual concentration, according to a 2013 study of open and traditional American workspaces by global design firm Gensler. More than half reported being disturbed by others when trying to focus.

By compromising the ability of employees to focus on individual tasks in the name of collaboration, the study concluded, the open office plan fails.

The case for collaborative space

A desire to cut real estate costs is a big driver for the shift, Lister said.

Thanks to mobile devices, remote conferencing technology and an increasingly global workforce, “people are spending 40% to 50% of their time at their desk,” Lister said.

Rather than pay for all that unused space the rest of the time, companies are consolidating. This is especially true in countries that place a high premium on telecommuting, mobility and flexible work schedules, such as the US, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

A two space solution?

A happy medium between individual workspaces and open free-for-alls does exist. A mixed space that gives employees immediate access to both quiet, private spots for uninterrupted concentration and collaborative areas for conversing and working in teams, can go a long way toward resolving the tension, said Janet Pogue, global workplace leader at Gensler, the design firm.

Gensler’s recent workplace study found that US employees spend a little more than half their time poring over individual tasks and a quarter of their time collaborating with teammates. Companies with floor plans that meet both needs will foster more productive, balanced employees.

Courtesy of BBC – full story here


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August 23, 2013   Posted by: Indy

Office Exhibition Post Show Update

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The 13th edition of The Dubai Office Exhibition, which ran alongside its new co-located partner event the INDEX International Design Exhibition, was officially opened on Monday 20th May and continued until Thursday 23rd May 2013.

The Official Post Show Report is available for Download HERE

Office 2013 hosted over 140 companies from 24 countries and attracted more than 5,000 trade visitors from across the Architecture & Design, Facilities Management, Retail, and wider business communities; seeking to source new products and services for their commercial interior design, fit-out and upgrade projects.

• The value of the Middle East region’s commercial interior design and fit-out industry is expected to exceed US$4.9bn in 2013
• In 2013, the entire GCC interior contracting and fit-out market will increase in value by 28%, from US$7.2bn to US$9.2bn
• The GCC continues to spend, on average, more money on interior contracting and fit-out elements of a construction project than its more mature counterparts in the US, EU, and Japan.

Source : Ventures Middle East GCC Building Construction and Interiors Overview, March 2013

workspace at INDEX delivers the Middle East region’s number one commercial interiors exhibition, showcasing the best in commercial, educational, and healthcare interior design solutions from across the world. As the Middle East & North Africa region’s ultimate commercial interiors and fit-out event, the exhibition has a thirteen year history of bringing the world’s top commercial interiors product manufacturers and suppliers together with the region’s commercial interior designers, architects, buyers, specifiers, agents and project managers in a focused and profitable business environment.

“This exhibition continues to be an important venue for HNI Corporation to effectively access clients and key influencers in the region. It is professional, growing and well organised and attracts international attention and participation.”
Marco Molinari, Executive Vice President, HNI Corporation and President, HNI International.

“We launched two products this year, both of which won ‘Best in Category’ and ‘Honourable Mention’ in this year’s awards. This was our first year exhibiting at the show and we found the traffic to be very good, we have had a very positive response.”
Ryan Menke, Senior Vice President International Sales, OFS Brands.

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August 23, 2013   Posted by: Indy

Office 2013 Post Show

The 2013 exhibition attracted 5,314 unique visitors from 56 countries, representing a 19% increase in footfall compared to the 2012 edition of the exhibition.
The value of the interior contracting and fit-out market in the GCC’s commercial sector is set to grow in 2013 from US$1.15bn to US$1.43bn
As GCC governments continue to invest in social infrastructure, over US$9bn of education construction projects are expected to complete in 2013
Co-locating with the INDEX International Design Exhibition proved a complete success with over 3,600 INDEX visitors also visiting the Office Exhibition.
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August 8, 2013   Posted by: Indy

The Office Exhibition rebranded as workspace at INDEX


The Office Exhibition, the premier trade show for the commercial fit out and commercial interior design industry in the Middle East, has a new name, workspace at INDEX.

For the past 13 years, the largest commercial interiors fit-out and design exhibition in the Middle East has attracted the region’s architects, interior designers and projects managers, buyers and specifiers of commercial interiors fit-out projects. For its most recent show in May 2013, Office was co-located with the INDEX International Design Exhibition.

As the largest aH.E. Humaid Mohamed Obaid Al Qutami Opens The Office Exhibition 2012nd longest running interiors and design show in the Middle East, INDEX attracts the world’s leading interior designer brands and exhibitors as they compete for their share of the GCC’s US$9.2bn interiors and fit-out market across residential, hospitality, and retail sectors.

“This change in identity for Office is a very positive step and sharpens our focus on the expectations and demands of exhibitors and trade visitors,” said Frederique Maurell, Group Event Director – Design at dmg events. “The new workspace at INDEX brand confirms and strengthens the exhibition’s strong links to INDEX, and the natural synergy between the two concepts is evident.

The decision to run the two shows simultaneously, with commonality of branding, was taken in direct response to the feedback received at this year’s shows. In 2013, a quarter (24 per cent) of all INDEX visitors also attended The Office Exhibition and 27 per cent of our visitors were interested in commercial design products. Together, these two shows create the region’s number one destination for interiors; delivering the very best and the very latest in interior design solutions across all market segments. This realignment will help us to expand the commercial interiors event and its product offering and illustrate that the new workspace at INDEX show is about much more than just office furniture.”

An exhibitor at the recently concluded The Office Exhibition 2013, Marco Molinari, Executive Vice President, HNI Corporation and President, HNI International, said: “The Office Exhibition 2013 continues to be an important venue for HNI Corporation to effectively access clients and key influencers in the region. It is professional, growing and well organized and attracts international attention and participation.”



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