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#3 Paris New Revolution

More than one million vehicles are stuck on the beltway every morning and the metro is just as over populated. Now massive change has started under the Parisians feet.

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68 new stations and 200 kilometers of new metro lines. This is how Europe’s biggest construction project is about to change Paris.

Meeting a satisfied client makes his day. Vincent Blandin works as a Business Sales and Technical Controller for Volvo CE – and has been with the company for 14 years.

A giant and ambitious project to be finished in 2035, will serve the Parisians with four brand new metro lines and more possibilities to travel between the city center and the suburbs.

Boulevard Périphérique, literally forms a concrete circle around the city. Now, initiatives are taken to transform the grey ring into something green.

A new Paris is being born. And parts of the old city are taken down in the process. Where do the remains of an old city go? Follow the gravel.

Different kinds of transportation systems based on electricity and travelling together, not only on regular roads, are on their way in.

Here are the abandoned places which can be given a total make over.

Name a machine problem and he can fix it. Meet Vincent Blandin, the machine doctor at Volvo CE in France.

French based, global pipeline contractor SPIECAPAG is using 97 Volvo Construction equipment machines on the TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) as part of the southern gas corridor that will bring...

The Kiruna move is unique in many ways – but it’s not the first time in history cities or parts of them have been moved and rebuilt. Here are some examples from around the world.

Krister Lindstedt, lead architect for the new Kiruna, tells Spirit how people, not buildings, were put in the very heart of the design process.

One day, Anton Laitamaa is a thousand meters underground and the next, servicing machines in the new center. Spirit followed him on the job.

Sweden’s northernmost city Kiruna was formed around a mine for more than 100 years ago. Now, the same mine is threatening to swallow up the town.

The architect behind the relocation goes into the details of the city relocation. What is the final version for Kiruna? And how do you actually move an entire city?

The city of Kiruna with the mine in the background

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#2 Moving a city to expand the mine

In the second episode of our series ’The Megaproject Listing’, we visit the northernmost city in Sweden, Kiruna. This arctic town is currently undergoing a gigantic urban relocation, moving central parts from one place to another. And it is all because of the mine.

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Kiruna’s early history can be tracked by studying its houses, many of which will be preserved and relocated to the new city.

Eva and Carl-Johan Mäki lived in Kiruna’s Ullspiran district for almost 40 years. “You’ve got to look forwards, not backwards,” says Eva Mäki.

Why the town of Kiruna is being moved and what makes it one of the most ambitious urban planning projects in the world.

The masterplan for the new Kiruna by White and Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter involves establishing a new central square and bringing the surrounding nature closer to the residents. This is...

Machine operator Martin Oja has been working on the city transformation project in Kiruna for almost ten years. He’s looking forward to the day the city is completed.

One day he installs a new gearbox in a Volvo excavator, another day he goes 1365 meters below ground to serve heavy machinery in the mine.

Florida’s I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project is at the forefront of several global trends in infrastructure design, management, financing and community enhancement.

Why this major traffic artery is being rebuilt – and what makes this infrastructure project one of the most significant in the US.

To ensure that our cities are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable, updated solutions that secure quality of life and safety are needed.

From The Overseas Highway in Florida to Airstrip Road in Australia – here’s a list of ten of the most impressive road building projects ever.

Volvo CE’s ActiveCare Direct service is increasing efficiency and uptime on the complex I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project.

Time and safety — Floridians are looking forward to an increase in both when the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate interstate megaproject is completed in 2021.

The ultimate project demands the ultimate operators. Spirit goes behind the scenes to meet the experts working on one of the largest and most complex road building projects in the world.

Florida’s I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project aims to create a commuting experience that will delight residents and tourists alike.

Following the donation of a second-hand Volvo EC290BLC excavator to an agricultural training centre, the students can now look forward to a much brighter future.