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Future disruption and the race to collective intelligence

April 20, 2017 David Bowcott

If ever there were an industry ripe for disruption, it is construction. Mega-trends like globalization, asset management, and new technology are beginning to turn this long unchanged industry inside out. So, how do industry players stay on the winning side

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Material risk events in P3s: Causes and potential solutions

March 16, 2017 David Bowcott

In the February issue we talked about material risk events that manifested in the Canadian P3 space up to 2011 and up to 2016. In this issue, I will focus on what is causing these risk events and how we

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Material risk events in P3s: 2011 vs. 2016

February 22, 2017 David Bowcott

As some of you may be aware, the firm I work for (Aon) has more than 2,500 construction clients, and 13 of the top 15 Canadian contractors as clients. We have also acted as risk advisor and broker to a

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Is Canada becoming the world’s most advanced asset management economy?

December 20, 2016 David Bowcott

No matter where I go these days it seems like every economy, both governments and corporations, are toying with new ways to design, build and operate their physical assets. The over-arching trend behind this long-term capital concept is Asset Management.

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Risk Column: Creating design risk awareness

October 14, 2016 David Bowcott

I have spent a lot of time mining and developing data recently. It seems the insurance sector has the richest repository of failure data in the world, and given the growing demand for failure data quants, I had no choice but

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KPMG report: Construction companies struggle to gain full benefits of technology

September 13, 2016 KPMG

Despite substantial investments, the construction industry is struggling to gain the full benefits of technologies including advanced data and analytics, mobility, automation and robotics. That’s the key finding from Building a technology advantage – Global Construction Survey 2016, the annual

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Sizing and recovering impact costs from insurance

August 29, 2016 David Bowcott

The prime contractor is like the conductor of an orchestra, ensuring all musicians know their role. If one player misses their cue, the entire orchestra is disrupted, and the performance fails. Insurance plays a key role in preventing and mitigating

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Invest in human capital for productivity and profitability

June 22, 2016 David Bowcott

This issue of On-Site has a focus on investment in research and development (R&D). When we think of R&D within the construction sector, most people think of investment in solutions related to design or project management software, construction materials, asset

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Invest in innovation to drive productivity and lower risk

April 26, 2016 David Bowcott

For as long as I can remember the construction industry has been hammered by academics, government and business leaders for having low productivity measures compared to other industries. The sector has also been criticized for poor productivity – being amongst

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Hydro Ottawa fined over fatal accident

March 30, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Hydro Ottawa has been convicted and ordered to pay $225,000 following the death of a worker and two others being injured when a boom truck came in contact with a live wire. In March, 2012, workers employed by a subcontractor

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Never pass on the opportunity to look yourself in the mirror

March 18, 2016 By David Bowcott

The primary difference between an average company and a great company is that the great company will check its ego at the door. Throughout my years, no matter the size, location, or type of work performed, the companies that excel

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PCL raises the roof on BMO Field

February 22, 2016 On-Site Magazine

VIDEO: South roof canopy lifted into place by two crawler cranes

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Three teams shortlisted for P3 Finch West LRT bid process

February 22, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Three teams have been shortlisted to bid on Toronto’s Finch West Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, according to a release from Infrastructure Ontario. The teams were selected based on criteria identified in the Request for Qualifications process that began in September,

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Improper site sanitation can spread disease: Video

February 19, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Clean-up and toilet facilities are probably the last place you would look for hazards on construction sites. Inadequate facilities are a major cause of the spread of diseases to construction workers and their families, according to the Ontario Ministry of

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Taking advantage of a global capital glut

February 10, 2016 David Bowcott

Multiple economic factors are converging globally to create one of history’s greatest gluts of capital. Much of this capital is looking for a home where it can make a return. With government quantitative easing programs supplementing economic growth, negative interest

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The bigger the project, the bigger the overruns, suggests report on building infrastructure

January 22, 2016 On-Site Magazine

Cost overruns and schedule delays on infrastructure mega projects are common in Canada and around the world, according to a new report funded by the Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance. “Millions of dollars here, months of delay there. International

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Research Council to examine broken bridge bolts

January 18, 2016 On-Site Magazine

NRC engineers to help determine cause Nipigon River Bridge mechanical failure

Aecon sells interest in Quito International Airport which the company helped build as a P3 partner
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Aecon sells P3 interest in Quito International Airport

December 14, 2015 STAFF WRITER

Aecon Group has completed the sale of its 45.5 per cent interest in the Quito International Airport concessionaire, Corporaciσn Quiport S.A. (Quiport), for US$232.6 million to Grupo Odinsa S.A. and CCR S.A. Together with its partners, Aecon developed and financed the airport and held

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2016 Construction Forecast

December 1, 2015 JIM BARNES

The road ahead

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Infrastructure: The perfect storm

December 1, 2015 JIM BARNES

Not that long ago, when people at a party asked me what On-Site was about, I’d say “construction.” They would nod diplomatically. Now, I say “infrastructure,” and I get their full attention. Infrastructure, a concept that most people grasped only