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Feature Article Law

Contractors and the Law: Breaking up is hard to do

June 20, 2017 Krista Johanson

A recent Ontario court decision illustrates the expected – and unexpected – challenges that arise when one party wishes to end a contractual relationship. In Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. v. Metrolinx, 2017 ONSC 2372, Bombardier had entered into a $770-million contract

Feature Article Risk Management

Is the project finance industry digging deep enough?

June 20, 2017 David Bowcott

Every project needs money to move forward. Those funds are made up of equity and debt. The equity is contributed by the owner (or the concessionaire of the project) as a first layer of defense against project failure. The remainder

Feature Article

Propane: The underestimated fuel is being used across the jobsite

June 20, 2017 Jeremy Wishart

Propane has been a fixture on construction sites for years, most often used for power generation and materials handling. Recently, however, site managers are using propane to power a growing number of applications. More construction firms are beginning to recognize

Feature Article Machine Control

The evolution of machine control

June 20, 2017 Nate Hendley

A lot has changed in 20 years – operators are faster and more accurate than ever

Feature Article Construction

On-Site announces Top 5 Under 50 Employees

June 20, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

On-Site ranks Top 5 commercial contractors with 50 or under employees by revenue. See infographic for stats on this year’s Top 5.

Feature Article

Rosati Construction Group is a repeat winner of On-Site’s Top 5 Under 50

June 20, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

For the second time in three years, the Rosati Group has earned On-Site’s Top Contractor in the 50 employees or less category. The company’s first win came in 2014, and it should be noted that they didn’t participate last year.

Feature Article ConstructionSoftware / Hardware

Top construction firms embrace technology, finally

June 20, 2017 Jacob Stoller

The construction industry has
a reputation for being slow to
adopt innovative technology. Many
contractors believe this is about
to change.

Feature Article Construction

On-Site’s Top 40 Contractors have been announced

June 20, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

2016 was not an easy year for the construction industry. Infrastructure spending lagged, there were several high-profile job delays, and a slow down in the oil sands impacted many of the top players. Despite these challenges, I’m happy to report

Feature Article Risk Management

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

Feature Article Compact EquipmentGreen ConstructionHeavy EquipmentMachine Control

Tech and innovation front and centre at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE

April 20, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

A forward-looking vision for construction and infrastructure took centre stage at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017, from the unveiling of the world’s first 3D-printed excavator and the new Tech Experience to the largest show floor in history and a stellar education

Feature Article Compact EquipmentConstructionHealth & SafetySoftware / Hardware

Drones provide new perspective on job sites

April 19, 2017 Jacob Stoller

When PCL Construction needed to assess the condition of an Edmonton rooftop in mid-winter, they chose an alternative approach. “Instead of sending somebody up there to walk on the roof in icy conditions, we flew a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle)

Feature Article ConcreteConstruction

PCL’s upper terminal renovation elevates Banff’s top attraction

April 19, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

It’s not everyday you get to enjoy a breath-taking view of the Rocky Mountains on your commute to work, let alone ride a gondola high above the treetops of Banff National Park. But, that’s exactly what PCL project manager Cole

Feature Article ConcreteConstructionGreen Construction

CarbonCure’s CO2-infused process strengthens concrete

April 19, 2017 Nate Hendley

CarbonCure Technologies of Dartmouth, N.S. is looking to make concrete stronger and greener by infusing it with recycled carbon dioxide (CO2). The concept isn’t new, but CarbonCure’s process is. The company’s patented technology has been used in several recent construction

Feature Article ConstructionLaw

Law column: Concurrent delay remains a thorny issue

April 19, 2017 Robin Davis

Despite the best intentions of all parties involved on a construction project, it should come as no surprise that delays occur. Where a delay can be clearly attributed to a single party, the appropriate remedy is relatively easy to determine.

Feature Article ConstructionSkills Development

From the editor: More than common sense

April 19, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Lean is far from the novel concept it was back in the ‘50s when Toyota first popularized it. Yet, here we are in 2017, and a new lean event, whitepaper, seminar, book, association, or video seems to pop up everyday.

Feature Article

Phase 2: Checking in on the 407 Highway extension

March 16, 2017 Nate Hendley

The second half of the ambitious Highway 407 extension, known officially as the Highway 407 East Project, is well underway in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Phase 2 of the project will see Highway 407 extended eastward from Harmony Road

Feature Article AsphaltConstruction

Producing quality HMA incorporating RAP

March 16, 2017 Lisa Fattori

Since the 1970s, Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) has been a proven high quality product used in the design and production of asphalt mixes. According to a 2011 report by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the performance of pavements containing up

Feature Article ConcreteConstructionRoads

Case Study: Derry Road and CN Rail grade separation

March 16, 2017 Vireak Hinh & Jennifer Trimble

Back in 2006, the Derry Road/CN Rail Grade Separation was identified as part of the 2006 Environmental Study Report (ESR) completed for the Derry Road corridor. The report recommended that Derry Road be reconstructed from 2 lanes to 4, including

Feature Article Risk Management

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

Feature Article Software / Hardware

Garbage in, garbage out – Making sense of your data

March 16, 2017 Jacob Stoller

One of the most important IT trends happening in construction right now is that of data analytics. The practice of analyzing stored company data to help make business decisions, is gaining ground in companies of all sizes. Even a contractor