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Feature Article Risk Management

BIM drives productivity gains in construction sector

September 7, 2017 David Bowcott

Everyone has seen the graphs that show construction on a downward productivity trend while other industries boast solid productivity gains. The following is a productivity graph that was produced by McKinsey & Co. that compares productivity in construction to that

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Feature Article Software / Hardware

Can construction be automated?

September 7, 2017 Jacob Stoller

Advances in information systems have been cited as a catalyst for higher productivity in many sectors.

Feature Article ConcreteConstruction MaterialsGreen Construction

Boehmers uses captured CO2 to make stronger concrete blocks

September 7, 2017 Nate Hendley

Boehmers is a concrete block producer in Cambridge, Ont. with a new, carbon-dioxide (CO2) infused product said to be great for the environment and superior to traditional concrete blocks. The company has been selling the Carboclave block, as the product

Feature Article Compact Equipment

On-Site polls leading OEMs to find out which compact machines are most popular with contractors

September 7, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Ask any operator, and they will tell you: everyone has a favourite piece of equipment. There are lots of factors that contribute to one’s fondness for a specific piece of machinery, but its most often related to comfort, familiarity, and

Feature Article Infrastructure

Government spending on infrastructure is slowly making its way down the pipe

September 6, 2017 Saul Chernos

Rome wasn’t built in a day. A trite expression, perhaps, but one which might comfort builders and other construction sector service and material providers wondering when infrastructure money the federal Liberal government promised in its two most recent budgets might

Feature Article ConstructionSkills Development

From the editor: 5 ways to modernize skills training

September 6, 2017 Corinne Lynds

How do we prepare the next generation for construction jobs that don’t even exist yet? That’s a tough one. According to a recent report entitled An Apprenticeship Skills Agenda, we had better figure it out soon – 65 per cent

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.