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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

Feature Article Compact EquipmentConstructionConstruction MaterialsHeavy Equipment

Editorial: Take care of your tools, big and small

March 16, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

It’s difficult to put an exact number on the total cost of theft to construction companies in Canada, but according to a report from Zurich Canada, it’s safe to say the amount exceeds $46 million per year in insurance claims

Replacing the 250,000 skilled labour retirees is an ongoing challenge faced by the construction sector. Industry can't afford to let up on recruitment, whether it's attracting young people, workers from other industries, or from outside the country.
Feature Article Skills Development

Construction firms need to cultivate young leaders now

March 1, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

It’s no secret that Canada’s construction sector is facing a skills shortage. The baby boomers are retiring, and there are fewer people entering the industry. Old news, right? Well, don’t click to the next page yet. There’s another pressing matter that

Feature Article Law

Contractors & the Law: An estimate is never “just an estimate”

February 28, 2017 Krista Johanson

Risk allocation under cost-plus contracts is not always well understood by the parties who enter into them. Contractors sometimes believe they are entitled to payment for all costs incurred to perform the work, and owners sometimes believe a contractor is

Feature Article ConstructionSoftware / Hardware

The hottest construction apps: A cautionary guide to adding business functionality in 2017

February 28, 2017 Jacob Stoller

When people ask “is there an app for that?” the odds these days are pretty good that the answer will be “yes”. Even in construction, which is not known for being on the leading edge of IT, there are apps

Feature Article Risk Management

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

Feature Article Construction

Lean construction puts down roots in Canada

February 22, 2017 Nate Hendley

The new Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw, Sask., serves the Five Hills Health Region, an area containing 54,000 people in the south-central portion of the province. Open since late 2015, the facility is considered the first

Feature Article ConstructionLaw

Law Column: Ledcor Construction vs. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co.

December 20, 2016 David Miachika and Alexander Bjornson

Builders’ Risk (or Course of Construction) insurance policies are commonplace on construction projects. Although they provide coverage for physical loss or damage to ongoing construction works, these policies typically include a “defects” exclusion for faulty or defective workmanship, materials or

Feature Article ConstructionRisk Management

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.

Feature Article ConstructionHealth & SafetySoftware / Hardware

Software for safer workplaces

December 20, 2016 Jacob Stoller

One of the most ubiquitous requirements for contractors in all sectors of the industry is fulfilling their duty to keep workers safe. The issues are widely publicized, and training resources and safety tools are readily available. Maintaining a comprehensive safety

Feature Article Concrete

WOC PRODUCT PREVIEW: Here’s what WOC 2017 has on tap

December 20, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

To be held January 17 to 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, World of Concrete will spotlight innovative products, construction machinery, safety training courses and new technologies designed to help grow your business. Here is a sneak peek of

Feature Article ConcreteConstruction

New products and regulations are on tap for the concrete anchoring sector

December 20, 2016 Nate Hendley

The next few months will see new concrete anchoring product releases and new U.S. regulations about using such products. Power tool companies that sell concrete anchoring solutions will be displaying their wares at World of Concrete, scheduled January 17 –

Feature Article ConstructionInfrastructureRoads

The Trump Effect: 5 ways “The Donald” could impact Canadian construction

December 13, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

The morning after Donald Trump was elected 45th president of the United States, my 10-year-old son, Ben, staggered sleepily out of his room with a concerned look on his face. He wanted to know if this meant there was going

Feature Article Trucks

2017 pickup truck models get everything from a mild refresh, to a complete makeover

December 9, 2016 Jil McIntosh

With trucks as popular as they are, automakers can’t afford to stand still. Several models undergo everything from a mild refresh to a complete makeover for 2017. For those who need ultimate workhorses, Ford completely updates its Super Duty, while

Feature Article ConstructionInfrastructure

2017 Forecast: “Avalanche” of construction to come

December 9, 2016 Jim Barnes

  The crystal ball for Canadian construction next year was already cloudy before Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. That one event has thrown a lot of forecasts into the trash bin. It’s difficult to

Women are rapidly being recruited to fill the skilled trades job gap.
Feature Article ConstructionSkills Development

Construction companies step up efforts to recruit more women

November 24, 2016 Danna O'Brien

Last January, 38-year-old Diane Logan did what she describes as a complete 180. After 10 years as a secretary, she traded in her office wear, layered up in two pairs of long johns, a parka and quilt-lined hardhat and headed out