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The impact of pandemic on construction’s supply chain: A new risk profile

March 4, 2020 David Bowcott

There are many risks in today’s dynamic construction economy. Companies deal with issues related to contractual risk allocation, unforeseen ground conditions, faulty workmanship, errors in design and the impacts of extreme weather — just to name a few. Then, just

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Addressing risk allocation with collaboration

February 20, 2020 David Bowcott

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the World Economic Forum (WEF) I highly recommend you get to know them. It is made up of a group of forward-thinking government and corporate members striving to continuously improve the state

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Ontario begins safety blitz inspections, focusing on construction sites

February 5, 2020 by Megan Hoegler

Ontario workplace inspectors are launching a safety blitz focusing on construction sites. The ‘blitz’ was announced by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development for the province, on Feb. 3. “We’re doing this to save lives,” McNaughton said

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2020 Construction Forecast: Positive momentum to continue, but industry needs to embrace change

December 18, 2019 David Kennedy

A steady stream of building projects in most regions of Canada, and particularly within its big urban centres, have kept the construction industry busy through the second half of 2019. Though concerns about how long growth can continue persist, much

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Is tech forcing the built world to evolve its procurement models?

December 17, 2019 David Bowcott

Unlike the manufacturing industry, where environments can be tightly controlled and products are often carbon copies of one another, construction projects will likely always face a degree of uncertainty. Advancing technology and enhanced computing power, however, are helping to usher

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Keeping score: How Toronto’s Bespoke Metrics is standardizing data and helping to de-risk construction

December 12, 2019 David Kennedy

The tech company’s prequalification tool lets GCs vet subcontractors to ensure they’re capable of taking on various aspects of major projects

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The level playing field assumption: A ‘go or no-go’ cautionary tale

October 7, 2019 David Bowcott

Your construction company is about to bid what you believe to be a very attractive new project. Your firm has been prequalified along with three others, the RFP document has been issued and you are set to compile your best

Article LawRisk Management

Doing things differently: Getting ready for prompt payment and adjudication

August 20, 2019 Arif Ghaffur

The Striking the Balance Report, delivered back in 2016, was the catalyst for Ontario to modernize its Construction Lien Act, which had been last reviewed in the early 1980s. As part of a wide-ranging review, this report also addressed the

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Handling big data has become a significant challenge for construction firms. AI is helping them cope

August 13, 2019 Jacob Stoller

Much of the popular discussion about artificial intelligence (AI) is concerned with the question, “Will a computer take over my job?” While the farther-reaching answers are subject to speculation, it’s undeniable that AI out-performs humans at handling large amounts of

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Firming in the construction insurance market

August 13, 2019 David Bowcott

To manage risk, you and your company draw on two key risk management areas. The first is the use of risk controls and other solutions that prevent and mitigate risk. The second is risk finance solutions, which provide capital in

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Asset management comes to North America

April 19, 2019 David Bowcott

The construction industry is moving towards a more integrated approach. Though this column primarily focuses on construction and its associated risks, I’ve been interweaving the concept of asset management into my articles over the past several years to highlight a

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Connecting the dots between technology and capital

March 12, 2019 David Bowcott

You may have noticed that a number of articles I’ve penned in the last year have had a strong technology leaning. It isn’t a coincidence. There’s absolutely no doubt that over the last few years Silicon Valley has discovered the

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From the editor… Tech keeps trucking

December 5, 2018 by David Kennedy

Integrating fully autonomous vehicles certainly won’t become standard on work sites for several years, but the prospect is no longer science fiction

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Lean Construction: Getting past the silos

December 5, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Toronto’s Humber River Hospital, completed in 2015, is an award-winning facility featuring fully integrated digital infrastructure, compliance with LEED, a natural people-friendly environment and floor layouts that support Lean workflows. What’s not immediately obvious is the project’s diverse input from

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Integrated Asset Delivery: Risk management for the entire lifecycle

December 5, 2018 David Bowcott

In recent years there has been a resurgence of the Integrated Project Delivery model in the North American construction marketplace. This method traces its origins to the heyday of North Sea oil exploration, when owners, design firms and contractors created

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Managing risk through business development

October 2, 2018 David Bowcott

It used to be that the construction business was relatively straightforward for contractors. You staffed your operations with estimators, project managers and superintendents, and then pursued business through a tendering process in which the low bid would win the job.

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Putting focus on job site technology, EllisDon to implement Fieldwire on all Canadian projects

August 27, 2018 by David Kennedy

The traditional clipboard, and other rudimentary jobsite tools like it, are living on borrowed time

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Managing risk: Getting your workforce on board

August 9, 2018 David Bowcott

To be truly effective at managing risk, you must master the complex world of risk controls. Put in place before incidents occur, risk controls are the contractual agreements, the operational practices and the tools and technologies used to prevent or

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Project to build two 23-kilometre flood prevention channels gets $540M from feds, Manitoba

June 18, 2018 by David Kennedy

ST. LAURENT, Man.—A major infrastructure project that will manage high water levels in Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin northwest of Winnipeg has been green-lit by the provincial and federal governments. The two tiers of government committed a combined $540

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The power of project monitoring in preventing and mitigating risk

June 11, 2018 David Bowcott

Your construction project is made up of several sources of capital that turn concepts dreamt up on paper into tangible structures. Without these sources of capital, and the people behind that capital who believe in your project’s success, your project