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IHSA aims to prevent fatalities with Working at Heights course

March 4, 2013 Don Procter

PREVENTING FATALITIES             Many construction workers in Ontario die or are seriously injured from falls –often from roof tops. Most of those tragic mishaps wouldn’t have happened if the workers had been in safety harnesses properly tied off at anchor

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The problem with insurance

March 1, 2013 David Bowcott

Some of you may think there are several problems with insurance, but for the purposes of this article I’m going to focus on one problem that relates to construction projects and the operations of those projects after substantial completion. What

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Suicide bid season is open for business

December 1, 2012 David Bowcott

Suicide bid season is upon us. This cyclical phenomenon is typically seen when the pipeline of construction projects in the economy start to drop off by a significant level. It is a regional occurrence so far, but even the most

EllisDon was recently awarded its first managed services contract for work being completed at PwC Tower in Toronto. Photo courtesy of EllisDon.
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EllisDon wins first managed services contract

November 16, 2012 On-Site staff

EllisDon recently entered new territory, when the company was awarded its first managed services contract for work being completed at PwC Tower in Toronto. The 650,000-sq.-ft. office building is owned by the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and is located

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CCA announces new guide for cost predictability of construction projects

November 5, 2012 On-Site staff

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has made a new guide designed to improve cost predictability of construction projects available on its website as a free download. The document, titled Guide to Cost Predictability in Construction: An Analysis of Issues Affecting

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EllisDon launches Uprising

October 29, 2012 On-Site staff

EllisDon has launched Uprising, a crowdsourcing platform that has the potential to revolutionize construction problem solving. Uprising was created by EllisDon to “push problem-solving beyond the boundaries of any one company and into the collective intelligence of the world’s brightest

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Aligning risk perception and reality

October 1, 2012 David Bowcott

Ideas with Paul Kennedy is a show put on by CBC Radio, and in mid-September they aired a two-part series on risk. The first part of the series focuses on how decisions are made based on the individual’s perception of

Some $400 million worth of equipment was stolen in 2010 in the U.S., according to the 2010 Equipment Theft Report published by the National Equipment Register (NER), Jersey City, N.J. As little as 19 per cent was recovered. Thinkstock photo.
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Hot iron

October 1, 2012 Jim Barnes

Do thieves think you are an easy target?

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Better bids

August 1, 2012 Jim Barnes

Clarity, accurate risk allocation are keys to effective contracts

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Choosing a risk advisor

August 1, 2012 David Bowcott

Change abounds within the construction industry. Never has your choice of business advisor been so important, and given the increasing level of risk dialogue going on in the Canadian construction marketplace, your choice of risk advisor could mean the difference between losing or winning jobs. Before we

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Preparing for Pan-Am

August 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Getting the Athletes’ Village ready for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Games

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Advisory panel: Turn Ontario Place into a mixed-use facility

July 26, 2012 Andrew Snook

The final report on the fate of Ontario Place was released today and the message is clear: park it, all year round. Turning Ontario Place into a multi-use site that features waterfront and parkland for the public to enjoy was

Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) president Chris Lorenc poses for a photo alongside Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher and infrastructure stakeholders at the LTIP roundtable meeting in Winnipeg, Man. Photo courtesy of the MHCA.
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MHCA emphasizes importance of infrastructure programs

July 19, 2012 Andrew Snook

Permanent, long-term infrastructure programs (LTIP) are good for Canada. That was the message from the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MHCA) at a recent roundtable meeting in Winnipeg, Man. Industry stakeholders discussed the possibility of a permanent LTIP, which would extend beyond

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Rubicon expands into Canada

June 20, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

Rubicon Professional Services, a provider of full-service energy management, consulting, engineering, and construction management for mission-critical facilities, has been awarded Canadian business registration and licensing rights. The company’s successful completion of licensing requirements will enable Rubicon to offer its full

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Balance your capital to maximize opportunity

June 1, 2012 David Bowcott

Return on investment. One of the most difficult questions faced by the board of directors and management of any corporation is what the right balance is between capital retained and risks assumed. We’ve all heard the comments—“this company is overcapitalized,”

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Editorial: Southern hospitality at its finest

April 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Now that I have experienced the Canadian Construction Association’s annual conference for myself, I can confirm that this is indeed an industry that works hard, loves its families and knows how to have fun! Embracing all of the southern charm and hospitality that Savannah, Ga. is

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The changing face of project delivery

April 1, 2012 David Bowcott

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Conference in Savannah, GA, last month, was appropriately themed “The Changing Face of Construction.” Seems a bit cliché, but never was a conference slogan so true. I was fortunate enough to sit on a panel

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Risk: Strike a balance between lenders and contractors

March 1, 2012 David Bowcott

As more and more contractors get exposed to project finance negotiations and are asked to provide performance security in the event of their non-performance, the dialogue about the nature of that security is increasing. A delicate balance needs to be

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The design procurement strategy

February 1, 2012 David Bowcott

As total cost of ownership (TCO) and asset performance certainty (APC) continue to gain momentum within the asset procurement sector, there’s a greater focus on creating value by more thoughtfully integrating the key phases of an asset’s life: design, finance,

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Achieve Asset Performance Certainty

November 1, 2011 David Bowcott

Every asset developed has a plan. What is the cost to design and develop the asset? When will the asset be completed? What will the maintenance costs of the asset be once up and running? Are the assumptions of operational