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Staying out of the shop: Big data, vocational trucks and the drive toward predictive maintenance 

October 10, 2019 David Kennedy

Uptime matters, particularly when it comes to work trucks. Whether it’s a five-person crew waiting on an aggregate delivery, or an entire job site paralyzed by a concrete mixer stalled in an inopportune spot, delays are always costly.  Until now,

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Could blockchain be the new glue of contracting?

October 9, 2019 Jacob Stoller

Based on what one reads and hears about blockchain, it’s not hard to conclude that it’s just another word for Bitcoin. However, while blockchain is the technology underpinning Bitcoin and other crypto currencies, digital money is only one of its

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Federal leaders should face tough questions about Toronto’s smart city project

September 23, 2019 Blayne Haggart

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. With the federal election campaign under way, it’s helpful to have

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New Panasonic Toughbook 55 offers modular expansion packs to boost flexibility

September 10, 2019 On-Site Staff

  Panasonic has unveiled the latest iteration of its rugged mobile computer designed for tough environments such as the job site. The company says its Toughbook 55 raises the bar when it comes to versatility, technology, performance and ruggedness. It

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Procore launches BIM Viewer on iPad, iPhone to give field crews access to 3D models

August 27, 2019 On-Site Staff

  Procore Technologies Inc. is a launching a new product to help connect more workers in the field with 3D job site models. Despite a lot of time and money being spent on Building Information Modeling (BIM), the 3D models

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Mack Trucks introduces dynamic maintenance service to increase vehicle uptime

August 20, 2019 On-Site Staff

  Mack Trucks is focussing on proactive vehicle maintenance to keep fleets operating at maximum efficiency with a new service known as dynamic maintenance. The service uses data from vehicle analytics to map out when maintenance is needed and replace

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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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Toronto’s eCompliance aims to bring safety software to more job sites as U.K. firm buys $40M stake

August 13, 2019 David Kennedy

TORONTO—A Canadian tech company focused on workplace safety is looking to grow its business in Canada and the U.S., as well as jump the Atlantic to enter the European market, following a major investment from U.K.-based Alcumus. eCompliance, which serves

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Leica rolls out new generation of iCON manual total stations

July 19, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

The next generation of Leica iCON manual total stations are now integrated with the field software Leica iCON build. The iCON iCB50 and iCB70 allow users to easily digitalise and embed BIM workflows in their construction processes. With an all-new

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PCL signs deal with drone firm 3DR in push to make use of flyers on more job sites

July 17, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—PCL job sites worldwide are poised to have more buzzing drones flying overhead as a result of a new corporate licensing agreement the contractor has signed with software firm 3DR. The builder said July 17 it’s signed a three-year partnership

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New CCA mentorship program connects innovators with contractors looking to test novel solutions

July 9, 2019 David Kennedy

Without the direct input of end users, innovations are often little more than solutions in search of problems

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Sidewalk releases grand vision for controversial Toronto development

June 25, 2019 Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press

Expanding on the project’s initial scope, the subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet has mapped out an elaborate urban development project that could cost $38 billion over the next 20 years

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Volvo CE launches Haul Assist for select models

June 24, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

Volvo Construction Equipment has launched its Haul Assist system for select articulated hauler models. The system comes standard on the A35G through A60H, and it optional on the A25G and A30G models. Haul Assist is integrated with the company’s On-Board

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Quebec-based Pomerleau aims to improve operations through new partnership with Procore

June 19, 2019 On-Site Staff

TORONTO—Pomerleau Inc. is looking to increase operational efficiencies and improve its construction processes through a new partnership with Procore Technologies Inc. The U.S.-based technology firm said June 19 that the Canadian contractor will use its construction management software to help

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Volvo teams up with tech firm Nvidia on autonomous trucks, construction equipment

June 18, 2019 On-Site Staff

GOTHENBURG, Sweden—With the market for automated vehicles continuing to gain traction, Volvo Group and U.S. tech firm Nvidia are teaming up on the development of the complex series of systems behind driverless trucks, construction equipment and public transport vehicles. The

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Q&A: Procore CEO Tooey Courtemanche on productivity, technology and the skilled labour gap

June 17, 2019 David Kennedy

On-Site sat down with the construction technology firm’s chief executive for his take on some of the biggest opportunities and challenges in Canadian construction

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Grade guidance technology available for John Deere 470G LC Excavator

June 13, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

The John Deere 470G LC Excavators are now equipped with grade guidance technology, developed in cooperation with Topcon Positioning Group. Equipped with a display in the operator station, the grade guidance system provides operators with the elevation and position of

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Playing the long game: Machine control developers cautiously build to full autonomy  

June 11, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Driverless machines won’t be moving dirt on job sites anytime soon. Before an armoury of fully autonomous equipment can work alongside crews, machine control developers at the helm admit there will be a few hurdles to jump. Though it may

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Getting ready to take off: New rules to consider when using drones on construction sites

June 11, 2019 Katherine Ayre and Adrienne Ho

Drones can be valuable, cost-effective tools on construction sites. Typically used to conduct aerial surveys or collect data, they can also carry bitumen printers and transport payloads across long distances. As of June 1, 2019, however, drones will be subject

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Industry 4.0: Embracing technology for asset performance certainty

June 10, 2019 David Bowcott

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and like every new iteration born out of the technology sector it has been given a future-forward moniker: Industry 4.0. Some believe the impact from this industrial revolution could be greater than the