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The road to BIM

December 1, 2014 JACOB STOLLER

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software has been in the construction industry for approximately a decade. However, while its potential impact is unprecedented, adoption has been surprisingly slow. While many contractors are enthusiastic about the concept, the road to BIM implementation

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Safe choices in safety software

October 1, 2014 JIM BARNES

How to maximize your safety management investment

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Navigating the IT journey

September 1, 2014 JACOB STOLLER

As the IT world transitions from distributed contributing to internet-based systems, getting the right IT people has gotten more critical, and more difficult. Recently, a construction firm in Northern Canada devised an iconically Canadian connectivity solution for their cloud-based time

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Construction auction raises $1M for Saskatchewan charities

July 31, 2014 STAFF REPORT

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers recently teamed up with the Brandt Group of Companies and other sponsors to raise more than $1 million for Saskatchewan charities. “A Night to Remember” on July 18 consisted of an auction, dinner and musical performances by

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Aecon awarded $123M mining project in northern Alberta

July 10, 2014 STAFF REPORT

Fort Hills Energy has chosen Aecon Group Inc. for a $123 million mining site development contract at the Fort Hills oil sands project in Alberta. Aecon is working with Suncor Energy Operating Inc. on the project, which will be completed in the

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Dufferin Concrete launches U-Track mobile app

June 11, 2014 STAFF REPORT

Dufferin Concrete, a division of Holcim Canada Inc., has launched a new mobile truck-tracking application. The app provides real-time information for customers by allowing them to review and track their concrete deliveries on their smartphone or tablet. “The app uses

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Building a stronger web presence

June 1, 2014 JACOB STOLLER

Contractors have been slow to jump on the digital marketing bandwagon, to the extent that the typical construction website looks like…well, a construction site. However, a new breed of construction companies, led by technology-savvy entrepreneurs, is changing the game, says

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Big Data coming to construction risk management

June 1, 2014 DAVID BOWCOTT

We often take for granted the impact information technology and the Internet has had on our ability to accurately collect and analyze data. Through technology the world has managed to capture 2.8 zettabytes (ZB) of data. And what’s even more

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Software Column: Site-friendly technology comes to Construct Canada

February 1, 2014 Jacob Stoller

Contractors aren’t reputed to be early adopters of IT. This might explain, at least partially, IT’s diminutive presence at Construct Canada in Toronto last December—amongst hundreds of booths, only a scattering featured IT products. Regulators, suppliers, and large clients, however,

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Big Spenders: Buying Equipment Online

February 1, 2014 Patrick Callan

A look at online buying trends in the construction industry

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Engaging the programming trade

October 1, 2013 by On-Site Magazine

If your enterprise software isn’t quite right for the job, maybe it’s time to consider customization

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e-Procurement is ready for the big time

August 1, 2013 Jacob Stoller

After years of discussion and preparation, government procurement is poised to become paperless; ending an era of sealed envelopes, couriered submissions, lock boxes, and yes, last-minute drives through rush-hour traffic to submit tender documents on time. “The Government of Canada

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Canadian chapter of buildingSMART International launches new website

June 21, 2013 Staff Report

As the use and implementation of building information modelling (BIM) continues to grow across Canada, buildingSMART Canada, a council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), has launched a new website to provide accessible and pertinent information on the

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Edgy E-Newsletters: Best practices for commercial contractors

April 1, 2013 By Joe Dysart

Despite all the buzz over social media, email newsletters still remain extremely cost-effective tools for commercial contractors–tools that can create strong, emotional bonds with customers that are not easily severed. “It’s a key element of how we communicate not only

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Managing the risks of BYOD

April 1, 2013 Jacob Stoller

Life used to be simple. When a supervisor logged into the corporate network from a jobsite, it was on a company-owned mobile device, protected by the company’s IT security mechanisms. Today, thanks to the rapid rise of the bring-your-own device

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Invasion of the APPS

February 1, 2013 Jim Barnes

Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are revolutionizing construction by simplifying communications and making time spent on the job site more productive. There have been exponential improvements in tablet technology since the first ones were introduced more than 20

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Cloud from the ground up

December 1, 2012 Jacob Stoller

As the phrase “moving to the cloud” suggests, cloud computing usually involves a migration of sorts where organizations incrementally shed elements of their IT infrastructure in favour of offerings from online providers. However, when Dennis Donovan and Steve Moore started

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buildingSMART alliance to collaborate with Canadian chapter on BIM Standards

November 26, 2012 Institute for BIM in Canada

OTTAWA, November 26, 2012 – In an effort to collaborate on the development of building information modeling (BIM) standards, the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance and buildingSMART Canada, a Council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC),

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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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How to assess the real costs of your next software project

October 1, 2012 Jacob Stoller

It is ironic that construction companies that meticulously track their job expenditures often manage their own IT projects with little idea of the costs they are incurring. As a result, they frequently decide on acquisitions where the costs significantly outweigh