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Tall wood buildings on the rise for Canadian universities

June 12, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

The University of Toronto has unveiled plans to construct a 14-storey wood building on its St. George campus, located in the city’s downtown. Slated for construction at the end of 2019, the tower is expected to be the tallest mass

Feature Article Construction

From the editor… Canada’s Top Contractors lay the groundwork

June 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

Another tough year for the construction industry in 2017 showcased the dogged resilience and gritty determination Canada’s Top Contractors are already well known for. In many parts of the country, where federal infrastructure cash remained little more than a promise,

Feature Article ConstructionGreen ConstructionSkills DevelopmentSoftware / Hardware

Construction innovation: Shedding the old paradigms

June 11, 2018 Jacob Stoller

The term “innovation” conjures up images of drones, virtual reality, state-of-the-art sensing technology and leading-edge building materials. These products, however, are only enablers—the real innovation is in the changes companies have to make to adopt them. Unlike manufacturers, contractors don’t

Feature Article Compact EquipmentHeavy EquipmentTrucks

Answering the capex question: When does renting equipment beat out ownership?

June 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

At one time, the type of work contractors could complete was largely limited to the type of equipment in their arsenal. That’s no longer the case. From small local shops to the big national chains, the equipment rental industry has

Feature Article FinancingRisk Management

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

Feature Article Construction

Acadian Construction looks to corner the market in Atlantic Canada

June 11, 2018 by David Kennedy

Acadian Construction is riding high. The New Brunswick contractor more than doubled its revenue in 2017, booking $85 million in sales over the course of the year, compared to $40 million during the previous 12-month period. The strong growth catapulted

Feature Article Machine Control

Machine control advances: New technology prompts evolution of decades-old sensing systems

June 11, 2018 Nate Hendley

There have been significant developments in machine control, driven by technological advancements and industry trends. Used on earthworks equipment since the mid-1990s, machine control systems utilize satellite network data and sensors to determine geographic coordinates and assess grade. Such systems

Feature Article LawRisk Management

Fundamentals of materials liens: Payment for materials in construction contracts

June 11, 2018 Alexander J. Spraggs

In a typical subcontract, a subcontractor will periodically, throughout the duration of their work on or supply for the project, apply for payments at a value proportionate to the amount of the subcontract work performed and/or the materials delivered to

Feature Article Skills Development

Top 40 Contractors by revenue

June 1, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

On-Site’s 2017 Top Contractors by revenue. To see how this year’s list stacks up against previous top performers, click here.

Feature Article Construction

From the editor: And now for the good news…

May 4, 2018 Rob Blackstien

We’ve been overwhelmed with a lot of bad news lately. If it’s not yet another mass shooting, it’s soaring gas prices in Vancouver, or Ontario politicians dropping like flies in the wake of inappropriate behaviour. Hell, even the weather in

Feature Article ConcreteRoads

Can concrete roads be king in Atlantic Canada?

May 4, 2018 Jillian Morgan

A stretch of Nova Scotia’s Highway 101 connects the town of Mount Uniacke – about 40 kilometres North of Halifax – to the community of Ellershouse. The 11-kilometre highway is one of three concrete roads in the province, tendered in

Feature Article Heavy Equipment

Teaching an old dog new tricks

May 4, 2018 Nate Hendley

Recent innovation to wheel loaders has brought a fresh look to the construction site workhorse

Feature Article Software / Hardware

Augmented Reality Brings BIM to the Jobsite

May 4, 2018 Jacob Stoller

By marrying the virtual world of Building Information Modeling (BIM) with the real world of the job site, augmented reality (AR) is already having an impact on how construction work gets done. The question is, how far will the trend go?

Feature Article Risk Management

Critical Coverage – Impact Covers in Project Specific Insurances

May 4, 2018 Peter Smith and Barrie Ngeh

Among the most often overlooked and misunderstood coverages when insuring a construction project are soft cost and delay in start up coverages, both of which are optional but prevalent exposures for both the owner and contractor alike. We need to

Feature Article Law

Valard Construction Ltd. v. Bird Construction Co.

May 4, 2018 Dirk Laudan and Lindsey von Bloedau

The Limited Duty to Advise Potential Claimants of the Existence of an L&M Bond

Feature Article Green Construction

From the editor: Hurray for the red, white… and green

March 13, 2018 Rob Blackstien

As a I dragged my butt out of bed at 2:40 in the morning last month to watch an Olympic hockey game taking place on the other side of the planet, my mind drifted… as it is wont to do

Builders Lien Act changes are coming and one victim might be the notorious so-called Shimco Lien
Feature Article Law

Don’t forget to bring this important tool to your next job

March 12, 2018 Alexander Spraggs

What are the most important tools for a contractor to bring to a jobsite? Hammers? Wrenches? A sturdy pickup truck? … What about builders liens? Builders liens give contractors the leverage they need to turn a job done into a

Feature Article Risk Management

When global construction catches a cold

March 12, 2018 David Bowcott

There is no doubt about it, the construction industry has globalized quite significantly over the past 20 years and there are both advantages and disadvantages to the world’s biggest players creating a global service footprint. Not to be a downer,

Feature Article Software / Hardware

Location, location

March 12, 2018 Jacob Stoller

One of the most palpable signs of the digital area is the growing frequency of requests to “rate your experience” at venues you happened to pass. The availability of information indicating where you are, or, to be precise, where your

Feature Article Health & Safety

Roadside construction safety: understand the hazards

March 12, 2018 Anita Deiter

This article provides information on traffic and vehicle hazards in roadside work zones. You will also need to consider hazards associated with your specific work activities. Working close to traffic is dangerous. Each roadside work site has its own unique



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