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From the editor … Taking stock of opportunities

October 2, 2018 David Kennedy

765,917 kilometres – that’s the final tally of just how far Canada’s public road infrastructure stretches. Cobbling together highways, arterials, collectors, local roads and even urban laneways, the impressive measurement would take you to the Moon and then nearly get

Article Construction Materials

Steeling for a trade war: Canada’s dangerous, unavoidable dependence on foreign steel

October 2, 2018 Saul Chernos

An ongoing trade spat, which has seen the U.S. slap tariffs on a list of imports, has shone a spotlight on the Canadian construction sector’s dependence on foreign steel. When U.S. President Donald Trump introduced the tariffs in March, he

Article Compact EquipmentHeavy Equipment

Elevating your game: New regulations and focus on safety redefining working from heights

October 2, 2018 David Kennedy

With their feet planted on an elevated work platform 40 metres (130 feet) above the Ottawa River, a pair of employees with marine construction contractor O.D.S. Marine set to work replacing a series of 10 high-voltage power lines on an

Article Trucks

Shifting gears: Vocational truck makers are not prepared to sit in neutral

October 2, 2018 Nate Hendley

Vocational vehicles aren’t sitting idle. The priorities of safety, performance and comfort may have stayed the same, but manufacturers have embraced new ways to bolster everything from air brake stopping times to headlight performance. With an emphasis on technology, improved

Article Health & Safety

Nipping job site impairment in the bud: Construction industry grapples with cannabis legalization

October 2, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Left high and dry, Canada’s construction industry is tackling recreational marijuana legalization with few proven tools at its disposal and the deadly threat of impairment lurking in the haze. “Cannabis changes nothing and cannabis changes everything,” says Andrew Pariser, vice

Article Bridges

Bridging Canada’s busiest road: Crews cap off distinctive pedestrian span over Ontario Hwy. 401

October 2, 2018 David Kennedy

Leapfrogging 14 of the busiest traffic lanes in the country, six railway tracks and a city street, the pedestrian bridge over Highway 401 in Pickering, Ont. is one of the longest enclosed footbridges in the world. After nearly eight protracted

Article Software / Hardware

Managing heavy equipment: Making sense of equipment operation data

October 2, 2018 Jacob Stoller

Construction, it is frequently observed, has not enjoyed the technology-driven productivity gains that have occurred in manufacturing over the past two decades. A partial explanation for this is that manufacturing equipment operates in a static environment, making it relatively easy

Article Law

Certificates of completion: The purpose, process and pitfalls

October 2, 2018 Krista Johanson and Siobhan Small

Completion certificates play an important role in any construction contract or subcontract. This article sets out how certificates of completion influence projects, details how to issue a valid certificate and explores some common mistakes that can postpone the lien period.

Article Risk Management

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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Infrastructure Report 2018: Canada’s spending plan starts hitting its stride

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

It may have been a little slow off the proverbial mark, but the federal government’s $180 billion infrastructure plan is now off and running. As of August 2018, the federal government has approved funding for thousands of projects across the

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From the editor… Cut Ottawa some slack

August 9, 2018 by David Kennedy

Slagging slow-moving government projects and the lumbering Ottawa bureaucracy is a treasured Canadian pastime. I’m far from an exception, and enjoy heaping some well-deserved blame on Parliament Hill as often as it has it coming. Occasionally though, I’m willing to

Article BridgesConstructionInfrastructureRoads

Closing the loop: Builders of Calgary ring road moving rivers to stay on schedule

August 9, 2018 Saul Chernos

Calgary’s new ring road is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged loop. Northeast and northwest sections opened to motorists wanting to bypass the city in 2009, and a southeast section was added four years later. If all goes

Article ConcreteSoftware / Hardware

Ottawa tech firm takes on ‘primitive’ concrete testing

August 9, 2018 Jillian Morgan

With a little resistance from an industry sometimes seen as being set in its ways, Giatec Scientific Inc. is working to bring the world’s second most consumed material into the 21st century. Its smart concrete testing products offer an alternative

Article Compact EquipmentGreen Construction

Starting small: Hybrid and electric equipment looks to earn its place

August 9, 2018 Nate Hendley

A new breed of compact equipment is starting to inch its way onto the job site. This April at Intermat, German manufacturer Wacker Neuson revealed the all-electric EZ17e mini-excavator. One of the first machines of its kind, the EZ17e performs

Article Concrete

Formless: How shotcrete is changing timelines, concrete crews and the jobsite

August 9, 2018 David Kennedy

Formwork has been a mainstay on construction sites for generations. The familiar timber, metal or plastic forms that support freshly-placed concrete as it sets aren’t about to go extinct, but they’re facing increased pressure from a method that can shave

Article ConstructionInfrastructureSoftware / Hardware

Virtual models that support maintenance and operations

August 9, 2018 Jacob Stoller

  A bid team at EllisDon recently received a two-sentence RFP addendum pertaining to documentation requirements. “It stipulated that the as-built model we were to produce had to be at the level that would allow the owner to operate and

Article ConstructionLabourRisk Management

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

Article ConstructionLaw

Lien claims: How much is too much?

August 9, 2018 Krista Johanson and Lindsey von Bloedau

When an owner or contractor seeks to remove a claim of lien from title to land by securing the lien with money in place of the land, a debate sometimes arises as to whether the claim of lien has been

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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

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,



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