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Article AsphaltRoads

Heating up the RAP: Climate change and cost savings driving pavement re-use

March 19, 2020 Saul Chernos

Motorists who experience a sense of deja-vu while driving along North America’s expansive roadways might not necessarily be daydreaming behind the wheel. Over the last few years, road builders across Canada and the U.S. have increasingly embraced RAP, or reclaimed

Article Green ConstructionInfrastructure

In the crosshairs: From carbon sinks to energy-efficient materials, MTO targets climate change

March 18, 2020 Saul Chernos

With a highway network stretching 17,000 kilometres, 2,850 bridges, 29 airports, 11 ferry services and numerous other assets to manage, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation is on the front lines when it comes to mitigating the effects of climate change.

Article Law

Carrying out construction work in Québec: What you should know

March 17, 2020 Gabriel Lefebvre, Audrey Alarie and Dayeon Min

With far different regulations than most other Canadian provinces, Québec presents a unique challenge for contractors from other jurisdictions looking to take on work in the province. While it is by no means exhaustive, this article aims to summarize the

Article Risk Management

The impact of pandemic on construction’s supply chain: A new risk profile

March 4, 2020 David Bowcott

There are many risks in today’s dynamic construction economy. Companies deal with issues related to contractual risk allocation, unforeseen ground conditions, faulty workmanship, errors in design and the impacts of extreme weather — just to name a few. Then, just

Article Demolition

Demolition of eight-storey Toronto hospital building sets stage for multibillion-dollar SickKids expansion

February 24, 2020 by David Kennedy

An era ended at the Hospital for Sick Children last summer as demolition crews carefully tore down a distinctive teal pedestrian bridge that had extended over Elizabeth Street in downtown Toronto for a quarter century. A mobile crane hoisted the

Article Heavy Equipment

Sucking it up: Traditionalists coming around to opportunity in vacuum excavators

February 24, 2020 Nate Hendley

There are new machines, new technologies and, equally importantly, a new level of acceptance in construction circles when it comes to vacuum excavators. Truck- or trailer-mounted vacuum excavators blast high-pressure water or air through pipes into the ground to break

Article FinancingInfrastructure

From the editor… A disconcerting lack of vision

February 21, 2020 by David Kennedy

When engineers in Toronto were laying out plans for the Prince Edward Viaduct in the early 1910s, the subway line that would eventually carry trains along the lower deck of the bridge was little more than a far-flung possibility. For

Article Heavy EquipmentRoads

Innovative features extend paving season in colder markets, increase operator comfort and safety

February 21, 2020 Megan Hoegler

In Canada, the old saying goes, there are two seasons: winter and construction. While the cooler temperatures and frozen ground bring some projects to a halt, innovative new technology and upgrades to large-scale asphalt pavers are extending paving season in

Article Health & SafetySoftware / Hardware

Making use of technology for safer job sites

February 20, 2020 Jacob Stoller

High tech safety devices and software can’t eliminate construction risks, but they can make them more visible

Article Risk Management

Addressing risk allocation with collaboration

February 20, 2020 David Bowcott

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the World Economic Forum (WEF) I highly recommend you get to know them. It is made up of a group of forward-thinking government and corporate members striving to continuously improve the state

Article Law

Spoliation and the risk of remediation

February 19, 2020 Grant Mayovsky and Siobhan Small

Spoliation is a defense raised in litigation when a plaintiff has intentionally destroyed evidence, depriving the defendant of support for its position. In general, destruction of evidence alone does not establish spoliation. The plaintiff must have intended to affect the

Article Construction

Top 10 construction trends to focus on in 2020

December 18, 2019 On-Site Staff

  Canadian contractors enter 2020 with most experts optimistic about their prospects. Still, changes in technology, political divisions and the sheer scale of many new building projects will present both opportunities and challenges. These are the top trends the Canadian

Article ConstructionFinancingInfrastructureLabourP3sRisk ManagementSkills DevelopmentSoftware / Hardware

2020 Construction Forecast: Positive momentum to continue, but industry needs to embrace change

December 18, 2019 David Kennedy

A steady stream of building projects in most regions of Canada, and particularly within its big urban centres, have kept the construction industry busy through the second half of 2019. Though concerns about how long growth can continue persist, much

Article Risk Management

Is tech forcing the built world to evolve its procurement models?

December 17, 2019 David Bowcott

Unlike the manufacturing industry, where environments can be tightly controlled and products are often carbon copies of one another, construction projects will likely always face a degree of uncertainty. Advancing technology and enhanced computing power, however, are helping to usher

Article Law

Supreme Court of Canada set to revisit the duty of honest performance of contracts

December 16, 2019 Sonny Ingram

In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Bhasin v. Hrynew, which recognized a new duty that applies to all contracts: a duty of honest performance, requiring parties to be honest with each other in relation to

Article InfrastructureLabour

From the editor… Megaprojects test industry’s capacity to deliver

December 14, 2019 by David Kennedy

Few and far between just a few years ago, multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects have become the norm in Ontario. With planning now underway for four new or extended transit lines in the Toronto area, Canada’s most populous province will be measuring

Article Software / Hardware

The enterprise dashboard challenge in the era of Industry 4.0

December 13, 2019 Jacob Stoller

The frequent portrayal of contractors as technological laggards is in some respects unfair. While it’s true that construction has fallen behind other industries in using technology to manage the enterprise, it’s also more difficult to integrate data in construction than

Article Trucks

Diesel demand: On-Site’s 2020 work truck report

December 12, 2019 Mario Cywinski

Once exclusive to heavy-duty pick-ups, truck brands are now adding diesel engines to their light-duty trucks. While FCA added one to its Ram 1500 a few years ago, it’s now introducing a new version on its 2020 truck. General Motors

Article Concrete

Concrete Awards showcase diverse building projects across the province

December 10, 2019 by Megan Hoegler

The Concrete Awards celebrate the efforts of suppliers, designers, contractors and owners in Ontario. Held during the Buildings Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, this year’s winners were diverse, representing building projects from transit stations to modern condo complexes.

Article Software / HardwareTrucks

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,