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From the editor… SNC-Lavalin retreats from construction, but don’t expect a bonanza

August 22, 2019 David Kennedy

The writing’s been on the wall for months, and a few weeks back, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. finally confirmed the speculation. Facing a laundry list of problems, the company said it plans to turn away from construction, stop taking on lump-sum

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Getting on track: Urban transit projects roar to life, creating opportunity for Canada’s construction sector

August 21, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Working in tandem along a stretch of highway in Montreal, a pair of launching gantry cranes hoist 50-ton concrete segments into the air off flatbeds below. The gantries slide the prefabricated segments into place, steadily forming a single 30-metre span

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Doing things differently: Getting ready for prompt payment and adjudication

August 20, 2019 Arif Ghaffur

The Striking the Balance Report, delivered back in 2016, was the catalyst for Ontario to modernize its Construction Lien Act, which had been last reviewed in the early 1980s. As part of a wide-ranging review, this report also addressed the

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Adding to the mix: Using admixtures to get your concrete to do what you want it to

August 19, 2019 David Kennedy

Looking up at the coffered dome of the Roman Pantheon, several thousand tonnes of ancient concrete overhead, the majesty of the nearly 2,000-year-old temple is lost on few. The building’s dome, still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world,

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Small excavators go big: Compact job sites force contractors to do more with less

August 16, 2019 Nate Hendley

Small-sized excavators have hit the big time. And surging growth in the segment isn’t finished yet. According to a research report released this March, the global market for mini-excavators accounted for US$7.2 billion in 2017, with construction making up the

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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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Staying on target: Fall election looms as federal infrastructure plan progresses in fits and starts

August 13, 2019 David Kennedy

In the early morning hours of June 24, a few minutes before sunrise, a small convoy of cars drives slowly across the freshly paved asphalt deck of Montreal’s new Samuel de Champlain Bridge. With the deep blue of twilight still

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Mandatory adjudication: What Ontario can expect based on the U.K. experience

August 13, 2019 Robert Wilson and Marie-Ève Caissy

On October 1st, Ontario will implement the final phase of extensive amendments to modernize and update its Construction Act. Among the most significant of these amendments is the implementation of a mandatory dispute adjudication system that allows parties to refer

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Drilling down: Concrete cutting and coring equipment advances on the job site

August 13, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Scarcely any structure can be built without concrete, leaving no shortage of work for the crews that cut, core and demolish the ubiquitous building material on a diversity of job sites. The labour-intensive process is necessary to deliver most projects,

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Firming in the construction insurance market

August 13, 2019 David Bowcott

To manage risk, you and your company draw on two key risk management areas. The first is the use of risk controls and other solutions that prevent and mitigate risk. The second is risk finance solutions, which provide capital in

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From the editor… The tariffs are gone, but don’t hold out for cheaper steel and aluminum

June 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with several cabinet ministers in tow, took a victory lap through the Hamilton, Ont. Stelco plant May 17, hours after news of the tariffs being lifted first surfaced last month. Predictably, Trudeau credited his government’s countermeasures

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Staying on top: Attracting and retaining talent has never been tougher – or more integral to success

June 12, 2019 Saul Chernos

Construction activity continues to fire on all cylinders in Canadian urban centres and is faring well in most other areas of the country. Canada’s Top Contractors are hitting fresh heights as well, but the success masks a steep challenge for

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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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Windsor, Ont. contractor Rosati Group edges its way to the top of On-Site’s Top Five Under 50

June 10, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Staying true to its roots in southwestern Ontario, Rosati Group has grown to new heights. Carving out its legacy since 1969, the family-owned contractor has secured the top spot in On-Site’s Top Five Under 50 category for the third time

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It’s not easy going green: For contractors, embracing the sustainable building ‘paradigm shift’ isn’t optional

June 10, 2019 David Kennedy

With exposed concrete on all sides and piping from mechanical systems overhead, a compact drilling rig bores slowly into the ground beneath the Arthur Meighen Building in Toronto. The rig takes about a day to drill a 13-centimetre (five-inch) borehole

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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

Article Software / Hardware

An ounce of prevention: Planning IT projects

June 8, 2019 Jacob Stoller

No contractor would show up on a job site with no plan or schedules, yet many embark on information technology projects with a very vague set of goals     It is often said that a problem well defined is

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Canada’s Top 40 Contractors by revenue

June 5, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

On-Site’s 2019 Top Contractors by revenue. To see how this year’s list stacks up against previous top performers, click here. Or, to read through the entire 2019 Top Contractors issue, click here.

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From the editor… Double standard deals Trudeau a body blow

April 25, 2019 by David Kennedy

At the start of the year, a healthy percentage of Canadians had never heard of SNC-Lavalin. An even larger number couldn’t have told you what business the company was in, let alone share a single detail about its legal troubles.