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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

Feature Article AsphaltRoads

Innovation vs. Mother Nature

March 12, 2018 Nate Hendley

There have been many innovations in asphalt pavement and road surface technology over the past few years. While some of these innovations have been embraced by municipalities and private companies, others have fared poorly when faced with the reality of

Atlantic heavy equipment show
Feature Article Heavy Equipment

AHES 2018 preview

March 12, 2018 by On-Site Magazine

For 32 years running, the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show has been a true pillar of the heavy equipment industry. On April 5 and 6, 2018, the latest products, services and – of course – big iron will once again take

Crowchild Bridge
Feature Article Bridges

Crowchild Bridge keeps traffic flowing in Calgary

March 12, 2018 Saul Chernos

Key Cowtown bridge, originally built in the mid-’60s, is getting a much-needed makeover to help handle growing population, but environmental concerns necessitated a unique approach to the work. Commuter chaos might seem unavoidable when rebuilding a series of overpasses on

Feature Article Construction

From the editor: do what you know needs doing

February 20, 2018 Corinne Lynds

Nine years, one month, six days, and I think roughly two hours, is how long I have been the editor of On-Site. And, this, my 63rd editorial, is proving to be the trickiest one I have had to write so

Feature Article ConstructionLaw

Don’t make these 5 mistakes about performance bonds

February 20, 2018 Lindsey von Bloedau and Krista Johanson

Performance bonds are common on construction projects, and so are misconceptions about them. Don’t make the five mistakes listed below. 1. “A bond is an insurance policy” While a bond has some similarities to an insurance policy, they are two

Feature Article Risk Management

Take a step back for strategy

February 20, 2018 David Bowcott

Late last year I was asked to speak at a Cities conference that was put on by Builtworlds, a network and community that links key stakeholders of the construction and asset management industry, with those in the tech sector. Matt

Feature Article Heavy Equipment

Excavators that suck

February 20, 2018 Nate Hendley

Since 1995, Ontario Excavac has offered vacuum excavating services, primarily for municipalities and hydro companies. Much of the Vaughan, Ont.-based company’s work involves “potholing”— that is, locating underground utilities then removing enough soil in non-destructive fashion to expose pipes and

Feature Article ConstructionInfrastructure

Digging deep

February 20, 2018 Corinne Lynds with files from Metrolinx

Originally conceived as the Line 5 Eglinton by Toronto Mayor David Miller and TTC chair Adam Giambrone back in 2007, the $6.6-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT is one of the largest transit infrastructure projects underway in North America, and it’s progressing

Feature Article Construction

Ahead of the curve

February 20, 2018 Jacob Stoller

National Research Council Canada (NRC) released a paper in 2008 titled Systems Integration and Collaboration in Construction: A Review. Its authors, Weiming Shen and colleagues, concluded “systems integration and collaboration are believed to be the key enabling technologies to help

Feature Article LawRoads

Saskatchewan, Alberta trade dispute risks investor uncertainty

February 20, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Saskatchewan has lifted its ban on Alberta license plates from government road and building project sites in the province. The decision came 12 hours before an independent panel under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement would strike a rule on

Feature Article

Canadian Concrete Expo: letter from the president

December 15, 2017 Stuart Galloway

We started researching this project back in the summer of 2016 and reserved the Hall space at the International Centre the following September. From there, many customer survey calls were made to potential exhibitors and companies that might attend the

Feature Article Concrete

First annual Canadian Concrete Expo is coming to Toronto February 2018

December 15, 2017 by On-Site Magazine

The Canadian Concrete Expo (CCE) is an industry only trade show that will feature more than 250 exhibiting companies on 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space. CCE will foster commerce, partnerships, education, and face-to-face meetings. Exhibitors from across the country will be able to

Feature Article

Anticipation builds for World of Concrete 2018

December 15, 2017 by On-Site Magazine

The most important annual international event of the year for concrete and masonry professionals, WOC 2018 expects to attract 60,000 professional registrants and 1,500 leading suppliers from around the world. Taking over the Las Vegas Convention Centre from January 22

Feature Article Trucks

2018 pickup trucks report: the right truck

December 15, 2017 Jill McIntosh

You always want “the right tool for the job,” and that includes one of a contractor’s most important tools, the work vehicle. It can be hard to choose with so many on the market, but that also gives you a

Feature Article Risk Management

The value of disciplined project contingency development

December 15, 2017 David Bowcott

The primary defense against margin erosion is the project contingency. Construction is not a predictable business, and the project contingency is that all encompassing pool of capital dedicated to each project, which provides much needed funding when the unexpected happens.



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