On-Site Magazine


Article Heavy Equipment

The “Iron Ladies”

February 1, 2014 David Godkin

Tunnel boring machines are at the heart of several major Canadian construction projects

Article InfrastructureSkills Development

Preparation holds key to success

December 1, 2013 PATRICK CALLAN

Despite harsh northern climate, joint venture constructs award-winning $237M hospital and residential care facility in northern B.C.

Article Trucks

Pickup truck makers target ‘best-in-class’ goal

December 1, 2013 BILL ROEBUCK

What’s new in 2014 and 2015 full-size pickup trucks?

Article Law

To terminate, or not to terminate?


Contracts do not always end well. Relationships between the parties in a contract may deteriorate for a variety of reasons—failure to meet timelines or budgets, deficient work and personality conflicts are a few of the common causes. In these difficult

Article Risk Management

Is there a need to revamp surety capacity measures?

December 1, 2013 DAVID BOWCOTT

Vital to most contractors’ existence is access to security that guarantees their contractual obligations to their clients. These guarantees take the form of parental guarantees, holdbacks, letters of credit, surety bonds, EDC performance security guarantees, subcontractor default insurance, cash reserves,

Article Skills Development

Editorial: Honorary archaeologists

October 1, 2013 CORINNE LYNDS

Excavation contractors need to update their resumes. Besides the usual qualifications such as “ability to cut grade quickly” and “10 years experience,” they need to add: honorary archeologist to the list.  Headless corpses, remains of royalty, ancient civilizations and lost

Article Risk ManagementSkills Development

Planning for success

October 1, 2013 DAVID BOWCOTT

Why are we so anxious to get started on our key projects that we are willing to forgo strong planning practices that will almost certainly improve our chances for success? There’s a feeling that if we aren’t actually doing what

Article Construction MaterialsHeavy Equipment

Keeping what’s yours

October 1, 2013 JIM BARNES

Are thieves robbing you blind? Here’s how to protect your jobsite

Article Heavy EquipmentTrucks

A second look at natural gas

October 1, 2013 JAMES MENZIES

Greater fueling infrastructure and increased strength make natural gas-powered vocational trucks a viable option for Canadian operators

Article Trucks

2013 Vocational truck report

October 1, 2013 DAVID GODKIN

Fuel economy, safety, size, comfort, weight, durability, strength and durability: Today’s trucks have it all

Article BridgesInfrastructure

Major bridge overhaul in Newfoundland

October 1, 2013 PATRICK CALLAN

Provincial government dishes out handful of tenders to revamp infrastructure

Article Skills Development

From the editor: A tough day in Montreal

August 1, 2013 Corinne Lynds

On Monday August 5, while most of the country was enjoying a Civic Holiday, Montreal contractors were back to work after a government-mandated, two-week vacation. And oh what a disastrous day back to work it was! Tragedy stuck when a

Article Software / Hardware

e-Procurement is ready for the big time

August 1, 2013 Jacob Stoller

After years of discussion and preparation, government procurement is poised to become paperless; ending an era of sealed envelopes, couriered submissions, lock boxes, and yes, last-minute drives through rush-hour traffic to submit tender documents on time. “The Government of Canada

Article Law

Thinking about a random alcohol testing program? Think again

August 1, 2013 Matthew Swanson and Brandon Hillis

One of the most controversial issues in workplace law is an employer’s right to implement drug or alcohol testing programs. Recently, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 30 v.

Article Risk Management

Treating risk before and after

August 1, 2013 David Bowcott

Managing risk requires imagination and experience. In a lot of ways you’re trying to predict not only the future, but also all the steps you need to take prior, during and after a risk event occurs. This precognitive skill could

Article Heavy Equipment

CHRSC aims to standardize crane industry regulations

August 1, 2013 Corinne Lynds

An immediate need for certified crane operators is the driving force behind the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council’s (CHRSC) goal to harmonize industry regulations. Inaugurated nearly a year ago at the Crane & Rigging Conference in Edmonton, the primary

Article Compact EquipmentFinancingHeavy Equipment

Dealing with dealers

August 1, 2013 Jim Barnes

Technology and a tight economy drive unconventional partnerships

Article Heavy EquipmentLEED

Earth-movers & shakers

August 1, 2013 Patrick Callan

Hybrid-ging the gap: price, productivity and the planet

Article Concrete

From the CRMCA: Concrete on the Economy

June 1, 2013 by On-Site Magazine

The cement and concrete industries face the many challenges of any economic force driving the prosperity of the country today. These include being corporately responsible and profitable in an increasingly regulated marketplace influenced by government, media and public opinion. Land

Article Law

Extensions of time matter: A Primer on Time Being at Large and Acceleration

June 1, 2013 Matthew Swanson and Grant Mayovsky

Construction contracts between owners and contractors invariably require the contractor to complete its work by a specified date. Further, it is often agreed that the failure of a contractor to meet its deadline will result in a claim by the