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David Bowcott on transparency, construction and risk

February 1, 2013 David Bowcott

The world is becoming more transparent. Facebook hit over one billion users in 2012 (that is one in seven people willing to post much of their personal information online). Twitter means any set of eyes can report via their mobile

Article Law

Law Column: Tender with care

February 1, 2013 Matthew Swanson and Bill Woodhead

Tendering is often a complex and hurried process, and sometimes mistakes are made. These errors can be costly, as contractors are generally required to submit an irrevocable bid along with bid security, which may be lost if the contractor attempts

Article Infrastructure

Editorial: Sunny Forecast

February 1, 2013 Corinne Lynds

Fresh back from my annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for World of Concrete (WOC), I’m optimistic about what 2013 holds for Canada’s construction industry. For the past four years, I have walked the show floor chatting with our American colleagues,

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Machine control: Getting good grades is faster and easier

February 1, 2013 David Godkin

Forty-five years ago it was my first job; a skinny 17-year-old kid working on a 50-km stretch of dirt, soon to be Highway 103 East from Hubbards to Halifax. A simple job, too: Place a small stone on a stake

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Invasion of the APPS

February 1, 2013 Jim Barnes

Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are revolutionizing construction by simplifying communications and making time spent on the job site more productive. There have been exponential improvements in tablet technology since the first ones were introduced more than 20

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Aggregates: Growing pains

February 1, 2013 Andrew Snook

As access to aggregates sources continues to move farther away from growing cities, larger municipalities looking to expand and grow their services and populations may find themselves between a rock and a hard place financially. The cost of moving aggregates

Article Concrete

Market challenges for concrete technologies

December 1, 2012 by On-Site Magazine

Concrete is generally thought of as a commodity, but it’s slowly gaining acceptance in a number of new and revived applications: Roads – Concrete paving for roads in Canada is a good example of one area that is making a

Article Software / Hardware

Cloud from the ground up

December 1, 2012 Jacob Stoller

As the phrase “moving to the cloud” suggests, cloud computing usually involves a migration of sorts where organizations incrementally shed elements of their IT infrastructure in favour of offerings from online providers. However, when Dennis Donovan and Steve Moore started

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Suicide bid season is open for business

December 1, 2012 David Bowcott

Suicide bid season is upon us. This cyclical phenomenon is typically seen when the pipeline of construction projects in the economy start to drop off by a significant level. It is a regional occurrence so far, but even the most

Article Law

Getting paid

December 1, 2012 By Matthew Swanson & Blair Rebane

Getting paid is a constant concern in the construction industry, one that is heightened in tough economic times. However, even in a tough economy, you can manage your credit risk by knowing details about the party who is responsible to

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Getting attached to telehandlers

December 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

If there is any one word that describes a telehandler, its “versatile.” These machines are used in a wide variety of applications, from moving palletized loads, to lifting pipes and concrete blocks, to cleaning up job sites. With the right

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Generating efficiency

December 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Emissions reduction is top priority for 2013 generator designs

Article Trucks

Full-size pickups get smarter

December 1, 2012 Bill Roebuck

The full-size pickup truck business is extremely competitive, so frequent mid-cycle updates are common, as are major engineering improvements with each new model cycle. For 2013, the Ram Heavy Duty line is likely to raise the most eyebrows regarding its

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2013 Construction Forecast: Global Challenges

December 1, 2012 Jim Barnes

Our country is not immune to global forces,” said Finance Minister Jim Flaherty in November. “Nor can we control the economic shocks that ripple outwards from other nations.” Global realities have led economists to trim their forecasts in Canada lately.

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Article Risk Management

Aligning risk perception and reality

October 1, 2012 David Bowcott

Ideas with Paul Kennedy is a show put on by CBC Radio, and in mid-September they aired a two-part series on risk. The first part of the series focuses on how decisions are made based on the individual’s perception of

Article Skills Development

College of Trades set to open in 2013

October 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

From teachers and veterinarians to doctors and dentists, the Province of Ontario has a wide variety of professionals that use colleges to regulate and govern their industries. Many of these colleges encountered some degree of resistance when starting up, and

Article Law

Preparing for delays

October 1, 2012 Matthew Swanson and Krista Johanson

A major challenge for all parties involved in a construction project is managing the schedule. Delays, if they occur, can result in increased expenses, compromised profits or other losses. Where there is delay, compensation may be available. However, because delay claims

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How to assess the real costs of your next software project

October 1, 2012 Jacob Stoller

It is ironic that construction companies that meticulously track their job expenditures often manage their own IT projects with little idea of the costs they are incurring. As a result, they frequently decide on acquisitions where the costs significantly outweigh

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Making the cut in Canada’s demolition industry

October 1, 2012 David Godkin

It’s a moment Ryan Priestly dreads every time he does a job like this. Peering down through the windshield of his high reach excavator, carefully leaning into the controls and inching the collapsed concrete slab below him upward—the sight of

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Wanted: Next-generation leaders

October 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

It seemed like an unlikely source, but when 75-year-old Michael Butt looked out at a full room of snowy-haired Baby Boomers and said, “We need more young people in this room,” he was absolutely right! As one of three guest