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Article Health & Safety

12 tips for keeping safe in the trenches

June 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

In April of 2012, a 53-year-old construction worker lost his life when he was buried alive in a tragic trenching accident in Lachine, Que., despite the best efforts of co-workers and emergency rescue staff. Working in trenches is a dangerous

Article Infrastructure

Building better communities

June 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Some of you may have noticed this by now, but just in case you missed it: I’m a girl! More specifically, I’m a girl in the construction industry, which has prompted many questions from the curious. I’m often asked: “How

Article Roads

Sand gritting paves the way to perpetual pavement

June 1, 2012 Jim Barnes

For several years now, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) has had its sights set on perpetual pavement—highways that will last, if not eternally, at least for the foreseeable future. One of the keys to realizing this dream seemed

Article InfrastructureLEEDP3sSkills Development

Top 40 Contractors: The right stuff

June 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Running a multi-billion dollar contracting business is not for the faint of heart. Financial, technical and even political challenges are business as usual for this select group of individuals; but at the end of the day, it’s a simple concept

Article Concrete

Canadian Museum for Human Rights demonstrates design excellence

June 1, 2012 CRMCA

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights exemplifies the best of design excellence, and demonstrates what can be accomplished when concrete and steel material are married together to create a truly one-of-a kind structure. There are many stories surrounding the development

Article Concrete

Niagara Tunnel lines Ontario homes with power

June 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

The Province of Ontario is constantly looking for new ways to meet its growing energy demands. One such venture is the Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) Niagara Tunnel Project, a 10.2-kilometre long, 12.7-metre diameter, water diversion tunnel that will deliver an

Article Law

Pick your battles: Is ADR right for you?

April 1, 2012 Matthew Swanson and David Claassen

No party enters into a contract with the intention of getting embroiled in a lengthy legal dispute, but disputes happen, and they can be costly. In recent years, processes for resolving disputes without recourse to traditional litigation, (dubbed “alternative dispute

Article Demolition

Taking the LEED in landfill diversion

April 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

As the pressure to reduce waste on the jobsite steadily increases, contractors are turning to sorting and recycling facilities to achieve more sustainable building practices, and help building owners collect LEED points. Also known as construction waste management credits, these LEED

Article Trucks

2012 Pickup Truck Report

April 1, 2012 Bill Roebuck

Have you noticed that pickup truck advertising has become as competitive and aggressive as the market itself? Television, online and print ads boast class-leading horsepower, highest towing capacity, best longevity, biggest payload and top reliability. Who’s right? If you watched this

Article Law

Canada’s new Anti-spam & Online Fraud Act

April 1, 2012 Chris Eagles and Bradley Freedman

Canada’s new anti-spam and online fraud act (CASL) creates a comprehensive regime, of offences, enforcement mechanisms, and potentially severe penalties designed to prohibit unsolicited or misleading commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and deter other forms of online fraud. So, what are

Article Risk Management

The changing face of project delivery

April 1, 2012 David Bowcott

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) Conference in Savannah, GA, last month, was appropriately themed “The Changing Face of Construction.” Seems a bit cliché, but never was a conference slogan so true. I was fortunate enough to sit on a panel

Article FinancingSkills Development

Is it time to go lean?

April 1, 2012 Jim Barnes

Trends drive contractors toward lean construction

Article P3sRisk ManagementSkills Development

Editorial: Southern hospitality at its finest

April 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Now that I have experienced the Canadian Construction Association’s annual conference for myself, I can confirm that this is indeed an industry that works hard, loves its families and knows how to have fun! Embracing all of the southern charm and hospitality that Savannah, Ga. is

Article Concrete

Concrete On-Site: Big project, big rewards

March 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

At $167 million, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) 2007-2027 QEW Niagara Widening was the largest single highway contract ever awarded by the MTO

Article Heavy Equipment

AWPs lift workers and gear higher than ever

March 1, 2012 David Godkin

It began back in 1967 when two workers on a scaffold at the legendary Hoover Dam caught the wrong end of a power cable and were electrocuted.

Article Risk Management

Risk: Strike a balance between lenders and contractors

March 1, 2012 David Bowcott

As more and more contractors get exposed to project finance negotiations and are asked to provide performance security in the event of their non-performance, the dialogue about the nature of that security is increasing. A delicate balance needs to be

Article Heavy Equipment

Winter Wheelin’

March 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Spring may be just around the corner, but now is a great time to take note of what cold weather challenges you’ve faced this winter in preparation for next fall.

Article Infrastructure

P3s drive the way to better infrastructure

March 1, 2012 Jim Barnes

While it is hard for some to believe, first cost is no longer king and the emphasis is gradually shifting to infrastructure life-cycle costs.

Article Law

Law: Resolve disputes out of court

March 1, 2012 Chris Eagles & Trish Morrison

Construction disputes have increased dramatically in number and complexity over the past few years. As a result of the high cost and delay commonly associated with traditional litigation, and with recent mandatory requirements to participate in a dispute resolution process,

Article Software / Hardware

Software: How to Become a Social Media Superstar

March 1, 2012 Jacob Stoller

As On-Site Editor Corinne Lynds explained in the February issue, social media can provide a variety of benefits to construction companies. Practices such as recruiting with LinkedIn, engaging employees through an internal Facebook page, or attracting traffic to the corporate