On-Site Magazine


Article Skills Development

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

Some $400 million worth of equipment was stolen in 2010 in the U.S., according to the 2010 Equipment Theft Report published by the National Equipment Register (NER), Jersey City, N.J. As little as 19 per cent was recovered. Thinkstock photo.
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Hot iron

October 1, 2012 Jim Barnes

Do thieves think you are an easy target?

The Deh Cho Bridge will replace the Merv Hardle ferry in the summer months and the Mackenzie River Ice Crossing during the winter. Photo courtesy of the Government of the Northwest Territories.
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Bridge over icy waters

October 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Crews battle Great White North to build permanent crossing over Mackenzie River

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Lights, camera, action!

August 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth at least a million. Last month in conjunction with our annual Top Contractors report, we launched On-Site Interviews. This series of short videos will feature one-on-one conversations with Canada’s leading industry

Article Law

Top 10 ways to lose money to fraud

August 1, 2012 Chris Eagles and Ross McGowan

The construction industry could be described as perfectly constituted for commission of fraud.  The contracts are typically unique and large value, the job sites are busy and sometimes chaotic and the opportunity for monitoring and controls are always challenging. Relationships between those that hand out the contracts

Article Risk Management

Choosing a risk advisor

August 1, 2012 David Bowcott

Change abounds within the construction industry. Never has your choice of business advisor been so important, and given the increasing level of risk dialogue going on in the Canadian construction marketplace, your choice of risk advisor could mean the difference between losing or winning jobs. Before we

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Pimp your ride

August 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

Machine control adds precision and versatility to compact equipment

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$oil Storage

August 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Toronto LRT project’s excess construction soils costs could reach $100 million

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Preparing for Pan-Am

August 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

Getting the Athletes’ Village ready for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Games

Canada's "Big Hooks"
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Canada’s “Big Hooks”

August 1, 2012 David Godkin

Why crane operators are a breed apart

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Better bids

August 1, 2012 Jim Barnes

Clarity, accurate risk allocation are keys to effective contracts

Article Heavy Equipment

The right trailer for the job

June 1, 2012 David Godkin

They are the low-slung, unsung heroes of the heavy construction industry. Each year ensuring the safe transport of veritable armies of dozers, excavators, loaders and other heavy equipment from yards to work sites across North America. How to be sure

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Stepping up to Tier 4

June 1, 2012 David Godkin

We’ve still got time. That seems to be the failsafe view of contractors facing a mandatory shift in Canada to interim Tier 4 emission standards in some new off highway equipment at the end of 2014 and to full Tier

Article Software / Hardware

6 procurement software tips and tricks

June 1, 2012 Jacob Stoller

No construction company would invest in a piece of heavy equipment without taking a careful look at its intended workload. When it comes to buying software to run the business, however, many forge ahead with little more than a rough

Article Risk Management

Balance your capital to maximize opportunity

June 1, 2012 David Bowcott

Return on investment. One of the most difficult questions faced by the board of directors and management of any corporation is what the right balance is between capital retained and risks assumed. We’ve all heard the comments—“this company is overcapitalized,”

Article Law

Whose design is it anyway?

June 1, 2012 Chris Eagles and Brad Woods

A common feature of most construction contracts is the inclusion of a detailed specification, prepared by the owner or the owner’s consultant, describing the requirements for the work to be performed by the contractor. Where performance problems arise in connection

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

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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