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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

Article Infrastructure

Editorial: It takes two

March 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

In order for Canada’s infrastructure to be strong, both the public and private sectors need to work together.

Article Law

Avoiding IP ownership surprises

February 1, 2012 Bradley Freedman and Chris Eagles

Construction contracts often include obligations related to the ownership of the intellectual property in work product (designs and other project documents) created in connection with the project. To fulfill those obligations, businesses often include intellectual property provisions in their agreements

Article Risk Management

The design procurement strategy

February 1, 2012 David Bowcott

As total cost of ownership (TCO) and asset performance certainty (APC) continue to gain momentum within the asset procurement sector, there’s a greater focus on creating value by more thoughtfully integrating the key phases of an asset’s life: design, finance,

Article Software / Hardware

Social networking: What’s it good for?

February 1, 2012 Corinne Lynds

It’s official, social media is giving me attention deficit disorder (ADD). Seriously, before Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, I was already struggling to keep up with a constant barrage of email, phone messages and snail-mail. Now, although I’m suffering fewer paper

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How mobile mapping can save you money

February 1, 2012 Richard Rybka

You may not be familiar with mobile mapping systems, but the fact is you probably use the information they produce every day. Each time you access the Internet to map a driving route or find a restaurant near your destination,

Article Financing

Banking on contractors

February 1, 2012 Jim Barnes

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are here to stay. In this infrastructure-procurement model, many new entrants are finding themselves well outside their comfort zones-especially in terms of finance and risk. “Anybody who comes into it for the first time has a very

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MTO attempts first “hot-on-hot” project in North America

February 1, 2012 Andrew Snook

This past September, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) paved its way into North America’s history books, by testing out a new asphalt technology. The MTO’s hot-on-hot trial run on Highway 12 near Midland, Ont. was the first commercial

Article Heavy EquipmentRoads

Gettin’ good grades

February 1, 2012 David Godkin

Work horse on the road. Weakling colt in the showroom. That’s the consensus on motor graders since sales dipped sharply in 2008/09. But don’t blame it on the world-wide financial crisis that impacted graders and other equipment categories across North

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Shamelessly optimistic

November 1, 2011 Corinne Lynds

As I wrap up my second full year in  the driver’s seat here at On-Site, I can’t help but feel fortunate for all the great experiences I’ve had, and all the truly inspiring people that I have met along the

Article Law

Neighbours can be a nuisance

November 1, 2011 Chris Eagles and Brad Woods

Everyone has the right to the enjoyment and use of their land. A wrongful interference with that right is called nuisance. A nuisance occurs when an act indirectly causes physical injury to property or substantially interferes with the use or

Article Risk Management

Achieve Asset Performance Certainty

November 1, 2011 David Bowcott

Every asset developed has a plan. What is the cost to design and develop the asset? When will the asset be completed? What will the maintenance costs of the asset be once up and running? Are the assumptions of operational

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November 1, 2011 Jim Barnes

Economy hits the “pause” button, but construction prospects are strong