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Handling big data has become a significant challenge for construction firms. AI is helping them cope

August 13, 2019 Jacob Stoller

Much of the popular discussion about artificial intelligence (AI) is concerned with the question, “Will a computer take over my job?” While the farther-reaching answers are subject to speculation, it’s undeniable that AI out-performs humans at handling large amounts of

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Staying on target: Fall election looms as federal infrastructure plan progresses in fits and starts

August 13, 2019 David Kennedy

In the early morning hours of June 24, a few minutes before sunrise, a small convoy of cars drives slowly across the freshly paved asphalt deck of Montreal’s new Samuel de Champlain Bridge. With the deep blue of twilight still

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Mandatory adjudication: What Ontario can expect based on the U.K. experience

August 13, 2019 Robert Wilson and Marie-Ève Caissy

On October 1st, Ontario will implement the final phase of extensive amendments to modernize and update its Construction Act. Among the most significant of these amendments is the implementation of a mandatory dispute adjudication system that allows parties to refer

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Drilling down: Concrete cutting and coring equipment advances on the job site

August 13, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Scarcely any structure can be built without concrete, leaving no shortage of work for the crews that cut, core and demolish the ubiquitous building material on a diversity of job sites. The labour-intensive process is necessary to deliver most projects,

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Firming in the construction insurance market

August 13, 2019 David Bowcott

To manage risk, you and your company draw on two key risk management areas. The first is the use of risk controls and other solutions that prevent and mitigate risk. The second is risk finance solutions, which provide capital in

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From the editor… The tariffs are gone, but don’t hold out for cheaper steel and aluminum

June 12, 2019 by David Kennedy

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with several cabinet ministers in tow, took a victory lap through the Hamilton, Ont. Stelco plant May 17, hours after news of the tariffs being lifted first surfaced last month. Predictably, Trudeau credited his government’s countermeasures

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Staying on top: Attracting and retaining talent has never been tougher – or more integral to success

June 12, 2019 Saul Chernos

Construction activity continues to fire on all cylinders in Canadian urban centres and is faring well in most other areas of the country. Canada’s Top Contractors are hitting fresh heights as well, but the success masks a steep challenge for

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Playing the long game: Machine control developers cautiously build to full autonomy  

June 11, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Driverless machines won’t be moving dirt on job sites anytime soon. Before an armoury of fully autonomous equipment can work alongside crews, machine control developers at the helm admit there will be a few hurdles to jump. Though it may

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Getting ready to take off: New rules to consider when using drones on construction sites

June 11, 2019 Katherine Ayre and Adrienne Ho

Drones can be valuable, cost-effective tools on construction sites. Typically used to conduct aerial surveys or collect data, they can also carry bitumen printers and transport payloads across long distances. As of June 1, 2019, however, drones will be subject

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Windsor, Ont. contractor Rosati Group edges its way to the top of On-Site’s Top Five Under 50

June 10, 2019 Jillian Morgan

Staying true to its roots in southwestern Ontario, Rosati Group has grown to new heights. Carving out its legacy since 1969, the family-owned contractor has secured the top spot in On-Site’s Top Five Under 50 category for the third time

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It’s not easy going green: For contractors, embracing the sustainable building ‘paradigm shift’ isn’t optional

June 10, 2019 David Kennedy

With exposed concrete on all sides and piping from mechanical systems overhead, a compact drilling rig bores slowly into the ground beneath the Arthur Meighen Building in Toronto. The rig takes about a day to drill a 13-centimetre (five-inch) borehole

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Industry 4.0: Embracing technology for asset performance certainty

June 10, 2019 David Bowcott

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and like every new iteration born out of the technology sector it has been given a future-forward moniker: Industry 4.0. Some believe the impact from this industrial revolution could be greater than the

Article Software / Hardware

An ounce of prevention: Planning IT projects

June 8, 2019 Jacob Stoller

No contractor would show up on a job site with no plan or schedules, yet many embark on information technology projects with a very vague set of goals     It is often said that a problem well defined is

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Canada’s Top 40 Contractors by revenue

June 5, 2019 by On-Site Magazine

On-Site’s 2019 Top Contractors by revenue. To see how this year’s list stacks up against previous top performers, click here. Or, to read through the entire 2019 Top Contractors issue, click here.

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From the editor… Double standard deals Trudeau a body blow

April 25, 2019 by David Kennedy

At the start of the year, a healthy percentage of Canadians had never heard of SNC-Lavalin. An even larger number couldn’t have told you what business the company was in, let alone share a single detail about its legal troubles.

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Taking shape: 3D printing revolution on the horizon

April 24, 2019 Jillian Morgan

At Sika AG’s research facility in Widen, Switzerland, the nozzle of a 3D printer pumps out billowy concrete at one metre per second. The material cures almost instantly, just in time for the machine’s printing arm to deposit the next

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The view from above: Drone technology brings a new perspective to job sites

April 24, 2019 Jacob Stoller

Drivers may be frustrated with traffic disruptions related to two ongoing highway interchange projects in Saskatoon, but at least they’re not in the dark. Thanks to a series of narrated drone-created videos on the city’s website, they can view an

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Clearing a path: Dozer makers step up their technology to help less experienced operators gain traction

April 23, 2019 Nate Hendley

It’s a new reality that’s impossible to overlook. Skilled operators are becoming tougher and tougher to find. While equipment manufacturers can’t exactly help Canadian contractors fill seats, they are making the equipment easier to run and the cabs more appealing.

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On the Perimeter: Major Winnipeg project brings concrete solution to longstanding bottleneck

April 23, 2019 David Kennedy

Infrastructure rarely ages gracefully. When there isn’t much elegance to the original design, 20 or 30 years can be particularly cruel. The junction of a pair of provincial trunk highways northeast of Winnipeg was just such a case. For years,

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Breaking it down: Crusher evolution prompts contractors to rethink aggregates

April 22, 2019 Jillian Morgan

The steep cost of hauling off and disposing of rubble from job sites, only to purchase and truck in virgin aggregate from far-off quarries, has motivated the construction industry to turn its garbage into gold. Geoffrey Faber, territory manager West