On-Site Magazine


Article Risk Management

The value of disciplined project contingency development

December 15, 2017 David Bowcott

The primary defense against margin erosion is the project contingency. Construction is not a predictable business, and the project contingency is that all encompassing pool of capital dedicated to each project, which provides much needed funding when the unexpected happens.

Article ConstructionLaw

What is the holdback anyway?

December 15, 2017 Dirk Laudan

One of the basic elements in builders lien law in British Columbia is the 10 per cent mandatory holdback. Anyone making a payment on account of a construction contract or subcontract is entitled to retain, from those payments, 10 per

Article Software / Hardware

How safe is your data?

December 15, 2017 Jacob Stoller

In late October, just in time for Halloween, a Finnish security company, F-Secure, released a study involving the CEOs of 200 of the world’s largest corporations. Results show that 30 per cent have had their log-in credentials exposed, and 81

Article Financing

Anatomy of a tax fight

December 15, 2017 Dan Kelly

You can’t blame business owners for feeling like they’re being bombarded by government. Increased EI premiums, new environmental levies, minimum wage hikes: announcements about new taxes and regulations became a common occurrence in 2017. But perhaps the most significant tax

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Article Construction

2018 forecast: vacancy rates vary

December 15, 2017 Saul Chernos

Downtown office vacancy rates in Calgary were as high as 27 per cent compared with just 4 per cent in Toronto and 8 per cent in Vancouver this past fall. Altus Group, a real estate services firm, tracks real estate

Article Construction

2018 forecast: regional outlook

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

From Sea to Sea may be a Canadian motto and unifying force. However, economic conditions vary considerably across the country. On-Site looks at prospects for 2018 region by region. British Columbia Vancouver and the province are faring quite well. However,

Article Construction

Top 10 construction trends in 2018

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

Michael Atkinson met in late summer with a group of Canada’s top construction leaders to gauge the state of the industry. With another year-end in sight, the now-past president of the Canadian Construction Association recounted a range of concerns —

Article Green ConstructionInfrastructure

2018 forecast: green infrastructure sprouting up

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

With scientists forecasting increasingly turbulent weather, builders developers and governments can expect heightened pressure in 2018 to green their infrastructure. The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, for instance, is developing new measures for stormwater run-off volume control. “It

Article Construction

2018 construction forecast: a look ahead

December 14, 2017 Saul Chernos

All eyes are on the year ahead, as a tumultuous 2017 winds down. Oil prices remain low, edging towards a mild recovery but not expected to come close to the highs of 2013-2014. And prospects for pipeline construction remain mixed,

Article Infrastructure

From the editor: future-proofing infrastructure

December 14, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

“When people tell me they don’t believe in climate change. I ask them: ‘Do you believe in gravity? The destructive power of climate change is the same as the strength and reality of gravity,” stated climate change guru Christian Figueres

Article Construction

8 factors to consider when buying a mobile generator

November 17, 2017 Clayton Costello

  The mobile generator you choose for your job site needs to be able to provide the dependable power your job requires, plain and simple. And because applications vary so widely, mobile generator selection should be taken on a case-by-case

Article Risk Management

BIM drives productivity gains in construction sector

September 7, 2017 David Bowcott

Everyone has seen the graphs that show construction on a downward productivity trend while other industries boast solid productivity gains. The following is a productivity graph that was produced by McKinsey & Co. that compares productivity in construction to that

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Article Software / Hardware

Can construction be automated?

September 7, 2017 Jacob Stoller

Advances in information systems have been cited as a catalyst for higher productivity in many sectors.

Article ConcreteConstruction MaterialsGreen Construction

Boehmers uses captured CO2 to make stronger concrete blocks

September 7, 2017 Nate Hendley

Boehmers is a concrete block producer in Cambridge, Ont. with a new, carbon-dioxide (CO2) infused product said to be great for the environment and superior to traditional concrete blocks. The company has been selling the Carboclave block, as the product

Article Compact Equipment

On-Site polls leading OEMs to find out which compact machines are most popular with contractors

September 7, 2017 by Corinne Lynds

Ask any operator, and they will tell you: everyone has a favourite piece of equipment. There are lots of factors that contribute to one’s fondness for a specific piece of machinery, but its most often related to comfort, familiarity, and

Article Infrastructure

Government spending on infrastructure is slowly making its way down the pipe

September 6, 2017 Saul Chernos

Rome wasn’t built in a day. A trite expression, perhaps, but one which might comfort builders and other construction sector service and material providers wondering when infrastructure money the federal Liberal government promised in its two most recent budgets might

Article ConstructionSkills Development

From the editor: 5 ways to modernize skills training

September 6, 2017 Corinne Lynds

How do we prepare the next generation for construction jobs that don’t even exist yet? That’s a tough one. According to a recent report entitled An Apprenticeship Skills Agenda, we had better figure it out soon – 65 per cent

Article Law

Contractors and the Law: Breaking up is hard to do

June 20, 2017 Krista Johanson

A recent Ontario court decision illustrates the expected – and unexpected – challenges that arise when one party wishes to end a contractual relationship. In Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc. v. Metrolinx, 2017 ONSC 2372, Bombardier had entered into a $770-million contract

Article Risk Management

Is the project finance industry digging deep enough?

June 20, 2017 David Bowcott

Every project needs money to move forward. Those funds are made up of equity and debt. The equity is contributed by the owner (or the concessionaire of the project) as a first layer of defense against project failure. The remainder


Propane: The underestimated fuel is being used across the jobsite

June 20, 2017 Jeremy Wishart

Propane has been a fixture on construction sites for years, most often used for power generation and materials handling. Recently, however, site managers are using propane to power a growing number of applications. More construction firms are beginning to recognize