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Article ConstructionInfrastructure

Digging deep

February 20, 2018 Corinne Lynds with files from Metrolinx

Originally conceived as the Line 5 Eglinton by Toronto Mayor David Miller and TTC chair Adam Giambrone back in 2007, the $6.6-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT is one of the largest transit infrastructure projects underway in North America, and it’s progressing

Article Construction

Ahead of the curve

February 20, 2018 Jacob Stoller

National Research Council Canada (NRC) released a paper in 2008 titled Systems Integration and Collaboration in Construction: A Review. Its authors, Weiming Shen and colleagues, concluded “systems integration and collaboration are believed to be the key enabling technologies to help

Article LawRoads

Saskatchewan, Alberta trade dispute risks investor uncertainty

February 20, 2018 by Jillian Morgan

Saskatchewan has lifted its ban on Alberta license plates from government road and building project sites in the province. The decision came 12 hours before an independent panel under the New West Partnership Trade Agreement would strike a rule on


Canadian Concrete Expo: letter from the president

December 15, 2017 Stuart Galloway

We started researching this project back in the summer of 2016 and reserved the Hall space at the International Centre the following September. From there, many customer survey calls were made to potential exhibitors and companies that might attend the

Article Concrete

First annual Canadian Concrete Expo is coming to Toronto February 2018

December 15, 2017 by On-Site Magazine

The Canadian Concrete Expo (CCE) is an industry only trade show that will feature more than 250 exhibiting companies on 200,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space. CCE will foster commerce, partnerships, education, and face-to-face meetings. Exhibitors from across the country will be able to


Anticipation builds for World of Concrete 2018

December 15, 2017 by On-Site Magazine

The most important annual international event of the year for concrete and masonry professionals, WOC 2018 expects to attract 60,000 professional registrants and 1,500 leading suppliers from around the world. Taking over the Las Vegas Convention Centre from January 22

Article Trucks

2018 pickup trucks report: the right truck

December 15, 2017 Jill McIntosh

You always want “the right tool for the job,” and that includes one of a contractor’s most important tools, the work vehicle. It can be hard to choose with so many on the market, but that also gives you a

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.