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WOC PRODUCT PREVIEW: Here’s what WOC 2017 has on tap

December 20, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

To be held January 17 to 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, World of Concrete will spotlight innovative products, construction machinery, safety training courses and new technologies designed to help grow your business. Here is a sneak peek of

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New products and regulations are on tap for the concrete anchoring sector

December 20, 2016 Nate Hendley

The next few months will see new concrete anchoring product releases and new U.S. regulations about using such products. Power tool companies that sell concrete anchoring solutions will be displaying their wares at World of Concrete, scheduled January 17 –

Article ConstructionInfrastructureRoads

The Trump Effect: 5 ways “The Donald” could impact Canadian construction

December 13, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

The morning after Donald Trump was elected 45th president of the United States, my 10-year-old son, Ben, staggered sleepily out of his room with a concerned look on his face. He wanted to know if this meant there was going

Article Trucks

2017 pickup truck models get everything from a mild refresh, to a complete makeover

December 9, 2016 Jil McIntosh

With trucks as popular as they are, automakers can’t afford to stand still. Several models undergo everything from a mild refresh to a complete makeover for 2017. For those who need ultimate workhorses, Ford completely updates its Super Duty, while

Article ConstructionInfrastructure

2017 Forecast: “Avalanche” of construction to come

December 9, 2016 Jim Barnes

  The crystal ball for Canadian construction next year was already cloudy before Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. That one event has thrown a lot of forecasts into the trash bin. It’s difficult to

Women are rapidly being recruited to fill the skilled trades job gap.
Article ConstructionSkills Development

Construction companies step up efforts to recruit more women

November 24, 2016 Danna O'Brien

Last January, 38-year-old Diane Logan did what she describes as a complete 180. After 10 years as a secretary, she traded in her office wear, layered up in two pairs of long johns, a parka and quilt-lined hardhat and headed out

Article ConstructionInfrastructureRoads

Rise of automated vehicles influences infrastructure project selection

November 22, 2016 Bern Grush

The rise of automated vehicles (AVs) will create opportunities for infrastructure across Canada but project selection must be rigorous as we cope with two overlapping and competing streams of automation. The first stream: Semi-automated vehicles (2020-2035) will require a driver

Article ConstructionRisk Management

Risk Column: Creating design risk awareness

October 14, 2016 David Bowcott

I have spent a lot of time mining and developing data recently. It seems the insurance sector has the richest repository of failure data in the world, and given the growing demand for failure data quants, I had no choice but

Dexter + Chaney's Spectrum Construction Software.
Article ConstructionSoftware / Hardware

Software column: The cloud – A practical view

October 14, 2016 Jacob Stoller

Not long ago, the most common IT job description was network administrator. The work involved a lot of repetitive tasks: update user profiles, manage email capacity and security, apply Microsoft Office patches, stage new PCs; and of course, deal with

Article Compact EquipmentConstruction

What’s new in compact equipment?

October 14, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

Contractors who understand the value and versatility of compact machines, have a lot to be excited about. Power, versatility and fuel efficiency continue to be key features. But comfort, ease of use and equipment that requires less maintenance, are also

Article ConstructionHeavy EquipmentTrucks

Younger operators, and demand for greater efficiencies drives vocational truck design

October 14, 2016 Nate Hendley

What have been the biggest design trends in vocational trucks in recent years? John Felder, product marketing manager for Volvo Trucks, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., offers a few suggestions. Felder cites new engine exhaust emission devices, growth in telematics, safety

Article BridgesConstructionInfrastructureRoads

Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge stays open to traffic while 46 bridge spans are replaced

October 14, 2016 Corinne Lynds

For only the second time in history, the suspended spans of a bridge are being replaced while keeping the bridge open to traffic. The first; was the Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, and the second is Halifax’s own Macdonald Bridge.

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New Champlain Bride is construction showpiece

October 14, 2016 Jim Barnes

Canada has been home to a variety of megaprojects in recent years. None will be more visually stunning than the new Champlain Bridge (NCB) in Montreal, which will replace the existing Champlain Bridge in 2018. The existing bridge crosses the

Article ConstructionSkills DevelopmentSoftware / Hardware

Don’t be like weird old Uncle Charlie

October 14, 2016 Corinne Lynds

Maybe it’s your brother, your mom, or even your weird-old-Uncle Charlie. And it doesn’t matter if you live in Vancouver, Toronto or Labrador – every family has its own technophobe. You know the person I’m talking about. They’re still using

Article Compact EquipmentConstructionHeavy EquipmentMachine Control

Despite the boom in GPS, contractors are cautiously entering the market

August 31, 2016 David Godkin

The uptake of GPS technology in machine controls has skyrocketed in recent years. According to an advisory board to the U.S. government, the adoption rate of GPS among machine control industries overall has been driven largely by costs and benefits.

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How to prep your wheel loaders for winter

August 31, 2016 Nate Hendley

If you want to use your wheel loaders in winter for removing snow or anything else, you need to ensure your machines can handle cold-weather conditions. An obvious way to protect your equipment in wintertime is to park it in

Article ConstructionInfrastructure

2016 Infrastructure Report: Feds turn on the tap

August 31, 2016 Jim Barnes

A massive increase to federal infrastructure funding was made in budget 2016. Some $60 billion over 10 years has been added in two phases to the current $65 million in funding, while the current Building Canada Fund is being accelerated.

The Pillars of Justice stand in a Toronto park not far from the future site of a new courthouse. AECOM has been awarded the planning, design, and compliance contract. An RFP for the AFP project will be issued in the spring.
Article ConstructionLaw

Contractors and the Law: The importance of bid compliance

August 29, 2016 Matthew Swanson and Alexander Bjornson

Tendering is often a complex and hurried process, and sometimes mistakes are made. In the recent case of True Construction Ltd. vs. Kamloops (City), the British Columbia Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal considered a number of issues relating

Article Risk Management

Sizing and recovering impact costs from insurance

August 29, 2016 David Bowcott

The prime contractor is like the conductor of an orchestra, ensuring all musicians know their role. If one player misses their cue, the entire orchestra is disrupted, and the performance fails. Insurance plays a key role in preventing and mitigating

Article Software / Hardware

Software Column: Are you getting a bad rap online?

August 29, 2016 Jacob Stoller

“Bad news travels fast” may be an ancient proverb, but even a few decades ago nobody could have imagined that a story could go viral in a matter of minutes. The influence of online information is growing so rapidly that