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Article Risk Management

Material risk events in P3s: 2011 vs. 2016

February 22, 2017 David Bowcott

As some of you may be aware, the firm I work for (Aon) has more than 2,500 construction clients, and 13 of the top 15 Canadian contractors as clients. We have also acted as risk advisor and broker to a

Article Construction

Lean construction puts down roots in Canada

February 22, 2017 Nate Hendley

The new Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw, Sask., serves the Five Hills Health Region, an area containing 54,000 people in the south-central portion of the province. Open since late 2015, the facility is considered the first

Article ConstructionLaw

Law Column: Ledcor Construction vs. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co.

December 20, 2016 David Miachika and Alexander Bjornson

Builders’ Risk (or Course of Construction) insurance policies are commonplace on construction projects. Although they provide coverage for physical loss or damage to ongoing construction works, these policies typically include a “defects” exclusion for faulty or defective workmanship, materials or

Article ConstructionRisk Management

Is Canada becoming the world’s most advanced asset management economy?

December 20, 2016 David Bowcott

No matter where I go these days it seems like every economy, both governments and corporations, are toying with new ways to design, build and operate their physical assets. The over-arching trend behind this long-term capital concept is Asset Management.

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Article ConstructionHealth & SafetySoftware / Hardware

Software for safer workplaces

December 20, 2016 Jacob Stoller

One of the most ubiquitous requirements for contractors in all sectors of the industry is fulfilling their duty to keep workers safe. The issues are widely publicized, and training resources and safety tools are readily available. Maintaining a comprehensive safety

Article Concrete

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

Article ConcreteConstruction

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

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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.

Article BridgesConstructionFinancingGreen ConstructionHeavy EquipmentInfrastructureRoads

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.