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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

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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.
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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

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Innovation conversation is heating up in Canadian construction

June 22, 2016 Jim Barnes

It’s no secret that Canada’s construction industry has been taking a beating for lagging in innovation. Major global studies have flagged the country as an innovation laggard, and the construction sector has been further singled out as underperforming even those

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Prof develops asphalt compactor that improves longevity and resilience of pavement

June 22, 2016 Nate Hendley

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is wrapping up a research study that began two years ago to test the performance of a cutting-edge asphalt compactor called the Asphalt Multi-Integrated Roller (AMIR). AMIR is the brainchild of Abd El Halim,

Article Software / Hardware

Time tracking software prevents administrative costs and hassles

June 22, 2016 Jacob Stoller

Hourly wages constitute the largest expense category for most contractors. Yet the amount paid is determined, in most cases, by a source that is scientifically proven to be highly unreliable – human memory. In fact, according to a phenomenon that

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Invest in human capital for productivity and profitability

June 22, 2016 David Bowcott

This issue of On-Site has a focus on investment in research and development (R&D). When we think of R&D within the construction sector, most people think of investment in solutions related to design or project management software, construction materials, asset

Article ConstructionLaw

Substantial compliance can be pretty strict: complying with terms of tender

June 22, 2016 Dirk Laudan & John Pratt

  A “discretion clause” in terms of tender can give the owner the discretion to overlook technical non-compliance by bids, and allow them to accept bids unless they are materially or substantially non-compliant. Notwithstanding this, a decision by the British Columbia

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Construction workers are amongst Canada’s happiest employees

June 22, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

After months of poring over survey results and talking to construction leaders, we have uncovered exactly what it takes to be one of Canada’s Top Contractors. The answer, as always, is great people. Innovative business strategies, technologies, materials and partnerships

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Will you be ready if COR becomes mandatory?

April 26, 2016 Nate Hendley

COR certification is rapidly becoming a prerequisite for commercial contractors bidding on large projects, particularly in the Toronto area. Industry experts say COR certification could eventually become mandatory for all commercial construction jobs nationwide. The Certificate of Recognition (COR) program

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Gas saws: Cut to the chase

April 26, 2016 Patrick McConnell

When it comes to choosing a heavy-duty, gas-powered, hand-held cut-off saw, size is not always the determining factor, manufacturers agree. “The high-speed gas saw is one of the most used, and abused, pieces of equipment on any job site,” says

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Edmonton scores with LEED silver arena

April 26, 2016 Ross Monsour

The Rogers Place Arena in Edmonton is a testament to the long-term durability of concrete, and the advantages that this material brings to mega structures. The arena will be unique in the sporting industry as the first NHL facility designed

Article Law

Is there an L&M bond? Maybe you should ask . . .

April 26, 2016 By Dirk Laudan & Alexander Bjornson

Labour and material payment bonds protect unpaid subcontractors where the contractor that hired them becomes insolvent or otherwise fails to make payment. The protection provided by such bonds can vanish, however, when claimants do not know about them. Many construction

Article Risk Management

Invest in innovation to drive productivity and lower risk

April 26, 2016 David Bowcott

For as long as I can remember the construction industry has been hammered by academics, government and business leaders for having low productivity measures compared to other industries. The sector has also been criticized for poor productivity – being amongst

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Contractor hits homer in Jays’ infield

April 26, 2016 Jim Barnes

While he is not being watched as closely as pitcher Marcus Stroman, contractor Vito Nardi definitely feels like he is squarely in the public spotlight. The job he is working on – preparing Toronto’s Rogers Centre stadium, home of the

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12 reasons to love the federal budget

April 26, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

Contractors across the country were ‘high-fiving’ each other after Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the federal budget on March 22. And rightly so! The government’s long-term commitment to infrastructure and labour initiatives will not only address Canada’s need for key

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Why Canada leads in green building

March 18, 2016 Jim Barnes

Since the Canadian Green Building Council began operating in 2002 as an offshoot of the US Green Building Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program (LEED) has led Canada to a prominent position internationally in environmental construction. We

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The 3 Rs of aggregate recycling

March 18, 2016 by Corinne Lynds

Efforts to launch a certification program for aggregate recycling facilities in Ontario stalled last month when partner associations and producers raised concerns at the 11th hour. Aggregate Recycling Ontario (ARO) has spent the last year and a half implementing a