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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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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

Article Construction

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

Article AsphaltConstructionRoads

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

Article ConstructionLabourSkills Development

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