After a tunnel construction triumph in Japan, all eyes are on CIM (not BIM)

What’s CIM? For the unfamiliar, Construction Information Modeling/Management is a localized term used in Japan’s construction industry in place of BIM (Building Information Modeling). The Mikusa Tunnel project on Japan’s Kinki Highway Kisei Line was the first of many projects to use it for the entire building process. The Obayashi Corporation comprehensively used 3D models to build the tunnel, another first in Japan, earning it the country’s first AEC Excellence Award in 2017. Read more

Report recommends targeting infrastructure dollars on bottlenecks

The report is a follow-up to Grinding to a Halt, Evaluating Canada’s Worst Bottlenecks, released in 2017, which showed Canada’s worst bottlenecks increase commute times by as much as 50 per cent and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in wasted time and productivity as well as burn an extra 287 million litres of fuel per year. Read more

Respectful workplaces blog: Building a foundation of respect

A major study in the United States that surveyed a large sample of private-sector organizations found that allocating resources to “responsibility structures,” for example, diversity (respectful and inclusive workplace) plans, committees, and staff positions, is associated with significantly higher representation of people with different genders, backgrounds, and circumstances in management. Read more

New Champlain bridge corridor project receives ENVISION platinum award

The New Champlain Bridge Corridor Project has earned a prestigious EnvisionTM Platinum Award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) for achieving the highest standards of sustainable development and environmental performance on an infrastructure project. This distinction is the first to be awarded in Quebec for infrastructure on the scale of the new Champlain Bridge, and the first in Canada to be awarded for a bridge project. Read more