Why Not Construction? I Know Why, but You Might Not Like It

The problem is not figuring out what to do and how to do it, it is actually doing it. Read more

Driverless Trucks Could Mean “Game Over” for Thousands of Jobs

Driverless trucks have long seemed a far-fetched notion of the future, technology that would never materialize in this generation. The future may be closer at hand: Suncor Energy Inc. is working to replace its fleet in the oil sands with autonomous trucks “by the end of the decade.” Read more

Finding Expertise in the Immigrant Labour Pool

Halifax-based contractor Dexter Construction has discovered a pool of “underutilized labour” that is proving to be a good hiring source for hard-working and reliable workers for its concrete division as well as other divisions in its fold. Read more

The Keys to Success in Integrated Project Delivery: People, Process and Promises

Integrated project delivery (IPD) is a collaborative method that addresses some of the shortcomings of the traditional procurement methods. IPD covers a spectrum of contracting — from the familiar (construction management infused with collaborative or team-based processes) to the arcane (alliance models with “no-dispute” clauses). However, in its most effective form, IPD involves a multiparty agreement between the owner, general contractor, lead designer, and key subcontractors and design consultants. Read more

Clients Should Mandate Better Outcomes instead of BIM

Mandating building information modelling (BIM) in Australia now should only be done as part of a wider national strategy for the construction industry. Otherwise it will be as effective as mandating CAD. Read more

2015 Awards Applications Due September 3rd

The deadline is approaching to submit a project for the CCPPP 2015 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships. Read more

The 23rd Annual CCPPP National Conference on P3s to Be Held November 2 & 3, 2015

The CCPPP conference is the largest P3 conference in the world that brings together many of the key experts and players in the P3 and infrastructure space. Last year the conference attracted 1,200 delegates from 25 countries from both the private and public sector. This year’s conference is shaping up to have another great line up of discussions and keynote addresses to talk about whats happening with P3s and how Canada continues to be best in class in executing P3 deals that help governments and municipalities to address their infrastructure deficits. Register today

Wi-Fi Sensors Could Streamline Construction Safety and Production

Safety is everyone’s concern and new wireless network (Wi-Fi) technology being deployed in the harsh environments of chemical plants and refineries could soon start to show up on construction sites. Read more

Is Cleaner Cement Production Possible?

World cement production is growing more rapidly than we thought it would just a few years ago. In 2012, researchers at Columbia University told us they expected production to reach between 3.7 billion and 4.4 billion tonnes by 2010. But with the figures for 2014 now available, we find that world production already totalled 4.3 billion tonnes. Read more

Zero-net Energy Transit Center

The John W. Olver Transit Center zero-net energy (ZNE) project is a high-performance building designed with reduced energy loads, passive design strategies, maximized efficiency of mechanical and electrical systems, and on-site power generation. Read more