$2 Million WBF Program Expansion

The federal government is expanding training and skills development opportunities for women by investing more than $2 million in the Women Building Futures’ (WBF) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Program. Read more


Asset Management a Needed Infrastructure Tool, Says Advocates

The best practice for strategic infrastructure investment in Golden, B.C. and Edmonton, Alta. demonstrates the importance of embracing the process of asset management for municipal leaders across Canada, says one former municipal leader. Read more

A Closer Look at the Prompt Payment Problem

Paying a bill is the final step in an exchange of value between the payer and the payee. That this is an exchange is a crucial point, and the fact that payers – who have already received their value – sometimes seem to overlook this is the cause of much rancor. Delayed or non-payment instantly triggers a deep-seated sense of injustice. Read more



This 26-Story High-rise Will Be the Biggest Passive Building in the World

Most buildings that meet the rigorous passive house standards are single-family homes. But a new passive house apartment building in New York City will be 26 stories high—the tallest and largest in the world. Read more.

Dubai to Build World’s First 3D Printed Office

The United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee has revealed a project to create the world’s first ever 3-D printed office building. Read more.

Safety: It’s Also Good for Business

As an industry, our discussion on health and safety issues focusses mainly on the impact of the wellbeing of people on our jobsites. But there’s a business case to be made for health and safety as well.  Here are ten reasons why you need to buy into health and safety. Read more.
Safety Apps
It’s becoming more common for project teams to investigate software and app options that will allow them to make use of smart devices on site. Read more.

Alcohol Testing in the Construction Industry

Everyone, including employees, stand to gain from safety in the workplace. So what can you do to protect worker and public safety if you are concerned about alcohol use or abuse in the workplace? Read more.

 

Workers Encouraged to Stay Hydrated

B.C. is in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave and while many are hitting the beaches and camping, construction crews are on the jobsite. Hard work in the hot sun can be more than unpleasant – it can be dangerous. Read more.

Financial Issues Thwart Apprentices

Financial issues are among the biggest challenges apprentices must overcome to successfully complete their training, says a labour market analyst. Read more.

 

Tapping into Kids’ Passion for Minecraft in the Classroom

Even young children can quickly progress from building a simple survival hut to creating impressive structures. For instance, the year three girls in a research project called Serious Play rebuilt their school in Minecraft. To achieve this they had to use a range of design, maths, art and geography skills. Read more.