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INDUSTRY VOICES: Taking a behaviour based safety approach

What do the following have in common: Sun tanning; smoking; texting while driving; and not wearing appropriate safety gear on a construction site? If you said they are all examples of high-risk behaviors, you would be correct. Now what about the following: Pamphlets about the dangers of sun exposur...

B.C. and New Brunswick agree to increase apprentice mobility

Apprentices in British Columbia and New Brunswick will soon be able to seamlessly work in either province, thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). "B.C. is entering a time of incredible opportunity, not only for British Columbians but for all Canadians," said B.C. Premier Christy Clark. "In ...

Consulting engineers adopt new integrity and transparency policies

BY PATRICIA WILLIAMS - Acting in response to a task force recommendation, members of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) have adopted a statement of principles and policies pertaining to business integrity and transparency. "(The underlining philosophy is) it isn't enou...

Geothermal retrofit in Vancouver is the first of its kind anywhere

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - Workers are drilling hundreds of feet into the earth in downtown Vancouver for one of the world's most unique geothermal projects. "Basically we are building a rechargeable battery under the building, " said Adrian Ryan, senior vice president of engineering for Fēnix Energy. The...

PHOTO: Arts and Culture at new MacEwan building

The Grant MacEwan University - Centre for Arts and Culture in downtown Edmonton is a $124 million project designed by both Bing Thom Architect Inc and Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd. The consulting engineering is by AECOM (civil), Fast + Epp (structural), Hemisphere Engineering Inc. (mechanical), and S...

Vancouver brewery takes shape

The new Red Truck Brewery is taking shape in Vancouver, B.C. in the rapidly developing Brewery District. The project also includes a 50s style diner. Fortana Construction Ltd. is the general contractor. Ankenman Marchand Architects did the design. The consulting engineers on the project are Glotman ...

PHOTO: Manitoba Highway Work

Borland Construction crews work on resurfacing a six kilometre stretch of Provincial Trunk Highway 12, south of the TransCanada Highway near St. Anne, Man. The work consists of bridge renewal, culvert replacement, shoulder surface improvements, breaking up the existing concrete surface and re-paving...

Burnaby pipeline surveying begins

BY RUSSELL HIXSON - Kinder Morgan has moved ahead with surveying Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, B.C. For about a month, the energy company will conduct tests to determine the viability of constructing a two kilometre pipeline through the area and possibly through the mountain for its Trans Mountain pi...

Bridgit brings technology to worksite forefront

Hand gestures will take on a whole new meaning on construction sites as Bridgit’s Closeout deficiency management application pairs up with smartglass and a muscle controlled armband. By using Closeout with Myo armband from Thalmic Labs and smartglass, users can eliminate the need to remove their glo...

Drivers saddle up for Concrete Truck Rodeo

Twenty-four drivers competed in the third year of the resurrected Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO) Concrete Truck Rodeo recently. The course contained nine obstacles as well as a pre-trip inspection. Obstacles included driving both forward and reverse in a serpentine pattern, an a...

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