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Overcoming five objections to adopting cutting-edge project management software

Overcoming five objections to adopting cutting-edge project management software

Adoptingan effective project management software suite will almost certainly improvethe way that contractors conduct their business. So why is getting constructionbusinesses there often such a battle? Asdirector of product management at Viewpoint Construction Software, JeremyLarsen is rolling out the company’s newe…

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Emerging technology changing Canada's construction site workflows

Emerging technology changing Canada's construction site workflows

Helen Goodland, Brantwood Consulting principal, and an advisor to the BC Construction Association on innovation and sustainability, says the increasing use of work place technology will bring more change to the Canadian construction industry. "The whole economic model will shift," she said. "It will require a transition …

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B.C. manufacturer awarded patent for self-sealing concrete

B.C. manufacturer awarded patent for self-sealing concrete

Kryton International Inc., a Vancouver manufacturer of concrete and concrete specialty products, was recently awarded a U.S. patent for a scientific test it helped to develop. Called a Method, Apparatus and System for Testing the Self-Sealing Capabilities of a Concrete Sample, the test quantifies and proves the self-seali…

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Wood on the rise in Canada

Wood on the rise in Canada

While Ontario's building code approved construction of wood-frame midrises up to six storeys as of January 2015, designers are already out the gate with taller structures in Canada. Leading the way is an 18-storey students' residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver which just started construction,…

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Going up? magnetized elevators could be the new way

Going up? magnetized elevators could be the new way

New elevator technology that may be ready for market in five years will not only transform how people move within tall buildings but it also has the potential to revolutionize the shape and functioning of many high-density urban forms.So say spokespeople for Germany’s ThyssenKrupp, whose new magnetized MULTI system will e…

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First Net Zero home in Canada completed

First Net Zero home in Canada completed

Guelph, Ont.—Reid’s Heritage Homes is celebrating the first of 25 Net Zero Energy homes to be built across Canada.Constructed in Guelph, Ont. the house is the first completed as part of a national demonstration project which is trying to prove that Net Zero homes can be built on a community-level scale.According to a re…

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Construction innovation 'nerve centre' created

Construction innovation 'nerve centre' created

Canadian Construction Innovations (CCInnovations) has created a clearinghouse portal with the goal of becoming the “nerve centre” for construction innovation, explains its president Pierre Boucher."One of the issues that we have in Canada with innovation is a lack of co-ordination, communication and sharing of ideas, …

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British plastic road plates crossing the pond

Oxford Plastics road plates are made from composite materials that make them light enough for two people to carry while strong enough to withstand the weight of a 44,000 kilogram truck.

A British company is staking a beach head in North America seeking to convert contractors to using plastic road plate instead of steel for temporary coverage during construction.Oxford Plastics launched their composite plastic plate system in 2009 and has since gained traction in London, England where local regulations dema…

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A 100-year storm is coming to infrastructure near you, how best to prepare?

A 100-year storm is coming to infrastructure near you, how best to prepare?

Early one September morning last year, heavy rain began to fall in Phoenix, Ariz. By the time the sky cleared that afternoon, the city had received almost half of its annual rainfall in a matter of just a few hours. It was a 500-year storm, so called because it was an event so rare that it could be expected to happen just o…

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Hercules and Pangea — your newest excavator design

The Hercules and Pangea concept excavators designed by Coventry University (U.K.) students won Red Dot Design Awards, in Germany.

An excavator with a cutter that looks like the mouth of a lamprey eel? Since 1955, Germany’s Red Dot Design Award has honoured the best in international design, including innovative construction product concepts.Among more than 15,000 submissions from 70 countries in 2014, competition judges singled out two unique constru…

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