February 19, 2017
The importance of being ethical in project management
For guidance with ethical concerns, project managers should refer to the Project Management Institute's code of ethics, as well as the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act.
February 17, 2017
How We Started a Community of Practice
“Today’s economy runs on knowledge, and Communities of Practice (COP) are a relatively new organizational form that that can radically galvanize knowledge sharing, learning, and change. They are formed by groups of people informally bound together by shared expertise and passion for a joint enterprise.”
February 17, 2017
Victoria council votes to replace Crystal Pool
Victoria council has voted to replace the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. It will be up to Victoria taxpayers to approve or reject the borrowing of needed funds.
February 16, 2017
What is the Lean Project Delivery System?
LPDS is a philosophy, but also a delivery system in which the project team help customers to decide what they want, not only realize decisions and perform activities. Ballard described LPDS also as “project-based production system” because it is a temporary production system. In contrast to traditional project delivery systems, LPDS questions what needs to be done and who is responsible for the task at the very beginning of the project.
February 14, 2017
Lean to Be ‘Green’
Canadians have been pursuing sustainability in the building industry for some time. Many building projects target a level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) using the rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a completed building.
February 13, 2017
Why Self-Driving Cars *Can’t Even* With Construction Zones
If you’re a human driver, road construction probably annoys you: one more thing clogging traffic on your way home. If you’re a self-driving car, though, it can be devastating.
February 11, 2017
BC Construction Industry Hiring Workers Back From Alberta
Strong activity in British Columbia’s construction industry is drawing skilled workers back to the province from Alberta and more young people are entering the trades, according to the 2016 Construction Industry Survey released today by the BC Construction Association, in partnership with Progressive Contractors Association and Construction Labour Relations.
February 11, 2017
Construction Corner: Constructing a ‘smart city in a box’
The concept of a smart city is new enough that people are still trying to sort out what it means. There is more than one design idea and more than one notion of the kinds of technology that might be involved.
February 10, 2017
Trump advisers’ infrastructure financing plan could be risky, say critics
President Donald Trump has promised to revitalize America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and airports, but a plan put forward by his economic advisers relies on a transportation financing scheme that hasn’t been tried before and comes with significant risks.
February 09, 2017
Langford’s population grows by 20.9% in five years, highest in region
Langford’s population growth is sprinting ahead of other Greater Victoria municipalities with a 20.9 per cent increase in five years, as new-home construction spreads, commercial enterprise expands and public infrastructure is built out.
February 08, 2017
New procurement and financing approaches needed to close infrastructure gap in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal communities
A long list of infrastructure concerns in Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal communities needs to be addressed, from poor access to basic amenities such as clean water, sewage treatment, and waste management systems to transportation and telecommunications. A new report by The Conference Board of Canada suggests that governments should be more open to private sector and Aboriginal participation to help close the infrastructure gap in a timely and efficient way. February 6, 2017 by Conference Board of Canada
February 01, 2017
Building by numbers: how 3D printing is shaking up the construction industry
Attendees at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Showin March are in for a surprise. No, not the usual prize petunias or gigantic geraniums. Natural beauty is two a penny here. Instead lucky ticket-holders will witness the unveiling of something entirely man-made – yet, not: a 3D printed treehouse.
January 30, 2017
The Future of Construction: Mushroom Buildings
The future of construction is rotten. The process which has long been known to decompose and recycle organic matter may soon provide the building blocks to construct our future. The technology is owed to none-other than the mushroom- or more accurately, fungus.
January 30, 2017
Installation of breakwater begins in Esquimalt Harbour
In an effort to provide wave protection for smaller Royal Canadian Navy vessels, a floating breakwater is being installed on the Colwood side of Esquimalt Harbour.
January 29, 2017
'The next wave' of design: Why wellness-minded spaces are on the rise
The push to make buildings more sustainable is nothing new, as the industry has largely embraced the growing trend. The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification system is the most well-known name in the space, as there are more than 59,000 LEED-certified projects totaling 6 billion square feet in 164 countries.
January 28, 2017
Microsoft Hololens set to bring mixed reality to construction
Microsofts Hololens smart glasses could be used to create mixed reality structures to assist in construction.
January 27, 2017
Aging Canadian workforce means changes to occupational health and safety programs
A workers' compensation researcher and consultant in British Columbia says an aging Canadian workforce will place increasing demands on workplace health and safety programs.
January 25, 2017
Union asks PM to reject advice to relax anti-dumping duties on cheap U.S. drywall
A union that represents workers in Canadian drywall factories is telling the prime minister a decision that could help the construction business might cost its members their jobs.
January 24, 2017
Construction Industry Not Embracing Tech Tools
KPMG survey reveals industry still struggling to adopt technologies
January 20, 2017
Construction Corner: Smog-eating Skyscraper a Building of the Future
This is the time of year when people love to look ahead, trying to imagine what the year might bring. People who call themselves futurists look farther ahead — a decade perhaps, or two.
January 19, 2017
CITT used incomplete information in drywall decision: CertainTeed
CertainTeed Gypsum Canada is praising a ruling by the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) recognizing that dumped U.S. drywall imports into Western Canada are hurting its business, but also slammed the tribunal for not relying on “complete information.”
January 18, 2017
10 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2017
With 2016 in the rearview mirror, construction professionals are turning their attention to the year ahead. While construction spending failed to meet analyst expectations last year, economists predict 5% growth in the value of starts in 2017, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.
January 12, 2017
January 2017 Dinner Mixer: Leadership in Construction: Filling the Skills Gap
Greg Baynton, VICA's CEO, will touch on the current skills gap in the construction industry at all levels which is felt most prominently in project management. He will speak to how we can fill this gap, on the leadership and values it takes to excel in the construction industry and what the future holds for BC.
January 11, 2017
CITT recommends drywall tariffs be dropped to 43 per cent
The Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) ruled this month that drywall products imported from the U.S. have injured the Canadian construction industry. But much lower tariffs and a break for those in fixed-priced contracts is being recommended.
January 05, 2017
Procurement Perspectives: Signing authority in municipal government
There is little case law dealing with the delegation of signing authority by a municipality. As corporate entities, municipalities clearly can only act through agents and therefore must necessarily have the implicit capacity to pass bylaws providing for the manner of, or the necessity for, the execution of any document, instrument or agreement by a person, subject to any clear restriction on that capacity under the act of the province in which they are situated.