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Top 12 apps architects can use on a construction site
ArchDaily.com has put together a series of helpful apps for the development and management of construction projects from digital measuring tools to instant software-generated reports of work progress.

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National Institute of Building Sciences Unveils National BIM Guide for Owners
Following a year-long development process, the National Institute of Building Sciences released its new guideline to help building owners utilize building information modeling (BIM). The National BIM Guide for Owners (NBGO) provides building owners with an approach, from their own profession’s standpoint, to create and fulfill BIM requirements for a typical project.

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Insurance delays frustrating Fort McMurray homeowners trying to rebuild
Insurance companies are processing at least 45,000 claims - the majority residential ones - from the wildfire. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), they are expected to pay out $3.58-billion to residents. 

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Halifax eases building restrictions on some rural landowners
Halifax regional council approved changes Tuesday night that will allow 82 rural landowners to build on lots larger than 10 hectares — but there are at least 900 other properties across the municipality that did not get an immediate exemption.

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Renowned library architect praises proposed site for Ottawa's new central library
The internationally renowned architect who designed Halifax’s award-winning library is praising the proposed location for Ottawa’s new central branch, which some have dismissed because they believe it’s outside the city’s downtown core.

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Core Architects tower project will be Mississauga's tallest building
CORE Architects has revealed designs for a 60-story tower in MississaugaOntario, that when completed, will become the tallest building in Canada’s 6th largest city. 

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New 'soft skyscraper' will be a unique addition to the Vancouver skyline
The tower — called Alberni — will have 188 condominiums and a ground-floor Japanese restaurant designed by Kuma’s firm. Six levels of underground parking will provide space for 271 cars and 248 bike parking spots inside and out.

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A look at 7 unique buildings carved out of the Canadian Maritimes
I ran across this blog on Architizier.com discussing some very unique buildings right here in Canada's Maritimes. Check it out.

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Builder chosen for new K-9 school in Spruce Grove
The new school will be built in Spruce Grove’s west end close to where Grove Drive currently ends and the new Copperhaven neighbourhood development continues.  The construction contract for that school has been awarded by government to United Construction Company Inc. with construction work slated to begin in the spring of 2017.

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CITT Decision Applauded by The Western Canada Alliance of Wall and Ceiling Contractors

The Western Canada Alliance of Wall and Ceiling Contractors ('Alliance') Applauds Canadian International Trade Tribunal ('CITT') Decision Regarding Anti-Dumping Duties on Gypsum Board Exported from the US into Western Canada Duties Deemed to Cause Significant Harm to Western Canadian Businesses and Consumers  

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Controversy surrounds municipal complex construction contract in Nova Scotia
Following much debate and controversy, Kings County council could make a decision on whether or not to award the construction contract for the new municipal complex proposed for Coldbrook.

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Bird Construction selected to design & build a new mental health facility and energy centre in New Westminster
The new 75-bed Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) wellness centre will be a four-storey building with approximately 13,000-square-metres that will provide both inpatient and outpatient services. The MHSU building will include a two-level bridge link to the existing hospital with one level for patient movement and the other for hospital services. In addition, the building will have a multi-level 450 stall parkade to service the campus.

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Unique Canadian house gets international acclaim
A home design inspired by Nova Scotia’s rugged environment has won several awards and is gaining international attention.

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Naturehumaine upgrades Montreal residences with new brickwork and a white roof extension
Canadian firm Naturehumaine has renovated and extended a 1920s residential building in Montreal, adding a white-clad upper level to the old brick structure.

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Construction has started on phase two of the London Roundhouse project
The Horton Street tech corridor is getting another major boost with the construction of a $3 million office building that will wrap around the London Roundhouse.

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Construction on the world's first floating city could start in 2019
The Seasteading Institute have spent five years researching the concept of permanent floating communities living in international waters, with the publication reporting that the government of the French Polynesia have signed an agreement with a U.S. company to start construction in 2019.

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SNC-Lavalin finalizes sale of its Real Estate Facilities Management business
SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that on December 30, 2016, it has reached financial close on the sale of its Real Estate Facilities Management business in Canada to Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions. The agreement for this sale had been announced on June 30, 2016.

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Engineers have released plans for a 5-km-high skyscraper that eats smog
Arconic, a materials science company, has envisioned a 3-mile-high (4.8-km) skyscraper built from materials that are either in-development or have already been brought to market, including smog-eating surfaces and retractable balconies.

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How technology is helping engineers visualize building blueprints
Using the HoloLens engineers can overlay a design onto a real world bridge or building (or vice-versa), making inspections simpler and safer.

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Data shows that construction of most nuclear-power reactors is behind schedule
Building reactors is not an easy business proposition. Two recent additions to the world’s nuclear fleet, in Argentina and the United States, took 33 and 44 years to erect. 

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Pillar Technologies is making construction sites safer with smart sensors
The company has developed smart sensors for construction sites, as well as a backend system to turn all the data collected from the sensors into a system that gives both real-time alerts and long-term analysis of the risk level for these accidents.

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Canadian Professional Crane Inc. is selected as authorized distributor, rental and service center for F-B Gru, ITALIAN SELF ERECTING CRANE in Canada and USA
Italian crane manufacturer FB Gru has appointed Canadian rental company Canadian Professional Crane as its distributor for the USA, Canada as well as Lebanon.

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MiniTrencher’s authorized Canadian dealer now offers an award winning portable handheld trencher
MiniTrencher is excited to announce that Total Equipment Sales in Ontario is the authorized GeoRipper® minitrencher distributor for Canada. 

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AnyQuip selected as finalist for SXSW Accelerator Competition
Leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive new tech innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience. Out of the more than 500 companies who applied to present at SXSW Accelerator, AnyQuip was selected out of 50 finalists in ten different categories.

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A look at Hempcrete as an innovative eco-building material
Open-minded materials scientists and builders have discovered hemp's value as an eco-friendly building material.

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LEED® projects in Canada surpass 1 billion square feet
Green building in Canada has reached a significant milestone, with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announcing today that there are now over 1 billion square feet of LEED® projects in Canada. Representing nearly 7,000 LEED buildings, homes and communities since 2004, this growth can be attributed to the successful and widespread adoption of LEED by Canada’s industry, leading to significant innovation and economic development.  

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SBC announces 2017 Annual Bursary Award Recipients
The SBC Bursary Program launched in 2016, and is awarded annually to three exceptional postsecondary students, recommended by academic partners, whose studies prepare them to work in the sustainable building sector.

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CarbonCure Named in the 2017 Global Cleantech Top 100
CarbonCure Technologies, one of the world’s leading CO2-utilization technology providers, today announced it was named in the prestigious 2017 Global Cleantech 100, produced by CTG (Cleantech Group).

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Construction work still a dangerous occupation even 36 years after Bentall tower tragedy in Vancouver
Safety regulations have evolved since the accident. But, B.C. Building Trades Union president Lee Loftus worries that some contractors within the industry are cutting corners to the detriment of workplace safety.

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Study: Safety codes can lead to over-built bridges, higher building costs
A UBC researcher says bridges built to meet current Canadian safety codes are being ‘overbuilt’ and may still suffer extensive damages after a major earthquake.

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Construction workers still at high risk for strains and sprains
Despite significant improvements in the last 25 years, U.S. construction workers are still at high risk for on-the-job injuries to muscles, tendons, joints and nerves, a new study reports.

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Evaluation, treatment and return to work of workers suffering from rotator cuff disorders
Musculoskeletal impairments of the shoulder are a major problem among the general population and workers in particular. This type of impairment affects the shoulder’s functional status and the quality of life of the individuals involved, and in the case of workers, sometimes leads to problems of absenteeism or losses of productivity.

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The Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario announces new certification policy

The Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario ( AATO )  now has  Certification Policy in place so that applicants who can confirm having attained the highest level of membership within the Ontario Association of Applied Architectural Science ( OAAAS ), as “Licensed Technologist OAA”, shall be classified as Architectural Technologist  within  the  AATO and  without  additional  upgrading  requirements.

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Call for presentation proposals - Canadian Waste to Resource Conference in Niagara Falls
The Canadian Waste to Resource Conference is again proud to partner with Waste & Recycling Expo Canada and the Municipal Equipment Expo to deliver our 8th annual conference at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls on Oct. 25 and 26, 2017.

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Montreal landlords to crack down on marijuana use by tenants
In a statement released Friday, the Association des propriétaires d’appartements du grand Montréal (APAGM) encouraged landlords to add a new clause to the leases they sign with tenants: one that forbids them from lighting a joint in their dwelling.

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Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Initiative call for pilots now open
The pilot program is the second stage of the broader CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative, which champions the move to lower-carbon commercial, institutional and high-rise residential buildings. CaGBC’s Initiative also supports the Canadian federal government’s targets of a 30 per cent reduction of GHG emissions by 2030. 

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World’s highest bridge opens to traffic in China
The Beipanjiang Bridge is raised 564 metres above the Beipan River in mountainous southwest China, making it the highest bridge ever built.

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$150 homes in Africa revive ancient techniques to fight climate crisis
One creative enterprise is reaching back over 3,000 years for a solution, borrowing an architectural technique from the ancient Nubian civilization of latter-day Sudan to offer superior homes at minimal cost.

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Concerns with Cold Weather Concreting
The speed at which concrete sets and hardens is greatly affected by the temperature of the concrete. Concrete at low temperatures delays the setting of the concrete, which means the strength is also delayed.

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The 22 most beautiful buildings in the world according to architects
Here are 22 of the most breathtaking buildings in the world, according to people who build them for a living.

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