October 19, 2021

Labour Staffing Shortages, Realities & Solutions

Labour is the single most variable component in most construction activities. Any inability to source, manage, train, or anticipate disruptions to the workforce, puts subcontractors, contractors, owners, and other stakeholders in the project at great risk. Productivity is the output produced by a unit of study as a proportion of input required to produce it. A host of issues can undermine productivity: unplanned change order disruptions, accidents, continuous overtime burnout, poor site management, no focus on productivity or training, poor documentation (including the lack of an execution plan), failure to embrace continuous improvement and poor communication. Good Productivity is highly...

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October 15, 2021

2021 Year In Review

Once again we have provided an update detailing all the activities and initiatives that we have engaged in over the the past 12 months. We truly appreciate all our members! As we enter another year and imagine what is ahead, we hope that we can find new ways to celebrate our collective role in making Calgary a truly great place to call home. 2021 Year in Review

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June 16, 2021

Cost and Supply Chain Issues in Construction

It is no secret that construction material costs and lead time/supply issues are becoming a challenge for the industry. This will likely be the case over the course of this year and into 2022 and it is a complex situation impacted by numerous events and dynamics with COVID only being one part of it. This document is intended to gather information in order to assist the industry in understanding, responding to and communicating facts and statistics behind the volatility that we are seeing across a broad spectrum of products. We will continue to update this document as more information becomes...

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April 6, 2021

Steel Market Insight March 2021

Steel Market Insight March 2021 As a passionate observer of economics and finance it is a pleasure to contribute to an ongoing quarterly newsletter column regarding historic, current, and future trend perspectives on various material and commodity inflationary and deflationary impacts on the building and infrastructure sectors on behalf of the Calgary Construction Association. In this article, attention is specifically devoted to examining the use of steel in building and infrastructure projects. Starting with some facts drawn from the 2020 World Steel Organization and other sources, one begins to better appreciate the global big-picture and the inflationary risk pressures lying...

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February 10, 2021

PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY- Addendum #1

PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY- Version 4.0   PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY- Addendum #1 As we approach the 12 month anniversary of COVID-19 many of us are weary and our people feel likewise. All the more reason to be sure that we do not relax the measures that have kept our people safe up to this point and have ensured that we can keep working. In our conversations with people in the industry many have asked recently about some of the lessons learned and, in particular, some of the methods being used to track and document relative...

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February 1, 2021

PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Version 4.0

PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – A GUIDE. Version 4.0 – April 23rd, 2020 INTRODUCTION. For those who had been tracking the progress of the COVID-19 Pandemic for some time it was becoming obvious that we were moving into unknown territory from a safety and health perspective. Just as with society in general we, as an industry, were likely going to have to develop new protocols and best practices for this emerging reality and in the week leading up to March 16th this began to ramp up significantly. We needed to respond as one industry and if this were...

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October 14, 2020

2020 Year in Review

This year we have provided an update detailing all the activities and initiatives that we have engaged in over the course of 2020. 2020 Year in Review We truly appreciate all our members and, as we continue to work with the board of directors on the strategic objectives for 2021 and beyond, the focus is on what you will need for the short and long term as we all continue to adapt to the current realities. Our four key strategic pillars are :- Education and Knowledge Advocacy & Influence Events and Networking Access to Opportunities

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April 4, 2020

PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Version 3.0

PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Version 3.0 April 3rd, 2020 INTRODUCTION. For those who had been tracking the progress of the COVID-19 Pandemic for some time it was becoming obvious that we were moving into unknown territory from a safety and health perspective. Just as with society in general we, as an industry, were likely going to have to develop new protocols and best practices for this emerging reality and in the week leading up to March 16th this began to ramp up significantly. We needed to respond as one industry and if this were to be possible it...

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March 25, 2020

PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

Construction Pandemic Planning 2.0   PANDEMIC PLANNING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – A GUIDE. Version 2.0 – March 24th, 2020 INTRODUCTION. At the beginning of last week it was obvious to many of us that we were moving into unknown territory and, from a safety and health perspective, we as an industry were going to have to develop new protocols and best practices for our new reality. Many organizations in our industry do not have internal resources to create such content while other larger organizations do. In a display of community leadership many of these larger organizations have been willing...

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