Stitching up safety

Calgary company takes customized approach to safety vests

"When you're working construction, your safety vest is your tool box, your kitchen and your communications centre. It has to work for you."

Warming trend

Clothing that generates heat for the wearer and works for the construction industry could be closer than you think

It was a good idea. Several years ago, a research scientist at the Alberta Research Council developed what could have melted the hearts of many an Albertan construction worker-a propane-heated snowsuit that would keep the wearer comfortable and able to work in temperatures up to minus 40 for hours.

What's in a deal?

The power of the public-private partnership

Energy efficiency and sustainability are becoming the focus of commercial negotiations more so than ever before. Years ago, I was advising a public sector client on the public-private partnership (P3) procurement of a new accommodation facility and the discussion turned to various aspects of its service requirements, including the environmental and energy efficiency standards of the new building.

Institutional: Closing the training gap

SAIT Polytechnic's new Trades and Technology Complex is expected to help meet Alberta's growing skilled labour needs

As Alberta's construction industry continues to heat up, the province is expecting the current shortage of skilled workers to only get worse. Baby boomers will continue to retire in the coming decade while more oilsands projects are expected to come on stream, driving labour demand even higher.

Infrastructure: More pipe needed

Much advancement over the years

The province's pipeline construction sector in general, and the large-diameter pipe part of the business, in particular, got a booster shot of optimism with the news in May that TransCanada Corp. had submitted a new application for the Keystone XL project to the U.S. Department of State.

Downgrading the upgraders

Alberta government refines its stance toward building bitumen upgraders in the province

Whatever happened to the great upgrader boom that never was?

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