BIM in the Cloud

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Nov 242014

Cloud computing is a new phrase that has become all the rage in IT industries and in our private lives. Storing information on a central server that multiple people can access to collaborate or create something is becoming more common.

This method is now reaching the construction industry and may create a new way of doing business, getting jobs done quickly and sharing the information with various people and organizations speedily. There are a number of examples of these cloud driven BIM software.  Included here are a couple of examples of paid versions:

BIM Manager a part of Viewpoint For Project Collaboration is an easy to use browser-based application for BIM collaboration. BIM Manager enables you to integrate your construction data from multiple sources into a common model where you can collaboratively review, annotate and comment on large quantities of documents such as RFIs, submittals, schedules and other project related documents.

BIM 360 from AutoDesk is another construction management software which enables almost anytime, anywhere access to project data throughout the building construction lifecycle. BIM 360 empowers those in the field to better anticipate and act, and those in the back office to optimize and manage all aspects of construction performance.

The idea of taking a client through a build just using a web browser or creating real time changes from various locations across the world would certainly be of interest for construction managers and owners.

Nov 182014

A couple of weeks ago we asked you to fill out a survey on prompt payment and its effects on your business. After receiving a strong response so far we wanted to keep it open for a few weeks more to get as much response as possible. We appreciate the time spent to fill out this important information as we intend to use your feedback in shaping ACA recommendations on the issue.

You can fill out the survey here and we will publish the results in a few weeks.

Nov 182014

Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC) is currently conducting its 2014 Work Force Scan (WFS), and would greatly appreciate your participation in completing the survey.

The WFS is a short survey (10-15 minutes total) designed to gather information on the workforce needs of employers, including which types of workers, students and training are currently in demand by employers in northern Alberta.

Link to Online Survey:,


NADC Bursary Program: Since 1974, nearly 5,000 individual bursaries have been awarded, with 74% of those receiving a bursary deciding to stay in northern Alberta. For more information on the NADC’s Bursary Program, please go to

Nov 182014

On August 28, 2014 the Premiers of Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia announced a review surrounding the current list of exceptions to the New West Partnership agreement (NWP), with the goal being to reduce internal trade barriers where it is appropriate to do so.

The three governments are keen to understand regulatory irritants in complying with differing OHS standards and regulations across the three western Provinces. The governments cite as an example a recent change for industry was agreement on first aid kits.  The potential benefits to industry are reduced costs for compliance and related training costs.

These changes however, may mean harmonization to use the highest level as the standard will not recognize acceptable alternative solutions.

The ACA is preparing for a presentation to the Alberta Government on December 1st. We would welcome your input on examples of irritants in complying with differing OHS standards between BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan and your thoughts on support or opposition for adopting the highest standard.

Email your input before November 26th to

OHS Code Review

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Nov 182014

The Alberta government is currently inviting review of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code. The ACA is seeking your input with a deadline of November 30th for comment.

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code contains the technical work site rules that protect the health and safety of Alberta’s workers. Between 2012 and 2014, as part of an ongoing process, Albertans provided feedback on which areas of the Code were in need of review. The government has since reviewed the Code based on feedback received and developed proposed changes.

You can find the link to the proposals information here.

Email your comments before November 30th to

Nov 182014

The ACA along with its Local Construction Associations are reviewing requested changes to the Trade Definitions in December. Each year these definitions are reviewed and updates are published on a yearly basis.

All member companies and trade associations may request changes to any or all trade definitions by providing their request in writing to the ACA or the Edmonton Construction Association (ECA). The request must include the change, reason for the change and the effect on other scopes. The Trade Definition committee will review and rule on all requests.

If you want to put forward input please do so by January 1st 2015. The revised definitions will be posted March 1st as per what is stated in the Trade Definitions.

You can put forward your ideas using the following form.

Please click here to see the existing trade definitions.

Nov 182014

At the request of Jason Kenney, the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Multiculturalism, the Panel is holding consultations to identify ways to better integrate newcomers into the workforce and identify the barriers faced by employers when hiring and retaining newcomers. It is also exploring successes, innovative approaches and promising practices.  If you are an immigrant, employer, organization involved with newcomers, regulatory organization or if you have an interest or expertise in this area, the Panel would like to hear from you.

The submissions and views provided as part of this consultation will be used to develop a public report, expected to be made available in early 2015. Please complete the online survey by December 1, 2014.

The online survey is available on the departmental consultation page:

Nov 182014

Health Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), has released a new e-course entitled “WHMIS (After GHS) for Workers”. The course will be offered free to the first 100,000 applicants.

Please see the CCOHS news release for information about the course and go to their website for further details on how people can register.