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Calgary Construction Association News
Contractor Lauds AWFS
CCA Education Fund Golf Tournament - Register Now
Women in Construction Golf Tournament - Save the Date
Five Things Owners Should Consider - Best Project Delivery Method
Employers  Get the Workers You Need 
The Tips and Tricks to Creating a Good Construction Schedule
Being Highly Effective with Everyday Construction Disputes
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant - Did You Know? 
The Art of Leadership Conference - Calgary
Alberta Construction Association News
ACA Weekly - July 29, 2015 
Canadian Construction Association News
CCA Weekly - July 28, 2015
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Calgary Construction Association News
Contractor Lauds AWFS

The headlines of the July 23rd edition of the Calgary Herald read “TORNADO THREAT RATTLES CITY”, and tens of thousands of Calgarians were on edge as funnel clouds raced across the sky and hail the size of golf balls pelted cars and homes. While some locals where totally unware of what was happening, this was not the case for those working for BIRD Construction. Ian Reid, BIRD’s District Manager in Calgary noted that due to the alerts sent out through the Advance Weather Forecasting System (AWFS), their project teams, who all have the wind warning system on their mobile devices were able to shut down their construction sites and ensured everyone was in a position of safety.

Reid noted to the CCA “I am glad to report now that the weather events have passed over us, BIRD experienced no property damage, personal injury or any near miss incidents. This is a huge success! Without the AWFS I am sure that the results would have been different.”

Initially the AWFS was only applicable to the down town core and the Beltline District, however today the AWFS can be utilized at any construction site, throughout the city. All contractors are encouraged to use this innovative AWFS tool along with the On-Site Construction Safety Best Practices guide which highlights the need for contractors to secure materials, tools, equipment and debris to protect the public.




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CCA Education Fund Golf Tournament

Understanding that today's youth will be the workforce of tomorrow, CCA members realize the importance of investing in educational programs and supporting educators in engineering, technology and the construction trades. 
People like you are helping to build Calgary’s future by providing scholarships for students in high school, technical institutes and universities who exhibit motivation.

Because of your support, the CCA Education Fund has awarded over half a million dollars in scholarships to hundreds of deserving students along with employees of CCA member firms.

Make a difference and invest in your industry's future today! 

*** 95% Sold! ***


** Please note that this tournament is reserved for sponsors only **

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Carnmoney Golf Club

7:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Shot Gun Tee Off 


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Women in Construction Golf Tournament

Save the Date 

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Silverwing Links Golf Courses 

Theme - Go Green! 

1:00 PM Registration
2:00 PM Shot Gun Tee Off
5:00 PM Dinner




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Five Things Owners Should Consider When Choosing the Best Project Delivery Method

A new brochure from the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), entitled Choosing a Project Delivery Method, provides owners with five factors to consider when choosing the project delivery method best suited to their needs. While geared towards owners, it is an easy-to-read resource for anyone in the industry, including practitioners, students and educators. 

Download the document



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Employers Get the Workers You Need

HR Series for Employers
Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) maintains a number of free publications dedicated to helping you successfully create and retain the people you need, and offers solutions for various scenarios you may encounter.

Here are three useful publications: 
1. Retaining Your Staff
This publication focuses on the importance of investing in your employees to create a positive corporate culture to sustain your business even in difficult times.

2. Succession Planning
Find out how you can prepare for key staff retiring and ensure that their valuable skills and knowledge can remain with your business after they leave.

3. Employing a Diverse Workforce
Discover ways to use the different strengths and innovations of your staff by supporting diversity and fostering an inclusive workplace.
These publications are free of charge and can be ordered online and sent right to your door.

For more information on these and the many other resources available through ALIS visit the website


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The Tips and Tricks to Creating a Good Construction Schedule - Tuesday, September 15

Understanding the "Tips and Tricks" to creating and managing a good construction schedule. The quality, detail and accuracy of the schedule is imperative to project success as well as supporting claims. This is not a course on how to use software to create a schedule, but rather the things you need to know to create and update a schedule that will support the project's management and lead to a successful project. 

REGISTER NOW


VIEW THE COMPLETE LISTING OF CCA EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES HERE!



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Being Highly Effective with Everyday Construction Disputes - Tuesday, September 22

Practical Training Based on Everyday Construction Situations
The cost of the everyday disputes that arise on and off the jobsite is staggering both financially and emotionally. These disputes rob people and companies of time and money and in many cases entangle many into a legal nightmare where everyone loses. We have a system that is built for “arguing” issues, usually legally, and weak on “preventing” issues. And, these everyday disputes will crop up day after day around conformance and defects, deviations from plans and specifications, extra and out of scope work, delays, RFP’s and Requests For Information, or just plain old personality clashes.



VIEW THE COMPLETE LISTING OF CCA EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES HERE!



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The Canada-Alberta Job Grant - Did You Know?

Did you know that 20 per cent of applications for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant are from the construction sector? The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is employer-driven, which means employers determine what training is needed. They are also responsible for identifying appropriate training facilities and programs. This is a great way for employers to skill up potential employees through a range of courses such as leadership, project management, safety, human resources, and many more. Since the program’s launch last year, the processing time for initial approval has been less than 30 days for error-free applications.

For more information on the applications process, call the help desk at 1-855-638-9424 or visit AlbertaCanada.com/jobgrant.



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The Art of Leadership Conference - Calgary

The Art of Leadership Conference brings world-renowned leaders and bestselling authors for a full day of cutting edge thinking and real world experience on today's most critical leadership strategies. Read more 

Register using promo code CCA27 and save $50 per pass.
Save an additional $50 per pass when you buy 3 or more at the same time!


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Alberta Construction Association News
The ACA leads Alberta's construction industry in government advocacy, public relations, industry practices and partnerships, and promotion of a skilled workforce. 

ACA Bulletin:  

ACA Seeks Member's Comments on Barrier Free Sites 

The Barrier Free Council (representing persons with mobility or vision limitations) is proposing some changes to ensure barrier free access for pedestrians near building sites. Attached below is a document prepared by Barrier-Free Sub-Council, for consideration by Building Technical Council and Fire Technical Council, with intention to provide guidance to safety codes officers, industry and owners and to promote consistency of approach to temporary provisions for site safety in the vicinity of construction sites. Read more 

Read the document here and send comment to ken.gibson@albertaconstruction.net by August 12, 2015.

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Canadian Construction Association News
CCA Weekly is an electronic newsletter published each week by the Canadian Construction Association. It contains relevant articles and information for CCA members and those involved in the construction industry. 

CCA Bulletin: 

Integrated Project Delivery 
The Keys to Success in Integrated Project Delivery: People, Process and Promises
Integrated project delivery (IPD) is a collaborative method that addresses some of the shortcomings of the traditional procurement methods. IPD covers a spectrum of contracting — from the familiar (construction management infused with collaborative or team-based processes) to the arcane (alliance models with “no-dispute” clauses). However, in its most effective form, IPD involves a multiparty agreement between the owner, general contractor, lead designer, and key subcontractors and design consultants. Read more

Building Information Modeling 
Clients Should Mandate Better Outcomes instead of BIM. 
Mandating building information modelling (BIM) in Australia now should only be done as part of a wider national strategy for the construction industry. Otherwise it will be as effective as mandating CAD. Read more

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