Five years on the road: Nova Scotia has many highway improvement projects planned

Five years on the road: Nova Scotia has many highway improvement projects planned

From fixing gravel roads to twinning more stretches of 100-series highways to rehabilitating the province’s third-longest bridge

Pothole-free pavement?

Pothole-free pavement?

Since the construction of the first roads, potholes have plagued road infrastructure around the world

Crushing poor workplace culture

Crushing poor workplace culture

Anyone involved in the aggregates sector will tell you that crushing is a serious business.

June 15, 2018 - Matt McDonald has been appointed as the new OSSGA representative on the Mining Legislative Review Committee (MLRC). He succeeds Jim Clark who was the industry member for many years. 
June 15, 2018 - The Manitoba government has released the Co-chairs’ Report on the Manitoba–First Nations Mineral Development Protocol, which includes key findings and recommendations on ways to create certainty in order to advance mineral development projects in a timely way, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen and Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced, along with co-chairs Ron Evans, former chief of Norway House Cree Nation, and Jim Downey, former Manitoba deputy premier and cabinet minister.
June 14, 2018 - CDE and Resolve Aggregates are delighted to be hosting a demonstration event at Resolve Aggregates' site in Ravenna, Texas, on Wednesday, June 27. The Open Day will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to see the latest wet processing technologies implemented by CDE.
June 5, 2018 - The MHCA’s Winnipeg and the Aggregate Producers Committees are preparing suggestions to assist the City of Winnipeg in its quality assurance process for aggregate bases in road construction, which may include a complete change in the testing process and/or more frequent base testing.
May 30, 2018 - The provincial government has made good headway on resolving issues around applications to open pits and quarries and can support those gains by forming a minister’s advisory committee, MHCA president Chris Lorenc says.
May 30, 2018 - Anyone involved in the aggregates sector will tell you that crushing is a serious business. Running a crushing operation with the utmost efficiency can mean the difference between being in the black or in the red. One key factor for having a crushing operation run successfully is having a strong safety culture in place. It has been proven in the aggregates and roadbuilding sectors, that a company’s safety culture is often tied to the overall success (or failure) of its operations.
May 29, 2018 - Peter Graham was recently hired as the new director of municipal relations for the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA). Rock to Road sat down with Graham and asked him about his decades of experience in the heavy building materials sector, his goals as OSSGA's newest director, and any advice he might have for companies looking to improve their municipal relationships. Here’s what he had to say.
May 29, 2018 - Castle Rock Enterprises has grown to become a go-to company when it comes to aggregates, civil works, rural roadbuilding and other infrastructure needs throughout Whitehorse and other regions within The Yukon. It’s an impressive feat that was performed in a relatively short period of time.
May 23, 2018 - Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is gearing up to test its electric site solution before the end of the year. The company is currently building a fleet of eight prototype HX2 autonomous, battery-electric load carriers. As well as a fleet of HX2s, other prototype machines that make up the electric site system include the LX1 hybrid wheel loader and the EX1 cable-connected excavator. Skanska Sweden will incorporate the demonstration machines into its operations and test the electric site concept at a quarry in western Sweden for 10 weeks at the end of 2018.
May 11, 2018 - Proposed amendments to the Planning Act make good progress on the goal to protect access to Manitoba’s rich but finite aggregate resources, as long as the Municipal Relations department ensures municipalities respect provincial authority over development.
May 8, 2018 - In labs across the world, cellulose nanocrystals are being tested as an additive to all types of things – inks, bioplastics and construction products, to name a few. 
May 4, 2018 - Some users of aggregate product are misapplying standards meant for soil to products such as stone, sand and gravel. Sand, stone, and gravel processed in a pit or quarry are products, not soil. However, Soil, Ground Water and Sediment Standards (Tables 1 through 9) for Use Under Part XV.1 (Records of Site Condition) of the Environmental Protection Act are being broadly used and misapplied to aggregate products even though they are not required to meet these standards. This regulation is only applicable to those sites where a Record of Site Condition is intended or will be filed.
June 15, 2018 - Budget 2018 included funding to expand the southwest portion of the ring road from four to six lanes. With design work expected to be finalized later this year, construction for the project is expected to begin in 2019. It is anticipated that the project will take three years to complete.
June 15, 2018 — The Manitoba government is accepting expressions of interest (EOI) from across the province to identify priority cost-shared infrastructure projects, Municipal Relations Minister Jeff Wharton announced at the Midwestern June District Meeting.
June 15, 2018 - Five resurfacing projects have begun in the Skeena and Bulkley-Stikine districts, to improve safety and efficiency of highways 37 and 118, and on Tow Hill Road, east of Masset.
June 14, 2018 - Paving is finished, and the new pedestrian and cycling tunnel is open, marking the completion of the South Slocan Overhead project.
June 14, 2018 - From fixing gravel roads to twinning more stretches of 100-series highways to rehabilitating the province’s third-longest bridge, Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR) has assembled an ambitious five-year highway improvement plan.
June 6, 2018 - Work has started at five locations west of Chetwynd, B.C. to build robust, modern bridges that will allow people to travel safely and efficiently along Highway 97, especially in the event of heavy rain and flooding.
June 6, 2018 - The Government of Canada believes in the importance of protecting our environment while supporting vital infrastructure projects that promote clean growth, preserve healthy ecosystems and build safe sustainable communities.
June 4, 2018 - Since the construction of the first roads, potholes have plagued road infrastructure around the world, and people have been trying to find ways to make them disappear. So when I first heard about a revolutionary compaction technology designed by Carleton University’s director of the Infrastructure Protection and International Security Master’s Program, Dr. A.O. Abd El Halim (“Halim” to his friends and colleagues), I was extremely excited to meet the man and his technology.
May 30, 2018 - The quality of Canada's transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of the country's trade corridors are key to the success of Canadian firms in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada supports infrastructure projects that create quality middle-class jobs and boost economic growth.
May 28, 2018 - Budget 2018 includes a $90-million investment in the Highway 38 bridge across the North Saskatchewan River, south of Redwater, that will be upgraded to carry heavy and oversized loads. The new bridge will establish a critical link in Alberta’s High Load Corridor, saving heavily loaded trucks about 200 kilometres of travel.
May 28, 2018 - Work has started to resurface approximately 29 kilometres of Highway 97 near Dawson Creek, to improve safety and efficiency.
May 23, 2018 - MHCA’s campaign to drive home to the taxpayers the real cost of cutting the highways budget has made an impact on government.
June 15, 2018 - The National Heavy Equipment Show is getting ready for another edition, with dates being announced for March 28 and 29, 2019 at The International Centre in Mississauga.
June 15, 2018 - Excavators are big business. Despite the industry recovering from a construction slowdown over the last six years, Volvo CE is set to break its highest ever excavator sales record this year. In part this is down to the sheer versatility that these machines provide: from the mini excavators to the 95-ton mining machines, they offer the broadest possible options for any construction job.
June 15, 2018 - With its third Edmonton auction of the year, Ritchie Bros. sold close to 7,300 equipment items for more than $95 million — up 32 per cent from last year's June sale.
June 14, 2018 - There’s another storm brewing, forecast to arrive during Hillhead 2018, June 26 to 28 in Buxton Quarry. McCloskey Washing Systems (MWS) is excited to launch the latest robust and reliable addition to our modular wash plant range, the AGGSTORMTM 150, on Stand L1.
June 14, 2018 - J D Neuhaus (JDN), the world leader in air hoists, cranes, trolleys and monorail hoists, has further enhanced their remote control capabilities. This innovation will bring exceptional ease-of-use and convenience to users across all industries. Three remote control models are now available, RC-X, RC‑S and RC-SP, each comprising of a transmitter and receiver and all can either be integrated in existing JDN solutions or directly combined with a new JDN hoist.
June 14, 2018 - This year’s Challenge consisted of mid-size, full-size and HD entries – 10 trucks in all – all vying for a win in what is now the 11th year of the Challenge. We tested 10 2018 pickup trucks covering the 2500 HD segment; two midsize and five full-size pickups completed the rest of the 2018 entries. A complete list of scores by model follow, revealing our choice for the winner of the 2018 Canadian Truck King Challenge.
June 13, 2018 - An L 576 XPower equipped with a 5.2m3 bucket on Z-bar linkage is being tasked with loading a fleet of 40 tonne capacity articulated dump trucks with material at a North Wales quarry for a major aggregate producer on a contract for fabrication and quarry services contractor Thor Atkinson, where it has impressed with its fuel efficiency by using just 12.4 l/h.
June 13, 2018 - The next generation of Hitachi’s wheeled excavator, the ZX190W-6, is rolling out with a certified Final Tier 4 (FT4)/EU Stage IV Isuzu engine that does not need a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and includes multiple other upgrades that enhance efficiency, reliability and durability.
June 13, 2018 - The Telia journey to 5G Partnership Program represents a new era of digital innovation and aims to provide a select group of industry partners with an innovative platform to develop their own technologies. For Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), this means pushing the boundaries for autonomous machines and developing site solutions that increase safety, productivity and uptime.
June 10, 2018 - Hitachi's ultrashort excavator lineup in North America continues to grow with the introduction of its most powerful reduced-tail-swing excavator – the ZX345USLC-6.
June 6, 2018 - In preparation for Hillhead 2018, an impressive and effective quarry blast has once again been kindly conducted by EPC-UK.
June 5, 2018 - Doosan Portable Power has expanded its product line of portable light towers with the addition of the LCV6 and LCV8 models.
June 14, 2018 - Are you a talented, young professional in your company who wants to grow with SC&RA? Or do you know of a promising young industry professional? Applications are now being accepted for The Leadership Forum at the 2018 Crane & Rigging Workshop in Louisville, Ky. on Sept. 26.
June 13, 2018 - Workers using personal fall protection systems sometimes instinctively grasp their systems’ rope grabs during falls. Some commercially available rope grabs are manufactured with “anti-panic” features that enable the rope grabs to work properly by locking onto the lifeline even when they are grasped. Some workers use Prusik slings as rope grabs. A Prusik sling, however, does not have an anti-panic feature. Therefore, grasping a sling’s Prusik knot can prevent the knot from tightening around the lifeline, allowing the worker to fall.
June 13, 2018 - The Alberta Sand & Gravel Association recently announced upcoming networking events for its members across the province.
June 12, 2018 - Registration is now open for the 2018 Crane & Rigging Workshop, Sept. 26-28, in Louisville, Ky. 
May 15, 2018 – Western Canada’s biggest event in trucking and transportation welcomed drivers, families and top industry executives May 11 and 12 in Abbotsford, B.C. TRUXPO 2018 brought a wide selection of trucks for all trades, in addition to plenty of features and activities, from a half-day conference to family day and educational seminar sessions.
May 11, 2018 - Contractors have always faced unique challenges connecting the field, the office and the maintenance operations to effectively manage heavy construction projects. A new study from Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with B2W Software, shows that software solutions—and especially mobile capabilities—can generate improvements in the ability of contractors to gather accurate and timely data from the field, control costs more reliably, and manage and maintain their equipment fleets more efficiently.  
May 10, 2018 - TRUXPO, Western Canada’s largest event in trucking and transportation, is gearing up for its return to TRADEX in Abbotsford this week on May 11 and 12. Held every two years, the show will feature a range of returning and all-new features, as well as expanded exhibit categories.
April 25, 2018 - OSSGA’s Rehabilitation Tour 2018 is coming soon! Don’t miss this opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and best practices in rehabilitation with a focus on specialty crops and biodiversity in the Niagara Region. This one-and-a-half-day event features dinner, presentations and a full-day rehabilitation site tour. 
April 18, 2018 – The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is now accepting applications for its Civil Engineering and Civil Technology Scholarships.
April 12, 2018 - Join WorkSafeBC and the BC Construction Safety Alliance on Thursday, April 19, for an Occupational Disease Symposium.
April 11, 2018 – Atlantic Canada’s most comprehensive heavy equipment show took place this past Thursday and Friday, April 5th and 6th in Moncton. The 32nd edition of the Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show sprawled over 200,000 square feet of the Moncton Coliseum Complex showcasing heavy iron, and the supporting products and services that keep forestry & road building industries running day in and day out.
March 20, 2018 - For the first time in more than a decade, tower crane professionals across British Columbia came together for the Tower Crane Industry Safety Conference, hosted by WorkSafeBC at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, B.C. on March 15, 2018.

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