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Construction is Canada's second largest goods producing activity that accounts for thirteen percent of Canadian GDP. This course will outline the basics of construction including procedures, laws and processes which focus on: Introduction to the Construction Industry; Tendering, Bidding and Award of Contracts; Format of Contracts; Laws, Standards and Procedures in Construction; Managing Risk in Construction; Construction Project Management & Administration.

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Instruction is offered in basic estimating skills, together with an overview of drawings, contracts and tendering. Review of calculations for areas and volumes, and how these relate to construction drawings. Discussions on uniform construction index. Understanding foundations and footing drawings. Understanding plans, section, and details with sample plans, models and other visual aids. Discussions and illustrations of materials such as, for example, masonry, concrete, roofing etc. Practice taking off simple quantities. Review of types of construction terminology.

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This BIM Fundamentals course teaches a variety of concepts key to the implementation and management of BIM, which include Canadian and international standards, policies and procedures, organizational commitment, legal implications, interoperability of BIM platforms, methods of delivery and BIM execution…

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Revit Basic – 4 day course This hands-on workshop covers basic Revit Architecture BIM concepts which include: project creation, basic display, components, levels, walls, doors, windows, floor and roof objects, stairs and railings, view properties, family components dimensions, basic annotations, drawing sheets and plotting procedures.
Revit Intermediate – 4 day course Covering intermediate Revit Architecture concepts which include: annotation methods, doors and window schedules and site modeling tools (topographical surfaces, structural elements, camera and perspective view creation, rendering lights and materials).
NavisWorks – 2 day course Covering introduction and applications of Navisworks & Autodesk 360, selecting and manipulating virtual building models including: viewpoints, animation and measurements, reviewing and sectioning the design.

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The Bluprint Reading and Estimating Level 2 course is designed for contractors, office personnel and suppliers working in the construction industry who have work related experience in estimating and/or who have taken the Level 1 course.

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Managing your project's schedule effectively is the difference between being on time, or behind time; making money or losing money; being stressed-out or stress-free. This Gold Seal accredited course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to successfully plan, schedule, and control simple to complex construction projects.

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This seminar will examine proven concepts and tools that can be used for effective planning, scheduling, and estimating on small and mid-sized projects. Key topics covered in this seminar include how to apply the project management best practices that are applicable for large projects to smaller projects. The presentation will also demonstrate how to develop systematic and logical tools including templates and checklists to assess any schedule, costs risks and uncertainties during the execution of the project…

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The Construction Law Course has been updated to reflect changes in the law. The following topics will be covered: Contract Documents, Tenders, Bonds and Insurance, the Construction Project, Labour Relations, Workers, Compensation Act, Construction Safety, Construction Liens, Environmental Law, Employment Standards and Human Rights.

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The Managing Risk in Construction course will focus on providing a framework for addressing and managing risk in the construction industry. During this course, we will explore a variety of specific categories of risk in the construction industry, including managing contracts, business, health and safety, worker's compensation issues, employment, human rights and labour relations related risks. The course will feature a number of guest speakers with specific expertise in the field on which they will present.

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Building on the principles learned in Construction 101, an introduction to the construction industry created by the Canadian Construction Association, Construction Project Management 201 begins at "ground zero" of a successful win on a project.

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Are you hiring a consulting team? Do you know the role of prime and sub-consultants in contract, and identifying the appropriate consultants required to meet the objectives of your project?
The course will introduce you to the standard contracts issued by the OAA, PEO, Ontario Building Code Act, Planning Act and a sample Site Plan Control Zoning Bylaw and other forms of agreement.

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Heighten your awareness of non-complying construction, reduce project errors and costs, and achieve project deadlines. This full day seminar will provide you with an overview of the current structure of the Ontario Building Code. It will help you understand essential objectives of the Building Code as it relates to building design and building construction. It will help you identify non-compliant construction in advance and manage the regulatory requirements for building construction…

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The tender process can be confusing, but it is absolutely necessary to gain valuable business. Without knowing the fundamentals to the tender process you can waste time, and just as important, money. By learning the tendering fundamentals you will be able to successfully manage risks when you pre-qualify, bid, win, build and close out on a project. This seminar will be an overview of the tendering process from start to finish. Upon the completion of this seminar you will feel confident to undertake a tender and manage the risks associated with it…

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This seminar will help you to develop strategies to improve your profits and manage your cash flow. It will help you control and reduce expenses and that will translate into making more money. Hear an experienced CFO discuss how your business can successfully meet today's contracting challenges head-on.

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Sharpen your financial skills with this two-day interactive training event. Learn the vocabulary required to properly understand financial reports. Participate in financial analyses so you can control overhead costs, produce effective job cost reports and discover opportunities for improvement. Bridge the knowledge gap for non-financial managers and improve the financial status of your company.

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Getting a construction project to Substantial Performance and then to Total Performance are two of the most difficult milestones in the construction process to achieve. Learn some Best Practices as well as some "tips & tricks" so that the last 3% of the project is not 15% of the effort.

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This seminar will provide you with a brief overview of some of the most common construction documents, including: CCA1, CCDC2, CCDC 5A, CCDC 5B & CCDC 17 Contracts; Performance Bonds; Labour and Material Payment Bonds; Statutory Declarations. We will focus on certain areas of risk in these documents from the perspective of owners, general contracts and sub-contracts, and we will also discuss the strategies for attempting to manage this risk…

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This half-day seminar will cover the fundamentals of Construction Liens, Trusts and Bonds and is well suited for both seasoned and novice credit professionals, owners and managers in the construction industry. Attendees will come away with a practical understanding of these remedies, which are unique to the construction industry. Topics including the lien remedy: types of liens; preserving the lien before it expires; the importance of the holdback; effective use of the 'written notice of lien'…

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You will meet environmental lawyers who will highlight today's most pressing environmental law issues facing contractors and builders. Issues include: who regulates environmental laws, regulatory and civil environmental liability, what is a "contaminant", spills and spills response, waste and waste management, fill management and disposal, water takings/discharges and approvals, and sediment and silt control.

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Microsoft Project for construction is a powerful course that will show you how to plan, monitor, and schedule projects using resources such as people, equipment, time, and money. This 2-day hands-on workshop will give you a comprehensive understanding of how Microsoft Project can be used as a practical approach to project management. Topics including: Setting up preferences and properties…

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Increasingly aggressive enforcement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act ("OHSA") and trade registration requirements in the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 by the relatively new Ontario College of Trades ("OCOT") have made it more challenging to manage a profitable construction project…

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The small claims court is an effective tool for collecting debts of $25,000 or less and you don't need a lawyer. It is quick, efficient, and cheap. This one day seminar teaches you how to sue successfully in the small claims court including: How to pick successful claims so you don't waste your time; Quantifying your damages; Avoid limitation period problems; Workshop on preparing a good Plaintiff's Claim; Review and respond to common debtor defenses…

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The Certificate of Recognition (COR™) provides employers with an effective tool to assess their health and safety management system. COR™ is aimed at driving positive workplace behavior and practices that lead to improved performance. It is currently being used across Canada and is a pre-qualification requirement for many contractors working in and out of the province and on public- and private-sector projects. By achieving COR™, employers are able to demonstrate to buyers of construction that their health and safety management system have been developed, implemented, and evaluated on an annual basis through comprehensive internal and external audits…

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IHSA's newest course can help anyone who is developing or improving their organization's hazard and risk management system. Through exercises and case studies, the Introduction to Hazard and Risk Management course presents techniques for setting up, evaluating, and maintaining a successful hazard and risk management system, as well as for explaining it to your employees. This course will be of special interest to organizations that are becoming COR™ certified. It will let you put your hazard assessment process to the test and see how it measures up against the COR™ standard…

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Beginning April 1, 2015, employers in Ontario must ensure that their workers on construction projects who may use certain methods of fall protection successfully complete 'Working at Heights' training that meets the training program and provider standards established by the Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) of the Ministry of Labour. In addition to these new requirements, employers continue to have a duty under Section 26.2 (1) of O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) to ensure that workers who may use a fall protection system are adequately trained on the use of the system, and are given adequate oral and written instructions by a competent person…

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