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© Can Stock Photo Inc. / Kenishirotie In the spirit of Crosby and Hope, the comments which follow provide a road map for contractors seeking the route to an unsuccessful project—one where delays, cost overrun, and protracted disputes are...
Well, we dodged the rain once again this year. We at SMACNA-BC truly hope you enjoyed yourself at our 32nd Annual Golf Classic. The sponsors, the hole sponsors, the SMACNA-BC golf committee, and our many volunteers,...
Project: CO Apparel, VancouverArchitecture: Chercover Massie & Associates Ltd.Engineer: DEC Engineering - Jae RyuLocation: 3888 North Fraser Way, Burnaby, B.C. DEC Engineering was retained by CO Apparel to provide design for modifications of its...
Multicam uses its office deisgn to showcase the capability of its equipment and bring in buyers. Multicam has been recognized the world over for its state-of-the-art / work-of-art showroom, which captures three thematic representations demonstrating...
Staffing the proper ratio of journeymen to apprentices can be tricky, especially for large contracting companies. In the US, there are really no hard-and-fast rules, so it has to be sorted out in labour-negotiated agreements, often job by job with a...
Earlier this year, James (Jim) R. Tauby, PE chief executive engineer of Mason Industries, Inc. and ASHRAE distinguished lecturer, presented on Seismic Restraint of Mechanical Systems at a SMACNA-BC contractors' dinner meeting. Tauby is a...
It is finally upon us. The Great Crew Change. Most of the crew on every job in the US and Canada are going home soon. And they are never coming back. It is the anticipated retirement of the many (older, skilled, and a little tired) and the necessary...
Six years after our peak in 2008, the years of declining numbers have showed signs of reversing. The numbers in 2012 and 2013 showed us bouncing along the bottom, but 2014 had the feeling of a race about to begin, with building anticipation. At the...
FastEST, Inc. has several tips for using FastDUCT and FastPIPE estimating software to improve your mechanical estimating process. These estimating packages are some of the easiest to learn and use, and some of the most affordable in the marketplace...
What is a sheet metal worker? What do sheet metal workers do? The trade is diverse and varied, requiring a specific and technical skill set. From a practical angle, sheet metal workers use metal to create roofs, siding, ventilation / heating / air-...