1. 2013 NCHCA CLEAN WATER WORKS INC. EDUCATION SERIES
In conjuction with the City of Ottawa, the NCHCA Clean Water Works Inc. Education Series will be host a session on January 30th re: Capital Programming, providing an update on the City’s Light Rail Project, Lansdowne Park redevelopment and Ottawa on the Move. Admission is FREE to NCHCA, CEO, OCA members and City of Ottawa staff. Sessions start at 8 am with coffee, speakers at 9 am. Speakers for this session are Gary J. Craig, Marco Manconi and Linda Carkner, all from the City of Ottawa.
To confirm your attendance, please contact Alison Hogan at 613-821-5940 or email@example.com. To reserve advertising and/or sponsorship, please contact Dale Harley at 613-882-5684 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to our Gold sponsors Bradley’s Insurance, Silver sponsors M-Con Products Inc., Aquatech Pump and Power Inc., IPEX and R.W Tomlinson Limited.
2. 2013 Specifications
The next specification meeting is scheduled for February 6th at 100 Constellation, Room 424E. Please forward any comments/concerns to Perry Crozier at email@example.com prior to the next meeting.
3. Membership Renewals
A reminder that renewals are due January 31st, 2013. All renewals can be processed online at www.nchca.ca, on our members’ only secured site under the menu heading, E-Commerce. Simply follow the prompts or call the office for assistance at 613.821.5940.
4. NCHCA Directory Account Profiles
It is very important for members to ensure that your account profile information is updated online by February 17th. Member profiles will be extracted from our database in February and used as is for the printing of the Directory. If anyone requires assistance or further information, please contact Alison at the association office at 613.821.5940.
5. 2013 NCHCA Directory Advertising
Below are the prices and details regarding the 2013 NCHCA Directory advertising rates. If any members would like to reserve an ad placement in our upcoming 2013 edition, please log onto our website @ www.nchca.ca at your earliest convenience to review the many opportunities that may well suit your business needs. Ad space purchases can be found online under the menu heading E-commerce. Space has been made available to all members on a first-come/first-serve basis.
2013 Directories are a valuable source of information and will be available for our entire membership on April 10th, 2013 at our Annual General Management Meeting being held at the Centurion Conference & Event Center. Some time ago, NCHCA launched our improved website. Amongst the enhancements were a number of new modules – newsletter, calendar of events, and a showroom. The showroom is an interactive gallery for members to showcase their project work and is intended to drive awareness, and thus value, to the association and in turn its members (i.e. the more activity/interest on the nchca.ca web site, the more exposure our organization and members receive).
To that end, we would like all of you to consider contributing material for the showroom module. Simply forward digital photographs of your projects along with a brief (approx 75 words or less) textual descriptions of each submitted photo. These will be reviewed by the marketing committee and worked into the showroom as deemed appropriate. The format of the pictures/graphics should be jpg/gif of high quality.
NCHCA is also currently developing the 2013 Member Directory. It is our plan again this year to incorporate elements of the showroom into the divider design of the directory highlighting the very important work our industry does around the City. Please indicate if you would like your submitted photography/projects to be considered for inclusion in the directory. There is space for about 1-4 images/divider, so projects that best reflect the work of the association that are of superior quality will be included.
Please have your showroom material submitted by December 14,2012; the sooner the better so we can start populating the showroom module. Thank you for your participation.
2013 Directory Ad Placements:
Advertising Price List:
Ad Size and Location
¼ Page (height = 4 ¼” x width = 2 ¾”)
½ Page (height = 4 ¼” x width = 5 ½”)
Full Page (height = 8 ½” x width = 5 ½”)
Inside Cover (2 available)
$2,000.00 (SOLD OUT)
Back Cover (1 available)
$3,000.00 (SOLD OUT)
Terms and Conditions:
Cover Page and Divider advertisement will be awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis.
16 inside Divider pages are available.
The Dividers can consist of any combination of ¼, ½, or full page advertising, based on availability.
Advertisements other than the inside front, inside back and back cover will be placed randomly.
Requirement for advertisement graphic is a .jpeg or .gif file of 300 dpi formats or, preferably, the design artwork file (.ai, .eps, or as .pdf).
HST extra at 13%.
Deadline for receipt of advertising and material is February 17, 2013.
If you require assistance designing your directory advertisement, the NCHCA has asked burbek inc. to provide their expertise and services. Please contact Kyle Burry at burbek directly at 613.222.5939 or firstname.lastname@example.org; burbek inc. is the company that developed and hosts our
website and has produced the directories since 2008. Rates for ad design, or edits to existing designs, are included below. Members will be invoiced directly by the Association.
¼ Page Ad
½ or Full Page Ad
Design Ad Graphic
Note: Logo, textual content, supplementary graphics are to be provided by client. Professional stock photography is an option, but at an additional price. Price to member is optimized for interactions via email, telephone or at burbek office; onsite visits (i.e. burbek design team travelling to client) would necessitate an additional charge.
6. OSWCA Annual General Management Meeting
The OSWCA AGM registration and information package is up and running online on the OSWCA website, www.oswca.org . You will need to have an access code to do the secure online, if you don’t have one just request one on the top of their website page. The National Capital Heavy Construction Association is sponsoring an evening with the MPs and Senators on February 11th at the Conference Reception at the Government Conference Centre.
7. Mark these dates in your Calendars
February 5 -7 ORGCA Damage Prevention symposium
February 6 Specs meeting, 424E, 100 Constellation
February 7 Education Series – MOE Approvals and Permits
Feb 10 – 13 OSWCA AGM, Ottawa
February 20 OCA AGM, Hampton Conference Centre
February 21 Education Series – Contract Administration
March 21 Education Series – Environmental Impact
April 9 Education Series – Specifications Update
April 10 AGM, Centurion Center
Would any members be interest in the Association bringing back the Ski Day? Please let Alison know what you think about this event!
8. Algonquin College Courses
Algonquin College has worked in close partnership with the National Capital Heavy Construction Association and a cross-section of industry representatives to develop training and professional workshops for road builders, aggregate producers, and the sewer and water main construction industries in Canada’s National Capital Region.
Taught by industry professionals who bring years of practical experience and insights into the classroom, you will find the training practical, applied and competency-based; focusing on key job responsibilities and tasks, and the critical skills needed for success on the job.
Dates: Part 1 – January 17 & 18 Part 2 – February 21 & 22, 2013
Dates: Part 1 – February 21 & 22 Part 2 – March 11 & 12, 2013 Course
Duration: 4 days
Price: $1,325.00 (plus HST)
LEEDR Green Building Strategies & Green Associate Exam Preparation
Dates: February 1 – March 22, 2013 (weekly) Course Duration: 6 days
Price: $1,945.00 (plus HST)
9. NCHCA/City of Ottawa 2013 Meeting Schedule
All meetings are posted on our website under the Calendars of Events. Dates are as follows: January 11, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20.
NCHCA 2013 Board Meeting Schedule
Dates are as follows: January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 10, November 13.
Please note these important dates in your 2013 Calendars:
AGM, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Centurion Center
Pothole, Monday, May 27, 2013, Kanata Lakes Golf Course
Manhole, Tuesday, August 20, 2013, GreyHawk Golf Course
The Association would like to poll the membership to see if there would be any interest in hosting a “Ski Day” at one of our local hills. Please contact Alison by email or phone with your thoughts on re-instituting the ski day.
10. Hazard Alert: Walking – Working Surfaces: Slippery Conditions
Slippery conditions can occur on worksites as a result of many factors. Being prepared to identify and control the sitaution will help prevent further injuries.
Seasonal Changes: Seasonal changes can result in a quick change in ground conditions. With frequent freeze/thaw cycles and heavy precipitation as we have seen in many workplaces this winter there isa an increased risk of slippery conditions.
Inclement Weather: Working in inclement weather such as rain, snow or ice are constant challenges tha must be addressed to ensure hazardous sitatuions are controlled. Icy surfaces make it extremely difficult to maneuver equipment or even walk. Snow can have a layer of ice or other unknow hazards bleow the surface.
Always be prepared for seasonal changes by ensuring the proper materials and equipment are available such as salt, sand and shovels wherever the work may be conducted.
Identify potential slippery areas on the worksite during your JARR card review before work starts.
Ensure paths and walkways are cleared of snow/ice and salted before use.
Conduct periodic inspections of walkways as the sun or a change in temperature can alter the gound conditions quickly.
Apply no slip grip tape on surfaces that are frequently used such as stairways, steps or access points to equipment.
Inspect footwear to ensure boots are in good condition with adequate tread.
Removable Boot Cleats can be worn to provide additional traction
Avoid stepping on any tarps, plastic, metal or other surfaces during wet or cold conditions.
Inspect and tap your boots periodically thought the day to keep the treads clear of mud, snow or ice.
Do not load of unload any equipment of material from a trailer if the bed is covered in ice. Apply salt and remove the ice before proceeding.
Exercisse extreme caution during freezing rain as nealry all surfaces are slippery and conditions are constantly changing.
Assess walking/working surfaces througthout the day and maintain good housekeeping to prevent hazards from being hidden by snow or ice.
Alert your supervisor immediately of any concerns with walking/working surfaces.
By following these safe work practices we can prevent any future occurence.
11. 9 Ways to Stop Construction Theft During Holidays and Vacations
1) Disable and Defensively Park Machines You Leave On Site
There are a number of safe and simple ways to disable vehicles you leave on your site. You can remove tires and disconnect batteries, for example. Further, parking high-target vehicles inside a ring of lesser-value vehicles makes them harder to steal.
2) Don’t Leave Trailers Loaded
If you’re storing equipment or materials on trailers you leave yourself open to thieves who cut through the trailer or simply hitch the trailer up to their own vehicle. Consider removing the hitch or putting the trailer up on jacks if you have no alternative.
3) Limit Weekend or Vacation Site Visits
Can you stop weekend or vacation-day visits all together? Over and over the thieves we catch are insiders and sub contractors who SEEM to have every right to be on the site. Forbid vacation access to your construction site so that ANYONE on site will be treated as unauthorized.
4) Walk or Drive Your Perimeter
Are all the gates locked? Is your fence intact through the entirety of your perimeter? These last minute checks before weekends and vacation time can help you spot potential problems. Be sure to hand check all locks – make sure someone didn’t just turn a lock in place without fastening it completely.
5) Conduct Inventory So You Know Exactly What’s There
Having a complete jobsite inventory will help you in the event of a break in. This way you can provide complete serial numbers and product quantities to the proper authorities. Live video surveillance could prevent the theft in the first place.
6) Spread Word About Your Security to Employees and Subs
Let it slip to subs and your employees that you have taken special security precautions. Be sure to have a reward program in place and make sure that you mention it on a regular basis. Never underestimate the power of buzz among your subs and employees. If they know you mean business you will stop more theft.
7) Take Precaution Against Diesel Fuel Theft
Diesel fuel is well over $4.50 in most states, and over $5 in California. These high prices put your fuel-burning vehicles at risk for fuel theft. Keep fuel tanks facing the street or your surveillance cameras. Make it easy for people to keep an eye on your gas tanks.
8) Post Appropriate Security Signage
A big part of security is simply informing potential thieves about your defenses. Your signs should include emergency numbers, the amount of reward you offer and warnings about your surveillance or other security measures. Is English the main language spoken on your site? Consider bilingual signage.
9) Notify the Neighbors
Are there businesses that look in on your jobsite? Offer their employees a reward if they spot someone entering your site unlawfully. This is especially effective if you’ve mandated a non-entry policy for the weekend or during vacations