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The ORCGA is proud to introduce the redesign of our popular newsletter, The Tolerance Zone.
Our newsletter, published 16 times a year, is filled with educational information, industry and event news, hot topics and interesting statistics or field research. Look for the special “Tech Issue” coming to your inbox in June 2020.
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Powering Your Project with Innovation
Oakville Enterprises Corporation
OEC's family of companies offer integrated utility infrastructure and risk management services including utility locates, damage prevention risk analysis, utility engineering design, LIDAR mapping, pole testing, GIS design and analysis. Follow the link to see how OEC is using innovation to bring value, reduce costs and protect your assets.
Trenchless Utility Equipment
McLaughlin Mfg. Co.
Source: Benefit Partners
Throughout this difficult time, we have noticed that Canadians are experiencing increased levels of stress as we adjust to a new way of conducting life during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Source: League of Champions
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything, and the League of Champions is responding.
The LOC started to present best practice webinars delivered by its members on important health and safety challenges. The webinar was available to all LOC and OGCA members, and their association members. In the weeks to follow, the League of Champions will roll out more webinars and will encourage its members to request subject matter that they would be interested in learning about.
Source:  Canadian Construction Association
Topic: Financing programs for construction under the Economic Response Plan.
Source:  CANconnect
The COVID-19 pandemic will likely impact construction projects well into summer 2020, with ripple effects spanning the foreseeable future. The industry needs to proactively manage delays or disruptions, as it sits at the intersection of four primary value chains: trades & skilled labour, material supply, design & engineering, and financing.
The safety of our DPT students, instructors and staff is the number one priority for the ORCGA.
As of April 1, 2020, all DPT Training has been suspended, due to public health concerns linked to COVID-19.
DIRT Reporting
Each issue of the DIRT Report contains articles that communicate Damage Prevention information. Kevin Vine, President, multiVIEW Locates Inc. has submitted this article “Empowering safe construction and sound design – here’s what you need to know about Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE).”
Kawartha Utility Services - Excavation Contractors for Central Ontario
Kawartha Utility Services
As a recognized contractor for Hydro One and the Go To Contractor for Central Ontario, we specilzie in: Hydro Excavation, Septic Systems, Overhead and underground utility installation, Foundations, and Barge services. When you want utility installation, hydrovac services and even more finished safely and efficiently, contact us:
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Industry News
The Ontario government announced on Friday, May 1 that it is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Source:  IHSA
On April 30, the Ontario government released a series of more than 50 technical sector guidance documents to support employers and employees in remaining safe in the workplace. IHSA - Infrastructure Health & Safety Association released 8 guides for the construction industry.
Source: Petrela
Suspended jobsites present heightened risks to Owners, Contractors and Insurers. An inactive construction site carries many more risks than an active one. Such projects are at increased risk.
Source: GTel
With the anticipation of government restrictions soon being relaxed as cases of COVID-19 begin to decline, there is apprehension among Locate Service Providers (LSP) on what the industry is going to look like over the next few months.
Source:  OEC Corp
PVS is pleased to announce that its new office in Edmonton, AB, is officially open!
Source: Surety Association of Canada
On March 20, 2020, the Ontario Lieutenant Governor in Council made an order under s.7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act suspending limitation periods in any legislation, regulation, order or by‐law. This suspension is retroactive to March 16, 2020 and continues for the “duration of the emergency.”
PGC Services
Vivax Canada
Source: iPolitics
Canadian municipalities are hoping to play a central role in the post-COVID-19 economic recovery by using an injection of federal spending to kickstart local infrastructure projects.
Source: The
The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) issued the first Request for Proposal to build new cellular infrastructure. The competitive bidding process will identify telecommunication partners who offer both the expertise and best value for expanded cell coverage in areas where people live, work and travel.
Bruce Power announced today it is establishing the Bruce Power Retooling and Economic Recovery Council to leverage the province’s robust nuclear supply chain and assist in Ontario’s fight against COIVD-19 and to help aid economic recovery.
Source: Thomas Net
Candu Energy Inc., has been awarded two additional five-year vendor of record (VOR) agreements by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to provide niche engineering and nuclear engineering services. These contract wins are aligned with the company's new strategy moving forward towards engineering services and greater growth.
Source: Global News
The Ontario Energy Board has approved Hydro One’s purchase of the business and distribution assets of Peterborough Distribution Inc. from the City of Peterborough for $105 million.
Source: Geospatial World
LiDAR has various applications in surveying, sensors, drones and laser scanning. So people are fairly acquainted with this technology, which is among the major emerging technologies driving the age of automation.
Source: Between the Poles
Fashioning AEC and geospatial data into an efficient data flow from planning through design and construction to operations and maintenance continues to be a challenge.
Source: Utility Dive
Despite short-term delays to projects, some industry players think demand for distributed storage could eventually see an uptick.
Source: Global Construction Review
Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario have awarded Canadian multidisciplinary consultant Stantec a contract to provide technical advisory services for the US$3.3bn Hurontario Light Rail public–private partnership project that will connect the cities of Mississauga and Brampton, near Toronto.
Source: ConstructConnect
For municipal workers, stopping watermain leaks can be a never-ending battle. Small leaks that are difficult to detect can quickly become big leaks. And, as municipalities know all too well, big leaks can take out a road.
Source: Urban Toronto
New infrastructure under construction in Oakville's agricultural northern reaches. Captured by Forum contributor Jasonzed, this drone-captured view looks directly down to a road and roundabout construction project, located on Sixth Line, just south of Highway 407.

Source: Job Talks Construction
Lorenzo is a project manager in the construction industry. He is generally responsible for the planning, acquisition, and execution of the construction build for the firm he works for. In his talk he discusses how he became a project manager, why he loves his job, what his job involves, and the career trajectory.
Cansel Survey Equipment
OnTrack Hydrovac Services Inc
Landscape Ontario

If you are looking to make contributions to the damage prevention industry through best practices, reporting and evaluation, or events and communication, the ORCGA committees are looking for your input.

Events and Communication Committee meeting: TBC

Reporting and Evaluation Committee meeting:  June 18, 2020

Best Practices Committee meeting:  May 14, 2020

Contact Jennifer by email or call 905.328.7063.