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The Honourable Liz Sandals MPP (Guelph) & President of the Treasury Board opened the 2017 GO Open Data Conference on May 5th at the City of London’s Public Library. Minister Sandals spoke about the Province of Ontario’s commitment to open, transparent governance and announced that Ontario has officially adopted the International Open Data Charter

Download a copy of the Conference Review at opendata.ca

Culture, Currency & Communitech

Kevin Tuer, Ph.D., P.Eng and Managing Director of odx Canada’ Open Data Exchange, spoke at the Conference about the need on both the supply side and demand side to understand the value of open data and the need to strategize to define an outcome. Kevin made reference to Map Your Property as an App that demonstrates that understanding.  Minister Sandals is also a fan (go to the 5 minute mark on the video). I haven’t had a chance to try it out, but as a tool for real estate/land development professionals working in Toronto or York Region, it looks very promising!

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“newest addition to Waterloo’s Innovation Ecosystem”

 Open Data 150 Canada Project

Thanks to organizers of the GoOpenData conference for sending this update:
“The Open Data 150 (OD150) is your opportunity to be heard. It is the only survey of its kind in Canada to identify open data use and needs by companies. The survey results will be reviewed by Governments at all levels (Municipal, Provincial, Federal) to understand the value of Open Data sets so that resources can be applied to priority data sets. Advocate for your data set and your company and be part of the 150. 
Additionally, for a limited time only, companies who fill out the survey by May 31st will receive a custom ODX shirt”
Open Data 150 link: http://canada.opendata500.com/
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 “The real battle is for the data that delivers the most relevant and pertinent insights — the combination of data sets that enable effective and more rapid monetization of data.” This means combining data from customers, social media, machines and the Internet of things. It means finding new ways to transform the data into information and knowledge. In the end, Capgemini CEO John Brahim noted, organizations that do not act…and react appropriately, face a “serious threat to survival.” – See more at: http://www.cioinsight.com

#connectionscafe2017

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The 4th annual Student Design Competition comes to a close today, May 11th, 2017 with an impressive group of entries from Conestoga College’s School of Interior Design on display during Connections Cafe this evening at the Pines in Cambridge, Ontario.

Many thanks to Frank Voisin at Catalyst137, Kevin Klages and the iGuide development team at Planitar and especially Sarah Turner and her 3rd Year Students for working with us through unexpected hurdles to finish the race. We are incredibly fortunate to belong to such an innovative, supportive and resilient community.

Shout out to this year’s sponsors of Connections Cafe for giving us the thumbs up. We wish you a rewarding and memorable experience and invite you to discover what inspires the Prime Minister of Canada and business leaders from around the globe to invest in Waterloo Region…and don’t forget to fill out a ballad for your favourite entry!

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CSC Grand Valley is committed to professional development in the AEC industry that builds confidence, invites collaboration and values relationship.

We invite you to join us on our journey…

 

Shot live on location at the Pines in Cambridge, Ontario. Features the winners of the 4th Annual CSC Student Design Competition co-sponsored by the Grand Valley & Toronto Chapters.  Music by the Paul Stouffer Jazz Group with Paul Stouffer on keyboards, Denis Rondeau on bass and Robin Habermehl on the saxophone

CSC Toronto Building Expo 2017

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Many thanks to Sponsors of the CSC Building Expo

Shout out to

Chuck Dykstra of Fluke Electronics for the insightful chat about mapping/testing facilities for internet signal strength, security issues, and much more!  Glad to hear the wireless division is now being handled by Netscout a division of Keating Technologies Inc.   Great tip on getting the most out of my fluke equipment by checking out their online training

David Webster of Leland Industries Inc for setting the record straight on the risk of using impact drivers on fasteners and the impact of that practice especially on warranties for metal roofing systems

Anthony Caruso of Quikrete for the handy concrete mix calculator. The online version looks pretty good too and I’m pleasantly surprised that your product catalogue includes a link to current MSDS sheets…what a break!

Geoff Smith whose passionate and refreshingly honest keynote speech at lunch kept me up last night thinking about the changing landscape…the death of the change order business model, the impact of new technologies, especially BIM in the AEC industry, the emerging of foreign contractors and new directions like modular construction to mitigate a decline in productivity growth.  What was that he said?  Is Autodesk a competitor? Hmm…there’s an aha moment.  Just how does the industry migrate to 3D modelling software anyways? Not to mention 4DBIM, 5DBIM, 6DBIM and who gets left behind?

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Thanks Geoff, you nailed it

What’s next?  Just when you thought you had sorted out SB-10

more about ever changing building codes…who-what-where-when-how will data impacting the built environment be gathered, analysed and implemented?

Post (Expo) Script...Appeal to Owners from CanBIM

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Yep…

Looks like we will need to stick together to figure this all out

 

2016 Connections Cafe & Awards Night

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 Winners of the 2016 CSC Student Design Competition

CSC Student Design Competition Co-Chair, Cathie Schneider is the Master of Ceremonies during the Awards Presentation May 19th, 2016 at Connections Cafe. This annual networking event for professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries was held at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener, a section of the former Goudies department store adjoining 8 Queen Street (subject building chosen for the competition). Conceptual drawings & floor plans from six winning student teams were exhibited for attendees to explore in a relaxed and informal setting in advance of the Awards Ceremony.

The CSC Student Design Competition is on facebook at facebook.com/CSCDesignCompetition

In the News…

http://rsid.ryerson.ca/news/csc-competition-2016

Conflicts in Construction Specifications

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The role of specifications from the legal standpoint

Mr. Richard Wong, Chair of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national construction and infrastructure practice group and Evan Barz, Student-at-Law, speak to the membership of Construction Specifications Canada at a luncheon presentation hosted by the Grand Valley Chapter on February 15th, 2017

Key talking points include:

  • How much weight do specifications hold in terms of project documentation?
    Do typos really matter?
  • Are drawing notes an acceptable form of specifying requirements (i.e. replacing specifications)
  • What happens if project requirements (i.e. specifications) are not properly reviewed prior to project commencement?
  • Who is ultimately to blame for mistakes made in the contract documents?

Presentation slides are included in this video and it may be necessary to pause at each slide to read the content thoroughly

More about upcoming events at the CSC Grand Valley Chapter here

 Construction Specifications Canada

2017 CSC Student Design Competition

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“Public Collaboration & Connection”

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Site: Catalyst 137 

 3D virtual site tour of 137 Glasgow Street

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Construction Specification Canada (CSC) Grand Valley and Toronto Chapters proudly present the 4th annual Student Design Competition open to all current post-secondary school students in Ontario with an interest in construction-related activities such as architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, interior design, construction management, innovative products, and manufacturing

Entries can be submitted by individuals, or by teams consisting of up to 4 people.  See Competition Documents for complete details:

Competition Documents

Registration closed on Karelo

1st place $2000.00

2nd place $1000.00

3rd place $500.00 

Site: 137 Glasgow Street, Kitchener, Ontario

Situated 3 km SE of the University of Waterloo and about 1 km west of Google’s new Kitchener Headquarters in the Innovation District.  The location has close proximity to the niche shops & restaurants at Belmont Village and borders the Iron Horse Trail, allowing pedestrians, cyclists and joggers to access the public space at the front of the building

Voisin Capital’s newest project is an ideal case study to expose young design professionals to a relevant and trend setting initiative. Use of the lobby, the public gathering space inside and the outdoor collaboration space will be the focus of the competition

Catalyst 137’s impressive 475,000 sq ft space will be purpose-built for makers, a concentration point for the talent, hardware engineering services and venture capital support required to build the next generation of IOT companies

In the News…

Kitchener Innovation District

Restaurant of the Future coming to Catalyst 137

Construction Canada Announcement January 18th, 2017

Kitchener Mayor supports Tech Sector & Strong Neighbourhoods

Catalyst 137 off to a Flying Start

Globe & Mail

Cantech letter June 2016

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Links…

Miovision

Voisin Capital

Zehr Levesque

Dfy Studio

SRM Architects

Open Data Kitchener

Belmont Village

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2016 Winners 

Archived Posts…

2016 CSC Student Design Competition

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act1 Scene1)

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act 1 Scene 2)

CSC & the Case of the Illustrious Industrious City (Act 1 Scene 3)

Link here and here for the 2015 competition

Link here  and here for the 2014 competition and here to view full length Montage video