All 2014 Posts PCL Blogs

  • Preventing Safety Incidents

    “You may never know about the incidents that you prevent.” This statement is a lament of many safety professionals, and it applies equally to managers and supervisors who are working hard to prevent injuries.
    TAGS: Safety
  • How to Build a Quality Bridge—One Bolt at a Time

    As the national director of quality management for the sixth largest general contractor in the US, the most daunting task for me is to convince others to have the same passion for producing a quality product that I do.
    TAGS: Quality
  • Safety Leadership in Your Face!

    When I think about leadership, I reminisce about the classic movie Patton from many years ago. The scene when General Patton is directing traffic at a muddy crossroads while joking with his troops is particularly memorable for me.
    TAGS: Safety
  • Quality and Field Mobility: A Perfect Mix

    Many years ago, I attended a course on negotiating and learned the phrase "access to information is power." This is especially true in the real estate market.
    TAGS: Quality
  • Don’t Let the Heat Stress You Out

    In the 1987 movie classic Good Morning Vietnam a comic radio announcer, played by Robin Williams, tells troops, “The weather out there today is hot and crappy with continued hot and crappy in the afternoon.”
    TAGS: Safety
  • Embracing Safety Week Year-Round

    Achieving zero injuries is, without question, one of the most daunting challenges for any company. At PCL, we work hard at all levels to prevent incidents, and we are achieving notable successes.
    TAGS: Safety
  • Expanding our Capacity with Autodesk Products

    PCL just entered into a second Enterprise Business Agreement (EBA) with Autodesk, giving us 250 concurrent licenses of Autodesk products for another three years and titles including all major AEC products.
  • Quality Drinking Water is not an Accident

    If you were offered dirty, unfiltered water, but at a substantially reduced price, would you drink it? I didn’t think so. When it comes to certain things in life, you just don't compromise on the quality of the product for you or your family.
    TAGS: Quality
  • Polar Vortex Welcomes Solar Solutions

    Along with other people in Ontario, I’m wondering when the warmer weather is finally going to arrive. While the days are getting longer and the sun is burning brighter, I’m relieved that the long, dark, and bitterly cold days of winter are behind us.
  • World of Modular

    I've recently returned from attending this year's World of Modular (WoM) conference in San Antonio, Texas. Organized by the Modular Building Institute, this annual industry trade show attracts anyone connected with, or interested in off-site fabrication.
  • Motivating for Quality

    Quality excellence is achieved by finding what motivates people to do their best. When evaluating quality on a construction site, it is important for project teams to recognize what is being done well in addition to pointing out what needs improvement.
    TAGS: Quality