Keeping workers warm through the winter months

Bosch Power Tools, a world market leader for power tools and power tool accessories has announced its newest heated gear: the GHJ12V Heated Jacket and the GHH12V-20 Heated Hoodie.

Including enhanced, modern design and light, durable materials, the jacket and hoodie feature three temperature settings for enhanced control and comfort. Strategically placed heat zones in the chest and lower back offer thorough, efficient heating in a lightweight, easy-to-wear package.

Both products come packaged with the Bosch GAA12V-21 12V Max Portable Power Adapter, enabling users to take full advantage of their Bosch 12V Max Battery, delivering heat as well as 2.1 Amps of accessory power for mobile devices, phones, tablets and more. Additional product details:

GHJ12V Heated Jacket:

  • Three warming heat zones and six pockets for storage.
  • High-quality water and wind resistant design for maximum comfort.
  • Portable adapter delivers fast charging to phones and other devices.


GHH12V-20 Heated Hoodie:

  • Hoodie has three warming heat zones and large adjustable hood.
  • Portable adapter for fast charging cell phones and other devices.
  • Specially designed lightweight fabric design for maximum comfort.


For more information on Bosch Power Tools and their new product offerings, visit www.boschtools.com or connect on Facebook and Instagram.

Ontario engineering community committed to uprooting systemic biases

The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), the voice of Ontario’s engineering community, has announced a four-point action plan to address systemic bias prevalent in the culture, training and licensure process.

A recent study commissioned by OSPE found that engineers, engineering graduates and hiring managers view systemic bias as a major problem in the engineering community. While Ontario has a pool of diverse and underrepresented groups, systemic bias discourages some of the best talent from remaining in engineering roles.

In response to these findings, OSPE is deepening its vital commitment to acknowledging and uprooting all sources of bias in the system that selects, educates and registers professional engineers.

“This has gone on for too long, with little action by the leaders of Ontario’s – and Canada’s – engineering community,” said OSPE CEO Sandro Perruzza. “Starting right now, OSPE is dedicating itself to unifying the voices of Ontario’s engineering community. Enough is enough and we won’t stop until we see meaningful change and movement towards a diverse and inclusive profession that is vibrant and ready to serve Ontario without bias.”

Research from a previous OSPE study highlights gender-based issues clearly enough. However, more research is required to conceptualize the experiences of other underrepresented groups.

“Women and other underrepresented groups are being held back from contributing to the vital work Ontarians need them to do,” said OSPE president and chair, Réjeanne Aimey, P. Eng. “Our members’ voices are also clear: It’s time for action. It’s time for leadership. It’s time for real change.”

OSPE invites all engineers, Ontario’s engineering regulator, Professional Engineers Ontario, government officials, engineering school deans, Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Ontario and all vested community stakeholder groups, to join with them in this endeavour.

“This is a complex problem, with deep cultural and historical roots. We are calling on the best of Ontario’s engineers to join with us to break the cycles of prejudice and bias that we all know are there,” said Perruzza.

“It’s not an us-versus-them initiative. We are all in this together and it will take all of Ontario’s engineering community to make real change,” said Aimey. “I know all too well the unspoken professional culture that diverse underrepresented groups have to overcome just to be heard.”

Current chair of OSPE’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, Angela Wojtyla, P.Eng., said, “I’m a proud engineer and know that the engineering community is committed to ensuring the safety and success of our society. It is our passion, but I’ve watched too many talented problem solvers get sidelined by systemic biases built up over generations. It’s time for real change and together we’re going to make it happen.”

OSPE’s four-point plan will kick-start bringing about real change for the future of the whole engineering community in Ontario.

“We invite our stakeholders and all members of the engineering community to join us in this mission for change by signing their names and telling all of our leaders that they demand action over rhetoric,” said Perruzza.

OSPE’s four-point plan to start shining a light on this issue is as follows:

  1. Take concrete actions and reaffirm that diversity and inclusion remain a core value.
  2. Offer regular diversity and inclusion training to any members of the engineering community who seek it.
  3. Launch a new featured Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award in 2021 to honour OSPE members who are making real systemic change.
  4. Commit to convene a summit with all Ontario engineering leaders in 2021 to develop an industry-wide action plan.


Additionally, in its role as a leader of Ontario’s engineering community, effective Nov. 26, 2020, OSPE created a hub for the whole engineering community to unite to tackle its most challenging and complex problem.

Visit www.engineeringforchange.ca to get involved in this mission for the future of the engineering community.

Alcumus eCompliance eliminates over one million workplace incidents

Alcumus eCompliance, a leading mobile safety software solution in North America, officially accomplished its corporate mission to eliminate one million workplace injuries and incidents by the end of 2020. The team of safety nerds are humbled to announce they have exceeded the one million injuries and incidents prevented as of November totalling 1,062,938.

Alongside achieving their corporate mission, Alcumus eCompliance had the opportunity to survey its current customer base to review its true impact on safety within North America. Key results of the Customer Impact Survey include:

  • Customers have reduced their injury rates by 60 per cent, on average.
  • Twenty-four per cent of customers achieved zero incidents since implementing the software.
  • Ninety per cent of customers have improved their safety record by implementing the software.


“Ten years ago a tragic workplace fatality in the power sector inspired us to figure out a better way to do health and safety,” said Adrian Bartha, co-founder, Alcumus eCompliance. “However, today I am thrilled to announce the first mission we set out, to eliminate one million workplace injuries and incidents, has been successfully accomplished. Our customers and team have to be proud of achieving this level of impact for our frontline workforces and communities. This is just one milestone in the journey to create safer, healthier and stronger workplaces.”

“Joining this team in late 2020 has been an eye-opening experience to the world of safety technology,” said Tyler Davey, North American CEO, Alcumus. “Being able to see the intricate work each team member puts towards achieving this mission is downright inspiring. I’m looking forward to what Alcumus eCompliance can achieve in the years to come. One thing is for certain, with this many dedicated team members and customers, the sky is the limit.”

In 2021, Alcumus eCompliance will not slow down. Their future mission was to be announced Jan. 4, 2021, and it will push the company to deliver on their vision to transform the world of work to become safer, healthier and stronger. They will continue to strengthen safety culture throughout North America’s high-risk industries and inspire their customers to achieve safety excellence.

To learn more about Alcumus eCompliance, their story, products and how their safety software can help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and reduce incidents at the workplace, visit www.ecompliance.com.

The Centrum Pile system in double function on a large photovoltaic project in Holland

Aarsleff Grundbau GmbH, the German part of the Aarsleff Ground Engineering Group, has successfully completed the installation of 4468No. precast piles for the bearing structure of a large photovoltaic project in Holland. The client, IB Vogt GmbH in Berlin, is a highly experienced and pronounced developer within the renewable energy segment with a firm focus on photovoltaic worldwide. As Aarsleff also has a long tradition of delivering ground-engineering solutions for renewable energy projects (in Germany, more than 5,000 wind turbine foundations stand on Centrum precast piles), the client-supplier fit is excellent: both parties are determined to contribute to the energy transition.

In this project, the photovoltaic panels cover a very large 3-metre-deep water retention basin, placed on lattice beams and then mounted on the pile head in a grid of 6 by 12 metres. Due to poor ground conditions, a deep foundation is a necessity. The precast piles serve as a mounting base and a 3-metre-high standing column, and as the deep foundation element. In comparison to in situ pile systems, this is a strong argument for the chosen pile system.

Before starting installation on site, some product development and additional soil investigations were carried out due to high demands for pile installation accuracy: +/- 5 cm horizontally and +/- 3 cm vertically. In the pile head a M42 threaded sleeve, provided through PFEIFER Bautechnik, is centrally positioned for a quick assembly of the beam connection. The transition piece between pile head and beam allows the necessary tolerance. To be certain about pile drivability and consequently reaching the planned pile toe depths and securing the vertical tolerance, additional CPTs were executed through Fugro.

The team on site, consisting of project manager Rainer Scharrel, rig operators and banksmen has performed very well meeting all expectations to accuracy, quality, speed and health and safety standards. The two dispatched Junttan rigs – PMx22 with a SHK5 hammer and PM25 with an HHK7 hammer – were ideally suited for the task.

Peter Wardinghus, managing director at Aarsleff Grundbau GmbH said, “Our experience with this project has been very positive, especially the very partner-like and professional cooperation with the client and his consultants. The suitability of the pile system has received a strong confirmation and more opportunities to plan, design and deliver smart ground engineering solutions within the renewable energy segment are in sight.”

CCA and KPMG in Canada launch digital maturity assessment tool to gauge innovation

In a new initiative to assist Canadian construction companies gauge their level of construction innovation, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has joined forces with KPMG in Canada to launch the complimentary digital maturity assessment tool for the construction industry.

Construction is rapidly evolving into a tech-savvy industry with the use of drones, automated vehicles, virtual and augmented reality. Advancing innovation is a top priority of CCA’s five-year strategic plan and vision to “Build a better Canada.”

New digital technologies, innovations and disruptive business models mean many construction organizations need to keep pace with the transformative changes required to drive growth, meet customer demands, increase productivity and attract the right digital talent to truly reap the benefits of the digital age.

With access to KPMG Canada’s proprietary online digital maturity assessment tool, construction companies of all sizes can now confidentially assess their digital readiness in a few minutes.

“The need for digital transformation to stay competitive in construction has been heightened by the pandemic,” said CCA president Mary Van Buren. “This online tool will especially aid small and medium-sized construction companies by providing a benchmark of their efforts and insight on areas of future focus. We are delighted to work with a world-class organization such as KPMG on this initiative.”

“We believe it’s vital for companies to assess where they are on their digital journey to ensure technology and business strategies are aligned and delivering return on investment,” said Lorne Burns, KPMG Canada’s national industry leader, building, construction, and real estate. “Covid-19 has highlighted the importance of embracing digital technologies to inform strategic decision-making, build resilience, enhance competitiveness and protect asset value amid disruption and uncertainty. We’re thrilled to be joining forces with CCA on making our tool available to the construction industry.”

Teaming up with KPMG Canada, a report on the findings will also be published at CCA’s 2021 annual conference.

The KPMG Canada digital maturity for construction tool can be accessed at: https://home.kpmg/ca/en/home/insights/2020/11/canadian-construction-in-the-digital-age.html.



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