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A simple rule to facilitate corporate social responsibility in Québec

How can corporate social responsibility be encouraged in Québec? According to our experience this involves finding concrete courses of action that can be adapted to any type of company. In a recent blog, we addressed corporate social responsibility, especially in small and medium enterprises (SME). The objective was to share measures deployed at Strategia Conseil […]
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What is BIM technology?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) could be summarized as a 3D modeling technology. But in fact it is much more. It is a process that collects all the information on a project to create a complete data environment. For complex construction projects, this allows the design to be simplified on several levels. The models created are […]
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The Integrated Design Process: principles and guidance to success

The Integrated Design Process: principles and guidance to success   After a 30-year wait, the Roberval courthouse renovations recently made page one. The $62 million project will allow a 300% expansion! Our team is closely following this project as facilitator of the Integrated Design Process. The Integrated Design Process (IDP) took shape about twenty years […]
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Ensuring the sustainability of the cultural, social and real estate heritage (case study)

The  Augustinian Monastery is a cultural heritage and wellness haven developed in the oldest monastic complex in North America. Completely restored and redeveloped, the Monastery offers visitors a unique comprehensive health experience and living contact with the Augustinian heritage. Summary of the project Transform and preserve a complex of buildings constructed between 1695 and 1958, […]
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Corporate social responsibility: the experience of an SME

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) may seem to be a trend that only affects big business. However, it is much more than a trend. According to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), 95% of Fortune Global 250 companies publish a sustainable development report. CSR is a subject of interest for big business. But what about small and medium […]
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How to reduce construction delays with time contingencies

Even the fabulist Lafontaine understood an important principle for reducing construction delays on major projects. Slow and steady wins the race. This famous saying translates into a key point to remember: don’t rush into a project by skipping the planning stage. Planning: a crucial step to reduce construction delays This is Bent Flyvberg’s conclusion after […]
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The business case: a mandatory step in construction

The Directive sur la gestion des projets majeurs d’infrastructure publique (the “Directive”), the Directive on management of major public infrastructure projects, makes it clear that the presentation of a “dossier d’opportunité”, or business case, is now a mandatory step in the startup phase of a project considered to be major according to the criteria determined […]
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5 methods for resolving construction disputes

How much time did you spend managing conflicts at work this week? A study conducted in the United States reveals that employees spend an average of 2.8 hours a week managing conflicts (ref). Now imagine that you are directing a major construction project, with a high level of technical complexity, that requires the cooperation of […]
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7 practices to avoid construction cost overruns

Construction cost overruns often make headlines. Between 2009 and 2013, $500 million was spent on excess costs for construction work on public projects, costs that could have largely been avoided with more rigorous management practices (reference). The cost overruns affect private sector construction projects just as much, for all countries combined. For the Chunnel, the […]
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Investing in our municipal infrastructure, while keeping costs under control

Like a domino effect, a cost overrun in a project inevitably cuts off the municipality’s ability to carry out other projects planned to improve and provide quality services to the public. Everyone loses when the bill is too high. Municipal infrastructures ensure the mobility of passengers and freight, supply quality drinking water, treat our waste, […]
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