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From the President
This is the fourth edition of “The Wire” and as you will see by the reports, the RSIC has been very busy. I would like to welcome to the Board of Directors, Ben Zurbrigg, VP Sales and Marketing, Alta Steel, Edmonton and Don Shahan, Contract Manager, Harris Rebar, Vancouver. We are very proud to have Ben and Don join the board to help us guide the industry through the next era of the Rebar Industry.
Banff Alberta was an awesome choice for the 2017 RSIC AGM and Convention. From the hospitality of the Moose Hotel, to great golf at Banff springs GC, to a western dinner and dancing at Wild Bill’s Saloon, to the adventures of exploring around Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore and nearby area – a great time was had by all. The AGM was fruitful with excellent speakers on Safety and Labour in Construction from the Albertan Ministry of Labour. An enthusiastic roundtable discussion by the membership had many hot topics discussed, such as Engineered Wood Structures, High Strength Rebar and the future of Rebar. Two new committees have been struck in Saskatchewan and Alberta lead by Ben Zurbrigg, and Don Shahan respectively. We are endeavouring to have a committee in Eastern Canada as well.
The much anticipated newly revised MOSP will be out soon. The Manual will be available in an electronic downloadable version and later in the fall in a mobile version. The Board has finished its annual Planning Session in which succession planning is a priority. Succession is progressing well with the addition of Ben and Don to the Board. Financially we are strong in both Balance Sheet and Operating. The Board monitors and encourages the committee’s in areas of Marketing, Safety, Detailer Certification, Technical and Social as well as the two new ones in the west.
We are working with the CSA to update the specification G30.18 2019 version, and soon the A23.3 R19 version. Ongoing discussions also follow developments in High Strength Steel and the new Tariff’s which you can read more about in the reports included in this version of The Wire.
I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the Ironworkers Council Conference in Florida which was held in conjunction with the RSIO Labour Relations Bureau. The presentation was on the structure and workings of the RSIO and the RSIC.
The marketing committee has been busy this last few months on a few different projects. Our main mission for the year is to increase manual sales. We have been reaching out to placing unions, member, and non-member fabricators across the country with the goal of re-introducing and boosting our manual sales. We intend to continue with this focus for the foreseeable future with the goal of seeing almost all rodmen in the country with a copy of the RSIC Placing Manual. When the new edition of the Manual of Standard Practice is released we intend to make it a priority to get it in front of as many engineers, GC’s, developers, fabricators and the like as possible.
Another initiative of ours has been the creation of a LinkedIn account. We have recently created the account and are starting to populate it with info. Our goal is to get closer to a wider range of connections and information than our website currently offers. With the LinkedIn account we will be to provide more regular updates on industry and rebar related news as well as get connected with more industry and rebar related associations, companies and people. Once we are up and running we’ll send out an update to our members to get connected.
As always, we have been busy with trade shows. In early 2018 the RSIC exhibited at the inaugural Canadian Concrete Expo in Toronto. The show was a big success with many visitors to our booth who all had a direct interest in concrete construction and its related products. Next years show is Feb.6-7 and we highly recommend attending if you’re in Toronto at the time. Also at the Expo, Rick Dozzi represented the RSIC with a seminar on the updates to the new RSIC Manual of Standard Practice. The presentation and discussion was very well received. Please visit www.canadianconcreteexpo.com for more information on next years show. In addition, the RSIC has attended the Buildex Vancouver show and are already committed to the Buildex Calgary on November 7-9th. As always, we’ll be exhibiting at the Construct Canada Buildings Show from November 28th-30th in Toronto.
We’re looking forward to continuing our goals of increasing membership, increasing Manual sales and helping to promote reinforcing steel as the most efficient and effective construction method.
While the RSIC manual was fully reviewed and was being edited by the graphic people, the committee has received new changes from the industry and comments from members. as well they have found errors, shifting of the pages and resolution drop due to multiple changes on different dates!
It became necessary that the technical committee resume their activity on the review and correction in order to publish the manual ASAP.
Since late March the committee has gathered for five more group sessions and few more meetings between individuals, some sessions were as long as 9:00am to 9:00pm.
They have rectified most recent comments and changes and the graphic team are now finalizing the manual.
After consulting with the board of directors it is decided that the manual will be offered electronically as a pdf document and will be distributed in a more accessible by the entire construction industry.
There have been many topics discussed over the last number of months that affect the Health and Safety of all Reinforcing Steel industry workers. Following is a summary of some of the key topics covered.
IHSA Rebar Capping Bulletin
MOL Working at Heights
MOL Accreditation Framework Consultation
Job Hazard Analysis
Fit for Duty Workshop
Impact Foreman Training
OGCA (Ontario General Contractors Association) Safety Pass
MOL Industrial Establishments Regulation Amendment Proposals
The Social Committee hosted the RSIC Annual Golf Tournament in late May at the Eagles Nest Golf Club in Maple, Ontario.
The 2018 AGM Meeting & Convention will take place at the beautiful Taboo Muskoka Resort in Gravenhurst, ON from Thursday, September 13 – Sunday, September 16. Registration sheets have been distributed and we’re looking forward to another successful AGM. We welcome all members across Canada and the U.S. to attend and make it a memorable weekend amongst industry colleagues.
It was a beautiful, sunny and we had a full field. Prizes for Golf Town were handed out to the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, Best Net & Best Gross winners. This year’s Gross Champion was Dan Rust from Harris Rebar, and this years Net Champion was Chris Seon from Salit Steel! It was another successful tournament and we’re looking forward to the next one at the RSIC Convention! You don’t want to miss it!
The Ontario Cast-in-Place Concrete Development Council continues to be one of the major supporters of the Ontario Concrete Awards program that is held every year at the Construct Canada / World of Concrete Pavilion tradeshow at the end of November. This year OCCDC has created three new case studies that highlight the effective use of reinforced concrete on the following projects:
Additionally, OCCDC is also a sponsorer of the Ontario Association of Architects AGM and Conference that is taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 23 to 25. At this event, OCCDC will have both a tradeshow booth to interact with the participants of the conference as well as hosting a “Lunch & Learn” on Wednesday, May 23 with Architects from Diamond Schmitt Architects presenting on their award-winning Environmental Science & Chemistry Building. OCCDC are looking possibly to have Professor Straube present at the Concrete Canada instead doing a Round Table as we normally do.
New OCCDC case studies. Click here to view.
Western Canada Update
As mentioned two new committees and been struck and work has begun, attending the Buildex shows in both Calgary and Vancouver. Calgary was sparsely attended while Vancouver had a very good attendance showing good interest.
A golf tournament was held in Calgary in early June with 24 golfers enjoying a great day, good food and great discussions. Next year is being planned already in the Kelowna area.
Lastly, ongoing committee meetings with WorkSafe BC to publish a Bulletin concerning working at heights and Fall hazards continues. Look for more information this autumn.
Construction Lien Act Revisions
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So what? I’m a rebar fabricator and I don’t ship to the USA…
That’s OK, I’ll avoid tariffs by purchasing steel from overseas…
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