Constructionlab launches October 1, 2019

Interpreting Construction Drawings and Specifications

This 2 day (15 hour) Gold Seal Accredited course was designed at the request of the OCA.

Using a small commercial building as a sample, Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Landscape drawings are coordinated, evaluated and groups of students work toward understanding clearly how to read all of the information on the various disciplines of drawings. In Day 2, the student is introduced to the 16 and 49 NMS specification system and will work together in groups to edit various sections in a 3 part format spec.

Learning Outcomes:

Be able to evaluate coordinated versus non-coordinated drawings quickly and upon initial review 

Be comfortable working in metric and imperial scales and working with dimensions 

Evaluate the various mechanical and electrical systems and how they work together

Understand wall section detailing, equipment schedules, how to use legends and read symbols Identify section, detail tags in order to navigate drawing to drawing and discipline to discipline 

Understand Intent of drawings versus shop drawings detailing 

Review a complete specification including Division 1.

This course is recommended for new project coordinators, and junior estimators who are required to navigate a set of drawings and specifications or manage change orders during construction and addenda during bidding. 

Construction Adjudication - Mechanics of Adjudication for Construction Project Administrators

This 1.5 day course (afternoon + 1 day) is the first Gold Seal course in Canada to explore the site dynamics that may trigger a costly and time consuming adjudication as part of the Construction Act, now law in Ontario and soon to be throughout Canada.   This non-lawyer site practitioner based course is essential for all of today’s general and sub contracting companies as well as architects and engineers that will be certifying progress, final and holdback payments. 

So, You Want to Build a Building, Where and How to Start?...and Finish!


Designed with the new project owner in mind, this 6 hour workshop breaks down the complexity of determining the best project delivery model for the type, size, complexity, location and use of what it is that you want to build.

Choosing a design consultant, or a builder can be a daunting task, but learning how to design a request for proposal and what goes into awarding a contract will go a long way in making sure you get the right team in place.

The workshop will also outline financing options, and how lenders ensure your project stays on track, and along with surety tools, how you can guarantee your project will be completed. We will look at standard agreements used by architects, engineers, and different builders, and highlight the benefits and drawbacks of each. 

Once ground is broken, there are a number of things you will be responsible to do. This workshop gives you detailed information on how to best set up the contract to ensure you have professionals helping you along the way. Finally, closing out the project in a timely manner so you can appreciate the ROI is of key importance, and a few lessons learned, will save you time and money. 

How Architects and Engineers Work on your Construction Projects

In this 6 hour one day course, we will examine the way architects, engineers and builders work in silos trying to get to a common end goal.    A must have for anyone buying consulting services in Design-Build, Construction Management, or even Traditional (design-bid-build) engagements.   We will explore the OAA Mastering Business of Architecture Manual that architects use, and using a model CCDC 15, OAA Document 600 dive into the birth of the design solution for a project. The day will include an analysis of fees charged for services of a professional, how consultants calculate contract administration fees, percentage versus stipulated fees, and the pitfalls that lead to challenges on the job site. 

Construction 201 - PM and Field Personnel Master Class Module 1

A 1 day introduction to a 4 module course prepares attendees to consider personal soft skills needed to excel in a complex supply chain, this course is aimed at refining negotiation skills, communication skills and studies personality traits while leveraging the leadership teaching of world famous anthropologist Simon Sinek.  Discover how to analyze your BATNA and WAP when being presented with options to negotiate a resolution to a dispute.   Gold Seal points available : 1

Construction 201 - PM and Field Personnel Master Class Module 2

Module 2 refines, captures and exercises communication skills required to be an effective communicator on a project site. Skills that rarely get formally practiced include verbal and non-verbal communication. Effective digital communication and when not to use it. We examine the circle of safety needed to ensure all participants in your project organization are working in an effective and optimal manner. Gold Seal points available : 1

Construction 201 - PM and Field Personnel Master Class Module 3

Clear understanding of productivity challenges that a leader faces on a project site working in a complex supply chain forms the focus of Module 3.  Using tools available today, along with technology advances including wearables and site data analysis means the project manager and field supervision can be more effective than ever before. Basic human conditions that can be met or exceeded on site will carve out that efficiency edge every company needs to succeed in delivering quality projects on time and on budget.  Gold Seal points available: 1

Construction 201 - PM and Field Personnel Master Class Module 4

Leadership is a choice, a decision an individual makes to lead a team, large or small.   It is not a rank in an organization and it does not come for free from the rest of the group - to those that choose to lead.   This 1 day module examines the qualities, skill, suitability, and functionality of leadership and what it means on a construction project at various phases of the work.   Much less daunting than one may think, we break down into simple terms the basics of leadership to build a highly effective organization.  Gold Seal points available: 1

Maximizing your Consultants Performance to Close Out the Project

Engaging consultants can be a risky process when it is new to you.   With the increase of Design-Build as a delivery model over the past decade, contractors are faced with hiring consultants that may end up costing them more than anticipated. This course walks buyers of consulting services through the OAA Document 600, CCDC 15 for Design-Build and  standard engineering service agreements.   The course also studies the split which is a phenomenon that occurs at a certain point in the construction phase of a project leading to conflict and challenges.  Learn what to do to minimize this challenge and best practices during contract negotiation.  This is a 7 hour 1 day course.  Gold Seal points available : 1

Faciliated Courses Developed by our Partners

We are repeatedly requested by our delivery partners to facilitate courses that have been developed by them. Contact us anytime to gain more information on the courses we facilitate, and where we facilitate.

Construction 101 Created by the Canadian Construction Association


Construction is Canada's second largest goods producing activity that accounts for thirteen percent of Canadian GDP. 

This course will outline the basics of construction including procedures, laws and processes which focus on:

  • Introduction to the Construction Industry
  • Tendering, Bidding and Award of Contracts
  • Format of Contracts
  • Laws, Standards and Procedures in Construction
  • Risk Management in Construction
  • Construction Project Management & Administration

This course aims to breakdown the complexity of the Construction Industry by showing how various stakeholders – owners, consultants, contractors, sub-contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and service providers fit into the Industry. Participants will engage in learning activities that will enable them to appreciate project delivery from concept to closeout. This course is ideal for administrative staff or anyone who is new to the Construction Industry.

Construction Industry Ethics Created by BuildForce Canada 


Ethical behaviour is paramount in the construction industry. By maintaining high ethical standards, and being consistent in our practices, we thrive both personally and professionally. The Construction Industry Ethics course can help your employees navigate the ethical grey areas they face every day.

This course has been designed to help you understand ethics as it relates to the construction industry. The course contains interactive elements, case studies, practical examples, videos, and a course glossary.


Upon completing this course, you will:

  • Understand what is included in “ethical behaviour”
  • Be aware of the importance of ethics in business
  • Know how to make ethical decisions
  • Recognize ethics in the context of the law
  • Understand the direct link between ethics and a company’s success

Who Should Attend: owner/clients, contractors, supervisors, project managers, etc. who must deal effectively and professionally with employees, sub-trades, owners, clients, engineers, employers, and the public.


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