Technology Solutions

New Courses – Technology Solutions for the Workplace

May 11, 2017 • Written by

TSW is now offering soft skills courses for the workplace.  If you are interested in any of the following Courses or if you have need of a course not featured here please contact Tammy Harper, Program Coordinator at tvharper@rrc.ca.

Please note theses courses are currently being offered on a contract basis for groups of 10 or more.  If we get enough interest for a regularly scheduled offering, we will look to do that in the Fall of 2017.

Writing Skills:

Basics of Business Writing – Course Description (½ day with a second ½ day follow up)
Business writing is always carefully crafted and revised before it is presented. Right? Unfortunately, the truth is that it is often riddled with misspelled and misused words as well as inaccuracies. The good news is that you can easily improve your business writing. In this course we will cover:

  1. Know your audience – Who are you writing to? What is their knowledge on the topic? Is the content appropriate for the audience? Is the content user friendly and organized?
  2. Focus on Content and Style – Is your writing organized? Are you using simple language? Are you being concise? Are you focusing on the facts?
  3. Proper formatting use – maximize efficiency with your writing format. Are you using headlines and bullets effectively? Are you using too many/too much?
  4. Proofread, Proofread, Proofread – your first draft is never your final product, you must review, re-read and revise each document you touch BEFORE it is sent out. Grammar and punctuation are very important factors.
  5. Attitude and Perspective – word choice and sentence structure reveal a lot about your attitude and perspective. Are you focusing on your perspective or the readers?

Persuasive Writing Skills (1 half day with potential for a follow up)
Persuasion is generally an exercise in creating a win-win situation. You present a case that others find beneficial to agree with. You make them an offer they can’t refuse. Get your message across more effectively and hone your persuasive writing skills with techniques, theory and practice. This course is designed for anyone who needs to reach readers with an important message. Learn to use powerful rhetorical strategies to engage, inform and inspire. Obtain the skills required to craft documents that support you in building and maintaining strong business relationships with colleagues and clients. Explore attention-catching tone and content strategies that you can apply to emails, reports, web documents, business proposals and beyond.

Diversity

Diversity in the Workplace I – For Staff (2 hours)

The purpose of Diversity in the Workplace I is to introduce construction industry labour to the fundamental concepts of the discipline.  As the diversity of the workforce increases, both the opportunities and challenges for workers, Canadian and foreign born alike, also increases.  Foreign born workers offer new ideas, new training methods and new ways of doing things that are proven to be effective in other Manitoban industries.   This introductory course is a practical hands-on guide to recognizing, understanding, accepting and celebrating the social, cultural and ethnic diversity in others on a one-to-one basis.  This journey begins with an in-depth self-examination of the rules and social norms that have helped to determine our own current views and biases of those different from ourselves.  Attendees will study new strategies and techniques to work more effectively with those with a diverse background.

 

Diversity in the Workplace II – For Supervisors and Managers (2 hours)

Diversity in the Workplace II is designed for supervisors, managers and owners in the construction industry and focusses on creating effective organizational processes to capitalize on the strengths and attributes of a more diverse workforce.  Canada, and Manitoba in particular, has a rich history of welcoming immigrants over the centuries.  Today’s economy it is no different and Manitoba is strengthened by promoting a more diverse workforce.  Interestingly the construction industry in Manitoba lags well behind other industries in like Health Care, the Sciences, Manufacturing and the Total Industrial average in employing immigrants.  Promoting organizational diversity goes far beyond hiring token examples of visible minorities.  Attendees will consider the advantages of embracing a more holistic one-to-many approach to incorporating diversity.  While more complex this strategy can help solve established industry weaknesses such as an aging workforce and its associated loss of experience and institutional memory, lack of skilled/trained/motivated with some incoming workers and the transience of a company’s existing labour force.

Upcoming Courses May 2017

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To Register click here.

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Hydromatics CONF – 1629

May 1-19, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST

 

Part 3 Large Buildings CIVL-1093

Date: May 15-19, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $675

Exam: $150, Register with CIVL – 1094

 

ACI Concrete Testing CONF – 1014

May 8-11, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $840

 

Infrastructure – Bridging CMDP – 2014

May 9-12, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST

 

Structural Analysis – Bridging CMDP – 2015

May 15-19, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST

 

Materials and Methods – Bridging CMDP-2013

May 15-19, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST

 

Structural Design – Bridging CMDP – 2016

May 23-26, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $700 + GST

 

Revit Level 1 – CIVL – 1015

May 16-18, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $680 + GST

 

Revit Level 2 – CIVL – 1075

May 30 – June 1, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $680 + GST

 

Revit Level 3 – CIVL – 1100

June 6 -8, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $680 + GST

Part 3 Complex Buildings – Space still open!

February 10, 2017 • Written by

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Part 3 Complex Buildings

This course has been designed to enhance the knowledge of existing Code Practitioners and those practitioners who wish to improve their competence in the practice of interpretation and implementation of the principles of the National Building Code (NBC) with respect to Large (Vol. 2, Division B, Part 3) buildings. It is intended to help the participant understand the requirements of the NBC that apply to Part 3 Buildings with emphasis being placed on Complex Buildings which are defined in the NBC as:
1) Post disaster buildings, and
2) Buildings containing building systems, works, fixture and service systems to which Subsection 3.2.6 or Articles 3.2.8.3 to 3.2.8.9 apply.

This course will assist in learning how to find applicable NBC requirements and through the exercises contained herein will focus on creating understanding so that the participant may correctly interpret and apply the regulations.

Some areas covered by this course include:

  • Occupancy, Construction Types, Fire-Resistance ratings
  • Appendix D, Fire Performance Ratings, including Flame spread, Smoke development
  • Building Fire Safety
  • Safety within Floor Areas
  • Environmental Separation
  • Additional requirements for high buildings
  • Appendix B, Fire Safety in high Buildings
  • Mezzanines and interconnected floor spaces
  • Structural Design, HVAC, Plumbing
  • Safety Measures at Construction and Demolition Sites

3 day Large Building Airtightness Testing

February 8, 2017 • Written by

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Course Description:

Although the concept was almost unknown in the design and construction industry 25 years ago, minimizing air leakage is now widely recognized as one of the most critical parameters affecting a building’s performance in terms of energy use, comfort, indoor air quality and durability.

Recognition of the importance of reducing air leakage first occurred in the low-rise housing sector and has since spread to the commercial building sector. The need for airtightness was initially seen only as an energy issue since uncontrolled air leakage can create a significant energy penalty. However, it was soon realized that there are additional benefits including building durability improved comfort, improved indoor air quality and reduced noise transmission.

The large building airtightness testing workshop will educate the students on the differences between residential and commercial tests; building science and driving forces of air leakage; testing standards and code requirements; test considerations and planning; and required materials and equipment. The final part of the workshop will focus on the setup and use of blower door equipment. It will conclude with a full live test of the CARSI building at Red River College, which will incorporate diagnostic tools and analysis/reporting of the test data.

Course Date and Cost: 

Dates: February 22-24, 2017
Times: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (2 pm on Feb.24th to allow for travel)
Cost: $1,495 + GST
Course Code: TRAD-9017
Course cost includes:  parking, lunch and morning coffee

Instructors: Cory Carson, Kevin Knight, Gary Proskiw

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar – Last minute seats have opened up!!!

February 8, 2017 • Written by

Due to some last minute cancellations, 5 seats have opened up! Register today!

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar 

NBC / NPC/ NFC/ NECB

March 8, 2017, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost $295 +GST

CanadInns Polo Park

1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg

Technology Solutions for the Workplace is pleased to be hosting a one day face – to – face 2015 Code update session presented by staff from Codes Canada.  To register click here.

February 2017 Technology Solutions for the Workplace Courses

January 16, 2017 • Written by

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For more details on each building code course, click here.  For more information on the NRC Update Course click here.

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Intro to the Manitoba Building and Fire Codes (Division A and C)  CIVL – 1085

February 6 & 7, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $665 +GST

 

Part 3 Large Buildings CIVL – 1093

Date: February 6-10, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $675

Exam: $150, Register with CIVL – 1094

 

Part 3 Complex Buildings CIVL-1083

Date: February 22-24, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $600

Exam: $150, Register with CIVL – 1084

 

2015 NRC Construction Code Update Seminar

Date: March 8, 2017, 7:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $295 +GST

Location: CanadInns Polo Park

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar – SAVE THE DATE

January 5, 2017 • Written by

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar 

NBC / NPC/ NFC/ NECB

SAVE THE DATE

March 8, 2017, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

CanadInns Polo Park

1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg

Technology Solutions for the Workplace is pleased to be hosting a one day face – to – face 2015 Code update session presented by staff from Codes Canada. Session cost will be available shortly!  To register click here. Seats are limited.

Tentative Schedule – March 8, 2017

Time Topic
7:30-8:00 Registration and Introductions
8:00-8:20 Introduction – 2020 Highlights in Code Development
8:20-9:00 Part 9 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards and Part 9 – Structure and Building Envelope
9:00-9:25 NBC/NFC – Combustible Construction
9:25-9:55 Part 3/9 – Fire Protection and Part 3 Fire Protection
9:55-10:15 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
10:15-10:55 NECB – Update 2015
10:55-11:30 Part 3 – Accessibility and Security Systems and Part 3 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
11:30-11:50 NPC – Stainless Steel and Water-Use Efficiency
11:50-13:00 Lunch – Provided
13:00-13:25 Part 6 – HVAC
13:25-14:00 Part 4 – Earthquake Design
14:00-14:30 NFC – Hazardous Materials and Activities
14:30-14:45 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
14:45-15:15 Part 4 – Structural Design
15:15-15:35 Part 5/9 – EIFS, Roofing and Airborne Sound Transmission
15:35-15:50 Part 5 – Curtain Walls and Wind Uplift
15:50-16:00 Questions and Session Concludes

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar – SAVE THE DATE

November 29, 2016 • Written by

2015 Construction Code Update Seminar 

NBC / NPC/ NFC/ NECB

 

SAVE THE DATE

March 8, 2017, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

CanadInns Polo Park

1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg

Technology Solutions for the Workplace is pleased to be hosting a one day face – to – face 2015 Code update session presented by staff from Codes Canada. Session cost will be available shortly!  To register click here. Seats are limited.

Tentative Schedule – March 8, 2017

Time Topic

 

7:30-8:00 Registration and Introductions
8:00-8:20 Introduction – 2020 Highlights in Code Development
8:20-9:00 Part 9 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards and Part 9 – Structure and Building Envelope
9:00-9:25 NBC/NFC – Combustible Construction
9:25-9:55 Part 3/9 – Fire Protection and Part 3 Fire Protection
9:55-10:15 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
10:15-10:55 NECB – Update 2015
10:55-11:30 Part 3 – Accessibility and Security Systems and Part 3 – Stairs, Ramps, Handrails and Guards
11:30-11:50 NPC – Stainless Steel and Water-Use Efficiency
11:50-13:00 Lunch – Provided
13:00-13:25 Part 6 – HVAC
13:25-14:00 Part 4 – Earthquake Design
14:00-14:30 NFC – Hazardous Materials and Activities
14:30-14:45 Break – Coffee and snacks provided
14:45-15:15 Part 4 – Structural Design
15:15-15:35 Part 5/9 – EIFS, Roofing and Airborne Sound Transmission
15:35-15:50 Part 5 – Curtain Walls and Wind Uplift
15:50-16:00 Questions and Session Concludes

Effective date of the New Home Warranty Act has been deferred

November 7, 2016 • Written by

The effective date of The New Home Warranty Act is being deferred until January 1, 2018.

The Provincial Consumer Protection Division is currently in the process of letting stakeholders know it is being deferred.

On Wednesday last week, staff from Consumer Protection Office gave a presentation at the Manitoba Home Builders Association Forum and Trade Show.  At that time, the builders were advised of the decision to defer the effective date.  The MHBA and warranty providers have indicated they are supportive of the additional time to prepare for implementation.

January 2017 Technology Solutions for the Workplace Courses

November 4, 2016 • Written by

HOT 2000 Energy Modelling Software, CIVL – 1097

Are you thinking about using energy modelling for some of your new home designs?  Section 9.36 allows for the performance path to be used, however no new modelling software has been created so designers are having to rely on software like HOT 2000.

Building energy modelling is becoming increasingly common for new home construction and for designing upgrades to existing buildings. It can be used to establish compliance with new building code requirements or utility energy conservation programs, optimize house designs to achieve a desired level of performance, evaluate the benefits of competing energy efficiency measures and assist in the design of retrofit packages for existing houses. Perhaps most important, experience with energy modelling provides the user with a much better, quantitative understanding of how energy is actually used in a house.

This course is designed to introduce the basic principles of residential energy simulation modelling using HOT2000 – the most widely used program of its kind in Canada.

Date: January 9 & 10, 2017, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Cost: $600 +GST

 

Introduction to CANQUEST Modelling  CIVL-1081

Intro to Canquest continues knowledge gained in the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings Code Course with a focus on the Performance Path of the MECB 2013 and the energy simulation software that is generates the required reference building model. This “hands-on” 3 day course will walk participants through the complete energy model development process. The course begins with the use of wizards to quickly create building models and then moves into the detailed interface for detailed model development. Participants will learn how to use the software to generate the NECB 2011 reference building for performance path compliance.

Date: January 23-25, 2017, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Cost: $950 +GST

 

Advanced CANQUEST Modelling CIVL-1082

This course will build on the knowledge of CAN-QUEST modelling gained in the Introduction level and take participants into further examples of advanced modelling. The workshop will examine parametric runs, advanced envelope topics, advanced mechanical system modelling within CAN-QUEST and the use of user expressions and default expressions for efficient energy modelling. Users will have the opportunity to bring their own CAN-QUEST and eQUEST modelling questions.

**PRE-REQUISITE: Introduction to CANQUEST Modelling

Date: January 26, 2017, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Cost: $300+GST

 

Intro to the Manitoba Building and Fire Codes (Division A and C)  CIVL – 1085

This course is designed for those individuals who either currently use the MBC or MFC in their day to day work, and especially for those individuals who are going to be using the Codes for the first time.

Most Code programs are delivered on the premise that candidates come with knowledge and skills on the entire Code. Divisions A and C provide the required structure for Code Officials to properly apply the Codes. This program will provide the participant specific instruction on what an inspector can and cannot enforce based on the application of the code and finally it will teach participants how to properly classify a building. This program is designed as a prelude to participants continuing with advanced Code courses.

February 6 & 7, 2017, 8am – 4pm

Cost: $665 +GST

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