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SPECS acquired by New York consulting firm

September 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Specialized Property Evaluation Control Services, better known as SPECS, has been acquired by J.S. Held LLC, an American consulting firm, the companies announced Tuesday. SPECS, based in Langley, B.C., does property damage assessments, restoration consulting, construction project administration, risk management,

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How an engineer failed to spot a major basement water problem

September 3, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Three months after Edward Kent and Teresa Tomsky bought their Edmonton home, they noticed a musty smell in their basement. It turns out a foundation crack, which they were led to believe was minor, was actually quite serious. The foundation

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Simple ways to keep a roof on during a tornado

August 13, 2019 by Jason Contant

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and home building company Doug Tarry Homes Ltd. have joined forces for a pilot project on increasing the resilience of homes to high wind and tornado events. High winds contributed in part to

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The new trend for handling disputed property claims

June 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

What happens when your client’s property is damaged and the insurer disagrees with the claimant on how much work is needed to restore it? Some of these claims disputes can result in lawsuits, when the claimant brings the insurer to

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$107-million Saskatchewan oil leak results in guilty plea

June 12, 2019 by Colette Derworiz - THE CANADIAN PRESS

LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. – Husky Energy has pleaded guilty in a pipeline leak that sent oil spilling into a major river and fouled the source of drinking water for thousands of people. The spill into the North Saskatchewan River in July

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Cause of large B.C. hotel fire still under investigation

June 11, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – Councillors in Victoria are being asked to authorize demolition of what remains of the Plaza Hotel after a fire that burned for four days in the city’s downtown last month. The three-storey, 108-year-old vacant structure had been designated

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How AI can help shape a more effective disaster response

June 7, 2019 by Jason Contant

Artificial intelligence (AI) should be used not only to predict what will happen, but to shape and influence that outcome, the president of IBM Canada said Wednesday. “Predicting it is good, but the value that you get as an enterprise

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This restoration contracting acquisition should close by summer

May 24, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

FirstOnSite and Paul Davis will have the same corporate owner if a deal announced Thursday goes through but will operate separately from one another. FirstOnSite Restoration Limited announced May 23 that its corporate parent, Global Restoration Holdings LLC, agreed to

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How province is responding to growing Alberta wildfire threat

May 17, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON –  The Alberta government has imposed a fire ban and restrictions on off-highway vehicle use in the northern half of the province. The government says the decision was made due to the growing threat of wildfires. The areas affected

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How this property restoration firm got in and out of trouble

May 17, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

A restoration contractor whose employee drove a company vehicle with a suspended licence is getting its truck back from police impoundment. A man identified as “C.S.” was pulled over in Barrie late Friday evening March 15 while driving a  2017

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The challenges of assessing seasonal home damage

May 13, 2019 by Adam Malik

Despite being told flooding in Ontario’s Cottage Country back in 2013 was one-in-100-years event, area businesses and residents are cleaning up from a second and more widespread flooding incident in less than a decade. Climate is playing a key role

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What’s closed in Victoria after commercial fire

May 9, 2019 by THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA, B.C. – Days after flames tore through a vacant hotel in Victoria, one man is still missing and smoke lingers, forcing the closure of city hall and several other businesses. The fire in the former Victoria Plaza Hotel has