Canada is making a huge effort not only in the adoption of BIM, but also in involving all professionals in a growing community where they can learn and contribute to the development of standards, documentation and other activities.
Although BIM in Canada is still relatively nascent, the most recent reports show that new technologies are moving forward in the construction sector: 31% of the Canadian industry is using BIM, 29% is working with integrated approaches and 21% works with lean delivery construction (Source: Tahrani, Poirier&Froges 2015).
There is no a Federal Government Mandate, nor a formal policy mandating BIM implementation on all public projects in Canada, but there are 4 separate and fragmented initiatives across the country:
- Space Management and Open BIM, led by Defense Construction Canada.
- Royal Alberta Museum pilot project, from Alberta Infrastructure.
- Several small pilot projects, developed by the Quebec Society infrastructure.
- IPD Hospital project, from Government of Saskatchewan.
Canada needs 3 key elements to support the change appropriately on a national level: a BIM Strategy, a BIM Mandate and BIM Standards. Several organizations, including research & education members and industry and constituent members are combining efforts to achieve these goals.
buildingSMART as a catalyst for the change
buildingSMART Canada started increasing its activity in 2004 when they collaborate with the Data Dictionary at buildingSMART, developed by buildingSMART International. From then on, the Canadian chapter has worked hard to promote and enable the movement towards a better built environment for Canada through the development and use of open standards for BIM.
By joining buildingSMART Canada, individuals become part of a growing community that is promoting excellence in the built environment by implementing collaborative working practices in Canada and around the world. Members can participate in the development of standards, protocols and programs through work groups centered on activities described in the national roadmap, available on the buildingSMART Canada website. You can also follow the Canadian chapter through its Twitter accounts: @buildSmartCan and @InstituteBIMCan.
buildingSMART Canada is a council of the Institute for BIM in Canda (IBC), which was formed in 2010 with the mission to lead and facilitate the coordinated use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the design, construction and management of the Canadian built environment. IBC brings together, for the first time, all the professional industry associations, as well as some of the owners.
Susan Keenliside, Chair in the Member Community of buildingSMART Canada, explained in the symposium ‘BIM Implementation Strategies‘, how BIM is being adopted in Canada by presenting the roadmap they are following for BIM implementation in the country, defined by 6 areas of activity: Engage, Develop, Educate, Deploy, Evaluate and Sustain. The Canadian roadmap is being used as a guide for many companies from different countries that are facing BIM adoption.
BIM resources to build a better environment
Keenliside also showed the tools and documentation that the Canadian agents are developing, available to all users interested in them.
IBC has produced a number of documents, such as the BIM Contract Appendix, which is in line with what is has been produced by the AIA; also BEP (PxP) Toolkits, with the the execution plan essentials, so that users have access to the best practices and to show how that would be accomplished in 3 different scenarios: Design Development, Construction and the Handover and Maintenance Phase.
Soon to come up is a Practice Manual for BIM divided in three parts: A Primare, on specific to company context and one specific to the project context. This is the result of the efforts of over sixty dedicated expert practitioners who volunteered for the effort and the text and illustrations for the practice manual have been completed.
The three volumes of the Practice Manual have been reviewed by industry experts and have been approved by buildingSMART Canada and endorsed by the Canadian Construction Association, Architecture Canada, Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada, and the Construction Specifications Canada, and public owners via the Steering Committee of IBC. Currently, the three volumes of the practice manual are undergoing graphic layout for publication and translation from English to French.
Another essential tool just launched in Canada is a discussing board forum. “The focus is BIM best practices. We are not focusing on a specific software, but we are getting the conversation going on BIM in general”, explained Keenliside in the symposium, who also repeatedly encouraged professionals to join the Canadian community. You can join the forum here!
BIM World Implementation Strategies
This intervention was part of the symposium ‘BIM World Implementation Strategies‘, organized by Zigurat Global Institute of Technology, BIM Freelance and BIMCommunity, where speakers from 8 countries presented the BIM implementation strategies that are being adopted in their territory. All the speakers were key figures of different buildingSMART chapters. Here you can see Susan’s presentation about Canada’s case.
Susan Keenliside, as lecturer of the Zigurat an BIM Freelance’s BIM program
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Susan Keenliside is collaborating in the 1st edition of the Global BIM Management Certification Program as part of the faculty board, which features other lecturers such as Bill East, Jared Banks, Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Jacob D’Albora, Mohsen Far and more.
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