October 5, 2015
by Elsa Lam
The Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) held the first ever National CanBIM Awards on Sept. 30, recognizing excellence in Canada’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) community. CanBIM handed out awards in the following three categories: Innovation, Interoperability, and Best In BIM.
Grande Prairie Regional Health Centre by DIALOG was the winner of an inaugural CanBIM award.
Architecture and interior design firm DIALOG, from their Calgary regional office, took home top honours in the Interoperability category for demonstrating exceptional, seamless data transfer across software platforms on the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, Alberta project. Runners up in the Interoperability category were GEC Architecture for YYC/TCP Baggage Handling System and Halifax-based surveying and engineering firm Servant, Dunbrack, McKenzie & MacDonald for the BioVectra Plant Renovation.
A rendering of Place Bell, designed by architectural firms Martin Marcotte Beinhaker and Cannon Design.
Quebec-based general contractors Pomerleau earned top honours in the other two awards categories, taking home awards for Innovation and Best In BIM. Pomerleau demonstrated exemplary innovation for their work on Place Bell – Cultural and Sports Centre in Laval, Quebec, and garnered Best In BIM for outstanding implementation from design to construction on the multifunctional Videotron Centre amphitheatre in Quebec City, Quebec. In the Innovation award category, Pomerleau edged out projects from Turner Fleischer Architects (Toronto) with their Laser Scanning Implementation Technology, and Calgary’s GEC Architecture’s YYC/TCP Baggage Handling System; and for the Best In BIM award, McGill University Health Centre Glen Site from SNC Lavalin (Montreal) and DIALOG’s Brookfield Place Calgary.
The recently opened Centre Vidéotron in Laval, by Populous, ABCP Architecture, and GLCRM & Associates.
“All nominees demonstrated great execution of BIM,” said Allan Partridge, CanBIM President. “But Pomerleau demonstrated exceptional strength in their respective award categories, as seen by our experienced evaluators. We are proud to have received so many great submissions.”
Nominees and the respective award winners demonstrated a high level of excellence in their project submissions, further cementing the belief that Canada’s BIM Community is robust. “Our independent CanBIM evaluators represent a great cross-section of the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner & Operator industries,” stated Gerry Lattmann, CanBIM Executive Director. “They did a great job evaluating and selecting our outstanding nominees and winners for the inaugural CanBIM Awards.”
“The awards are a major landmark not only for CanBIM, but also for Canada’s BIM community,” stated Pietro Ferrari, CanBIM Director and Chair of its Education & Research Committee. “The awards bring to the forefront the significant achievements of this country’s BIM professionals and are proof of the success that occurs when art, science, technology and industry converge and collaborate.”